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Johnstown wins Class C field hockey title over Schuylerville

Ringer collected four goals in 7-0 victory over Schuylerville
Johnstown defeated Schuylerville 7-0 for the Section II Class C title.
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Johnstown defeated Schuylerville 7-0 for the Section II Class C title.

GLENS FALLS — The season that almost didn’t happen now includes a Section II championship.

Taryn Ringer scored two quick goals to set the tone, and Johnstown beat Schuylerville 7-0 in the Class C field hockey final Sunday on the turf at Glens Falls High School.

The title-game win was the first for the Lady Bills since 2011, and one they didn’t know they’d get a crack at last spring when sports programs were eliminated from the Johnstown school budget for 2019-20. A successful fundraising effort that Johnstown coach Christine Krempa helped spearhead ensued, and the Lady Bills made the most of their opportunity.

“People put in a lot of time and money for us to do this. We wanted to give back,” Ringer, a junior forward, said. “They put in the effort. We put in the effort, and we’re not done yet.”

The Lady Bills (No. 1 seed, 17-0) swept through the Foothills Council for the second year in a row before a dominant sectional performance that started with a 3-1 win over Granville.

“There was a chance it wasn’t going to happen,” Johnstown athletic director Mike Satterlee said after the Lady Bills were awarded their sectional plaque. “Our community, the area, we had donations from everywhere.”

“We played for all those people who donated,” Krempa said. “The big donations, the small donations, it was all important.”

Johnstown’s third victory over Schuylerville featured four goals from Ringer, the Duke commit who boosted her school-record total to 105. Ringer had scored twice in the win over Granville including the second-half clincher.

“Taryn was on fire,” Krempa said. “We told her, ‘You can’t wait to the second half to show up.'”

Ringer scored 1:39 into the contest and again 5:50 in, and Anna Lee and Kalena Eaton connected before a dominant opening half by the Lady Bills was through.

In between Ringer’s second-half goals, Lee delivered her second. Lee also had two assists, and Emily Fleming added an assist.

“We all put it out there,” Ringer said. “Not one single girl played bad. Our energy really helped us.”

Johnstown lost to Hoosick Falls in the 2018 Class C title game 1-0 in a game that matched 18-0 teams.

“These girls knew they had the potential last year,” Krempa said. “We wanted to play Hoosick Falls again.”

Schuylerville edged Hoosick Falls 1-0 in overtime in the semifinal round before running into Johnstown.

“This feels so much better,” Ringer said after Johnstown added a first Class C title to the Class B and Class A championships it had secured in years past. “We wanted to redeem ourselves.” 

Schuylerville (No. 2, 13-6) won its last area title in 2017. The Black Horses best chance to score came shortly after Ringer’s second goal when Eliza Barton dribbled in strong, took a rip, and was denied  on a leg pad save by Abby VanValkenburgh.

Johnstown will play Camden in a sub-regional game 6 p.m. Wednesday at Gloversville High School. Camden beat Port Byron 5-0 Sunday in the Section III final.

Reach Gazette Sportswriter Jim Schiltz at 518-395-3143, [email protected] or @jim_schiltz on Twitter.

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