Saturday, November 15, 2008

Hershey bound

In a few, Observer-Reporter staffer Kevin Jacobsen and yours truly will be headed to Hershey for the PIAA boys and girls Class AAA soccer championships. Each match involves Peters Township.

Here are a few facts regarding the championships:
1. Peters Township becomes the first school in PIAA history to send its boys and girls soccer teams to the state championships in the same year. It's an amazing accomplishment.

2. Tonight's Boys Class AAA final against Downingtown West marks the fifth appearance in a title game for the Peters Township boys, easily the most of any local team.

3. The Peters Township boys are 2-1-1 in its previous four appearances. The Indians won the Class AAA title in 2007. They won the Class AA title in 1988 and shared the title in 1989. In 1998, they were runners-up.

4. PT boys head coach Bobby Dyer has been a part of each PT championship team. He played on the 1988 and 1989 teams before playing soccer at Pitt. He coached the 1998 team and returned to coach in 2007.

5. The Peters Township girls are playing for its first PIAA title.

6. PT girls head coach Pat Vereb is in his second year with the team after a successful stint as head girls coach at Mt. Lebanon.

7. The Downingtown West boys are the nation's No. 3 team according to the latest NSCAA/adidas rankings.

8. Last year, DW was also nationally ranked before losing to PT on Shane Pruitt's overtime goal.

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