District champs! Rams roll

Pennridge boys’ volleyball captured its first District One title since 2012 with a 3-0 (27-25, 25-23, 26-24) victory over Council Rock North on Thursday in the final at Upper Dublin. The Rams are now 19-0 on the season and will play the third-place team from District Three in the first round of the state playoffs on Wednesday. Pennridge statistics from Thursday night: Bradley Nase, 40 assists, 10 digs; Devon Rice, 14 kills, 11 digs, two aces; Ben Chinnici, 15 kills, 15 digs; Henry Savage, eight kills, four blocks; Aaron Nelson, five kills; Max McVaugh, 18 digs; and Jesse Smith, 12 digs.

Radnor passes Patriots for third

Radnor erased a 3-1 first-quarter deficit to defeat CB East boys’ lacrosse, 11-7, on Thursday at West Chester Henderson for third place in District One. Radnor outscored the Patriots, 10-2, in the second and third quarters. Ryan Brown finished with three goals for CB East. Matt Vetter had two goals and two assists, and Owen Griffin netted two goals. Goalie Sean McGovern stopped nine shots for the Patriots. Brown had six ground balls, while Griffin had four, Dustin Buchanan five, Jack Auteri three, and Mike Eveland, Matt Krumanacker and Nick Yerkes all scooped up two. Buchanan also forced three turnovers.

Rams advance to district final

It wasn’t easy, but Pennridge boys’ volleyball held on to knock off fifth-seeded North Penn, 3-2 (24-26, 25-14, 22-25, 25-21, 15-10), in the district semifinals on Tuesday at Upper Dublin. The Rams, the top seed, will meet up with No. 2 CR North for the district championship on Thursday, at 7:30 p.m., back at Upper Dublin. Against the Knights, Pennridge setter Bradley Nase had 45 assists. Also contributing to the win were: Devon Rice, 22 kills, 15 digs; Ben Chinnici, 17 kills, 15 digs; Henry Savage, 12 kills, six blocks; Josiah Friesen, four kills; Aaron Nelson, two kills, four blocks; Jesse Smith, six digs, two aces; and Austin Rush, 11 digs.

Patriots succumb in district semis

CB East boys’ lacrosse came up short to Springfield-Delco, 12-6, in Tuesday’s District One semifinals at West Chester Henderson. The Patriots will challenge No. 6 Radnor for third place on Thursday, at 4 p.m., back at Henderson. Against Springfield, CB East trailed 3-0 after one and 8-3 at the half. Owen Griffin scored five of the Patriots’ six goals; Ryan Brown had the other. Matt Vetter contributed three assists. Sean McGovern had nine saves and Ryan Cataldo five for CB East. Griffin also led the way in ground balls with six. Brown and Bryan McIntosh each managed three, while Dustin Buchanan, Mike Eveland and Matt Krumanacker all had two. McIntosh and Vetter each forced two turnovers, as well.

Patriots punch ticket to states

Matt Vetter scored the game-winner with 2:09 remaining in overtime as CB East boys’ lacrosse knocked off Garnet Valley, 12-11, in the quarterfinals of the District One playoffs on Saturday at Harriton High School. The victory also gave the Patriots a place in states. The Jaguars are the No. 1 seed in the field; CB East is seeded ninth. The Patriots are 18-2 overall on the season and will meet Springfield-Delco on Tuesday evening in the semifinals. On Saturday, CB East led, 7-5, at the half. Patriots goalie Sean McGovern was clutch with 17 saves. Owen Griffin had a team-high four goals for CB East. Ryan Brown and Vetter each had three, while Matt Brown contributed two. Jack Auteri won five of 11 faceoffs. Mike Eveland scooped up seven ground balls. Dustin Buchanan, David Gressgott and Brown all had two. Bryan McIntosh had four forced turnovers; Eveland and Buchanan each managed two.

Panthers eliminated by Tennent

Quakertown boys’ volleyball’s strong season ended on Thursday night at William Tennent, 3-0 (25-17, 25-15, 25-20), in the quarterfinals of the District One tournament. The Panthers concluded their campaign at 15-5. No. 6 Quakertown had beaten Tennent, the third seed, earlier in the year. Quakertown statistics from Thursday: Dylan Flor, eight kills; Lucas Schan, seven kills; Mike Dierolf, five kills; and Xavier Villanueva, 21 assists.

Rams breeze into district semis

Top-seeded Pennridge boys’ volleyball cruised into the District One semifinals with a 3-0 (25-14, 25-14, 25-12) victory over No. 8 CB East in the quarterfinals on Thursday. The Rams (17-0 on the season) will take on fifth-seeded North Penn in the district semis on Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. at Upper Dublin. Pennridge statistics from Thursday: Bradley Nase, 30 assists, three kills; Max McVaugh, 14 digs; Devon Rice, three kills, eight digs, four aces, three blocks; Ben Chinnici, 11 kills, three aces; Henry Savage, six kills, three blocks, three aces; Josiah Friesen, seven kills, two blocks; Jesse Smith, eight digs; and Aaron Nelson, three kills, two blocks.

Patriots take OT thriller

Ryan Brown scored with 55 seconds remaining in overtime as CB East boys’ lacrosse nipped host Avon Grove, 12-11, in the second round of the District One playoffs. The Patriots trailed, 6-4, at halftime. But CB East fought back with a dominant third quarter and led, 9-7, after three. The Patriots went up by four, 11-7, on a tally by Dustin Buchanan, but Avon Grove roared back and tied it up at 11-11 with 12 seconds remaining in regulation. Brown paced the Patriots with four goals. Jack Auteri had three goals and two assists, while Matt Vetter notched two goals and two assists. Goalie Sean McGovern made 10 saves. Buchanan picked up five ground balls; Brown, Matt Brown and Vetter all had two. Bryan McIntosh forced two turnovers for CB East.

Molettiere shuts down Panthers

Pennridge pitcher Joe Molettiere struck out nine in five-plus innings as the Rams baseball team shut out Quakertown, 6-0, on Wednesday. Molettiere allowed only one hit and walked two. Mitch McLeod pitched the final inning and two-thirds. He allowed only one baserunner (a walk) and fanned three. Luke Nuneviller and Andrew Horne both went 3-for-3 at the dish for Pennridge. Dan Long, Danny Shane and Andrew Mayhew all finished with two hits. Long also scored two runs. Jared Kishbaugh had the lone hit for the Panthers.

Panthers win district opener

Quakertown boys’ volleyball defeated Abington, 3-1 (25-16, 22-25, 29-27, 25-15), at home in the first round of districts on Tuesday evening. Panther statistics: Dylan Flor, 17 kills, six digs; Mike Dierolf, eight kills, 10 digs; Coulton Terry, eight kills, four blocks; Lucas Schan, two kills, three blocks, two aces; Xavier Villanueva, one kill, 37 assists, 16 digs, two aces; and Nick Wesley, 11 digs.