Tuesday, April 30, 2013

DANNEHOWER AWARD: Triangle Club announces nominees

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The 50th Annual William F. Dannehower Award Banquet, presented by the Triangle Club of Montgomery County, will be held May 9 at Presidential Caterers.

Seniors nominated from 27 Montgomery County high schools will be honored for a combination of their academic, athletic and community service accomplishments with one being named the Dannehower Award winner.

TENNIS: Upper Dublin claims American crown

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Upper Dublin's Hari Murali and Matt Swiren finished second and Adam Spiker and Kevin Wu took third in last weekend’s Suburban One American Conference Doubles Tournament.

Both doubles teams will advance to districts doubles Friday at the Healthplex Sports Center.

The Cardinals also clinched the American Conference team title last Thursday with its victory over Springfield.

PENN RELAYS: An amazing experience for area athletes

To the track and field world, Penn Relays is a meet that all runners want to compete in. Whether you are a high school, college or professional runner, jumper or thrower, this relay carnival hosted by the University of Pennsylvania is certainly on your list of places to run before your career comes to a close.

Many high school athletes in Montgomery County got to experience Penn Relays this past weekend. Some are veterans of the competition, while others were competing for the first time. Many athletes from other states dream of coming to the Relays, while the high schools from the area look to prove their worth in front of a home crowd.

None did that better than La Salle High School’s distance medley relay team, which took home the Championship of America. Competing against teams from all around the nation, the squad of Andrew Stone, Levi Hardy, Jack Magee and Tom Coyle were in fourth for most of the race, but Coyle’s fantastic finish as the anchor leg saw the Explorers take the crown in 10:04.93 and lift the gigantic Penn Relays winner’s plaque.

PENN RELAYS: Pennridge makes a statement in track and field

Pennridge is not exactly known as a track and field powerhouse, but after this season people might have to start thinking about the program a little differently.

The Rams were well represented at this year’s Penn Relays, the country’s biggest and most famous relay carnival. Not only did Pennridge’s girls’ 4x100 meter relay team of Taylor Chapman, Ariana Przybylowski, Lindsay Sheehan and Natalia Pinkney finish second in the Large School Championship race, but it also held spots in a few individual championship heats. Senior Ella Fox competed in the javelin at her first Penn Relays, while junior Joe Logue and sophomore Marissa Sheva both competed in the Mile Run championship.

“It’s definitely an exciting new experience,” Fox said of the Relays. “When I came in, I was definitely in awe of everything. My eyes were wide open. I was hoping that I would throw a little better than I did today, but I’m just happy to compete here.”

VOLLEYBALL: Cheltenham sweeps past Abington

Montgomery Media / BOB RAINES Cheltenham's Brett Mayne spikes the ball back to Abington during Monday's match.
It may be too late for Cheltenham to win a league title this season, but that doesn’t mean they plan to mail in the rest of the season. The Panthers proved as much against Abington.

Cheltenham downed the Ghosts in the straight games to win its fourth match of the season. Led by an improved front and strong outside hitters, the Panthers controlled the match from early on in the first game. After a majority of the season was marred by disappointment, Cheltenham is starting to figure out its identity.

GIRLS LACROSSE: CB East eases past Pennridge

On a day when most outdoor sports games were postponed, Central Bucks East and Pennridge faced off during a rainstorm for a Suburban One Continental Conference game at War Memorial Field Monday night.

In the previous meeting between the two teams earlier in the season, the Patriots edged the Rams by one goal. The stage was set for an intense rematch.

“I was excited going in,” Pennridge coach Brie Wolfe said. “We only lost by one last time [we played them] and our girls are doing really well.”

The Patriots played a fundamentally sound game, particularly on the defensive side of the ball. After getting out to an early lead CB East was able to hold on to win the league match-up 12-7


BOYS LACROSSE: Lansdale Catholic edges North Penn

Dan McMenamin helped the Lansdale Catholic boys lacrosse team wash away two years of frustrations against North Penn.

The host Knights rallied from two goals down to tie the non-league contest late in the fourth quarter, but McMenamin scored off a Pete White assist with just 10 seconds remaining to give the Crusaders a 9-8 victory on a rainy Monday night.

VOLLEYBALL: North Penn battles past Upper Dublin

For Montgomery Media / RICK KAUFFMAN North Penn's Rajiv Sambharya spikes over Upper Dublin setter Jake Komins during Monday's action.
One could just evaluate the Xs and Os of two vastly different volleyball programs and offer a thorough analysis of a game. One would expect the North Penn Knights, who are historically tops in their division, would defeat a team like Upper Dublin, which has never been known as a powerhouse. Times change, however, and pave the way for a new era of competitive play.

