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Girls’ Basketball: Wood earns District 12 title

March 14, 2011 Leave a comment

By Mike Prince
The Public Spirit

After winning its first ever state championship in 2010 and its first Philadelphia Catholic League championship since 1982 just four days earlier, Archbishop Wood decided it was time to add a district championship to its gym’s banners.

Following one of the biggest wins in school history — a 33-31 win over rival Archbishop Carroll in the PCL title game last Monday — the Lady Vikings were crowned District 12 Class AAA champions, defeating Prep Charter 44-34 at Archbishop Ryan High School last Friday.
“Prep Charter is a very well-coached team with two high-caliber Division One players and four or five other players that are going to be playing in college,” Wood coach Jim Ricci said, “so it was hard to get right back up after the Carroll win and put forth a good effort. I thought we made just enough shots and played well defensively and did a good job to get the win. I think it showed that we’ll be tough in states.”
The District 12 title — also known as the City League championship — has only been in existence for three years, with Carroll winning the first two.
The Lady Vikings handled PC easily, leading 9-6 after one quarter and 24-13 at the half. Wood increased that lead to 14 after three, at 32-18, before finally coming out with the 10-point win.
“We were on a high from the PCL title, but I thought that we came out and played hard,” Ricci said. “We may have not been that sharp, but we had a couple really good quarters and kind of hung on. It’s hard to play back-to-back emotional games against teams like that, but I wouldn’t say we had any hangover. We just weren’t that sharp.”

Christine Verrelle led all scorers with 14 points for Wood, which improved to 22-4 overall with the win. Stephanie Keyes added 11, as did Taylor Kamiski, who hit the game-winning layup with two seconds remaining to give the Lady Vikings the PCL championship win. Tiffany Johnson led Prep Charter with 12.

Up next for Wood is a first round PIAA Class AAA game Saturday at 4:30, when the Lady Vikings will face Susquehanna Township (Harrisburg) at Monsignor Bonner. It will be the third year in a row that Wood will be playing in the state tournament.
Republished with the permission of The Public Spirit/Globe Times Chronicle
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BOYS SWIMMING: Lower Moreland Happy with First Day Performance at Districts; Other Locals Place

March 5, 2011 Leave a comment

By Mike Prince
The Public Spirit

Though they didn’t finish among the top teams after the first day of the District One Class AA swimming meet at La Salle University’s Kirk Natatorium on Saturday afternoon, the Lower Moreland Lions were still very happy with their team’s performance.

The relay team of senior David Glockley and juniors Markos Mavrakis, David Tereshchenko and Luke Castor swam a time of 1:52.28 in the 200 yard medley relay, good for an eighth-place finish.

“Our relay team really pulled together today and I’m really happy about that,” said Glockley, a team captain. “It’s been a hard year and we lost a lot of seniors from last year, so I’m just excited to go way beyond our expectations. This was definitely much better than I thought we’d be able to do. It’s been a good year and that was really a team effort and not just one of us. It was all of us working together as a team.”

Glockley, the only swimmer of the four graduating this year, is unsure of his future, but hopes to be in the Coast Guard Academy next year.

As a team, the Lions tallied 35 points, good for a ninth-place finish after Day One of districts.

Boys swimming

District One championships

Class AA

Team standings

1. Springfield (M), 237.5 points; 2. Bishop Shanahan, 160; 3. Upper Perkiomen, 155; 4. Holy Ghost Prep, 141; 5. Upper Perkiomen, 113; 6. Pottsgrove, 104; 7. Sun Valley, 77; 8. Upper Moreland, 69.5; 9. Lower Moreland, 53; 10. (tie) Harriton, Phoenixville, 35.

Individual results

200-yard medley relay: 1. Springfield (M) (James McCreavy, Ryan McWilliams, Matthias Bell, Chris McTear) 1:40.74; 2. Holy Ghost Prep, 1:41.76; 3. Pottsgrove, 1:42.29; 4. Upper Perkiomen, 1:43.28; 5. Upper Merion, 1:45.25; 6. Upper Moreland, 1:47.38; 7. Bishop Shanahan, 1:48.40; 8. Lower Moreland, 1:50.04.

