SCOTIA — In time, freshmen Morgan and Makenzie Westbrook want to play and lead like Angelina and Isabella Regels, two of the senior standouts on the Scotia-Glenville field hockey team.
In a way, the Westbrooks already are much the same as the Regels, being fraternal twin sisters in a program that over the years has featured a slew of siblings and cousins.
“We always have twins,” Scotia-Glenville varsity coach Kaila Jackson said last Tuesday after her team began Section II tournament play with a win over Glens Falls. “The running joke around here is, ‘If you’re a twin, you come to Scotia.’ ”
The Regels have taken on a senior leadership role this season for the Tartans, like then-senior twins Emma and Bridget Malone did last season.
Olivia Geniti and Marlee Mancini join the Regels sisters as team captains who will lead Scotia-Glenville (No. 4 seed, 10-6) into Tuesday’s Section II Class B semifinal game at South Glens Falls (No. 1, 14-1).
“I look up to the juniors and seniors and want to be like them,” Makenzie Westbrook said. “When I get there, I want to be a role model for the younger kids.”
The Regels have set a great example with their diligence over the years, a consistent effort by the tandem that has led to starting assignments on the playing field, all-star recognition and college offers. Angelina Regels will be joining the Malone sisters at New Paltz, while Isabella Regels will be playing collegiate ball at Delaware Valley in Pennsylvania.
“We were bad,” Angelina Regels said with a laugh. “We had to do a lot to get good. If not for year-round work, we wouldn’t be where we are.”
“I’ve known them since they were three, and they’ve gotten so good,” said Geniti, who resides in Glenville’s Willow Glen neighborhood with the Regels and Westbrooks. “They’ve put in so much work.”
Angelina Regels plays a forward position and Isabella Regels is a defensive anchor on a team that notched big wins over Queensbury (5-4) and Schuylerville (3-0) before topping Glens Falls 12-1 in the quarterfinal game that included a state-record eight goals from Geniti.
Angelina Regels got the goal that put Scotia-Glenville ahead in that contest 2-1, and soon after she assisted Geniti for one of her goals.
“She is anywhere and everywhere on the field,” Jackson said of Geniti, the Tartans’ modest yet ultra-productive star who has committed to Maine. “She controls the pace of the game.”
The Westbrooks are starting to catch on to that pace. From her midfield position, Morgan Westbrook was among the Tartans that kept sustained pressure on the Glens Falls defense with her positioning and passing.
“Morgan has stepped up in such a big way,” Jackson said. “You can’t tell she is a freshman.”
The Westbrooks played on the modified team as seventh-graders in 2019, but did not play school ball last season as eighth-graders because modified and JV ball were not offered.
“We understand where we came from,” said Morgan Westbrook, who started the quarterfinal game while her sister came off the bench. “We want to get better and we’re learning from our mistakes.”
Those freshman mistakes are dwindling according to the twins’ sister, junior goalkeeper Maya Westbrook.
“I have an idea of what they can do, and they are routinely improving on it,” Maya Westbrook said. “As I watch them get better, my standards for them keep going higher.”