Upper Dublin fell at home Monday to North Penn, 3-1, but showed signs of new life and new discipline.

“I’m working with a program that hasn’t been known for really good volleyball,” said first year Upper Dublin coach Brendan Ledwith. “Basically, we’re just trying to get our guys to play better volleyball, be more competitive with teams in the upper tier of the conference and the district.”

Thursday, April 25, 2013

TENNIS: Callahan, Wolfe lead Wissahickon past PW

Montgomery Media / BOB RAINES Wissahickon's number 1 Bee Callahan returns a shot during Wednesday's Suburban One American Conference match against Plymouth Whitemarsh
A couple weeks after finishing in first and third place, respectively, in the Suburban One American Conference tournament, Wissahickon senior Bee Callahan and freshman Ben Wolfe are continuing to prove why the Trojans have one of the best all-around squads in the league.

The two singles players – first and second on the Wissahickon roster – remained undefeated in league play this season while helping to lead the Trojans to a 5-2 win over visiting Plymouth Whitemarsh in a conference match at Wissahickon on Wednesday afternoon.

Callahan defeated PW’s Scott Leopold, 6-1, 1-6 and 6-1, to help give Wissahickon (13-2, 6-1) the win over the Colonials (8-6, 5-2), who entered the match tied with the Trojans in the SOL American Conference before the two teams faced each other for the first and only time this season.

SOFTBALL: Mount St. Joseph explodes past Germantown Academy

All it takes is some luck, a couple clutch hits and a win to boost a team’s confidence. Mount St. Joseph got all three in a much-needed victory over Germantown Academy Wednesday afternoon.

Despite being down 5-1 through four innings, Mount scored a combined nine runs in the fifth and sixth inning to steal a 10-5 win over GA. Capitalizing on GA’s fielding errors, the Magic found ways to manufacture runs in the final two innings and got good relieve pitching from Kalee Karabin to seal the win and gain some momentum heading into the second half of the season.

VOLLEYBALL: Souderton battles past Cheltenham

The last meeting between Souderton and Cheltenham saw the Indians come out victorious three games to one. Wednesday night’s match had the same result in the scorebook, but a much different feel.

In the first meeting, Souderton took it to the Panthers and won in convincing fashion, in the second meeting Cheltenham had the Indians against the ropes several times but the upset bid fell a little short for the Panthers losing 3-1 (24-26, 25-19, 25-15, 25-23).

SOFTBALL: Maidens holds off Souderton for ugly win

For Montgomery Media / MARK C. PSORAS North Penn's Jackie Bilotti delivers a pitch during Wednesday's Suburban One Continental Conference game at Souderton.
Everyone knows the definition of ugly. There is no need to break out the Webster’s to find out what the word means.

However, it does have a different meaning when it relates to sports. And North Penn’s 11-9 softball win over Souderton Wednesday was ugly in every sense of the word.

VOLLEYBALL: Pennridge sweeps past North Penn

It looked like there was enough time for the North Penn boys volleyball team to slip a palm-down hand between the floor and Pennridge’s sinking kill, knuckle a ball back into the air, and extend a rally.

But as Gabe Stoler’s head first dive came up inches short of a dig, a smack of the hardwood full of aggression ensued and summed up Wednesday afternoon. The Knights missed out on too many opportunities and the Rams rolled to a 3-0 (25-22, 25-18, 25-16) win.


Boys lacrosse

New Hope-Solebury 17, Academy New Church 6 - ANC lost to New Hope Solebury in a non-league game on Wednesday. Cameron Elliott led the Lions in scoring with two goals and an assist.

Spring-Ford 12, Methacton 10- After jumping out to a 7-1 lead the Rams were able to hold off the Warriors 12-10 in Pioneer Conference match up on Wednesday. Aidan Denecke and Luke Herber scored five and three goals respectively in the loss.

Wissahickon 13, Springfield 5- The Trojans won the Suburban One American conference game Wednesday after taking an 8-0 lead. Tommy Monaghan led the Trojans with four goals, while Zach Scannapieco and Jack Shea had two scores each. Luke Gomez, Cole Kropnick, Nate DeGroat, John Carrozza and Austin Jones had one goal each. Alex Chiodo-Ortiz had three assists.

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

BASEBALL: McGlade, Chelts outduel Scafidi, Spartans

Montgomery Media / BOB RAINES Cheltenham's Jack McGlade prepares to release a pitch during Tuesday's Suburban One American Conference game against Springfield.
Springfield pitcher Anthony Scafidi went the distance, tossing seven innings while allowing just one earned run in what was an excellent start for the right-hander. Unfortunately, for Scafidi and the Spartans, Cheltenham pitcher Jack McGlade was just a tad better.

