The Inquirer TOP 25
Mentioned: Spring-Ford Area High School | Plymouth Whitemarsh High School | Cardinal O'Hara High School | Pennsbury | Strath Haven High School | Abington Senior High School | Father Judge | West Chester Rustin | Boyertown | St. Joseph's Prep | West Philadelphia Catholic High School | Downingtown West | Malvern Prep | Ridley High School | West Chester Henderson | Souderton | Roman Catholic | Coatesville Area Senior High School | Council Rock High School South | North Penn High School | Neshaminy | Downingtown East | Archbishop Wood High School | La Salle College High School
Boys' and girls' soccer team, coach and player of the year.
Frist and second all-Southeastern Pennsylvania boys' and girls' soccer teams.
Here at Rally, we're always in favor of fairness. In Monday's Inquirer, I wrote a column that expressed disappointment over the ending in Saturday's PIAA Class AAA boys' soccer state championship game. Father Judge, of course, tied Central Dauphin and both were awarded co-championships instead of the game being decided by penalties.
As I said in the column, this is a practice that the PIAA has followed forever, for a few reasons. I reached out to Hal Heffelfinger, the District 1 chairperson for soccer, to get a better sense of the reasoning behind the rules.
Heffelfinger is also the former boys' soccer coach at Neshaminy and in 1994, his team was crowned co-champs with Bethel Park. Hal sent me a detailed e-mail I wanted to share with everyone:
Mentioned: Father Judge
HERSHEY -- Well, this is it. Area teams are 3-0 today and Father Judge has the chance to make history. The Crusaders can become the first-ever city team to win a soccer state title.
We'll be taking you through the night as we can. Updates might be sparse early because I'm writing a story for the paper on Downingtown West girls' soccer victory earlier.
Refresh early and often.
Mentioned: Father Judge
That's really the only thing I can still say after Tuesday's PIAA AAA state semifinal between Father Judge and Unionville, a 2-1 double-overtime victory by Judge.
It was an instant classic and a game worthy of all the superlatives you'll hear in the coming days.
Catholic League All-Catholic Football Selections
Most Valuable Player: Cardinal O'Hara’s Corey Brown
Mentioned: Cardinal Dougherty High School | La Salle College High School | Archbishop Wood High School | Cardinal O'Hara High School | Archbishop Ryan High School | Archbishop Carroll | Archbishop Prendergast | Bishop McDevitt | Conwell-Egan | Father Judge | Kennedy-Kenrick | Lansdale Catholic | Monsignor Bonner | North Catholic | Roman Catholic | St. Joseph's Prep
The PIAA has issued more information for Saturday's second round state soccer quarterfinals. Here's where the local teams left will be:
1-1 Unionville vs. 3-2 Red Land at Exeter Twp. HS in Reading, 5 p.m.