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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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March 27, 2014 | By Thomas Mahon, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
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March 17, 2014 | The Inquirer Staff
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.
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March 16, 2014 | The Inquirer Staff
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.
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March 14, 2014 | By Kate Harman, For The Inquirer
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.
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March 10, 2014 | By Kate Harman, For The Inquirer
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.
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March 3, 2014 | By Kate Harman, For The Inquirer
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....
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March 3, 2014 | By Matt Breen, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
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March 1, 2014 | By Kate Harman, For The Inquirer
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.
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February 27, 2014 | By Nick Carroll, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
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February 10, 2014 | By Mark Macyk, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
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