May 11, 2016 |
"Got to get more pillows" Ana Bruni enthusiastically shouted as she walked from her spot at shortstop to the Perkiomen Valley softball dugout. Her Vikings were up by two runs at that point Monday afternoon. But what did pillows have to do with anything? The senior shortstop was talking about runs - as in a bigger cushion for her pitcher, Emily Oltman. Perk Valley obliged, getting another run in the second as the Vikings held off a comeback effort from visiting Methacton to win, 3-2. What started off as an extra "pillow" for the Vikings (14-3, 13-3 Pioneer Athletic Conference)
May 7, 2015 |
Zach Hare was about 8 years old when he stumbled across what would become his ticket to collegiate athletics. After Spring-Ford dominated Methacton, 12-4, Tuesday in a Pioneer Athletic Conference semifinal at Owen J. Roberts, the senior midfielder recounted the day he found buried treasure. "I actually found a lacrosse stick in my garage one day," said Hare, who scored two goals and added an assist. "I asked my dad what it was, and he said it was his stick from college. And it kind of all took off from there.
April 15, 2015 |
Sara Hughes scored five goals Monday, including the 100th of her career, as host Methacton took down Upper Perkiomen, 16-4, in a Pioneer Athletic Conference girls' lacrosse game. Softball Olivia Guidone scored both runs in host Downingtown East's 2-1 win over Downingtown West in the Ches-Mont National. Also in the National, Olivia Rogers struck out eight in a one-hitter as West Chester East blanked visiting Bishop Shanahan, 4-0. Molly Ahearn went 2 for 2 with a double and an RBI off the bench.
April 14, 2015 |
It has been the same for Amanda Kulp since she was 5 years old and first learning to play the game. When she exits a softball field, she's going to be the dirtiest of any of the players. "It's just who I am," the Methacton senior shortstop said. Her teammates wouldn't want it any other way: They used to jokingly call her Pig Pen. The joke has evolved, though. Now instead of telling someone she has dirt on her shirt, they've replaced it with "Kulp on your dirt. " As in: "You've got some Kulp on your dirt.
April 8, 2015 |
Brian Schnell started and ended the scoring in Archbishop Carroll's 4-3 Catholic League baseball victory Monday over La Salle. The senior second baseman put the Patriots ahead for good, 2-0, with a double in the bottom of the second. Schnell (two hits, three RBIs) then threw out the potential tying run at home to end the game. Pioneer. Andrew Bauer struck out 10 in a six-inning four-hitter as visiting Boyertown blanked Methacton, 11-0. Nonleague. Ryan Ernst drove in three with a double in the top of the 10th and Central Bucks East held on for a 5-2 win over Archbishop Ryan.
April 4, 2015 |
In middle school, Nicolette Serratore spent her summers training at Methacton with varsity athletes. One of them was Ryann Krais. Serratore watched and idolized Krais, a 2008 graduate who won several state titles and claimed the NCAA championship in the heptathlon at Kansas State in 2011. While Serratore may not notice it, many younger members of the current Methacton team admire her in the same way. "These kids look up to her. They see her as an unbelievable role model," Methacton coach Rob Ronzano said.
January 12, 2015 |
Methacton coach Craig Kaminski picked up his 200th career win as Methacton beat Pottstown, 63-26, in a nonleague girls' basketball game Saturday. Kaminski, in his 13th season at the helm and 21st with the program, has claimed four 20-win seasons, one 30-win season, and a Suburban One championship. Jackie Cerchio scored 11 points, Gabby Falcone added 10, and Lauren Engelman had nine. In other nonleague games: Becca Rhoades sank six three-pointers and scored 20 points as Nazareth Academy beat Conwell-Egan, 61-43.
October 22, 2014 |
Mary Gould helped Avon Grove pull the first stunner of the District 1 Class AAA field hockey playoffs on Monday afternoon. Gould scored with 1 minute, 37 seconds remaining in overtime to lift the 23d-seeded Red Devils to a 1-0 victory at No. 10 Methacton. Avon Grove's Emily Carroll and Methacton's Sammi Steele were putting up dueling 13-save shutouts before Gould's winner. In other first round action: No. 7 Phoenixville survived an upset bid when Bailey Quinn scored her second goal on a stroke in overtime to lift the Phantoms past visiting No. 26 Quakertown, 5-4. Adriana Pero scored the winner as visiting No. 18 Mount St. Joseph outlasted No. 15 Owen J. Roberts, 3-1, in strokes.
October 13, 2014 |
On a rainy afternoon, the color pink brightened the field. At Upper Dublin on Saturday, the Cardinals and players from visiting Methacton wore pink shirts, socks, and headbands in recognition of the sixth annual Corners for Cancer event. Even the field hockey balls were pink, as the Warriors defeated Upper Dublin, 3-0, in a nonleague game. Methacton jumped out to a 1-0 lead less than six minutes into the first half, with freshman forward Olivia Hoover firing the ball into the net off an assist from Julia Dickinson.
October 3, 2014 |
Lizzie King's shot hit off the left post, the frame of the goal clinking with the strike of the ball, and the sophomore had only one thought: Not again. A day earlier, the forward for the Strath Haven girls' soccer team hit the post three times in a game that was a frustrating one on offense for the Panthers. But Wednesday, things took a bounce in Strath Haven's favor, as King's shot went off the post and into the back of the net for the squad's first goal. It was then that King started thinking this game against Methacton was going to be different.