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November 14, 2011 | By Don Beideman, Inquirer Staff Writer
A fourth appearance for Villa Maria Academy in the PIAA Class AA field hockey championship game will be at stake Tuesday when the 10-time District 1 champion takes on Selinsgrove in the semifinals at 4 p.m. at Hershey Stadium. It's been 17 years since the Hurricanes (20-2) won back-to-back championships in 1993 and 1994 under veteran coach Maurene Polley. They finished as runners-up in 1991. They have reached the semifinals six times, most recently as 2005. Villa is coming off a 5-1 romp over Greenwood, the District 3 runner-up, on Saturday in the quarterfinals.
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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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March 4, 2010 | By Don Beideman INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Kathy McCartney has guided Villa Maria Academy to five District 1 Class AAA championships during her 22 years as coach. Saturday, she will go after her sixth against Catholic Academy League-rival St. Basil Academy at Villanova University. After the sixth-seeded Hurricanes stunned No. 2 seed Mount St. Joseph, 52-41, on Tuesday night in the semifinals, McCartney didn't need any more convincing that this season's squad is special. In beating Mount St. Joseph, Villa Maria arguably played one of the best games in its history.
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November 3, 2012 | The Inquirer Staff
Temple saw its field hockey season end with a 5-2 road loss to No. 19 Massachusetts in the Atlantic Ten semis in Amherst on Friday afternoon. The Owls (12-9) got an early score from Katie Briglia (Villa Maria Academy). Men's soccer. Rowan's Shane Dooley (Burlington Twp.) scored in a 2-1 upset of host Montclair State in the New Jersey Athletic Conference semis. The Profs face Rutgers-Camden, 3-1 winners over visiting Rutgers-Newark - with goals by Guiseppe DeLuca (Timber Creek)
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September 8, 2011
North Penn. The Maidens could be the team to beat in the Suburban One League Continental Division as well as District 1 Class AAA with Juliamae Marger back to lead them on offense and Shannon Keen in goal. Mount St. Joseph. Brooke and Allie Sabia are expected to pick up where they left off last season and lead the Magic on another trip into the PIAA playoffs. Council Rock North. The Indians are looking for their third straight Suburban One League National Division championship.
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March 14, 2013 | By the Inquirer Staff
Allie Szekely of Gwynedd Mercy and Villa Maria's 200-yard medley relay team set meet records at the PIAA Class AA state swimming championships Wednesday at Bucknell University. Szekely, a freshman, captured the 200 individual medley in 1 minute, 59.66 seconds to top the mark of 2:00.48 set in 2011. Lauren Law of Villa Maria finished third with a time of 2:07.22 Junior Sarah Hitchens anchored Villa's relay team and sealed the 1:45.81 finish, which bested the previous mark of 1:46.89 set in 2012.
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December 11, 2013 | By Tim McManus, Inquirer Staff Writer
When the field hockey season begins next summer, Villa Maria Academy will have a new head coach for the first time in more than four decades. The Malvern school announced Monday that Maurene Polley, who led the program for 45 years, would be succeeded by veteran coach Daan Polders. Polley took the 2013 season off as she recuperated from an undisclosed illness. Janet Coady, Polley's longtime assistant, served as acting coach. A Villa Maria alumna, Polley took the coaching position in 1968.
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November 20, 2011 | By Don Beideman, Inquirer Staff Writer
WHITEHALL, Pa. - After winning its first three games of the PIAA Class AA field hockey playoffs by scoring 13 goals and yielding just one, Villa Maria Academy couldn't figure out how to stop Wyoming Seminary's Kristian Stefanides. Stefanides, a 5-foot-2 senior forward, scored all of her team's goals in a 3-2 victory over Villa Maria on Saturday in the state championship game at Whitehall High. The Blue Knights (18-5-2), with the win, defended the state title they won last year by defeating Lehighton, 5-0. They have won five state titles.
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November 20, 2011 | By Don Beideman, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
District 1 teams have won 22 of the PIAA field hockey championship games (Class AAA and Class AA) contested since 1974 - more than any other district - but their dominance appears to be waning. District 1 has not had a champion in either classification since Central Bucks East won the Class AAA crown by beating perennial national power Emmaus, 1-0, in 2002. The Patriots and Mount St. Joseph are the only AAA teams from the district to reach the state championship game since 2002.
