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March 16, 2013 | By Austin Odenbrett, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
SHILLINGTON, Pa. - As Cardinal O'Hara players took their warm-ups Friday night, they saw their opponents wearing shirts with "Finish Strong" across the back. The Lions never let Central Dauphin get that far. O'Hara dominated from the start and easily defeated the Rams, 60-24, in the quarterfinals of the PIAA Class AAAA girls' basketball tournament at Governor Mifflin. "We played great," Cardinal O'Hara coach Linus McGinty said. "I thought everybody played well. " O'Hara (23-6)
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March 21, 2013 | By Rick O'Brien, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Tim Kelly has been let go as Cardinal O'Hara boys' basketball coach after five seasons. "They said they didn't like the way the program was going," he said. "It kind of came out of nowhere, because I didn't get a lot of feedback in the time I was there. " Kelly, a 1983 O'Hara graduate, went 34-46. The Lions were 8-14 overall and 2-11 in the Catholic League this season. "I think it was just a decision that we needed to go in a different direction," O'Hara athletic director Steve Langley said.
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May 17, 1987 | By David Porter, Special to The Inquirer
For most of the spring, talk in area track and field circles has focused on Cardinal O'Hara's girls' 3,200-meter relay team, which owns the second-fastest time in the nation for the distance. Yesterday at the Catholic League Championships, however, Lions coach Joe Shields juggled his lineup, passing up a certain victory in the event in favor of entering two of the relay team members, Michele Torelli and Megan Cepetelli, in an extra individual event each. The gamble paid off, as Torelli and Cepetelli won two events each to lead the Lions to the Catholic League team championship over 11 other teams.
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April 17, 2013 | By Rick O'Brien, Inquirer Staff Writer
Cardinal O'Hara's Thaddius Smith, a quick-footed junior wide receiver and defensive back, orally committed to play at Boston College in a Monday afternoon news conference. "I like everything about the school - the academics, the city, the campus, the coaches," the 5-foot-11, 175-pounder said. "Coach [Steve] Addazio recruited me the hardest of anybody. " Smith, a three-star recruit according to Rivals.com, chose the Eagles over runner-up Temple. He also had interest from James Madison, Massachusetts, Rutgers, Toledo, and Villanova.
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October 28, 2012 | The Inquirer Staff
A 21-point first-half deficit failed to deter Lansdale Catholic as the Crusaders rallied in the second half to drop Cardinal O'Hara, 33-28, in a Catholic League Class AAA game Saturday. Pat Duggan threw four touchdown passes, including the game-winner from 8 yards out to James Ward with 6 minutes, 38 seconds left. In the third quarter, Duggan found Ward for a 40-yard touchdown, and the senior running back also ran for a 3-yard score. Lansdale Catholic improved to 1-2 in the league.
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March 8, 2015 | By Kate Harman, For The Inquirer
When Hannah Nihill gets the basketball, she immediately looks up. Her first thought as she makes her way down the floor is almost always, "Where's Mary?" Cardinal O'Hara's point guard, Nihill, is as quick as they come. And her teammate, Mary Sheehan, can motor down the floor as well. And that's how it went Friday night: No. 20 (Nihill) to No. 13 (Sheehan). Repeat. The sophomore duo was a dangerous one for O'Hara, which beat Radnor, 54-36, in the first-round of the PIAA Class AAAA state tournament at Lansdale Catholic.
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January 10, 2013 | By Kate Harman, For The Inquirer
Mia Farmer isn't one to show a lot of emotion on the basketball court. Calm and quietly intense, the junior guard for Cardinal O'Hara doesn't lose her cool or break into a wide smile as she runs up and down the floor. Instead, she makes a statement with the way she conducts herself and plays the game. On Wednesday night, with her team up by 20 points against Catholic League rival Archbishop Carroll en route to a 60-34 victory, Farmer threw both hands high above her head as a teammate sank a shot from the perimeter.
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September 27, 2012 | By Megan Soisson, Inquirer Staff Writer
When three attackers have been playing field hockey together for three years, it's inevitable that they'll develop a bit of chemistry. That's exactly what happened Wednesday at Cardinal O'Hara, as juniors Marissa Cicione and Grace Boston and senior Carlie Spaeder combined for five goals and an assist in the Lions' 9-0 rout of Archbishop Ryan. "They've really been working really hard this year to really mesh and play a lot better together," O'Hara coach Marie Murphy said. "They really work on their passes with each other and, if they don't have anything, really using our backfield to try to get it up to them.
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April 6, 2015 | By Aaron Carter, Inquirer Staff Writer
The bright white baseball rocketed off the bat of Gabe Smith and climbed into the light blue sky above Penn Charter's baseball field. On a blustery day, the fourth-inning blast caught a timely gust and easily cleared the fence in right-center field. Luckier still for Smith, a senior centerfielder for the Quakers, he was out of earshot when his head coach quipped to those sitting behind third base. "He's lucky that went out," said David Miller, who was coaching third base. "I gave him the 3-0 take [sign]
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March 20, 2016 | By Kate Harman, For The Inquirer
HERSHEY - Mackenzie Gardler called her "unguardable. " Mary Sheehan said she'd seen her play a "100 times and she's never shot that well. " The "who" was Cumberland Valley's Kelly Jekot. The "what" was the performance she put on Friday night against Cardinal O'Hara in the PIAA Class 4A state title game. The "how" was nothing short of spectacular, as the Eagles won a third straight state championship, 57-34. "I don't know their stats, but it was probably pretty close to perfection," Sheehan, a junior, said.
