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LDS High School Basketball Player Leads Team To First Championship
Los Angeles Times 29Feb00 S2
By Joel Hood

LA VERNE, CALIFORNIA --The Bonita Bearcats have a warning for its opponents....beware of Peter McGrath!

He has deadly speed, can dribble and/or shoot from either foot with spectacular precision, can pass to an open teammate between numerous defenders and can spin an opponent to the ground with no more than a head fake.

He admits when questioned that "There are times when I forget that I have been varsity for only a season and a half. I sometimes feel like I have been here forever. However, I have worked pretty hard to get here."

The Valle Vista League champion Bearcats (22-4) are one win away from their first championship match. Three years ago, the first Bonita boys' soccer team to make it to the semifinal round lost on penalty kicks.

Bonita second-year Coach Jason Roufs said that "Ninety percent of our present players have never gotten this far in the playoffs. We still make mistakes and we still get playoff jitters."

Speaking of McGrath, Roufs said "He's become more vocal, and more of a leader but his role hasn't changed all that much. He's still out there to take his shots and score goals. He finished the season with 12 goals, ranking second on the team and this season, he has nine goals and is first with nine assists."

McGrath has priorities in his life, and playing college soccer is not the top of the list. He wants to be like his two older brothers before him by going on a mission for his Mormon church after he graduates from high school. Greg, the eldest is on a mission in Taiwan and Dylan will leave for his mission to Alabama next month.

"It could hurt me as far as receiving a scholarship," McGrath said. "But that's what I really want to do. I guess I won't know until later on."


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