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With advanced hand-eye coordination and a booming shot, Alexa Derr is a deadly goal scorer. But more importantly, Derr has developed as a person, a teammate and a leader.

This week, Derr continued to play her game, as the Palmyra field hockey squad concluded another marvelous fall season.

On Tuesday at Selinsgrove, Derr tallied a pair of goals, as the Cougars opened play in the PIAA District Three Class AA playoffs with a convincing 4-0 triumph over the homestanding Seals. With the opening quarter coming to a close, the senior captain scored twice in a two-minute span to push Palmyra’s 1-0 advantage to three goals.

Then on Saturday at Cocalico High School, Palmyra’s campaign came to an end, in a 2-1 loss to Gwynedd Mercy, in the quarterfinal round of the state Class AA postseason. Derr netted Palmyra’s only goal in that one, on a rocket of a shot late in the third period, that at the time, knotted the score at one.

The District Three and PIAA Class AA playoffs served as a microcosm of the Cougars’ season in general. For the most part, the Cougars stepped up their play when they needed to most, and it was usually Derr showing the way.

Palmyra concluded the year at 18-4-1 overall and as the third-place finisher in the District Three Class AA postseason.

  • Jeff Falk

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