March 2, 2015 |
Chaotic. Frenzied. Hectic. From the jump, the pace of the District 1 Class AAA championship game between Gwynedd Mercy and Pope John Paul II was wild, and the feeling in the gymnasium at Upper Dublin was tense. Bodies flew onto the hardwood to grab loose balls. Others fought elbows in the air to grab rebounds. It definitely wasn't pretty, and at times, it even seemed disorganized. But in the end, Gwynedd Mercy came out on top, defeating the Golden Panthers, 47-42, in a tight battle Saturday.
February 21, 2015 |
Joan S. Schmidt, 85, of Blue Bell, a professor at the former Beaver College, where she taught education for many years, died Friday, Feb. 6, of Alzheimer's disease at Foulkeways at Gwynedd. "Dr. Joan," as she was called informally, was a loving mother, grandmother, and devoted mentor to her students. Born in Philadelphia to immigrant parents from Stuttgart, Germany, just before the 1929 stock-market crash, she grew up in Germantown and attended Friends Select School. Dr. Schmidt graduated from Chestnut Hill College and took a job teaching sixth grade at Whitemarsh Elementary School.
January 26, 2015 |
Erica DeCandido was sitting on the bench, and she wasn't happy about it. Her coach, Tom Lonergan wasn't too happy about it, either. The junior for the Gwynedd Mercy girls' basketball team is a big scoring threat, has a great aptitude for grabbing rebounds, and uses her quick hands on defense to garner steals. So, on the bench isn't exactly where DeCandido, Lonergan, or her teammates want her to be. But in the first quarter on a 45-26 win at St. Basil on Saturday afternoon, DeCandido got herself in some foul trouble.
December 22, 2014 |
Tom Lonergan was making his way through the handshake line after Gwynedd Mercy's 48-32 win over visiting St. Basil when he noticed a few players creeping toward him with a bucket. The Catholic Academies victory Saturday was a big one, the Monarchs coach knew. But he did not think it was exactly worthy of a Gatorade bath. Then his athletic director grabbed a microphone at center court. The bucket, which turned out to be filled with confetti, went over his head. And it suddenly dawned on Lonergan: He had won his 600th game as a head coach.
October 31, 2014 |
Villa Joseph Marie and Christopher Dock won District 1 girls' soccer titles by identical scores on Wednesday afternoon. Bridget Galen scored two goals as Villa Joseph Marie beat Gwynedd Mercy, 5-0, for the Class AA title at Council Rock North. Christopher Dock captured its fourth straight Class A title, 5-0, over Delco Christian at William Tennent. Bailey Kratz scored twice and Emily Gordon made seven saves for the Pioneers Mattasyn Shisler scored in the title game for the fourth year in a row. District 12 Class AAA Girls' Soccer Final Jules Blank scored four times to lead Archbishop Ryan past Franklin Towne Charter, 6-0, at Northeast District 1 Class AAA Field Hockey Semifinals Corinne Kenney scored a late goal to lift Central Bucks South past Council Rock Rock North, 1-0, at North Penn.
September 11, 2014 |
It would be tough to start a school week better than Ava Rosati just did. On Monday, the Gwynedd Mercy junior committed to Penn. On Tuesday, she made six saves to send the Monarchs to a 9-0 victory over visiting Villa Joseph Marie in Catholic Academies field hockey. Nicole Catalino scored three of her five goals in the second half to help Gwynedd Mercy break it open. Nonleague. Heather Crosby completed a hat trick in overtime to send Agnes Irwin to a 6-5 victory over visiting Merion Mercy.
March 16, 2014 |
Gwynedd Mercy's Allie Szekely set a meet record and a Villa Maria relay team came just short of doing the same Friday at the PIAA Class AA state swimming and diving championships at Bucknell University in Lewisburg, Pa. Szekely broke her own record in the 200-yard individual medley when she finished in 1 minute, 59.51 seconds. The sophomore finished the race in 1:59.66 last year. Villa Maria, which leads the team standings with 131 points after Friday's events, came just short of a pair of its own records, but won the 200 medley relay and 200 freestyle relay.
February 19, 2014 |
The Gwynedd Mercy men's basketball team clinched the No. 2 playoff seed in the CSAC Tournament with an 84-64 win at Centenary Monday night. Justin Knight (Oakcrest) had 21 points and 10 rebounds, both game highs, for the Griffins (18-6, 14-3 CSAC). Women Immaculata 103, Cairn 38 - The host Mighty Macs (17-7, 12-3) celebrated Senior Night and Play 4Kay clinching a home playoff game for the CSAC tournament with their victory over the Highlanders. Sara Smith (Archbishop Prendergast)
December 26, 2013 |
Upper Gwynedd's Board of Commissioners on Monday approved a budget with the township's first property tax increase in 23 years. In 2014, the general fund millage will go from 0.874 to 1.874, raising the average municipal tax bill to $266. That does not include taxes for fire, water and sewer services, or the school district. The commissioners also raised the sewer tax rate 15 percent. The board called the increases "unavoidable" and said the township had already conducted "an exhaustive line item review resulting in significant budgetary cuts.
November 21, 2013 |
It's not about winning and losing for coach Sue Persichetti and the Gwynedd Mercy field hockey team. It's about fairness. What happened to the Monarchs in their PIAA state Class AA semifinal, a 3-1 loss to Wyoming Seminary on Nov. 12, wasn't fair, Persichetti says, and the second-year head coach is not backing down from the fight. It all started when Wyoming Seminary was awarded a penalty stroke during the second half of the game, held at Emmaus High School, and scored to go up by 3-1. According to several accounts, a game official who was aware that the clock hadn't been stopped immediately as the stroke was called indicated that time should be added before the restart.