Courtney McIntosh likes to smile and laugh.
At times, it makes Newport Harbor High field hockey coach Amanda Boyer feel the opposite way.
"I kind of laugh a lot," McIntosh said. "I'm serious, but at the same time, I really [play] more to have fun. Sometimes Amanda gets mad at me for laughing too much."
Playing rival Huntington Beach in field hockey? That's no joke. But McIntosh, the Daily Pilot Athlete of the Week, delivered Oct. 2.
She scored in penalty strokes in the Orange County Tournament championship game against the Oilers. It was tied 1-1 after strokes, so McIntosh's strike into the bottom left corner allowed the game to go to sudden-death strokes, where Sailors senior Stephanie Storch scored to give the Sailors a co-title. Both teams finished with one loss in the tournament.
McIntosh, a stopper, was voted MVP of the tournament after helping the Sailors claim the title for the first time since 2006.