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December 28, 2012 | By Kate Harman, For The Inquirer
Lisa Mirarchi had been working with teammate Molly Namiotka on a behind-the-back bounce pass. On Thursday night, with her team leading by almost 20 points and a minute to go in the third quarter, she thought she had the ideal opportunity to try it. Both members of the Villa Maria Academy basketball team executed it perfectly. "I just went for it, and hoped for the best," Mirarchi said. The play, which stemmed from a Mirarchi steal and led to a layup for Namiotka, summed up the game for both players in a 57-38 victory over Phoenixville.
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November 22, 1998 | By Melissa Geschwind, INQUIRER SUBURBAN STAFF
This time, Villa Maria didn't make it. The Hurricanes, champions of District 1, fell short in their bid for a third straight trip to the PIAA state Class AAA volleyball finals, losing yesterday in quarterfinal pool play to Greensburg-Salem and Conestoga Valley. Unionville, another Southern Chester County League power and the runner-up in District 1, also was stopped in the quarterfinals, losing to Mount Lebanon, Baldwin and Towanda after having survived a grueling day of preliminaries Friday.
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April 20, 2013 | By Kate Harman, For The Inquirer
When Molly Scullion saw teammate Brittany Colombo hit a triple that one-hopped the fence in the first inning Thursday, she said to herself that she wanted to do that, too. Instead, the senior outfielder for Nazareth Academy did one better. She sent a pitch sailing over the center-field fence for a two-run home run a couple of innings later. Scullion's blast was one of many displays of hard hitting for the Pandas, as they continued to roll through the Catholic Academies league, defeating Villa Maria, 13-3, in a game called after five innings because of the mercy rule.
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November 14, 1991 | By Chris Morkides, Special to The Inquirer
Villa Maria field hockey coach Maureen Polley's voice had been growing fainter and fainter with each succeeding win in the PIAA Class AA playoffs. The Hurricanes' 1-0 overtime victory over Southern Columbia in the state semifinals Tuesday literally left Polley speechless. Sophomore Missy Sweeney scored the winning goal 2 minutes and 49 seconds into sudden-death overtime to propel Villa into Saturday's championship against Upper Moreland. The rematch with the team that beat Villa, 2-1, in the District 1 final will be held at Ursinus College at 1 p.m. Polley hopes she will be able to speak by then.
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April 28, 1999 | By Chris Morkides, INQUIRER SUBURBAN STAFF
The losses were bad. The way Mount St. Joseph was losing was worse. A 2-1 loss in 10 innings to William Tennent last week started things off. A 1-0 defeat to Nazareth Academy and a 2-1, nine-inning loss to Merion Mercy left Mount St. Joseph's players with no nails left to bite entering yesterday's game at Villa Maria. "We couldn't lose another one-run game," Chiefs coach Jack Poole said. "It just cripples you. How much can you take?" As it turned out, Poole never got the answer to his question.
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April 11, 1994 | By David T. Shaw, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
Because of wet weather, Villa Maria coach Kathy Quinn was unable to take her players outdoors for practice until three weeks ago, and the drills were limited to a different area of the soggy field each time. Then came spring break two weeks ago. Quinn and seven of her players - five of them starters - went on a trip to France, sans lacrosse sticks. The only exercise they got while sightseeing was going up stairs at every opportunity. "No elevators or escalators," Quinn said.
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February 22, 1990 | By John Roach, Special to The Inquirer
Villa Maria has completed its sixth straight undefeated league season in the Catholic Academies League, but the Hurricanes have no time to celebrate. Villa defeated Sacred Heart, 45-38, Tuesday, and all 15 Villa players got into the game. Heather Colvin led the team with 13 points, Eileen Butler had 12 points, and Lorraine Kaiser added 6 points and 12 rebounds. Now comes the harder part. After a game tomorrow against Bishop McDevitt, a Catholic League North power, the Hurricanes could play do-or-die playoff games Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday next week.
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November 4, 2012 | By Megan Soisson, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
It was midway through the second half of the District 1 Class AA field hockey final Saturday at Wissahickon, and Villa Maria and Upper Perkiomen were stuck in a 1-1 tie. The Indians were taking their first penalty corner of the half, threatening to take the lead on a team that had won 18 straight games. But as soon as Upper Perkiomen inserted the ball into the circle, Villa senior flier Olivia Bolles took possession and dribbled down the field into Indians territory. The ball moved quickly into the circle and in the hands of junior Megan Parsons, who hit it in to break the tie. The Hurricanes kept the lead, and the momentum, for a 3-1 victory and a fourth district championship for their seniors.
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April 13, 2016 | By Kate Harman, For The Inquirer
Mackensie Compton started things off with a hard-hit single to left field. Olivia Zaino followed with a well-placed bunt for an infield single. Then, Sophie Beretski came to the plate for the Neshaminy softball team and sent one flying to left, an absolute rip that turned into a two-RBI double. And that was just the first three batters of Monday afternoon. Neshaminy came out swinging against a very good Villa Maria pitcher in Maddie Abbot, and the result was a 10-2 win in nonleague action against the Hurricanes.
