March 29, 2015 |
Let's not get mercy-ruled. That used to be the goal of the Council Rock South softball team. Not let's win or let's make a run in districts . No, for the Golden Hawks, losing was expected, almost a guarantee. Second baseman Katelyn Gaudet remembers those days. So do fellow seniors Amanda Sharp and Jackie Schneider. Just two years ago, C.R. South sat at the bottom of the Suburban One National Conference, unable to compete against powerhouses like Pennsbury and Neshaminy.
October 19, 2014 |
As they walked off their home field, exhausted after playing 100 minutes, Pennsbury girls' soccer players didn't look as if they had just completed an undefeated regular season. Heads were down. Almost no one was smiling. The Falcons were frustrated that a regular season featuring winning streaks of six and eight games and the program's first Suburban One League National Conference title ended the way it did, in a 1-1 tie against Council Rock South. In other words, a draw wasn't the result Pennsbury had planned when it set its sights on an 18-game unbeaten streak.
September 21, 2014 |
The meeting occurred Thursday afternoon, just outside the athletic training room, right before practice. It included members of the Council Rock South girls' soccer team, with no coaches. After the Golden Hawks lost two straight games to Suburban One League National Conference opponents, the goal of the talk was simple: Figure out what's wrong, and fix it. Friday afternoon, as Nikki Caffey jogged off the field for halftime with her team trailing Neshaminy, the senior worried that the captains' meeting hadn't worked.
October 26, 2013 |
Ami Iannello needed just two minutes to break Thursday night's scoreless drought, as Strath Haven turned away visiting Unionville, 1-0, in double overtime of a District 1 Class AAA second-round game in girls' soccer. Iannello headed in the winner in the second minute of the second overtime. She finished a cross from Kristen Miller. Katie Fisher, a sophomore, needed four saves for her eighth consecutive shutout. Boyertown 1, Council Rock North 0 - Ashley Becker scored off a corner kick in the second half, and the host Bears held on. The corner came from Emily Saxon, and Becker emerged from a scrum in front of the net with four minutes left.
October 13, 2013 |
Walt Snyder Stadium was silent for 20 minutes as Greg Paprocki lay motionless on the ground. The Council Rock South senior quarterback took a hard hit to the head with about five minutes before halftime of the Golden Hawks' 35-0 loss to Neshaminy on Friday night. A Redskins defender had swung Paprocki by his jersey in a tackle that drove the quarterback's head into the ground. He lay facedown on the wet turf for a few moments before turning over on his back and staring up at a clear night sky after a day of rain.
September 21, 2013 |
Sitting at goalie McKenna Mullin's house after school on Thursday, eating a chicken sandwich with her teammates, Neshaminy senior Jess Kelly didn't necessarily think she would give her soccer team the edge over Council Rock South later that evening. In fact, she hadn't been too pleased with her performance the last couple of games. But in the first home night game of the season, Kelly put the Redskins over the top, 1-0, in the Suburban One National contest, extending their shutout streak to five games.
May 31, 2013
Council Rock South's Eric Gallo, a 6-foot-3, 280-pound junior center and defensive tackle, has orally committed to play football at Virginia Tech. Gallo, who is projected to play center for the Hokies, also received interest from Boston College, Connecticut, Maryland, and Rutgers, among others. A two-year starter for the Golden Hawks, Gallo earned Inquirer first-team all-Southeastern Pennsylvania honors on defense last season. - Rick O'Brien
March 20, 2013 |
When you lose four starters from a team that reached the quarterfinals of the state tournament, you don't necessarily enter the next season expecting a lot of success. But the more basketball Villa Maria played this girls' basketball season, the more the Hurricanes accomplished. By the time they captured the District 1 Class AAA title, they found themselves in the state tournament as an underdog and loving every minute of it. They won three straight games in impressive fashion.
March 20, 2013 |
When a team loses four starters from a squad that reached the quarterfinals of the state tournament, it doesn't often enter the next season expecting a lot of success. But the more Villa Maria played this season, the more the Hurricanes accomplished. By the time they captured the District 1 Class AAA title, they found themselves in the state tournament as an underdog and loving every minute of it. They won three straight games in impressive fashion. Their astounding effort continued Tuesday night at William Tennent.
October 10, 2012 |
This season hasn't always been easy for first-year Council Rock South coach Kim Francis. Then again, nothing has been quite that easy for the girls' soccer teams in the Suburban One League's National Conference, but Francis is hoping the hard times and close games will help prepare her Golden Hawks for the playoffs. Coming off a 17-5-1 season but having lost a lot of players to graduation, the Golden Hawks have battled all season, against some of the best teams in Southeastern Pennsylvania.