Chris Dugan

Column Chris Dugan

Chris Dugan has been covering local sports for more than 30 years and has been with the Observer-Reporter since 1986. He was named sports editor in 2006. Before joining the O-R, he was sports editor at the Democrat-Messenger in Waynesburg. He is a former member of the Baseball Writers Association of America.

Nov 2016


Future looks bright for local soccer

When Addie Roman’s shot late in the first overtime Saturday evening hit the back of the net, giving Canon-McMillan a 1-0 victory over Central Bucks South in the PIAA Class AAAA girls soccer championship match, it capped a long climb to the top for the Big Macs.

Canon-McMillan had been close to a championship before, both in the WPIAL and the PIAA tournaments. There was an overtime loss to Central Bucks West in the 2014 state final and there were losses to Seneca Valley and Norwin in recent WPIAL championship matches.

But Roman’s golden goal finally put the Big Macs at the zenith of soccer in the state and gave them the distinction of being the first Class AAAA champion in state history. The PIAA expanded to four classes in soccer this year.