March 16, 2015 |
La Salle continued its dominance in the pool Saturday, clinching its fourth straight team title at the PIAA Swimming and Diving Championships at Bucknell University. The Explorers came into Saturday with a 28-point lead over Upper St. Clair. A strong performance on the final day of events gave La Salle a big boost. The Explorers finished with 302 points, while Upper St. Clair finished with 221. The icing on the cake for the Explorers was their first-place finish in the 400-yard freestyle relay.
March 15, 2015 |
When Michael Jensen finished the 200-yard freestyle Friday night at Bucknell University, the Upper Dublin junior didn't just come up with a win at the PIAA Class AAA boys' swimming and diving championships. He became the state's record-holder. Jensen finished in 1 minute, 35.31 seconds, topping St. Joseph's Prep's Matthew Belecanech's record time of 1:36.05 set in 2009. In the 200 individual medley, Hatboro-Horsham's Michael Thomas came in first, finishing in 1:44.50. La Salle's Greg Brocato also claimed a first-place finish, winning the 50 freestyle in 20.27.
March 14, 2015 |
The PIAA quarterfinal-round boys' basketball playoffs are on tap this weekend. The area is well-represented, with at least one local team involved in 10 of the 16 contests. The action is highlighted by a Class AAAA doubleheader Saturday afternoon at Norristown. Pennsbury will clash with Roman Catholic at 3 p.m., and Martin Luther King will square off against Plymouth Whitemarsh at 5:30. In the top half of the Class AA bracket on Saturday, a pair of District 12 squads, Conwell-Egan and Mastery North, look to keep their seasons alive against District 2 champ Mid Valley and District 4 titlist Loyalsock Township, respectively.
March 13, 2015 |
Villa Maria Academy took charge during the first day of the PIAA Class AA Swimming and Diving Championships Wednesday at Bucknell University. The Hurricanes' 200-yard medley (Emily Cornell, Katelyn Chick, Olivia Giampietro, Julie Dobson) and 200 freestyle relay (Maura McManus, Giampietro, Cornell, Dobson) finished first as the team accumulated 153 points. Second-place Fairview has 77. Villa Joseph Marie senior Alexa Fabbri placed first in the girls' 100 butterfly with a time of 55.04 seconds.
March 5, 2015 |
Let the madness begin. The PIAA state boys' basketball playoffs begin this weekend with 29 local teams trying to reach Hershey and earn gold medals. Neumann-Goretti (Class AAA) and Constitution, which won in Class AA last year and is now in A, are out to repeat as champs. Here is a preview of the Class AAA and A tournaments, which begin Friday, and a predicted winner in each classification. We'll run down the Class AAAA and AA playoffs, which start Saturday, on Friday. Class AAA Neumann-Goretti fell short of a record seventh-straight Catholic League title, but is in the hunt for its fifth state crown in the last six seasons.
March 3, 2015 |
The PIAA released its state basketball brackets Sunday, and Neumann-Goretti learned that it will open defense of its Class AAA boys' title against District 3's Gettysburg at 7:30 p.m. Friday at Archbishop Ryan. Coach Carl Arrigale and the District 12 champion Saints (24-2) are seeking their fifth crown in six seasons. Last year, the squad took top honors with a 64-57 overtime triumph against District 3's Susquehanna Township. In Class AAAA, La Salle, District 12's No. 3 seed, opens against Ridley, District 1's fourth-place finisher, at 1 p.m. Saturday at Spring-Ford.
January 26, 2015 |
Sorry, folks, but the PIAA football issue at hand is not about possibly creating a playoff system that separates public and private schools. That division, as we all know, might never be seriously discussed. What's on the table now is a proposal to expand the PIAA football playoffs from four to six classifications. It was presented by Bob Tonkin, a member of District 9's football steering committee, with the primary goal of creating a more level playing field. "It's really in the infancy stage at this point," said Michael A. Barber, District 1's chairman.
December 3, 2014
IT'S official; Saturday will be packed with PIAA playoff football. In the AAAA semifinal, St. Joseph's Prep stays in town at 1 p.m. to "host" top-seeded Pennsbury from District 1 at Charles Martin Memorial Field in the Northeast. In AAA semifinal action, Archbishop Wood treks to Chambersburg High to face District 5 No. 1-seeded Somerset at 1 p.m. Last season, the St. Joseph's Prep Hawks beat the team from Neshaminy, 37-21, in the Northeast, while Wood devoured Berwick, 42-14, at J. Birney Crum Stadium in Allentown.
November 30, 2014 |
JARRETT MCCLENTON was a little too close for comfort as a punt rolled near the Archbishop Wood sideline in the second quarter while the Vikings coaches strongly encouraged their star running back to get away from the loose ball. McClenton, a 5-8, 165-pound speedster, had already scored on a 59-yard punt return - part of his 173-yard, three-touchdown performance (all in the first half). However, with Great Valley defenders crowded around the ball, McClenton likely had nowhere to go even if he had picked up the ball.
November 16, 2014 |
Daan Polders' whiteboard has seen better days. Polders trekked the implement, a staple throughout his coaching career, with him to Villa Maria this season from his previous gig at Colorado Academy in Denver. But it has taken a beating. The board has been stepped on, struck by misfired balls, and tripped over throughout the last three months - in addition to being subject to an occasional funny message or two scribbled by players. Nevertheless, the board is still magnetized. It still erases, despite a bit of water damage.