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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.
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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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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.
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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.
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March 18, 2011 | By Chris Melchiorre, For The Inquirer
Through all the milestones, shattered records, and a Group 4 state title, senior Lauren Gaskill continued to point out one thing when reflecting on her Rancocas Valley girls' basketball team. "We really are the definition of a team," said Gaskill, whose Red Devils are this season's Inquirer South Jersey Team of the Year. "We rely on one another. When things are going wrong, we look to one another. We never panicked when we were down. "We just believed in each other all season. And it was an honor to play with every single person on this team.
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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.
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September 21, 2014 | By Chris Melchiorre, For The Inquirer
Stevie Stevenson thought back to the last time he played quarterback before this week. "I was a little guy," he said with a shrug. "I think I was 12 years old. " In just one week, the senior transformed himself from wide receiver to starting varsity quarterback - without any high school experience at the position - against one of South Jersey's perennial powers. It's an idea that seemed strange to just about everyone, unless, as Rancocas Valley football coach Dan Haussman put it, you know Stevenson.
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September 20, 2014 | By Phil Anastasia, Inquirer Columnist
Shaun Bradley believes there's a reason he missed most of his freshman football season with a shoulder injury. And all of his sophomore season with a finger injury. And most of his junior season with a knee injury. "I tell myself things were meant to be and maybe it was meant to be so I could have a great senior year," Bradley said. A 6-foot-2, 205-pound blend of speed, power, and untapped potential, Bradley is described by both Rancocas Valley football coach Dan Haussman and basketball coach Jay Flanagan as "the best athlete in the school.
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August 31, 2014
SOCCER NONLEAGUE Abington 1, Cheltenham 0: Matt Bevilacqua will be the talk of school next week when classes resume. The senior forward assisted on Matt Bachman's game-winner in the 88th minute for the visiting Ghosts. Just hours before, Bevilaqua kicked an extra point with no time remaining to lift the Ghosts to victory over Northeast on the football field. Archbishop Wood 3, North Penn 1: With the score 1-1 at the break, the Vikings scored twice to move past the visiting Knights.
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July 2, 2014 | By John Smallwood, Daily News Staff Writer
U.S. NATIONAL team coach Jurgen Klinsmann took some heat when he made the honest assessment that it was not reasonable to think the USA could win the 2014 World Cup. But that was before the tournament started and his squad faced the daunting task of moving out of a "Group of Death" that included Germany, Portugal and Ghana. Klinsmann, however, also said that once a team gets to the knockout stage of the competition, anything can happen. The United States is in the Round of 16. It finished second to Germany to move out of Group G, and today will play Group H winner Belgium in the last match for a spot into the quarterfinals.
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June 5, 2014 | By Matt Breen, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Avon Grove fans streamed through the open gate that led to West Chester Henderson's field after the Red Devils rolled past Radnor, 10-6, Tuesday night in a PIAA boys' lacrosse semifinal. A player popped out of the team's postgame huddle on the other side of the field and waved the fans back. The crowd was eager to mark the team's first state-championship berth, but coaches did not want a raucous celebration. "You guys go over to them. They don't come over the fence," an assistant directed after the team ended its huddle.
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June 2, 2014 | By Mark Whited, Inquirer Staff Writer
Radnor will advance to the state boys' lacrosse semifinals after an impressive offensive showing Saturday. Nine Red Raiders scored in a 14-3 victory over Lewisburg in the PIAA quarterfinals at Cumberland Valley. Drew Ryan netted a hat trick to give Radnor an 11-0 lead entering the second half and finished with two assists. Owen Scheuerle, Mike Thompson, and Jack Wilson each put two in the back of Lewisburg's net. Clayton Proctor added a goal and two assists. Tom Meyers gave Radnor possession of the ball for most of the game, finishing 13 for 15 on faceoffs.
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May 31, 2014 | By Kate Harman, For The Inquirer
Alyssa Herion was sure she was going to be walked. With two outs and a 3-2 count, Avon Grove's junior catcher and cleanup hitter resigned herself to the fact that her first at-bat in the District 1 Class AAAA softball championship game was going to be a free pass. Instead, Herion got an inside pitch, and she liked the looks of it. She sent the ball flying over the fence at Great Valley for a two-run homer, and the Red Devils went on to capture the program's first district title by defeating North Penn, 4-2. It was just one pitch, one swing, and one of three at-bats for Herion during the contest.
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May 29, 2014 | By Kate Harman, For The Inquirer
Courtney Gall said it best when she called Avon Grove's previous two softball games "stressful. " The depiction might even have been an understatement. Two consecutive walk-off wins, one in the eighth inning and the other a come-from-behind victory in the bottom of the seventh, made the last week a little hectic for Avon Grove. But the Red Devils didn't wait for the theatrics in a 3-1 win over Souderton in the PIAA District 1 Class AAAA semifinal Tuesday at Great Valley. No, Avon Grove started scoring much earlier.
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May 25, 2014 | By Kate Harman, For The Inquirer
If there is one thing that really stresses out a softball catcher, it is a pitch that gets past her. When the softball hits the dirt or flies over her head, a wave of panic hits. The catcher's job is to protect the pitcher, make her look good. The advantage to being so well-acquainted with wild pitches and passed balls, on the other hand, is that the catcher takes that knowledge with her on the base paths. That's exactly what happened to Avon Grove's Alyssa Herion, who scored the winning run in walk-off fashion as the Red Devils defeated Neshaminy, 2-1, Friday in the quarterfinals of the District 1 Class AAAA tournament.
NEWS
May 24, 2014
A column Thursday about the Avon Grove baseball team incorrectly reported the last time before this season that the team reached the district playoffs. The Red Devils qualified in 2010. The name of Central softball player Meghan Tezik was misspelled in a roundup Friday.
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