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.
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.
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.
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.
September 18, 1989 |
Downingtown is on top of the Ches-Mont League with a 2-0 record. Overall, the Whippets are undefeated in six golf matches. So what else is new? The Whippets, who have won four of the last six Ches-Mont League titles, have taken their first steps toward making it five of the last seven. But this Downingtown squad could be the best the Whippets have fielded in years. Its 396-409 victory over league foe West Chester Henderson at Radley Run Country Club on Thursday showed why. Even on a day when the Whippets did not play up to - or even close to - their potential, they were still able to defeat their closest league rival by a comfortable margin.