PAHS roundup: Oct. 10-16

Cross country: OV boys, Smethport girls run to NTL titles

The calendar may change, but Oswayo Valley’s dominance over the area cross country circuit continues. On a crisp, sunny Tuesday afternoon at Port Allegany, the Green Wave rolled to a sixth consecutive North Tier League championship to match their unbeaten league dual-meet record.

Defending NTL and District 9 champ Barrett Kemp concluded his run through the league in style as the OV senior crossed the line in 17:15 to hold off teammates Spencer Cole (17:38) and Gabriel Rees (17:51) and claim yet another title in his glittering career.

Northern Potter runners Ethan Kibbe (18:09) and Tim Adams (18:14) paced the Panthers to a second-place finish, with Gabe Trimbur (Coudersport, 18:21), Grant Nolan (OV, 18:27), Adam Koehler (Port Allegany, 18:33), Michael Adams (NoPo, 18:38), and Caleb Byron (NoPo, 18:46) rounding out the top 10.

Morgan Soule (NoPo) completed the hilly 3.1-mile course in 21:04 to edge OV’s Bailey Kemp (22:10) in the girls’ varsity race, reversing last year’s order of finish. Smethport reclaimed the team crown from Northern Potter as Hubber runners Katie Arnett (22:13) and Elizabeth Tanner (22:25) were the next two across the line, with Ellen Kibbe (NoPo, 22:31), Amelia Kibbe (NoPo, 22:43), Courtney Rogers (Coudy, 22:58), Kiersten Slater (Smethport, 23:27), Kahlie Carpenter (OV, 23:38), and Anna Colebert (Otto-Eldred) 23:46 also earning medals with top-10 runs.

Coudersport won both the boys’ and girls’ junior high races, with Smethport’s Justin Tanner (8:47) and Northern Potter’s Emma Ford (9:29) claiming individual honors.

The hill-and-dale season concludes with the D-9 meet in Ridgway on Oct, 27, followed by the PIAA championships on Nov. 3 at the Parkview Country Club course in Hershey.

Girls soccer: Gators end season at 4-12

It was an up-and-down year for the Port Allegany girls soccer team, with the Gators reclaiming the “Ten-Mile Trophy” by sweeping Smethport but falling short of their goal to return to the District 9 playoffs.

“We played very well but were outmuscled in the end,” coach Travis Cowburn wrote after Port dropped a 4-1 decision at perennial Section V contender Genesee Valley last Friday night. “They were very physical as we knew they would be but no answer for it. Cheyenne Helo had an outstanding game in the back sweeper position. Somer Buchsenschutz scored on a beautiful shot, as her speed met the goalie out of position. Lynae Delacour delivered the ball on a gorgeous pass from midfield.”

Emily Chamberlain scored twice and Chelsea Halbert made three saves to pick up the win for the Jaguars (11-3), while Laura Fox stopped 15 shots in the Port net.

The Gators completed their season on Tuesday with a 2-0 loss to Elk County Catholic, as Michaela Cashmer and Morgan Onink each tallied a goal for the Crusaders and Hannah Onink earned the shutout win.

Port (4-12, 4-6 UAVSL) will lose seniors Jessica Achar, Gabrielle Drabert, Kayla Ford, Cheyenne Helo, Samantha Hughes and Mary Rosenswie from this year’s roster, but Buchsenschutz, Delacour, and Fox should provide a solid base of returning talent next season.

Volleyball: Gators stay atop NTL

Three more North Tier League matches, three more straight-set victories for the Port Allegany volleyball team, as the Gators remained on track to match last season’s perfect run through the league schedule.

Jenny Shelley (16 service points, 26 assists, 4 kills) and Rachel Taylor (8 points, 11 kills) led the way in Port’s 25-16, 25-17, 25-10 win over Austin last Tuesday, with Becca Lathrop contributing 8 kills and Ashley Woodruff adding 12 points.

Thursday was Senior Night at the Port Allegany gym, with honorees Shelley (16 points, 7 kills, 24 assists), Taylor (8 points, 12 kills, 5 blocks) and Woodruff (10 points, 3 kills, 7 digs) all playing a major role as the Gators dropped Otto-Eldred 25-10, 25-14, 25-12.

“This was a good win on Senior Night. All three seniors stepped up and played well,” coach Sharon Daniels wrote in an email to the Reporter Argus.

