Sam Mercier: Binette close to reaching hockey milestone

To the editor:
To be the first to do anything is extraordinary. The only thing standing between Rylie Binette, and becoming the first girl to score 100 goals for girls hockey in Berlin, is five more. Binette has put in over 11 years of hard work and dedication, having played since she was seven. She played eight years of youth hockey; playing with the boys helped her gain tremendous strength.
Throughout the years Binette has developed her skill to become an essential playmaker to any team she's been apart of, scoring goals consistently, and picking up countless assists. She has become everything a coach wants in a center: speed, soft hands, consistency, and accuracy. She has been a starter for Berlin for the past three years, and a thorn in every team’s side. Rylie has already scored 35 goals this season, including five consecutive games with hat tricks, so achieving five more will be a simple task for her.
The Mountaineers next game is home on Tuesday the 14th at 6 p.m. against Concord. It is possible for her to score the 100th then; if Binette does not during that game the next two are away at Bishop Guertin and Bishop Brady, on the 21st and 24th respectively. If she scores the big goal at either one of those, she will be recognized on senior night, the 25th during a 3 PM game. No matter how her career ends, Rylie has had a fantastic one, making finals twice so far, and final four the other year, hoping to make finals again, and has put up fantastic numbers each year. I want to personally congratulate Rylie on her accomplishments throughout high school, and for being able to commit to the University of Southern Maine for hockey. Congratulations Rylie! Good luck, and go get ‘em!
Sam Mercier and Audrey Coulombe
Berlin