June 19, 2016 |
This was going to be the season for Spenser Gray and Quakertown as the senior had spent her first three years helping to build up the program. Then the unthinkable happened to the UNC-Charlotte recruit. She got hurt during the first game. She returned to the lineup May 5, and it was like she never left, batting .593 with an on-base percentage of .710 and going 12 for 12 on the base paths. The senior middle infielder played both second and shortstop, helping to turn eight double plays in a total of 11 games.
June 17, 2016 |
It was quite a season for local girls' lacrosse teams. Three of the four teams in the PIAA state playoff semifinals were from Southeastern Pennsylvania, and Conestoga avenged last year's loss in the title game to Garnet Valley with a victory over Radnor. Here is our 2016 all-area girls' lacrosse team: PLAYER OF THE YEAR Monica Borzillo, Conestoga Borzillo led the Pioneers to their first state championship by scoring four goals and dishing eight assists in the championship game against Radnor.
June 9, 2016 |
Thrillers abounded at Penncrest on Tuesday as Radnor's girls and Springfield Delco's boys teams earned bids to their PIAA championship games. In Game 1, Radnor (20-6) rallied after an 8-2 deficit to knock off two-time defending champion Garnet Valley, 10-9. In the nightcap, the Cougars (20-7) scored the game's last five goals and held off Strath Haven, 8-5, thanks in large part to the stingy goaltending of junior James Spence. "I've been working all my life for this," said Spence, who finished with 11 saves.
June 6, 2016 |
Emily Mathewson had been in a similar position 299 times before, but during a domination of Owen J. Roberts on Saturday afternoon, the Garnet Valley senior felt a pinch of nerves as she prepared to shoot. That's because career goal No. 300 was potentially in her stick with about 10 minutes left in Game 2 of a PIAA quarterfinal doubleheader at Marple Newtown. Garnet Valley won comfortably, 15-6, and now advances to the semifinals next week against Radnor, which already upset the two-time defending state champion Jaguars in the District 1 playoffs.
June 5, 2016 |
Sometimes defeat can be the best teacher of success. Conestoga, however, hadn't tasted such bitterness much of this lacrosse season. That is until the Lady Pioneers fell in the District 1 playoffs to eventual district champion Radnor. Now, Conestoga (18-1) hopes its only blemish this season catapults the squad to a state championship. "We all got fired up after it," said senior Sondra Dickey. "I think that was our motivation to get better and not be satisfied. " Saturday at 11 a.m. at Avon Grove, the Lady Pioneers, the 5th seed from District 1, will face Kennard Dale (23-1)
May 29, 2016 |
Right after halftime, Penn State's Ally Heavens stood next to a Northwestern player. In the pouring rain, Heavens' jersey was soaked. The Northwestern player had changed into a new uniform. "A lot of top-ranked teams, they get a lot of gear. They get a lot of stuff, so I was like,'Damn,' " Heavens said. But the Nittany Lions ended up losing by only 5-4 to the perennial powerhouse. That was why Heavens said she chose to play at Penn State in October of her junior year at Garnet Valley High School.
May 26, 2016 |
As the wheels on Radnor's bus crept 'round and 'round, the Raiders tried to stay poised as traffic delayed their arrival for the District 1 girls' lacrosse semifinals Tuesday at Downingtown West. After Radnor's thrilling 7-6 victory Tuesday against defending state champion Garnet Valley, the 37-minute delayed start was well worth the wait. Junior goaltender Alexa Solomon stonewalled three point-blank Jaguars attempts in the final two minutes to secure victory and give the Raiders back-to-back upsets, which started with a win over previously unbeaten Conestoga last week.
May 7, 2016
Baseball TRI-COUNTY LEAGUE PLAYOFFS SEMIFINAL Barrack Hebrew 6, Collegium Charter 1 BICENTENNIAL LEAGUE Plumstead Christian 11, Faith Christian 1 Christopher Dock 10, MaST Charter 0 Faith Christian 0, Plumstead Christian 0 Holy Ghost Prep 2, New Hope-Solebury 1 CATHOLIC LEAGUE Roman Catholic 2, Neumann-Goretti 0 CENTRAL LEAGUE Conestoga 6, Ridley 0 Garnet Valley 8, Upper Darby 3 Strath Haven 5, Harriton 1...
April 29, 2016 |
Downingtown West's Emily Williams hit a two-run home run in the sixth inning to give the Whippets a 4-3 road victory over Avon Grove in the Ches-Mont League. Williams' home run came with two outs in the inning. Earlier in the at-bat, Williams hit a pop-up into foul territory, which would have ended the inning. An Avon Grove player dropped the pop fly for an error to set up the game-winning home run. Williams, the Whippets' starting pitcher, lasted all seven innings and earned the win. In other Ches-Mont League softball action: Morgan Orlowski struck out 11 batters and gave up just three hits in host Great Valley's 6-3 victory over Octorara.
April 26, 2016 |
Sam Tomasetti walked to the plate in the fifth inning and roped a two-run single to left field. Reva Alderman followed her in the lineup, just like she has in nearly every game since they were 9 years old. "Outta here" the scoreboard operator for the Garnet Valley softball team said as soon as the ball made contact with Alderman's bat. She was right: The towering fly ball sailed over the fence in left for a three-run shot. A two- to three-minute period Thursday perfectly encapsulated the contributions of the Jaguars' two senior captains.