Dixon helps Radnor find its feet at postseason looms

Radnor’s Jahmir Dixon fires a shot against Strath Haven in the fourth quarter Thursday. The Raiders hung on for a 48-46 victory. (Pete Bannan/MediaNews Group)

By Matthew DeGeorge

A year ago, the scoreboard at Radnor High School showed the same final score. But the teams involved could scarcely be in more different places a year on.

In the 2018-19 season finale, Radnor beat Strath Haven, 48-46, to clinch a District 1 Class 5A playoff berth. It paved the way for the Raiders to be dispatched by Unionville in the first round of the postseason and Haven to cap a moribund 3-19 season, leading to an offseason coaching change.

Thursday night, Radnor wound up on top, again by a 48-46 margin. But where last year’s combatants combined for a mere 14 wins, the total this year stands at 29 and counting. Both are in position to host District 1 Class 5A playoff games. Both qualified for the first installment of the extended Central League playoffs, to start Saturday.

And both face incalculably brighter horizons now then they did a year ago.

“It’s been a great four years,” said Radnor’s Colin Lane, one of seven Raiders celebrating senior night, a group that endured its three-win campaign as sophomores. “It’s been a great journey. We’re just going to keep getting better, keep getting stronger and keep going as a team.”

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