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championship, the Comets played for nearly 64 minutes, excelling in a sport that takes much practice and discipline.

For high school ice hockey, there are seven teams in this area’s division, from Pittston to Danville. Most of the Comets’ games and practices are held at the Coal Street Ice Rink in Wilkes-Barre.

Eyerman started the ice hockey program at Crestwood 18 years ago. At the time, the team had 20 skaters, he said, and now, with the sport’s ever growing popularity, it has 50 players. Crestwood has hockey teams in the middle school, junior varsity and varsity levels.

Most of the hockey players started skating as preschoolers, Eyerman related. He, too, began skating as a boy. Growing up in Mountaintop, Eyerman often visited the Coal Street Rink to practice. He still plays hockey competitively himself on Sunday nights.

His daughter, Leah, now 29, also

began skating at an early age and, when she was in sixth grade, was part of the original Crestwood ice hockey team that Eyerman started. Leah went on to play at the college level, at Neuman College near Philadelphia.

Driven by their most recent championship win, the Comets are now ready to go on to the Flyers Cup, with their first game March 2. The Flyers Cup is an annual high school ice hockey tournament held by the Philadelphia Flyers.

Crestwood is the only team from this area to participate in the Flyers Cup, where 40 to 50 of the best teams in eastern Pennsylvania compete. The Comets competed last year as well, winning second place in the eastern division. This year, the team hopes to take first, to then go on to play the winner of the western Pennsylvania division in the state championship.