Sunday, November 21, 2010

Lehighton Girls Field Hockey In State Finals Again

Bittersweet: The team poses with their medals and State Champion Runner-up Trophy moments after the game.

Coach McCain, Lauren Michalik's family and the Rabenolds cheer just as the team was leaving town under police and fire dept escort Saturday morning.

In an unprecedented run, the Lehighton Girls Field Hockey Team fell short of consecutive state championships when they lost to Wyoming Seminary on Saturday November 20th, 2010.

It was a new team with the same dream.  The 2009 team went 23-0 and won it all last year.  This year, the Lady Indians fell one game short, placing 2nd in the state in AA class.  Prior to 2009, no Lehighton team had even reached the final game before.

It is time for this great group of girls to take stock of what they accomplished: They won the Mountain Valley Conference and they are also District XI Champions and State Champion Runner-up.  But more importantly, they worked together toward a common goal and demonstrated great class in their hard work and determination. 

They will be remembered for this accomplishment.  They will remember these days among the best of their lives.  And we the fans are grateful to them for taking us on this thrilling ride into the post season once again.  You gave us something to cheer about!  Thank you!

Kim Rabenold and Kathy David, Lauren's aunt, share a laugh at catching "H-Indian Fever."

Coaches Hindy, Schenberger, Frey, and Schleicher we thank you.  Congratulations Team!

Lehighton, Mahoning, and Franklin Police and Fire Departments offer the team a proper send-off on their way to the title game.

Coach Hindy in a post game interview.

Current and former LAHS students gather for some body painting.  That's Sara Snyder, the goalie from the 2009 team, painting Mark Schaeffer.  Jon Rabenold and Kyle Hunter are also all maroon.

Lehighton fans gather early and display their team pride in signs.  Neither Seminary, nor either team in the AAA game decorated like the Lehighton Fans. ,

Proud mom Cindy Berger takes a break from decorating and wonders how effective her voodoo doll will be.
Jon Rabenold with his game chest and face on.

Jordyn Homyak provides her take on the game to Times News reporter Emmett McCall.

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