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November 19, 2011 | By Don Beideman, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
WHITEHALL - After winning its first three games of the PIAA Class AA field hockey playoffs by scoring 13 goals and yielding just one, Villa Maria Academy couldn't figure out how to stop Wyoming Seminary's Kristian Stefanides. Stefanides, a 5-foot-2 senior forward, scored all of her team's goals in a 3-2 victory over Villa Maria on Saturday in the state championship game at Whitehall High. The Blue Knights (18-5-2), with the win, defended the state title they won last year by defeating Lehighton, 5-0. They have won five state titles.
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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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September 19, 2014 | By Avery Maehrer, Inquirer Staff Writer
Maurene Polley sits at her kitchen table beside a bowl of Chex Mix, paging through an album of her newborn granddaughter as an NFL game plays on a television near the window. Throughout the house are photos and other memorabilia that celebrate Polley's 45-year coaching career with Villa Maria Academy's field hockey program. Near the kitchen hangs a decorative sign inscribed with the word hope - an emotion Polley said she never lost during the last year and a half, a time in her life when she needed it most.
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December 11, 2013 | By Tim McManus, Inquirer Staff Writer
When the field hockey season begins next summer, Villa Maria Academy will have a new head coach for the first time in more than four decades. The Malvern school announced Monday that Maurene Polley, who led the program for 45 years, would be succeeded by veteran coach Daan Polders. Polley took the 2013 season off as she recuperated from an undisclosed illness. Janet Coady, Polley's longtime assistant, served as acting coach. A Villa Maria alumna, Polley took the coaching position in 1968.
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December 5, 2013 | By Mike Jensen, Inquirer Columnist
Is there another college sport in which one area provides as much talent as the Philadelphia suburbs routinely offer up in field hockey? The National Field Hockey Coaches Association player of the year award, a relatively new honor, was announced Tuesday, and it went to Connecticut's Marie Elena Bolles, a star of the Huskies' run to the NCAA championship. As usual - as always, in fact - the association's top award went to a woman from the local suburbs. Bolles is from Phoenixville, a Villa Maria Academy graduate.
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March 14, 2013 | By the Inquirer Staff
Allie Szekely of Gwynedd Mercy and Villa Maria's 200-yard medley relay team set meet records at the PIAA Class AA state swimming championships Wednesday at Bucknell University. Szekely, a freshman, captured the 200 individual medley in 1 minute, 59.66 seconds to top the mark of 2:00.48 set in 2011. Lauren Law of Villa Maria finished third with a time of 2:07.22 Junior Sarah Hitchens anchored Villa's relay team and sealed the 1:45.81 finish, which bested the previous mark of 1:46.89 set in 2012.
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March 3, 2013 | By Kate Harman, FOR THE INQUIRER
Lisa Mirarchi has been to the district title game before. In fact, the senior guard for Villa Maria Academy has played in the game for all four of her years in a Hurricanes uniform. With all that experience, there's not much Mirarchi can't handle. She has been up in the game, trailed at times, been victorious, and also lost. Saturday, at Villanova's Pavilion, she even handled an elbow to her nose that sprayed blood all across her face. The Hurricanes went on to win their third straight District 1 Class AAA championship, defeating Merion Mercy, 47-36.
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March 3, 2013 | By Kate Harman, For The Inquirer
Lisa Mirarchi has been to the district title game before. In fact, the senior guard for Villa Maria Academy has played in the game for all four of her years in a Hurricanes uniform. With all that experience, there's not much Mirarchi can't handle. She has been up in the game, trailed at times, been victorious, and also lost. Saturday, at Villanova's Pavilion, she even handled an elbow to her nose that sprayed blood all across her face. The Hurricanes went on to win their third straight District 1 Class AAA championship, defeating Merion Mercy, 47-36.
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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 3, 2012 | The Inquirer Staff
Temple saw its field hockey season end with a 5-2 road loss to No. 19 Massachusetts in the Atlantic Ten semis in Amherst on Friday afternoon. The Owls (12-9) got an early score from Katie Briglia (Villa Maria Academy). Men's soccer. Rowan's Shane Dooley (Burlington Twp.) scored in a 2-1 upset of host Montclair State in the New Jersey Athletic Conference semis. The Profs face Rutgers-Camden, 3-1 winners over visiting Rutgers-Newark - with goals by Guiseppe DeLuca (Timber Creek)
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