The Gators stepped out of the NTL the next night as Portville, a perennial Section VI power, stopped Port’s regular-season winning streak with a 25-22, 21-25, 26-24, 26-24 victory despite 26 assists and 14 service points from Shelley, 14 kills and 5 blocks by Taylor, and 8 kills by Woodruff.

“You can tell from the scores, this was a close match,” Daniels wrote. “It was a disappointing loss, especially since we were leading in the last two games and then didn’t pull out the win. Portville is a nice team. They are quick on offense and we didn’t make the adjustments we needed to on defense. It was a learning experience for both our front and back row and was a good match to have heading into playoffs in two weeks.

“Two juniors stepped up big for us. Becca Lathrop (7 points, 7 kills, 3 blocks) played big all the way around and Taylor Causer (12 points) was clutch serving for us. 92/95 serving on the night definitely kept us in all four games.”

Returning to league play on Tuesday night, the Gators also returned to their winning ways with a 25-11, 25-12, 25-14 victory over Smethport.

“Tonight was a strong team win,” Daniels wrote. “Shelley (6 points, 4 kills, 35 assists) and Taylor (14 kills, 9 blocks) are always a strong duo. Becca Lathrop (8 points, 11 kills) has gotten stronger every match since our tournament play in Sheffield. Jena Young (7 points, 5 kills) has also made her presence known. Brooke Roys (7 kills, 5 blocks) had a strong showing at the net tonight and Taylor Causer (10 points) played a quick 6 and served very well. We were missing senior Ashley Woodruff and Amber Naylor; Rikki Rennells and Bethy Bernardi (14 points) stepped up effectively.”

Port (14-1, 11-0 NTL) travels to Cameron County on Thursday, then takes part in the Elk County Catholic Tournament on Saturday before finishing the NTL season against Oswayo Valley and Coudersport next week.

Volleyball: Gators still unbeaten in NTL, claim Sheffield Tourney crown

As the North Tier League volleyball season hit its midpoint last week, Port Allegany continued its quest for a second straight undefeated run through the league. The Gators held serve on Thursday night, following last Tuesday’s thrilling five-set win at Coudersport with a 25-16, 25-13, 25-14 victory over Northern Potter as Jena Young (22 service points, 4 kills), Rachel Taylor (15 service points, 12 kills, 7 blocks), Ashley Woodruff (6 service points, 11 kills, 7 digs) and Jenny Shelley (22 assists) led the charge.

“The girls kept their intensity throughout the match. They were focused, passing well to set up the swing,” coach Sharon Daniels wrote in an email to the Reporter Argus.

Stepping out of the NTL for am 11-team tournament at Sheffield on Saturday morning, the Gators got off to a slow start without two of their top players, but rebounded to claim the tourney title with a championship-match win over Cranberry.

Coach Daniels’ post-match report:

“We started the day short starters Rachel Taylor, Ashley Woodruff (SATs). The line-up for the first round of pool play saw one senior, four juniors, two sophomores and a freshman.

“We dropped two to Sheffield early 6-11, 9-11, then changed the line-up starting Brianna Bell (freshman JV, middle hitter) in the right side blocking position. Becca Lathrop had to fill the middle hitter position left vacant by Taylor. Jena Young, Amber Naylor and Rikki Rennells played their regular strong side positions and filled in for Woodruff. Bethy Bernardi played the back row opposite Brianna while our lone senior, Jenny Shelley, directed from the court. They gelled much better and we went on to defeat Rocky Grove, 11-5 and 11-4, then faced Oil City for the last match up of Round 1 and defeated them 11-2 and 12-10 (after trailing 10-6). Becca Lathrop was offensively and defensively sound. Roys, Bell, Young and Shelley added to the front row defense, blocking very well.

“The second round of pool play seeded the top four teams against one another. We had edged Youngsville on points for the fourth position in the top seeded pool. At this point we were playing with more confidence but were anxiously awaiting the arrival of Taylor and Woodruff. We came right out and split with Sheffield after having lost two to them earlier. ECC defeated us pretty easily 11-4, 11-8. Just as we finished against ECC our seniors arrived in the gym. We had nearly an hour wait before meeting Cranberry for our last match of the second round. To say the least, they were speechless as Ashley and Rachel joined the warm-up hitting drill. Their speed and strength served to pump up the entire team and everyone was swinging impressively. We dropped Cranberry 11-4 and then had a rotation of poor service receive, dug a hole and lost the second game 6-11.

