The top-seeded Lejeune High School (LHS) Lady Devil Pups were undefeated with a 26-0 season heading into the NCHSAA 1-A East Regional final on Saturday. Second-seeded River Mill Academy defeated the Devilpups 55-38 and will advance to the finals in Raleigh this week.
Head Coach Kevin Popadines said, "We simply didn't play our game on Saturday. It is disappointing and hurts but I am very proud of all that my girls accomplished throughout the year."
This is Coach Popadines first year as the Devil Pups head coach and his third year as a teacher at LHS. He teaches Advance Placement Calculus, and a College Prep Test Class, Financial Literacy, Geometry and Discrete Math. "The girls have put in countless hours of hard work to get here and are very deserving of all of the success they have had so far this year," he said, citing undefeated, conference champions, conference tournament champions and state sectional champions.