Almont’s Ava Panduren sprints to chase down a pass at the National Girls’ Academy Finals in St. Louis.

ALMONT — Ava Panduren, who will be a senior at Almont High School this fall, helped the 2006 Nationals Blue squad earn a third-place finish at the National Girls’ Academy Finals recently.

The tournament was contested July 6-9 in St. Louis, Missouri.

Panduren’s team kicked off their successful tournament run on Thursday, July 6 with a 4-0 quarterfinal win against STA.

They then challenged TSJ Virginia the following day. The semifinal clash, which was tied 1-1 at the end of regulation play, went to double overtime and from there to penalty kicks where the 2006 Nationals Blue team lost.

The squad then met Lonestar, a team hailing from Texas next on Sunday, July 9. It was there they saw to it they would prevail, picking up a 5-1 victory.

For their performance, the 2006 Nationals Blue squad earned a third-place showing.

Kevin Kissane

Kevin Kissane has been covering high school sports for the Tri-City Times since 1985. When not standing on a field or court with his camera and notepad, he enjoys golf, travel and family. Kevin is a 1980 graduate of Capac High School, and is also a grad of St. Clair Community College and earned a degree in journalism from Central Michigan University.