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Rams drop tough one to LaSalle

Pennridge-polo-10-9Pennridge boys’ water polo couldn’t get it going in a very important contest against LaSalle on Thursday. The two teams had played each other twice before, splitting two close games. It was a defensive struggle in the first period as both teams scored a goal. The offense opened up a bit in the second period with LaSalle taking a 5-3 lead. That lead doubled in the third period as the Explorers started to pull away to go up 9-5. The final period was all LaSalle as Pennridge couldn’t keep up with the Explorers offense and lost, 13-6. Nick Spehar led the Rams with three goals. The loss puts the Rams in jeopardy of qualifying for the state tournament.

Spartans excel again on track

Solebury School cross country participated in a Penn-Jersey meet at Fern Hill Park on Thursday. There were eight schools in attendance. Solebury’s girls finished first overall with a total score of 20. Senior Ilona Wilde was the first finisher for the girls and for her team in a time of 22:43. Juniors Emma Black and Lina Freudenberg finished third and fourth overall, respectively, senior Jessie Forest finished fifth and sophomore Alexis Molgat was the seventh finisher with junior Alexandra Morrow on her heels for a very close eighth-place finish. The Solebury boys took second behind Doane Academy, finishing with 45 points. Top finishers for the Spartans were: junior Nick Lavery, finishing fifth overall in 19:29; junior Robert Lagay, finishing seventh overall; freshmen Matt Moynihan and Andrei Benoliel, finishing 10th and 11th, respectively; and senior Elvis Fang rounded out the top five for his team.

Patriots bounce Panthers in three

Central Bucks East girls’ volleyball soundly defeated Quakertown, 3-0 (25-14, 25-10, 25-10), on Thursday. Quakertown stats: Jen Sterner, six assists, two digs, one ace; Kerry Vanyo, four assists, four digs; Amanda Pursel, three kills, six digs; Haley Sheehan, three kills, three digs; Katelyn Spieker, two kills, two digs; Skylar Lee, two blocks; Lindsay Beck, 11 digs.

Panthers double up Patriots

Emma McLaughlin had two goals and two assists as Quakertown field hockey got by Central Bucks East, 4-2, on Thursday. Elaina Abramson and Gabby Dontonville also scored for the Panthers. Megan Thompson added an assist. Riley Donnelly had both tallies for the Patriots. CB East had more corners, 11-6. Quakertown goalie Rylee Lawler made seven saves. Betty Wesney stopped two for CB East. “We’ve been working on our transitions from offense to defense in the past few weeks and it is starting to click for the girls,” Panthers head coach Alyssa Maltese said. “We still have some work to do, but the girls are excited to play and learn. We did much better at possessing the ball and moving the ball around the field instead of always going forward, but we still have some work to do on finishing plays in our attacking circle. We are looking to build on this momentum as we finish the last two games of regular season.”

Panthers host double dual meet

Quakertown boys’ cross country welcomed North Penn and Pennridge to town on Wednesday. The Panthers lost to North Penn (16-47) and Pennridge (17-44). The Rams lost to the Knights, 23-36. Top 10 overall: Sean Collins (NP), 16.42; Phil Gunderson (P), 16.43; Michael Cooney (NP), 16.58; Andrew Himes (NP), 17.06; Tucker Desko (P), 17.07; Eddison Fowler (P), 17.30; Zack Thomas (NP), 17.43; Hudson Delisle (Q), 17.43; Kyle Parncutt (NP), 17.44; Thomas Rozinski (NP), 17.45.

Spartans defeated by George School

Solebury School boys’ soccer lost to George School, 7-1, on Tuesday. George led, 6-1, at intermission. The Spartans were outshot, 25-4. John Arth netted a hat trick. Taylor Goldberg scored the lone goal for Solebury; he was assisted by Jose Prado Schroder. Gabe Kass stopped 20 shots for the Spartans in goal.

Spartans run well at New Hope

Solebury School cross country participated in a meet at New Hope-Solebury on Tuesday. The Lady Spartans beat Pennington School, 28-29, but lost to New Hope, 26-29. Top runners for Solebury were: senior Ilona Wilde, finishing in 22:29; junior Emma Black; senior Jessie Forest; and juniors Lina Freudenberg and Alexandra Morrow. The Solebury boys lost to New Hope, 15-50; lost to Pennington School, 24-31; and beat Calvary Christian, 15-50. Top runners for the Spartans were: junior Nick Lavery, junior Robert Lagay, freshman Matt Moynihan, junior Kyle Miller and freshman Andrei Benoliel.