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November 26, 2012
Here's a by-the-numbers look at the Penns Grove football team, which has a 10-0 record. The Red Devils will play at least one more game and could play two more. 538 Points this season. The Red Devils have set the South Jersey record, breaking the mark of 517 set last season by West Deptford. The state record is 599 by Bergen Catholic in 1998. 53.8 Points per game. The South Jersey record for average points per game is 48.4 by Salem in 1996, and the state record is 51.5 by Don Bosco Prep in 2003.
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December 14, 1986 | By Gus A. Ostrum, Special to The Inquirer
If Rancocas Valley High is ever going to make a dent in the Burlington County Liberty Division basketball standings, this may be the year. Fourth-year coach Ron Powell has several returning starters and a crop of talented newcomers who could possibly lift the Red Devils to respectability. Last season, Rancocas Valley finished a dismal 7-15 overall and 6-10 in the league. However, many Liberty powerhouses such as Willingboro, Kennedy, and Holy Cross lost key players to graduation, leaving this season's race wide open.
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March 1, 1990 | By Jeremy Treatman, Special to The Inquirer
It didn't take long to figure out whether Strath Haven was overconfident for its first-round PIAA District 1 Class AAA game with visiting Avon Grove Tuesday night. After two minutes, the Panthers led 8-0. After four, it was 17-0. After six minutes, their lead was 24-0. And at the end of the first quarter, it was 26-2. When the game was mercifully over, the scoreboard read Strath Haven 70, Avon Grove 23, and 17 Panthers had played, including six just called up from junior varsity.
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January 18, 1989 | By Sam Carchidi, Inquirer Staff Writer
Kennedy High's Sean McClellan, who first-half production was hindered by foul problems, erupted for seven critical points in last night's frenetic fourth quarter at Rancocas Valley. But the 1,000 fans in attendance won't remember McClellan's points. Instead, they'll remember his dramatic block and end-to-end rush in the final minute that keyed Kennedy's riveting, 81-73 Burlington County League Liberty Division upset over Rancocas Valley. With the victory, the Gryphons (7-2 overall, 4-1 league)
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June 19, 2011 | By Marc Narducci, Inquirer Staff Writer
Rancocas Valley senior Lauren Gaskill was distraught when she had to give up baseball around age 9 after finding out that softball was the high school sport for girls. "It was disappointing when I found out I couldn't play baseball my entire life," Gaskill said. "So I went over to softball and it worked out OK. " That might be the understatement of the year. Gaskill was an all-star in baseball, but she took it to another level in a sport she would grow to love - and dominate.
NEWS
December 14, 1988 | By Gus Ostrum, Special to The Inquirer
Rancocas Valley girls' basketball coach Jerry Dunn lost plenty of offensive firepower to graduation, but don't put his Red Devils down for the count yet. With seven letter-winners returning from a club that posted a 22-4 overall record and shared the Burlington County Liberty Division championship in 1987-88, the Red Devils should once again be among the area's elite clubs. Dunn lost all-South Jersey performer Cindy Calvert, a career 1,000-point scorer, to graduation. Rancocas Valley will see the return of potential all-league performers in senior guard Kerri Perinchief and junior center Sandy Alcott.
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December 11, 1988 | By Gus Ostrum, Special to The Inquirer
Rancocas Valley boys' basketball coach Ron Powell will have plenty of firepower on the outside and a big question mark inside. With a veteran backcourt led by senior guard Demetrius Rosado, the Red Devils could emerge as a top contender in the tough Burlington County Liberty Division. The only big question remaining for Powell, whose team sported a 17-9 overall record last winter, is how to replace Alonzo Spellman, a dominating force at center last season. Spellman, a heavily recruited two-time All-South Jersey football selection, left the team during the preseason saying he wanted to concentrate on his grades.
NEWS
September 10, 2011 | By Phil Anastasia, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
These guys from Penns Grove, they move pretty well with chips on their shoulders. They block, tackle, break loose for punt returns, jump on about a dozen fumbles - OK, it was only five - and overwhelm the defending sectional champions despite all that extra baggage. Or maybe because of it. "We're over that," Penns Grove coach Kemp Carr said of last season and his team's disqualification from the South Jersey Group 1 tournament. Nobody believed Carr as he stood on his team's home field after Saturday's 54-0 rout of Glassboro in the season opener.
NEWS
December 17, 1986 | By Gus A. Ostrum, Special to The Inquirer
Rancocas Valley High coach Jerry Dunn won't expect miracles this season, but he will expect to see plenty of promising signs. The Red Devils, who compiled a 19-4 overall record last season and finished second in the Burlington County League Liberty Division race, graduated 10 players and are clearly rebuilding. But Dunn has many promising newcomers to blend in with two letter-winners, giving Rancocas Valley a chance at respectability. "We lost some very good players, and we lost a lot of depth," said Dunn, a second-year coach.
NEWS
December 29, 1986 | By Diane Pucin, Inquirer Staff Writer
Until two weeks ago, Tony Jackson had been content to be a basketball coach's best friend. In other words, Jackson was the type of player who was content to be a defensive specialist, who didn't care about earning the headlines like the big scorers do. Then Jackson scored 19 points for Avon Grove in a Red Devils' 8-point win over Perryville two weeks ago, and that shooting urge took hold. "I found I could be a good scorer and still play good defense, too," said Jackson, a senior.
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June 19, 2016 | By Kate Harman, For The Inquirer
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. - Maggie Balint looked like she always does on the mound Friday. Imposing. Unflappable. Confident. The bases were loaded in the eighth inning, and the Avon Grove senior didn't look worried. Instead, she looked to her infielders and pointed. The Red Devils were going to go home with the ball. Nothing about the scene at Nittany Lion Park seemed final or absolute. It was all rather ordinary, in fact, a scene that had played and been replayed hundreds of times.
