Cheers rumbled inside the Quaker Valley hockey team’s locker room. Outside, Kevin Kenny smiled.
Minutes before, the Pennsylvania Cup trophy came back to Quaker Valley, capping a whirlwind weekend in which the 2012 Quakers consummated their years-long climb back to prominence.
“It hasn’t sunk in yet,” said Kenny, who scored the first of four unanswered goals to lead the Quakers (21-1-1) to a 4-1 victory over Bayard Rustin in the state title game Sunday. “We’re all really excited, but right now it’s the best feeling in the world. I’m so glad that I won with this group of guys.”
These Quakers join the 2006 team as state champions, stepping out of the shadow of the group that produced three Division I college players and brought both the Penguins Cup and Pennsylvania Cup to Quaker Valley for the first time.
Since QV won its last Penguins Cup in 2008, though, the Quakers hadn’t returned. Three seniors â€” Kenny, Jayson Lottes and Luke O’Neill â€” were there for all of it.
“I’m particularly proud of this group,” said Kevin Quinn, who has been Quaker Valley’s coach since the program was founded and began playing varsity in 1997. “As freshmen, they didn’t really have any seniors.