Indian Hill field hockey returns most of roster

INDIAN HILL – After meeting Mount Notre Dame to begin the month, the Indian Hill High School field hockey team grappled with the Cougars again on Oct. 21. Unfortunately, it came in a postseason tournament game with MND prevailing, 6-1.

Though a loss, the highlight for Indian Hill was senior Natalie More scoring. It was the first time the Lady Braves had scored against MND in recent memory.

Trying to change memories for the squad are coaches Tara Rose and Pamela Angel. Both played for Indian Hill in 1993 when the Lady Braves made it to the state semifinals in the sport.

The coach in those days was Vera Hamm. This staff would like to develop the consistency those teams had.

“We can only go up,” Rose said. “We started a couple years ago and lost 12-13 seniors. We kind of haven’t recuperated from that yet. We’ve had just one team the last two years because of that.”

Though their record of 2-8 was nothing to celebrate, it came with just two seniors, More and Jane Petrie. In addition, there were just four juniors. To compete with 11 sophomores and a trio of freshman against seasoned teams like MND is not easy.

“We have some people who have never played a sport,” Rose said. “For them to come in and pick up a stick and be able to compete on a varsity level is awesome.”

Even after the tournament loss, Rose had plans of attending Indian Hill’s eighth-grade orientation. With other fall sports like soccer and volleyball beckoning, she hopes to pluck more players to put in plaid.

She’s also getting up to date on the latest strength and conditioning information to improve Indian Hill’s chances in seasons to come. Instead of long distance running late in the year, she has found more short sprints may be advisable.

“We need to incorporate more bursting exercises,” Rose said. “In the second half, we kind of lose our energy. We don’t have enough to get us through the game right now.”

The Southwest Ohio Field Hockey League consists of Ursuline, Mount Notre Dame, Oakwood, Fairmont, St. Ursula, Summit Country Day, Talawanda and Indian Hill. Many of the programs have players that have been participating since sixth grade and have attended camps.

The league is tough and the bar is high.

“I’m taking notes,” Rose said. “We’ll do a little better next year, then a little better the next year, then a little better the next year and we’ll get there.”

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