Upper Merion’s Vikings Snap Playoff Losing Streak with Upset of Rivals

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Upper Merion's Colin Hirshorn passing to teammate during Feb. 17's showdown against Pottstown.

The Upper Merion Area High School Vikings broke the cycle of first-round exits in a major upset against the Trojans at Pottstown High School for the District 1 Class 5A tournament, reported Evan Wheaton for PAPrepLive.  

Things started out dismal for the Vikings, since the sophomore starting guard had fractured his right ankle 24 hours earlier. However, the Vikings were able to come out on top, winning 55 to 50.  

“You game plan, and you talk a lot about personnel and what their strengths and weaknesses are, you try to get the right match-ups and scheme the right sets,” Upper Merion coach Jason Quenzer said.   

Now, Upper Merion will head to Unionville for the second round of tournaments on Feb 22.

Pottstown’s Trojans were not an easy team to win against and are described as an “aggressive” bunch, having won three games in last year’s PAC.  

This will be the first PAC championship the Vikings enter since 2017.  

“It’s amazing. I love these guys to death,” said Vikings guard. “[The seniors] deserve it. We all deserve it.” 

Read more about the game on PAPrepLive.


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