orristown advances in Class AAA team wrestling

Archbishop Wood's Pat Smith drives past La Salle's Amar Stukes. Smith led the Vikings with 20 points in the 66-54 win.
Archbishop Wood's Pat Smith drives past La Salle's Amar Stukes. Smith led the Vikings with 20 points in the 66-54 win. (STEVEN M. FALK / Staff Photographer)
Posted: February 07, 2012

Norristown will join Owen J. Roberts in the first round of the PIAA state Class AAA team wrestling championships at Hershey after winning its preliminary match, 39-35, over visiting Manheim Township on Monday night.

In other preliminary action, Council Rock North, which finished fourth in the District 1 playoffs, suffered a 42-30 setback at Big Spring, and Parkland bounced host Spring-Ford, 41-15.

Norristown, the District 1 runnerup, got pins from Mike Springer (152 pounds), Shane Springer (170) and Tyler Letrinko (182), and will face Central Dauphin on Thursday.

For Council Rock North, Mike Jeronis had a 54-second pin at 106 pounds, and John Dutrow (132 pounds), Matt O'Neill (170) and Tyler Callender (220) added pins.

District 1 champ Owen J. Roberts did not wrestle a preliminary match.

Class AA. District 1 winner Lower Moreland earned a place in the state tournament by beating visiting District 12 winner Bishop McDevitt, 49-15. For the Lions, Max Pylayev (152), Rashan Chanyothi (170), Nick Brunswick (195) and Ben No (220) scored pins.

Boys' Basketball

St. Joseph's Prep standout Stephen Vasturia hit a foul shot with six seconds left in a 46-36 Catholic League win at Cardinal O'Hara that gave the junior guard 1,000 career points. Vasturia finished with 15 points and 11 rebounds, and Gene Williams (19) hit five three-pointers.

Archbishop Carroll used a short jumper by Derrick Jones with 12 seconds left to beat visiting Roman Catholic, 46-45.

Archbishop Wood dealt host La Salle a 66-54 setback with Pat Smith's 20 points and eight rebounds, Joe LoStracco's 16 points and 13 boards, and Kyle Adkins' eight assists.

Archbishop Ryan broke open a close game with a 24-9 third quarter as Gage Galeone and Christian Rivera combined for 11 points in the period. Tyler Reed made 4 of 5 three-point shots and Kyle Slawter dealt seven assists.

Nonleague. Jenkintown's fourth win was a 45-27 triumph over visiting Calvary Baptist as Ethan Goldman dominated with 15 points, 17 rebounds, 3 steals and 2 blocked shots.

Girls' Basketball

Bridget Giedemann, a 5-foot-8 forward, finished her career at Swenson as the school's all-time leading scorer with 1,095 career points after posting 34 points in a 60-44 loss to visiting Mariana Bracetti in a Public League matchup. Keishla Gilmore, a point guard, matched that 34 for Bracetti.

Penn-Jersey. Solebury School advanced to Wednesday's title game with a 45-24 league playoff semifinal win over visiting Mercy Vocational. Freshman Tess Richardson had 20 points and 10 rebounds, and sophomore Clover Stieve added 13 points for the Spartans.

Girard College will be Solebury's title opponent after the Cavaliers eliminated visiting New Jersey United Christian, 55-27. Aalayah Ahmad and G'Marice Davis (15) grabbed 10 rebounds each, and Taschet Murphy scored 16 points for Girard.

Nonleague. Danielle Madrak (15) made two foul shots with seven seconds left, and, after a steal, hit the game-winning basket with four seconds to go, giving Hallahan a dramatic 43-42 win at Friends Select.

Jackie Vanloan (14) scored 11 before halftime to stake Upper Merion to a 32-20 lead and the Vikings held on to beat host Radnor, 49-36.

Morrisville improved to 18-1 with a 45-16 victory over visiting Calvary Baptist in which Michelle Evans and Kievanna Lacey scored 11 points apiece.

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