Central Bucks East boys’ basketball shot 24 for 41 from the floor and 10 for 13 from the line en route to a 65-47 victory Tuesday over Pennridge. Patriot Tommy Strasburger filled out the stat sheet with a team-high 18 points, six rebounds and six assists. Brendan McLaughlin added 16 points and Matt Gentry 11. For the Rams, Dan Long managed 12 points, while teammates Zach Muredda and Joe Molettiere each deposited 11 and Mike Tatarowicz 10.
Karlee Krchnavi scored 29 points and Joey Noonan contributed 12 as Palisades girls’ basketball defeated Palmerton, 58-50, on Saturday in a Colonial League match-up. Alexa Parks added nine points for the victors.
Frankford erased a 31-18 halftime deficit to surprise Central Bucks East boys’ hoops, 59-53, on Saturday. Brendan McLaughlin and Matt Gentry registered 15 and 12 points, respectively, to lead the Patriots. Tommy Strasburger added 10.
A 16-1 Exeter third quarter spelled doom for the Quakertown girls’ basketball team on Saturday. The Panthers lost, 42-29. Ashlee Ruzicka deposited a team-high nine points for Quakertown. Brooke Alwine added seven and Meghan Klee six.
By Dylan Junkin
At 4:30 a.m. on Saturday, most high school students were sound asleep, but runners, jumpers and throwers from all around Bucks County and Philadelphia rose to compete at Glen Mills High School.
Among these teams was Central Bucks East. CB East has enjoyed great success this season with numerous runners qualifying for the state competition, among them brothers Jake and Frank Brophy.
Jake, a sophomore, and Frank, a senior, came together in the 4×800-meter relay race. Along with Carlos Valez and Josh Goetz, the Brophy brothers led their relay to a third-place victory. The fasted leg of the race came from Frank, in 2:03.
The other highlight of the race came from CB East’s 4×400-meter relay consisting of Ata Shahideh, Oliver Boucher, Louis Kettleberger and Ryan Mitchell. Boucher ran the fasted leg of the race, in 53.2. The CB East relay won its heat and came in fifth overall, earning it a medal.
Overall, CB East had a great race with many runners improving their personal bests and getting closer to the Meet of Champions in late February and the state competition on March 1.
CB East’s next race will be at Lehigh University on Feb. 8.
Faith Christian boys’ basketball drilled Morrisville, 70-42, on Friday. Danny Ziccardi and Ezekiel Snowden led the charge offensively for the Lions, finishing with 17 and 16 points, respectively. Jon Hasson added nine points to the cause. Ziccardi had six steals, and Will Diaz dished out seven assists.
Central Bucks West girls’ basketball notched an impressive, 53-33 victory over sister school Central Bucks South in Warrington on Friday. The Bucks led 26-14 at halftime. Corrinne Godshall paced CB West with 17 points, including two three-pointers. Nicole Munger and Mackenzie Carroll added 12 and 10 points, respectively.
Southern Lehigh picked up a 48-31 victory over Palisades girls’ hoops on Friday evening. Karlee Krchnavi paced the Pirates with 16 points; Joey Noonan had eight.
Four days after falling at Central Bucks East, Quakertown boys’ basketball returned the favor on Friday night at home, downing the Patriots, 63-54. Griffin Schmidt finished with 20 points for the Panthers. He was joined in double figures by: Kevin Norvasis, 13; Liam Buckley, 11; and Brian Rejniak, 10. Patriot Tommy Strasburger matched Schmidt for game-high honors with 20 points. Ben Kardane and Brendan O’Neil each added eight.
Pennridge boys’ basketball nipped Souderton, 49-45, on Friday. A 16-10 third quarter helped the Rams improve to 14-5 overall and 8-3 in the SOL Continental. Zach Muredda managed a team-high 20 points for Pennridge. He was helped by Dan Long, who dropped in 19, thanks to a six-for-seven effort from the line.