September 15, 2015 |
ATLANTA - It is an NFL truism that you can't tell that much about a team's season from its opener, but so far with Chip Kelly, that truism hasn't been so true. Kelly's first opener was a head-spinning, 33-27 victory at Washington, in which his offense showed the NFL what was coming. LeSean McCoy (remember him?), who would lead the league in rushing that year, was the NFL leader right out of the gate, with 184 yards on 31 carries. But defensive shakiness and the inability of the offense to gear down and eat clock turned a 33-7 lead into a nailbiter.
May 25, 2015 |
Doc Mittica called it a "quiet confidence. " Mittica, the longtime coach of the Penn Charter softball team, spent 20 minutes of practice Friday in the dugout, talking to the Quakers about their mental approach to the Pennsylvania Independent Schools state championship game Saturday. They weren't going to get too excited. They weren't going to get too hyped. No, what Mittica wanted was a low-key attitude, one their opponent couldn't feed off of. It was a method that seemed to pay off for Penn Charter in a 2-1 win over Episcopal Academy at Villanova for the program's first state title.
May 17, 2015 |
Alex Viscusi has never been one to intentionally walk hitters. The Episcopal Academy hurler says it's been that like that since she was younger. It's not that she doesn't respect batters, the senior says adamantly. It's that she thrives at the prospect of a battle. She's on the mound to pitch, she says, and they are at the plate to hit. It's that simple. What if an opposing batter beats her every trip to the box, though? "Then they beat me every time," Viscusi said after Episcopal's 4-2 Inter-Ac League win at Penn Charter.
May 16, 2015 |
Charlottesville can wait. Avery Shoemaker is not quite ready to end her Penn Charter career. The Virginia-bound senior scored in triple overtime Thursday to send No. 9 Penn Charter to a 13-12 win at No. 8 Hill School in the first round of the Pennsylvania Independent Schools Athletic Association state tournament. Shoemaker finished with six goals. Hannah Fox added four. Hill School's Bree Gorman scored four times. Inter-Ac Girls' Lacrosse Hannah Keating scored a season-high nine goals to spark host Agnes Irwin to a 20-9 win over Baldwin.
May 14, 2015 |
With drama playing out on two fields Tuesday afternoon, the Inter-Ac baseball league title was decided. Malvern Prep rallied for five runs in the fifth inning to erase a two-run deficit and beat visiting Springside Chestnut Hill, 5-3. Coupled with Penn Charter's 4-3 win over Haverford School, that was enough to give the Friars an outright crown and their fifth straight championship. Chris Butera went 3 for 4 with an RBI. He also picked up the win, going six innings, striking out four and walking two. At Penn Charter, Harrison Timberlake went the distance, striking out five, and Mike Siani hit a two-run homer to right in the third.
May 13, 2015 |
As happy accidents go, Sean Mckee's introduction to lacrosse has turned out to be quite fortuitous. The 5-foot-10 junior goalie might be the backbone of Penn Charter's defense right now, but in sixth grade Mckee was just a kid who couldn't decipher which stick did what. Soccer had been his main sport. When he tried out for the Crooked Crosse Lacrosse Club in Upper Dublin, Mckee said that the coach (Dave Sowers) handed him a goalie's stick because he mistakenly believed Mckee had been a soccer goalie.
May 11, 2015 |
It's been a big month already for the Agnes Irwin girls' lacrosse team. The Owls, ranked No. 18 in the country by Nike/Lacrosse Magazine, began May by knocking off their Inter-Ac rival, Episcopal Academy. Last week, they became just the second team since 2011 to beat New Jersey power Moorestown. Saturday, they picked up two more reasons to celebrate. Lila Baker and Kristin Burnetta scored the 100th goal of their careers in a 14-8 Inter-Ac triumph over visiting Penn Charter. Baker scored three times and had three assists.
May 10, 2015 |
Emily Oltman was perfect over the final three innings on Friday. In was a good impression of her team, which has been perfect all year. Oltman struck out six in a four-hitter to lead visiting Perkiomen Valley past Central Bucks East, 7-2, in a nonleague softball game. Rachel Helverson went 4 for 4 with three RBIs for the Vikings, who finished the regular season 19-0. NONLEAGUE Chichester 7, St. Hubert 4: Meghan Wimmer struck out 11 and went 2 for 3 with an RBI for the visiting team.
May 3, 2015 |
Brian Close's game-winning run Friday might go down as a walk-off, but run might have been more fitting. Abington's Close led off the eighth with a single, moved to second on a sacrifice and third on a wild pitch, then beat a throw home on Nick Torba's squeeze to clinch a 3-2 win over Council Rock North in a Suburban One National matchup. Cole Henrie took a no decision in his first career start despite a strong outing. He gave up two runs on two hits and a walk. CHES-MONT AMERICAN Oxford 4, Unionville 3: Hunter Hall and Andrew Culp delivered back-to-back singles in the bottom of the seventh to tie the game and then win it for host Oxford.
May 3, 2015
SOFTBALL INTER-AC Penn Charter 10, Springside Chestnut Hill 5: Coach Donald Mittica won his 300th game for the visitors. Kayla Quinn struck out eight. Episcopal Academy 10, Agnes Irwin 0: Princeton recruit Alex Viscusi struck 12 in a five-inning perfect game for the home team. Gillian Smith went 4 for 4 with two RBIs and two doubles. Notre Dame 5, Germantown Academy 4: Emma Spaeder drove in the go-ahead run on a sacrifice fly in the bottom of the sixth. Freshman Marissa Mycek had two hits, two runs and two RBIs.