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Blue Waves field hockey players pick up honors at coaches’ awards night dinner

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Seven members of the Riverhead Blue Waves field hockey team were honored Monday night for their accomplishments this season at the Suffolk County Field Hockey Coaches Association awards night dinner.

Senior goalie Grace Dow and junior Kim Ligon received all-county awards. Shannon Schmidt, grade 11, got an all-county honorable mention.

All-conference awards went to Rease Coleman, grade 8, Katherine Goodale, grade 9 and Kayla Kielbasa, grade 10.

Ligon also received an all-tournament award and sophomore Sarah Rempe picked up an unsung hero award, which is “given to a player who makes a substantive yet sometimes unrecognized contribution” to the team.

The Waves, who went 8-6 in Division II and 9-6 overall this season, made it to the second round of post-season action before falling to top-seeded and undefeated Ward Melville, which finished 2016 with a 16-0 record. This was the fifth consecutive season which saw the waves win a playoff berth. The team is coached by Cheryl Walsh-Edwards.

All-county senior Grace Dow, goalie. Photo: George Faella
All-county junior Kim Ligon. Photo: George Faella
All-county honorable mention went to junior Shannon Schmidt, shown here celebrating the winning goal in round one of the playoffs. Photo: George Faella
All-conference Rease Coleman, grade 8. Photo: George Faella
All-conference freshman Katie Goodale. Photo: George Faella
All-conference sophomore Kayla Kielbasa. Photo: George Faella
‘Unsung hero’ sophomore Sarah Rempe. Photo: George Faella
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