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King George High School freshman junior varsity goalie Alise Crockett is a symbol of what a true athlete should be.
In the midst of overcoming a debilitating birth defect known as Madelung’s deformity, Crockett has continued her pursuit of happiness by excelling in the sport of field hockey. Last season was the first time she attempted to play organized sports.
Although she is prevented from playing field positions due to her arm limitations, she fits naturally in the position of goalie.
“My coaches suggested trying out for the position of goalie, and I never thought of trying out for that position at all,” Crockett said. “After I tried it, I was told that I was a natural due to my instincts in stopping the ball.”
Fox field hockey varsity head coach D. Blair believes Crockett is taking the right approach to one day becoming a starting goalie for the varsity.
“I like to think she could make the varsity team next year, because I like the cushion of having two goalies at all times,” Blair said. “Because in varsity you never know; it’s so competitive and it’s so aggressive in varsity play.”
According to Blair, playing the position of goalie is rare skill only meant for a certain mentality of toughness.
“Sometimes you have as many as 15 girls in the circle next to the goal; with the goalie along with her defensive players trying to protect the goal — and the goalie is really getting beat up bad,” Blair said.
In fact, Crockett has improved immensely from time she first picked up a field hockey stick. She has prevented 60 percent of the attempts from opponents to score against her this season. Her aggressive and positive attitude has made her a top candidate to take over the varsity duties of goalie next season.
“I always like to think that there areas that I can improve on — I’ve definitely made improvements,” Crockett said.
At the age of 8 years old, her parents noticed that that she was having arm problems. She learned later that her outer bone is curved outward instead of being straight.
At the age of 11 she had surgery to straighten out the bone in her left arm, since it was more severe than her right arm. The doctors cut the bone, flipped it, and inserted a plate, which has prevented the deformity from progressing.
Nowadays, Crockett and her teammates hope to start a new beginning for the Fox field hockey program. With only two games (Wednesday, senior night, hosting Caroline at King George, and Thursday, away at Caroline) remaining, the Foxes junior varsity’s record is 2-11-1 — while the varsity’s record is 1-13 overall.
As for the Foxes upcoming off-season activities, Blair is in the process of arranging a field hockey clinic for 5 year olds through the King George Parks & Recreation Department during the spring.
“My goal for the girls who currently play, is for them to be coaches, helpers and referees for the KGP&R league, because they need to see all aspects of the game,” Blair said.
On Monday, in celebration of Breast Cancer Awareness Month the Fox field hockey program paid $10 dollars to the Upper Room Hair Studio for pink hair extensions.
Owner of the Upper Room, Joy Mullen attached the extensions into their hair.
Leonard M. Banks