March 27, 2014 |
Maddy Abbot pitched a two-hitter to move visiting Villa Maria past St. Basil, 3-1, in a frigid Catholic Academies softball game Tuesday afternoon. Abbot struck out five en route to the win in one of the few games played because of the weather. Cailee Gordonier went 3 for 4 with a double, triple, and RBI to power the Hurricanes at the plate. Catholic. Kristin Szczepaniak belted a solo homer and finished with three RBIs as Lansdale Catholic eased past host Archbishop Wood, 12-2, to give coach Paul Suder his 200th career victory.
March 17, 2014 |
Villa Maria earned its fourth straight PIAA Class AA state swimming and diving championship Saturday at Bucknell in Lewisburg, Pa., totaling 220 points in the two-day event. Villa Maria wrapped up the meet with its lone win Saturday, in the 400-yard freestyle relay. Julie Dobson, Maura McManus, Emily Cornell, and Olivia Giampietro finished in 3 minutes, 30.09 seconds, more than three seconds faster than second-place Scranton Prep. Villa Maria also won the 200 medley and 200 freestyle relays Friday.
March 16, 2014 |
Gwynedd Mercy's Allie Szekely set a meet record and a Villa Maria relay team came just short of doing the same Friday at the PIAA Class AA state swimming and diving championships at Bucknell University in Lewisburg, Pa. Szekely broke her own record in the 200-yard individual medley when she finished in 1 minute, 59.51 seconds. The sophomore finished the race in 1:59.66 last year. Villa Maria, which leads the team standings with 131 points after Friday's events, came just short of a pair of its own records, but won the 200 medley relay and 200 freestyle relay.
March 14, 2014 |
Villa Maria had the Archbishop Wood girls' basketball team on the ropes. Down by just three with a minute remaining in the third quarter, the Hurricanes had all the momentum and were taking it to Wood on both ends of the floor. The Vikings, led by their poised senior class, never panicked. They went on to win easily, 53-31, Wednesday night in the second round of the PIAA Class AAA state tournament at Colonial Elementary School in Plymouth Meeting. "We just couldn't lose," senior Rachel Day said.
March 10, 2014 |
There are a lot of impressive things about the way the Archbishop Wood girls' basketball team plays the game, but what might stand out the most is that the Vikings don't have one star player. Jess Kaminski does the little things for the Vikings. The senior point guard is poised, makes smart decisions, and is all over the floor on defense. Junior Aubree Brown can shoot, is quick in the transition game, and has good hands. As for sophomore Bailey Greenberg, she's developing into a real offensive threat both inside and outside the paint.
March 3, 2014 |
Richard Williamson was in a hurry. His oldest daughter, Myonie, a senior guard on the Radnor girls' basketball team, was playing in the District 1 Class AAA final at 6 p.m. Saturday at Villanova, but he was with his second-oldest, Courtnie, a sophomore, for a field hockey tournament in Richmond, Va. So he made a mad dash for Villanova's Pavilion and met his wife, Leonie, and younger daughter, Laila, in the bleachers during the first quarter....
March 3, 2014 |
Hatboro-Horsham junior Michael Thomas set a high school record for the La Salle University pool Saturday to earn outstanding-swimmer honors, and North Penn captured the boys' team title to highlight the District 1 Class AAA swimming championships. Thomas set the record in the 100-yard backstroke with a time of 47.56 seconds. In Class AA boys, Upper Moreland's Iain Smith won the 100 breaststroke and outstanding-swimmer honors, and the Lions won the team title. Central Bucks East's Hannah Wittman captured the 100 breaststroke and was named the outstanding swimmer of the girls' Class AAA meet.
March 1, 2014 |
When you play basketball for Villa Maria, you get used to winning. Actually, you don't just get familiar with it - you come to expect it. That is the kind of program coach Kathy McCartney has built, one with a habit of excellence, as the Hurricanes have captured 10 district titles since 1992. But there was a time this season when the prospect of returning to Villanova's Pavilion to play for a fourth straight District 1 Class AAA title seemed unlikely. Sitting at 10-8, more than halfway through the season, Villa had suffered some bad losses and wasn't playing the way McCartney knew her squad was capable of playing.
February 27, 2014 |
Just before Merion Mercy's free-throw shooters released their shots in a deathly silent Wissahickon gym, a boy from the Radnor student section sneezed, yelled, or made animal noises on cue to create a distraction. Eventually, the Merion Mercy crowd tried to counter, and as fate would have it, Radnor had the game in the balance at the line in the final seconds. Fifth-seeded Merion Mercy (14-12) ended up missing 8 of 15 free throws a game after making 24 of 30 in the quarterfinals against Chichester, but nothing could distract Myonie Williamson and Nicole Massimino.
February 10, 2014 |
Sox Alexander and Colleen Walsh finished their Friends Schools League girls' basketball careers Saturday afternoon the only way they've ever known: with a victory. Shipley secured its fourth consecutive league title by downing Abington Friends, 71-35, in the championship game at Haverford College. The victory means seniors Alexander (11 points) and Walsh (14) will leave Shipley with a perfect 40-0 league record during their four seasons with the Gators. Shipley's Nia Holland led all players with 20 points.