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Host Town Warms to Field Hockey

From Times Staff and Wire Reports

If the children of this small, rural southern town have their way, field hockey is here to stay.

Young volunteers have been exposed to the sport for the first time this week as ballpersons during the U.S. Olympic Festival at Cameron University. In addition, they have been treated to clinics by the players, who have been happy to share their expertise.

“It’s exciting. It’s faster than soccer. I would like to see a league start here,” said Casey Davis, 14, whose father, Don, is Cameron University president.

Jana O’Malley, volunteer supervisor for field hockey, said her 10-year old son, Michael, also has taken an interest in the sport.

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“I’ve been trying to get Michael interested in sports since he was born,” Jana O’Malley said. “Since he has been on the field he’s become interested in playing field hockey.

“The players are treating the kids great. They’ve taken the time out to work with them. The field hockey people here have been talking to the parents in Lawton about a league. They’re saying, ‘We’ll get you the equipment and show you how to coach.’ ”


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