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March 11, 1990 | By Larry Borska, Special to The Inquirer
Tina Nicholson dreamed during summer basketball camp about facing Coatesville in a rematch for the district title, but she didn't think it would happen. The point guard was the only Downingtown player back from last year's top nine, and she just didn't think her team could challenge the defending champs. "I thought (Coatesville) would be playing for the title and we'd be the ones sitting and watching," she said. Two days after the district championship game, the Whippets have yet to sit down.
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April 27, 1992 | By D.J. Beideman, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
When the 1992 softball season was in its early stages, Downingtown coach Mike Morgan was not satisfied. The Whippets were winning, but they weren't doing it in what he considered to be Downingtown style. He said the team seemed to lack the focus and enthusiasm that had made the Whippets one of the best softball programs in District 1. On April 11, Morgan got what he was looking for when the Whippets traveled to Council Rock and won, 9-2, over one of the top teams in the Suburban One League.
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October 27, 2007 | By Chris Goldberg FOR THE INQUIRER
After a fatality forced Downingtown West to take a week off, the Whippets made up for lost time. Downingtown West erupted for 31 points in the first 13 minutes of last night's football game, routing host Coatesville, 48-6, in Ches-Mont League action. The win was crucial to the Whippets, who improved to 7-1 overall (3-1 league) and all but wrapped up a berth in the District 1 AAAA playoffs. Just as important, Downingtown West showed no letdown after missing its annual showdown with Downingtown East following the death of an East player.
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March 2, 2008 | By John Kopp INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Southern was clinging to a one-point lead with four seconds left when Byron Jones stole Downingtown West's inbound pass and was fouled. Jones had a chance to ice the game for the Rams, but he missed the front end of a one-and-one. The Whippets rebounded the ball but couldn't get off a desperation shot, and Southern prevailed. With the 45-44 win last night, Southern advanced to the second round of the PIAA Class AAAA state boys' basketball tournament Wednesday. What was it like for Jones, a bench player who didn't register a point, to come up with the Rams' biggest play?
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October 12, 2008 | By Keith Pompey INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
What distractions? Most teams would panic if they had to deal with what Downingtown West went through in the last couple of days. Standout forward Chris Harmon suffered an ankle injury during Friday's practice. The senior was unable to play in yesterday's much-anticipated boys' soccer game at Neshaminy. If losing Harmon weren't bad enough, the Whippets almost didn't make it to the game. The team bus driver got lost twice en route to Langhorne, and what should have been a 55-minute drive took them an hour and 35 minutes.
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November 12, 2008 | By Keith Pompey INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Another lopsided victory. Another shutout. And another appearance in the PIAA Class AAA state championship. The Downingtown West boys' soccer team secured that last night, defeating Neshaminy, 4-0, in the state semifinal at West Chester East. "We know if we can play our game, we can beat anybody," said senior forward Chris Harmon, who scored three goals last night. He has a point. The Whippets (25-1) have outscored opponents by 60-4 since a Sept. 29 loss to West Chester Henderson.
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December 29, 1986 | By Larry Borska, Special to The Inquirer
The Downingtown boys' swim team extended its winning streak to four with a close 89-82 victory last Monday over a tough Conestoga squad. The Whippets (4-1) held an 81-76 lead with one event, the 400-yard freestyle relay, remaining. Coach Steve Curtis said he had a feeling that the meet would come down to the last relay, so he put his two strongest all-round swimmers, Steve and Doug Petrie, on that team. "Usually, I use those two in the medley relay instead of the freestyle relay, but I had a hunch we were going to need them in the free relay at the end," Curtis said.
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March 16, 1987 | By Ray Doyle, Special to The Inquirer
Downingtown took the first step toward defending its PIAA Eastern crown Friday night with a 59-40 win over Manheim Township in the opening round of the girls' Class AAAA state tournament play at Coatesville High School. As they have done in most games this season, the Whippets got off to a quick start and controlled the game. The win was the 15th consecutive one for the Whippets, who are 27-3 for the season. Their last setback came in a 49-40 loss Jan. 10 to defending state champion Altoona.
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March 7, 1989 | By Chris Morkides, Special to The Inquirer
Phoenixville arrived early for its PIAA District 1 Class AAAA girls' playoff game against Downingtown Saturday. About a year too early, according to Phantoms coach Judy Jarrett. Downingtown was right on time. The tall, talented and experienced Whippets crushed an overachieving Phoenixville squad, 64-36, to advance to a District 1 semifinal match against Central Bucks West, which beat Sun Valley 41-38. The game will be at 6:30 p.m. today at Plymouth-Whitemarsh. Phoenixville, which had crushed Penn Wood, 75-35, Wednesday, falls into the losers' bracket.
NEWS
March 21, 1988 | By Larry Borska, Special to The Inquirer
Sometimes in a basketball game, you can feel the momentum shift. Near the end of the second quarter of Downingtown's 63-48 loss to Allentown Central Catholic (25-5), in the opening round of the girls' PIAA AAAA state tournament Monday night, Whippets' coach Bob Schnure felt it. To Schnure and his Whippets (19-10), it must have felt as though the floor of Coatesville's gym were tilting a few degrees toward them as the Vikettes blazed down the court to score the last 6 points of an ugly second quarter in which they outscored the defending AAAA state champs by 24-10.
