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June 24, 2017 — U-16 NFT: Atlanta chalks up a dominating gold medal

Picking the winner of the 2017 U-16 National Futures Tournament was a matter of looking at the rosters.

On Team Atlanta, you had Lauren Wadas from PIAA Class AAA runner-up Palmyra (Pa.), Madison Orobono from PIAA winner Emmaus (Pa.), Sophia Gladieux and Sophie Mackrella from PIAA Class A runner-up Oley (Pa.) Valley, and Mount Joy Donegal (Pa.) sophomore Mackenzie Allessie, she of the 76 goals scored last season for the state Class AA champs.

The results were predictable.

The loaded Atlantans not only won the gold medal in the tournament, they waylaid opponents doing it. They won all five matches by a combined score of 33-2, ultimately winning the gold medal over Cortina d’Ampezzo 4-1. As it turns out, the Cortina team also represented Pennsylvania, and had players such as Emma Deberdine of Millersville Penn Manor (Pa.), Kayla Kisthardt of Emmaus (Pa.), Adele Iacobucci of Malvern Villa Maria (Pa.), and Sarah Beers of Oley (Pa.) Valley.

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