Souderton holds off Hatboro-horsham
A standing scoop and take down by Souderton’s Bobby Jenne may have signaled the inevitable end in the dual match on Wednesday against Hatboro-Horsham. The Hatters’ Jason McLaughlin needed at least a major decision in the final match of the evening to give the Hatters any chance of a win. But as Jenne dropped the senior hard on his right knee, com- ing up with the quickness to compete was difficult.
McLaughlin never quit and showed off why the 138-pounder was named one of the captains of the team. He fought past the pain and picked up a few more points and never made Jenne’s 5-3 decision an easy bout.
The Hatters left too many bonus points on the mats and fell 38-31 in the Suburban One Continental Conference contest. In the matches won by 126-pounder Matt Swiacki (13-6 decision) and 113-pounder Phil Torresani (18-4 major decision) the Hatters just missed a major and a tech. Those little swings may have made all the difference in the final score.
The Indians overcame two forfeits to win their home opener. Coach Tristan Boyd praised those in defeat because of their awareness to not give up one more takedown or an escape. The effort in every match is what Boyd wanted to see. He was also pleased with the pins by five of his wrestlers, including 132-pounder Brett Hale in the second-to-last match and 120-pounder and returning state qualifier holton Veit.
“We needed our guys that were supposed to win and get bonus points and they did,” Indians’ coach Tristan Boyd said. “We’re just lacking numbers. We have no 106 on the roster, but we are still finding a way to fight. All of our guys contributed to this victory.”
As early as the fourth match of the evening haiser knew he was in trouble. The Hatters coach moved some grapplers up and down a weight in order to give his team the best chances to score, but it never paid off.
It could be said that Christopher Dock’s boys basketball team had a great offense Tuesday night against Plumstead Christian.
It could also be said that the Pioneers had a great defense in the 62-31 win over the Panthers.
Either one would be right because Dock had both ends of the court covered.
The offense was clicking, scoring 62 points including 19 in the first quarter and 17 more in the second and adding 16 in the fourth. The defense was just as strong, allowing Plumstead only single digits in three of the four quarters including four in the fourth, five in the second and six in the third.
“I’d say it was a little bit of both,” said Dock senior Azariah Parmer. “Our offense was clicking, but our defense helped out in some tough moments.”
Pioneers coach Matt Dolan was leaning more toward the defense.
“Defensively, that’s our philosophy, to play hard,” he said. “We just got after it.
“Our goal was to keep them at single digits for the four quarters and we were able to do that three out of the four.”
Parmer led the offense, scoring 14 points. But it appeared he could have scored many more.
“He’s got to look for his shot more,” said Dolan. “He’s got to be aggressive. He’s a senior and we have all the confidence in the world in him.
“He’s a great guy who can finish for us. He did a little bit tonight and we’re going to need him for the rest of the year.”
You could almost see Parmer blush from all the praise. But it didn’t change his outlook on offense.
“I look to pass the ball before I shoot it,” he said. “That’s just the type of player I am. I look to create for others before I create for myself.”
The first quarter was a showcase on both ends of the floor for Dock. The Pioneers scored 19 points and held Plumstead to six.
But it was the Panthers who scored the first points of the game, getting a bucket with 30 seconds elapsed. However, that was the last time they led.
Dock ran off the next nine points, gave up four more points sandwiched around a Parmer 3-pointer and then put together a streak of seven points to the end of the period.
The Pioneers picked that right up to open up the second, scoring the first four points to extend the lead to 23-6. They only allowed the Panthers one field goal and three foul shots in the second quarter. Parmer alone had more than half of Plumstead’s points by himself, scoring six in the first half.
However, something happened after halftime. The Pioneers came out flat both offensively and defensively in the third quarter and were outscored 16-10.
“That was typical scoreboard watching,” said Parmer. “Our coach warned us of that and he told us not to do it.
“But it happens to everybody. Our coach warned us and he told us and he gave us a motivational speech and we only gave up four points in the fourth quarter. We turned it around in the middle of the third quarter.”
“They were,” Dolan said when asked about the scoreboard watching, “and I had to call a time out and get on them. We play hard every possession if we’re up two or down two, if we’re up 20 or down 20.
“That’s what we’re trying to work on and we did it for three out of the four quarters and tonight it was good enough. Hopefully, we go four-for-four tomorrow.”
But Dolan goes back to the defense.
“Coach Perry (Dolan’s assistant) has done a great job,” Dolan said. “He’s a defensive-minded coach and we just really want them to play hard every single possession because that develops great habits and when we do that, we’ve got a greater chance to win.”
The Pioneers did come back later in the third period. But it couldn’t prevent the Panthers from cutting the Dock lead from 25, at 36-11 at halftime, to 46-27 after three quarters.
Things went back to normal for the Pioneers in the fourth quarter. They put up 16 points while holding Plumstead to only four to create the final margin of 31 points.
Nine Pioneers scored in the game of the 10 players who got on the court. In addition to Parmer’s 14, Jared Armstrong and Brennan Addley each added 10 points. Plumstead had only one player in double figures as Josh Sharik netted 10.
“It was definitely a team effort,” Parmer said. “A lot of guys helped out in big ways and that’s all we can ask for. We’ve got a lot of young guys and it’s good to see them developing into a team.”
Christohper Dock’s Landon Leinbach defends Pennridge’s Jeff Garner during Wednesday night’s action.