Johnstown players earn all-state honors

JOHNSTOWN – A pair of Johnstown seniors were among those selected for the all-state field hockey team.

The selections were announced on Dec. 8 at the Section I Field Hockey Banquet at the Century House in Latham.

Johnstown senior captains Kelsi Barnholt and Hope Cerasuolo were named to the Class B all-state team.

“When my junior varsity coach, and sister, Christine Krempa, was done coaching Hope and Kelsi in their first game as freshman on JV, she said under no circumstances could we ever separate them,” Johnstown coach Tracy Ringer said. “The chemistry was just too good. We never did, and what a wonderful outcome it had for Johnstown field hockey – 54 goals and 69 assists between the two of them over the course of three years on varsity.”

Barnholt, a three-year varsity starter for the Lady Bills, finished with 10 goals and 10 assists this year.

She was named a first-team Foothills Council all-star in her junior and senior seasons, while earning honorable-mention status as a sophomore.

Barnholt had 12 assists and one goal as a junior and had six assists and two goals as a sophomore.

“In field hockey, a great midfielder is a jack-of-all-trades. They are responsible for supporting both the defense and offense, and are constantly involved in making plays,” Ringer said. “Needless to say, they need to have a thorough understanding of defense and offensive skills. Kelsi fit this definition to a T and was the consummate midfielder. Her collegiate drives into the circle and extreme sense of humor will be sorely missed next year.”

Cerasuolo finished her senior season with 16 goals and 15 assists.

She was named a first-team Foothills Council all-star as a junior and a senior for the Lady Bills. Cerasuolo also was named to the second team as a sophomore.

In her junior season, Cerasuolo finished with 13 goals and 15 assists, and had 12 goals and 11 assists as a sophomore.

“The ease in which Hope [Cerasuolo] works the ball down the field is astounding. She is a very balanced offensive player which is what every coach dreams of,” Ringer said. “She has the skill to put the ball in the cage and the unselfishness to give a teammate a chance to do the same as evidenced in her number of assists every season. Hope’s offensive contribution and constant willingness to better herself will be hard to replace next year.”