November 12, 2015 |
Andrew Astrino's thought when his soccer teammate Nick Jannelli has the ball is often less of a suggestion and more of an order. Just go . You can't blame the Springfield (Delco) midfielder for thinking that way, as his fellow senior has made a habit of putting the ball in the back of the net for the Cougars. Jannelli had the ball at his feet often Tuesday night at the South Philadelphia Super Site. When he did, good things happened as Springfield defeated Northeast, 2-0, in the first round of the PIAA Class AAA playoffs.
November 6, 2015 |
If ever there existed a more tenuous lead in sports than a one-goal advantage at halftime, give Downingtown East's field hockey team a ring. They sure would like to know. Midway through the Cougars' 3-0 victory at Central Bucks West in the District 1 Class AAA semifinals Wednesday at Haverford High, they held that unnerving, good-not-great advantage. On top of the uncomfortable one-goal lead, Bullock and Downingtown East (20-1) knew what it was facing in Central Bucks West (20-1)
October 4, 2015 |
Downingtown East didn't wait long to get things started Friday night. Kameron Hammond took the opening kickoff nearly 90 yards and sent the Cougars on their way to a fifth straight win with a 49-13 nonleague victory over visiting Unionville. The Cougars, the fourth-ranked team in Southeastern Pennsylvania by The Inquirer, also received some help from their defense, as Jeremy Jennings returned two interceptions for touchdowns. Jack Kincade scored a pair of touchdowns. CHES-MONT AMERICAN Kennett 27, Octorara 21 (OT)
June 4, 2015 |
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.
June 1, 2015 |
There was a time earlier this season when Mike Gerzabek doubted his abilities on the lacrosse field. The junior attacker for Springfield (Delco) missed a few opportunities and didn't feel as if he was playing to his potential. After all, he comes from quality lacrosse stock. But those days in the doldrums are long since gone. On Saturday, Gerzabek's five goals helped the Cougars claw Central Bucks East, 8-3, at Harriton and advance to the PIAA semifinals against Radnor on Tuesday.
May 11, 2015 |
The only thing that Jon Hansen knows about Joe Davis is that he was a great hitter. "I know he's all over the record books," Hansen said. Davis wore No. 16 for the Cherry Hill East baseball team in the mid-1970s. Hansen wears it this season. Nobody will wear it next season. Or ever again. "Joe Davis epitomized what East baseball is all about," former Cherry Hill East coach Dave Martin said of the decision to retire Davis' number during a pre-game ceremony at the Cougars' baseball complex on Saturday morning.
May 1, 2015 |
Springfield (Delco) softball coach Todd Odgers figured the hits were going to come eventually. Tori DePietro and Ashley Scarpato thought so too. And with those hits, runs were sure to follow for the Cougars. But for the first five innings of what would eventually be a 7-0 Central League victory over Marple Newtown, the host Cougars struggled at the plate. A popup to second. A fly out to left field. A fly ball caught foul on the first-base side. Inning after inning, the Cougars (13-0 overall, 11-0 league)
April 19, 2015 |
The players look back now and laugh about it. Their alarms would go off about 4 a.m. It was dark and cold, and still hours before school started. "That was the hardest part, hearing the alarm and having to actually get out of bed," senior attack Brandon Stern said with a smile. "But we did it, we even did it during spring break. " Three days per week starting in December and lasting almost until the start of the season, the Cherry Hill East boys' lacrosse team could be found in the bowels of their high school, holding 5 a.m. workouts that were as much about team bonding as conditioning.
April 5, 2015 |
You can almost picture Taylor Winkelman cringing as she retells the story over the phone. She was a freshman at Springfield (Delco), starting in the outfield. It was the first game of the softball season and her first varsity experience. Coach Todd Odgers moved the promising young player, a shortstop by nature, to center. Winkelman was happy to do it, but she was nervous. Then the ball flew off the opponent's bat and soared close to the fence. Winkelman, now a senior, recalls that day vividly, saying she, "tracked it wrong - horribly, horribly wrong.
March 19, 2015 |
CHAMBERSBURG - After leading for most of the first 2 1/2 quarters, Martin Luther King High fell behind briefly before limiting Taylor Allderdice to just five points over the final quarter-and-a-half in the Cougars' 48-35 victory in the PIAA Class AAAA boys' basketball semifinals last night at CASHS Field House. The victory puts MLK in the state championship game for the first time in school history. It will take on Roman Catholic, a 69-66 winner over J.P. McCaskey, at Giant Center in Hershey on Saturday at 8 p.m. Roman defeated MLK in the schools' previous meeting this season, 58-57, on Feb. 27. "I'm proud of our guys.