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Bishop Guilfoyle coach: 'It was never about the streak'

Bishop Guilfoyle is one week removed from its{ } first loss since Nov. 23, 2013. Last Friday, his Marauders fell 20-14 to Homer-Center in the PIAA Class A quarterfinals, ending a 59-game winning streak, the second-longest active streak in the nation.

ALTOONA -- It was never about the streak.

Bishop Guilfoyle head coach Justin Wheeler is one week removed from his team's first loss since Nov. 23, 2013. Last Friday, his Marauders fell 20-14 to Homer-Center in the PIAA Class A quarterfinals, ending their 59-game winning streak, the second-longest active streak in the nation.

"It was never about the streak, we never really talked about it," Wheeler told 6 Sports Thursday.

"For us we just loved being together. You go through so much as a team together I think that's what makes it sad because you know this is the last time we're going to be with these guys. They've done so much for the school."

For most that follow the Altoona program, a fourth straight trip to the Class A championship game in two weeks in Hershey seemed like a given. Instead the Marauders are now in reflection mode, trying to get past their season's sudden end, while at the same time appreciating their almost unheard of accomplishment.

"I try to tell the kids, 'this is what every high school feels like normally.' It's hard right now, but when you reflect, it's amazing."

Homer-Center will face Steelton-Highspire in Friday's state semifinal.

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