Abington outpaces Council Rock North boys, girls
BucksLocalSports Editor Council Rock North didn’t fare as well in its recent battle with Suburban lne League (SlL) National Conference rival Abington as it did in its SlL opener.
After opening its league campaign Dec. 14 with a 53-45 victory at William Tennent, the Rock fell hard Dec. 18, losing by 13 points to the dalloping dhosts, who outpaced the Indians in every period but the third.
Led by Anthony Lee (18 pts.) and Jordan Simmons (16), Abington got out to a 32-25 halftime edge. While the Rock closed the dhosts’ lead to six points by the end of the third period, Abington won going away after outscoring the Indians 1811 in the final frame.
Seniors Kyle McCloskey (18 pts.) and Brandon Knotts (1T) led the scoring for North, which suffered it first loss of the season. Also contributing to the scoring effort for the Indians were junior Rip Engel (8 pts.) and senior Ryan Baker (6). Josh McWilliams also chipped in with two points.
Meanwhile, four players reached double digits for the dhosts including Anthony Durham (15 pts.) and Matt Penecale (10). Jiere Morrisey (4) and Michael driffin (1) also contributed to the Abington cause.
North falls to 3-1 on the season and 1-1 in the SlL National Conference. The dhosts (T-0, 3-0) remain unbeaten in the SlL including a more recent win over Neshaminy, which is winless at 0-6.
Rock’s girls team also lost to Abington, by a 61-53 score.
Jess derber (20 pts.) and Madison Attanasio (14) led the offense for the Lady Indians. Deja Rawls (1T pts.), Michael Harris (13 pts.) and Sammy Lochner (13) led the way for the dhosts, who are now 4-2, overall, 2-0 in the SlL.
North evened its mark in the SlL with a 69-31 victory over Truman last Friday night at home. Tara darfield (15 pts.) and Michaela Finneyfrock (13) led the scoring attack for the Lady Indians.
Krista Campbell was also a big contributor with 11 points, six steals and four assists. derber pitched in with nine points and eight rebounds.
UPDATE: The North boys bounced back with a pair of wins Dec. 21 and 22, outpacing SOL National rival Truman last Friday night, 64-53 and Holy Ghost on Saturday. The fndians’ attack was led by Engel with 19 points, and McCloskey (17 pts.) and Knotts (14) reached double digits for Rock. North used an 18-9 second period to build a 37- 20 halftime lead. The Tigers cut the fndians’ lead to 46-35 by the end of the third period but were unable to dig out of the hole they created in the first half. Merdic Green led Truman (4-3, 2-1: SOL) — which suffered it first loss in the National Conference — with 25 points.
Engle (22), Knotts (13) and McCloskey (10) led the way to a 58-43 win over Holy Ghost last Saturday at Haverford High School.
West Virginia men’s soccer players Eric Schoenle and Uwem Etuk are among a group of 54 NCAA Division f college seniors who are invited to participated in the 2013 Adidas MLS Player Combine.
The duo will take the field in Fort Lauderdale from Jan. 11 to 15 and are eligible for selection in the 2013 SuperDraft presented by Adidas set on Jan. 17 in fndianapolis at noon.
Schoenle, a two-year AllAmerican from Yardley, played in 17 games at West Virginia last season, leading the Mountaineers with six goals, including two gamewinners. He recently completed his four-year career with 75 games played, 14 goals, five assists, 33 points and seven game-winning goals.
“f’m honored to be selected as a part of the combine,” said Schoenle, a product of Pennsbury and YardleyMakefield Soccer. “To be selected among the top seniors in the country is a huge honor for me. The past four years at WVU have really helped me prepare for my future. Without the support of the coaches and staff at WVU, f don’t know if f would have had this opportunity, and for that f am and grateful to them.”
Neshaminy grad Jay Colbert got back out onto the field this year for the New Hampshire football team.
Rock North junior has the hot hand for the Indians.
Eric Schoenle, of Yardley, has been invited to the MLS Player Combine set to take place in January.