November 15, 1993 |
Coley Murphy arrived at Penn Charter's East Falls campus Saturday afternoon with a passing record and a league championship within reach. The Germantown Academy senior quarterback succeeded in establishing an Inter-Academic League record for career touchdown passes, but Murphy and the Patriots (8-2 overall, 3-1 league) fell well short in their bid for the league title. Penn Charter (8-0, 4-0), with a record-setting performance by Brandon Shepherdson, took advantage of several early GA mistakes and pulled away for a 34-7 victory.
April 3, 1995 |
Germantown Academy senior captain Rob Shaner sat dejectedy on a bench inside the Patriot locker room at the Skatium in Havertown. Amid a clutter of half-eaten oranges and torn athletic tape, Shaner patiently discussed with reporters his team's painful 4-1 loss Saturday afternoon to defending state champion Meadville in the Class AAA state championship game - the second straight year GA had bowed to the Western Pennsylvania school. "We came out very flat," said Shaner. "We fell behind 4-0 going into the third period, and you can't beat a team as good as Meadville in 15 minutes, and losing by four goals.
May 17, 1993 |
Just like last year, Phoenixville has been chasing Great Valley in the PAC- 10 softball standings for much of the season. For the second consecutive year, the Patriots shut out the host Phantoms on Friday, 1-0, to claim the league title. The Patriots have won the league title three of the last four years. The winning run against Phoenixville was knocked in by Stephanie Demas. Her sixth-inning sacrifice fly scored Kristy Shedlock. "Our girls come up big in the important games," said Great Valley's Hal Honig, who coaches along with John Whitelock.
December 4, 1989 |
Coach Frank Ridpath hopes 1989-90 will be a banner season for Penn Wood basketball. Last year, the Patriots had the finest season in the school's history but always seemed to finish one game short. In the Del-Val League, they finished second with a 12-2 record, one game behind Chester. In the district playoffs, Penn Wood lost in the District 1 championship game, 86-79, to another Del-Val team, Glen Mills. In the state playoffs, the Patriots fell to eventual state champion Chester, 89-88, in the PIAA Class AAAA semifinal game at the Palestra.
November 25, 2005 |
Thanksgiving has special meaning for Zach Young. The Conestoga wide receiver was born on the holiday and although he won't officially mark his 18th birthday until tomorrow, he celebrated a little early yesterday. The 6-foot-2, 180-pounder scored on a pair of passes from quarterback/running back Leroi Leviston to lift the Pioneers to a 13-6 win over host Great Valley in their annual Thanksgiving Day game. "I have three touchdown catches this season, and I get two of them in my final high school game," said Young, a tear or two glistening in his eyes.
November 9, 1992 |
As the final seconds ticked off the game clock, Christopher Boyce-Leopold and Lee Rideout congratulated each other on the Penn Wood sideline. Boyce-Leopold? Rideout? Who are these guys? The Chester Clippers were asking themselves the same thing Saturday after the two combined for four receptions, 128 yards and 3 touchdowns to lead Penn Wood to a 34-14 Del-Val League National Conference victory over Chester at the Chester Athletic Complex. With one of the area's best passing combinations in senior quarterback Joey Meyer and senior wide receiver John Gramlick, everyone in the stadium knew the Patriots would pass the ball.
September 9, 1991 |
For a little more than three quarters Saturday, Mike Hancock's West Chester Henderson Warriors gave visiting Archbishop Carroll a clinic on control football, grinding out yardage on the ground, adding in a pass here and there and keeping the Patriots' potent offense on the sidelines. By the end of the first half, Henderson had run 37 plays to only 10 for Carroll. But a game is four quarters, and the Patriots came back in the fourth quarter - helped by a Henderson fumble - to make it a close game before Henderson finally prevailed, 17-15, in the season opener for both teams.
September 18, 1989 |
Before the beginning of the 1989 football season, Germantown Academy coach Bill Caum was confident about his offense but apprehensive about his defense. He had all-Inter Ac offensive guard Marty Wetzel and running back Michael Turner returning to go with tight end Frank Lynch and quarterback Michael Gerber. Defensively, though, Caum had to replace all-Inter Ac players Jim McGeehan, Austin Stitzer and Robert Kennedy. On Saturday, the Patriots traveled to Penncrest (1-1)
January 5, 1991 |
Rod Rust, who guided New England to the worst record in its 31-year history, was fired yesterday after one season as Patriots coach. The decision was announced after a morning meeting lasting about three hours between Rust and new chief executive officer Sam Jankovich. Rust got his first NFL head-coaching job after spending the last 12 seasons as a defensive coordinator with three clubs. But he inherited a team that went 5-11 last season under Raymond Berry, who was fired.
September 10, 1990 |
Penn Wood's football team got some firsthand exposure to Newton's Third Law Saturday morning. For every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction. Five specific Patriots actions - three interceptions and two fumbles - allowed visiting Upper Darby to react its way to a 32-0 nonleague victory in the season opener for both teams. Dishing out the lessons for the Royals were the Ryan brothers. Junior linebacker Jim had a pair of interception returns for touchdowns, outdoing older sibling Bob, who was content to return a fumble to the Patriots' 5-yard line that set up another Upper Darby score.