May 27, 2016 |
Kate Ostaszewski yelled, "Dive. " So Vicki Black did. Black, the centerfielder for the Archbishop Ryan softball team, came charging in on a line drive in the bottom of the seventh inning Wednesday at Arcadia University. With runners at the corners, Cardinal O'Hara was looking to tie the score in the Catholic League softball title game. That's when she heard Ostaszewski, who wasn't too far away, from left field. The senior didn't hesitate. "I knew it was a straight line drive," Black said.
April 12, 2016 |
At the Ostaszewski house in the Chalfont neighborhood of Northeast Philadelphia, there's no doubt about who is in charge. At least not according to the family's two youngest members: Emily and Kate. "Sarah is the boss," Emily said through laughter, when speaking about her older sister. Kate would later agree with the sentiment. The same goes for the Archbishop Ryan softball squad, where Sarah, a two-year captain, is often referred to as the "team mom. " On the field, Sarah - a catcher - calls the pitches for the Ragdolls, led the team in batting last season, and has an impressively accurate arm. "Talk about a five-tool player," Ryan coach John Kidwell said.
December 28, 2015 |
The Archbishop Ryan girls' basketball players probably were late for dinner on Saturday. If they were, it was excusable, as the Ragdolls were busy defeating Radnor, 68-65, in quadruple overtime in the George Betz Memorial Bracket of the Boardwalk Classic. The ride home from the Wildwoods Convention Center was a little sweeter for Archbishop Ryan guard Megan McLaughlin. The junior hit a three-pointer from the corner with seven ticks left on the clock, lifting her team to a victory.
November 6, 2015 |
It's ironic that Jules Blank's last name is a synonym for shutout. The Temple-bound senior scored four goals Wednesday, including the 82d of her career, to become Archbishop Ryan's all-time leading scorer. The Ragdolls defeated Franklin Towne Charter, 5-0, to win the District 12 Class AAA girls' soccer final at Northeast. Public League Girls' Volleyball Final Sydney Lodge had 12 kills and 16 digs to lead Masterman to a 25-14, 25-17, 25-14 victory over Kensington at High School of the Future.
November 1, 2015 |
Jules Blank could only describe how she felt with one word. "Surreal. " After Archbishop Ryan's 3-0 win over Lansdale Catholic to win the Catholic League girls' soccer title, there was not a moment when a smile left the senior's face. It was Blank's - and the Ragdolls' - fourth consecutive championship. Although Blank had been the heart of the offense, she wasn't sure how much of an impact she would have Saturday afternoon at her home field. Blank has been battling a knee injury that she suffered a few weeks before the match.
October 9, 2015 |
Whenever No. 17 for the Archbishop Ryan girls' soccer team puts the ball down on the field for a set piece, there's a pretty good chance what happens next results in a goal for the Ragdolls. Jules Blank, who wears the jersey in question, is a playmaker and goal scorer, but beyond her speed and finishing abilities, her biggest asset is how she can strike a service into the box. Which is why it was so strange when the senior forward took a first-half corner kick Wednesday night and it didn't go anywhere near the net, but rather landed out of bounds.
September 13, 2015
SOCCER NONLEAGUE Interboro 2, Cardinal O'Hara 1: Deana Rivello scored off an assist from Haley Fisher in the 62d minute to send the visitors to victory. Agnes Irwin 2, George School 1: Kendall Shein made seven saves to back the Owls at home. Archbishop Ryan 3, Villa Joseph Marie 1: Jules Blank had two goals and one assist to lead the visiting Ragdolls. Germantown Academy 4, Archbishop Wood 2: Mackenzie Pluck scored two goals to help the visitors come from behind and win. CENTRAL LEAGUE Strath Haven 4, Springfield (D)
September 6, 2015
SOCCER NONLEAGUE Downingtown East 3, Villa Joseph Marie 0: Lauren Pittman led the visiting Cougars past last year's Class AA state champions with three first-half goals. Aliza Trasatti dished out two assists. Madison Baxter recorded an assist. Katia Mujica made 15 saves. Archbishop Ryan 3, Gwynedd Mercy 1: Jules Blank netted two goals for the Ragdolls, the 10th-ranked team in Southeastern Pennsylvania by The Inquirer, in a win at home. Taylor Woods also scored. Radnor 3, Archbishop Carroll 1: Maura Holst, Allison Lanzone, and Ana Pressman each scored in the Raiders' win at home.
May 22, 2015 |
"Let's go," an impassioned Kerri Dadalski yelled from first base. A hearty clap followed. It was the first inning, she'd just knocked in the first run of the game, and the Archbishop Ryan senior was already fired up. The Catholic League softball championship at Arcadia was still young when the Ragdolls' ace yelled the phrase for the first time, but it would become her mantra throughout the contest. Her teammates listened to their emotionally charged leader, and the Ragdolls won their second consecutive title, this time over St. Hubert, 5-2. Ryan (17-0)
April 28, 2015 |
Kerri Dadalski thought she was going to have to wait her turn. With Hofstra recruit Nikki Michalowski a year older and playing the same position, she believed she'd have to wait until her senior season to make an impact for the Archbishop Ryan softball team. So when Dadalski made varsity as a freshman, she was honored but figured she wasn't going to see much time on the playing field. Then the Ragdolls' coach, Andy Hafele, did something that surprised Dadalski, who is now a senior - he threw her into a game.