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Tigers back in postseason for seventh time in eight years

Dan McGill makes sure his players don’t rest on their past laurels.

The first-year head coach has led the Tigers into the playoffs, a territory the program has become very familiar with.

This marks the seventh time in eight years WL-Salem has qualified for the postseason. Although it has become almost a yearly happening, McGill does not want his team to take it for granted.

“Our guys are proud to be part of a program that has gone to the playoffs frequently, but we emphasize that each year teams will get what they earn and deserve, so if they want to be part of the winning tradition they must work for it,” said McGill. “Our guys have worked hard and we hope to represent our program well on Friday night.”

The Tigers hope to improve on their career playoff record of 4-7 when then travel to Williamsburg for a Division VI regional quarterfinal at 7:30 p.m. Friday night.

Williamsburg (7-3) is in the playoffs for the first time since 2001. This marks the fourth trip to the postseason for the Wildcats.

“I think that previous playoff experience can be an advantage in the sense of limiting nerves, but once the game starts it will come down to the team that executes better,” said McGill.

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