by Tom Utescher
Young field hockey players from area schools returned from the annual National Hockey Festival in Palm Springs, Calif. with gold medals. They played on two different age group teams for the Mystx Field Hockey Club, which was founded by Tina Reinprecht, the coach of Mount St. Joseph Academy’s varsity team this fall.
On the Under-16 Mystx “Force” team were five MSJ players, sophomores Gabby Egan and Ava Self, and freshmen Natalie McNamara, Mary Kate Stefanowicz, and Grace Wallis. Another member of the team, Samantha Bruttomesso-Clarke, started for the 2013 Germantown Friends School varsity team as a freshman before transferring to Lower Merion High School this year.
The roster for the other winning team, the Under-14 Mystx “Burn,” included Mari Kniezewski, a student at Norwood Fontbonne Academy, and Ellie Maransky, the younger sister of the Mount’s Katie Maransky. The elder Maransky was a senior tri-captain for the Magic, and is headed to Georgetown University.