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FORTVILLE — Some sports coaches spend their entire careers in search of a championship. Whether it be the professional, college or prep ranks, even the best managers find titles hard to come by.
And while it's not a state championship — the highest achievement possible for Bobby Holden — the action he'll guide his soccer players through Saturday represent a possibly historic achievement.
Holden could win not one — but two — sectional titles in matter of just a few hours.
His girls' soccer team defeated host Mt. Vernon 2-1 in overtime Thursday in the semifinals to advance to the championship against Greenfield-Central at 5 p.m.
Holden's New Palestine lads upended Shelbyville 1-0 Wednesday in the semifinals at Shelbyville and the Dragons will return Saturday at 7:30 p.m. to face Mt. Vernon for the crown.
Holden, in his first year as the New Palestine girls' coach and second season with the boys, will travel roughly 45 miles from Fortville to Shelbyville after his girls' match ends. Barring overtime, the Dragons-Cougars tilt should end by 6:45 p.m.
"If everyone could stay off the road that time of day, that would help me a lot," Holden said with a laugh of his impending journey. "I can't afford a ticket, so I won't be speeding."
Holden added that he's been attempting to acquire assistance from the Hancock County Sheriff's Department, but officers might be too tied up with Riley Days in Greenfield to offer a police escort.
"It's not that they can't do it, it's just that they don't have a lot of officers available that day," Holden said.
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