December 21, 2014 |
At first, Hannah Fox thought Archbishop Ryan had called a timeout. Penn Charter's junior point guard had just run the floor on a fastbreak. A Quakers steal had kick-started a transition. On the move, Fox effortlessly took a pass and laid the ball in. It was a play similar to one she had already completed three times that quarter, so as the ball hit the floor she ran back on defense. Just as she always does. But when the buzzer sounded, all eyes in Germantown Academy's gym were on Fox. And it was not a Ryan timeout.
December 21, 2014 |
It did not matter who you were for the Archbishop Ryan girls' basketball team Friday. You were going to shoot if you had the basketball behind the three-point line. And chances were, the shot would fall. Whether the player shooting from beyond the arc was a starting guard such as Shayna Rodriguez, a starting forward such as Danielle Skedzielewski, or a spark off the bench such as Megan McLaughlin, the three-pointer was Ryan's weapon of choice. It was certainly effective. The Ragdolls hit 10 of their 22 three-pointers and six players knocked down threes in Ryan's 52-49 nonleague win over Penn Charter.
December 18, 2014 |
YOU NEVER KNOW what the camera will find. Yesterday, after Archbishop Ryan's Austin Chabot was asked to hold a postgame pose, his smile revealed a black mouthpiece styled with painted-on white fangs. Usually, the 6-6 junior forward plays with unencumbered chompers. However, last week's gruesome injury made that impossible. "When we played Washington on Friday, a kid threw an elbow and my tooth went through my lip, right here," Chabot said, lifting his right upper lip to reveal a gnarled gash.
November 26, 2014
DESPITE NOT yet seeing a single pitch of varsity baseball action, Penn Charter freshman outfielder Mike Siani committed to the University of Virginia last weekend. The 5-11, lefty, who recently turned 15, picked up scouting attention during summer ball with the Whiz Kids baseball organization. Siani, who lives in Glenside, also competed in tournaments involved with Perfect Game, an organization that aids in baseball recruiting. "(Virginia) was always kind of on the radar for us as a family," said Siani's father Ralph.
November 20, 2014 |
It was Saturday. The clock read approximately 6:30 p.m. The Penn Charter girls' soccer team had just won its second consecutive Independent Schools state title at Cabrini College when the prospect of a three-peat was first mentioned. Yes, a three-peat would be nice, coach Darci Borski thought, but she wanted to enjoy this championship first. The sentiment from Borski, who in two seasons at the Quakers helm has amassed an overall record of 35-6-4, was justified. It made sense that she wanted to savor this one a little bit longer considering all the obstacles Penn Charter overcame this season.
November 16, 2014 |
With 50 seconds remaining, Angela Rocca of the top-seeded Episcopal Academy field hockey team took a pass from Corinne Zanolli and lifted the ball into a corner of the cage, and the Churchwomen won the PAISAA championship, 3-2, over rival Notre Dame. Episcopal trailed the second-seeded Irish by 2-0 at halftime, and by midway through the second half, still could not score. The Churchwomen finally got on the board with 11 minutes, 47 seconds left, when Christy Palazzese scored on a direct shot off a penalty corner.
November 8, 2014 |
Trailing by one at halftime on an otherwise overcast Thursday afternoon, the Germantown Friends girls' soccer team had a moment of clarity. "The girls had a realization that the game was there for the taking," coach Jeremy Hurdle said. "But they needed to go out and take it. " The top-seeded Tigers did just that, scoring two goals in the first six minutes of the second half and going on to capture their first Friends Schools League title, 2-1, over visiting No. 3 Friends' Central in the final.
October 29, 2014 |
ALEX HORNIBROOK wrote his name into the Malvern Prep record books twice yesterday against host Penn Charter. Fortunately, for posterity's sake, the senior quarterback's first signature was in pen; the second, pencil. After the Friars ran away from the Quakers, 44-16, the 6-4, 212-pound senior was congratulated by an assistant coach on becoming the school's single-season passing champ. For a few minutes anyway, it was thought Hornibrook also owned the school's career yardage mark, but not quite yet. "I wasn't really thinking about it too much today," Hornibrook said, "but I guess the one thing is it's awesome that I can do it at home.
October 29, 2014
GERMANTOWN Academy senior forward Sam Lindgren committed to Colgate a few weeks ago, but wanted to make sure everything was A-OK with the admissions process before he spilled the beans. Colgate, after all, was his first choice. Thursday, he made it official. "From the very beginning of the college search, that was my No. 1 place," Lindgren said. The 6-6 senior forward was a second-team Inter-Ac coaches' selection as a junior and owns 576 career points with a shot at 1,000 (he scored 424 last season)
October 13, 2014 |
In last year's finale, Dylan Parsons and Springside Chestnut Hill were on the losing end of a 113-point affair against Malvern Prep. The Blue Devils engaged in another shootout Saturday afternoon at Penn Charter. And the visitors, aided by Parsons' two touchdown receptions on a muddy grass field, outlasted the never-say-die Quakers, 53-51, in the Inter-Ac League opener for both squads. "That was pretty wild," said Parsons, a senior wide receiver and cornerback. "Not too many people expected that.