May 16, 1994 |
Finally, Coatesville will finish its softball season with a meaningful game against archrival Downingtown. "Every year our last Ches-Mont game is against Downingtown," Red Raiders' coach Bill Mendenhall said. "It's always a big game for us because it's Downingtown, but this is the first time for the seniors that it will really be for something. " The league title is on the line in the game tomorrow. Both teams are 7-1, and they split their two games this season. It's winner take all at 7 p.m. at Caln Park, and the Raiders would like to win their first title since 1985 and end the Whippets' three-year run at the top of the league.
October 18, 2000 |
Former Downingtown standout Dan Ellis used a late-season rush in 1999 to finish eighth in the country in passing efficiency. He hasn't let up since. This season, the 6-foot-2, 218-pound quarterback has completed 58.6 percent of his passes for 1,406 yards and seven touchdowns for Virginia (4-2). As a result, the senior has moved up on a couple of the Cavaliers' all-time passing charts. Ellis is now fifth in career touchdown passes with 28, one behind fourth-ranked Mike Groh, who played from 1992 to '95. Shawn Moore (1987-90)
February 3, 1992 |
Episcopal Academy gave Downingtown a battle Friday night, but the Whippets converted three power-play opportunities and added a short-handed goal to take a 4-2 victory over the Churchmen. While the victory mathematically hasn't secured them a playoff berth, it certainly didn't hurt Downingtown's chances to gain a spot as one of the top four teams in the American Division of the Eastern League. The win moved the Whippets to 8-5-1 and put them three points ahead of Episcopal, now 6-7-2.
April 9, 1992 |
West Chester East pitcher Brandan Kahnell is starting to make a name for himself. That isn't an easy task on a pitching staff that includes John Leith, the area's top pitcher. In fact, four major-league scouts were on hand Tuesday to see Leith and the Vikings top visiting Downingtown, 4-3, in the Ches-Mont League opener for both teams. The scouts didn't stick around to the end, but if they had, they would have seen a very impressive performance by Kahnell. The junior entered the game in relief of Leith with two outs in the top of the fifth, his team down, 3-0, and men on first and second.
December 1, 1986 |
After their 14-0 victory over Coatesville on Thanksgiving morning, the Downingtown football players were subdued. None of the hoopla usually associated with victories against traditional rivals was evident in the Whippets' locker room. A short while later the reason became evident, as coach Mike Dominick announced that he was resigning as head coach. "I've coached my last game at Downingtown. I'm resigning," he told a group of surprised reporters upon concluding his commentary on the game.
March 12, 1990 |
Allison Long plays basketball all out, with a wild-eyed intensity that often inspires her Downingtown teammates. What the Whippets' junior center lacks in natural ability, she makes up in sheer determination. Point guard Tina Nicholson calls her "a monster. " Coach Bob Schnure says she's "a battler. " On a team with a pair of smooth, young stars - Nicholson and freshman forward Tora Suber - such a workmanlike but consistent player can be overlooked, but it was almost impossible not to notice Long Friday night at Villanova's DuPont Pavilion, where she led the Whippets to a 58-46 victory over North Penn in the District 1 Class AAAA championship game.
May 29, 1995 |
Downingtown pitcher Andrea Nicholson had never been more nervous in her life. With the Whippets clinging to a 1-0 lead over Conestoga in the top of the seventh inning of Friday's District 1 softball quarterfinal at Villa Maria, the Pioneers' Chrissy Miller was stepping to the plate with two outs and runners on second and third. "I was really praying at that point," said Nicholson, a senior. "I just wanted to throw the ball anywhere but down the middle. " Mission accomplished.
December 14, 1987 |
Family entertainment is in demand during the holidays. While most children are well-acquainted with movie houses and video stores, live theater is usually something only the adults in the family get to experience. This holiday season, the Quality Inn Brandywine Hotel & Resort on Route 30 in Downingtown offers "A Brandywine Holiday" to appeal to theatergoers of all ages at the resort's Tara Dinner Theater. The program celebrates the spirit of the season with a variety show of singing and dancing, with a special appearance by Santa Claus arriving in a sleigh pulled by reindeer (played by actors)
April 16, 1990 |
Holly Nippes of Downingtown braved the snow and the cold and turned in an excellent pitching effort on Thursday morning to lead the Whippets to a 3-2 victory over visiting St. Pius X (1-2). Nippes fanned 11, walked four and allowed only 2 hits. "It was hard keeping the ball in my hand early in the game," Nippes said. "My hand was numb and the ball was slippery, but my speed came back later in the game as I got warmer. " Downingtown, now 4-2, had only 3 hits off Lions pitcher Vicki Staska.
April 4, 1988 |
Last year, Downingtown's softball players strode confidently into each game, secure in the knowledge that they would only have to score a few runs at most. That confidence was based largely on pitcher Courtney Hankes, who was a model of consistency throughout the season, holding the opposition to an average of just over one run per game. Of course, the Whippets averaged much more than two runs a game on the way to an 11-1 record and the Ches-Mont League title. But Hankes has taken her rising fastball to the University of North Carolina, and the biggest concern Whippets coach Mike Morgan has faced this season has been finding a consistent pitcher.