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December 9, 1994 | by Mike Kern, Daily News Sports Writer
Only one team from District 1 has won a Class AAAA PIAA state football title - Central Bucks West, in 1991. Downingtown (13-0), which is making its first playoff appearance, will try to double that total tomorrow against Western champion McKeesport (14-0) at 4 p.m. in Altoona. The Whippets, a senior-dominated team that has nine two-way starters, beat 1992 state champ Cumberland Valley in last week's semifinals, 28-7. In last month's District 1 final, they won at C.B. West, runner-up a year ago. "We knew that we had just about everyone back that only lost two games last year, both to (Ches-Mont champ)
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March 13, 2005 | By Pete Schnatz INQUIRER SUBURBAN STAFF
Using a 29-3 run to open the second half, Sacred Heart blew the doors off the majestic Ritacco Center and routed defending champion Morris Catholic, 74-37, last night in the Parochial B girls' basketball state championship game. Senior forward Kristin Bowen earned the game's most-valuable-player honors by draining 6 of her 9 shots from beyond the arc, finishing with 20 points and 10 rebounds. Bowen made three three-pointers in the pivotal spree, but when it came time to assess her performance, she spread the praise among her teammates.
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November 21, 1994 | By Don Beideman, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
At the beginning of the field hockey season, Villa Maria coach Maurene Polley kept telling her players how tough it is to repeat. In 1993, Villa won the Athletic Association of Catholic Academies, District 1 and the state Class AA championships. With repeats in those first two dispensed with, the Hurricanes went after another state crown on Saturday against Eastern Lebanon County (Elco) at Ursinus. "I knew it was going to be tough, but I didn't think it was going to be quite this tough," said Polley after Villa had defended the state crown with a 3-2 overtime triumph over the District 3 champion.
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June 8, 2011 | By Don Beideman, Inquirer Staff Writer
Senior Kelly Devlin remembers the first three years of her lacrosse career at Downingtown East. The Cougars were lucky to win a handful of games in the very competitive Ches-Mont League. This season has been a totally different story for Devlin and her senior teammates. The Cougars, who won the Ches-Mont National Division crown and the District 1 Class AAAA title, stand on the threshold of a PIAA championship thanks to a 9-8 win over Great Valley in the state semifinals Tuesday at Harriton.
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June 9, 2014 | By Phil Anastasia, Inquirer Staff Writer
TOMS RIVER, N.J. - All season, Mainland pitched with authority and played airtight defense. That didn't change in the state final. But the Mustangs left this Ocean County town in a horn-honking, five-bus caravan late Saturday afternoon because they picked the biggest game in the program's history to generate some clutch offense. "That's always been the question for us," Mainland coach Bill Kern said after his team captured the school's first state crown in baseball with a 5-3 victory over Mount Olive in the Group 3 title game at Toms River South.
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June 12, 2010
For 21 years the Delsea girls' teams had been toiling on the track and in the field without winning a state title. The last Saturday in May all of that changed at Egg Harbor Township's Silver Eagle Stadium. There, Delsea won its first outright title by scoring 65 points, 21 better than runner-up Haddonfield. The last time the Crusaders had won was in 1989, when they shared the crown with Kingsway. Sprinter Brianna Crofton, jumper Brianna Hunt, and thrower Janiece Rose won their events on May 30 to give the Crusaders a big push toward the championship.
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April 8, 2006 | By Michael Mudrick FOR THE INQUIRER
Students, parents and faculty gathered in the gymnasium at Benjamin Franklin High yesterday afternoon for a celebration of the Philadelphia School District's athletics and academics. Among those honored at the event were the PIAA Class AA boys' basketball state champion Prep Charter team, the first Public League club to win a state championship since the league joined the PIAA in the fall of 2004. Also honored was the Communications Tech boys' basketball team, which reached the Class AAA state championship game before falling to Franklin.
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March 21, 2008 | By Rick O'Brien INQUIRER SPORTS WRITER
For pushing all the right buttons this season, Mount St. Joseph's Academy's John Miller is The Inquirer's Southeastern Pennsylvania girls' basketball coach of the year. Miller guided the Magic to a 29-3 record, a second straight Athletic Association of Catholic Academies championship and the Magic's first state crown. In 37 years of coaching, including 18 as the La Salle University women's coach, he has compiled 524 victories. Runners-up: Great Valley's Paul Girone and Methacton's Craig Kaminski.
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June 11, 2001 | By Rick O'Brien INQUIRER SUBURBAN STAFF
Thanks to her team's smothering defense, Council Rock goaltender Jen Liese had to make only one save in Saturday's PIAA state championship girls' soccer game against Hempfield. That mattered little to Liese. After sitting out nine games earlier in the season because of a fractured pinkie finger, the senior was thrilled to make any contribution in the Indians' 4-0 win over the Black Knights. "It's the greatest thing you could ask for as a high school athlete," Liese said after Council Rock capped a 24-0 season by winning its first state title since 1998.
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November 21, 1993 | By Don Beideman, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
Villa Maria Academy came back from a two-goal deficit to defeat Springfield (Montco), 3-2, yesterday at Ursinus College and win its first PIAA Class AA field hockey championship. The Hurricanes, who found themselves trailing by 2-0 with less than 11 minutes gone, rallied on a pair of goals by Mary Jo Reider and another by Missy Sweeney to win their first state title since they began PIAA competition five years ago. The Hurricanes, who bowed to Upper Moreland in the state final two years ago, finished the season 24-1-1.
