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Nativity alumna earns top award in field hockey at Cathedral

by Ms. Kelly Determan, Nativity Prep’s Director of Academic Support

Tania G., a member of the Nativity Prep’s Class of 2013, and freshman at Cathedral Catholic High School this year, decided she wanted to get involved at her new school, so she chose something completely foreign to her: field hockey. Her experiment proved to be a success, since Tania received the CCHS JV Field Hockey Defensive Player of the Year Award for her efforts this season.

Although this is Tania’s first year playing field hockey, she has a depth of experience with sports, most of which she learned during her time at Nativity. Tania participated in volleyball, soccer and basketball all three years that she attended Nativity.  Tania also participated in the boy’s football team her 8th grade year, which is a privilege that only 8th grade girls receive. More recently, she served as captain of the girl’s soccer team during her 8th grade year and served as starting goalkeeper.

“Tania has this tenacity about her when she is playing a sport,” comments Mr. Arturo Solis, Nativity’s math teacher and Tania’s soccer coach for all of Tania’s three years as a Nativity athlete. “She is willing to sacrifice herself for the good of the team and isn’t afraid to use her body to protect the goal.”

Tania, pictured here at her June 2013 graduation, with her mentor and teacher and author of this story, Ms. Kelly Determan.

Tania, pictured here at her June 2013 graduation with her mentor and teacher, and author of this story, Ms. Kelly Determan.

Tania also commented on how Nativity helped her prepare for the demanding experience that is high school sports. “Nativity helped prepare me for high school sports by showing me the bond you need to form a solid team,” she says. “I also was more prepared for the running and exercises because that type of physicality was also expected of us at Nativity.”

The Lady Dons JV Field Hockey team had a successful season, ending up about .500 overall in wins and losses. While they do not compete for CIF championships at the Junior Varsity level, Tania was able to identify her most difficult games and opponents with ease.

“Our most difficult game was definitely Serra High School,” she says, “because they have the number one field hockey team in San Diego and their players learn the game in 6th grade, while our team has a lot of players that are new to the game.”

Tania is included in that group, since she had never heard of field hockey before the start of her freshman year; however, the sport has come easily to her.

“My favorite part of the game is the rush you feel when you are controlling the ball up the field, and of course, defending your goal,” Tania says.

Her team also participated in a few tournaments, which were her favorite part of the season.  “I liked playing in tournaments because it was a bonding time for our team and we were able to learn how to play the game better.”

Although she has about seven months until next year’s season begins, Tania is already gearing up for the new year. She is also striving for a new goal: making Varsity.

“I am excited about trying out for Varsity next year and have already been practicing in the off-season.”

We can’t wait to see what next season brings for Tania and are proud of her accomplishments this year, particularly in earning such an outstanding award!

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