LENOIR COUNTY -

Field hockey is a rare sport in our viewing area; Morgan Newell explains what it takes to be successful.

“It's more of a mindset, has to be really focused” said Newell

Newell is a senior at Arendell Parrot Academy in Kinston.

 She is an honor student and star player in a sport that started as a hobby during a Physical Education class.

 “I got into it during the 4th grade, by the time I was in the 7th, I had already been introduced and been practicing” she said.

 With years of hard work, dedication and good grades, Newell will now head to Chapel Hill to play forward for the Tar Heels this fall.

She will be 1 of 9 freshmen in the recruiting class, and will become the third African American field hockey player in school history. She is also the fourth field hockey player from the Parrott Academy to go play at the Division I level.

 “It makes me feel really good, because there are not a lot of African Americans in my sport, and I feel like a trailblazer for girls my age” said Newell.

 Newell is not only playing for her favorite team, but one of the best in the nation.

Carolina has won six national titles, and been to the “Final Four” for the last five years 

 When off the field, Newell said she plans on keeping her head in the books, studying Mass Communication and Law.

All an accomplishment she said would have never happened without her parents.