MIDDLEBURG — By Anthony Mitchell
For The Daily Item
Selinsgrove coach Tom Garlock mentioned after the Seals' semifinal victory against Mifflinburg last Thursday that a celebration would start with a win on Tuesday over Lewisburg.
With a win, the Seals would capture its first district title in school history after starting as a club sport.
Following the script after the final whistle blew, the Seals rushed the field surrounding their coaches in a joyous mass near the left goal cage. The celebration started thanks to a 9-6 win over Lewisburg at Midd-West on Tuesday evening, claiming the District 4 championship.
The Seals (16-0) were tested in a 9-6 victory over Danville but were able to find key plays when Lewisburg (10-7) started to mount a comeback.
"I'm extremely proud of (the Seals)," Garlock said. "They've worked hard all year. They're some of the finest young men I've ever met."
After the Seals won handily, 22-4, over Mifflinburg to reach the final, the Green Dragons gave the Seals all that they could handle, nearly pulling the upset.
Even after a goal from Marcus Winn that the Seals a 9-6 lead, the game was far from over. The Seals controlled the ensuing draw and kept the ball away from the Green Dragons as Lewisburg attempted to press the Seals into an errant pass.
In a close game, the Seals continued to attack, trying to score the goal that would put a resilient Lewisburg team away once and for all. The attempts went wide but Lewisburg was unable to return the ball to their offensive side of the field.
After falling by one goal, 6-5, to the Seals in their first regular-season meeting this year, it was fitting that with a trip to the state tournament on the line, the Green Dragons would play their hearts out.