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.
January 23, 2001 |
Last season, the Ches-Mont League belonged to the Coatesville girls' basketball team. This year, however, West Chester East and Downingtown are equally poised for the top spot. Entering tonight's meeting at Downingtown, both teams are 2-0 in the league. The Vikings and the Whippets were both convincing in dismantling West Chester Henderson and both beat Coatesville by fewer than 10 points. Additionally, Unionville presented both with a challenge. East lost to the Indians in two overtimes, 47-45.
September 14, 1987 |
Although neither won the team competition at the Third Annual Indian Invitational Cross Country Meet at Unionville on Saturday, both Downingtown and Unionville turned in impressive performances that indicate that they will contend for titles in the Ches-Mont and Southern Chester County Leagues, respectively. Devon Prep won the team title with 93 points, followed by St. James (114) and Upper Darby (131). Downingtown finished fifth (214) and Unionville seventh (226). Twenty-three teams were in the invitational.
March 23, 1991 |
She had controlled her emotions as well as she had controlled the game, and now, with time running out, Tina Nicholson unleashed a joyful scream and pointed toward the HersheyPark Arena seat occupied by her ailing brother, Pete. For Nicholson, Downingtown's 69-53 victory over Penn Hills in last night's Class AAAA state championship game was a promise fulfilled. Pete Nicholson, 19, suffers from a serious kidney disorder, and in a few months his mother will donate one of her kidneys for a transplant operation.
October 13, 1999 |
The tough kids on Archbishop Ryan's roster, most of them from working-class and prideful ethnic neighborhoods in Northeast Philadelphia, are almost always up for a good scrap. Which is what Downingtown wanted Friday night, a hard-hitting and physical football game. And if you score this one like a fight, Downingtown won on a split decision. The Whippets' offense feigned and jabbed, but did little real damage. But the defense was all hard left hooks and straight right crosses, and it carried the day, knocking Ryan on the seat of its pants to the tune of 21-3.
September 20, 1986 |
Supposedly, a wishbone offense is not condusive to playing catch-up football. And likewise, a wishbone quarterback rarely beats you with his arm, especially when the other team is expecting him to throw the ball. Well, so much for common misconceptions, because Neshaminy High rallied not once, but twice - with the second comeback being primarily accomplished via the passing of Bill Vergantino - to come away with a frenetic 26-21 non- league victory over visiting Downingtown. Vergantino, who rushed for 139 yards on 13 carries and two touchdowns, instead burned the Whippets through the air during Neshaminy's decisive drive.
January 8, 1998 |
The Downingtown ice hockey team has made major breakthroughs this season, but it still isn't completely satisfied. After playing three strong games in the Ice Line Holiday Tournament on Dec. 29 and 30 - including losses of 8-6 to Malvern Prep and 4-3 to Washington Township (N.J.), and a 5-4 win over Conestoga - the Whippets tied Haverford High, 5-5, in Monday's Eastern League Class AAA game. "We are making some positive strides," Downingtown coach John Ettore said. The Whippets (1-9-2 league)
December 18, 1989 |
All last week, as snow wiped out two games and shortened several practices, Downingtown basketball coach John Walker yearned for a chance for his team to play regularly, so it could develop some rhythm, begin to blend old and new elements. This week, Walker's team may get the chance to play regularly, and then some. Unless, of course, it snows again. If it doesn't, the Whippets are set to play Chichester tomorrow, Council Rock on Wednesday and Unionville on Thursday. Downingtown is just one of several area teams that face back-to-back or back-to-back-to-back games because of last week's snow.
February 8, 1993 |
West Chester East's Karen Daylor is planning to do some long-distance traveling in April, but for now she's satisfied with traveling just a few hundred yards at a time. The Vikings senior went 200 yards for one victory and 100 yards for another Thursday to help her unbeaten team (9-0) cruise to a 116-70 win over Downingtown in a Tri-County League match at West Chester University's North Campus pool. Daylor was one of three Vikings to win two individual events as East gained some revenge against the Whippets.