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Sports Spotlight: Skating Their Way Through Playoffs (Hockey)

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2023-2024 Urbana High School ice hockey team

“Hockey deserves more recognition and it honestly should be seen as a sport at the high school,” Max Dabruzzo, a senior forward for the Urbana Hockey team. Skate Frederick, where regular season games take place, is about 25 minutes away from Urbana High School which makes it difficult to have regular student attendance. 

This is not an issue when it comes to the big rivalry games against the Oakdale Bears. Students, teachers and parents from both sides pack the rink. The Hawks have faced off against the Bears three times this season, all ending in close, defeating loses for the Hawks. One of these coming in the Monocacy Valley Hockey League Championship. “We are all super disappointed, but we are hoping to go on a deep run in the states,” Dabruzzo expresses while reflecting on the 6-4 loss. 

As Oakdale has been the only team able to defeat the Hawks (13-3-1), a strong run in the state championship is to be expected. To prepare for the state championship “We are going to watch some film about what we could’ve done better in the championship game. We are in a good mindset right now and one championship loss isn’t going to stop us,” Dabruzzo told us. 

When asked about noticeable changes that can be corrected before states, Seamus McGee, a senior defender, explains, “We are going to play with more discipline, so we are not taking as many penalties as we did last game [vs. Oakdale].”

McGee expresses his excitement and nerves about the state playoff games, while explaining how, “We have never won a playoff game in my 4 years of playing high school hockey, so I am looking forward to changing that and winning my first one.” 

Hockey has taught these younger players so much, like, “how to accept defeat and build from my mistakes,” says Dabruzzo. The team is ready for their run in states starting Thursday, February 22nd, against Annapolis, as they fight for the state title. 

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Lily Woodham, Reporter
  Lily Woodham is a senior here at Urbana High School and she has had a great experience so far. Being involved in sports and academics has made a big impact on her experience and is what truly made her time here so great. The sports she is involved in are field hockey in the fall, and softball in the spring. Her favorite memory from senior year so far was during field hockey season when UHS beat BCC for the first time in program history. A core memory from high school for Lily is the Urbana softball team winning the state championship in 2023. The win was dedicated to Coach Jeremy Magers who passed a couple monthes before her junior softball season.    Outside of school, Lily is usually attending a sporting event here at Urbana or hanging out with friends.  She loves going to the hockey games every Friday to support some of those friends. Lily is very excited for the new year and can’t wait for summer, her favorite time of year. She loves the warm weather, no school, summer softball, hanging out with friends, and vacations but, what she is most excited for is the bright future ahead of her. In the fall, she is attending the University of Mary Washington where she is committed to play softball. She says “It’s always been a dream of mine to play the sport I love at the collegiate level.”

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