Abington Journal

Community gives AH Comets spirited sendoff to state title game in Hershey

CLARKS SUMMIT — Blue and white balloons tied to parking meters lined South State Street Tuesday afternoon as an excited crowd gathered near the Grove Street corner. “WE ARE AH” signs hung in the windows of almost every business along the downtown stretch, and more signs were proudly displayed in the hands of community members, there to see the Abington Heights Comets boys basketball team off to Hershey. With car horns and cheers filling the air as the bus and its police and fire escort drove by, the District 2 champions were off to face District 7 champion Mars for the state title at the GIANT Center.

Young Comets fans cheer for the boys basketball team as its bus passes through downtown Clarks Summit on its way to Hershey for the state title game Tuesday evening.
https://www.theabingtonjournal.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/web1_ABJ-Comets-Sendoff-1.jpgYoung Comets fans cheer for the boys basketball team as its bus passes through downtown Clarks Summit on its way to Hershey for the state title game Tuesday evening. Elizabeth Baumeister | Abington Journal
Brayden Terpak, 5, one of the Comets’ biggest fans, exudes confidence in the team’s ability to win the state title.
https://www.theabingtonjournal.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/web1_ABJ-Comets-Sendoff-2.jpgBrayden Terpak, 5, one of the Comets’ biggest fans, exudes confidence in the team’s ability to win the state title. Elizabeth Baumeister | Abington Journal
Rosey Holmes, 12, is swept up in the excitement of the afternoon as a crowd gathers Tuesday at the corner of State and Grove streets to see the Abington Heights boys basketball team off to the championship game in Hershey.
https://www.theabingtonjournal.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/web1_ABJ-Comets-Sendoff-3.jpgRosey Holmes, 12, is swept up in the excitement of the afternoon as a crowd gathers Tuesday at the corner of State and Grove streets to see the Abington Heights boys basketball team off to the championship game in Hershey. Elizabeth Baumeister | Abington Journal
Brayden Terpak, 5, and his mother Jackey Terpak cheer for the Comets as the entourage makes its way past them.
https://www.theabingtonjournal.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/web1_ABJ-Comets-Sendoff-4.jpgBrayden Terpak, 5, and his mother Jackey Terpak cheer for the Comets as the entourage makes its way past them. Elizabeth Baumeister | Abington Journal
The Comets received a police and fire escort, as a crowd of well-wishers gathered on South State Street to see them off to Hershey.
https://www.theabingtonjournal.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/web1_ABJ-Comets-Sendoff-5.jpgThe Comets received a police and fire escort, as a crowd of well-wishers gathered on South State Street to see them off to Hershey. Elizabeth Baumeister | Abington Journal
Fans cheer for the AH Comets, as a bus carrying the boys basketball team passes through State Street on its way to Hershey.
https://www.theabingtonjournal.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/web1_ABJ-Comets-Sendoff-6.jpgFans cheer for the AH Comets, as a bus carrying the boys basketball team passes through State Street on its way to Hershey. Elizabeth Baumeister | Abington Journal

By Elizabeth Baumeister

ebaumeister@timesleader.com

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