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Panthers skate by Upper Perk

Quakertown girls’ tennis edged Upper Perkiomen, 4-3, on Monday. 1st singles: Jill Kachmar (UP) def. Madison Shourds (Q), 6-3, 7-5. 2nd singles: Aubri Stetina (Q) def. Jess Crilley (UP), 6-1, 6-0. 3rd singles: Laryssa Badulak (Q) def. Aly Licopoli (UP), 6-2, 6-0. 1st doubles: Ashley Harpster and Rebecca Miller (Q) def. Lynsey Quinn and Chloe Clemente (UP), 6-0, 6-3. 2nd doubles: Amanda Hunsberger and Kayla Reigh (Q) def. Hanna Supple and Emily Brandt (UP), 6-2, 6-1. 3rd doubles: Emily Moll and Carly Bernhart (UP) def. Sam Shourds and Olivia Porambo (Q), 7-5, 6-2. 4th doubles: Amanda Hanshue and Abby Clifford (UP) def. Abby Campion and Sadie Fowler (Q), 6-3, 6-2.

Panthers hunt down Lions

Quakertown girls’ volleyball defeated New Hope-Solebury, 3-1 (23-25, 25-17, 25-9, 25-11), on Monday. Lindsay Beck had 12 digs and six aces for the Panthers. Haley Sheehan had 11 kills, six digs and three aces, while Amanda Pursel notched eight kills, eight digs and two aces. Also contributing were: Katelyn Spieker, six kills, two blocks, one ace; Kerry Vanyo, 13 assists, two kills, three aces; and Jen Sterner, 12 assists, two kills, four digs, one block.

Rams fly to Flight 2 title

Pennridge_9-20_water-poloPennridge boys’ water polo had an incredible day at the prestigious Beast of the East Tournament on Saturday at Governor Mifflin. The Rams swam and shot to three straight wins and came out on top in the Flight 2 section of the tournament. The tournament brought together 37 teams from Pennsylvania and New Jersey. Pennridge started the day with a tough win over St. Xavier, 10-8. It was a big lift for the Rams after a heartbreaking, 13-12 loss to Penn Charter the night before to start the tournament. Their second game against La Salle was a bit of payback as the Explorers beat the Rams, 15-11, recently. The Rams turned that around with a hard-fought, 11-10 win. Pennridge’s final game against Erie Cathedral Prep was a story of two halves. Erie took an early first-period, 6-3 lead, and then totally shut down the Rams in the second period to take a 9-3 lead into halftime. The Rams came out strong in the third period as Nick Spehar threw in all five Pennridge goals to tighten the score to 12-8. The final period was all Pennridge as Colin Russell fired in three goals, Spehar two and D.J. Maurone one while shutting out Erie and winning the game, 14-12. Pennridge goalie Jake Aigeldinger was exceptional in turning away shot after shot. Spehar was also outstanding, scoring nine times.

Rams split a pair in Beast

Pennridge_9-19_water-poloAfter easily defeating a shorthanded Hazleton team, 21-8, and using its starters sparingly, Pennridge boys’ water polo ran into a much tougher opponent in the second game of the Beast of the East Tournament. Hosting the first round of the tournament, Pennridge faced a strong Penn Charter team. The Rams jumped out to an early 3-0 lead in the first period and led by as much as 4-0 in the early part of the second period before Penn Charter came storming back to tie the game at 4-4. Pennridge fired right back to pull ahead by three, eventually ending the first half with a 7-5 lead. Penn Charter outscored the Rams, 4-2, in the third period to tie the game at 9-9. The final period was a back-and-forth battle, with Penn Charter scoring four goals to the Rams’ three to win, 13-12. The Rams had three multiple goal scorers, led by Nick Spehar with five. Callum Malcolm had three and D.J. Maurone two. A great defensive effort by Kyle Frerichs and Colin Russell kept the game close. The tournament continues for Pennridge on Saturday at Governor Mifflin.

