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Seven York County girls earn all-state recognition in field hockey

STEVE HEISER
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Central York's Victoria Whitehead, left, is a repeat selection an an all-state field hockey player in Class 3-A.
  • The Pennsylvania High School Field Hockey Coaches Association has released its all-state picks.
  • Seven York County girls were recognized, including four first-team selections.
  • Victoria Whitehead, Brynn Crouse and Kelsey Felix were repeat first-team all-state picks.

York County has produced seven all-state players in high school field hockey for 2020, including four first-team selections.

The Pennsylvania High School Field Hockey Coaches Association recently released its all-state teams.

Repeating as first-team picks from York County were Central York’s Victoria Whitehead in Class 3-A, Northern York’s Brynn Crouse in Class 2-A and Eastern York's Kelsey Felix. Felix was a 2-A first-team pick in 2019 and is a 1-A first-team selection in 2020.

Northern’s Emma Kate Rosensteel was also a first-team pick in 2-A for 2020 after earning second-team accolades a year ago.

FIELD HOCKEY ALL-STARS: Central York's Victoria Whitehead repeats as D-I Player of Year

Earning second-team 2-A recognition for 2020 were three other Northern players: Natalie Saltzer, Kelsey Heltzel, and Morgan Spagnolo. Saltzer and Heltzel were also second-team selections in 2019.

Whitehead, a junior forward, is a two-time York-Adams League Division I Player of the Year. During a COVID-19 shortened season in 2020, Whitehead scored 25 goals, including five game-winning goals, and added two assists in 14 games. For her three-year career, she’s scored 64 goals, with 14 game-winning goals, and had 16 assists. Because of her standout speed, Whithead also plays the flyer position on defensive corners. She’s a three-time Y-A D-I all-star. She helped Central to an 11-3 campaign in 2020 and a second-place finish in Y-A D-I.

Eastern York goalkeeper Kelsey Felix is a repeat all-state field hockey pick. She made the 1-A all-state list in 2020, after being honored in 2-A in 2019.

Felix, a senior, was selected the Y-A D-III Player of the Year. As a goalie, she was 10-4 with 178 saves and a .913 save percentage and 1.2 goals-against average. She also scored two goals. For her career, she has a 37-20 record with .860 save percentage and a 1.21 goals-against average. She also has seven career goals and eight career assists. She helped the Golden Knights take the 2020 D-III title. She’s a four-time Y-A all-star. She has committed to play NCAA Division I field hockey for Lock Haven University.

Crouse, a junior who has already committed to play NCAA Division I field hockey for Duke University, was the team most valuable player for a Northern York side that finished the 2020 regular season at 12-2. Crouse, Rosensteel, Saltzer and Heltzel were also Mid-Penn Colonial all-stars. Rosensteel, Saltzer, Heltzel and Spagnolo are seniors.

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Additionally, the PHSFHCA handed out team academic awards. Winning those honors from York County were Central York, Eastern York and South Western.

Reach Steve Heiser at sheiser@yorkdispatch.com.