SUMMIT, NJ - The Alternative Press recognizes Summit High School's Katie Stuke for her outstanding performance this season in the sport of field hockey.

During the month of September, Stuke was sensational on the field for the Hilltoppers. After the first seven games of the season, Summit allowed only four total goals to their opponents, mainly because of Stuke’s role in the Hilltoppers’ coordinated defensive attack.

Head Coach Jen Schwarzenbeck had this to say about Stuke: “Katie is one of our key leaders both on and off the field. She practices with intensity and her desire to win is brought onto the field for each and every game. Katie is the centerpiece of our defense. Because of her understanding of the game, quickness and stick skills she is called upon to turn back the opposing team offense. She has the green light to press forward on the attack and help apply offensive pressure because her speed allows her to quickly resume a defensive posture.”

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Schwarzenbeck added: “Katie is well-respected by her teammates for both her level of play and support. She has been on the varsity team since her freshman year and is one of the team captains this year.”

The senior has also made her presence felt on both sides of the field. Currently, she has two total defensive saves to go along with one goal and four assists. As of October 29th, Summit is 13-5-1 for the 2010 season.

Special thanks to Special Tee's of New Providence, New Jersey, a division of AKA, Incorporated (www.specialteesbyaka.com), for donating the Athlete of the Month plaque.