Rams lose heartbreaker

Pennridge boys’ volleyball dropped a 3-2 (20-25, 25-23, 20-25, 25-22, 15-9) decision to Hempfield in Tuesday’s state semifinals at Wilson-West Lawn. Stats for Pennridge: Jesse Smith, 54 assists, four kills, nine digs; Ben Chinnici, 36 kills, eight digs, two aces; Josiah Friesen, eight kills, three blocks; Aaron Nelson, seven kills, two blocks; Kevin Jones, three kills, three blocks; Cross Edwards, five kills, eight digs; Austin Rush, 15 digs, five aces; and Jeremy Baum, six digs. Pennridge ended its season with a 20-4 record. “We say goodbye to eight phenomenal seniors in Jesse Smith, Aaron Nelson, Ryan Spangler, Sam Cullen, Jon Bedillion, Caleb Pennell, Jeremy Baum and Austin Rush,” head coach Dave Childs said.

Rams head to semifinals

Pennridge boys’ volleyball advanced to the state semifinals against Hempfield on Tuesday with its 3-1 (25-16, 13-25, 35-33, 25-19) victory over District 11 runner-up Liberty on Saturday at Quakertown. Stats for Pennridge: Jesse Smith, 38 assists, seven digs, three aces, two blocks; Ben Chinnici, 20 kills, 10 digs, four blocks; Cross Edwards, 10 kills, six digs, two blocks; Aaron Nelson, four kills, four blocks; Josiah Friesen, five kills, three blocks; Kevin Jones, two kills, three blocks; Austin Rush, 18 digs; Jeremy Baum, eight digs; and Ryan Spangler, two aces.

Rams advance to quarters

Pennridge boys’ volleyball swept District Three third-place Red Lion, 3-0 (25-20, 25-23, 27-25), on Wednesday to move on to the state quarterfinals, where the Rams will take on District 11 runner-up Liberty High School on Saturday. Stats for Pennridge against Red Lion: Jesse Smith, 35 assists, three kills; Ben Chinnici, 24 kills, two aces; Cross Edwards, six kills, two aces, six digs; Aaron Nelson, four kills, five blocks; Kevin Jones, two kills, three blocks; Josiah Friesen, five kills, three blocks; Austin Rush, 16 digs, two aces; Jeremy Baum, four digs; and Ryan Spangler, two aces.

Rams wear district crown

TPennridge-5-26hird-seeded Pennridge boys’ volleyball knocked off top-seeded Council Rock North, 3-1 (25-21, 15-25, 25-20, 25-17), on Thursday evening at William Tennent to capture the District One Class AAA championship. Stats for Pennridge: Jesse Smith, 41 assists, nine digs, one ace; Ben Chinnici, 22 kills, three blocks, two aces; Josiah Friesen, nine kills, two blocks; Aaron Nelson, nine kills, six blocks; Cross Edwards, six kills, 17 digs, two blocks; Kevin Jones, three kills; Austin Rush, 10 digs; and Jeremy Baum, seven digs. The Rams (18-3) will play the third-place finisher from District Three in the opening round of states on Wednesday.

Rams dust off Pennsbury

Third-seeded Pennridge boys’ volleyball swept No. 2 Pennsbury, 3-0 (25-20, 25-23, 26-24), in Tuesday’s district semifinals at William Tennent. Stats for Pennridge: Jesse Smith, 36 assists, six digs, two blocks; Ben Chinnici, 20 kills, five blocks; Cross Edwards, seven kills, nine digs, two aces; Josiah Friesen, six kills, two blocks; Aaron Nelson, six kills, four blocks; Kevin Jones, three kills, two blocks; Austin Rush, 22 digs; and Jeremy Baum, five digs. The Rams are now 17-3 overall this season. They will take on Council Rock North in the District One final on Thursday night. Tuesday’s win also clinched a spot for Pennridge in the state playoffs for the eighth consecutive season.

Rams eliminate Tennent

No. 3 Pennridge boys’ volleyball took down sixth-seeded William Tennent, 3-1 (25-12, 27-25, 23-25, 25-16), on Thursday in the district quarterfinals. Stats for Pennridge: Jesse Smith, 44 assists, two kills, six digs; Ben Chinnici, 22 kills, three aces; Josiah Friesen, 10 kills, four digs; Aaron Nelson, nine kills; Kevin Jones, five kills; Cross Edwards, two aces, six digs; and Austin Rush, 14 digs, four aces. The Rams moved to 16-3 on the season and will face No. 2 Pennsbury in the district semifinals on Tuesday at 6 p.m.

Patriots fall out of districts

Ninth-seeded CB East boys’ lacrosse’s journey ended on Thursday in the district second round to No. 8 Conestoga, 14-6. The Patriots trailed 9-0 at the half and 12-1 after three quarters. Mike Ott, Owen Griffin, Connor Larkin, Ryan Brown, Quinn Mackenzie and Dylan Garr each scored one goal for CB East. Ott also won 12 of 23 faceoffs. Liam Rosenthal and Ian Mauer made eight and five saves, respectively, in goal. Bryan McIntosh had six ground balls and Larkin had four for the Patriots. Larkin forced three turnovers and Logan Nelsen forced two.

Panthers drop finale to BECA

Quakertown boys’ lacrosse ended its season with a 20-9 setback at Bethlehem Catholic on Tuesday. Frank Claus tossed in five goals for the Panthers; Jeffrey Royall scored two, while Dom Giquinto and Zack Korpics each netted one. Claus, Liam Grubb, Scott Keck, Chase Oliver and Royall each had one assist. Gavin Hillaert won six faceoffs, and Grubb came up with five ground balls in front of goalie Chris Brady, who made 15 saves.

Rams thwart Panthers in 11

Pennridge baseball exploded for seven runs in the top of the 11th to sink Quakertown, 12-5, on Tuesday. Joe Robinson led the charge for the Rams, going 4-for-6 with three RBI. Andrew Fantaskey went 2-for-6 with three RBI and two runs scored, while Andrew Horne had three hits and Kyle Yoder two and two runs. Dan Long scored a pair from the leadoff spot. For the Panthers, Aaron Besch and Jake Wooden each knocked in two. Ian Kacergis stood out in relief for Pennridge. He pitched 7 2/3 innings of shutout baseball and fanned 10.

Patriots wiggle past Hatboro

Ninth-seeded CB East boys’ lacrosse rallied from a third-quarter hole to down No. 24 Hatboro-Horsham, 10-8, on Tuesday in Holicong in the first round of the district tournament. Ryan Brown notched four goals for the Patriots; Owen Griffin added three. Liam Rosenthal registered nine saves in goal for CB East, while Griffin and Bryan McIntosh each came up with six ground balls. McIntosh also forced three turnovers. The Patriots will be on the road on Thursday to face eighth-seeded Conestoga in the second round.