The Girls of Clearview High Are Back on the Field

If the guiding spirits of high school sports are competition, fellowship and common purpose, the 2020-21 school year brought challenges to them all. Close-knit teams, accustomed to the physical camaraderie of the locker room or the huddle, had to keep their distance socially; coaches, used to the normal pattern of practices and games, found themselves canceling sessions, posting workouts online and doing their best to send encouraging emails to their players. In some cases, entire seasons were called off.

These disruptions hit many teams hard, but they posed a unique frustration for those coming off breakthrough seasons the year before. Such was the case for the Clearview Regional High School girls’ field-hockey squad in Mullica Hill, N.J. In 2019, they won a state championship,…

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