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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.

With sec­ond-year coach Charles Grasty at the helm, AELnJWRn finLVKHG WKH VHDVRn with a record of 20-10, cap­turLnJ LWV fiUVW 20-ZLn VHDVRn VLnFH finLVKLnJ 20-8 RY­HU­DOO GuULnJ WKH 1999-2000 sea­son.

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.

The 20-win sea­son was also WKH fiUVW IRU WKH HD­WWHUV VLnFH WKH 1994 team went 22-4 over­all un­der for­mer head coach Dick Butts. La Salle foot­ball team con­tin­uHs tR rack uS tLtlHs

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.

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