Springfield hoping roller-coaster year yields thrills vs. Henderson

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By Matthew DeGeorge

There’s a little bit of a chuckle from Kevin McCormick when he says his team has had “a unique year”.

Springfield's Quideer Wimes, seen here against Harriton Feb. 3, has stepped up his game of late. (Special to the Times)

It’s about the only way to describe a season which has featured losses to Cardinal O’Hara and Strath Haven (teams with nine combined wins) yet also wins at Lower Merion and over Penncrest and Ridley.

Perhaps the most unique part, then, is that a team that has overcome such speed bumps has a chance to continue on to the postseason as the No. 20 Cougars do. And the payoff for all those struggles it that the Cougars are red hot entering the playoffs.

Winners of six straight, Springfield gets a trip to No. 13 West Chester Henderson (15-7) Friday night, their confidence running high.

“We went in with big expectations, and we hit a couple of bumps in the road in December,” McCormick said. “It was all about learning how to deal with mistakes and just toughness.”

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