“After another long break before the playoff seeds were posted, we faced Brockway, one game to 21. The team played very strong, passing well and hitting aggressively (21-8). Our next match was a rematch with ECC who had just defeated NTL rival Oswayo Valley. We won that match, 15-8, 11-15 (again service receive was our nemesis) and finished with a 15-11 score. Cranberry had defeated Eisenhower and had been waiting on the other court while we finished.

“The format now was best two out of three, first two to 25, third game to 15. We came out slow and trailed as much as 13-8 before slowly gaining momentum. We finally gained the lead when we arrived at 20. Our blockers made adjustments and our back row slid line on their outsides and hard cross court on their middles and brought up everything. Final of the first game, 25-23. We definitely had the momentum at this point. At 20-9 in the second game it was apparent that the Gators were going to earn the trophy. The final score, 25-16.

“Jenny Shelley was solid all day. She set well, making effective decisions, was aggressive on offense and was defensively sound. Becca Lathrop was a key player and our ‘go to’ hitter throughout pool play. Jena Young also stepped up her game swinging effectively and moving well on defense. Brooke Roys adjusted well to her blocking assignment. She forced the opponents to go around her helping our defense immensely. Rachel Taylor and Ashley Woodruff both immediately made their presence felt in the playoffs combining for 27 kills and even more importantly raised the level of intensity of the entire team.

“Other than one lull in service receive, the girls played consistently throughout the playoffs for 6 games straight. Service accuracy was impressive at 97/105. It was definitely our best all-around play of the season thus far.”

The Gators (11-0, 8-0 going into Tuesday’s match at Austin) return to their home court on Thursday to host Otto-Eldred, then hit the road twice next week for matches against Smethport and Cameron County.

Volleyball: Gators stay unbeaten at 8-0

Both sides wore black in last Thursday night’s North Tier League volleyball match between Port Allegany and Smethport at the PAHS gym, but once the ball went up, it wasn’t hard to tell which team was the defending NTL champs.

Racing out to an 11-0 lead behind the serving of Jenny Shelley in Game 1, the Gators made quick work of the first two games, then withstood a Hubber surge in the third to wrap up the 25-12, 25-8, 25-16 win.

Shelley’s left-handed serves confounded the Smethport returners all night, piling up 18 points and five aces – including a pair back-to-back to close out the first game – and the Gator senior added 25 assists and three kills in another straight-set victory.

“She’s got a lot of topspin on that ball,” Port coach Sharon Daniels said of the three-time North Tier all-star. “Whether she’s running a jump serve or whether she’s running flat, she just has so much topspin. It’s coming at you, and then it dies right in front of you. It’s tough to handle.”

When the Hubs did get the ball back over the net, they found the trio of Rachel Taylor (9 points, 11 kills, 5 blocks), Becca Lathrop (7 points, 4 kills), and Ashley Woodruff (7 points, 7 kills) waiting on the other side. And when it looked like Smethport might mount a challenge, taking their first lead of the night at 3-2 in the third game and still within range at 11-8, junior middle hitter Taylor Causer followed a Port timeout with a huge block and a four-point service run to help the Gators pull away for the win.

“She played well tonight,” said Daniels of Causer. “But everybody’s stepping up – it doesn’t matter whether you’re a starter or you’re coming off the bench.”

Port added two more straight-set wins to open the week, downing Galeton 25-13, 25-9, 25-9 in a non-league road match on Monday, then returning home to take out Cameron County 25-12, 25-14, 25-11 the next night.

Shelley dealt out 30 assists and added 10 points and three kills against the Tigers, with Taylor (14 kills, 6 blocks, 10 points) leading the offense and Lathrop (9 points, 5 kills, 2 blocks), Woodruff (7 kills), and Brooke Roys (7 points, 4 kills, 2 blocks) contributing.

The Red Raiders didn’t have any better luck against Shelley’s serves than the Hubbers had, as the senior racked up 11 points on nine aces and filled up the stat sheet with 19 assists, four kills, two blocks, and five digs. Taylor (8 kills), Lathrop (15 points, 3 kills, 5 digs), Causer (16 points), Roys (6 points, 5 kills, 3 blocks) and Woodruff (6 kills, 5 digs) also garnered mention from the Port mentor as the Gators won their 24th straight regular-season match to move to 8-0, 5-0 NTL.