McGlade pitched into the seventh inning, striking out four without allowing a run in what ended up being a 4-1 win for Cheltenham over the Spartans in a Suburban One American Conference meeting at Springfield on Tuesday afternoon.

After dropping their first league game of the year to Springfield, 7-3, several weeks ago, the Panthers (7-3, 6-2) corrected some of the mistakes they made, and took advantage of several costly errors made by the Spartans which led to most of Cheltenham’s offense.

SOFTBALL: Tennent rallies past Council Rock North

Good lineups can win a ball game with the long ball and small ball. William Tennent needed a little bit of both to get by Council Rock North on Tuesday.

Kaitlyn O’Toole’s RBI sacrifice fly won it in the bottom of the seventh, but Tennent also got three long balls en route to a 6-5 Suburban One National victory. Showing grit after giving up five runs in the fifth, the Panthers kept focused and fought back, tying the game at 5-5 in the sixth and winning it in the seventh. Nikki Alden threw a complete game and was instrumental to the win.

BASEBALL: CB South eases past Pennridge

For Montgomery Media / SUSAN KEEN Pennridge's Brad Mislalek takes a swing during Tuesday's action against Central Bucks South.
Both Central Bucks South and Pennridge elected to toss their respective aces in Tuesday afternoon’ Suburban One Continental Conference game.

The Titans’ Ricky Dennis took the spotlight, throwing a complete game gem and leading CB South to an 8-1 win.

BOYS TRACK: Pennridge runs by Souderton to stay perfect

The Pennridge machine keeps rolling along, and it was Mike Class and Colby Trauger that provided the fuel on Tuesday.

Class sprinted to wins in the 100 and 200-meter dashes, led off the winning 4x100 relay and took first in the long jump while Trauger raced to victories in the 300 and 110 hurdles and led off the winning 4x400 relay, as the Rams earned a 107-43 win over Souderton Area on a chilly afternoon at Pennridge.

“Mikey is consistent and Colby’s really come into his own his senior year,” Pennridge coach Bob Hosier said. “The kids are competitors and they always bring their best no matter what. That’s what we expect and that’s what they did. Souderton’s young, they’re improving and we knew that, but our guys took care of business.”

It was a good day at work for Pennridge, which improved to 6-0 in the Suburban One’s Continental Conference with just one dual meet to go.

GIRLS LACROSSE: Green powers Maidens past CB South

For Montgomery Media / MARK C. PSORAS North Penn's Hannah Young races past Central Bucks South's Corrine Kenney during Tuesday's Suburban One Continental Conference match.
The North Penn girls lacrosse team was disappointed to hear junior midfielder Kaitlin Suzuki was not going to be available for Tuesday’s Suburban One Continental Conference contest against Central Bucks South.

However the Maidens were not worried. Senior Lauren Green felt she had a few tricks up her sleeve.

“The girls say I have my special move,” Green said. “It’s my special shot, like a crease roll, and where I get most of my goals from. Actually, I got all four goals from it today. I may need to change it up.”

Green got the Maidens going early and behind her four goals toppled the visiting Titans for an 11-4 victory. The attacker danced by defenders and helped the Maidens maintain a high level of play despite Suzuki — a Temple commit — missing from the fold.

BOYS LACROSSE: Malvern Prep rolls over Germantown Academy

For Montgomery Media / ADRIANNA HOFF Malvern Prep's Conor Glancy slams into Germantown Academy's Alex Silverman for a penalty during Tuesday's Inter-Ac League action.
With one eye on the scoreboard, Malvern Prep traveled to Germantown Academy Tuesday looking to, at least, keep pace with Episcopal Academy in the crowded-at-the-top Inter-Academic League standings.

And after a slow start, that’s what the Friars did, overwhelming the host Patriots, 14-4, while Episcopal was slipping past Haverford School in overtime, 9-8.

Thus, Malvern (9-1, 4-1) remains in second place, a game back of the Churchmen and now two up on the third-place Fords.

GIRLS TRACK: Colonials sweep past Norristown, Springfield

If Ryan Buterbaugh had a smile on his face when he returned home from eastern Montgomery County Tuesday afternoon, it was for good reason.

Buterbaugh is the girls track and field coach at Plymouth Whitemarsh High. On Tuesday, his team competed in a Suburban One American Conference double dual meet against Norristown and host Springfield and came through with a pair of victories.

Led by individual double-winners Alyssa DiNolfi, Natalie Martin and Tajeera Campbell, the Colonials posted a 99-37 win over Norristown and logged a 118-16 win over the host Spartans. Norristown, which was mainly resting its aces with the Penn Relays only two days away, lost to Springfield 58-36.