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April 18, 2016 | By Trevor Newcomb, Staff Writer
When Jason Lincoln took the mound for Interboro, the nonleague baseball game was practically over. The Buccaneers starter put up a dominating performance, tossing a complete game and allowing one run, as the hosts defeated Cardinal O'Hara, 3-1, on Saturday. C.J. Cardell provided most of the offense that Lincoln would need as he ripped a two-run double in the bottom of the second inning. Lincoln gave up two hits, walked one, and struck out five en route to victory. In other nonleague action: Pat Lofton struck out six to earn his first varsity win as Radnor downed Upper Merion, 2-1, at Frawley Stadium in Wilmington.
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April 15, 2016 | By Kate Harman, For The Inquirer
As the nine-hole hitter for the Springfield (Delco) softball team, Kaylee Lennon usually walks to the plate with her teammates already on base. Which means it's the leftfielder's job to move them or help them across the plate. In the bottom of the third inning Wednesday, Lennon experienced that familiar feeling as she walked to the batter's box with Hannah Sweeney on second base. It was a scoreless game and Lennon got the bunt sign from coach Todd Odgers. She knew that laying it down just right was critical to get her team going.
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March 20, 2016 | By Kate Harman, For The Inquirer
HERSHEY - Mackenzie Gardler called her "unguardable. " Mary Sheehan said she'd seen her play a "100 times and she's never shot that well. " The "who" was Cumberland Valley's Kelly Jekot. The "what" was the performance she put on Friday night against Cardinal O'Hara in the PIAA Class 4A state title game. The "how" was nothing short of spectacular, as the Eagles won a third straight state championship, 57-34. "I don't know their stats, but it was probably pretty close to perfection," Sheehan, a junior, said.
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March 17, 2016 | By Kate Harman, For The Inquirer
Mary Sheehan described it as a wave. Her first points in Tuesday night's PIAA Class 4A semifinal at Spring-Ford High - a field goal that came with just over five minutes remaining in the third quarter - didn't just bring about a sigh of relief for the Cardinal O'Hara junior. "It was actually a whole wave of relief: It went all the way up and ran back down," Sheehan said. Before the wave, Sheehan was in a predicament in the paint. Should she go right or should she go left? Sheehan sidestepped and laid the ball up. While the ball rolled around the rim, she thought maybe her bad shooting luck had continued.
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March 16, 2016 | By the Inquirer Staff
Here is a look at the local girls' basketball teams set to play in Tuesday night's PIAA state semifinals: Class 4A: North Penn (29-3) vs. Cardinal O'Hara (25-3), 7:30 p.m. at Spring-Ford. This game was set up after two nail-biters in the quarterfinal round on Friday. North Penn, ranked No. 4 by the Inquirer, advanced to the state semifinals for the first time after slipping past Neshaminy, 42-41, and O'Hara, ranked No. 3, advanced with a 46-44 win over Garnet Valley. Expect O'Hara to play special attention to North Penn's Mikaela Giuliani and Jess Huber, although the Maidens often have balanced scoring.
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March 15, 2016 | By Kate Harman, For The Inquirer
Sometimes Mary Sheehan forgets. You can't blame the Cardinal O'Hara junior. When you've been playing basketball with Hannah Nihill as long as she has you start to take things for granted. Things such as the ever-so-smooth ballhandling, the high pressure defense, and the blazing speed with which she gets herself down the court. They all become expected. It started when they were 9 years old and tried out as fourth graders for the fifth-grade AAU Comets team. There were so many talented kids that year that a fourth-grade team was formed for the first time.
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March 13, 2016 | By Kate Harman, For The Inquirer
"Han, just like practice. " That was Maura Hendrixson's advice to teammate Hannah Nihill as she walked to the line at Spring-Ford. The Cardinal O'Hara girls' basketball team was tied with Garnet Valley with 0.4 seconds left, and it would be up to the junior to decide the outcome. "Normally I'm so nervous," Nihill, a Drexel recruit, said. "I'm not the best foul shooter, I'll be honest. " But the words from the sophomore helped her "envision" the ball going into the basket, leading the point guard to conclude, "I got this.
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March 8, 2016
8 Three-pointers for Cardinal O'Hara in its win over Abington. 12 Seconds left on the clock when Ellie Mack hit the game-winner for Conestoga against Nazareth. 24 Margin of victory for Imhotep over Pine Grove in the first round of the PIAA Class AA tournament.
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March 6, 2016 | By Kate Harman, For The Inquirer
Basketball players don't normally like to talk about air balls. They are definitely something that players, coaches, and teams try to avoid. Unless you are Maura Hendrixson and the Cardinal O'Hara girls' squad. Then the air ball has become something of a joke and a sign of good things to come. "Anytime [Hendrixson] shoots an air ball in the first half, she makes big threes [later]," O'Hara coach Linus McGinty said. "This has happened like five times, seriously. " On Friday night in the first round of the PIAA Class 4A tournament, Hendrixson shot an air ball in the first half.
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February 18, 2016 | By Kate Harman, For The Inquirer
It was apparent whenever Archbishop Wood's Cassie Sebold dove on the court for a loose ball, whenever Bailey Greenberg leapt through her opponents to grab an offensive rebound and put it back up and in. You could see it when Claire Bassetti played tough defense, almost daring her Cardinal O'Hara foe to try and shoot it. This wasn't just any game for the Vikings girls' basketball team. Tuesday's Catholic League semifinal at Philadelphia University was different. And as such, the energy was intense for the Vikings early on as they beat O'Hara, 47-34.
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