“We’re playing steady,” Daniels said on Thursday night. “I’m pleased with everybody. If we stay healthy, we’ll be okay.”

PAHS Roundup: Sept. 12-18

Cross Country:

Port Allegany’s Adam Koehler dodged the raindrops to win his second cross country meet of the season against visiting Otto-Eldred on Tuesday afternoon, crossing the line in 19:47 to pace the Port squad. (With only four Port runners participating, team scores weren’t kept.) Freshman Benon Smith placed third in 21:41, with sophomores Jeremy Barney (8th, 24:14) and Jeff Stehle (10th, 25:25) also completing the course for the Gators.

With a small roster full of dual-sport athletes, it’s mostly about individual progress for the Port Allegany team.

“For the kids who come out, I think they appreciate it and realize it’s something they can do for their life,” coach Fran Reilly said. “That’s what I try to tell them: ‘I never tell you to beat somebody, I always tell you to beat yourself. Always beat your time. Every time you run this course, run it your best, and run it so that you beat your last time.’ And they are, and that’s all I ask.”

For Koehler, who finished 23rd at last year’s District 9 meet in Ridgway as a freshman, Reilly thinks continued improvement might just lead to the PIAA championships before he’s done.

“I’d love to see Adam go to states, and if he wants it, I think he’s right there,” she said.

The season continues with meets against Oswayo Valley, Northern Potter and Smethport before the Oct. 16 North Tier League meet, which will be on the Port Allegany course this year.

Boys Soccer:

Last week, Port Allegany boys soccer coach Aaron Clark was hoping to come through a rough stretch of games with a 6-2 record. Mission accomplished, after the Gators rebounded from a 6-1 loss to powerful Brockway with three straight wins.

On Tuesday, Scott Brookens netted his fourth hat trick of the season as Port roared back from a 1-0 first-half deficit to drop Coudy, 5-1. Tyler Kittilson and Sam Kysor also scored for the Gators (7-2), with Ben Edgell making six saves to pick up his seventh win of the season in goal.

“We were awful on defense in the first half. We were swinging and missing on a lot of clears, giving Coudersport way too many opportunities. Way too sloppy. It was really nerve-wracking to begin with,” Clark said. “They were still rough in the second half at times, but they got a little bit better.”

On Saturday, Brookens scored his 50th career goal on the way to accounting for all of the offense in the Gators’ 3-1 win over St. Marys, with Tyler Kittilson picking up the assist on the milestone.

“It was just a nice ball from TK, on the floor at the 18 right to Scott’s foot and he just dumped it in,” Clark said. “The number of assists he’s gotten over the years from Tyler and Sam Kysor, I think he knows without those guys, he’s not going to have anywhere near 50 goals.”

It was Kittilson’s turn to do the scoring against Smethport last Thursday, with the junior netting the second hat trick of his own and Brookens adding two goals as the Gators dumped the Hubbers by a 7-2 final.

With the offense averaging more than three goals per game and Edgell standing tall in the net, allowing more than one goal in just three of Port’s nine games so far, the Gators would appear to be setting themselves up for a nice postseason run.

“You throw out the beating from Brockway we took, we’re winning pretty much everything we’re supposed to win,” Clark said. “So we’re at the point where we’re just looking at our league schedule and trying to win every game there, and kind of look at playoff seedings.”

The second half of the regular season gets underway on Thursday with a visit from Kane, followed by a welcome five-day break before the Gators head to Ridgway next Tuesday.

Girls Soccer:

As the Port Allegany girls soccer team hits the midpoint of the season, the Gators continue to get most of their goal-scoring from super sophomores Lynae Delacour and Somer Buchsenschutz. Last Saturday was no different as Port picked up its second win, with Delacour’s direct kick in overtime sending the Gators past Kane, 2-1. Freshman Laura Fox made eight saves for the Gators, now 2-6 after dropping a 9-3 decision to Ridgway on Monday.

“Somer had a breakaway goal with a beautiful feed from Lynae,” coach Travis Cowburn wrote in an email after the Kane match. “It was a tough game to watch. Offensively we are still having a tough time creating scoring opportunities. The defense was solid. Erika Helo had a tremendous game at stopper and distributed with good execution. We can’t rely on the same opportunities every game. My offense needs to create things better and see the entire field better.”

