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May 23, 1994 | By Adam Gusdorff, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
Before Friday's Academy League lacrosse championship game at Ursinus, a pair of hawks was spotted flying above the field. That proved to be a good omen for Villa Joseph Marie, for which hawks are a symbol of good luck. "We'll use anything that works," coach John McOwen said. "We're pretty superstitious at the Villa. " Good-luck charms, however, had little to do with the team's 11-8 win over Mount St. Joseph's. The Jems (17-1-1) did not play their best game, but they got goals when they needed them.
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September 23, 1991 | By Beth Onufrak, Special to The Inquirer
Villa Joseph Marie players experienced more ups and downs in the last couple of weeks than a well-used yo-yo. The highs included an extension of their league-unbeaten record to 92. The low was the end of a 53-game overall unbeaten streak. The Jems started off a two-day road trip to northern Pennsylvania with a broken bus at the Lehigh Tunnel. A four-hour delay turned the trip to Bucknell University into an eight-hour nightmare - a Friday the 13th nightmare. The Jems stepped off the bus at 8 p.m. - an hour past game time - and straight onto the field without dinner.
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March 14, 1994 | By Eric Karabell, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
The similarities are almost scary, but Villa Joseph Marie coach John McOwen isn't complaining. The Jems won their state PIAA Class AA first-round playoff game Saturday night with a 51-40 win over Wyalusing at Loyalsock High School in Williamsport. And it looked an awful lot like last year. In 1993, the Jems also trailed by a point at halftime at the same gym to a similar-type team (Troy), and went to the inside game to pull out a win by a similar score. And Saturday, juniors Jen Santarlas and Maureen Michel combined for 14 second-half points and held their own on the boards, and that changed the game around and allowed the Jems to advance to a second-round game tomorrow.
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November 18, 2000 | By Frank Bertucci, INQUIRER SUBURBAN STAFF
Villa Joseph Marie captured its fourth PIAA Class AA girls' soccer championship yesterday with a 2-0 victory over Charleroi at cold, windswept, HersheyPark Stadium. Villa Joseph Marie (21-2-2), which closed its season with 16 straight wins, dominated the game, outshooting Charleroi, 15-4. The Jems' defense continually frustrated a team that had scored eight goals in three previous state games. "We play total team defense," said Villa Joseph Marie coach John McOwen, who has been in charge of the program since its inception in 1980.
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May 7, 1992 | By Beth Onufrak, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
Villa Joseph Marie shows signs of returning to the form it used to vault to a 4-0 start this season. The Jems (7-4 overall, 5-4 league) topped Morrisville, 12-0, in a 5-inning Bicentennial League game Monday. "We're playing like we did in the beginning of the season," said Jems coach Kim Wassinger, whose team has won two in a row. The Jems had 10 hits and no errors against the Bulldogs as they avenged a 6-3 loss April 9. "The team is hitting the ball like machines," Wassinger said.
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October 2, 1990 | By Tim Panaccio, Inquirer Staff Writer
Villa Joseph Marie, a private girls' school tucked neatly in the wooded confines of Holland, Pa., was founded in 1932 by the Sisters of St. Casimir. Like many private parochial academies, sports wasn't exactly the school's primary focus. Which may explain why it took Villa Joe 50 years to add such sports as girls' soccer and softball. "You sort of had to show them things," recalls John McOwen, the school's athletic director who introduced soccer to Villa Joe in 1982. "I came in specifically for soccer and then added softball.
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October 22, 1990 | By Beth Onufrak, Special to The Inquirer
If you can say Schlussel three times, you can name more than a quarter of the Villa Joseph Marie starting lineup. Of course, by that time, Colleen (a senior), Megan (a sophomore) and Erin (a freshman) will be deep into a game that more likely than not will turn into another win for the Jems. This is the first season the Schlussel sisters have ever played together, and they are enjoying it. "I've played with my older sister and my younger sister," Megan said. "I've always had someone with me, but never both at the same time.
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September 7, 1995 | By Eric Karabell, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
It's soccer season again, and that means one thing to Villa Joseph Marie senior Lauren Cameron. It's time to relive the best experience of her life. Cameron was a key member of the Jems squad that won the PIAA state championship two seasons ago but failed to successfully defend the title. In fact, the Jems' season ended in the District 1 title game with a loss to eventual state champ Great Valley, and they finished with a 16-4-2 record. Disappointing? It was only the worst record in the 14-year history of the program.
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February 4, 1991 | By Beth Onufrak, Special to The Inquirer
Sophomore Vicky Dilks and freshman Jenna Hartley led Villa Joseph Marie (11-6, 3-4) to two Bicentennial League wins last week. The Jems defeated Morrisville (2-15, 0-8), 45-19, on Tuesday and Jenkintown, 47-41, on Thursday. The 5-foot, 9-inch Dilks had 13 points and 9 rebounds against Morrisville and 20 points, 12 rebounds and 5 steals against Jenkintown, despite fouling out with nearly three minutes to play in the game. "Vicky got her fourth foul early in the third quarter, but we had to play her anyway.