200 freestyle: 1. Nathan Reed (Delco Christian) 1:41.97 (meet record, previous mark 1:43.85 by Ryan Reeser, Garnet Valley, 2003); 2. Brendan McCarthy (Bishop Shanahan) 1:46.41; 3. Jesse Fallon (Springfield M) 1:47.94; 4. Bill Riley (Springfield M) 1:49.61; 5. Michael Rokosny (Pope John Paul II) 1:50.55; 6. Jason Lamoreaux (Upper Merion) 1:51.46; 7. Ondrej Maxian (New Hope-Solebury) 1:51.60; 8. Aidan Wilson (Bishop Shanahan) 1:51.90.

200 individual medley: 1. Tyler Gross (Pottsgrove) 2:02.48; 2. Chris Doherty (Holy Ghost Prep) 2:04.93; 3. Chris Pompilii (Sun Valley) 2:05.12; 4. Keith Weaver (Springfield M) 2:07.11; 5. Collin Junk (Upper Perkiomen) 2:08.44; 6. Zak Kibler (Upper Perkiomen) 2:09.59; 7. Kyle Reynolds (Bishop Shanahan (2:09.94); 8. Peter Soll (Upper Merion) 2:14.09.

50 freestyle: 1. Daniel Gosek (Holy Ghost Prep) 20.91 (meet record, previous mark 21.48 by Al Augustine, Lansdale Catholic, 2008); 2. Jake Oeschger (Springfield M) 21.72; 3. Ryan McWilliams (Springfield M) 21.73; 4. Joe McErlean (Bishop Shanahan) 21.92; 5. Rob Lowery (Delware County Christian) 21.97; 6. Chris McTear (Springfield M) 22.05; 7. Michael Williams (Bishop Shanahan) 22.40; 8. Kyle Himmelwright (Upper Perkiomen) 22.89.

100 butterfly: 1. Konstathis (Pottsgrove) 53.71; 2. Bell (Springfield M) 54.13; 3. Mason Cassel (Upper Perkiomen) 54.44; 4. Pompilii (Sun Valley) 55.82; 5. Chris Doherty (Holy Ghost Prep) 56.17; 6. John Hacking (Springfield M) 56.44; 7. Matthew Grajweski (Pope John Paul II) 56.74; 8. Matthew Rose (Upper Perkiomen) 57.78.

200 freestyle relay: 1. Springfield M (McTear, Riley, McWilliams, Oeschger), 1:26.83 (meet record, old mark 1:28.00 by Garnet Valley, 1998); 2. Bishop Shanahan, 1:30.71; 3. Pottsgrove, 1:33.5`; 4. Upper Moreland, 1:33.56; 5. Upper Merion, 1:33.84; 6. Upper Perkiomen, 1`:34.68; 7. Holy Ghost Prep, 1:37.41; 8. Lower Moreland, 1:37.69.

Class AAA

Team standings

1. North Penn, 180 points; 2. Upper Dublin, 136; 3. Central Bucks East, 104.5; 4. West Chester Henderson, 94; 5. Avon Grove, 92; 6. Downingtown West, 79; 8. Hatboro-Horsham, 63; 9. Plymouth-Whitemarsh, 62; 10. Souderton, 54.

Individual results

200-yard medley relay: 1. Upper Dublin (Bobby Bantley, Cooper Tollen, Zach Brech, Ashton Leyens) 1:35.12; 2. Avon Grove, 1:35.53; 3. North Penn, 1:35.77; 4. Haverford, 1:35.83; 5. Plymouth-Whitemarsh, 1:36.35; 6. Central Bucks East, 1:37.25; 7. Downingtown West, 1:38.41; 8. Hatboro-Horsham, 1:38.85.

200 freestyle: 1. Shane Ryan (Haverford) 1:39.40 (meet record, previous mark 1:39.62 by Shane Austin, 2009); 2. Alex Chialastri (Plymouth-Whitemarsh) 1:40.80; 3. Ashton Leyens (Upper Dublin) 1:41.92; 4. Nic Graesser (Conestoga) 1:42.05); 5. John Maza (West Chester Henderson) 1:42.90; 6. Andrew Blyskal (Avon Grove) 1:43.50; 7. Peter Kolokithias (North Penn) 1:44.44; 8. John Quagliariello (Springfield D) 1:44.81.

