Girls hockey at Auburn High was poised for a strong season this year before illness sidelined many players. Once they were healthy, the team did well, but it was too late. Contests against Bishop Fenwick are a good example. Auburn lost 3-0 at home in December but won 4-3 on the road in February. They ended the year 8-10-1.
A playoff spot was just out of reach, but the program still improves thanks in part to Coach Pete Laprad and assistants George Carpenter and Don Ganley. Seniors Kaitlyn Johnson, Samantha Perry, Cydney Randall and Julia Siemen leave a team in good shape for the next season.
New this year was the Kelly O’Leary Girls Hockey Tournament which recognized the Auburn alumna and her contributions to women’s hockey. She began playing for the Dandies back in 1982 as the first female in an Auburn uniform.
O’Leary went on to play for the United States National Team from 1990 to1998, but she credits the Auburn youth hockey program for developing her love for ice hockey.
Now Kelly O’Leary Wiedeman, she was unable to attend the tournament personally, but she was well represented by her parents and her sister who read a personal letter to the audience. Athletic Director Brian Davis hopes her experiences will serve as a good example for future members of the girls hockey program.