December 5, 1988 |
The day of the superstar is past for Central Bucks East. Team play is in. That fact was made apparent last season when the Patriots, in the first year after Bruce Stankavage and his 26.1 points per game departed for Lafayette College, sank to the bottom of the Suburban One National Conference Colonial Division with a 4-12 record. Nothing that East tried last season seemed to work, but Patriots' coach Bob Walsh, entering his 16th season at the Buckingham school, hopes to turn things around.
November 17, 1986 |
Great Valley earned its way to the final four of the PIAA Class AAA state soccer championships this season by working hard and taking advantage of opportunities as they occurred. However, a key ingredient that the Patriots lacked was team speed. That shortcoming proved to be too much, and the Patriots had to settle for fourth-place medals in the tournament. The Patriots lost to Strath Haven, 3-2, Friday night at Lebanon's Cedar Crest High School. Strath Haven went on to win the state crown.
May 4, 1995 |
Junior Kristin Morris won a pitching duel against Central Bucks East's Chrissy Quinn by throwing a two-hitter yesterday, helping Pennsbury defeat the Patriots, 1-0, in a Suburban One National softball game. It was the first loss for the Patriots (13-1, 9-1), who fell a game behind Colonial Division rival Central Bucks West (13-0, 9-0), a team they will host today. The Falcons (10-1, 10-1) lead the Patriot Division. "Kristin throws hard, and we just think that she and Meredith (Barker)
May 24, 1993 |
Not long into Unionville's wild 15-14 victory over Penn Wood in Wednesday's Del-Val League battle of unbeaten girls' lacrosse teams, Indians attack star Erin Campbell began one of her typical drives to the goal. Starting at the right of the net, she began weaving her way through a maze of defenders, cradling her stick from one side of her body to the other with the ambidexterity that has put her a level above most other players. But Campbell never made it to the goal. Instead, she ended up face down in the grass with a gash in her forehead and the beginnings of good-sized lump.
October 16, 1990 |
Jerome Allen stood a few steps behind center, surveyed the Germantown Academy defense and liked what he saw. The Episcopal Academy quarterback is dangerous enough when he takes snaps directly behind center. Put him in a shotgun formation and he is as deadly as the name of the alignment indicates. The host Churchmen beat the bigger, stronger Patriots, 18-7, on Friday, thanks, in no small part, to the installation of the shotgun by Episcopal coach Jim Auch. It gave Allen room to move, and the elusive quarterback responded with enough big plays to make the Patriots wish he had lined up a few miles, not steps, behind center.
February 15, 1990 |
For Central Bucks East coach Bob Walsh, Tuesday night's 85-61 Suburban One National Conference Colonial Division loss to visiting Abington was like a bad dream revisited. In losing to the Galloping Ghosts, East shot poorly (23 for 70, 33 percent), turned the ball over 24 times and played sporadic defense. None of that was new to to Walsh; it has been the script for most of the Patriots' 18 losses this season. East (4-18, 3-12) has typically hung close through varying stages of a game, but then something happens and the Patriots self-destruct.
November 24, 1988 |
Coming up with big plays again and again in the fourth quarter, Archbishop Carroll came from behind to beat West Catholic, 10-7, and win the Catholic League Southern Division championship Monday afternoon at Villanova Stadium. Carroll's victory, its ninth in 11 games, sends the Patriots against Northern Division champ Archbishop Ryan for the league title on Dec. 3. Trailing 7-3 when the final period began, the Patriots stopped a West Catholic drive on their own 20. After three subsequent plays that produced 6 yards in losses, Todd Roberts got Carroll out of trouble by booming a punt from his end zone to the Burrs 23-yard line.
January 17, 1989 |
Pottstown and its 10-0 record visited Great Valley Friday night and according to Valley coach Paul Girone, the Patriots were prepared for the powerful Trojans. But after playing a tough first half, the Pats were worn down by the superior Pottstown talent, and the Trojans won going away, 65-42. "We knew we were decided underdogs going in," Girone said after his club fell to 3-5 in the Pioneer Athletic Conference and 4-10 overall. "But we wanted to beat them and we had a scheme against them.
February 13, 1989 |
One game after coming within a single point of upsetting powerful Haverford School, Germantown Academy was routed, 68-49, at Chestnut Hill Academy. All Patriots coach Dave Hoch could do after Friday night's defeat was shake his head. "We went from perhaps our best effort of the season (a 59-58 loss to Haverford School) to our worst effort," said Hoch, whose team is still winless in the Inter-Academic League. "Chestnut Hill's kids were super-excited about the game, and our kids were not," he said.
October 5, 1998 |
The biggest loss for Germantown Academy wasn't on the scoreboard in an 18-17 nonleague defeat at Mountoursville Friday night. It was in its backfield. Nate Wachter rushed for his third 200-yard game of the season and scored two touchdowns. However, he was on the sideline with a left-ankle injury for most of the fourth period. Without him, the Patriots (3-2) couldn't even get close enough for Greg Davis to kick a long-range game-winning field goal. "Nothing's broken," Wachter said yesterday.