PAC All-Stars shine at PhilaFH Senior game

PAC participants in the fourth annual PhilaFH Senior All-Star game included, left to right, Kyra Trafford (Phoenixville), Da’zah Regusters (Pottstown), Natalie Fuertsch (Owen J. Roberts), Caroline Todd (Spring-Ford), Coach Erik Enters (Perkiomen Valley), Gabby Martina (Perkiomen Valley), Katy Benton (Methacton), Abriana Gatto (Upper Perkiomen) and front, Coach Brandy Scherer (Pottstown).

The Pioneer Athletic Conference, which had a trio of teams (Methacton, Perkiomen Valley, Owen J. Roberts) qualify for the state field hockey playoffs, had a strong showing at the fourth annual PhilaFH Senior All-Star Game at Bryn Mawr College’s Applebee Field Sunday.

Among the 64 players selected by area coaches from 110 schools were seven from the PAC including Kyra Trafford (Phoenixville), Da’zah Regusters (Pottstown), Natalie Fuertsch (Owen J. Roberts), Caroline Todd (Spring-Ford), Gabby Martina (Perkiomen Valley), Katy Benton (Methacton) and Abriana Gatto (Spring-Ford).

The PAC representatives played for Team Liberty, which posted a 5-3 win over Team Freedom behind a strong second half. Gatto scored the game-clinching goal – the 100th of her career – off an assist from Benton, who also had one goal. Downingtown West’s JJ Smyth notched a pair of goals for Team Liberty while Shannon Drakeley of West Chester Rustin also found the back of the cage.

Plymouth Whitemarsh’s Sam Spera scored a pair of first-half goals while Mount St. Joseph Academy’s Ellie Maransky found the range in the second half for Team Freedom.

The athletes chosen represented 51 teams from 14 of the 15 Philadelphia-Area leagues. Fifty have committed to play field hockey in college – 43 to Division I programs, one to Division II and six to Division III.

Coaches for Team Liberty included Erik Enters (Perkiomen Valley) and Brandy Scherer (Pottstown) while Upper Perkiomen coach Jamie Warren was on the support staff for the winners.