August 25, 2017
By: Erica Rose
The Emmaus girls’ field hockey team doesn’t really know the term “offseason.” Oh no, head coach Sue Butz-Stavin has an expectation for her teams and they are sure to meet her requests. Over the summer the team gathered on their own to condition and work on fundamentals. This allows the team to get right into the swing of things once preseason begins.
The Green Hornets return 6 starters, mainly in the backfield, but with one returning starter on offense, the team brings back experience at every line. So now, it is just filling in the gaps and meshing as a team. The Green Hornets are fortunate too, the team has plenty of girls to choose from; and a “newbie” on the field as they called it isn’t really new at all. Chances are you’ve heard of or seen the “newbie” she just wasn’t a starter in years past and coach Butz-Stavin makes sure they get adjusted to their roles and positions real quick. She schedules the best competition that she can to prepare for the year. This season the Green Hornets are facing Crestwood and Donegal in their scrimmages, both which are state contenders if not champions.
The Green Hornets will be the team to beat once again, but at this point it’s no surprise, as coach has done a phenomenal job turning the program into what it is today. In fact as she enters her 42nd season, coach Butz-Stavin is just six wins shy of 900. Her teams have won back-to-back state titles, finishing unbeaten over the past two years.
The Green Hornets begin their quest for a few more championships on September 1 at 10am, when they travel to Nazareth, Pennsylvania.