Johnstown field hockey players selected to represent New York

Taryn Ringer, left, and Emily Fleming have been selected to represent New York state at USA Field Hockey's National Futures Championships in the U16 division. (Photo submitted)

JOHNSTOWN – Four members of the Johnstown field hockey team, Cole Krempa, Emily Pertell, Emily Fleming and Taryn Ringer, have been selected to represent New York state at USA Field Hockey’s National Futures Championships.

Emily Fleming and Taryn Ringer will be playing in the U16 division and are current sophomores who played an integral role in Johnstown varsity team’s 18-1 season last fall. It is Fleming’s fourth consecutive selection to the NFC’s and Ringer’s third overall.

Pertell, a current eighth-grader, was the starting center midfielder on junior varsity this past fall. Krempa, a current seventh-grader, was a forward on the modified team last fall. Pertell and Krempa will be playing in the U14 division and it is their first time being selected to the NFC’s.

Established in 1990, the Futures program is an effort to continually raise the level of field hockey in the United States by developing athletes for future consideration to the U.S. National Teams. Fleming and Ringer trained at their Futures site, Syracuse University, while Krempa and Pertell trained at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute from January through April. While at Syracuse and RPI they received elite-level training, with some of the top coaches in the country, to improve their skill and develop a tactical understanding of the game.

At the conclusion of the training, each of the nine regions across the country conducted a Regional Futures Tournament. New York, Region 4, held their tournament May 4 and 5 at Syracuse University.

Cole Krempa and Emily Pertell were selected to represent New York state at USA Field Hockey's National Futures Championships in the U14 division. (Photo submitted)

In the U14 division, more than 160 girls from all over New York were invited to tryout for the U14 team. Krempa and Pertell are two of 25 players that have been selected to the U14 team.

In the U16 division, more than 300 girls from all over New York were invited to tryout for the U16 team. Fleming and Ringer are two of 36 girls that have been selected.

Futures Nationals will take place June 20 to 28 at Spooky Nook Sports in Lancaster, Pa. The girls now have the opportunity to be selected to various other elite programs such as the USA’s Junior National Team.

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