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March 13, 2016 | By Phil Anastasia, Staff Writer
When St. Augustine senior Sa'eed Nelson steps aboard the bus Saturday afternoon for the most important road trip of his career, he will have plenty of teammates around him. Just no classmates. Nelson is the lone senior for the Hermits. This game will mark his last chance to win a state title. "I can't wait to play," Nelson said after scoring 31 points, including his team's first seven in overtime, in sparking St. Augustine to a 69-67 victory over St. Joseph of Metuchen in the South A title game Thursday night at Jackson Liberty High School.
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January 4, 2016 | By Phil Anastasia, Inquirer Columnist
We've turned the page on 2015. It's in the books. But here's one last look back at 15 signature events in South Jersey sports during the last calendar year: 15 Camden wins fourth straight South Jersey title in boys' basketball. Camden's stingy defense led the way in a 48-40 victory over Haddonfield before an overflow crowd in the Bulldawgs' gym in early March. Junior Jamal Holloway grabbed 17 rebounds, and junior Brad Hawkins scored 14, going 4 for 4 from the foul line in the last 44 seconds.
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November 23, 2015 | By Kate Harman, For The Inquirer
HERSHEY - The chant rang out enthusiastically from the Central Bucks East student section with four minutes remaining in the PIAA Class AAA boys' soccer championship. East . . . East! One . . . One! Champs . . . Champs! It may have been a little early to declare the game over, but the cheering wasn't at all premature. From the moment the Patriots walked onto the turf Saturday at Hersheypark Stadium they looked like the undefeated juggernaut that has rolled through opponents this season.
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October 12, 2015 | By Jack Goodwillie, Inquirer Staff Writer
Brothers Josh Hoey and Jaxson Hoey finished eighth and ninth, respectively, to lead Downingtown West to a team victory Saturday in the Eastern States cross-country championship race at the Manhattan High School Invitational in New York. Sophomore Josh finished the 2.5-mile run at the Bronx's Van Cortlandt Park in 12 minutes, 28 seconds. Jaxson, a senior, finished one second behind him. Teammate Henry Sappey finished 28th in 12:48. In the Eastern States girls' race, senior Olivia Sargent finished eighth in a time of 14:31, helping Pennsbury to a second-place finish.
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May 22, 2015 | By Tyler Harper, Inquirer Staff Writer
For the second straight year, the Haddonfield tennis team will be advancing to the Tournament of Champions. The Bulldawgs beat Mountain Lakes, 5-0, in the final of the NJSIAA Group 1 tournament at Mercer County Park in West Windsor Wednesday. Haddonfield beat New Providence, 5-0, in the semifinals. Tommy Dodson, Sam Oberholtzer, and Mike Alberto each won in straight sets in the final. In doubles play, Stephen Quickel and Cameron Kohs won the first match, 6-4 and 6-1. Alex Samaha and Nick Dante won the second-doubles match, 6-4 and 6-3. Dodson, Oberholtzer, and Alberto didn't drop a game in the semifinals.
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March 23, 2015 | By Matt Hoffman, Inquirer Staff Writer
Nicholas Bohatiuk scored four goals and had an assist as Holy Ghost Prep captured the Pennsylvania Cup Class AAA ice hockey title Saturday by beating Canon-McMillan, 6-4, at Penn State. Kyle Peters rounded out the scoring for the Firebirds, netting two goals in the second period. Peters also earned an assist on Bohatiuk's final score. Pennsylvania Cup Class A Final. Brett Christie scored the go-ahead goal, and Michael Grande added two late goals to seal it as West Chester Rustin topped Mars, 5-2, to take home its second straight state championship.
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February 23, 2015 | By Kate Harman, For The Inquirer
It took only six minutes. Six points, two steals, and two rebounds later, Yndiah Bobo had taken over the game. Bobo's intensity on both ends of the floor helped the Shipley girls' basketball team extend its lead in the fourth quarter. The Gators went on to win a second straight Pennsylvania Independent Schools Athletic Association state championship by defeating Germantown Academy, 53-49, Saturday at Malvern Prep. It was a performance like one senior guard Nia Holland has so often put on for the Gators in her four seasons.
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December 13, 2014 | By Rick O'Brien, Inquirer Staff Writer
Archbishop Wood is on the doorstep of a third state title. In their fifth championship-game appearance in seven seasons, the Vikings (13-1) clash with District 7's Central Valley (15-0) at 7 p.m. Friday at Hersheypark Stadium. Central Valley, of suburban Pittsburgh, was founded five years ago after the merger of the Center Area and Monaca school districts. Wood is focused on slowing Warriors running back Jordan Whitehead. The 6-foot, 185-pounder has carried 135 times for 1,899 yards and 22 touchdowns.
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November 16, 2014 | By Kate Harman, For The Inquirer
HERSHEY, Pa. - Casey Kilchrist's gloves were off, literally. When the PIAA Class AA girls' soccer final started Saturday morning, the Villa Joseph Marie sophomore, like many of the Jems, had black gloves on to keep warm in the 35-degree weather at Hersheypark Stadium. Then she scored a goal in the first two minutes of the contest, and the game wasn't even five minutes old when Kilchrist ran to the sideline to throw off the gloves. They had served their purpose; Kilchrist was warm enough.
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June 9, 2014 | By Phil Anastasia, Inquirer Staff Writer
TOMS RIVER, N.J. - All season, Mainland pitched with authority and played airtight defense. That didn't change in the state final. But the Mustangs left this Ocean County town in a horn-honking, five-bus caravan late Saturday afternoon because they picked the biggest game in the program's history to generate some clutch offense. "That's always been the question for us," Mainland coach Bill Kern said after his team captured the school's first state crown in baseball with a 5-3 victory over Mount Olive in the Group 3 title game at Toms River South.
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