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February 20, 1990 | By Kevin L. Carter, Inquirer Staff Writer
A lot of teams, a lot of coaches, would rather shave a bobcat's whiskers in a phone booth than play an important game away. Not Cardinal Dougherty. Not Rich Kirk. "Our gym is tough to play in, and if you look at tapes of our gym, you can see the problem," he said. "You see a lot of stuff thrown out of bounds, because kids are used to bigger floors. Ours is not a regulation gym. " Which means, Kirk said, that he would very much enjoy playing all his forthcoming playoff games away.
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January 30, 1990 | By Kevin L. Carter, Inquirer Staff Writer
After one quarter of the Archbishop Ryan-Bishop McDevitt game, with McDevitt ahead by 14 points, it looked as if the Ragdolls were so well- acquainted with failure that they were on a first-name basis with it. But Ryan regrouped, found a rhythm and came back to nip Bishop McDevitt, 51-48, in an important Catholic League Northern Division game Friday night at Ryan. The Ragdolls (14-3 overall) are tied with defending league champion Cardinal Dougherty for first in the division with a record of 5-1. McDevitt (10-6 overall)
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January 9, 2011 | By Don Beideman, Inquirer Staff Writer
When Archbishop Ryan made a run into the PIAA Class AAAA girls' basketball playoffs last season, the Ragdolls weren't relying on then-junior Brittany Wood for scoring. Jess Koci, now playing for La Salle University, and Sarah Stybuc took care of that. But with that pair gone, coach Jackie Hartzell looked to Wood for scoring help this season, and the 5-foot-11 forward has been delivering. Wood pumped in 20 points, 18 of them on three-pointers, on Saturday as the host Ragdolls opened the second annual Pro Hoops Philly/New York Challenge with a 41-26 win over Manhattan Center of New York City.
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October 26, 2013 | By Kate Harman, For The Inquirer
There's no mincing words. The Archbishop Ryan girls' soccer team needed to face Archbishop Wood again this season. In fact, the Ragdolls wanted a rematch with their rival almost as soon as the Vikings defeated them in the second game of the regular season. After both squads proved victorious in a semifinal doubleheader Thursday night - host Ryan defeating Lansdale Catholic, 4-0, and Wood edging Little Flower, 1-0 - the two powerhouses will meet again at 2 p.m. Sunday for the Catholic League championship at Ryan.
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October 29, 2013 | By Doug Gausepohl, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Archbishop Ryan girls' soccer team waited five years to beat Archbishop Wood. Sunday afternoon wound up being worth the wait. Taylor Woods broke free from a couple of Vikings defenders and buried the winning goal 54 seconds into the second overtime period as the top-seeded Ragdolls won their second straight Catholic League title with a 1-0 victory over second-seeded Wood. After Woods got the shot off, she tumbled to the ground. The sophomore had to rely on sound to discover what had happened.
SPORTS
September 24, 2012 | By Kate Harman, FOR THE INQUIRER
Brittany Robinson and Briana Egenlauf like to think of themselves as "two peas in a pod" up top for the Archbishop Ryan girls' soccer team. On Monday, those peas were dangerous all afternoon, both scoring goals in the Ragdolls' 2-0 win over Catholic League opponent St. Hubert. The goals couldn't have been more different for Archbishop Ryan, but they counted just the same. They were also both the product of a hardworking Ragdoll team that won the majority of 50/50 balls and pressed the St. Hubert (4-4, 3-2 Catholic League)
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May 13, 2014 | By Kate Harman, For The Inquirer
At the beginning of the season, something was missing for the Archbishop Ryan softball team. Practices were especially rough, and even with the Ragdolls trying their best, Nikki Michalowski said, things weren't the same. The first indication that things are still different appears in the form of a white circle with the letters "AH" embroidered in black on Ryan's jerseys. Its placement right above the heart of each member of the Ragdolls says a lot about the man the team is playing for this season.
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May 22, 2015 | By Kate Harman, For The Inquirer
"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)
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November 7, 2012 | The Inquirer Staff
Central Bucks West brought Archbishop Ryan's unbeaten girls' soccer season to a screeching halt Tuesday, scoring a goal in the second half to defeat the Ragdolls, 1-0, in the first round of the PIAA Class AAA state playoffs. Zoe Traficante scored with 28 minutes remaining in regulation to lift C.B. West into the quarterfinals, in which it will play Neshaminy - for the second time in eight days - on Saturday. Kelsey Horst earned the assist. Horst came down the right wing and sent the ball to the far post, where Traficante slammed it into the net. West, the fourth seed from District 1 in the state tournament, improved to 13-6-2.
