Evans' steady presence lifted Sailors

Daily Pilot High School Athlete of the Week

Senior midfielder, the Tournament of Champions MVP, helped "Chix With Stix" win fourth straight title.

November 12, 2011|By Matt Szabo
(Kevin Chang / Daily…)

Two of the best days of the year happen in November for Newport Harbor High senior Sophie Evans.

It's hard to beat going out on top in high school field hockey. She did that Nov. 3, helping Newport Harbor top rival Huntington Beach, 2-0, in the Los Angeles Field Hockey Assn. Tournament of Champions title game.

The Sailors collected their fourth straight TOC title. Evans, a midfielder, collected MVP honors for the entire tournament.

In less than two weeks it's Thanksgiving, and that's another great day for Evans. After all, she's the girl who says her favorite food is Thanksgiving dinner.

This year Evans will not be feeling tired off some Tryptophan. She'll be on the road for the holiday, in Phoenix for a club field hockey festival with the Mulligan Divots.

"I'll probably get some takeout or something," she said.

Evans can still count her blessings. In terms of field hockey, she has so much for which to be thankful.


The Sailors were not necessarily expected to beat the Oilers this year in the playoffs. Huntington Beach defeated Newport Harbor by identical 2-0 scores twice in the Sunset League. Sure, the Sailors beat the Oilers in the final of the OC Invitational, but that was on penalty strokes.

In the TOC, though, the Sailors stepped up. Evans prefers to keep it in those terms, talking about the team. She's not one to hog the limelight.

"We pulled through," said Evans, the Daily Pilot Athlete of the Week. "Our team always pulls through when it matters, and I was pretty proud of them for that. Winning it, the actual day? We just owned it. We all played as a team. I love those girls so much."

Evans did not score a goal in the three-game tournament, yet her dominance in the midfield was so pronounced that referees and opposing coaches agreed that she was the most valuable player on the field.

Coach Amanda Boyer was not surprised.

She has coached Evans for all four years, the first two on junior varsity before Boyer replaced Devon Kelly as the varsity head coach last year.

This year on varsity Evans was one of three senior captains, along with Allie Pantoskey and Courtney McIntosh. Her leadership qualities have never been in question.

"She's so driven and has such a high energy," Boyer said. "She wants the ball. You're never worried when the ball is loose, because you know Sophie's going to come up with it. She's a wonderful offensive and defensive player. And she's an amazing athlete, but also an all-around outstanding person."

Daily Pilot Articles Daily Pilot Articles