“They’ve done really, really well,” Rock said when asked about how the team was doing this season. “At the modified level, we’re not supposed to report their record and scores and stuff, but they’ve done really well.”
The number of girls on the team may be small, but their enthusiasm for the game is huge. When the group found out their sport was in jeopardy, they didn’t just let it happen — they went to the board and fought for it.
“Jasmine Martinez wrote the most beautiful speech that she then gave to the board about how field hockey was such a passion for her,” Carrascoco said.
“I’ve been playing it for three years, and it’s kind of like the only sport I like to play besides track,” Martinez said when asked why she was compelled to try to dissuade the board from dispensing with the sport.
“I want to give these girls a lot of credit,” Rock said. “It’s hard for us as coaches, knowing we’re not getting the numbers, but they really, really wanted to play field hockey. That’s what’s really exciting. They didn’t let anything get in their way. They could have let this discourage them, but they didn’t.”
Rock and Wedderspoon-Gray aim to help keep field hockey alive in Cooperstown by forming a club so younger kids can learn about the game, but need adult volunteers to make the club a reality.
Those people who are interested in donating their time toward the effort should email Cheryl Rock at email@example.com.