Whitney Point Field Hockey Celebrates Ninth State Championship With Parade
This weekend marked plenty of State Championships and final fours with a pair of Section IV teams coming out on top. One of which has now won nine State Titles and represents a full circle moment for some players. The latest Championship parade out of Whitney Point Field Hockey.
For the Golden Eagles, winning a state championship is nothing new.
"It's happening year after year, but it's a lot of work," said head coach Nicole Huston. "And it's just it's the same, every year is just as exciting as the first one for us."
Coach Huston has been at the helm for eight of the Point's nine State Championships, leading a new group of girls to the pinnacle of high school field hockey each eight of the last ten years.
For Sadee Short, the team's leading scorer this season, it's number one and her first time seeing the impact from a new perspective.
"It feels great to have people look up to us," Short said. "And they want to accomplish our dreams and be like us one day."
Nobody knows that feeling more than Coach Huston's daughter, Genevieve who grew up watching the Eagles dominate, on the sideline.
"Feels amazing because I remember being one of them little ones just watching us," G. Huston said. "And being like I want to be one of them and just feels amazing. Feels natural to be here again."
And winning is the natural state for the Eagles, sure they've taken home the last three Class C titles, but they've also won 58 straight games in that stretch. But that doesn't mean teams were rolling over, in the state championship, Carle Place gave the Eags one of their tougher tests of the season.
"To hold us to 2-0, that's our closest score other than the Windsor scores this year," N. Huston said. "So it was a little nerve-wracking for us. But at the same time, we were maintaining possession of the ball, so we knew as long as we had possession they couldn't score something."
Something, Whitney Point did for the final six games of the season, outscoring teams in the playoffs, 31-0.
"And just to come back in like when we're all together as a family," Short said.
And that family will look to do it all over again next year as the latest source of inspiration for young athletes through Whitney Point and all of the Southern Tier.
"I feel like I've reached my goal because I always wanted to be one of them," G. Huston said. "All those kids walk through the halls with our medals and just being like, proud to be one of them."
To recap the Eagles' run, they went 16-0 in the regular season and Sectionals before beating Little Falls 6-0 in the Regional Final then Hoosick Falls on Saturday 4-0 to advance to the State Chip where they won 2-0. Payton Martin and Cassidy Pado scored the lone goals in the win over Carle while Sadee Short put in five over the previous two contests. In total, six different Eagles scored in the three-state tournament wins.