Warm­ing Up

Phoenixville downs Up­per Perkiomen in cross coun­try opener

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It was the lid-lifter for the Pioneer Ath­letic Con­fer­ence’s boys cross coun­try sea­son.

And Phoenixville picked up from where it left off one year ago, run­ning to a 20-40 vic­tory over Up­per Perkiomen on Tues­day, Sept. 5.

While Cameron Junk earned over­all race hon­ors for UP— the In­dian se­nior cov­ered Phoenixville’s home course in a strong 18:02 — the Phan­toms took the next six places be­hind sopho­more Gabe Puleo, who clocked an 18:19. Aaron Hin, Chris­tian Schaaf, Zack Kleppe, Pat Darcy and Jake New fol­lowed Puleo across the line in a 70-sec­ond span to se­cure the win for a Phan­tom unit that went 4-1 in the PAC’s Fron­tier Di­vi­sion in 2016.

Evan Han­ney, Lane Ho­man and Gage Gard­ner had other Top 10 fin­ishes for UP, plac­ing eighth through 10th.

On the girls side, the Phan­toms coun­tered the In­di­ans’ 1-2 fin­ish by tak­ing the next four places to come away with a nar­row 27-29 vic­tory.

Ser­ena Detweiler and LeeAnn Mark­wal­ter led the UP squad, Detweiler cov­er­ing the Phoenixville course in 22:29. Emma Vis­nov led the Phan­tom pack with her third-place (23:19) ef­fort, fol­lowed by Madi­son O’Neil, Meg Gib­bons and Ju­lia Hihi.

Boys cross coun­try


VAL­LEY 42 » Liam Con­way got the de­fense of his PAC cham­pi­onship off in solid fash­ion, lead­ing the Wild­cats’ vic­tory over the Vik­ings in their PAC Lib­erty Di­vi­sion pair­ing on Wed­nes­day, Sept. 6.

Con­way cov­ered PV’s home course in 17 min­utes flat, out­pac­ing team­mates An­drew Malm­strom (sec­ond, 17:32) and Li­nus Blatz (third, 17:46). Dy­lan Danowski was the Vikes’ lead­ing run­ner, com­ing home fourth in 17:47.

Girls cross coun­try


MEN VAL­LEY 30 » The Wild­cats placed four of the next five spots be­hind PV race-win­ner Tea­gan Schein-Becker on the way to win­ning this PAC Lib­erty Di­vi­sion meet on Wed­nes­day, Sept. 6.

Mary Ber­no­tas (20:03) and Au­tumn Sands (20:18) went 2-3 be­hind Schein-Becker, who ran a win­ning time of 19:43. De­laney O’Sul­li­van fol­lowed in 20:21, giv­ing PV fourth place.

Girls vol­ley­ball


TON0» Se­nior El­lie Min posted 32 as­sists — in­clud­ing the 2,000th of her ca­reer — dur­ing the Vik­ings’ 3-0 PAC win over Methac­ton on Wed­nes­day night on Sept. 6.

Set scores were 25-22, 25-19 and 25-13.

Perk Val­ley’s of­fense was bal­anced through­out with He­lena Clauhs, Lia Tor­rilo and Sarah Straub post­ing 11, 10 and nine kills, re­spec­tively. Liz Caruso, Grace Her­bein and Clauhs each had 12 digs on de­fense. SPRING-FORD 3, BOYERTOWN0 » The Rams de­feated the Bears in straight sets, 25-13, 25-13 and 25-12 on Wed­nes­day, Sept. 6. Carly Swen­son posted 24 as­sists and three kills while Lind­sey Dadourian had five kills and two blocks. Alexis Palucki had

seven kills and a pair of blocks while Olivia Olsen had nine kills and three digs. Grace Kraft (three aces) and Lau­ren Sten­son com­bined for 17 digs.


VILLE 0 » The Ea­gles beat the Phan­toms in straight sets dur­ing their PAC Fron­tier Di­vi­sion match on Wed­nes­day, Sept. 6. Set scores were 25-11, 25-12 and 25-13.


RISTOWN 0 » The Vik­ings opened their sea­son with a sweep of the Ea­gles. PV took the PAC match by game scores of 25-10, 25-10 and 25-11 on Tues­day, Sept. 5.

Lia Tor­rilo led the Vikes with nine kills, and He­lena Clauhs added six kills and two aces on Tues­day, Sept. 5.


NIXVILLE 0 » Kayla Gram­mer­storf and Rom­ina Broglia were the sta­tis­ti­cal stars for the Golden Pan­thers in their PAC match with the Phan­toms. PJP swept by set scores of 25-9, 25-20 and 25-21.