Panthers too much for Rams

Quakertown field hockey dropped Pennridge, 4-0, on Friday. The Panthers led at the half, 2-0, behind goals from Megan Thompson (Becky Gerhart assist) and Gabby Dontonville. In the second half, Elaina Abramson (Emma McLaughlin assist) and Hillary Scott (Thompson and McLaughlin assists) found the back of the cage to double Quakertown’s advantage. The Panthers outshot the Rams, 11-5. “We were able to execute on our corners, scoring two goals on seven corners,” Quakertown head coach Alyssa Maltese said. “We also moved the ball well up the right side and our forwards created some nice open spaces with their cuts to score our other two goals. The defense did a tremendous job keeping the other team from scoring. We executed our gameplan fairly well and will be looking to build on this win and continue with this momentum going into the second half of our season.”

Adams, Titans pound Bensalem

Central Bucks South football destroyed Bensalem, 42-0, on Friday. The Titans led at the break, 35-0. Josh Adams scored three first-half touchdowns and finished with 77 yards on just six carries. Senior quarterback Kevin Witchey completed eight of 10 passes for 76 yards and a score (to Austin Cannon). Mike Litzenberger led the defensive charges with six total tackles and a sack.

Malcolm keys Rams’ victory

Pennridge-water-polo-9-18Upper Dublin boys’ water polo came ready to play at the Pennridge pool on Thursday. It was a tight back-and-forth contest as the Cardinals led at the half. They maintained the lead into the fourth period. The more experienced Rams had decided not to play four of their starters, giving the young players a chance to see some action. Even with starters D.J. Maurone, Colin Russell, Nick Spehar and Jake Aigeldinger on the bench, the Rams pulled away in the final period for a 17-11 victory. Callum Malcolm led the scoring for Pennridge with five goals and Tommy Schneider tossed in three as the team evened its conference record at 3-3.

Bucks turn back Panthers

Central Bucks West girls’ tennis shut out Quakertown, 7-0, on Thursday. 1st singles: Anna Sukharen (CBW) def. Madi Shourds (Q), 6-2, 6-0. 2nd singles: Reganne Gonser (CBW) def. Aubri Stetina (Q), 6-1, 6-1. 3rd singles: Lydia Hu (CBW) def. Laryssa Badulak (Q), 6-0, 6-0. 1st doubles: Becca Neisel and Kelly Myers (CBW) def. Ashley Harpster and Rebecca Miller (Q), 4-6, 6-3, 7-6. 2nd doubles: Addie King and Awdren Sclaide (CBW) def. Kayla Reigh and Amanda Hunsberger (Q), 6-2, 6-1. 3rd doubles: Bailey Welsai and Emily Grover (CBW) def. Sam Shourds and Olivia Porambo (Q), 6-1, 6-1. 4th doubles: Maggie Wisniewski and Lydiana Santiago (CBW) def. Abby Campion and Sadie Fowler (Q), 7-5, 6-2.

Titans tame Panthers

Quakertown field hockey gave Central Bucks South all it could handle in a 2-0 setback on Thursday. The game was scoreless at halftime, but the Titans deposited two goals in the second half to post the shutout. Laura Zakzrewski and Emily Cliggett connected for CB South, which outshot Quakertown, 20-8. Rylee Lawler made 13 saves for the Panthers. “[We] had some scoring opportunities early in the game, missing tipped shots just wide of the cage,” Quakertown head coach Alyssa Maltese said. “South scored quickly in the second half off a nice penalty corner set-up. … We are taking this game as a learning experience and are going to continue to work together to make strides to move the program in the right direction.”

Wolfe powers Panthers past Titans

Linzi Wolfe scored two goals in a 32-second span midway through the first half to lead Quakertown girls’ soccer to a 2-1 victory over Central Bucks South on Wednesday. The game was the first for girls’ soccer on the newly renovated Alumni Field turf. The Panthers’ Katie Crouthamel assisted on the second goal. Quakertown was led by a strong performance from midfielder Jami Soriano and ’keeper Erinne Finlayson (11 saves). Courtney Taylor tallied a goal for CB South, while Krysta Reading anchored the defense.