Kathryn Gauvin and Lila Stilley back from Junior Field Hockey Olympics

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FALL RIVER — Two Fall River residents have experienced the thrill of their lives as they experience an Olympic-like atmosphere.

Kathryn Gauvin and Lila Stilley recently competed in the annual AAU Junior Olympics for field hockey at Wake Forest University in North Carolina.

They were among seven field hockey athletes from Massachusetts and 108 selected nationally to compete in the national games. Nexus (American field hockey’s path to the Olympics) selected both athletes.

Fall River residents Kathryn Gauvin, right, and Lila Stilley pose for a photo after being selected for the Junior Olympics

Stilley’s U14 team won the gold medal, while Gauvin’s U16 team won the bronze medal.

Gauvin, a sophomore at BMC Durfee High School, exploded onto the scene as a rookie scoring a region-high and school-high 36 goals with 15 assists. His 51 points were also a region record.

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She helped lead the Hilltoppers to a 12-4-3 regular season record and a berth in the state tournament. Gauvin, 15, was named All-Star in the Southeastern Conference and was named Field Hockey Player of the Year by the Herald News.

Durfee freshman field hockey player Kathryn Gauvin holds the ball with Hilltopper head coach Nicole Henrique last fall after breaking the school record for most goals in a season.

Stilley, 14, is a freshman at Barrington Christian Academy and played for six years with Gauvin in the Allegiance Field Hockey program.

The Amateur Athletic Union’s premier multi-sport event, the AAU Junior Olympics, brings together over 14,000 athletes to compete in 20 sports.

The event offers U14 and U16 athletes the opportunity to experience Olympic-style multi-sport competition while enjoying the camaraderie and inspiration of other top athletes in other featured sports.

Fall River residents Kathryn Gauvin and Lila Stilley stand by the AAU banner.

Steven Sanchez, sports editor of the Herald News and the Taunton Daily Gazette, can be contacted at [email protected] You can follow him on Twitter at @Chezsports. Support local journalism by purchasing a digital or print subscription to The Herald News today.

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