May 28, 2015 |
Perkiomen Valley's Emily Oltman and Avon Grove's Maggie Balint were so good Tuesday that only the rulebook was going to beat one of them. The District 1 Class AAAA semifinal was scoreless heading into the 10th. Because of the international tiebreaker, both teams began the inning with a runner on second. Oltman worked out of a first-and-third jam in the top half. In the bottom, Erin Hallahan delivered a two-out RBI single to send the Vikings to a 1-0 victory at Downingtown West. Oltman struck out 10 in a four-hitter.
May 24, 2015 |
Alyssa Herion made a decision. It was 2013, and she was a sophomore on the Avon Grove softball team. The Red Devils had a freshman pitcher named Maggie Balint. But she wasn't the Maggie Balint yet. Not the ace who struck out 358 batters in a single season, becoming Gatorade player of the year in Pennsylvania. No, not yet. Back then, Balint was just a first-year varsity player who had a lot of potential but was at times erratic. Back then, the Red Devils didn't win many games, either.
May 16, 2015 |
Whether it was kickball in the backyard, races by bonfire or all-you-can-eat free-for-alls at the dinner table, Maggie Balint has always been extremely competitive. Perhaps that's why the junior pitcher for Avon Grove had second thoughts after committing to Delaware during her sophomore year. "I'm a person who wants to play the most competitive softball I can play," the righthanded slinger said. After backing out of her commitment earlier this season, Balint is contemplating offers from Ohio State and James Madison while also fielding interest from Kentucky, Missouri and Penn State.
April 26, 2015 |
Maggie Balint called it, "a batter's day to hit one out of the park. " On a Friday afternoon with gusts of wind blowing in the pitcher's face, the Avon Grove junior's assessment seemed accurate. Especially knowing the personnel on both sides. "It was not going to be a pitcher's day," Balint said. Her stats tell a different story. She struck out 15, allowing four hits, walking none, and hitting one batter, as the Red Devils defeated visiting West Chester Henderson, 4-2, in a Ches-Mont National softball game.
April 19, 2015
SOFTBALL CHES-MONT Avon Grove 12, Octorara 0: Maggie Balint struck out 14 of the 15 batters she faced and tossed a five-inning perfect game at Octorara. Courtney Coppock scored four runs. Great Valley 3, West Chester Henderson 2: Leah Rizzi drove in the go-ahead run in the bottom of the sixth. Bridget Taylor tied it with an RBI single earlier in the inning. West Chester East 10, Unionville 2: Olivia Rogers struck out five in a four-hitter to lead the hosts. Leah Ritchey went 4 for 5 with three runs.
April 19, 2015 |
Andrew Brady didn't have to do much to get Avon Grove a win Friday afternoon. Really, all he had to do was watch. Brady worked a bases-loaded, walk-off walk to help Avon Grove earn a 3-2 nonleague baseball win over visiting Octorara. After Dan Hazewski struck out the final two batters of the top of the seventh to strand two runners, Luke Ferkler led off the bottom half of the frame with a base hit. Ferkler made it to third after a walk, a sacrifice, and an intentional walk before he scored on Brady's free pass.
April 10, 2015 |
The first time Olivia Rogers remembers facing against Avon Grove's Maggie Balint, it was snowing. Rogers and the West Chester East softball team saw Balint staring down at them again on the pitcher's mound Tuesday. It was a balmy 70 degrees. Twenty-four hours later, in conditions closer to their first meeting, the Ches-Mont League foes met again. Wednesday's weather didn't make a difference. For the second time in as many days, West Chester East defeated host Avon Grove, beating the defending District 1 Class AAAA champions, 2-0, in dramatic fashion.
October 26, 2014 |
Starting a business of your own sounds like a do-it-yourself proposition. But entrepreneurs will tell you this secret to success: It takes a village. When Francine Griesing left "Big Law" to start her own firm, she needed some key things: a few clients, a business plan, and some savings in the bank. She had worked at Greenberg Traurig and networked extensively during her time there, serving on professional organizations such as the Philadelphia Bar Association. Today, her firm, Griesing Law, represents Fortune 500 corporations in high-stakes litigation, intellectual property, and employment matters.
October 22, 2014 |
Mary Gould helped Avon Grove pull the first stunner of the District 1 Class AAA field hockey playoffs on Monday afternoon. Gould scored with 1 minute, 37 seconds remaining in overtime to lift the 23d-seeded Red Devils to a 1-0 victory at No. 10 Methacton. Avon Grove's Emily Carroll and Methacton's Sammi Steele were putting up dueling 13-save shutouts before Gould's winner. In other first round action: No. 7 Phoenixville survived an upset bid when Bailey Quinn scored her second goal on a stroke in overtime to lift the Phantoms past visiting No. 26 Quakertown, 5-4. Adriana Pero scored the winner as visiting No. 18 Mount St. Joseph outlasted No. 15 Owen J. Roberts, 3-1, in strokes.
September 20, 2014 |
Alice Davidson Rinear, 83, of Gloucester City, a saleswoman for Avon Products from the early 1950s into the 1990s, died of heart failure Monday, Sept. 15, at the Masonic Home in Burlington Township, where she had lived since January 2012. "She loved going door-to-door, she loved talking with people," while being known as an Avon Lady, son Garry Sr. said. A resident of Gloucester City for 79 years, Mrs. Rinear first worked at the Security Restaurant on Route 130 there from 1947 to 1949, her son said.