200 individual medley: 1. Thomas McCormick (West Chester Henderson) 1:53.99; 2. Patrick Dunigan (North Penn) 1:56.95; 3. Kerry Thompson (Central Bucks East) 1:56.99; 4. Ryan Hausler (Avon Grove) 1:58.13; 5. Tomas Giminez (North Penn) 1:58.95; 6. Aaron Cancro (Spring-Ford) 1:59.13; 7. Connor Yoo (Bayard Rustin) 1:59.49; 8. Matt Ortlieb (North Penn) 1:59.54).

50 freestyle: 1. Jason Deana (North Penn) 21.17; 2. (tie) Alex Bauer (Owen J. Roberts), Riley Weber (Central Bucks East) 21.19; 4. Alex Klincewicz (Lower Merion) 21.23; 5. Mike Shaeffer (Hatboro-Horsham) 21.34; 6. Bantley (Upper Dublin) 21.35; 7. David Zurmuhl (Pennridge) 21.59; 8. (tie) Shane Bonner (Ridley), Hunter Mountain (Coatesville) 21.60.

100 butterfly: 1. Andrew Kosic (West Chester Henderson) 48.69 (meet record, previous mark 48.87 by Kosic, 2009); 2. Kyle Lukens (Plymouth-Whitemarsh) 50.49; 3. Brian Wall (Upper Dublin) 51.30; 4. Kyle Magee (Methacton) 51.64; 5. Ortlieb (North Penn) 51.84; 6. Tyler Rauth (Downingtown West) 51.87; 7. Kevin Magee (Central Bucks East) 52.27; 8. Zach Brech (Upper Dublin) 52.45.

200 freestyle relay: 1. West Chester Henderson (Kosic, McCormick, Brian Whitehead, Maza), 1:25.07; 2. North Penn, 1:26.41; 3. Central Bucks East, 1:27.36; 4. Avon Grove, 1:29.39; 5. Upper Dublin, 1:28.21; 6. Hatboro-Horsham, 1:28.76; 7. Coatesville, 1:28.95; 18. Council Rock North, 1:29.22.

Republished with the permission of The Public Spirit/Globe Times Chronicle

GIRLS BASKETBALL: Taylor Kaminski lifts Archbishop Wood over Archbishop Carroll for PCL title

March 1, 2011 Leave a comment

By Mike Prince
The Public Spirit

Archbishop Wood's Christine Verrelle cuts down her piece of the net after the Vikings defeated Archbishop Carroll for the Philadelphia Catholic League championship Monday. (Mike Prince/Montgomery Media)

Jim Ricci jumped higher than he’s ever jumped before in his life.

And up until the second that the Archbishop Wood coach left his feet, the Vikings hadn’t seen the winning side of a Philadelphia Catholic League championship game in 29 years. They had only beaten Archbishop Carroll once in the past 31 years. They had been in the league final three out of the past four seasons, with each game ending with losses to the Patriots. And up until that moment where Ricci was in the air, Taylor Kaminski had shot 0-for-5 from the floor in none other than a league title game against Carroll.

And then, in just one small second, everything changed.

“My vertical leap is about an inch. I think I got about five,” Ricci said.

Kaminski, a junior guard, took a pass from senior Tori Arnao, blew past her defender and hit a layup with exactly two seconds remaining, putting Wood up by two while sending its fans, bench and entire coaching staff into a frenzy.

Moments later, a desperation shot by Carroll fell short and the Lady Vikings had won their first PCL title since 1982, defeating the two-time defending league champions and top-seeded Patriots 33-31 at the historic Palestra at the University of Pennsylvania on Monday night.

“It just feels great,” said Kaminski, whose game-winning shot were the only points that the junior recorded all night. “It’s never happened to me before. It’s just really exciting. I was in shock when the shot went in. I was shooting so bad the rest of the game and I was just in shock. It was amazing.”

