The State Title Eludes Lady Raiders

By: Emma Glezen/Content Editor

The Lady Raiders traveled two and a half hours last Tuesday, November 7, to face Covenant Christian Academy in the first round of states for a six o’clock starting time, but they didn’t make it on time and that set the tone for an unfortunate finish.

Freshman Hunter Heeman says that given the travel time and unexpected heavy traffic, they did not end up arriving to the gym at Central Dauphin until closer to seven o’clock, which,she says “took a big toll on us.”

For the fourth year in a row the team made it to the first round of states, meaning they have also won the District Title for the last four years.

Heeman felt her team was as ready to compete as they were going to be, wanting to further continue their season, although she says she was a bit anxious and nervous.

Despite her nerves, Heeman says that she “felt ready for the game, they [the Covenant Christian Academy players] weren’t anything out of the ordinary or different from the more intense teams we played throughout the season.”

Senior Abby Hartman, a veteren player, says she was excited, yet still nervous to see what the outcome would be.

Hartman says she “felt great and felt the team was capable of doing it.”

Last year was the first year the team 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.