COCOLAMUS - East Juniata coach Don Troutman thought many people may have written off the East Juniata boys soccer team as a contender for this year's Tri-Valley League title.
Thursday the Tigers proved all the disbelievers wrong.
Topping Line Mountain 3-0 in a homecoming game shortened to a half because of lightning, East Juniata clinched its fifth TVL title in a row, an experience Troutman said was rewarding.
"It feels pretty good. I think it's a great accomplishment for the boys. We lost a lot of our depth last year, and our numbers are small, but the boys stepped up and through a lot of hard work it paid off and I think they can be really proud of this one," he said.
Tony Finkbiner, Jake Sankey and Jordan Kerstetter were the ones responsible for East Juniata's goals, and Troutman knows the team will need to continue its dominant play to succeed in the upcoming District 4 Class A tournament - in which the Tigers will be defending their four consecutive titles.
"We're definitely going to face some tough competition in District 4 this year," he said. "There are a couple teams that were young last year, and they're going to be much better this year. We're going to have to come ready to play each and every game to get back to the district championship."
East Juniata finished the regular season at 11-4-3, 11-1-3 and now awaits District 4's bracket announcements.
Mifflin County Christian 3, Emmanuel Baptist 2
SHINDLE - Luke Todd scored twice for Mifflin County Christian Academy, which defeated Emmanuel Baptist 3-2 in a boys soccer game on Thursday.
The Eagles held a massive advantage in shots - a 22-7 margin - and Todd took advantage of those chances.
"We had many opportunities and outshot them, but only found the net three times," Mifflin County Christian coach Craig Todd said.
Mifflin County Christian improves to 6-2-1 on the season, which will finish Monday when the Eagles host Calvary of Huntingdon.
Midd-West 1, Shikellamy 0
MIDDLEBURG - Makenzi Kauffman's goal at the end of the first half was the difference for Midd-West as the Mustangs defeated Shikellamy 1-0 in a Heartland Athletic Conference girls soccer game.
Midd-West coach Russ Goodling said Shikellamy rested its starters in preparation for district playoffs next week, allowing Midd-West - which saw its season end Thursday - was able to take advantage and come away with the win.
"It was pretty simple," Goodling said. "Shikellamy didn't come to win today. They were resting their players for districts."
Mifflin County 2
LEWISTOWN - Ariana Kriebel netted two goals for Hollidaysburg in a non-league win for Hollidaysburg over Mifflin County Thursday, 4-2.
Haley Predix and Bryce Papp scored for the Huskies, who finished the season 1-17.
West Branch 3,
Mount Union 0
MOUNT UNION - Kristin Miles had 15 kills, eight digs and three blocks but Mount Union fell 3-0 to West Branch in a Inter-County Conference volleyball game.
Mount Union could not knock off West Branch, but was competitive the whole way.
"It was senior night, so we played with a lot of emotion," Mount Union coach Tessa McCormick said. "West Branch is undefeated and they are good fundamentally. They didn't make any unforced errors."
Mount Union falls to 10-8 on the season and 8-4 in the ICC.
The Trojans will take the court next on Monday when they travel to Claysburg-Kimmel\.
Park Forest 4, Mifflin County 0: Mifflin County completes the season a 6-6-5.
Mount Nittany 25, Mifflin County 13: Logan Wise caught touchdown passes from Trent Hidlay Aaron Wagner and kicked an extra point. Mifflin County (4-3) travels to Juniata Oct. 24.