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Unfamiliar territory for Snider softball

Coach Phil Nicolet and the Snider softball team aren't used to be in this position.

Only once since 2002 have the Panthers not won the SAC championship, either by themselves or in a shared situation.

After a 6-2 eight-inning loss to Bishop Dwenger on Monday, the Panthers would need pretty much a miracle to extend their four-year SAC championship streak.

If the Saints (7-0 SAC) lose to North Side and Northrop, the Panthers (6-1) would win the conference.

Even a split of those two games gives Dwenger the championship because it now holds the tiebreaker over Snider, who trailed 2-1 before tying the score in the sixth and sending into extra innings.

"It was a great game, and it will get us ready for sectionals," Nicolet said, pretty much conceding the title to the Saints. "We choked on a couple of at-bats in critical situations, but that is the kind of game that gets you ready for sectionals. In the tournament, we are going to be in a situation at some point like that, and I would rather do it now. We were behind, and I give my kids credit they did not give up."

The Panthers also didn't win the SAC title in 2005, but have lost only four conference games in seven years.

High School Sports Editor Greg Jones on prep sports.