Methacton rallies past Souderton
The Methacton gym was packed to the ceiling for the tarriors’ District lne Class AAAA boys basketball second-round game against Souderton Tuesday night. There was screaming and clapping, booing and cheers. There were whistles and horns — everything expected from a playoff atmosphere.
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Souderton’s Brendan Wagner collides with Methacton defender Anthony O’Brien during a shot attempt during Tuesday’s District One Class AAAA playoff game.