SPORTS
September 28, 2008 | By Keith Pompey INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Perhaps the Villa Joseph Marie girls' soccer team shouldn't be counted out just yet. After a rough start, the Jems are playing like the traditional state power that fans are accustomed to seeing. The latest confirmation came last night on their home field. Defender Lindsey King scored to give the Jems a 1-0 nonleague victory over the Boyertown Bears. With the win, the reigning PIAA Class AA cochampions improved to 8-4. Villa Joseph Marie, which moved up to Class AAA this season, also won its sixth consecutive game.
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May 2, 2016 | By Jack Goodwillie, Staff Writer
Penn Charter's Anastasia Lewis and Ava Nicolucci proved to be unsolvable for Shipley. The two pitchers combined for a no-hitter as the visiting Quakers defeated Shipley, 15-0, in a nonleague game Saturday. The home team's only baserunner came on the only walk Lewis allowed. Lewis also struck out four in three innings. Nicolucci pitched the final two frames. The Quakers' Faith Fenton hit a grand slam in the third inning. Ayanna Matthews also stood out at the plate, by going 3 for 3. In other nonleague softball action: Alyssa Michniewicz had a double, but visiting Conwell-Egan fell to Steinert, 12-2.
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November 23, 2015 | By Kate Harman, For The Inquirer
The first time Emma Shimek made her presence known Saturday morning was just six minutes into the contest. The keeper for Villa Maria of Erie made a big save on a shot that would have put the Villa Joseph Marie soccer team up a goal in the state championship. A goal then would have been a game-changer. A momentum shift. A goal that early in the same game between the same teams proved to be the difference last year. The next time Shimek came up big was as the first half was winding down.
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November 21, 2015 | By Kate Harman, For The Inquirer
Casey Kilchrist is matter-of-fact about it. "Last year, I didn't score much," the Villa Joseph Marie soccer player said. Four times, to be exact. Conversely, it seemed like all Murphy Agnew did was put the ball in the back of the net for the Jems, as she notched 36 goals in 2014. Scoring goals is a big part of the job for the junior forwards. While Kilchrist would have liked to put more away in 2014, the pairing up top developed an undeniable chemistry. A chemistry first fostered as freshmen for VJM and on Yardley Makefield Soccer Club.
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November 19, 2015 | By Kate Harman, For The Inquirer
It was after Bridget Galen's winning goal found the back of the net. After the Villa Joseph Marie senior gave the Jems a 1-0 win over Fleetwood less than three minutes into the second overtime. After the Jems knew they would be returning to Hershey to play in the Class AA state championship game. After all of those things - the hugs, the cheers, the celebration - the hero in extra time was prone to hyperbole regarding her performance earlier in the contest. "I hit it over like seven times," she said in self-deprecation about her shots sailing over the goal.
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November 9, 2015 | By Jack Goodwillie, Inquirer Staff Writer
Jake Brophy of Central Bucks East and Olivia Sargent of Pennsbury won Class AAA state cross-country championships on Saturday at Hershey Parkview. Brophy completed the 3.1-mile course in 15 minutes, 39 seconds, edging Jaxson Hoey of Downingtown West by one second. Josh Hoey (15:49) and Henry Sappey (15:53) of Downingtown West finished third and sixth, respectively, and the Whippets won the team competition. Sargent finished the course in 18:01, eight seconds ahead of Aislinn Devlin of Downingtown West.
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August 28, 2015 | By Molly Eichel, Inquirer Staff Writer
JemCon, a convention celebrating the 1980s cartoon Jem , hits the Philadelphia area this weekend. If the Jem theme song has anything to do with it, the convention is sure to be truly, truly, truly outrageous. The cartoon, created by Christy Marx, ran from 1985 to 1988 and has a small but dedicated fan base that worships at the altar of Jerrica Benton - owner of Starlight Music by day and rock star Jem by night. Marx will be attendance at the 11th annual convention, which takes place at the Holiday Inn Lansdale, meeting and greeting fans and discussing the show during the convention's various panels.
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November 23, 2014 | By Kate Harman, For The Inquirer
FORWARD / PLAYER OF YEAR Murphy Agnew VILLA JOSEPH MARIE The sophomore is a hard one to catch. Just ask the dozens of defenders who tried to stop the speedy forward this season. A playmaker who has great field vision, a terrific shot, and a knack for distributing, Agnew really made her mark for the Jems this year. She netted 36 goals and added 16 assists, earning her the most valuable player award in the Catholic Academies league. Her dynamic presence up top and ability to be dangerous with the ball at her feet anywhere on the field was vital as she helped Villa Joe capture a fourth straight District 1 Class AA championship, win 22 games, and capture the PIAA Class AA state title.
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November 16, 2014 | By Kate Harman, For The Inquirer
HERSHEY, Pa. - Casey Kilchrist's gloves were off, literally. When the PIAA Class AA girls' soccer final started Saturday morning, the Villa Joseph Marie sophomore, like many of the Jems, had black gloves on to keep warm in the 35-degree weather at Hersheypark Stadium. Then she scored a goal in the first two minutes of the contest, and the game wasn't even five minutes old when Kilchrist ran to the sideline to throw off the gloves. They had served their purpose; Kilchrist was warm enough.
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October 31, 2014 | By Mark Macyk, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
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