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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)
SPORTS
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.
SPORTS
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.
SPORTS
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)
SPORTS
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.
NEWS
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)
SPORTS
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 27, 2016 | By Kate Harman, For The Inquirer
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.
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April 12, 2016 | By Kate Harman, For The Inquirer
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.
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December 28, 2015 | By Trevor Newcomb, Staff Writer
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.
SPORTS
November 6, 2015 | By Mark Macyk, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
SPORTS
November 1, 2015 | By Trevor Newcomb, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
SPORTS
October 9, 2015 | By Kate Harman, For The Inquirer
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.
SPORTS
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)
SPORTS
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.
NEWS
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)
NEWS
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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