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March 10, 1989 | By Steve Wartenberg, Special to The Inquirer
Bristol topped Avon Grove last night, 78-70, at Ursinus College to win the boys' District I AA championship. Both teams will advance to the AA state championship tournament, which will begin next week. The key to the victory by the Warriors (22-6) was a swarming, pressing defense that forced 25 turnovers by Avon Grove (17-10). "We're a small team; our center (Tony Devine) is only 6-1," Bristol coach Tom Kaczor said. "So the idea is to pressure the other team, and eventually somebody will break.
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February 2, 1999 | By Don Beideman, INQUIRER SUBURBAN STAFF
For the first time in the four-year history of the Avon Grove girls' swimming team, the Red Devils are assured of having entrants at the District 1 championships. Junior Ann Lucey has qualified for the Feb. 27 Class AAA district meet in the 100 backstroke with a time of 1 minute, 6 seconds. The 200 freestyle relay foursome of Courtney Houston, Jennifer Ferguson, Christie McKnelly and Heather Emmonds has qualified with a time of 1:49.3. "They just squeaked under the qualifying time," said coach Chick McKnelly, who said he expects the foursome to lower that time at the Delaware Valley League championships on Feb. 12 at Chichester.
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September 10, 1999 | Inquirer Photographs by Michael Perez
Avon Grove, sparked by Gary Spencer's goal and assist, bested league rival Bishop Shanahan, 3-1, yesterday in boys' soccer. Matt Schreier and Bilal Newman also scored for the Red Devils.
SPORTS
October 3, 2009 | By Don Beideman INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Downingtown East's Drew Harris rushed for 144 yards and three touchdowns last week in the Cougars' Ches-Mont League opener against Coatesville. The 6-foot-2 195-pound sophomore was at it again last night, rushing for 225 yards and four touchdowns as the Cougars watched a 13-0-point lead vanish before they came back to score a 32-21 win over host Avon Grove in a much-anticipated Ches-Mont matchup. Harris scored on runs of 2, 5, 2 and 3 yards. Getting the upper hand in what was expected to be a battle of Harrises - Drew for East and Jordan for Avon Grove.
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May 31, 2014 | By Kate Harman, For The Inquirer
Alyssa Herion was sure she was going to be walked. With two outs and a 3-2 count, Avon Grove's junior catcher and cleanup hitter resigned herself to the fact that her first at-bat in the District 1 Class AAAA softball championship game was going to be a free pass. Instead, Herion got an inside pitch, and she liked the looks of it. She sent the ball flying over the fence at Great Valley for a two-run homer, and the Red Devils went on to capture the program's first district title by defeating North Penn, 4-2. It was just one pitch, one swing, and one of three at-bats for Herion during the contest.
SPORTS
May 22, 2013 | By Rick O'Brien, Inquirer Staff Writer
When Avon Grove was handed the No. 10 seed in the PIAA District 1 boys' lacrosse tournament, the Red Devils were less than thrilled with their position. "We came in with a chip on our shoulder," Red Devils captain Tanner Peck said. "We were ready to go, for sure. " Continuing their impressive postseason run, Avon Grove surprised No. 3 Conestoga, the three-time defending state champion, 6-5, in a semifinal on Tuesday at Radnor. The difference in a tightly played contest was Eric Russo's tally with 1 minute, 4 seconds remaining in the fourth period.
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May 29, 2014 | By Kate Harman, For The Inquirer
Courtney Gall said it best when she called Avon Grove's previous two softball games "stressful. " The depiction might even have been an understatement. Two consecutive walk-off wins, one in the eighth inning and the other a come-from-behind victory in the bottom of the seventh, made the last week a little hectic for Avon Grove. But the Red Devils didn't wait for the theatrics in a 3-1 win over Souderton in the PIAA District 1 Class AAAA semifinal Tuesday at Great Valley. No, Avon Grove started scoring much earlier.
