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Volleyball: CB East claims district crown

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It was the moment Dylan Colbert had been waiting for.

The Central Bucks East senior and his teammates finally lifted the District One Class 3A boys volleyball championship trophy last Thursday night at Council Rock South.

The top-seeded Patriots defeated sixth seed North Penn in straight sets, 25-12, 25-13, 25-16.

“I think that was the best we’ve been able to play all season,” said Colbert, a team captain. “Everything seemed to be just clicking for us right off the bat. For me to see that we’re all playing that well together is something special.”

It was the program’s first district crown since 1989.

“It’s something special to be able to look up at that banner a couple of months from now and see 1989 and then 2019,” Colbert said. “It’s something I’m never going to forget every single time I come into that gym.”

The Patriots reached the title game last year, falling in straight sets to Council Rock North.

“Losing last year was a big motivator for sure,” Colbert said. “You can’t leave anything on the table so coming back my senior season and having another chance at it, I wanted to leave it all out there and we got it done. If we hadn’t, that would have been a regret of mine for a while.”

CB East, the Suburban One League American Conference champion, faced North Penn twice in the regular season, winning both matches.

“They’re a great team,” Colbert said. “We knew it when we played them the first two times. Having seen them twice before gave us the opportunity to put together a more stable game plan, which we might not have been able to if we hadn’t played them so that was nice.

“We just had to show up and play. If we come out and we’re not at peak energy right away they’re going to take advantage of that. Our game plan was to come out strong and I’m sure that was theirs too. To be able to take that first set off of them and get off that good run in the beginning was great.”

Colbert has been a rock for the Patriots this year.

“It was amazing especially sending off Dylan Colbert with the gold medal,” said CB East junior Steven Storm. “It feels wonderful. Dylan provides so much for our team. Not only has he improved passing this year, but his hitting is one of the best in the league if not the best. He’s a great asset and we’re going to miss him next year.”

CB East saw its season come to a close on Tuesday, falling in the first round of the PIAA tournament to District Three runner-up Northeastern, 3-2 (21-25, 25-15, 25-18, 16-25, 15-11).

It was the first loss of the season for CB East, which closes the book on 2019 with a 22-1 record.

“Northeastern showed why they’ve been near the top of the state rankings all year,” CB East coach Rob Minschwaner said. “They’ve got a great program, real proud, a long tradition of winning and they know how to stay focused and get it done. They did a great job.

“I expected a close match. To be honest, I thought we could win. Our kids are fighters. They come back. The first tournament of the season, I think we were down by eight against Whitehall and we came back and beat them and we did the same thing on senior night against Souderton. We had to come back to the fifth set to win.

“They’re all great players and this stuff hardens them. We’ve got most of the kids back next year so I think we’ll be a lot tougher next year and maybe be even a little more consistent than we were this year.”

Northeastern (16-2) advances to Saturday’s quarterfinals, taking on District 11 champion Whitehall, a 3-0 winner over District 12 runner-up Central.


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