VILLE 1 » Kayla Gram­mer­storf was the sta­tis­ti­cal leader for the Phan­toms in their non-league loss to the Pa­tri­ots. Phoenixville won the sec­ond set 25-21 against Great Val­ley’s 26-24, 25-18, 25-18 run on Fri­day, Sept. 1.

Gram­mer­storf had five aces, 11 kills and seven blocks. Kearan Hen­nessey chipped in with five aces and 25 as­sists for the Phan­toms, with Rom­ina Broglia adding seven kills and four digs.

Great Val­ley de­feated Phoenixville 3-1 (26-24, 2125, 25-18, 25-18).


0» The Rams beat the In­di­ans in straight sets be­hind Olivia Olsen’s 11-kill, four-ace show­ing on Fri­day, Sept. 1.

Carly Swen­son added 24 as­sists while Alexis Palucki fin­ished with nine kills. Set scores were 25-21, 25-13 and 26-24.

Field hockey


TOWN 1 » Kait­lyn Hen­nessey and Clare Kennedy each scored a pair of goals to lead the Rams to a PAC Lib­erty Di­vi­sion win over the Ea­gles on Wed­nes­day, Sept. 6.

Kate­lyn Crist, Shan­non Kennedy, Ju­lia Forcey, Alexa Haber­mehl and MaryPat McKenna each

scored once while Kris­ten Grebe and Ash­ley Della Guardia com­bined for four saves in the cage.


NIXVILLE 0 » The two-goal out­ings of Hope Flack and Kaylie Siwy keyed the In­di­ans’ PAC Fron­tier Di­vi­sion vic­tory over the Phan­toms on Wed­nes­day, Sept. 6.

Colleen Creneti and Michaela Fredzek rounded out the UP point pro­duc­tion, with Mor­gan Fior­ito, Liz Fox, Au­tumn Gah­man, Abri­ana Gatto and AiYi Young get­ting credit for as­sists. Goalie Carly Ei­dle needed to make only one save to record the shutout.


SPRING-FORD 0 » The Cougars were all over the Rams from the start en route to pick­ing up a non-con­fer­ence win on Satur­day, Sept. 2.

Kayla Barr scored twice and added an as­sist while Paige Wolfe fin­ished with a goal and an as­sist. Kris­ten Grebe and Ash­ley Della Guardia com­bined for five Spring-Ford saves.


NRIDGE 0 » Sis­ters Danielle and Tay­lor Hamm con­nected for two goals dur­ing the Vik­ings’ sea­son-open­ing win over Pen­nridge on Fri­day, Sept. 1.

Danielle Hamm scored off a feed from her sis­ter at the 11:42 mark dur­ing the first half and the two con­nected again two min­utes into the sec­ond half. Danielle Hamm fin­ished with a pair of goals while Tay­lor Hamm had a goal and two as­sists as the Vik­ings had their way with the Rams through­out. Isabel Lobiondo added a goal while Gabby Martina and Paige Cal­fapi­etra each had as­sists in front of Han­nah Ro­er­den’s four-save show­ing in the cage.

UNIONVILLE2, SPRING-FORD 1» Maddy Detweiler and Claire Donovan each reg­is­tered a goal to lead the In­di­ans past the Rams in non­con­fer­ence ac­tion on Fri­day, Sept. 1.

Erin Wil­son scored Spring-Ford’s goal at 17:15 dur­ing the sec­ond half off a feed from Kate­lyn Crist. Kris­ten Grebe and Ash­ley Della Guardia com­bined for 22 saves in the cage.

Boys golf


GROVE 242 » Ben Po­chet headed the Rams’ solid show­ing against the Fal­cons in their PAC match at Tur­tle Creek on Wed­nes­day, Sept. 6.

Po­chet shot a one-un­der 35 to fin­ish ahead of team­mate Luke Wat­son, who

was an even-par 36. SpringFord saw its top five all card scores lower than Potts­grove leader Josh Keep­ley’s 40.


PHOENIXVILLE223» Though Phoenixville’s Mitchell Schwartz got low-man hon­ors with a 40, the Vik­ings had the next three scores in their PAC vic­tory at Raven’s Claw on Tues­day, Sept. 5.

Boys soc­cer

METHACTON4, SPRING-FORD 2» The War­riors struck four times dur­ing the sec­ond half to erase a one-goal deficit and claim a PAC Lib­erty Di­vi­sion win on Wed­nes­day, Sept. 6.

Chris Mee­han scored twice while Trevor Rambo and Brett Jabour reg­is­tered solo tal­lies in the win. Colin Trainor scored off a feed from Colin Trainor while Spring-Ford also ben­e­fit­ted from Methac­ton’s own-goal.


