May 11, 2015 |
There was a time when Alyssa Manley may have tentatively approached a loose ball, because she might have made a mistake after scooping it in her stick. The sophomore attacker might be a bonafide offensive weapon for Bishop Shanahan now, but freshman fears held her back at times last season. "Playing against people that are older than you is intimidating," Manley said. "But you just have to get it in your head that they're no better than you. We're all literally playing against people our own age. You just have to get that in your head, and once I did, I just stepped up. I think that's what was making me nervous and intimidating me. " However, not even the final seconds of a rain-soaked, cuticle-chewer against visiting Strath Haven could scare her. The sophomore gave Shanahan a 10-9 nonleague victory Saturday afternoon with a dramatic, game-winning goal with just 11.8 seconds left in regulation.
January 10, 2015 |
Whenever Devon Adams steps onto the basketball court, she thinks she should dominate. It is that simple. At 6-foot-3, the freshman center for Bishop Shanahan is not being cocky. It is just what she expects from herself. "I just really feel like every time I go out there I have to dominate," Adams said after Shanahan's 42-34 win at Downingtown West. "It doesn't matter how old I am. " In just her 11th varsity basketball game, Adams is a matchup problem for virtually any team.
November 21, 2014 |
Nasir Adderley developed his skills while growing up in Mount Airy and playing Pop Warner football for the Enon Eagles. Now, the Philly native, who moved to Chester County before eighth grade, is a key performer for a Great Valley squad that is enjoying a breakout season. A do-everything type with blazing speed, Adderley serves the Patriots as a receiver, rusher, Wildcat-formation quarterback, strong safety, and kick returner. "The thing that makes him so special is that you never know what's going to happen when he touches the ball," said Great Valley's first-year coach, Dan Ellis.
October 28, 2014 |
Each season, Bishop Shanahan, as a Class AAA football program, faces a largely uphill battle while competing against six AAAA members in the Ches-Mont League National Conference. "You know every single game is going to be tough," senior tight end and middle linebacker Cody Smith said. "Even though we're usually the underdog, it's important that we have confidence and believe in ourselves. That's the only way to approach it. " In Week 8, Smith and the undersized Eagles defied the odds with a 17-10 upset of visiting Downingtown East at Jack Mancini Field.
October 13, 2014 |
Downingtown West sophomore Michael Riddick cruised along the left sideline and eased into the end zone. It was just 81 seconds into the team's 46-21 romp at Bishop Shanahan. The Whippets were just getting started. West scored three touchdowns in the first nine minutes Saturday afternoon and entered halftime with a 27-point lead. The team responded to last week's stunning loss at Great Valley with a near-perfect first half. The Whippets (5-2 overall, 2-1 Ches-Mont League National)
September 1, 2014 |
Doug Costin grabbed the tail of the Germantown Academy quarterback's jersey, spun him, and drove him to the turf. Bishop Shanahan's star defensive lineman flexed his arms and stomped his feet as the clock expired on the visiting Eagles' 14-6, season-opening win. Costin seemed to be involved in every play Saturday afternoon, making it fitting that his sack came on the final one of the nonleague game. "It felt great getting that tackle," he said. "I've always dreamed about it. But I can't think of it as myself.
May 24, 2014 |
The referee blew his whistle and turned toward the scorer's table. A sideline device detected a lightning strike near West Chester Henderson's stadium. The scorer sounded an air horn. The District 1 boys' lacrosse final between Avon Grove and Bishop Shanahan would be delayed for 52 minutes. The fans in West Chester Henderson's stadium were told to take cover in their cars. Avon Grove, which went on to a 9-3 win Thursday, waited out the storm in a locker room under the bleachers. Ryan Cook stretched.
May 22, 2014 |
Avon Grove broke its huddle with a little less than a minute left in the first half of Tuesday night's District 1 boys' lacrosse semifinal against Springfield (Delco). Red Devils coach Eric Jackson had told his players that they needed a goal before halftime of their 8-5 win at West Chester Henderson. A two-goal advantage, he said, would give them needed momentum. The quick offensive set failed to create a clear chance. Senior attackman Tanner Peck charged from the right side, but did not have an angle to shoot on. Springfield's righthanded goalie, James Spence, was hugging the post.
October 7, 2013 |
Both Bishop Shanahan and West Chester Henderson were coming off lopsided losses entering Saturday's Ches-Mont League National Division game. Hungry for a win, Henderson senior Garrett Girafalco rushed for three touchdowns to help the Warriors cruise to a 42-14 road victory. Shanahan was missing six starters because of injuries, including sophomore lineman Doug Costin, who was leading the team in tackles. Eagles coach Paul Meyers said his team's lack of depth up front made executing the game plan difficult.
June 12, 2012
Pitcher Kate Poppe survived a pressure-packed seventh inning Monday to get Bishop Shanahan's softball team into the PIAA state finals with a 5-4 thriller over Canon-McMillan in the Class AAAA semifinals at Carlisle. After giving up a run that cut the Eagles' lead to 5-4, Poppe faced a situation with runners on first and second base with one out. After a groundout, Olivia Lorusso lined two hard foul balls down the third-base line before Poppe struck her out. "It took a lot of guts for her to get that last batter," Shanahan coach Ron Savastio said.