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A squad of girls from New Milford High School captured first place recently in a winter season indoor field hockey league at the Newtown Youth Academy.

The local stick crew, many with varsity experience with the perennially strong New Milford High field hockey program, outlasted Bethel 8-6 to clinch the title.

"It's nice playing with some of the younger girls," said veteran Julia Waldman, "because we have a chance to build up the team. It allows us to learn each others strengths and weaknesses, which helps us to play as a team, not as individuals."

Olivia Monteiro agreed with her junior teammate.

"Indoor field hockey is different from outdoor," she said.

"In indoor it is more of a team effort; there are only six people on the court. It helps us communicate, look up and make sharper passes. It's fun and helpful."

For the season, the New Milford girls posted a 10-3 record, with all three defeats coming in matches vs. post-high school aged athletes.

"It has been a great indoor league," concluded Kierstyn Raines.

"I feel like I learned a lot, am having fun with my teammates and the juniors are great are great leaders who helped us improve our skills."

-- Norm Cummings