All yr, Williamsport coach Scott McNeill would hear from those that this was a rebuilding yr at Williamsport, and the Millionaires most likely wouldn’t make a deep playoff run. However McNeill didn’t pay any consideration to that.
He’s constructed up an ideal program at Williamsport and he and his gamers knew that they had an opportunity at a fifth consecutive District 4 title. It got here to fruition Saturday afternoon.
Williamsport pummeled Hazleton, 5-0, to win Saturday’s District 2-4 Class AAAA championship. And the title got here because of a powerful efficiency from Kailee Helmrich.
Helmrich was nothing wanting excellent towards Hazleton. She scored a career-high 4 targets to safe this system’s fifth consecutive district title. The Cougars had no reply to decelerate the Millionaires’ ahead.
“It is a actually good yr for us,” mentioned Helmrich on Saturday. “We weren’t certain we had been going to have a season, we handled bumps on the way in which, however we’ve been motivated and on a win streak now. We had been a fourth seed and we now have motivation going into states this yr.”
Williamsport led by 4 targets within the first half, all coming from Helmrich. Mallory Pardoe scored within the second half for the ultimate aim.
“Hopefully, we achieve states. It’s actually thrilling and a variety of vitality comes from it,” Helmrich mentioned.
The Millionaires want to win this system’s first state playoff recreation and wil get that shot Saturday within the PIAA Class AAAA quarterfinals at a web site and time to be decided towards the District 11 champion.
Whereas Williamsport’s season is continuous, Montoursville’s recreation to an finish Saturday because the Warriors fell to state-ranked Bloomsburg within the District 4 Class AA championship, 6-0. It was the primary time since 2016 the Warriors appeared in a district championship recreation.
Bloomsburg defeated Montoursville within the common season and got here out on prime once more within the district closing.
The Panthers led 2-0 at halftime and put in 4 targets within the second half. Paige Temple scored 4 targets and Kelsey Widom scored twice. The Warriors had been restricted to simply three photographs on aim within the loss.
“The way during which we misplaced was tough for us. After giving up solely 13 targets all yr we had been longing for a extra aggressive recreation and nearer rating, however simply attending to the championship was an enormous feat for this younger crew,” Montoursville coach Vic Gorini mentioned.
Saturday, the Warriors began eight freshmen and sophomores towards a strong Panthers crew. However regardless of the loss, Gorini sees the run Montoursville had as being helpful towards constructing confidence for the subsequent season.
“Attending to the title recreation raises the expectations and reveals our younger gamers what it takes as a crew to realize additional success,” Gorini mentioned. “We hope to be again within the championship subsequent yr and are striving to get again into the state playoff bracket.”
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