Ryleigh Heck is a leading field hockey talent

The Eastern Regional High School (NJ) field hockey team’s series of state championships was stopped at 21 in a row via the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020. Unsurprisingly, the Vikings, led by All-America midfielder / striker Ryleigh Heck, continued to return to championship form in 2021 .

“Our program is very serious,” said Heck, who set the national record for single seasons with 125 goals during his senior season and averaged 323 career goals. “We always work hard and the culture and atmosphere is passionate and competitive. No one ever stops working to be successful.”

Eastern Regional High Schools Ryleigh Heck is among the nominees for the All-USA TODAY HSSA Field Hockey Player of the Year.

Star play and determination are the reasons why Heck, who achieved National Field Hockey Coaches Association All-America first team honors and helped Eastern Regional High School to a 25-2 record, is among the nominees for the All-USA TODAY HSSA Field Hockey Player of the Year.

“Ryleigh is this beautiful, sweet, loving girl,” said Eastern Regional High School head hockey coach Kerry Heck, who is also Ryleigh’s mother. “Every time I look at her, I think of the first time she picked up the (national hockey) stick. When she was 3 years old, she just had this look in her eyes that has continued until now. On the field, off the field she is a drama and no drama player. “

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