By RICK PETERSON
It took a marathon effort, but Shawnee Heights' boys soccer team is headed to the Class 5A state quarterfinals.
Shawnee Heights and Piper went all the way to penalty kicks in Tuesday's 5A regional final at Piper before the T-Birds took a 2-1 win over the Pirates with a 5-4 edge in penalty kicks.
Shawnee Heights improved to 10-7-1 with the win while Piper ended its season 14-2-0.
Tuesday's T-Bird win over the Pirates avenged a 1-0 United Kansas Conference loss to Piper earlier in the season.
The T-Birds will play a state quarterfinal game next Tuesday at Blue Valley Southwest, which is 15-2-1 on the season.