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June 17, 2016 | By Kate Harman, FOR THE INQUIRER
She has always said she wanted to be her team's rock, Maggie Balint remembered. Even when the Avon Grove pitcher was a freshman, erratically throwing balls into the dirt. Back then, the right hander was less unflappable, less confident. As for the Red Devils, they weren't winning many softball games. Now, Balint has indeed become the rock for her squad - and has been for three seasons. The result has been unprecedented success for Avon Grove, which is 24-3 this season. "I want to be that person that when they look at me, they know I'm not nervous," Balint said.
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June 14, 2016 | By Kate Harman, For The Inquirer
Meghan Nolan stood deep in left-center by the fence last month. Like any good outfielder, the Avon Grove junior paid attention to the opponent who walked to the plate. In her previous at-bat, Central Bucks East's Hailey Aspinwall ripped a shot at precisely that spot, resulting in a triple. This time, before Aspinwall got herself situated in the box, Nolan made her move. She wouldn't let the softball drop in for a triple again. It didn't. This time, Aspinwall hit a line drive closer to the third-base line.
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June 11, 2016 | By Kate Harman, For The Inquirer
"Yes, girlfriend," Maggie Balint said as she extended her hand to an Avon Grove softball teammate, Olivia Kunitsky, in foul territory. "Give me some," the senior said, smiling at the freshman in a way that said, "Atta girl. " Kunitsky had just caught a pop-up bunt close to the fence at Twin Valley Middle School after bursting out of her crouch and getting in position to make the play. It was a small interaction - a pitcher wanting to give her catcher a high-five after putting forth some extra effort - and even smaller in the grand scheme of the game.
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June 8, 2016 | By Kate Harman, For The Inquirer
Pitcher Maggie Balint thought that a coin flip would decide who was the home team for Avon Grove's first-round contest Monday in the PIAA Class 4A state softball tournament. But then the co-captain found out the Red Devils would be the away team against Archbishop Ryan - with no coin toss - for the first time in three weeks. It was no big deal for Balint, an Oregon recruit who said she likes hitting in the top of the inning because she enjoys getting a run right away. And Avon Grove got the jump on Ryan from the start in the game at Arcadia University.
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June 4, 2016 | By Kate Harman, For The Inquirer
"Feel my heart," a wide-eyed and grinning Ana Bruni said to teammate Abby Wild after returning to the Perkiomen Valley softball dugout. "No, here," the senior shortstop said, moving Wild's hand. Her heart was nearly beating out of her chest. It made sense considering moments earlier the South Florida recruit had scored the lone run in the District 1 Class 4A title game. In the ninth inning no less. First came the heart pounding. Then came the hugs. Taylor Hamm got to her initially, Haley Streeper followed.
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June 2, 2016 | By Matt Cassidy, STAFF WRITER
Maggie Balint bested Kristen Fuertes in a pitchers duel as second-seeded Avon Grove defeated Ches-Mont rival and 19th-seeded West Chester East, 2-1, in the District 1 Class 4A semifinals at West Chester Rustin on Tuesday. Balint surrendered no earned runs while striking out 10 batters. Allyson Wallauer and Cameryn Laterza each had two hits for the Red Devils, who will face fourth-seeded Perkiomen Valley in the final Thursday. District 1 Class 3A semifinals. For the third time this season, first-seeded Villa Maria dispatched Catholic Academies rival and fourth-seeded Mount St. Joseph, 4-0, at Plymouth Whitemarsh.
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May 29, 2016 | By Matt Cassidy, STAFF WRITER
Facing only 22 batters, Maggie Balint tossed a one-hitter with 14 strikeouts as second-seeded Avon Grove dispatched visiting seventh-seeded Central Bucks East, 7-0, Friday in a District 1 Class 4A softball quarterfinal. The University of Oregon recruit allowed no walks while improving her record to 20-2. Allison Wallauer and Rachel Butler each went 2 for 3 with a combined five RBIs for the Red Devils. In other District 1 Class 4A quarterfinal action: Leah Ritchey went 4 for 5, scored two runs and picked up four RBIs to lead 19th-seeded West Chester East past host 11th-seeded Spring-Ford, 11-3, to set up a meeting with Ches-Mont Leauge rival Avon Grove in the semifinals.
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May 28, 2016 | By Aaron Carter, STAFF WRITER
Only seconds remained in the third quarter of the District 1 boys' championship game Thursday at West Chester Henderson when seniors Nick Venacchio and Michael Sowers helped Upper Dublin seize control - and its first district championship. The Suburban One champion Cardinals led Ches-Mont champ Avon Grove by just two goals before Sowers maneuvered behind the net and deftly found Venacchio, who caught the ball in traffic and fired in one motion for a goal just before the buzzer. The Cardinals never looked back and flew away with a 12-7 victory against the Red Devils, who had won three of the last four district titles.
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May 18, 2016 | By Kate Harman, For The Inquirer
Olivia McGarvey was paying attention. The Avon Grove sophomore listened as the Red Devils outfielders talked about the impact the wind was having as they tried to shag fly balls Monday. Then she watched as the majority of the pitches she faced were on the outside of the plate. McGarvey walked to the plate in the seventh inning, the score knotted at 2, and put both pieces of information together. She went with the pitch and sent the ball soaring into right. It dropped in for the winning RBI double in a 4-2 victory at West Chester Rustin - with some help from the wind.
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