The second half of the schedule begins with a visit from St. Marys on Wednesday (too late for this edition), before the Gators host Smethport (Wednesday) and DuBois CC (Thursday) on back-to-back nights next week.

“The meat of our schedule is coming up and we need to win a few if we would like to visit the postseason in any way, shape or form,” Cowburn wrote.

Volleyball:

Like their counterparts on the football field, the Port Allegany volleyball team is picking up right where it left off after a successful 2011 season, dropping just a single game in the first five matches of the current campaign.

“The girls are communicating well. I’m very pleased with their work ethic,” coach Sharon Daniels wrote in an email after the Gators moved to 5-0 with a 25-8, 25-11, 25-11 win over Otto-Eldred on Tuesday night. “The entire team is contributing in every match. Everyone is getting plenty of playing time and we are seeing the benefits in overall improvement.”

Roughly a third of the way through the regular-season schedule following earlier wins over Northern Potter (25-9, 25-16, 25-14 last Tuesday) and Austin (25-7, 25-4, 25-3 on Thursday), Ashley Woodruff leads the team in kills with an even 50 (10 each against NoPo and Austin). Jenny Shelley continues to set up the Gator attack, averaging 23 assists and more than 15 service points per match while firing 28 aces, and Rachel Taylor (10 kills against Austin, 11 kills and 9 blocks against Otto-Eldred) leads a host of other Gators helping stake the team to its unbeaten start.

Port returns to the court on Thursday for a home match against Smethport, then visits Galeton in a non-league match next Monday before returning to North Tier League play with matches against Cameron County and Oswayo Valley.

PAHS Sports Briefs: 8/31 – 9/4

Boys Soccer:

Three games into the Upper Allegheny Valley Soccer League season, it looks like Scotty Brookens and his Port Allegany Gators are picking up right where they left off.

Brookens, already Port’s all-time leading scorer with 36 goals after his junior season, netted seven more as Port advanced to the championship game of the Galeton Tournament on Saturday, then overwhelmed Ridgway 7-1 in Tuesday’s UASVL opener.

On Saturday, the Gators downed Williamson 4-0 in their first game, with Brookens recording the hat trick, Tyler Kittilson adding a goal, and Ben Edgell making 12 stops to earn the shutout. That sent them into the title game against Northeast Bradford, with the Panthers claiming the crown 3-0 despite nine saves from Edgell.

“A mixed day,” Port coach Aaron Clark said. “The first game, it took us a while to get going – the tournament really is just there to help us knock some of the rust off a bit. The first game, overall, we were pleased with. We actually left a few goals on the field; we lost a lot of opportunities. But overall, the real concern had been the defense, and in the first game the defense played well. Even in the second game with a 3-0 score, the defense still did very well. Ben Edgell played great. He kept us in the second game almost single-handedly. So it was a positive weekend. We were able to kind of walk out of there with some confidence, and trust that we have a solid team.”

That confidence carried over into Tuesday’s home opener, with the Gators cruising to a comfortable win over the Elkers. Brookens added four more tallies to the school record,with Kittilson (2) and Rudy Collver also finding the back of the net and Edgell stopping five shots to pick up his second win.

“It was a slow start for a bit,” Clark said. “Ridgway played tough for the first 10 minutes, but we were eventually able to wear them down after a while. It’s just the very beginning of the league schedule, but we’re confident and hoping that we’re going to build up and just keep getting better. Three games in, the defense probably played their best game of the season so far. Everybody in front of Ben helped keep Ben clean. He didn’t have to do to much. With the exception of one slight defensive error that led to the goal that they scored, Ben really had to do very little for us.”

The Gators (2-1) play a non-league home game against Olean’s Archbishop Walsh at 4 p.m. Thursday, then embark on a four-game road swing next week to ECC, Brockway, Smethport, and Saint Marys.

Girls Soccer:

The Port Allegany girls soccer team dropped a pair of games in last weekend’s season-opening Bradford Tournament, but the Gators didn’t go down without a fight against their hosts and an always-strong Portville side.

In what coach Travis Cowburn called a “fast-paced great game” in the opener, Port and Bradford played to a halftime 2-2 tie before the Class AA Owls managed to pull away in the second 40 minutes for a 4-3 win. Lynae Delacour netted a pair of goals and also assisted on a score by fellow sophomore Somer Buchsenschutz, while freshman Laura Fox made 14 saves for the Gators.

