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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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November 2, 2014 | By Mark Macyk, Inquirer Staff Writer
A notice was issued to the field hockey teams of Pennsylvania on Saturday afternoon: It's November, so after a one-year hiatus, it is officially Hurricanes season once again. Villa Maria closed out the game with three unanswered goals and defeated Gwynedd Mercy, 5-2, in the District 1 Class AA final at Wissahickon. Abby Siana had two goals and one assist, and MaryCate Butler dished out three assists to lead the Hurricanes. It is the sixth district title in seven years for Villa Maria (16-1-1)
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June 6, 2015 | By Matt Hoffman, Inquirer Staff Writer
Nichole Eberhard tossed a one-hitter in a 5-1 win over Kutztown at Patriots Park in Allentown to send St. Basil to the PIAA Class AA semifinals for the first time in softball. Eberhard struck out six and walked two. She also doubled. Amanda Clark and Carly Jensen both went 1 for 3 with two RBIs. PIAA Class AAAA Quarterfinals Hannah Streeper was 2 for 2 with a run, but Perkiomen Valley fell to Parkland, 5-3, at Fleetwood. PIAA Class AAA Quarterfinals Maddie Abbot struck out five in Villa Maria's 1-0 loss to Bethlehem Catholic at Fleetwood.
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June 3, 2015 | By Mark Whited, Inquirer Staff Writer
Mary Cate Butler hit a two-run triple in the bottom of the sixth Monday to give Villa Maria the lead for good in its 3-1 win over Conrad Weiser in the first round of the PIAA Class AAA softball tournament at Spring-Ford. It was the first state playoff victory in program history for Villa Maria. In the second inning, Sarahrose Jonik singled, stole second and third base, and scored on a squeeze play by Bridget Curley. Maddie Abbot went the distance and struck out 11. The second game of the doubleheader between Owen J. Roberts and Penn Manor was rained out and will be played Tuesday afternoon at Lyons softball field.
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June 1, 2015 | By Kate Harman, For The Inquirer
The pop of the softball after it comes out of Meg Wimmer's right hand and into Nicole O'Donnell's glove is more noticeable these days. Since the Chichester ace first stepped onto the mound this season, that sound has been louder. And to opposing batters, the ball has looked more like a blur than usual. Wimmer, a senior, has been an imposing presence for the Eagles (21-2) since she walked into the circle as a freshman. But for her final campaign, she's been putting together something really special.
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May 30, 2015 | By Matt Hoffman, Inquirer Staff Writer
Claire Emplit got a haircut. The Villa Maria softball coach promised her team that it could cut off her braids if it won a district crown. After a 1-0 win over top-seeded Chichester in the District 1 Class AAA final Thursday at Strath Haven, the Hurricanes grabbed the scissors. "They did what they had to do," Emplit said. "They've been waiting all season to cut off my braid, and it feels amazing. " Junior Maddie Abbot struck out seven and walked none in a three-hitter to lead No. 3 Villa Maria (16-6)
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May 28, 2015 | Kate Harman, For The Inquirer
"We're going to states," Hannah Chambers yelled as she charged the infield to celebrate with her teammates. For the Villa Maria senior, the celebration Tuesday was a long time coming. She arrived the same year Claire Emplit took over as coach, and Chambers said that the softball program at that point was "kind of nothing. " So, together Emplit and the Hurricanes set out on a journey. First, the goal was to qualify for districts. They did that in Chambers' sophomore year. This season, the Hurricanes captured a Catholic Academies title - the first time a team other than Nazareth has done so in 11 seasons.
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May 24, 2015 | By Nick Carroll, Inquirer Staff Writer
Maddie Abbot picked a good time to pitch the best game of her career. The Villa Maria junior struck out 10 in her first career perfect game, a 3-0 win over visiting Marple Newtown, the 11th seed, in the District 1 Class AAA Quarterfinals. "This was amazing," Villa Maria coach Claire Emplit said. "She could not be any more excited ... Playing against these teams of this caliber, you don't expect it. " With her first strikeout on the day, Abbot reached 200 strikeouts on the season.
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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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