It took a few seconds for Kaminski to even find the words to describe what it felt like to hit what will most likely be the biggest shot of her life. But when her coach was asked about it, Ricci was quick to praise one of the players that just helped to bring him the PCL championship that he had so badly wanted for years.

“She is one of those kids that battles and that’s just a tough Northeast Philly kid on the floor right there,” the fifth-year Wood coach said. “God knows she was a big player last year and she was digging in a lot this year and got lots of minutes tonight, got a couple stops and then hit that shot. It’s a great feeling.”
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William Tennent’s Ian Forlini Wins District Diving Title

February 27, 2011 Leave a comment

By Kev Hunter
The Public Spirit

On Friday night at Upper Dublin High School, Souderton Area diver Ozzie Moyer had his finest performance ever to earn a trip back to the state championships.

The Big Red junior scored a 528.55 to win the silver medal at the District One Class AAA Diving Championships at a packed Upper Dublin Natatorium.

“It feels pretty good — just getting back there is what really matters,” Moyer said smiling, speaking of the state championships in Lewisburg in three weeks. “This was the best meet I’ve ever had, and I still can do better. My first three dives weren’t as good as they could have been.”

Moyer still easily won the silver for the third year in a row, with T.J. Schenkel — last year’s gold medalist — earning the bronze with a 475.05. Freshman Ian Forlini of William Tennent surprised just about everybody in attendance by winning the gold medal, with a pool-record score of 535.25.

Moyer had great semifinal and final rounds to clinch a spot on the medal stand.

“My last six dives were pretty good,” he said. “I had a few rocky hurdles, but I was able to save some of the dives.”

Moyer will once again be joined by teammate Tyler Wenzel, another junior, who placed seventh with a 439.80. North Penn’s A.J. Russo just missed the state cut, finishing eighth with a 414.70.

Moyer got familiar with the boards at Upper Dublin just this past weekend, competing there in an AAU meet.

“I like this pool, I like the boards,” he said. “The boards are a little bit harder to get used to, but I like this pool a lot.”

Moyer is headed to another familiar pool at Bucknell University, where Forlini will be making his first states appearance.

“I hoped to (sneak up on a few people tonight). Going into it, people would think ‘oh he’s only a freshman,’ but I tried to make my mark on this place, and set myself up for later,” he said.

The District One Class AAA Girls Diving Championships will be held Saturday at Upper Dublin, at 10:30 a.m.

District One Class Class AAA

Boys Diving Championships

State Qualifiers

1. Ian Forlini (William Tennent) 535.25; 2. Ozzie Moyer (Souderton) 528.55; 3. T.J. Schenkel (Council Rock South) 475.05; 4. John Brice (Lower Merion) 450.35; 5. Chris Murphy (Ridley) 445.40; 6. C.J. Gimpel (CB South) 443.95; 7. Tyler Wenzel (Souderton) 439.80.

Republished with the permission of The Public Spirit/Globe Times Chronicle

BOYS BASKETBALL: Bishop Shanahan Rallies Past Lower Moreland in OT

February 27, 2011 Leave a comment

By Mike Prince
The Public Spirit

Lower Moreland's Brendan Kennedy looks to make pass against Bishop Shanahan's Ryan Conrad during Saturday's District One Class AAA playoff game. (SCOTT ROMAN/Montgomery Media)

Even after an 18-win season – easily the best in recent time – there wasn’t much that John Conrad could have said to his team to make them forget about the season-ending loss they had just experienced.

And just about 15 minutes before the Lower Moreland coach made his post-game speech, it appeared that the Lions would have walked out of the building with win number 19.

“I told them to not let this game be a reflection on the season,” Conrad said. “We had a great year and we accomplished a lot of things, but we just came up short today.”

In a District One Class AAA quarterfinal at Lower Moreland High School on Saturday afternoon, the Lions let a nine-point fourth quarter lead slip away and eventually lost in overtime to Bishop Shanahan, 44-42, ending Lower Moreland’s season and the high school careers for several of its key seniors.

In a back-and-forth game that saw the third-seeded Lions (18-7) trail for only a few minutes of the entire contest, it was a Mike Ibarguen jumper with less than 30 seconds remaining in the extra session that gave the Eagles (15-9) the three-point victory.

