March 12, 1990 |
She suffers from curvature of the spine, has a bad left knee that often pains her after games and sometimes runs with a slight limp, yet Heather McGonagle persists. But none of it seemed to bother her Saturday night. Not after McGonagle went a perfect 6-for-6 from the foul line in the last 1 minute, 46 seconds to spur Sun Valley to a 44-34 victory over Strath Haven at Coatesville High to claim the PIAA District 1 Class AAA girls' title. "This has to be one of the biggest victories we've ever had here," Sun Valley coach Dana Messick said.
April 15, 1991 |
A week ago, Sun Valley was 0-4, and the boys' tennis team that many picked to duplicate its second-place finish of a year ago in the Del-Val League was starting to lose some of its luster. The Vanguards had played only one match in the league, against Harriton, but the results had not been impressive. The powerhouse Rams had swept Sun Valley, 5-0. So did Haverford High, and Marple Newtown beat the Vanguards, 5-2. The only truly competitive match Sun Valley had played was a 3-2 loss to Avon Grove.
May 25, 1992 |
So much was expected of Sun Valley's baseball team entering this season. When the Vanguards walked off the field in their final game last season, they did so with the idea that this season would bring promise. Although Sun Valley had been eliminated by West Chester East, 5-3, in the PIAA District 1 Class AAA semifinals, the Vanguards knew they would get another chance in 1992. Sun Valley (13-5 overall) didn't disappoint. The Vanguards secured their fourth straight Del-Val League title - something never before accomplished by a Del-Val team - with almost the same cast that went deep into the playoffs last season.
June 13, 2006 |
T.J. Chism could be a poet and he wouldn't even know it. Last night Chism and his Sun Valley cohorts penned a seven-inning sonnet that sang. The La Salle-bound senior provided the early lumber, starter Phil Cresta held the lead and then Chism moved from first to the mound and put the hammer down as the Vanguards edged Northern York, 2-1, in the PIAA Class AAA semifinal at Ephrata High's War Memorial Field. Sun Valley (21-4-1) advances to meet District 7 Pine-Richland in the championship on Saturday at 2 p.m. in Altoona at Blair County Ballpark.
October 28, 1993 |
Conestoga's Kristen Luckenbill went to sleep last night with one sound echoing in her mind. Thunk. In the Pioneers' first-round District 1 playoff match against stubborn Sun Valley earlier in the evening, Luckenbill had seen three shots carom away from the net as swiftly as she had kicked them. One hit the crossbar, the other two the left post. Fortunately for the freshman midfielder, she didn't miss converting Dana Beyer's corner kick six minutes into the second quarter.
March 19, 1990 |
Under coach Bob Hamilton, the Sun Valley boys' basketball team has repeatedly shown up at post-season tournaments the last five years, usually going farther than most observers had predicted. And in those five years, even in defeat, it has been rare for Sun Valley to not follow its game plan. Displaying their normal deliberate, spread-the-floor offense this season, along with a hard-nosed man-to-man defense, the overachieving Vanguards went to an 18-10 record and a berth in the PIAA Class AAA state tournament for the second time in three years.
October 24, 1996 |
Usually, when Haverford High gets a lead on another boys' soccer team, it's a death sentence. The Fords can play suffocating defense, led by one of the nation's best defenders in sweeper Beckett Hollenbach. So, when Hollenbach scored on a penalty kick in the first period Tuesday night, and the Fords kept Sun Valley scoreless through the next two periods, the Vanguards' future in the PIAA Class AAA District 1 tournament looked bleak. With 10 minutes remaining in regulation, Mauricio Ibarra controlled a loose ball at the top of the goal box, and pounded in a goal past Haverford goalie Jeff Edmondson.
February 28, 1994 |
Until recently, Michelle Edwards had that lost feeling on the basketball court. The 5-foot-11 Sun Valley sophomore was tentative, balking at things that had come so naturally early in the season. Edwards seems to be finding herself at the right time. Over the last four games, Edwards has been averaging 18.2 points, topped by her game-high 16 points Saturday that led Sun Valley past Ridley, 38-33, in the second round of the PIAA District 1 Class AAAA girls' basketball playoffs. Sun Valley (19-4)
February 6, 1992 |
The Sun Valley Vanguards, despite having five freshmen playing vital roles in their undefeated Del-Val League season, have shown discipline when they had to and poise when they weren't supposed to. When coach Dana Messick's Vanguards face Chichester tomorrow at 3:30 p.m., they will be trying to clinch their seventh straight league title. Sun Valley's chances of that were further cemented on Tuesday, when the Vanguards, behind a game-high 26 points by senior Nikki Sheeky, beat Interboro, 51-40, to guarantee at least a tie with Chichester (13-7 overall, 8-2 league)
February 10, 1992 |
Sun Valley football coach Joe Walsh stepped down last week after four seasons with the Vanguards. In doing so, he talked about the difficulties in coaching in one school district while teaching in another. "My ability to maintain and build a program was hampered by not being in the building," said Walsh, who teaches at West Chester Henderson. "Not having contact with the kids during the off-season, not being able to take care of problems during the season. By not being there, you can't be an influence on the kids who may be marginal about coming out. The numbers are down there since they cut out the ninth-grade program.