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Sept. 2, 2015 — A familiar face returns to Rt. 322

Hershey (Pa.) is a field hockey program which has had great success in its league and in Pennsylvania’s tough District 3. But the team has never won a PIAA state championship.

The Trojans have had the talent, but have never had the good fortune. In 2008, they had the misfortune to run into a Millersville Penn Manor (Pa.) team with future national teamer Jill Witmer on it, losing 4-0 on the day. Hershey threw every ounce of sinew, motivation, and commitment into a return to the final in 2009, only to come up a goal short against Hummelstown Lower Dauphin (Pa.), a school located about 4 1/2 miles west along Rt. 322 in central Pennsylvania.

So, who better to take over Hershey’s field hockey program than someone who knows the ins and outs of playing in the Mid-Penn Conference than former University of Maryland star and graduate of Palmyra (Pa.), Bri (Davies) Price?

Price, after all, helped Palmyra win the 2005 state championship with a dominating 4-0 win over Oley (Pa.) Valley. Playing alongside classmate Kelly Fitzpatrick, Price fed her and her teammates laser passes for goals. Fitzpatrick had 66 goals that fall to lead the country as the Cougars dominated their competition.

What kind of coach will Price be? Well, knowledge of the U.S. high-performance system will help; she was on the national team for two years.

But I think there will also be a change in mentality. On the web page advertising her services as a personal trainer, Price has these words:

The only one who can tell you “you can’t” is you. And you don’t have to listen.

Words to live by.

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