For the first time in school history, the La Salle boys' golf team will have a chance to play for the state championship.
The Explorers, representing District 12, defeated District 11's Emmaus, 304-317, Thursday at Huntington Valley Country Club.
"La Salle has a history of reaching the state finals in a lot of sports, but never golf. So this is a big deal for the team and the school," La Salle assistant Chris Carabello said.
Six teams will play for the championship in a one-day, stroke play event at Heritage Hills in York, Pa. on October 23. La Salle and District 1's Methacton will be the only teams from the Philadelphia area with a chance to win.
"When you think of how many golf teams there are in the state, to be one of the final six is an incredible honor," Carabello said.
La Salle uses a balanced, experienced lineup with three juniors and two seniors. On Thursday junior Jack Quirk paced the team with a 2-over par, 72. Junior Gary McCabe shot a 76 to help La Salle advance.
"Emmaus was a very good team," Carabello said. "But it was a nice opportunity to play in our own backyard and our guys play well together. They all shoot consistent and score well as a team."