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Pennridge and Lansdale has had polar opposite seasons in the Bux-Mont League. While Pennridge is enjoying a 15-P record that includes two eight-game winning streaks, the CannRnHHUV finG WKHPVHOvHV DW the bottom of the league. When the two squared off Rn WKH HvH RI WKH SODyRIIV, the result was pretty much all chalk.
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“Lansdale is struggling, and it’s really easy to look past them, but I’m glad we didn’t,” Pennridge coach Rocky Wright said. “They look like they are an imSURvHG FOub. TKHy ZHUH KLWting the ball pretty well. We really want to go into the playoffs playing well.”
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“It was a tough game, but Pennridge is a good team,” Lansdale coach gim Dugan said. “We got off to a rough VWDUW; ZH PDGH fivH HUURUV Ln WKH fiUVW WKUHH LnnLnJV. TKH kids are playing hard, but we DUH D yRunJ WHDP. WH KDvH D lot of kids coming back next year. We’ll be better next season.”
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