March 8, 2015 |
The members of the Mount St. Joseph's girls' basketball team had to travel for more than an hour Friday night before reaching their PIAA state first-round playoff game at Bethlehem Freedom. Their opponents came from Nazareth Area High School, just 15 minutes away. And yet the Magic sure looked at home from the foul line in overtime. Caitlyn Cunningham made all four of her free throws in the extra session to lead the Mount past Nazareth Area, 48-45, to advance to the Class AAAA second round.
February 27, 2015 |
It's become evident that the Radnor girls' basketball team doesn't mind a long bus ride. The Raiders won their fourth road game of the District 1 Class AAAA playoffs, beating Perkiomen Valley, 46-43, Wednesday. The victory in the playback game clinched a state-tournament berth. Lauren Pacifico's 14 points led the Raiders. Kristin Hamill added 13. KT Armstrong scored a game-high 17 points for Perkiomen Valley. In other playback games: Garnet Valley 44, North Penn 37 - Maddie Ireland scored 17 points to go along with four steals.
February 20, 2015 |
Upper Dublin found out first hand last year that playbacks are no place to try and reach the state tournament from. Wednesday night, Allison Chernow made sure the Cardinals would not have to go through all that again. The junior point guard tied things with a pair of free throws at the end of regulation and then made a layup late in overtime to send host Upper Dublin to a 36-33 victory over Perkiomen Valley in the second round of the District 1 Class AAAA tournament. The win guarantees a spot in states for the Cardinals, who fell a game short in playbacks last year.
February 11, 2015 |
With four starters returning from last season's Central League championship team, the conventional wisdom was that Garnet Valley was primed for a repeat. That wisdom proved correct Monday night, as the Jaguars defeated Strath Haven, 40-31, in the Central League girls' basketball championship game at Harriton. "It feels good," said GV coach Joseph Woods. "It was a much harder road because all the other teams were motivated to take us down. It's a really competitive league. So to win the league two years in a row is quite an achievement for our team and the program.
January 27, 2015 |
Jennifer Byrne came up big in overtime, going 5 for 5 from the free-throw line in a 53-47 Shawnee victory over Garnet Valley in the Blue Chip Super Showcase, hosted by Spring-Ford. Garnet Valley's Macy Goldbach tied the game at 48 with five seconds to go on a jumpshot from the corner, and Sam Tomasetti sent it to overtime by blocking Shawnee's final shot. Byrne's free throws helped make the difference in the extra period, however, as Shawnee was sent to the foul line 15 times, outscoring the Jaguars by six, with 11 points coming from free throws.
January 12, 2015 |
Haverford School showed off its team depth in winning the Bissell Invitational wrestling tournament at the Hill School on Saturday. The Fords won just one championship - L.J. Barlow at 190 pounds - but had four runner-up finishes. Jake Hervada (160), Chris Kober (170), Mickey Kober (220), and Chauncey Simmons (285) each took second place. Barlow decisioned Tabor Academy's Sebastian Dziadkiewicz, 6-2, to earn the win. Malvern Prep, which finished third in the team standings, also went home with plenty of hardware.
December 16, 2014 |
At their Garnet Valley home, Jordan Ireland is the typical big sister to Maddie. She's the responsible one, the one in charge, the more controlling of the two. Separated by just 17 months and one grade, Maddie, 16, jokingly calls Jordan, 18, "mom. " When the two guards for the Garnet Valley girls' basketball team are on the court, however, things are a little bit different. On the floor for the Jaguars (3-0), Maddie is the one Jordan listens to, the one who grabs the bull by the horns, the sister who has ideas on what the team should do next.
November 16, 2014 |
Pennsbury ran for 558 yards last week and had the same intention for Friday's District 1 Class AAAA quarterfinal against Garnet Valley. "The game plan was to run the ball," Falcons coach Galen Snyder said. "Just keep running the ball. " It took some time, but the plan panned out. Pennsbury scored 31 unanswered points in the second half, including 28 in the fourth quarter, en route to a 45-14 home win. "We just hung with the game plan," Snyder said. "We wore them down a little bit. " Rutgers recruit Charles Snorweah, who had rushed for 427 yards and seven touchdowns last week, scored on runs of 56 and 60 yards.
November 14, 2014 |
Fans of run-dominated action should be in Fairless Hills at 7 p.m. Friday for the PIAA District 1 Class AAAA playoff quarterfinal between Garnet Valley and Pennsbury. The seventh-seeded Jaguars employ a triple-option attack. Second-seeded Pennsbury counters with a wing-T or I-formation scheme. Last week, with running backs Victor Delgado and Daulton Hose sidelined by injuries, the Falcons turned to the I, with Charles Snorweah lined up at tailback and Luke Snyder at fullback. Snorweah benefited from the switch, carrying 29 times for a career-high 427 yards and seven touchdowns in a 63-55 win over Downingtown West.
November 6, 2014 |
There are 26 football playoff contests on the slate this weekend. We'll provide game-by-game predictions Friday. For now, here's our take on how the PIAA District 1 Class AAAA, AAA, and AA tournaments will play out. District 1 Class AAAA. While there's no clear-cut favorite to take top honors in the 16-team field, it's a good bet that one of four squads claims the title: No. 1 seed Coatesville, No. 2 Pennsbury, No. 5 Downingtown East, and No. 9 North Penn. Possible dark horses are No. 8 West Chester Henderson, which could be dangerous if it gets past first-round foe North Penn, and No. 3 West Chester Rustin, which, with a favorable draw, should at least reach the semifinals.