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When Mountain Valley traveled to Winthrop last week for a field hockey game, there was a familiar face on the sideline. Although the colors had changed, Liz Glover was the same person who had donned the cobalt blue and silver last fall. Glover transferred to the Ramblers and is a starting right midfielder.
“Liz has been quite an asset,” said Winthrop coach Sharon Coulton. “She had been playing plenty of field hockey for Mountain Valley, so it wasn’t like starting over because she knows what needs to be done.”
MV coach Melissa Forbes admitted it was different seeing Glover on the opposing team. Glover was center midfielder for the JV team last year. She probably would have split time with Chelsea Gauvin (fullback) if she had stayed at MV.
“It was different, but we know how she played,” said Forbes, referring to Glover turning her body around the ball a lot. ”It is easy to make her obstruct and she actually caused a corner for them in the overtime by doing it. But she was definitely improving last year.”
Still, MV returned numerous veterans and only made minor changes in its lineup. Gauvin was inserted on defense, while Lexi Fryover moved to midfield.
Gauvin and Kym Couch (graduated) used to split the midfield position and Fryover was the fullback.
“All we did was switch them,” said Forbes. “We really don't have any changes from last year which is why we don't have anyone particular on the strong side part of the field.”
Falcon sweeper Sydney Yahn has continued to be a solid force, by being in position on the field to disrupt breakaways.
Being able to play on a flat, well groomed field is a pleasure, but it can often overlooked. Fortunately, RSU 10 has two of the best maintained venues for athletic teams in the Mountain Valley Conference and statewide. The Hosmer Field Complex is the home for Mountain Valley. The school rents the facility from the Parks Commission and Mike Mills supervisors his crew in maintaining things.
In Dixfield, Harlow Park is town-owned, however, Dirigo is responsible for maintaining the fields. That’s where Clint Dolloff comes in and in addition to Harlow Park, he takes care of the fields behind the middle school and the two practice fields at the elementary school in Peru.
“I enjoy it,” said Dolloff, while overlooking equipment and chemicals. “It requires a lot of time managment work, but it’s very rewarding. I’ve even been going to Buckfield because an automobile had torn up their soccer field.”
After mowing, Dolloff has to repaint the football, soccer and field hockey fields. This is necessary because the lines become unrecognizable. A change this year is the blue lines on the soccer field, replacing orange colored, which coach Jack Rioux is able to distinguish.