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Merrimack Valley

March 23, 2013

A winning combination

Tyler and Emily Sifferlen both won state titles last Sunday

Tyler Sifferlen and his sister, Emily, are together a lot and they are usually smiling and/or joking with each other.

“We’ve always been pretty close,” said Tyler, 17, of his 13-year-old sister. “Our brothers (Ryan and Matt) are older and in college, and usually not around as much as we are. We get along real well.”

Their dueling smiles were as strong as ever this past week. For good reasons.

Families go generations without having a son or daughter take home a state championship. Last Sunday, Tyler and Emily each won state titles, less than six hours apart from each other.

Emily, a North Andover Middle School seventh grader, with her father, Brian, coaching on the bench, scored 12 points as her team beat Belmont, 50-41, to win the state championship in Foxboro.

They celebrated with the team, receiving medals and taking a team photo before the championship duo jumped in a car, along with mom (Patti) and sons (Ryan and Matt), to drive 30 miles to the TD Garden.

They were en route to see their brother and son, Malden Catholic junior Tyler Sifferlen, play for the “Super 8” state hockey championship versus Austin Prep.

Early on, Malden Catholic fell behind, 1-0, and Emily wasn’t confident her older brother’s team would come back.

“I thought they’d lose,” said Emily. “I just didn’t have a good feeling. But then Tyler scored to tie it up.”

About an hour after the tying goal, the second Sifferlen child was wearing a state championship medal as Malden Catholic held on a for a 3-2 win.

It was an exhilarating and, apparently, a very tiring day on championship Sunday.

When it was official that Emily’s team won the semifinal game on Sunday morning, her mother and two older brothers made the trek down to Foxboro for the championship.

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