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May 22, 2015 | By Kate Harman, For The Inquirer
"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)
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April 28, 2015 | By Kate Harman, For The Inquirer
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.
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February 8, 2015 | By Kate Harman, For The Inquirer
For the first seven games of the season, Alyssa Monaghan sat on the bench for the Bonner-Prendergast girls' basketball team. Her maroon warm-up shirt never came off. Out with a torn ligament - and another that was partially torn - in her right ankle, the first few weeks of the season were frustrating for the sharpshooting guard headed to St. Joseph's. Two days after Monaghan returned to the floor, 6-foot-2 La Salle University recruit Shalina Miller was sidelined with an infection.
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December 21, 2014 | By Kate Harman, For The Inquirer
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.
SPORTS
November 9, 2014 | By Kate Harman, For The Inquirer
EXETER TOWNSHIP, Pa. - Ryan Haney liked the way his team looked before its PIAA Class AAA quarterfinal at Exeter Township High. The Archbishop Ryan girls' soccer team was focused, the coach said, and the players' eyes just looked "right. " It was a far cry from the way the Ragdolls had appeared Tuesday in a first-round game, in which they seemed nervous and a little bit off, Haney said. "The right songs were on the radio. Everything looked like it fell into place," Haney said.
SPORTS
October 30, 2014 | By Kate Harman, For The Inquirer
Kaitlyn McFadden and Jules Blank were not accustomed to the feeling. McFadden and Blank, members of the Archbishop Ryan girls' soccer team, stood on the sideline as their teammates warmed up. They later stood in a line with the other Ragdolls and clapped as the starting lineups were announced over the loudspeaker, and they sat on the bench as the team played Catholic League opponents. McFadden, a senior defender, and Blank, a junior forward, sure weren't familiar with sitting back and watching, but over nine days in the middle of the season, they did just that.
SPORTS
October 28, 2014 | By Christian Hetrick, Inquirer Staff Writer
At first, Jazmin Gonzalez couldn't remember the last time Archbishop Ryan lost a Catholic League girls' soccer game. Neither could Taylor Woods. Julianne Blank had to think about it, too. You can't really blame them. It's been a while. Top-seeded Archbishop Ryan blanked No. 2 Archbishop Wood at home, 3-0, and won its third straight Catholic League championship Sunday. It's the team's 25th consecutive league win. "It's exciting. These girls are a special group," said Ragdolls coach Ryan Haney, who has won five Catholic League titles in 10 years at Ryan.
SPORTS
October 8, 2014 | By Mark Macyk, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Catholic League regular-season girls' soccer title once again belongs to Archbishop Ryan. And after Monday afternoon's title-clinching, 2-0 victory at Lansdale Catholic, Ryan's all-time shutout title now belongs to Jazmin Gonzalez. The College of Charleston-bound senior made five saves for the 51st shutout of her career, breaking Nicole Sinclair's eight-year old program record. Jules Blank scored both goals for the Ragdolls. Ches-Mont. Hayley Eshleman delivered 45 seconds into overtime to send West Chester East to a 2-1 win over visiting Great Valley.
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October 6, 2014 | By Matt Hoffman, Inquirer Staff Writer
Marissa Sheva tacked on another race to her long list of career wins on Saturday. The Pennridge senior took first in the Paul Short Run, hosted by Lehigh University, in a battle. She earned a time of 17 minutes, 34 seconds, only two seconds away from her closest opponent. Pennsbury's Olivia Sargent came in third at 17:52, and the Falcons topped Cardinal O'Hara for first overall team. Gettysburg Invitational. Coatesville's Brooke Hutton carried her team to a first-place finish at Gettysburg Area High School.
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September 29, 2014 | By Kate Harman, For The Inquirer
Sometimes, Allie Trzaska catches herself dribbling in the midfield. A senior on the fourth-ranked Villa Joseph Marie soccer team, Trzaska knows that that part of the field isn't always the best place to keep the ball to yourself. It's all about timing, she says, timing and knowing the best moment to distribute to a teammate. With her team up by a goal against top-ranked Archbishop Ryan just eight minutes into the second half, the midfielder had the ball at her feet and looked up to see the edge of the 18-yard line.
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