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Local athlete part of Super Bowl-winning team
Brandon Bing was an AllAmerican track star at Cheltenham. He was a multi-position talent on the Panthers’ football team and earned himself an athletic scholarship at Rutgers University.
On Feb. 5, Bing was part of the New vork Giants’ Super Bowl-winning team, following a 21-17 win over the New England Patriots at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis.
While he didn’t play in the game itself, Bing was part of the practice squad and earned himself a spot on the spot on the roster months earlier, signing a contract back on Nov. 1, 2011.
Bing was a star at defensive back and special teams in high school, while also taking snaps at running back. He even lined up as a wide receiver and a quarterback when asked to by Cheltenham football coach Joe Gro. Bing was originally drafted by the Denver Broncos and was also picked up by the Buffalo Bills at one point after his release. The 5-foot-11, 180-pound defensive back would eventually sign with the Nv Giants, where he would earn himself a Super Bowl ring.
Bing, a Wyncote native, came back home with the ring and was invited to show it off and speak to kids about his accomplishments. Gro called it a huge accomplishment for Bing and for the Cheltenham football program. Reinprecht sisters represent USA fRr OlymSLc fiHld hRckHy team
Julie and Katie Reinprecht ZHUH ERWK VWDU fiHOG KRFNHy SODyers at Mount St. Joseph Academy. The Perkasie natives, who graduated from MSJ in 2008 and 2009, respectively, were part of a state championship-winning team with the Magic. They advanced to the state tournament during each of their four seasons in high school and captured a pair of district titles.
And this past year, the two girls decided to take a year off from Princeton University and accepted in an invitation to London to take part in the 2012 Summer Olympics.
Julie and Katie were named as two of the 16 players selected for the spring qualifying team after impressing coaches at tryouts. And eventually, they were chosen to go to London to represent their country.
While the U.S. team didn’t have the best showing at the Olympics, the Reinprecht sisters’ achievement did not go unnoticed. After all, being two of only 16 people in the entire country to be chosen to represent your country for your respective sport is a pretty impressive feat. AbLngtRn bRys’ baskHtball has first 20-wLn sHasRn Ln 11 yHars
Before Feb. 25, no District One team had ever advanced WR WKH VHPLfinDOV DV Dn 11-VHHG since the district went to 32 teams in 1994. But that all changed that night, following a thrilling, 69-66 win for the Abington boys’ basketball team over host Coatesville in a District One Class AAAA TuDUWHUfinDO.
The game featured 22 lead changes, 83 second-half points combined and one comeback from a Ghosts team which entered the game as the clear underdog. With a fantastic group of junior guards, including Anthony Durham, Jordan Simmons and Jiere Morrisey, along with senior forward/ center Chris Ruhl and freshman guard Matt Penecale, the Ghosts ZHUH FRnWHnGHUV IRU WKH fiUVW time in years.
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After advancing to the district VHPLfinDOV, WKDnNV WR D 56-52 win over Wissahickon March 3, Abington earned itself the District One’s No. 3 seed. The Ghosts eventually lost to CHnWUDO DDuSKLn Ln WKH fiUVW round of states, but not before finLVKLnJ LWV EHVW VHDVRn Ln RYHU a decade.
While losing only one starter – Ruhl – Abington is currently looking to repeat on its success from last season. As of Dec. 17, the Ghosts were on the right track to having another memorable season, starting the 201213 FDPSDLJn ZLWK fiYH FRnVHFutive wins, scoring at least 63 points in each game. Hatboro-Horsham baseball has bHst sHasRn Ln 18 yHars
With Pete Moore, the former baseball star and Temple Sports Hall of Fame member at head coach, the Hatboro-Horsham baseball team had its best season in years in 2012. The HDWWHUV finLVKHG ZLWK Dn RYHUDOO record of 22-5, falling one game short of the state championship. In the PIAA Class AAAA VHPLfinDO, HDWERUR-HRUVKDP lost to eventual champion, La Salle, 7-5.
Led by a fantastic pitching staff and an incredibly potent offense, with such players as Chris Hens, Casey Saverio, wach Prendergast, wach Crim and Tyler wingle, the Hatters advanced WR WKH VWDWH SODyRIIV IRU WKH fiUVW time since Moore took over as head coach 11 years earlier.
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The La Salle football team, with coach Drew Gordon at the helm, has been a state powerhouse for several years now. The 2012 season was no different. Though the Explorers were not as deep as in recent years, they still captured yet another Philadelphia Catholic League Class AAAA title, as well as a District 12 (City League) title. The league title was their fiIWK Ln D URZ, ZKLOH WKH GLVWULFW championship was their fourth.
The 2009 state champions, led by seniors Sean Coleman and Ryan Winslow, made it to within one game of the state title game, but lost Coleman and two other starters to injury and lost to Coatesville, 42-35.
Winslow, a two-way player and punter, also accepted an athletic scholarship to play football the University of Pitt in 2013. MRunt St. -RsHSh baskHtball has another memorable season
Despite falling short in both the district and state tournaments, the Bill Miller-led Magic had yet another fantastic season, finLVKLnJ ZLWK Dn RYHUDOO UHFRUG of 25-6. Led by the likes of Bridget Higgins, Meg Geatens, Cailin Schmeer and Alex Louin, the Magic made it all the way to the PIAA Class AAAA quarterfinDOV EHIRUH ORVLnJ WR 6SULnJFord, 38-31.
The Magic fell to Villa Maria, 39-35, in the Catholic Academies League championship game, but managed to keep their season alive for exactly one more month, playing another seven games, including a second round state playoff against Central Bucks East, which saw the Mount win, 36-27.
The Magic defeated Cheltenham, Upper Darby and WilsonReading in succession before being knocked out by the Lady Rams in the second round of the state playoffs.