Sat. Pa. boys' and girls' roundup: Penn Wood's Futch captures hurdles

Posted: March 26, 2011

Penn Wood's Eric Futch took both hurdles events to cap a terrific day by Southeastern Pennsylvania athletes at the Pennsylvania Track and Field Classic on Saturday at Great Valley.

Futch won the 110-meter hurdles in 15.47 seconds and added another gold in the 300 hurdles (39.45).

In addition, Penn Wood also took the 4x400-meter relay in a close finish with Cardinal O'Hara, posting a 3:30.08 to the Lions' 3:31.84.

Other individual first-place finishes among the boys went to Malvern Prep's Rich D'Ambrosio (100 meters) and Tom Pitt (high jump), Cardinal O'Hara's Tyler Gallen (200), Cheltenham's Matt Gilmore (400) and Harley LaCroix (triple jump), Archbishop Ryan's Craig Gonzaga (800), West Chester East's Nick Libbi (1,600), Council Rock North's Chris Campbell (3,200) and Drew Sauritch (long jump), Episcopal Academy's Scott Rushton (shot put) and Pope John Paul II's Tom Lang (javelin).

Springside's Taylor Ellis-Watson took a pair of events to highlight the girls' half of the meet, winning the 200 meters in 25.87 and the 400 in 56.99. Methacton's Gabby Becattini won both the long jump and the triple jump.

It was an outstanding day for Methacton as Kara Steinke added the a title in the 3,200-meter race in 10 minutes, 59.46 seconds, with teammates Seline Tan-Torres (300 hurdles) and Mel Leszcynski (javelin) also taking home gold medals.

Brother Jerome Benway Invitational. At St. Basil, the hosts won three of the four relay events to dominated the competition. St. Basil's Katie Cassidy also won the long jump.

Oxenreider Relays. At Muhlenberg High, Spring-Ford nipped North Penn to take the team title but the Maidens established meet records in two events, with a 12:44.08 in the distance medley relay and a 9:44.01 in the 4x800-meter relay. Still, the Rams' depth prevailed as they were able to post 111 team points to 104 for North Penn.


Pitcher Joe Kinee and second baseman Mike Zolk lifted host Neumann-Goretti past Roman Catholic, 9-0, in a nonleague battle between Catholic League teams in separate divisions.

Kinee pitched the first six innings to earn the win, strikeing out seven and walking two.

Zolk, a second baseman who is a North Carolina recruit, went 2 for 3 with three RBIs and a pair of runs scored.

In other nonleague games:

Omar Ortiz's third-inning grand slam ended Boys' Latin's 21-3 win over visiting Freire Charter.

Derek Barrett's three-run double was the key hit in a nine-run fourth inning for Holy Ghost Prep in a 9-3 win at Archbishop Ryan. Both Barrett and Bryan Filipowicz had three hits for the Firebirds.

Kyle Fries walked with the bases loaded in the bottom of the eighth inning to give host Unionville a 9-8 win over Garnet Valley. His brother, Tyler Fries, a Wilmington University (Del.) recruit, went 3 for 5. Garnet Valley's Joe DeCarlo hit a home run.

Truman scored five runs in the second inning and never trailed in a 12-5 win at Bristol.

Plymouth Whitemarsh got two hits and two RBIs from Austin DiBonaventure in a 14-3 win at Souderton.

Sam Bloch homered and Vince Rondolone added bases-loaded triple for Haverford School in a 16-2 win at Glen Mills.


In a 10 a.m. game started in sub-freezing temperatures, Spring-Ford's Cassie Alexy and Brianna Kofer had the hot bats in a 2-1 Pioneer Athletic Conference win over visiting Pottsgrove. Both had two hits for the Rams, whose Haleigh Williams earned the win on the mound.

Boys' Lacrosse

Avon Grove's Trevor Hornby scored four goals in a 10-4 nonleague win at Lower Merion. The Red Devils scored the first six goals of the game, all in the first half.

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