June 3, 2015 |
Mary Cate Butler hit a two-run triple in the bottom of the sixth Monday to give Villa Maria the lead for good in its 3-1 win over Conrad Weiser in the first round of the PIAA Class AAA softball tournament at Spring-Ford. It was the first state playoff victory in program history for Villa Maria. In the second inning, Sarahrose Jonik singled, stole second and third base, and scored on a squeeze play by Bridget Curley. Maddie Abbot went the distance and struck out 11. The second game of the doubleheader between Owen J. Roberts and Penn Manor was rained out and will be played Tuesday afternoon at Lyons softball field.
May 30, 2015 |
Claire Emplit got a haircut. The Villa Maria softball coach promised her team that it could cut off her braids if it won a district crown. After a 1-0 win over top-seeded Chichester in the District 1 Class AAA final Thursday at Strath Haven, the Hurricanes grabbed the scissors. "They did what they had to do," Emplit said. "They've been waiting all season to cut off my braid, and it feels amazing. " Junior Maddie Abbot struck out seven and walked none in a three-hitter to lead No. 3 Villa Maria (16-6)
March 3, 2015 |
NEUMANN-GORETTI will open defense of its Class AAA boys' title against District 3's Gettysburg at 7:30 p.m. Friday at Archbishop Ryan. Coach Carl Arrigale and the District 12-champion Saints (24-2) are seeking their fifth crown in six seasons. Last year, the squad took top honors with a 64-57 overtime triumph against District 3's Susquehanna Township. In Class AAAA, La Salle, District 12's No. 3 seed, opens against Ridley, District 1's fourth-place finisher, at 1 p.m. Saturday at Spring-Ford.
March 2, 2015 |
Chaotic. Frenzied. Hectic. From the jump, the pace of the District 1 Class AAA championship game between Gwynedd Mercy and Pope John Paul II was wild, and the feeling in the gymnasium at Upper Dublin was tense. Bodies flew onto the hardwood to grab loose balls. Others fought elbows in the air to grab rebounds. It definitely wasn't pretty, and at times, it even seemed disorganized. But in the end, Gwynedd Mercy came out on top, defeating the Golden Panthers, 47-42, in a tight battle Saturday.
February 26, 2015 |
AN ERROR in classification pitted Audenried against host Del-Val Charter yesterday to determine the Public League's second representative in the PIAA playoffs. Audenried, which competed in the Pub playoffs as an AA squad, should instead have been classified AAA. Public League basketball chair Ben Dubin said the mistake was his and arranged the matchup to give the Rockets an opportunity to qualify for state play. The Division C Rockets took care of the rest. Behind important performances from several players, Audenried upset Division A Del-Val, 67-64.
November 30, 2014 |
JARRETT MCCLENTON was a little too close for comfort as a punt rolled near the Archbishop Wood sideline in the second quarter while the Vikings coaches strongly encouraged their star running back to get away from the loose ball. McClenton, a 5-8, 165-pound speedster, had already scored on a 59-yard punt return - part of his 173-yard, three-touchdown performance (all in the first half). However, with Great Valley defenders crowded around the ball, McClenton likely had nowhere to go even if he had picked up the ball.
November 21, 2014 |
WHEN JARRETT McClenton was around 7 or 8 years old he was no stranger to great running-back play. Long before he shared Daily News Player of the Year last season, McClenton, now a senior at Archbishop Wood, watched his older brother, Jeff, play football at Conwell-Egan. Jeff was a speedy wideout and safety in his own right, but Steve Slaton was the burner in the backfield. "He could always make the big run because he had breakaway speed," said Jarrett, who is 5-8 and weighs 165 pounds, "but he was also very physical when he ran the ball.
November 17, 2014 |
THREE WEEKS after Imhotep Charter thrashed West Philadelphia High, 66-6, deja vu was in full effect Saturday afternoon with the Panthers' 62-0 rout over the Speedboys to capture the Public League Class AAA championship at Northeast High field. Despite tallying 62 unanswered points en route to the title, Imhotep coach Albie Crosby delivered a post-game message, firmly reminding his team: "State Champions. Still not done. " Senior quarterback Andre Dreuitt-Parks seems to have that slogan set in his mind.
November 16, 2014 |
Moving up in class this year didn't stop the Imhotep Charter football team. It didn't even slow the Panthers. Imhotep scored on all six of its first-half possessions in a 62-0 rout of West Philadelphia in the Public League Class AAA title game Saturday. Andre Dreuitt-Parks threw two touchdown passes and ran for a another score. Mike Waters rushed for two TDs. Including the playoffs, Imhotep has won 22 straight Public League games and is unbeaten in league play since Albie Crosby became coach in 2012.
October 26, 2014
CROSS-COUNTRY DISTRICT 1 CLASS AAA CHAMPIONSHIP Central Bucks East's Jake Brophy completed the 3.1-mile course at Lehigh University in 15 minutes, 11 seconds to claim the individual title. Andrew Marston of Conestoga finished second in 15:18, and Hatboro-Horsham's Casey Comber was third (15:19). Pennsbury's Sam Webb (15:26) claimed fourth place, followed by Paul Power (15:31) of Spring-Ford. Conestoga won the overall team title. West Chester Henderson, Central Bucks West, Council Rock North, and Downingtown West rounded out the top five.