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.
February 8, 2015 |
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.
December 21, 2014 |
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.
November 9, 2014 |
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.
October 30, 2014 |
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.
October 28, 2014 |
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.
October 8, 2014 |
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.
October 6, 2014 |
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.
September 29, 2014 |
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.