SGROVE 0 » Matt Mc­Cabe scored the game’s lone goal in the 15thminute as the Vik­ings picked up a PAC non-di­vi­sional win over the Fal­cons on Satur­day, Sept. 2. MikeWeir as­sisted the even­tual game-win­ner while An­drew Daub en speck came up with five saves to earn the shutout. Potts­grove keeper Ryan Long made 15 saves in net.


BUCKS EAST 0 » The Rams were able to tally a win against the peren­nial Sub­ur­ban One stand­out Pa­tri­ots on Satur­day, Sept. 2. Af­ter a 1-1 tie last sea­son, Spring-Ford was able to se­cure a vic­tory this time around. Nate Al­ban headed off a Cole Dampf throw in the 37th minute. Hunter Hu­dak was strong in goal, record­ing 11 saves as East pushed hard in the sec­ond half, look­ing for an equal­izer.


VAL­LEY 2 » The Phan­toms played to a draw with Great Val­ley in non-con­fer­ence play on Fri­day, Sept. 1.

Kyle Tucker scored twice, once with an as­sist from Jake Per­illo. Gavin Per­illo had six saves in goal.


TOWN 0 » Ron­nie Minges scored a goal and added two as­sists dur­ing the Rams’ shutout of the Ea­gles on Fri­day, Sept. 1.

Nathan Al­ban and Calvin Thomas each added a goal while Hunter Hu­dak fin­ished with four saves to pre­serve the shutout.


PLE NEW­TOWN 1 » Firsthalf goals by Brian Love and Max Chamorro proved enough to se­cure the Vi-

kings’ sea­son-open­ing win over Marple New­town on Fri­day, Sept. 1.

Matt Mc­Cabe gave PV in­sur­ance with an­other goal in the 65th minute of the sec­ond half. Ryan Dao was cred­ited with as­sists on both the Vikes’ firsthalf tal­lies, with An­drew Dauben­speck mak­ing one save on the day.

Girls soc­cer


NIXVILLE 1 » The Pope John Paul II girls soc­cer team had built a big lead on Phoenixville be­fore.

This time, there was not go­ing to be any let­ting up.

With last year’s 4-3 over­time de­feat – af­ter holding a 3-0 lead – serv­ing as con­stant mo­ti­va­tion, the Golden Pan­thers were re­lent­less Wed­nes­day af­ter­noon in dis­patch­ing Phoenixville 7-1 at Washington Field.

Ev­ery­thing seemed to click into place for Pope John Paul II (2-0 PAC, 2-0 over­all) in a game that matched last year’s top two fin­ish­ers in the Pioneer Ath­letic Con­fer­ence Fron­tier Di­vi­sion. Liz Kropp and Kayla Me­saros each scored twice while Avery Cot­ter (as­sisted by Ju­lia Owens), Car­son Tracy and Mary Kate Shan­non added solo scores as PJP scored seven goals unan­swered af­ter Phoenixville’s Jesi Ross­man put her team on the board less than six min­utes into the game.

“We didn’t ex­pect to win by that much ... but it was pretty nice,” said Cot­ter, a se­nior mid­fielder. “That was the first time all year we’ve played that well, so it was pretty sur­pris­ing, but hope­fully we keep it up. It is prob­a­bly go­ing to mo­ti­vate us ever more be­cause we know what we’re ca­pa­ble of.”

Af­ter win­ning the PAC Fron­tier Di­vi­sion last year, the Phan­toms (0-1, 0-2) are a work in progress af­ter grad­u­at­ing some key pieces, es­pe­cially on de­fense.

“We’ve got a lot of work ahead of us. We have a lot of young kids and kids who don’t play club soc­cer so we’re try­ing to teach right now and that’s a tough spot to be in against a team that starts 10 se­niors,” head coach Tim Raub said. “We’ve been on the other end of that but now we’re re­build­ing and we’re try­ing to do what we can to get back in line. We’re go­ing to have some ups, we’re go­ing to have some downs; it’s not go­ing to be the con­sis­tent team we’ve had, but we’re go­ing to try to get there.”


3» Kelly Franz scored twice while Ella Curry and Gabby Kane scored sin­gle goals as the de­fend­ing PAC cham­pion Rams (2-0, 2-0) fended off Methac­ton in a PAC Lib­erty game on Wed­nes­day, Sept. 6.

Methac­ton’s Michaela Tom­marello made it 3-2 on a shot from dis­tance in the sec­ond half but the War­riors (0-2, 0-2) couldn’t find the equal­izer. Lee Eubank scored a con­so­la­tion goal with three sec­onds to play while Mariah Ro­mano opened Methac­ton’s scor­ing in a 1-1 first half. Ken­dall Ozorowski had two as­sists.


TOWN 0 » Katie Sites, Izzy Branco and Felicia Vag­nozzi each tal­lied two goals apiece to lead the Rams past the Ea­gles in PAC play on Fri­day, Sept. 1.

