Lady Raiders and The First Round of States

By: Emma Glezen/Content Editor

On Tuesday the seventh of November, the Lady Raiders traveled two and a half hours to face Covenant Christian Academy in the first round of states for a six o’clock starting time.  Unfortunately given the travel time and traffic, they did not end up arriving to the gym at Central Dauphin until closer to seven o’clock, which Hunter Heeman says “took a big toll on us.”  For the fourth year in a row the team made it to this place.  Thus they have won the District Title each of those years including this year.  Granted not the whole team, only the girls who were on varsity in their freshman year have experienced this in all four years.  Freshman, Heeman, felt that the team was as ready to compete as they were going to be, wanting to further continue their season.

Some girls were new to this experience, like freshman Hunter Heeman, and were anxious or nervous.  After the entire season playing on the team, Heeman says that she “felt ready for the game, they weren’t anything out of the ordinary from more intense teams throughout the season.”  Whereas quite a few girls were veterans, like senior Abby Hartman, to this experience and were excited yet still nervous to see what the outcome would be.  Hartman said that she “felt great and felt the team was capable of doing it.”  Although a few girls had been in this position, some more than others, every year could end up being completely different compared to the past year.

Last year had been the first year that the girls had made it past the first round of states in a long time, so this year there could have been some big shoes filled.  Hartman was hoping to come out of the game this year with a win and felt the team was ready as a whole to work together and make that happen.  Unfortunately the season ended early for them and the girls fell to Covenant Christian Academy in three games.

Emma Glezen is a senior at Blue Ridge High School and this is her first year in Journalism. She plays volleyball but, loves to watch baseball. She cherishes her family and two dogs, Jett and Gypsy. In her free time, she enjoys being outdoors, spending the time hunting and fishing. She also hopes to further her education at Penn State Hazleton to be a physical therapist assistant.