Granby girls ‘will be back’: Bears fall to Immaculate in state final

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Photos by Kelly Hennessey

Granby Memorial High School 2018 field hockey team.

The Granby field hockey team won its NCCC division with an impressive (18-1-0) record. The team scored over 40 goals on its opponents in regular season play, and gave up only five goals with its strong defensive play and goal-keeping. The Bears were equally impressive shutting out opponents in tournament play posting an early tournament win versus Bethel 7-0, a quarterfinal win versus Valley Regional 3-0, and a 2-0 win against Canton in the semifinal game. But on Nov. 18, Immaculate proved to be too much for the Bears beating Granby 3-0 in the state championship Class S game.

Granby will graduate three seniors Haley Clark, Georgia McDougall and Gabi Sturgeon, but will return 14 seniors to lead Granby to another winning season. You can bet Granby “will be back” shooting for the state title again next year. Granby field hockey has been no stranger to winning seasons and championship games. Granby has been led by Field Hockey Hall-of-Fame coach Sandy Wickman Mason with her sister and coach Jody Bascetta. Together they have been to the state finals four times in the last six years. Granby has won the state title 14 times since 1973.

Senior captains Haley, Georgia and Gabi leave the field hockey program with these parting words, “This season was about so much more than winning. Granby field hockey is a family first, which brought us success after success. As captains, we are so incredibly proud of every person and accomplishment, from the little things to our play on our final day of the season. Great things are coming next year.”

Granby defender Haley Clark sends the ball upfield in the state championship game versus Immaculate.