Lady Bills’ Fleming, Ringer named all-state

Johnstown's Emily Fleming (9) was named to the all-state field hockey team at the Section II Field Hockey Banquet in Latham. (The Leader-Herald/Paul Wager)

LATHAM — Two Johnstown players were among the Section II players named to the all-state field hockey team at the Section II Field Hockey Banquet on Dec. 3 at the Century House.

Johnstown freshmen Emily Fleming and Taryn Ringer were two of three underclassmen among the Section II players named to the all-state team.

“I couldn’t be happier for Emily and Taryn for being recognized by the coaches of Section II for their outstanding play this past fall. Emily and Taryn are extremely dedicated to the sport of field hockey,” Johnstown coach Christine Krempa said. “In fourth grade, they both started playing club field hockey with ADK out of Albany. They also participate in USA Field Hockey’s Futures program and within that program they have both progressed to Level 1 athletes which allows them to train at a higher level with select athletes and coaches at Syracuse University. These girls live and breathe field hockey and it translates to the field.”

Fleming, a midfielder, finished the season with 10 goals and six assists. She also was named a first-team Foothills Council all-star, after earning honorable-mention status as an eighth-grader in 2016.

“In field hockey, the center midfielder responsible for supporting both the offense and defense, and are constantly involved in making plays. Needless to say, they have to have a thorough understanding of defensive and offensive skills,” Krempa said. “Emily fits this description to a T and to put it simply, is a playmaker through and through. She has great field vision and always finds the open seam for a pass. I personally put a lot of pressure on her shoulders to run not only our offense when we are on attack but also to be the first line of defense. She certainly rose to the occasion and did a fantastic job.”

Johnstown's Taryn Ringer (1) was named to the all-state field hockey team at the Section II Field Hockey Banquet in Latham. (The Leader-Herald/Paul Wager)

Ringer, a forward, finished the season with 19 goals and nine assists and was named a first-team Foothills Council all-star. She was the fifth-leading scorer in Section II this season.

“Taryn is a very balanced offensive player which is what every coach dreams of. She is a skilled ball handler between the 25s, she wins the majority of 50/50 balls she encounters, and the ease in which she works the ball down the field improves each and every game,” Krempa said. “Taryn can also score as evidenced in her team leading 19 goals and 9 assists. All I can say is what a comeback for this kid. Taryn sustained a serious knee injury in February which required surgery and was only cleared to play field hockey 10 days before the season started, so I really wasn’t sure what this season would look like for her. I couldn’t be happier for her.”

Fleming and Ringer join several other recent all-state selections for Johnstown, but they are among the first to earn the honor as underclassmen.

“Here at Johnstown, we have been lucky enough to have had some great players come through this program and receive all-state recognition, such as Courtney Ponte, Hope Cerasulo and Kelsi Barnholt to name a few in the recent past,” Krempa said. “While I was extremely proud of those girls, at the same time, I was sad because they were seniors and we would no longer have them on the field. Emily and Taryn are only freshmen and I am thrilled to have them back for the next three years.”

Schuylerville senior midfielders Morgan Gunter and Grace Hanehan also were named to the all-state team from the Foothills Council.

Emma Willard had Molly Zahnleuter (midfield) and Heidi Zahnleuter (midfield) named to the all-state team, while Shenendehowa had Eliza Branch (forward) and Sheridan Messier (goalie) earn all-state honors.

Rounding out the Section II all-state selections were Taconic Hills’ Alexandria Shumsky (forward), Ichabod Crane’s Hunter Broockmann (midfield), Saratoga Springs’ Lindsey Frank (forward/midfield), Hoosick Falls’ Lillian Hickey (junior), North Warren’s Sydney Gagnon (midfield) and Salem’s Charity Rushinski (forward).