Lower Moreland edges Academy New Church
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“Lower Moreland played disciplined and earned it,” ANC coach Ty Klippensteni said. “I thought we would be able to do some things, that ultimately they defended well. We ask a lot of these guys, we are throwing a lot at them, but there were too many mental mistakes.”
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“We are trying to do a lot of different stuff with a lot of different guys,” coach Klip- penstein said. “Amir is an aWKOHWH anG wH KavH Wo finG ways to get him the ball. Brett Thomas is going to be a player. We are trying to get him up to speed on offense and he played some safety on defense.”
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“It was a battle and a good game for us,” Lower Moreland coach Mark Mayson said. “We got behind 7-6, came back, and then played defense. And we got some continuity on offense. I am proud of these kids.”
Leventhal led the Lions with 71 yards on 13 carries. ANC did not make the fullback’s job easy, but after battling hard for two or three yards on every carry all afternoon, his 44-yard run in the fourth quarter set up the go-ahead one-yard plunge.
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The Lions split carries predominantly between four ball carriers out of the wishbone formation. Lower Moreland had four backs register more than 45 rushing yards. Lower Moreland was coming off a week were the offense was absent against Pennington School. So the 244 total yards and, of course, the win, left Leventhal and Lower Moreland exhausted and exhilarated all at the same time.
“I got tired, but I kept pushing,” Leventhal said. “ANC is a stone’s throw away anG WKLs Ls Py fiUsW time beating them. It feels good to get a win.”
The Abington Angels will hold open tryouts for their Girls 10r Fastpitch Softball Team on Sept. 30 and Oct. 7. Tryouts will be from noon to 2 p.m. and will be held at Penbryn Park, Houston and Edgerton avenues in Glenside.
The 2012-13 Angels team will participate in a light fall schedule, winter training and spring and summer tournaments. There are six roster spots open for girls who are interested in playing competitive fastpitch softball.
For additional information please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call coach Mark Wolpert 267973-3680.