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Nov. 7, 2013
By Tara Cavanaugh
The Skyline Eagles soared to their first state victories this past weekend.
Skyline High School men’s varsity soccer took home the state Division I title and women’s field hockey clinched the Division II trophy on Saturday, Nov. 2. The wins round out successful seasons for both teams and suggest promising future performances.
“We have a very young, energetic, enthusiastic team,” said field hockey coach Nicky Barrett. “We had eight freshmen contributing on varsity this year, and they played significant amounts of minutes. We lose three seniors at the end of this year, which is going to be sad. But we have a very young team that is still growing and is just going to continue to improve.”
After winning the state championship against Forest Hills United, Skyline field hockey can move up to Division I next year. “We’ve played four Division I teams and beat all of them,” Barrett said. “It’s great that now we get bumped up to the best division.”
Barrett is proud of not just this weekend’s win, but the whole season and her entire team. “Everyone contributed,” she said. “We really don’t have any standout players; we have a team that works together.”
Soccer coach Chris Morgan cites his team’s defensive effort as a major contributor to its 1-0 victory over Bloomfield Hills. “We did a really nice job defensively. I think that kind of set the tone for the match,” he said. “When you can limit a team the way we did, then your chances definitely improve in winning.”
Morgan highlighted the seven seniors’ role in the team’s success. “They were so dedicated to come to Skyline when some of them had options. They decided to believe what the school stood for,” he said. “It was a positive affirmation of who they were and who they are.”