By Bradley DePanfilis and Lauren Sprague
Katie Labezius is a Manheim Township senior on the field hockey team. This year, the field hockey team had a successful season, as the team made it all the way to district quarterfinals. Their overall record was 13-9 and the team’s in-league record was 10-2.
Labezius began playing in third grade when her third grade teacher encouraged her to get involved in Junior Streaks, a youth field hockey program. She loves the sport and emphasized how the field hockey community, even outside of Manheim Township, is close and connected. This is especially true with the team this year. Labezius said, “Whenever I’m on the field and like one or two of my friends are on the sideline, you can always hear them cheering for you.” Her favorite moment from the season occurred in the first round of districts playoffs when her team was down two goals at halftime. Labezius and her teammates came back and won the game 3-2.
Her favorite field hockey player is Jill Witmer, a member of the U.S. National Team, who previously played for Penn Manor High School. “She is always the one who is motivating people to continue to work hard even though they are already pretty good,” said Labezius.
Labezius plays field hockey all year round. During the spring, winter, and summer, she plays on a field hockey team organized through Spooky Nook. “It’s not really a burden for me, I just have fun doing it and it’s something I look forward to doing,” Labezius said. Labezius is committed to play field hockey at Widener University next year.