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District 1 playoffs: Avon Grove looks to continue success after winning first league title

Tuesday, 14th May 2013

Categories Boy's/Men's, High School  
 

By Chris Goldberg
Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 5/14/13

When the District 1 boys’ lacrosse tournament opens today, Avon Grove will already have met its major goal: To win the Ches-Mont League championship.

The Red Devils, who are seeded No. 10 and host Holy Ghost Prep tonight at 7 p.m., shared the league crown with Downingtown East, Bishop Shanahan and Great Valley. Avon Grove, Shanahan and Great Valley had never won a Ches-Mont crown, but all four Ches-Mont champions teams are seeded among the top 13 teams and harbor hopes of a state berth.

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“In the beginning of the season we made that (winning a league title) one of our goals,” said Avon Grove junior attackman Tanner Peck (Penn State commit). “With a lot of young players, and some freshmen and sophomores playing key roles as well as juniors that had not played varsity, we knew we’d need a lot guys to step up.”

The Red Devils went 14-3 this year, and 8-2 in the Ches-Mont despite starting three freshmen and many other underclassmen playing key roles.

“To make that goal (a championship) a reality, we needed a lot of huge performances out of everybody on the team,” Peck said. “It wasn’t just one guy. It was a great season; everybody played real well together.

“We actually came up with the team motto ‘all together.’”

If Avon Grove had a star, it was junior goalie Will Schreiner, another Penn State commit.

“We started three freshmen (Beau Kush, Nick Cardile, Bryce Reid) and they stepped up and our defense playing insane,” said Peck. “Will Schreiner has been playing ridiculous. It’s been a really fun season.”

Peck said the Ches-Mont season was a wild ride.

“It was a crazy league,” Peck said. “It was absolutely wild this year; probably seven teams could have been in first place. Every game was huge.

“There were so many one-goal games and overtime games. Every team was so talented and everybody was playing. It was a question of which team would step up and and thankfully we had the guys that could come through and step up to win the share of the championship.”

Now, as the playoffs arrive, Peck said it’s time to recharge the engines.

“We will be playing every game like it’s our last game,” said Peck. “We know what’s on the line. We have to come together. One mistake could cost you the game and then you are out of playoffs.

“Hopefully we’ll play our best game possible to make it to the next round.”

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