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Rams swim laps around Cheltenham

Pennridge boys’ and girls’ swimming started the season off right with a pair of victories over visiting Cheltenham on Friday. The boys won, 128-58, and the girls prevailed, 113-67. “The Pennridge girls and boys were very impressive in their first outing of the season with two pool records, three school records, 10 automatic district qualifying cuts and three consideration district qualifying cuts,” head coach Ryan Griffiths said. Brittany Weiss set a school record in the 200 IM (2:13.45) and hit her district automatic cut. She also made districts in the 100 breaststroke. Morgan Scott won the 200 free in a district automatic time of 1:55.42. She also established a new school and pool record in taking the 500 free in a district-qualifying 5:10.20. Anna Beno made districts in the 100 backstroke in 1:02.04, and Hannah Zurmuhl scored a new pool record and a district automatic cut in the 50 free in 24.28 and made the district field in the 100 free. Weiss, Claire Beno, Hannah Zurmuhl and Scott won the 200 free relay in a school-record time of 1:40.45 and are going to districts. Weiss, Anna Beno, Zurmuhl and Scott, in the 400 free relay, also advanced to districts in 3:43.49. For the boys, Aaron Lloyd landed a place in districts for diving.

Saucon Valley gets offensive

Pennridge boys’ basketball opened its season with a 76-65 setback at home to Saucon Valley on Friday night. Saucon outscored the Rams, 29-21, in the fourth quarter in an offensive fireworks display. Pennridge led by one, 29-28, at halftime. Joe Molettiere led three players in double figures scoring for the Rams. He had 17. Dan Long and Zach Muredda were right behind him with 16 and 15 points, respectively. Pennridge will take on Christopher Dock at 5:30 p.m. Saturday in the consolation game of the tipoff tournament.

Bucks rally to sink Rustin

Central Bucks West girls’ basketball, trailing, 41-35, at the half, turned on the jets in the second half and blew visiting West Chester Rustin out of its gym, 77-61, on Friday night. The Bucks outscored Rustin, 18-7, in the third quarter and 24-13 in the fourth. Corrinne Godshall had 26 points, including two threes, to lead CB West. Nicole Munger had 19 – and went 10 for 11 from the line – and Makenzie Mason added 15. The Bucks were 26 for 32 from the free throw line.

Patriots pull away in second half

Central Bucks East boys’ basketball exploded in the second half, outscoring Lincoln, 34-15, on its way to a 45-27 triumph on Friday at the Archbishop Ryan tipoff tourney. Tommy Strasburger scored all 17 of his points in the second half for the Patriots. Blake Peterson scored 12, grabbed eight boards and had four blocks. Justin O’Neil sank six points and added a team-high 10 rebounds. CB East went 14 for 18 from the line and 13 for 14 in the second half. The Patriots will get Bensalem on Saturday at 6 p.m.

Eagles retain Thanksgiving trophy

South-footballSouth Hunterdon football held on to the Battle of the Bridges trophy by blanking New Hope-Solebury, 31-0, on Thanksgiving morning in the snow and mud at South Hunterdon. The Eagles defense was suffocating, not allowing the Lions a first down all game. Shane Carey and Myles Johnson each ran in two touchdowns for South Hunterdon, which will now prepare for its NJSIAA Central, Group I final against Shore Regional next Saturday at Kean University in Union.

Garnet Valley shuts down Titans

Central Bucks South football’s season ended on Friday at Garnet Valley, 35-15, in the first round of the District One Class AAAA tournament. Josh Adams had both touchdowns for the Titans: a one-yard run in the second quarter and another one-yard run in the fourth. He finished with 60 yards on 19 carries. Defensively, three Titans finished with double-digit tackles: P.J. Thompson with 13, Luke Kohler with 12 and Nate Norris with 11.

Titans upset at Souderton

Central Bucks South football tumbled a few spots down the District One Class AAAA seeding order with a 14-10 setback at Souderton on Halloween. The Indians scored all 14 points in the first quarter. The Titans chipped away on a Kevin Witchey second-quarter five-yard touchdown run, and Tyler Fischer connected on a 25-yard field goal in the third, but it wasn’t enough. Playing without standout running back Josh Adams, CB South leaned on Witchey (18 carries for 90 yards) on the ground. Witchey was 20-for-30 passing for 145 yards. Nate Norris and Luke Kohler each had 10 total tackles in the losing effort.