SPORTS
November 28, 2009 | By Matt Gelb INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Almost from the beginning, Avon Grove was overmatched. Playing for the first time in the football playoffs, the Red Devils had made it to the District 1 AAAA semifinals with a talented rushing attack. But that meant a trip to Crawford Stadium to face perennial power North Penn, hardly a novice in big games. North Penn crushed Avon Grove, 42-7, last night to advance to the District 1 AAAA title game against Ridley, which is also the state quarterfinals, at a time and location to be determined.
SPORTS
June 5, 2014 | By Matt Breen, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Avon Grove fans streamed through the open gate that led to West Chester Henderson's field after the Red Devils rolled past Radnor, 10-6, Tuesday night in a PIAA boys' lacrosse semifinal. A player popped out of the team's postgame huddle on the other side of the field and waved the fans back. The crowd was eager to mark the team's first state-championship berth, but coaches did not want a raucous celebration. "You guys go over to them. They don't come over the fence," an assistant directed after the team ended its huddle.
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June 9, 1989 | By Larry Borska, Special to The Inquirer
The Avon Grove Red Devils finished fourth in their league. They have a sub-.500 record. But after yesterday's 4-1 victory over Elk Lake in the opening round of the PIAA Class AA state baseball tournament at Glen Mills, the Red Devils are only three wins away from the state title. "I've never been here before, and I like it," said Avon Grove coach Dwight Weaver, whose team already has gone further in the state tournament than any team in school history. The Red Devils (10-11)
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June 7, 2015 | By Alan J. Heavens, Inquirer Real Estate Writer
Population: 2,854 (2010). Median household income: $64,835 (2012). Area: 1.0 square mile. Settlements in the last three months: 8. Homes for sale: 16. Average days on market: 144. Median sales price: $180,950. Housing stock: 889 units, including condos, townhouses, twins and singles, mostly older. School district: Avon Grove. SOURCES: U.S. Census Bureau; City-Data.com; Barbara M. Mastronardo, Weichert Realtors; Jill Callahan, Coldwell Banker Preferred; Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Fox & Roach HomExpert Market Report
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June 4, 2015 | By Aaron Carter, Inquirer Staff Writer
Exertion had stained the skin under Mike Thompson's eyes a dull shade of crimson, and a playoff pact gave his face a stubble-filled beard. And with that countenance oozing intensity and jubilation, Thompson burst into Radnor's exuberant postgame celebration and let loose a guttural message. "We ain't done yet!" the senior attacker growled after a PIAA semifinal victory Tuesday. "We ain't done yet!" Second-half domination helped the Raiders thump Springfield (Delco), 12-5, at Haverford High and also exorcise some demons.
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May 28, 2015 | By Mark Macyk, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
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May 24, 2015 | By Kate Harman, For The Inquirer
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.
SPORTS
May 16, 2015 | By Aaron Carter, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
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April 30, 2015 | By Mark Macyk, Inquirer Staff Writer
Bethany Liberatore recorded three more hits than she allowed on Tuesday afternoon. The sophomore struck out 10 and threw her first career no-hitter as Nazareth Academy stymied visiting Morrisville, 10-0, in a nonleague softball game. Liberatore also went 3 for 4 with a double and two RBIs. Catholic League. Ashley Seal tossed a three-hitter to lead Lansdale Catholic to a 1-0 triumph at Conwell-Egan. Seal scored the winning run from third on a wild pitch in the sixth. Kerri Dadalski tossed a five-hitter as Archbishop Ryan topped visiting St. Hubert, 8-0 Catholic Academies.
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April 26, 2015 | By Kate Harman, For The Inquirer
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.
NEWS
April 22, 2015 | By Mark Macyk, Inquirer Staff Writer
Clemson-bound Markeeta Thomas won the 100-meter hurdles in 14.80 seconds Monday and Robeson's girls' track team earned 62 points to claim first place at the Public League Relays at the Germantown Supersite. Robeson also won the 4x100, 4x200 and 4x800 relays. Girls High came in second with 42 points. On the boys' side, Cory Lane won the long jump in 21 feet, 4 inches to lead Northeast (37 points) to first place. Softball Krissy Wentz (four innings, nine strikeouts, no hits)
SPORTS
April 19, 2015 | By Nick Carroll, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
NEWS
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.
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