County commissioners honor field hockey team

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Penn Manor’s field hockey team was honored Wednesday by the Lancaster County Commissioners for “displaying the highest levels of skill, dedication and courage” in earning a state title.

The three-member board of commissioners presented the players with a commendation praising the team as “a shining example of the great strength that is born when individuals choose to unite together to work as one.”

The Comets won the Pennsylvania AAA Championship Nov. 15 after playing to a hard-fought 1-1 tie with Palmyra. After two exhausting, scoreless overtime periods, Penn Manor and Palmyra were declared co-champions — the first time two teams have shared the title since 1994.

The championship capped an outstanding year for the Comets. The team compiled a 24-4-1 overall record and a 13-1 record in Lancaster-Lebanon League competition, defying pre-season predictions.

“On behalf of the citizens of Lancaster County, we want to extend our congratulations to you for a job well done,” commissioner Scott Martin said before presenting the commendation to the team.

Team members made their own presentation, giving the commissioners a framed team photograph signed by all the players that will hang in the county office building.