“We struggled a bit early on and we couldn’t make some easy shots, but we were able to gut it out the same way we’ve been doing it all season,” Shanahan coach Ken Doyle said. “When it counts, we get a little bit tighter and dial it in and we got some stops when we really needed them down the stretch.”

Lower Moreland led 8-6 after one quarter and 18-15 at the half, before stretching that lead to nine at 30-21 after three quarters, but thanks to an expected source, Shanahan, the No. 6 seed, got right back in the game.

“I don’t think we executed well,” Conrad said, “but you have to give (Shanahan’s) defense a lot of credit for that. And then those two ‘threes’ by the Sam kid that he hit in transition really hurt us.”

That ‘Sam kid’ was Shanahan’s Anthony Sam, who hadn’t really done anything all game before the fourth quarter. But when he was substituted in with just over four minutes to play in regulation, he immediately drained two three-pointers in succession, giving the Eagles their first lead of the game since the mid-point of the second quarter.

Lower Moreland fought right back and regained the lead, thanks to a three-pointer by senior Ryan Abel, who carried the Lions on his back until the end.

“We’re going to miss him,” Conrad said of Abel. “That game was typical for him. He’s outstanding.”

Abel, who has consistently put up high-scoring games all season, led all scorers with 27 points while knocking down four three-pointers. He added four rebounds, two assists, two steals and three blocked shots.

“This game doesn’t reflect our season,” Abel said. “We had a great year, but we just got outperformed tonight. I love this team, I love our program and I’m glad I was a part of it. Hopefully, I’m going to play in college after this.

“Foul trouble hurt us and we just failed to execute late in the game when we needed to. We played our hearts out, but we just didn’t execute and we let them back in the game.”

Early in the fourth quarter, Lower Moreland had three players – including two starters – with four fouls, forcing the Lions’ defense to play off of Shanahan’s shooters, which ultimately led to the Eagles getting back in the game.

Shanahan was led by Ibarguen’s 12 points, while Josh Redmond finished with nine. Sam added eight, while Tom Henshey chipped in with five points, 10 rebounds and six blocked shots. Devon Sweeney added four points and four rebounds before fouling out.

Abel was responsible for most of Lower Moreland’s points, but junior Dmitri Zoubroulis added 11 rebounds. Senior Jared Licht recorded three assists. As a team, the Lions committed 18 turnovers, proving costly.

With the win, Shanahan moved on to the district semifinals, where it will face the winner of Holy Ghost Prep and Harriton, which also played on Saturday.

As Doyle said after the game, Holy Ghost Prep, the Bicentennial League champions, will most likely be the Eagles’ next opponent. And as his team celebrated in the locker room after Saturday’s huge comeback win, the third-year Shanahan coach said it perfectly.

“We just beat an 18-win team and now we’re going to have to beat a 19-win team.”

Doyle knows that it won’t be easy.

“As always when you move on in the playoffs, you’re going to be playing more difficult teams,” he said. “We need to pick up our free throw shooting, which we’ve been struggling with the last few games. It hasn’t cost us yet, but we emphasize it every day and try to get a little better, because it could end up costing us if it keeps up.”

Following a 12-for-25 free throw performance against Upper Moreland on Wednesday, Shanahan shot just 10 of 22 on Saturday.

Bishop Shanahan (44) – Sweeney 2 0-0 4; Ibarguen 5 2-7 12; Redmond 4 1-4 9; Henshey 2 1-3 5; Sam 2 2-2 8; Conrad 1 4-6 6; Kilcoyne 0 0-0 0; Bray 0 0-0 0. Totals: 16 10-22 44.

Lower Moreland (42) – Abel 9 5-8 27; Licht 0 0-0 0; Parisse 2 0-0 4; Mangan 1 0-1 2; Zoubroulis 1 0-0 2; Kennedy 0 0-0 0; Geiger 1 0-0 3; Cohen 1 2-2 4. Totals: 15 7-11 42.

Three-point goals: Sam 2; Abel 4, Geiger.