BASEBALL: Wissahickon rings up Lansdale Catholic

For Montgomery Media / RICK KAUFFMAN Wissahickon sophomore third basemen Nick Falso steals second base during Tuesday's non-league action.
For a warmup between innings, Wissahickon baseball coach Shannon Gunby likes to play music from his iPhone for both his squad and the opposing team. During the middle innings the Red Hot Chili Peppers amped up the players, but by the top of the seventh, the speakers rang with tolls from AC/DC’s ‘Hell’s Bells’ — a fitting end to Lansdale Catholic’s day.

The Trojans clocked in a 10-2 win over the visiting Crusaders.



Hatboro-Horsham 6, Central Bucks East 5 (8 innings) – Hatboro-Horsham came from behind and defeated Central Bucks East 6-5 in eight innings on Tuesday. The Patriots entered the game undefeated in Suburban One Continental Conference play, holding a 7-0 record, but senior Ryan Kelly hit a walk-off RBI single to help the Hatters (6-5, 5-3) to the win. Brad Humski finished 2-for-2 with a walk and a run for the Hatters, while Zach Prendergast finished 2-for-3 with two runs and a double. Grant Opalisky went 1-for-3 with a walk and two RBI, while Dave Brown earned the win on the mound, throwing three hitless and scoreless innings in three innings of relief.

Upper Moreland 6, Plymouth Whitemarsh 3 – Upper Moreland scored two runs in the fourth and three more in the fifth en route to a 6-3 win over Plymouth Whitemarsh on Tuesday. Charlie Hooker went the distance for the Bears (11-1, 8-0 Suburban One American), scattering six hits while improving his record to 3-0. He also went 2-for-3 with three runs scored and two stolen bases on the offensive side. Pat Driscoll and Nick Corbett also recorded RBI for the Bears, while Colton Hooker finished 2-for-4 with two RBI. Austin DiBonaventure went 3-for-4 for the Colonials (2-6 SOL American).

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

SOFTBALL: St. Basil eases past Upper Moreland

Montgomery Media / BOB RAINES St. Basil's Kyra Peters scores as she beats the throw to Upper Moreland catcher Karli Lynch during Monday's non-league action.
St. Basil used a strong pitching combination along with a lineup that featured some heavy bats to defeat Upper Moreland 8-1 in a non-league game on Monday.

Sophomore pitcher Nichole Eberhard and freshman Kyra Peters allowed only four hits with two coming in the seventh inning. Both Eberhard and Peters had multiple hits and a RBI apiece at the plate as well.

“It’s great [to have two hard-throwing pitchers], and they both can hit and they both play other positions,” St. Basil coach Steve Sonneborn said. “It makes it really nice to be able to scoot them around when we need too and we still don’t take their bat out of the lineup.”

BOYS LACROSSE: Fast start lifts Pennridge past New Hope-Solebury

Pennridge has been slumping lately, but that’s nothing a win with a seven-goal first quarter can’t fix.

The Rams got back on track with an 11-6 win over New Hope-Solebury in non-league action on Monday. Despite tailing off at the offensive end as the game went on, their opening quarter put enough distance between the teams. A combination of a reinvigorated offense, spectacular goaltending and smart possessions gave Pennridge a much needed win.

GIRLS LACROSSE: Jenkintown topples New Hope-Solebury

MOntgomery Media / SCOTT ROMAN Jenkintown’s Emma Dillon fires a shot for a goal during Monday’s action against New Hope-Solebury.
After finishing in second place in the Bicentennial Conference the past two seasons, Jenkintown’s goal this year was to finally come out on top and capture a league title.

The Lady Drakes took yet another step toward reaching that goal thanks to a quick and easy, 16-5 win over New Hope-Solebury in an in-league game played at Jenkintown on an unseasonably cold Monday afternoon.

Led by Emma Dorshimer, who finished with four goals, two assists and two groundballs, Jenkintown improved to 5-0 in league play (7-1 overall), remaining in first place in the Bicentennial League.



Souderton 13, Quakertown 4—Dayna Shelly went 3-for-3 with two runs scored in the Souderton win. Nikki Canfield hit a home run and had two RBI, while Sarah Derstine added a pair of hits and RBIs.

Wissahickon 2, Upper Moreland 1—Emma Goodrich threw a complete game allowing just one run and struck out four. Alex Comonitski and Meredith Byrne had back to back RBI singles to provide the Trojan runs.

Lansdale Catholic 6, Wissahickon 5—Donna Intintolo had two hits in the Wissahickon loss. Emma Goodrich threw six innings, allowing five runs on seven hits and one strikeout.