Pottsgrove girls lock down Phan­toms

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POTTSGROVE 46, PHOENIXVILE 33 >> In a matchup of teams with match­ing records chas­ing the top of the Pioneer Ath­letic Con­fer­ence Fron­tier Divi­sion in girls bas­ket­ball, Pottsgrove used a lock-down per­for­mance in the first half to down host Phoenixville, 46-33, Satur­day af­ter­noon.

The Fal­cons im­proved to 4-1 in the Fron­tier and 7-3 over­all while the Phan­toms fell to 3-2 and 7-4 over­all. The game was a sec­ond­place show­down with both teams chas­ing first-place Pope John Paul II (4-0, 8-3).

“It’s early but it all counts. For the league and also for dis­tricts, it’s very big for dis­tricts,” said Pottsgrove coach Mike Brendlinger.

Pottsgrove held Phoenixville with­out a dou­ble-fig­ure scorer while the Fal­cons were bal­anced on of­fense, Rachel Lud­wig and Ri­ley Si­mon’s 10-point games lead a group of six with be­tween 5-10 points. Sum­mer Walker chipped in eight.

The game turned in a sec­ond quar­ter that saw the Fal­cons out-score the Phan­toms 14-2 for a 28-12 half­time lead.

“I think our de­fense was the key there,” Brendlinger said. “We know they have two play­ers that could re­ally hurt us (Ameerah Green) and (Aubrie Breis­blatt), so we tried to give them some ex­tra at­ten­tion and make some­body else beat us.”

Brendlinger praised the de­fense of Mayes and Walker for hold­ing Green and Breis­blatt to five and eight points, re­spec­tively. BOY­ER­TOWN 47, PERKIOMEN VAL­LEY 45 >> Ex­tended to over­time by the Vik­ings, the Bears got a slim edge in scor­ing to pre­vail in this PAC Lib­erty Divi­sion game on Jan. 3.

Ash­ley Kapp had 10 points for Boy­er­town, which went 22-for-36 from the free throw line. Perkiomen Val­ley’s Kelly Owens scored 19 points to lead the game.

POTTSGROVE 50, UP­PER MERION 29 >> Ri­ley Si­mon and Jordan Mayes com­bined to nearly match the Vik­ings’ en­tire of­fen­sive out­put in the Fal­cons’ PAC Fron­tier Divi­sion vic­tory Thurs­day.

Si­mon had a game-high 15 points, two more than Mayes’ 13. They were key to Pottsgrove open­ing a 29-15 half­time lead, with Sierra Potts adding nine points on a trio of 3-point bas­kets. POTTSTOWN 47, UP­PER PERKIOMEN 29 >> The Tro­jans fi­nally earned a home vic­tory, top­ping the In­di­ans in their PAC Fron­tier Divi­sion game.

Lead­ing the way for Pottstown, Kiyah Cot­ton recorded a dou­ble-dou­ble of 13 points and 10 steals along with seven re­bounds. Ri­ley Owens was one point shy of a dou­ble-dou­ble hav­ing nine points and 11 re­bounds.

BOY­ER­TOWN 53, NORRISTOWN 45 >> The Bears were par­tic­u­larly hot from 3-point range, get­ting half their points from long dis­tance in their PAC Lib­erty Divi­sion vic­tory over the Ea­gles.

Emma Lud­wig hit five 3-point­ers on the way to a team-high 19 points, and Ju­lia Smith got all but two of her 14 from out­side the arc. Boy­er­town built a com­fort­able 35-16 lead in the first half, up­ping it to 4623 prior to a fourth quar­ter that saw Norristown make a 22-7 run.

Boys bas­ket­ball

POTTSTOWN 61, POPE JOHN PAUL II 49 >> Bol­stered by a quar­tet of dou­ble-fig­ure scor­ers, the Tro­jans han­dled the Golden Pan­thers in their PAC Fron­tier Divi­sion game on Jan. 3.

Dono­van Tow­son led the way for Pottstown, his 19 points a game high. Tre Bass, Wil’Chon Se­ward and Robert Bur­ress each con­trib­uted 10 points to the Pottstown of­fense, with PJP get­ting 16 points from Tyshyre Malachi-De­Veaux and 14 from Justin Green. PERKIOMEN VAL­LEY 50, BOY­ER­TOWN 36 >> The Vik­ings got a com­bined 28 points from Bryce Streeper and Tyler Strechay as they han­dled the Bears in PAC Lib­erty Divi­sion play on Jan. 3.

