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The Lady Rockets Soccer Team, donning hot-pink Final Four shirts, were honored Tuesday night at the Benton-Carroll-Salem Board of Education meeting.
The Oak Harbor High School teens, who captured the Division III regional title to earn a berth to the state semi-final competition, sat together in the first row in front of the board members. They each received a commendation certificate for their unmatched season.
“Words cannot explain how extremely proud we are of our Lady Rockets,” Superintendent Guy Parmigian said. Athletic Director Drew Grahl called it a “special season” that brought many great experiences.
“This is the first trip for any school in our league,” he said. This girls soccer team, he added, is not only a record-breaking team within the walls of Oak Harbor High but also the Sandusky Bay Conference.
Grahl added that unbelievable community support put the girls in the winning spirit.
One example, he said, was the effort by the Rocket Shop in town. “They got their shirts to the girls quickly. The girls won on Saturday and when they played Tuesday, they had their shirts.”
Grahl recognized coaches Renee Goldstein and Shannon Buder for their work and guidance during the season. He also paid homage to the team bus driver, Sue Weidner, who received a special commendation.
Grahl noted that when the girls boarded the bus, they found it decorated to the hilt and loaded with treats. When the girls returned, the bus was decorated totally differently.
“Having been in athletics all these years, I can tell you that these are the things that these girls will remember when they get together 20 years from now,” he said.
Weidner accepted her commendation then did a slow run down the line of soccer players, slapping their hands with high-fives while parents and friends gathered for the ceremony applauded.
Oak Harbor Village Council will honor the soccer team at its Dec. 2 meeting and the regional banner will soon be ready to hang in the gymnasium, Grahl told the board.
Members of the team include Eiriel Davis, Paige Velliquette, Mackenzie Auger, Addie Barton, Brittany Watkins, Maddy Rathbun, Noelle Petersen, Ivy Martin, Nikki Weis, Hannah Hess, Allyson Croy, Karis DeWalt, Mikenzie Blunt, Amanda Hetrick, Emma Barney, Emily Kamann, Emily Winters, Gillian Allen, Emily Bloom, Alexa Weis, Tessa Tyburski and Chrislyn Stevensen.
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