Emily Hig­gins, Kelli Dom­broski, Emily Moore and Ally Napier each added a goal in the win.


ERTOWN 0 » Nikki FollerMoll’s goal proved suf­fi­cient for the Vik­ings to claim vic­tory in their sea­son-open­ing non-league out­ing with the Pan­thers on Fri­day, Sept. 1.

Leslie Adams in­sured PV’s nar­row vic­tory with an 11-save day in goal. Cas­sidy Polig­nano was cred­ited with the as­sist on FollerMoll’s tally.


VILLE2» Gabrielle Per­rotto fig­ured in on both the Phan­toms’ goals as they were edged by the Pa­tri­ots in both teams’ sea­son opener on Fri­day, Sept. 1.

Per­rotto scored once, in ad­di­tion to as­sist­ing on Leeza Galli’s tally.

Girls ten­nis

RAD­NOR 4, SPRING-FORD 3 » The Raiders used wins at first and third sin­gles to nail down a non-con­fer­ence win over the Rams on Fri­day, Sept. 1.

Kanan Ciar­rac­chi posted a 6-0, 7-5 win at No. 1 sin­gles while Brid­get Dougherty won 6-2, 6-3. Kathryn Al­varez posted SpringFord’s lone sin­gles win, a 1-6, 7-6 (7-5), 6-3 vic­tory.


Phoenixville Area High School stu­dent-ath­letes con­tinue to ex­cel aca­dem­i­cally, as the Amer­i­can Base­ball Coaches As­so­ci­a­tion (ABCA) has named PAHS Base­ball re­cip­i­ents’ of the ABCA Team Aca­demic Ex­cel­lence Award. The ABCA hon­ored over 200 pro­grams from ev­ery level of col­lege and high school base­ball with the award, which rec­og­nizes teams coached by ABCA mem­bers that posted a GPA over 3.0 on a 4.0 scale for the 2016-17 aca­demic year. Phoenixville Area High School was the only school in Penn­syl­va­nia to re­ceive the honor.

“This is a sig­nif­i­cant ac­com­plish­ment for the PAHS base­ball team,” PAHS Principal, Dr. Craig Parkin­son, on the ABCA award. “Our stu­dent-ath­letes con­tinue to work very hard in the class­room, un­der­stand­ing and re­spect­ing that noth­ing great can hap­pen on the field with­out a strong aca­demic foun­da­tion. Coach Her­man has de­vel­oped a high level of pride and ded­i­ca­tion in his play­ers and is cre­at­ing a base­ball pro­gram that will con­tinue to grow and see many more ac­com­plish­ments in the years to come. We are for­tu­nate to have stu­dents who have a love for learn­ing, both on and off the field.”

The Amer­i­can Base­ball Coaches As­so­ci­a­tion has a long tra­di­tion of rec­og­niz­ing the achieve­ments of base­ball coaches and stu­dent-ath­letes. The ABCA/ Rawl­ings All-Amer­ica Teams are the na­tion’s old­est, founded in 1949, and the ABCA’s awards pro­gram also in­cludes the ABCA/Rawl­ings All-Re­gion Awards, the ABCA/ Di­a­mond Re­gional & Na­tional Coaches of the Year and sev­eral other ma­jor awards such as the ABCA Hall of Fame and the Ethics in Coach­ing Award. The com­plete list of award win­ners can be found at https:// www.abca.org/ABCA/ News/2017/2016_2017_ Team_A­ca­demic_Ex­cel­lence_Award_An­nounced. aspx.

PAHS Head Coach Neil Her­man knows the work that his stu­dent-ath­letes put in and ap­pre­ci­ated the recog­ni­tion from the ABCA. “In the Phan­tom Way of base­ball, we preach aca­demics and dis­ci­pline above all else and it is a great honor to re­ceive such a high team award in aca­demics. This award is a tes­ta­ment to the play­ers and their hard­work. This award is not just about the base­ball team, it is a school-wide award. The fac­ulty and ad­min­is­tra­tion work on a daily ba­sis to help our stu­dents reach their po­ten­tial aca­dem­i­cally.”

Phoenixville Area High School will open the new Doc Kennedy Field on Wed­nes­day, March 28, 2018 against Up­per Perkiomen.


Up­per Perkiomen and Phoenixville run­ners start their run dur­ing the teams’ open­ing race on Tues­day. Phoenixville nar­rowly de­feated Up­per Perkiomen de­spite the In­di­ans tak­ing first and sec­ond place.


Mem­bers of the Perkiomen Val­ley girls vol­ley­ball team flank El­lie Min (27) af­ter she posted her 2,000th ca­reer as­sist dur­ing Wed­nes­day’s win against Methac­ton.

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