“We still have a lot to learn as I must keep changing things up to find the right combination of the newly constructed defense,” Cowburn wrote in an email to the Reporter Argus. “They are playing hard and we will improve steadily. The weather was very hot as both teams went down with cramps time and time again. I was very proud of their effort.”

A 10 o’clock start the next morning didn’t leave much time to recuperate for the young Gators or for Portville – the No. 1 seed in last year’s Section 6 Class C playoffs – who lost to Olean on penalty kicks Friday night. Nether team could solve the other’s defense in the first half, before the Panthers finally claimed a 2-0 victory on a pair of goals by Shawna Lowe.

“Our young defense has a lot to learn yet but seem to be quickly learning from the miscues being made,” Cowburn wrote. “Fitness is still the Achilles heel of the team as we tend to lose touch on the ball and become more spectators late in the game when we need it the most. Freshman goal keeper Laura Fox had another outstanding game with 10 saves. She is becoming a ‘rock’ back there and has stepped up to most of the challenges put before her. Midfielder McKenna Johnson and defender Cheyenne Helo are doing a tremendous job. Their leadership has helped the Gators raise a few eyebrows.”

After opening the Upper Allegheny Valley Soccer League schedule with a home match against Saint Marys on Wednesday, Port (0-2) travels to DuBois CC the following afternoon.

Volleyball:

The Port Allegany volleyball team didn’t lose a single match during the 2011 regular season, carrying a perfect 16-0 record into the District 9 championship round. Judging by early results, the Gators are going to be just as tough to beat this year, dropping just a single game in two non-league matches to open the season.

In Friday’s Gator-vs.-Gator showdown at Allegany-Limestone, Port jumped out to a 2-0 lead, then held on for a 3-1 (25-16, 25-15, 23-25, 25-20) win.

“It’s always good to get that first win under your belt, and overall we played well,” coach Sharon Daniels wrote in an email to the Reporter Argus. “We have lots to work on, one of which is to speed up our offense and earn more points, quickly getting us to 25. Last night we relied on the opponent’s errors for too many of our points. We struggled getting the ball to our middles; fortunately Ashley Woodruff (16 kills, 11 digs) was hot and tallied some big points. Jenny Shelley (32 assists, 10 kills, 15 points) and Becca Lathrop (9 points, 4 kills, 2 1/2 blocks) both played a smart right side and scored on strategy. Defensively at the net, the girls were tough. Rachel Taylor (7 kills, 5 1/2 blocks), Brooke Roys (8 kills, 7 1/2 blocks) and Becca combined for 15 blocks to shut down Allegany’s offense.”

On Tuesday, the Gators cruised to a 25-2, 25-6, 25-15 straight-set victory over visiting Galeton. Shelley once again led the way with 19 points, 4 kills, and 17 assists, with Amber Naylor (14 points), Taylor (10 points, 4 kills, 2 blocks), and Woodruff (7 kills) also garnering mention.

“Good team win,” Daniels wrote. “All players contributed. We executed our offense better than last Friday evening. Serving was very effective.”

Port (2-0) has the rest of the week off before starting the North Tier League season at Northern Potter next Tuesday.

Volleyball: Lady Gators make it to D-9 Final Four

Lori Chase
Port Allegany Reporter Argus
November 10, 2011

Port Allegany’s most successful volleyball season of the last decade came to an end on Saturday afternoon, but not until they’d earned a trip to the District 9 Class A Championship “final four” at St. Marys High School.

The top-seeded Lady Gators (16-3) ran into some tough opposition in the “Dutch Oven,” dropping two-set matches to Ridgway (26-24, 25-21), Allegheny-Clarion Valley (25-18, 25-17), and eventual district champ Clarion (25-8, 25-23), but for coach Sharon Daniels, making it there was something to be proud of.

“Seriously, the best of the best is who’s here. It doesn’t matter what seed you are, if you end up here in the final four, you are one of the top four teams in the district,” she said. “When we talked to the team after our first practice, I told them, ‘You know what, guys? Collectively, you have so much potential that you could win the league, but that’s not our goal.’ The very first day of practice, I said, ‘Our goal is to be at the final four.’ That’s what we’ve worked for all year long, and hey, here we were.”
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