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Rams fall to Parkland

Pennridge boys’ volleyball’s season came to an end Wednesday at the hands of Parkland, 3-1 (22-25, 25-21, 25-17, 25-21), in the first round of states. The Rams finished their season at 15-5. For Pennridge, Kolby Smith amassed 12 kills and 17 digs. Devon Rice also had a double-double with 15 kills and 10 digs. Also of note: Henry Savage had six kills and four blocks; Jon Long, six kills, six blocks; Ben Chinnici, five kills; Steve Braun, 15 digs; and Brad Nase, 40 assists.

Rams land state tourney berth

Pennridge boys’ volleyball defeated North Penn, 3-1 (25-18, 25-21, 22-25, 28-26), Thursday night at Upper Dublin in the District One Class AAA third-place game to advance to states, which begin on Wednesday. Kolby Smith (19 kills, eight digs, two aces), Devon Rice (12 kills, 16 digs, four aces), Henry Savage (eight kills, four blocks), Ben Chinnici (four kills) and Jon Long (two kills, three blocks) helped make up for the loss of Alex Vellner (leg injury). Bradley Nase had 42 assists, and Steve Braun managed 11 digs and Vince Kauders two aces.

Rams routed in district semis

Pennridge boys’ volleyball lost to Neshaminy, 3-0 (25-20, 25-17, 25-22), on Tuesday in the District One Class AAA semifinals. The Rams will play North Penn on Thursday for the third seed to the state tournament out of District One. Henry Savage led Pennridge with nine kills and five blocks against Neshaminy. Alex Vellner and Steve Braun added 12 and 10 digs, respectively. Kolby Smith finished with three aces.

Heartbreaker ends Patriots’ run

Central Bucks East boys’ lacrosse’s season ended Tuesday at top-seeded Penncrest, 13-12 in overtime, in the first round of district playbacks. The score was knotted at 6-6 at the half. In the third, Matt Schmidt and Brad Walentukonis each scored, sending the Patriots up by two, but the Lions came back and scored two of their own to tie it at 8-8. In the fourth, Ryan Brown put CB East back on top, but the Lions tied it at 9-9 and then took the lead. Matt Vetter put in another goal at 6:37 to tie it up again at 10-10 and then scored the go-ahead goal at 2:28 to put CB East up, 11-10. Penncrest scored 28 seconds later to tie it at 11-11 with 2:00 remaining in regulation. Then with just 38 ticks left on the clock, Schmidt scored on a feed from Brown, putting the Patriots up, 12-11, with 38 seconds left on the clock. CB East lost the critical faceoff and Penncrest tied the score at 12-12 with just 23 seconds left in regulation, sending the game into sudden-victory overtime. CB East won the faceoff and called time to work on a play. CB East’s Matt Brown got off a shot, but the Lions goalie came up with the save. The Lions cleared the ball and called a timeout of their own. On a screen, Logan Robert got his hands free and fired off a 20-foot righthanded rocket that found the back of the net to end the contest.

Avon Grove pays back Patriots

Central Bucks East boys’ lacrosse, after having defeated Avon Grove during the regular season, fell to the Red Devils, 9-6, on Saturday in the District One Class AAAA quarterfinals. The fourth-seeded Patriots trailed, 6-3, at halftime to the fifth-seeded Devils. CB East outshot Avon Grove, 35-21. Goalie Will Schreiner amassed 17 saves for the Devils. Matt Vetter had two goals and an assist for the Patriots. Matt Milici added a goal and an assist. Matt Schmidt had two goals and Matt Heim one. Jack Auteri was six of 13 on faceoffs and scooped up four ground balls. With the district championship out of reach, the Patriots will need to win their next two games in playbacks to qualify for the fifth and final spot representing District One in the state tournament.

Rams sweep Tennent in quarters

Pennridge boys’ volleyball advanced to the District One Class AAA semifinals with a 3-0 (25-19, 25-14, 25-22) triumph over William Tennent on Thursday. The second-seeded Rams will face No. 3 Neshaminy on Tuesday. Kolby Smith (eight kills, two aces) led a balanced Pennridge attack. Helping the cause were: Vince Kauders (seven kills, two blocks), Devon Rice (six kills, six digs, four aces), Ben Chinnici (six kills, three blocks, two aces), Jon Long (five kills, five blocks), Bradley Nase (30 assists) and Steve Braun (12 digs, two aces).

Patriots survive tussle with Ghost

Round two of the District One Class AAAA boys’ lacrosse playoffs did not disappoint on Thursday night. The Firebirds of Holy Ghost Prep came to Doylestown to show the Patriots they were not going to roll over. The Firebirds’ Bennett Zaba scored the first of his four tallies at 11:14 in the first. CB East matched Ghost when Ryan Brown scored the first of his two goals at 3:11. With just 12 seconds left in the first quarter, Mike Major scored unassisted to put the Firebirds up, 2-1, at the end of the quarter. The Patriots fired 10 shots in the quarter and had only one goal to show for it. Alex Yake started off the scoring in the second for Ghost at 9:35, and the Firebirds outscored the Patriots, 4-3, in the second quarter to take a 6-4 lead into the half. The Patriots fired 21 shots in the second quarter. CB East’s Matt Milici found the back of the net first in the third. Zaba put one in for Ghost two minutes later. Matt Schmidt added his first of the night for CB East, and then with just six seconds left, CB East’s Matt Brown tied it up at 7-7 at the end of the third quarter. CB East’s Matt Vetter got his hat trick with 8:20 left in the fourth. But Ryan Kovak came right back for Ghost at 5:47 to knot it at 8-8. Milici scored his second of the night on a feed from Vetter at 3:53 to put the Patriots up by one, and then Ryan Brown scored the game-winner at 2:16 to put CB East up, 10-8. Ghost added one more as Zaba got his fourth goal of the night, but it wasn’t enough as the Patriots won, 10-9. Jack Auteri was 13 for 21 on faceoffs. Sean McGovern had three saves. The Patriots move on to round three where they will face Avon Grove for the second time this season on Saturday.

Patriots end CR North’s season

Fourth-seeded Central Bucks East boys’ lacrosse won its first-round game in the District One Class AAAA tournament on Tuesday, downing No. 29 Council Rock North, 12-2, at War Memorial Field. The Patriots struck first when Matt Schmidt scored his first of four goals at the 11:16 mark in the first. Matt Heim and Owen Griffin each added a goal to put the Patriots up, 3-0. The Indians scored at the 2:50 mark on a man-up advantage, but Schmidt added another goal 10 seconds later and the Patriots ended the quarter up, 4-1. The Indians scored first in the second on another man-up advantage, but that would be the last goal they would score as the Patriots defense held the Indians scoreless for the next 35 minutes. The Patriots would add three goals in the second to take a 7-2 lead into halftime. In the third, CB East would add three more and then another two in the fourth. Andrew Del Bracco won six of six faceoffs. Sean McGovern had seven saves. The CB East defense was led by McGovern, Dustin Buchanan (five ground balls, seven caused turnovers), Tyler Butler (three ground balls, five caused turnovers) and Mike Eveland (three ground balls, one caused turnover).