May 10, 2016 |
Baserunners kept stealing on the Sting. Megan Kern was 11 or 12 at the time, playing one of her two usual positions in the infield - shortstop or third base - for the Limerick-based softball team. The Sting was her travel team back then - still is, as a matter of fact - and the squad was playing in a tournament behind the Boyertown YMCA. In the middle of the game, her coach, Lee Trythall, decided to do something. He put Kern behind the plate. Five years later, Trythall is still Kern's coach, and he hasn't had to worry about runners trying to advance on his team since.
May 9, 2016 |
Spring-Ford defenseman Liam Hare chugged downfield with subterfuge in his head and nothing but green turf in front of him. With the ball cradled in his stick, the senior long-pole, who will play Division I lacrosse at Jacksonville University next season, galloped toward the Downingtown East goal in the second quarter of Spring-Ford's 9-5 nonleague road win Saturday. Hare had already wrested possession from a driving attacker in the Spring-Ford zone before leading an offensive charge.
April 28, 2016 |
Spring-Ford tennis player Patrick Pascual defeated Luke Pain of Perkiomen Valley in three sets to win the Pioneer Athletic Conference boys' singles championship at Perkiomen Valley on Tuesday. Pascual, a senior, won, 6-1, 4-6, 6-4. Nick Simeone of Methacton defeated Perkiomen Valley's Shaan Kawalramani, 6-3, 6-2, in the third-place match. Spring-Ford's Nick Griswold defeated Mike Ellis of Phoenixville, 6-1, 6-2, in the fifth-place match. Baseball Gil Dreyfuss was a triple shy of hitting for the cycle when he went 4 for 4 with a home run, two doubles, a single, and four RBIs in Friends' Central's 12-2 victory at Friends Schools League foe Friends Select.
April 24, 2016 |
One word comes to mind when describing Jake Zoller's pitching performance for Spring-Ford on Friday - dominant. Zoller tossed seven innings of two-hit baseball, striking out 11 Upper Perkiomen batters and giving up one unearned run in a 3-1 win for the hosts. Sean McHugh knocked in two runs and Drew Skrocki scored two runs in the Pioneer Athletic League matchup. Skrocki, Brad Clemens and Quinn McKenna each hit a double. Inter-Ac League. Cam Williams ripped a double and drove in three runs as Malvern Prep downed visiting Penn Charter, 12-7.
April 3, 2016 |
Gillian Barrie called it a "collective effort. " The decision for the Perkiomen Valley rightfielder to bunt toward the first-base side in the fourth inning, that is. It started during her pre-at-bat conversation with senior shortstop Ana Bruni, who had reached third base on her second triple of the game. Then Barrie saw her third-base coach point, which made her look toward first and recall discussions she had with Bruni at practice about dragging bunts. No signals had to be called.
March 11, 2016 |
In a script that has played out countless times, Chester's size, quickness, and defensive pressure spelled the end to an opponent's season. In this case, Spring-Ford, fresh off the program's first state playoff victory, fell victim to all the Clippers bring to the table. Larry Yarbray's squad raced to a double-digit lead in the first quarter, pulled away in the middle of the third, and easily downed the Rams, 74-49, in a PIAA Class AAAA second-round contest Wednesday night at Cheltenham.
February 21, 2016 |
Brett Foster drove the lane and kicked the ball to an open Ryan Bollinger in the left corner. Bollinger swished a three-pointer as the Ridley student section roared. One fan in a Kevin Durant Seattle SuperSonics jersey did push-ups on Ridley's gym floor. Just seconds after Spring-Ford had taken its first lead in a District 1 Class 4A quarterfinal Friday night, Ridley had taken the lead back, 36-35, with five minutes left. Moments later, Foster drove again and lobbed the ball to a wide-open Liam Thompson on the left wing.
February 19, 2016 |
For Garnet Valley on Wednesday night, two players stood above the rest. In a 66-57 victory over visiting Spring-Ford, Maddie Ireland and Emily McAteer powered the Jaguars to the quarterfinals of the District 1 girls' basketball playoffs. Ireland scored a team-high 21 points, adding four assists and nine steals to her line for the night. McAteer was right behind her teammate as far as point totals, scoring 20 points. She also contributed six steals and a pair of rebounds in the second- round matchup.
November 15, 2015 |
With a rail-thin frame, Neshaminy wide receiver and free safety Zach Tredway doesn't strike fear in most opponents. But the 6-foot-3, 170-pound junior's first-half showing in Friday night's District 1 Class AAAA opening-round playoff against Spring-Ford put future opponents on high alert. Tredway made five catches for 79 yards and picked off a pass as the 13th-seeded Redskins built a 17-0 lead and easily dispatched the previously undefeated and No. 4 Rams, 31-16, in Royersford. "It might not look like it, but Zach works very hard in the weight room," Neshaminy coach Steve Wilmot said.
November 12, 2015 |
Alayna Gairo scored the winner just before halftime Tuesday as Spring-Ford came from behind to defeat Archbishop Ryan, 2-1, in the first round of the PIAA Class AAA girls' soccer tournament. Ryan took an early lead at Northeast after Jules Blank scored three minutes in. KK O'Donnell tied it a few minutes later. PIAA State Class AAA Field Hockey 1st Round Elizabeth Farrell scored in OT and Downingtown East dispatched Stroudsburg, 1-0, at Spring-Ford. PIAA State Class AA Field Hockey 1st Round Annina Iacobucci knocked in three goals as Villa Maria sank Boiling Springs, 4-1, at Quakertown.