by Tom Utescher
Allie Billick did a lot of scoring for Springside Chestnut Hill Academy’s field hockey squad last fall, but she and Carlin Rode are the only members of the 2014 varsity who have graduated. Thus the Blue Devils have most of their players back, including a much larger senior class this time around.
The two senior co-captains, Remi Filippini and Mikaela Watson, have each had their college picks in place for some time, Filippini committing to Colgate University to play hockey, while Watson will pursue lacrosse out at Stanford. Hockey mainstay Madi Saltzman has also been SCH’s number one pitcher for many years, and she has decided to continue on in the softball circle at a warm-weather school, Florida’s Eckerd College.
Another member of the Class of 2016 is the seasoned starter in the goal cage, Frankie Reitmeyer. Other returning varsity veterans in the senior class are Iman Floyd-Carroll, Lily Glendinning, Lexi Prochniak, and Caroline Roncolli, and fellow senior Nicole Wargo will probably split time between the varsity and JV teams.
Two of this year’s juniors, Morgan Fitton-Zellers and Mason Rode, have been full-fledged varsity players since they were freshmen, and their classmate Maggie King saw a lot of action last fall. Another 11th grader, Norwood Fontbonne Academy graduate Audrey Hinchey, is a reserve goalkeeper for the Blue Devils.
Mikaela Watson’s younger sister Kianna is one of the ninth-grade prospects, along with twins Delaney and Savannah Sweitzer, who were already members of the SCH varsity basketball team last winter as eighth-graders. A member of this year’s eighth-grade class, Maddi Ota, is playing up with the varsity team this fall. Her mother, Elizabeth Brode Harris, was a multi-sport athlete at the old Springside School, and was a lacrosse standout at Lehigh University.
Coach Katie Mersky is back for her third season with the Blue Devils, and she’ll be assisted by SCH faculty member Beta Eaton.