June 7, 2016 |
With the last exam handed in, with prom dresses packed away, and the final bell of the year poised to ring, more than 2,400 students, teachers, and even the school cop at Spring-Ford Senior High erupted Friday afternoon in the ultimate end-of-school fireworks. Actually, make that "Firework. " In less than four manic minutes preceded by eight months of preparation, the entire student body joyously lip-synched Katy Perry's 2010 hit for a fast-moving Steadicam as it passed through the crowded halls amid cascades of smoke and confetti.
June 2, 2016 |
Freshman designated hitter Andrew Czachor knocked in the decisive two runs with a two-out single in the fifth inning to give Devon Prep its third straight District 1 Class 2A baseball title. The Tide edged Springfield (Montco), 4-2, on Tuesday at West Chester Henderson. Lehigh University recruit Tony Gallo led the offense with three hits and Matt Bevilacqua stole home. Winning pitcher Danny Brace had six strikeouts in seven innings. District 1 Class 4A semifinal. C.J. Kilgariff earned a two-inning save and struck out three batters as Council Rock North defeated Downingtown West, 2-1, at Methacton.
May 29, 2016 |
Upper Dublin hit only four balls to the outfield Friday afternoon and none went in the direction of Seth Leuz. "I was just chillin' out there," the C.R. North rightfielder said. "I should have gotten a lawn chair or something. " Offensively, Leuz was very much part of a 14-hit attack that propelled the visiting Indians to a 10-0, six-inning rout of the Cardinals in a PIAA District 1 Class 4A quarterfinal in Fort Washington. The 5-foot-10, 190-pound senior went 3 for 4 with two RBIs and two runs from the No. 5 hole as C.R. North moved closer to its second straight district title and third in the last seven seasons.
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.