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Field Hockey Takes Center Stage :

Gilroy Teams Compete for Section Title

2022 CCS Runner Up Christopher High School Varsity Field Hockey : Angelina Begines 9 , Alexa Booth 19 , Alliya Camacho 6 , Emma Davis 13 , Dominique Flores 30 , Katie Garrison 10 , Sophie Gonzalez 15 , Kaitlyn Hardie 11 , Caitlynn Holt 12 , Danica Lopez 8 , Laurel Lopez 4 , Ella Miura 5 , Kaitlyn Nguyen 18 , Carlie Silva 1 , Payton Sosa 3 , Cloey Turiello 2 , Coach : Dani Perez .

After losing seven starting seniors at the end of the

2021 season , Christopher High girls field hockey head coach Dani Hemeon was unsure what the 2022 season would bring . With plenty of talented , hard-working girls on the team , she knew they would at least be competitive . However , with only four returning starters , it took considerable time and experimentation with new players in new positions to develop their strongest line up . As the season progressed , so did the team . “ Things really began clicking for us the last few weeks of the season ” Hemeon shared . “ We were able to ride the momentum all the way to our first ever CCS Finals appearance .” Christopher lost a tough battle to Archbishop Mitty High school in the championship game 1-0 .
At Gilroy High , head coach Adam Gemar “ loved every second of our season .” The team went undefeated , registering a 19-0-1 record . Gemar cites team chemistry
42 and work ethic as the key factors to the team ’ s success . “ In the end it was bittersweet losing in the semi-finals to Archbishop Mitty . We almost had an all-Gilroy CCS Final .”
While the two powerhouse teams can be considered cross-town rivals , the relationship between players and coaches goes much deeper . Hemeon was a standout athlete at Gilroy High school , playing basketball , softball , and hockey while carrying a 4.15 GPA . Upon graduating in 2011 , she went on to play hockey at the University of Iowa , earning numerous awards and recognition including All American honors . She is quick to credit Gemar for her success . “ He taught me everything about hockey .”
Gemar has coached hockey for 25 years at GHS . He has had great players and teams over those years and puts this year ’ s team right up there with the best of them .
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