March 11, 1990 |
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.
April 27, 1992 |
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.
October 27, 2007 |
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.
March 2, 2008 |
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?
October 12, 2008 |
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.
November 12, 2008 |
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.
December 29, 1986 |
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.
March 16, 1987 |
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.
March 7, 1989 |
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.
March 21, 1988 |
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.