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Shrewsbury Hurricanes ends run of fun.

Byline: James McKinley

SHREWSBURY - The run of fun has finally come to an end for the Hurricanes, a Shrewsbury Youth Soccer girls' under 14 Division 1 team.

Since 2006, when the team won the first ever 8v8 state championship at the Massachusetts Tournament of Champions (MTOC), the girls have been on quite a ride.

The team posted a combined record for 2007-2008 of 24-1-2. Its run for a second state title at this year's MTOC fell just short with a semifinal loss to Ludlow.

The Ludlow team was the eventual winner of this year's title within the Division 1 bracket.

The MTOC is a season-ending tournament sponsored by Mass. Youth Soccer Association that brings together age/gender group champions from participating travel leagues.

Each of these leagues establishes its own guidelines, including league playoffs, to determine its representatives to this tournament. The leagues that participate in MTOC include Berkshire, Boston Area Youth Soccer, Coastal, Essex, Middlesex, Midland Area Youth Soccer, Nashoba, Pioneer Valley, South Coast and South Shore.

From 2006 to 2008 the team amassed a 74-7-2 record, winning the Nashoba Valley League once and the Midland Area Youth Soccer league twice and representing its respective leagues three years in a row at the state tournament.

During the 2006 season, the team was invited to the Statehouse by state Rep. Karyn Polito and met then-Gov. Mitt Romney.

The team won the Natick Invitational Tournament twice and finished as finalists on a third occasion.

The team also won the Yankee United Winter Blast tournament in Connecticut as the only town team among premier club team competition.

The majority of the team members will now head off to high school to begin their quest to bring additional intensity to an already terrific Mid-Wach League within Central Mass.

Most of the girls will be attending Shrewsbury High School under the guidance of soccer coach Chip DelPrete.

James McKinley co-coaches the Hurricanes with Jeff Hanam.

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CUTLINE: The Hurricanes include players and coaches (front row, from left) Megan McKinley, Madison McKinley, Brittany Laramee, Devinne Zadravec, Lyndsey Card, Sarah Campos, Kelan McCann and Caralyn Logan; and (top row, from left) co-coach Jim McKinley, Kayla Shea, Katelyn Hanam, Hannah Stahl, Stephanie Kalinowski, Jessica Morana, Lizz Jiang, Meghan Burke, Jordan Kennedy, Elisabeth Peterleitner and co-coach Jeff Hanam.
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