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March 20, 2016 | By Trevor Newcomb, Staff Writer
The PIAA swimming record books need some updating, thanks to Gwynedd Mercy and Villa Maria. Both schools set new state records on Friday at Bucknell while competing in the PIAA Class 2A girls' swimming and diving championships. Gwynedd Mercy set a state record in the 200-yard medley relay, finishing in just over 1 minute, 43 seconds. Stephanie Szekely, Annie O'Dare, Allie Szekely and Hannah Blaser teamed up for the 1:43.6 time, surpassing the old time of 1:45.52 set by Villa Maria last year.
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March 20, 2016 | By Kate Harman, For The Inquirer
HERSHEY, Pa. - Bailey Greenberg calls her cousin Shannon May, her teammate on the Archbishop Wood girls' basketball team, the "little annoying one" on the court. It stems from her performance in practice, where often, Greenberg is low post and May slides down in a help defense. "Go guard your own girl," Greenberg thinks to herself when she sees No. 3 come her way. But the "pest" won't, that's not what she's made of. Instead, May wears the nickname - a term of endearment - as a badge of honor.
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March 19, 2016 | By Kate Harman, For The Inquirer
It started with a phone call. Then Cassie Sebold heard a loud bang on the Archbishop Wood girls' basketball team bus. "What the heck was that," the junior remembers thinking. Sebold heard the noise the night the Vikings won the program's second Catholic League championship. There senior Claire Bassetti was - less than an hour after the jubilation - on the phone with her father, Tom. "Do you have your white jersey in your bag?" he asked her that Monday night. The point guard proceeded to rummage - the loud noise the sound of her school shoes catapulting to the back of the bus. She checked and checked for her home No. 30 - the away No. 30 safely packed away - having worn it for 32 minutes on the floor of the Palestra.
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February 29, 2016 | By Jarrad Saffren, Staff Writer
Gwynedd Mercy seniors Brigit Coleman and Erica DeCandido can do it all. They dribble with both hands, pass to teammates without looking, and attack the rim with straight-ahead speed. On Saturday night, in the District 1 Class 3A girls' basketball final, Coleman and DeCandido dribbled, passed, and drove Gwynedd Mercy to a 54-37 win over Villa Maria at Council Rock South for the Monarchs' second straight district championship. Gwynedd Mercy earned the top seed from District 1 in the PIAA Class 3A tournament.
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February 21, 2016
BASKETBALL DISTRICT 1 CLASS 3A QUARTERFINAL Villa Maria 46, Lower Moreland 44: Villa Maria freshman Julia Samar scored 13 of her team-high 16 points in the fourth quarter to carry the sixth-seeded Hurricanes at No. 3 Lower Moreland. Samar also tied the game and scored Villa Maria's final 11 points. She added three rebounds, all of which came in the fourth quarter. Freshman Abby Walheim scored eight of her 10 points in the second half, where Villa Maria outscored its opponent, 30-17.
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January 29, 2016 | By Trevor Newcomb, Staff Writer
St. Basil's Natalie Kucowski stood above everyone else on the floor on Wednesday night, as she led the hosts to a 59-32 victory over Villa Maria. The 6-foot-2 junior recorded a triple-double, totaling 12 points, 12 rebounds, and 10 blocks in the Catholic Academies matchup. The victory lifted the Panthers to a 17-2 record. Catholic League. Maura Hendrixson made four three-pointers en route to 15 points for Cardinal O'Hara in a 52-39 victory at Archbishop Ryan. Mackenzie Gardler scored 14 points for the Lions.
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January 21, 2016 | By Matt Breen, Staff Writer
Bri Talbot's all-around game on Tuesday night helped lead visiting North Penn past Central Bucks East, 47-34, in a Suburban One girls' basketball game. Talbot grabbed nine rebounds, recorded six steals, and dished out six assists to go along with her five points. Kyra Scaliti led the Maidens with 13 points. Also in the Suburban One, Kyla Gibson scored 26 points and William Tennent knocked off host Truman, 55-43. Ches-Mont. Grace Ferguson grabbed nine rebounds and Julie Gawrylowicz scored 13 points to lift West Chester Henderson over visiting Coatesville, 77-47.
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December 13, 2015
ATTACK Jill Bolton, Christopher Dock, Jr. Margaux Paolino, Episcopal Academy, Sr. Quinn Maguire, Notre Dame, Jr. Ali Balmer, Christopher Dock, Sr. Christen Pennington, Neshaminy, Sr. MIDFIELD Lindsay Dickinson, Villa Maria, So. Kallie Gray, Downingtown East, Sr. Tess Horan, Haverford, Sr. BACK Nettie Montes, Owen J. Roberts, Sr. Mizuki Davis, Strath Haven, Sr. GOALIE Claire Riley,...
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