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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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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 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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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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May 10, 2015 | By Mark Macyk, Inquirer Staff Writer
Emily Oltman was perfect over the final three innings on Friday. In was a good impression of her team, which has been perfect all year. Oltman struck out six in a four-hitter to lead visiting Perkiomen Valley past Central Bucks East, 7-2, in a nonleague softball game. Rachel Helverson went 4 for 4 with three RBIs for the Vikings, who finished the regular season 19-0. NONLEAGUE Chichester 7, St. Hubert 4: Meghan Wimmer struck out 11 and went 2 for 3 with an RBI for the visiting team.
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April 4, 2015 | By Mark Macyk, Inquirer Staff Writer
Maddie Abbot has retired 42 batters this season. And 31 of them walked away without even putting a ball into play. The Villa Maria junior with the infamous rise ball struck out 16 on Thursday, and tossed her second consecutive shutout, as the visiting Hurricanes topped Phoenixville, 2-0, in a nonleague softball game. Briana Wright went 3 for 4 with a solo home run to boost the Hurricanes. Abbot also struck out 15 Monday in Villa Maria's season-opening win over Merion Mercy.
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March 14, 2015 | The Inquirer Staff
Villa Maria's swim team got one for the thumb on Thursday. The Hurricanes dominated the PIAA Class AA girls' swimming and diving championships, capturing their fifth consecutive title with 267 points at Bucknell University. Villa Maria's 400-yard freestyle relay team (Olivia Giampietro, Julie Dobson, Emily Cornell, Maura McManus) finished first in 3 minutes, 28.99 seconds, less than a second in front of Gwynedd Mercy (3:29.70). Gwynedd Mercy finished second overall with 155 points, thanks in part to Allie Szekely's victory in the 100 backstroke (54.02)
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March 13, 2015 | The Inquirer Staff
Villa Maria Academy took charge during the first day of the PIAA Class AA Swimming and Diving Championships Wednesday at Bucknell University. The Hurricanes' 200-yard medley (Emily Cornell, Katelyn Chick, Olivia Giampietro, Julie Dobson) and 200 freestyle relay (Maura McManus, Giampietro, Cornell, Dobson) finished first as the team accumulated 153 points. Second-place Fairview has 77. Villa Joseph Marie senior Alexa Fabbri placed first in the girls' 100 butterfly with a time of 55.04 seconds.
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February 8, 2015
BASKETBALL CATHOLIC ACADEMIES Mount St. Joseph 40, Villa Maria 30: Caitlyn Cunningham scored 12 points and had six rebounds, and the visitors shot 9 for 10 from the line in the to seal it. Libby Tacka added 10 points, and Mary Kate Ulasewicz had eight, including going 5 for 6 from the line in the final period. CATHOLIC LEAGUE Bonner-Prendergast 56, Archbishop Ryan 46: Alyssa Monaghan sank five three-pointers en route to 26 points to power the hosts. She also had three assists and two steals.
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December 29, 2014 | By Kate Harman, For The Inquirer
Kathy McCartney sat down on her chair at the beginning of Saturday's third quarter, looked up at the scoreboard, and said to no one in particular: "I'm exhausted. " Villa Maria's longtime girls' basketball coach had spent the first half of her team's 33-24 win over Conestoga wildly gesticulating, shouting out orders, and loudly clapping. But the Hurricanes still had some basketball left to play at West Chester University, so McCartney sprang back up to her feet. Impassioned coaching is nothing new to McCartney, who is in her 29th season at the helm.
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November 30, 2014 | By Avery Maehrer, Inquirer Staff Writer
PLAYER OF THE YEAR / ATTACK Sophia Tornetta AGNES IRWIN In her final season with the Owls, the 5-foot-2 senior forward left her mark on the program by crossing the 100-career goal mark and propelling her team to a 19-4 regular-season record. She scored 42 goals and added 27 assists. "Coaching Sophia for three years has been a rewarding privilege," Agnes Irwin coach Alison Brant said. "She has set the standard of excellence for our program and is admired by her teammates, opponents, and coaches alike.
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November 16, 2014 | By Lou Rabito, Inquirer Columnist
Megan Vermeil is the first Vermeil girl to play field hockey, which might explain why her famous grandfather doesn't know too much about the sport. "Whenever he tries to give me field hockey pointers, he's like, 'Oh, never mind, I don't know anything,' " she said. "He'll be like, 'Take it in to them and shoot around them.' And I'm like, 'It's a lot harder than it looks.' " Somehow, Dick Vermeil's youngest grandchild is making it seem easier than it looks. The Villa Maria junior is playing in the state tournament for the first time and has taken on a lead role on the raised stage.
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November 16, 2014 | By Avery Maehrer, Inquirer Staff Writer
Daan Polders' whiteboard has seen better days. Polders trekked the implement, a staple throughout his coaching career, with him to Villa Maria this season from his previous gig at Colorado Academy in Denver. But it has taken a beating. The board has been stepped on, struck by misfired balls, and tripped over throughout the last three months - in addition to being subject to an occasional funny message or two scribbled by players. Nevertheless, the board is still magnetized. It still erases, despite a bit of water damage.
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November 16, 2014 | By Avery Maehrer, Inquirer Staff Writer
WHITEHALL, Pa. - One by one, the Villa Maria players were called to the front of the line over the loudspeaker. When they got there, first-year coach Daan Polders was waiting for them. He placed medals around their necks and hugged them before they jogged back to their place in line. Goalkeeper Erika Miller couldn't stop smiling. Forward Adeline Delgatto couldn't stop crying. The crowd wouldn't stop cheering. Saturday in the PIAA Class AA field hockey final, Villa Maria beat an undefeated Crestwood squad, 2-1, and earned the program's first state title since 1994.
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