There is no doubt Sarah Woods is a talented field hockey player and has been for much of her childhood. And her future in the sport continues to illuminate brightly as if in the glow of a giant spotlight.

The Belfast Area High School sophomore again has received affirmation of her talent as one of six players from the Waterville-based Maine Majestix field hockey program to be selected to participate in the USA Field Hockey National Tournament on June 20-28 in Lancaster, Pa.

According to a story written by Larry Mahoney in the Bangor Daily News, the Majestix players, including Woods, will represent the Northeast among players from nine regions of the country.

Woods of Belfast was selected to the U16 camp.

Miss Maine Field Hockey recipient Maliea Kelso, a senior from Skowhegan High, Messalonskee High School of Oakland senior Autumn Littlefield and Winslow sophomore Bodhi Littlefield will attend the U19 camp.

Sophomores Hannah McKenney of Skowhegan and Woods, along with freshman Madelynne Perkins of Winthrop, will play at the U16 camp.

There are three from Maine among the 22 Northeast players selected to the U19 camp, while Woods is among three from Maine — and 39 overall from the region — invited to the U16 camp.

According to the BDN story, Colby College field hockey coach Kelly Terwilliger, the owner of the Majestix who also coaches in the program, said those six players attended Northeast Region Futures training sessions in Massachusetts and Rhode Island, and participated in a regional tournament after which they were selected to go to the National Futures Tournament.

They will train for a week before the Northeast team plays clubs from other regions.

The BDN story stated Maine players will be evaluated and have an opportunity to earn roster spots on various U.S. Junior National and Olympic Development teams.

Terwilliger said the players chosen to attend the USA Field Hockey National Futures camps are among the top 12 percent in their age groups in the country.

The coach said it is "a pretty big deal" and "a great accomplishment," as well as "a big step" for the young athletes.

Terwilliger said the players will play for topnotch coaches and receive valuable exposure from national team and college coaches who may want to recruit them.

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