Streeper paced PV with a 17-point out­ing, and Strechay chipped in with 11 points while Zach Krause (eight) and Ian Streeper (seven points and re­bounds) con­trib­uted. Tre Diguglielmo paced the Bears with 20 points — 12 of them off long-dis­tance bas­kets — as Hunter Borgmann and Aar­ick Salata each added seven. POTTSTOWN 85, UP­PER PERKIOMEN 64 >> Dono­van Tow­son was the game’s of­fen­sive star, key­ing the Tro­jans’ vic­tory over the In­di­ans in their PAC Fron­tier Divi­sion matchup.

Tow­son scored 24 points to nudge out UP’s Ri­ley Decker (23) for high-scor­ing honors. He headed a quin­tet of dou­ble-fig­ure scor­ers — Floyd Dashiell 15, Robert Bur­ress 13, Wil’Chon Se­ward and Tre Bass 11 apiece — for Pottstown, which bolted to a 23-3 lead in the first quar­ter.

Macau­ley Swenk was an­other dou­ble-fig­ure scorer for the Tribe, get­ting 13. NORRISTOWN 68, BOY­ER­TOWN 47 >> The un­der­manned Bears, with starters Aar­ick Salata and Tre Diguglielmo out nurs­ing in­juries, couldn’t keep up with the Ea­gles in their PAC Lib­erty Divi­sion pair­ing.

Norristown had a trio of dou­ble-fig­ure scor­ers, Tyler Lyons (15 points), Aaron Red­dish (13) and Xavier Ed­wards (12). Boy­er­town was led by Hunter Borgmann (16 points, eight boards, two blocks), Alex Obarow (12) and Daw­son Smith (eight).

Wrestling

In ad­vance of a busy round of wrestling Satur­day, Boy­er­town took part in a dou­ble-dual match Fri­day at Sau­con Val­ley.

It was a split de­ci­sion for the Bears, who also faced Delaware Val­ley in the three-way. They opened with a 44-18 vic­tory over Delaware Val­ley, then fell to the host Pan­thers in the night­cap, 40-20.

Tak­ing seven of the fi­nal eight bouts, Boy­er­town broke out of a dead­lock with the War­riors in the opener.

Brett Brei­dor’s pin at 152 got Boy­er­town rolling af­ter DV pulled even through six weights, 12-12. Alan Alexan­der (160) and Evan Mor­timer (170) fol­lowed with ma­jor de­ci­sions, and af­ter the War­riors’ Wil­liam Hen­der­son scored a pin at 182, Ja­cob Son­der (285) and Kade David­heiser (106) fol­lowed a pair of DV for­feits with de­ci­sions to cap Boy­er­town’s early ac­tion.

Against Sau­con Val­ley, the Bears saw the host team twice over­come early deficits — the first one an 11(-3) Boy­er­town lead fol­low­ing a dis­qual­i­fi­ca­tion at 126. Chance Babb’s tech­ni­cal fall in the 120-pound opener was the big­gest win for the Bears, whose other points came off de­ci­sions by Brett Brei­dor (152), Evan Mor­timer (160) and Alan Alexan­der (170) along with Ni­cholas Mon­tanye get­ting the DQ points at 126.

The Bears (6-2) now go on to the eight-school Park­land Du­als. They open at 9:15 a.m. against Northamp­ton, then face Cen­tral High, Mar­i­ana Bracetti Academy, the host Tro­jans and Cum­ber­land Val­ley in suc­ces­sion.

PARK­LAND DU­ALS >> Boy­er­town went 3-2 on the day, win­ning matches with Cen­tral High (64-12), Mar­i­ana Bracetti Academy (60-21) and Park­land (51-18) but fall­ing to Northamp­ton (64-9) and Cum­ber­land Val­ley (38-36).

Ja­cob Miller was the lone Bear to go 5-0, pin­ning three op­po­nents in bouts at 195 and 220. Julien Mal­don­ado (106/113), Brett Brei­dor (152), Evan Mor­timer (160/170) and Ja­cob Son­der (220/285) all went 4-1 while Kade David­heiser (106/113) was 3-1.

In­door track

TFCAGP >> It was a pro­duc­tive day for the Boy­er­town boys team, which came home from Le­high Univer­sity’s Rauch Field­house with 12 per­sonal records, four medal win­ners and one state cham­pi­onship qual­i­fier.

Pay­ton Stanziani won the 400 and qual­i­fied for both the Meet of Cham­pi­ons and the State Cham­pi­onship Meet. Ju­lian Saun­ders fin­ished sec­ond in the 200 and qual­i­fied for the Meet of Cham­pi­ons, and Tyler McIl­hin­ney and Chris­tian McComb both fin­ished fifth in the shot put and 800, re­spec­tively.

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