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She began as a role player, and she emerged as a leader. She started as a competitor, and developed into a goal scorer.

But Katelyn Rueppel has always been a winner.

On Saturday at home, Rueppel’s spectacular career as an Elco soccer player concluded with a 2-1, double-overtime loss to Mechanicsburg, in the semifinal round of the District Three Class AAA playoffs. Rueppel netted the lone goal for the Raiders during the contest.

The senior forward/midfielder’s goal came early in the second half tied the match at one. It was Rueppel’s team-leading tenth goal of the year.

During her four-year career at Elco, Rueppel’s Raiders captured two District Three Class AA championships and won four Lancaster-Lebanon section crowns.

Rueppel’s future plans include furthering her academic and athletic pursuits at Division Two Mansfield University.

In the winter, Rueppel is also an accomplished basketball player for Elco.

  • Jeff Falk

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