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April 15, 2016 | By Matt Cassidy, Staff Writer
With five RBIs, Reva Alderman outscored her opponent's lineup to power Garnet Valley past host Lower Merion, 14-4, in a Central League softball matchup Wednesday. Alderman went 3 for 4 with a triple and a two-run home run. Allison Ferrante earned the win while Riley Beebe and Diane Torregrossa each went 2 for 3 for the Jaguars. Ches-Mont. Avon Grove's Maggie Balint tossed a seven-inning no-hitter to defeat visiting Bishop Shanahan, 8-0. The University of Oregon recruit continued her impressive start to the season with 17 strikeouts and only one walk.
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January 22, 2016 | By Rick O, Inquirer Columnist
Since it was established in 2003, Downingtown West has been best known in athletics for its football program. The boys' basketball team was like an unwanted stepchild most years. That changed last season when the Whippets went 24-6, won the Ches-Mont League title, and qualified for the PIAA Class AAAA state tournament. "More people started to get excited about basketball, and that was great to see," senior wing guard Ryan Betley said. Betley and company are enjoying another win-filled season.
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December 19, 2015 | By Mark Macyk, Staff Writer
Ryan Betley is headed to the Ivy League next year, so he likely had no trouble doing the math to figure out why Downingtown West called a timeout. Betley had 997 career points when he pulled up for a three-pointer late in the first quarter of the Whippets' 66-51 victory Thursday night at West Chester East. The made shot completed an 11-point first quarter and gave him an even 1,000 for his career. The Penn recruit went on to score a game-high 21 points in the Ches-Mont League contest.
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November 7, 2015 | By Rick O'Brien, Inquirer Staff Writer
The last embers of the traditional bonfires have been doused, the long-anticipated clash has been sold out for days, and pep rallies at the respective schools are part of a busy and exciting slate Friday. For the 12th time since Downingtown split in 2003, crosstown rivals Downingtown East and Downingtown West will clash at 7 o'clock before what is sure to be an overflow crowd at Kottmeyer Stadium. "It's going to be a tremendous atmosphere," West senior quarterback Thomas Mattioni said.
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October 10, 2015 | By Rick O'Brien, Inquirer Staff Writer
In leading the Whippets to a 5-0 start and No. 6 area ranking, Downingtown West quarterback Mattioni has completed 38 of 58 passes (65.5 percent) for 828 yards and 11 touchdowns. The 6-foot, 175-pound senior, who has been intercepted only once, has rushed 16 times for 98 yards and a score. He also sees time at defensive back. Mattioni went 6 for 6 for 266 yards and four TDs in a 41-3, season-opening win over Haverford High. Two weeks later, he was 9 for 12 for 184 yards and three scores in a 42-14 victory against Mifflin County.
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July 16, 2015 | By Rick O'Brien, Inquirer Staff Writer
Downingtown West guard Ryan Betley, who averaged 16.9 points per game and drilled 76 three-pointers last season, committed Tuesday to play at Penn. The 6-foot-5, 185-pounder, a first-team all-Ches-Mont League National Division selection last season as a junior, chose the Quakers over Brown, Holy Cross, and Lafayette. Elon, Lehigh, Quinnipiac, and Yale also expressed interest. Betley helped the Whippets go 24-6 overall, win the Ches-Mont League championship, and advance to the PIAA Class AAAA tournament last season.
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November 8, 2014 | By Rick O'Brien, Inquirer Staff Writer
Downingtown West faced three run-oriented squads in the regular season: Neshaminy, West Chester Henderson, and Downingtown East. But the No. 15-seeded Whippets will get their first taste of a wing-T attack when they visit second-seeded Pennsbury in a PIAA District 1 Class AAAA first-round playoff at 7 p.m. Friday. Behind Charles Snorweah, a Rutgers recruit who switches between fullback and halfback, Pennsbury is cochampion of the Suburban One League National Conference and is averaging 41.4 points.
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October 25, 2014 | By Rick O, Inquirer Columnist
Last year's Battle of the Brandywine was a thriller, with Downingtown West escaping bitter rival Downingtown East by 29-28 in the final minutes. The Cougars and Whippets will renew their heated series, deadlocked at 5-5, at 7 p.m. Friday at Kottmeyer Stadium. East, ranked No. 25 in Southeastern Pennsylvania by The Inquirer, is 5-3 overall and 2-2 in the Ches-Mont League National Conference. No. 15 West is 6-2 and 3-1. The Cougars trail first-place Coatesville (8-0, 4-0) by two games, and their focus is on nailing down one of 16 spots in the PIAA District 1 Class AAAA tournament.
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August 31, 2014 | By Matt Breen, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Downingtown West football team huddled at the 10-yard line about a dozen minutes before the opening kickoff of a 31-2 season-opening win Friday night at Haverford High. The captains stood in the middle, calling a decade-old chant created by a former player. "Unstoppable. Stand tall. We can't fall. This is our year," they hollered. If this does prove to be West's year, it could not have started any better. The defending Ches-Mont League National Division champion scored four times in the second quarter.
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November 1, 2013 | The Inquirer Staff
After two periods of overtime proved futile Wednesday night, Great Valley's Ryan Wilk came through in penalty kicks, and the top-seeded and unbeaten Patriots defeated No. 20 Conestoga, 3-2, in the District 1 Class AAA boys' soccer semifinals. Tied at 1-1 at halftime at West Chester East, the teams exchanged goals in the first two minutes of the second half and remained scoreless the rest of the way. David Zipkin scored for Conestoga and Patrick Murphy tied it for Great Valley (21-0)
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