Groveton - Groveton High School waited 21 years, but this fall it finally won a state title. The girls' field hockey team, coached by Carol Horton, recently captured the first state championship in the school's history with a 1-0 overtime win against Charlottesville's Albemarle High School at the state tournament in Williamsburg.
The team won its 0-0 semifinal game against Kentsville of Virginia Beach on penetration points, which are awarded to the team controlling the ball the longest. In the finals, senior Rena Macomson, the school's all-time leading goal scorer with 22, knocked in the game winner.
In her 10 years as Groveton's coach, Horton has built what some people call a "field hockey factory." Her teams won district titles in 1976, when they were undefeated, and in 1970. This year, the school's junior varsity team went undefeated, even though "only eight girls came out for the JV team and we wound up literally digging people out of the halls to play," she says.
Horton credits dedication as the key to her team's success, noting that her players ran 1 1/2 miles daily to a practice field since the school "only has a football field" that was used every day by the football team.