November 6, 2011 |
Is it time for District 1 to implement a power-rating system for field hockey just as it has for football? Although the issue has come up in the past, it has gone nowhere. After what happened in the just-completed District 1 Class AAA field hockey playoffs, maybe it's time for another look. Or was what happened with the district seedings this year just an aberration? Representatives of the leagues in District 1 got together for the seeding meeting on Oct. 20. The names of the teams were thrown out for discussion.
September 19, 2014 |
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.
December 5, 2013 |
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.
January 15, 1989 |
Two weeks before Christmas, Charlie Hegarty gave an early present to his beloved Villa Maria Academy for Girls. A maintenance man at the high school in Malvern, Mr. Hegarty bought the academy a tile-cleaning machine worth about $500. He thought the old machine just wasn't giving the floors a proper polish. "That was an indication of the kind of generous and caring man he was," said the principal of Villa Maria, Sister Mary Kelly. "He was a maintenance person, but he was far more than a maintenance person.
April 27, 1992 |
Villa Maria Academy girls' lacrosse coach Kathy Quinn looked forward to the return of senior Jen Durkin this year to the Hurricanes' offense. Durkin had been Villa's top scorer her freshman and sophomore years before suffering a knee injury last April that left her sidelined for the season. But while Durkin was a welcome returning player to this year's squad, what has been pleasantly surprising to Quinn are two juniors who have claimed their share of the spotlight: third home Andrea Frederick and defense wing Mary Eileen Duffy.
April 13, 1987 |
If the New York Mets - the winners of last year's World Series and the team America loves to hate - are prevented from repeating as champions this season, how many tears would be shed? Imagine the same scenario in the world of Main Line softball, but with the Villa Maria ViMacats playing the role of the favorite with the bull's-eye as an emblem. "It's a little easier going into a game as an underdog, something we haven't been able to do," coach Kathy McCartney said of Villa, a school that has ruled the Catholic Academies League sports world for what seems like an eternity.
November 3, 2010 |
With her forward linemates, Caroline Troncelliti and Samantha Ostoich, counted on primarily for their scoring, Villa Maria Academy's Kaylee Prendergast knows she's not in the game to provide goals. "I'm not a big scorer. I see my job as keeping everyone motivated and staying focused on the game," Prendergast said after Villa whipped Merion Mercy, 7-2, Tuesday in a District 1 Class AA field hockey semifinal at Conestoga. Prendergast not only did her job of leading the aggressive Hurricanes, but she also added a goal, her fifth of the season.
November 5, 2002 |
Villa Maria Academy's aggressive style of play worked so well in the PIAA Class AAA District 1 playoffs that the 22-0 Hurricanes probably will not change it for the first round of the state tournament against 19-5 Exeter tonight at Coatesville. Exeter is the No. 3 seed in District 3. Villa Maria is the top seed from District 1. "We wanted to be aggressive," Villa coach Joe Boland said after his team defeated Unionville on Saturday in three games to win the district title. "When you're the favorite, sometimes you sit back.
November 6, 2001 |
At a time when Villa Maria Academy's volleyball team needed to know how to overcome obstacles, Katie Cahill returned to the fold. Out with back problems for more than a year, the senior tri-captain rejoined the lineup at the beginning of the season. The return of her skill, knowledge of the game, and resilience couldn't have come at a better time. Six all-district players had graduated. Only two other seniors were on the roster. Players had talent but little experience at the varsity level.
September 2, 1999 |
Megan Maguire is still setting up her teammates perfectly, for strategic spikes and quick kills. But that's not all the Villa Maria Academy senior delivers to the volleyball team. After three years of on-court leadership, Maguire is making a natural transition as one of the Hurricanes' cocaptains this season with Maureen Lafferty. "My role has changed a lot," Maguire said. "We're welcoming in the freshmen and doing a lot of things off the court. I think with my position as a setter, you need to take charge out on the court.