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Fort Worth Nolan at home at State Tourney

Published 2/17/2012 4:39:29 PM by staff from dallas

Fort Worth Nolan Catholic feels at home at the TAPPS state tournament. The boys team won a state championship last year and has eight total titles while the girls have played in the state final for a whopping eleven straight years.

This year is no different. The boys are set to play San Antonio Antonian in the Division I state semifinals, and the girls will play Houston St. Agnes in their Division I semifinals. Both games are today in San Antonio.

"This year is a little different because we have ten underclassmen, but we are playing our best soccer right now," girls coach Todd Fitzgerald said. "At this point in the season, that's what you want."

But Dallas Ursuline is waiting in the other side of the girls bracket. Ursuline, which will play Dallas Bishop Lynch, has won 21 straight TAPPS state titles -- many against Nolan (13-7-7).

" Ursuline is always a solid team," Fitzgerald said. "But in the playoffs, everyone has a clean slate. We feel like we are clicking right now, and that's all we can ask for."

The Nolan boys team (16-2-2) is trying to advance to play for a second straight championship against either Plano John Paul II or Dallas Bishop Lynch.

"Antonian comes from a good district with strong teams this year," boys coach Adam Clementson said of Nolan's semifinal matchup. "We have great team chemistry. The boys work really hard together. They believe in what we are doing and are focused on getting another championship."
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