North Penn edges Pen­nridge for Con­ti­nen­tal ti­tle

North Penn Life - - SPORT - By Kev Hunter khunter@21st-cen­tu­ry­media. com

When North Penn’s Al­li­son King got the ba­ton, she had one thing in mind.

“I just had to catch Pen­nridge,” she said. “All I thought was ‘I’ve got to catch them.’”

King caught and passed Pen­nridge an­chor leg woe :LOOLDPV GRZQ WKH fiQDO straight­away to push the Maid­ens past the Rams in the 4x400 re­lay and score the cru­cial points needed for North Penn to cap­ture the Sub­ur­ban One’s Con­ti­nen­tal Con­fer­ence Cham­pi­onship on Satur­day.

The Knights also bat­tled past Pen­nridge on the boys side for the con­fer­ence crown, mak­ing it a North Penn af­ter­noon at Cen­tral Bucks South.

The Maid­ens and Rams were tied go­ing into the 4x4, PDNLQJ WKH fiQDO HYHQW RI WKH day the de­ci­sive one.

Pen­nridge lead-off Lind­say Shee­han got the Rams out to a size­able lead and then Marissa Sheva and Ari­ana Przy­by­lowski kept them com­fort­ably ahead.

It was up to King, who came from way be­hind to push past Wil­liams and give North Penn its most valu­able WKLUG-SODFH UHODy fiQLVK RI WKH sea­son.

“I couldn’t feel my legs,” King said. “I was go­ing all out.”

Rachel Ober­holzer, Leina Dean and Kailah Holmes joined King to go 3:56.82, DQG 3HQQULGJH fiQLVKHG fourth in 3:57.38.

The Maid­ens, who over­came two dual-meet losses in the reg­u­lar sea­son, nipped Pen­nridge (7-0) 179-178 for top hon­ors in the con­fer­ence. CB West was third with 177.

“It feels amaz­ing (to win it). It’s un­be­liev­able,” King said. “We just pushed our­selves, worked our hard­est, and came out on top.”

Syd­nee gac­ques’ win in the 100 hur­dles on Satur­day fol­lowed up Vic­to­ria Fin­ley’s win in the pole vault on Fri­day, de­tail­ing the Maid­ens’ bal­ance on the track and in WKH fiHOG.

The de­fend­ing-cham­pion Rams nearly over­came the loss of star sprinter Tay­lor Chap­man (ham­string), thanks in large part to Sheva, who de­fended her ti­tles in both the 800 and the 16. Sheva was one of three dou­ble-win­ners on the day along with Quak­er­town’s godyAnn Evans (100, 200) and CB South’s Tay­lor Ho­j­nacki (shot put, dis­cus).

Sheva’s time of 2:14.01 in the 800 set a meet record, re­plac­ing the pre­vi­ous time of 2:14.28 by CB West’s Anna Aa­genes back in 2006.

“I was re­ally glad the West girl started push­ing the last 400 be­cause I don’t think I would have been able to go as fast if she wasn’t there,” Sheva said, as the Bucks had three girls place in the top six. “I felt strong with 300 to go and felt the other run­ners were start­ing to drop off, which made me more FRQ­fiGHQW. ,W’V NLQG RI QLFH (to win the 8 and 16) be­cause I did the same thing last year. Kind of happy to do it again.”

Sheva will lead the Rams this week at Coatesville as they aim to de­fend their Dis­trict One Class AAA ti­tle. The team also hopes to have a healthy Chap­man, who had the fastest 200 time in the state go­ing into the meet and the fastest pre­lim time (25.03) on Fri­day but could QRW UuQ LQ WKH fiQDOV GuH WR in­jury. Even an eighth-place fiQLVK LQ WKH HYHQW FRuOG have pro­vided the one point nec­es­sary for a share of the con­fer­ence ti­tle.

Shee­han went 25.72 in the fiQDOV, VHFRQG RQOy WR (YDQV, who set a meet record in 24.69.

gust as the Maid­ens came from be­hind in the 4x4, the Knights’ Ri­ley Gaibler did the same in the 400.

“I didn’t get out very fast, but I was burn­ing the last 200,” he said. “I wasn’t go­ing to lose. I saw (Pen­nridge’s Nick Sten­derow­icz) out of the cor­ner of my eye, and I just wasn’t go­ing to lose.”

Gaibler edged Sten­derGHURZLFz DW WKH OLQH, fiQish­ing two hun­dredths of a sec­ond faster to earn the gold. Gaibler was one of three in­di­vid­ual win­ners and amongst a ton of medal­ists for the Knights.

“Los­ing leagues last year (to Pen­nridge) was a bum­mer, but we came back, fought hard, and it’s awe­some,” Gaibler said. “I can’t ex­plain in words how awe­some this is. This is great. I’m ec­static.”

Dan Board­man won the long jump on Fri­day to get the Knights started and the 4x1 team of Gift Omo-Ek­padi, games DeSi­mone, Vince Es­pos­ito and gor­don Green raced to a win on Satur­day. It was in the triple jump where North Penn sim­ply domiQDWHG. 7KH .QLJKWV WRRN fiYH of the top eight spots, led by gared Al­ston’s gold-medal leap of 45-10.75 and OmoEk­padi’s sil­ver with a 44-11.

North Penn amassed 242

mar­gin through the early go­ing un­til they scored four straight for a 15-10 lead.

From that point on, the Red Devils could never put to­gether any string of points, get­ting one at a time while Dock went in spurts of threes DQG WZRV WR WKH fiQDO VFRUH.

Hoover had an ex­cel­lent game with 13 kills and two blocks. gared Hun­singer joined Hoover with 13 kills and two blocks and Colton voung added 36 as­sists.

“Travis (Hoover) has had matches all sea­son long where he has re­ally come out,” Mackey said. “We look points, top­ping the 215 by Pen­nridge.

“The team per­formed well to­day and I’m happy with WKH UHVuOW. ,’P GH­fiQLWHOy glad to be on this team,” said Omo-Ek­padi, a ju­nior trans­fer from Norristown. for those kind of games and he stepped up when we re­ally needed it.”

The key on the night for Dock was its play away from the net. Many of Avon Grove’s re­turns were deep into the back­court and the Dock play­ers kept the ball in play for its front-lin­ers.

The Pi­o­neers ad­vance into the sec­ond round of the Dis­trict One play­offs. They will play the win­ner of the Cen­tral Bucks WestUnionville match on Thurs­day. If the Bucks won, the game will be at CB West; if Unionville pulled the up­set, Christopher Dock

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