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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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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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October 17, 2014 | By Avery Maehrer, Inquirer Staff Writer
Evan Vare was the only scorer for Central Bucks East on Wednesday afternoon, but he was the only one the Patriots needed. Vare recorded a hat trick against visiting Souderton in Suburban One Continental boys' soccer, sending Central Bucks East to a 3-1 victory. The win gave the Patriots their ninth conference championship in the last 10 years. It also moved the record of Central Bucks East, ranked No. 4 in Southeastern Pennsylvania by The Inquirer, to 13-1 in league play and 16-2 overall.
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October 10, 2014 | By Avery Maehrer, Inquirer Staff Writer
One minute into the second half, Hailey Nunez-Evans gave her team exactly what it needed. Her goal at Bodine on Wednesday in Public League girls' soccer was enough for Rush to secure a 1-0 win and clinch the last playoff spot in the Gold Division. Emily Anderson recorded the assist. Elsewhere in the league, Kearra Yaffe recorded a hat trick in Philadelphia Academy Charter's 4-0 victory over visiting Masterman. Briana Rodrigues and Alyssa Taylor combined for the shutout, as Philadelphia Academy's defense allowed only one shot on net. Nonleague.
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September 18, 2014 | By Mark Macyk, Inquirer Staff Writer
You can stop play, but it won't stop Jules Bradbury. The Villa Maria junior converted a pair of penalty kicks and then scored off a direct kick to lift the Hurricanes over visiting Nazareth Academy, 3-2, in a Catholic Academies girls' soccer game Tuesday afternoon. Bradbury's direct kick went over the wall and dipped between the goalie's hands and the crossbar to make it 3-1 midway through the second half. Kayla McNamee scored both goals for Nazareth. Catholic League.
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May 17, 2014 | By Tim McManus, Inquirer Staff Writer
Episcopal Academy used good pitching and timely hitting to capture its first Inter-Ac softball championship by winning at Penn Charter, 3-2, on Thursday. Kate Ortlieb drove in Julianne Longen with the go-ahead run on an RBI single up the middle in the fourth inning. Longen drove in Episcopal's first run on a suicide squeeze that scored Taylor Long in the second inning. Gabby Donatucci knocked in the other run for the Churchwomen (12-2 overall, 10-1 Inter-Ac). Alex Viscusi struck out 12 and allowed three hits.
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May 15, 2014 | By Thomas Mahon, Inquirer Staff Writer
  For the second time in six days, Emily Santana netted five goals for the Springfield (Delco) girls' lacrosse team. The stakes were much higher Tuesday afternoon when Santana powered the second-seeded host Cougars past No. 31 Avon Grove, 18-6, in a PIAA District 1 Class AAAA first-round game. Santana added five assists and had 13 draw controls. Last Thursday, Santana scored five goals to help the Cougars close out their regular season with a 14-8 win over Upper Dublin. Katie Ryan chipped in with three goals and Kate Bedard and Jules Clemmons split time in goal, making three saves and one save, respectively.
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May 10, 2014 | By Mark Whited, Inquirer Staff Writer
When Lansdale Catholic's Ashley Seal stepped to the plate in the bottom of the seventh inning, the sophomore pitcher looked to finish what she had started. With the game tied, Seal doubled home a run to give the Crusaders an 11-10 victory over Archbishop Carroll on Thursday in Catholic League softball. The righthander threw all seven innings of the slugfest, striking out five and walking three. Seal improved to 8-0 this season. Kristen Szczepaniak went 2 for 4 with six RBIs, belting a grand slam with two outs in the third, for Lansdale Catholic.
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May 1, 2014 | By Thomas Mahon, Inquirer Staff Writer
  The Baldwin lacrosse team entered Tuesday afternoon's game seeking revenge. Thanks to Ali Thaler, that is exactly what happened, as the host Bears edged Germantown Academy, 14-13, in an Inter-Ac League contest. The game was knotted at 13 with less than a minute left when the Patriots goalie tried to secure a loose ball. She was checked and the ball came to Thaler, who buried a shot into an empty net with 47 seconds left. It was the star junior's sixth goal of the game.
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April 29, 2014 | By Kate Harman, For The Inquirer
Maddie Abbot remembers being able to hear her opponent in the dugout as she stood in the pitching circle waiting. The words weren't a taunt or shouts of encouragement to the next batter. No, they were a warning. "Don't swing at her rise ball," the player said to a teammate who was about to face the Villa Maria sophomore. For Abbot, a righthander who considers herself a strikeout pitcher, the interaction was a compliment, one that she looks back on with pride. The exchange likely happens often when Abbot, who also has a fastball, change, drop, curve, and screwball in her repertoire, steps into the circle, and more so after the opposing side sees her work through the lineup the first time.
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