Bishop Shanahan 6 9 6 16 7—44

Lower Moreland 8 10 12 7 5—42

Republished with the permission of The Public Spirit/Globe Times Chronicle

Upper Southampton Bowler in Lead at U.S. Open

February 25, 2011 Leave a comment

 

By Bill Vint
Professional Bowlers Association (PBA)

Defending champion Bill O’Neill of Southampton, Pa., charged into the third round lead in the 68th Lumber Liquidators U.S. Open at Brunswick Zone-Carolier Thursday, hoping to turn a month of mourning into a week of celebration.

Bill O'Neill (PBA.com)

O’Neill, who sat in fifth place after 12 games, fired games of 247, 214, 254, 266, 237 and 257 on the demanding U.S. Open lane condition during Thursday’s third round to finish qualifying with 4,094 pins and a 103-pin lead over 2006 U.S. Open champion Tommy Jones of Simpsonville, S.C.

Norm Duke of Clermont, Fla., was in third place with 3,983 pins followed by Canadian citizen Dan MacLelland of Saginaw, Mich., at 3,944, and Chris Barnes of Double Oak, Texas, with 3,901 pins. Duke is the 2008 U.S. Open champion. Barnes won the event in 2005. MacLelland, who is finishing is final year of college at Saginaw Valley State University, is trying for his first professional title.

O’Neill, who won the Pepsi Viper Championship in October for his third career title, exercised his newly-discovered patience to advance into the lead.

“There are a lot of guys here who can have a good day, but stringing them together is the hard part,” O’Neill said. “I had a really good day. Whenever I hit the pocket, I struck, which is telling me my ball is doing the right thing.

“Basically I used the same ball for this same squad last year (in Indianapolis),” he continued. “I’m very confident right now. Things have been going well. Now that I’ve been around for a few years, I’m starting to figure things out.”

O’Neill admitted that he stumbled briefly Wednesday night when he started thinking about the recent death of his grandfather. Read more…

Jets Shock Pats!

January 17, 2011 Leave a comment

The New York Jets talked all week.

On Sunday they backed it up beating  Tom Brady and the Patriots.  28-21. The Jets go to Pittsburgh to face the Steelers in the AFC Championship game next Sunday at 6:30 pm

In a game that saw New England  try to confuse the Jets in the early stages  with tweaks to offensive sets, Rex Ryan’s’ defense responded by pummeling  Brady, with 5 sacks, and an onslaught  of hits,  rushes, swats.

A momentum changing interception by the Jets David Harris of Brady during the Pats first drive  gave the Jets a chance to exhale, and from there it was their defense dominating the Patriots for the rest of the game.

It was Brady’s first interception since Week Six.

Even though the Pats dodge a bullet with the Jets can't convert on the field goal, Shaun Ellis makes life terrible for Tom Brady, sacking him in the first quarter ...

They Jets threw him around like a rag doll circa the 2007 Super Bowl champs New York Giants and like game in 2007 Brady was noticeably frustrated throughout the rest of  game.

Defensive Linemen David Pryce said, “He’s not a running quarterback so he knows he’s going to get hit. And he got hit plenty.”

Opposite Brady, Jets QB  Marc Sanchez operated coolly, calmly, with dink and dump-off approach.

Sanchez’s three touch down passes a 7- yarder to Ladainian Tomlinson, a 15-yarder to wide receiver Braylon Edwards, and a Lynn Swannesque acrobatic catch by Santonio Holmes for 7-yards in the corner of the end zone for a 21-11 lead in the first two minutes of the 4th quarter.

Jets wide receiver Santonio Holmes catches a TD pass in the fourth quarter.

Holmes, a Super Bowl MVP with the Steelers gets to go back to Pittsburgh, looking for a chance to get  his second ring.

“We can’t let up right now,” Sanchez told the New York Daily News, “We’ve got to move on.”

“Now on to Round 3 of mission impossible,”  Ryan said.

Manning, then  Brady, and now Roethlisberger.  Quarterback’s of the  last three AFC Champs.

Mission impossible indeed.

Jeff Bohen (jbohen@buxmontnews.com)
Staff Writer

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