March 6, 1990 |
Deadly accuracy from the free-throw line and hand-in-the-face defense lifted Gwynedd-Mercy to a 21-point lead after three quarters and a fairly easy 55-42 victory over Villa Maria in the quarterfinal round of PIAA District 1 Class AAA action. The Mustangs (23-0) took control late in the first half Saturday at Methacton High School and did not relinquish it. Trailing 16-13 with two minutes left in the second quarter, Gwynedd-Mercy went on a 13-5 run to take a 26-21 lead at intermission.
November 20, 1990 |
It was an emotional, hard-fought game. It was exciting, it was exhilarating. Actually, it was none of those things. In a word, the Washington-Dobbins Public League semifinal at Northeast High on Saturday morning was ugly. In another word, it was boring. The 30-12 score was by no means indicative of just how one-sided the matchup was. The Eagles, who won their ninth game without a loss, cruised to a 30-0 lead at halftime and put the backups in for the rest of the game.
April 20, 2000 |
Look down Whitey Haak's lineup, and it might be hard to believe the success Mainland has had in golf this season. The Mustangs, 7-0 overall and 3-0 in the Cape-Atlantic League Division II after yesterday's 150-164 win over Vineland, start three sophomores and two freshmen among their top six. John Susick is the lone junior in the bunch. A closer look, however, reveals a young team that features some deep golf roots. Freshman Ryan Fraser, for example, is the grandson of late Professional Golf Association president Leo Fraser, who headed the organization from 1969 to '71. Sophomore Dave Grossman, the Mustangs' most consistent player this spring, started playing golf around the fifth grade, and freshman Matt Uretsky competes in American Junior Golf Association tournaments during the summer.
January 30, 1990 |
In recent years, the Frankford-Dobbins game has been a date to circle on the Public League girls' basketball schedule. Even when the mighty Mustangs were in the midst of a league-record 51-game winning streak and a string of three consecutive league titles from 1985 to 1988, Dobbins never seemed to be able to dominate Frankford in the big games. The Mustangs captured their last crown under the direction of their legendary coach Tony Coma and with the help of Dawn Staley, a Parade magazine all-American now starting at point guard for the University of Virginia.
December 14, 1986 |
On the surface, Triton High's seventh-place finish in the nine-team Olympic Conference National Division last season doesn't seem impressive. But, scrutinize the situation a little closer. The Mustangs finished with a 10-13 overall record, which is about twice the number of wins expected of them in preseason. "We were picked to be last," said coach Harry Beaudet, who begins his 24th season at Triton. "We did a lot better than people thought. And we did well against the good teams.
September 21, 1986 |
You don't have to remind new Triton football coach Phil Petitte that graduation and unusual circumstances have reduced the number of experienced players on his roster to just two. But a new beginning for the former Camden Catholic coach nonetheless has left him excited about Triton's 1986 season in the Olympic Conference National Division. "The experience is always a big advantage, but every coach has to start from scratch to gain that experience," Petitte said. "We have a solid core group of athletes here at Triton.
December 15, 1986 |
For 16 minutes, Northeast played Dobbins almost even-up. The Vikings thwarted the Mustangs' fastbreak offense, forced them to take poor shots and disrupted their open game with a zone defense and various presses. And to top it off, Northeast held Dobbins' Doug Overton to 7 points while trailing, 33-24, at the half. But, as Vikings coach Bill Sheppard might say, one half doesn't make a basketball game. Dobbins finally sprang from its shackles in the second half and sailed to a 75-44 victory Thursday at Northeast.
January 12, 1987 |
The fans make it hard to beat Bristol on its home floor. "Their fans are very verbal," Gwynedd-Mercy Academy head coach Maureen Scanlan said after her team's dramatic come-from-behind victory over Bristol, 46-43, Thursday afternoon. "They can intimidate a team. " Scanlan had tried to prepare her young girls' basketball squad for such intimidation. They had suffered through such treatment in a game against Pottstown in the Bishop Shanahan Christmas Tournament. "I tried to let them know they had to tune all those things out," Scanlan said.
December 8, 1987 |
Once there was Blair Thomas. In 1984, Thomas, now a star back at Penn State, ran for 1,551 yards as Al Angelo won his ninth Public League title at Frankford. "But you know, we didn't run the ball quite as well with Blair," Angelo said on Saturday after the Pioneers decimated Dobbins, 42-14, to capture the Public League crown once again. "We had very good balance with this team. This line has been outstanding. Blair didn't run behind a line like this. This line gobbles up yards and moves the ball.
December 12, 1990 |
Triton was a consistent winner in girls' basketball for most of the 1980s, but the Mustangs were unable to come away with a championship. They finished second in the Olympic Conference American Division in 1987 and 1988. Typically, when the Mustangs qualified for the state tournament, they were eliminated in the first round. Last year was an exception. This season a talented is player gone. But, with a new head coach, Triton hopes to do more than just finish above .500. COACH.