Alex Gibson toted the pigskin 40 times for 185 yards and three touchdowns as Central Bucks East football held on to down Central Bucks South, 28-21, on Friday night at War Memorial Field. Gibson also caught a 24-yard pass from Zach Nelsen and scampered into the end zone. Brian Passman had 142 yards on the ground on 14 carries for the Patriots. For the Titans, Kevin Witchey threw two touchdown passes of 54 yards (to Brian Kish) and of 36 yards (to Kevin Moran). Moran also caught a scoring pass of 51 yards from Matt Radwanski in the first quarter. Moran finished with 95 yards on three receptions. Luke Kohler stood out on the defensive side of the ball for CB South, with 19 total tackles.
In a battle of unbeatens Monday night in East Rockhill, Pennridge girls’ soccer pulled out a 3-2 victory over visiting Central Bucks East. Sophomore Emma Loving scored both goals for the Patriots, in the 5th and the 75th minutes. Senior Jackie Stevens had two goals for the Rams, in the 20th and the 60th minutes. Senior Andrea Caya had the other goal for Pennridge. She headed in a corner kick off the foot of Julia Rufe with 1:17 remaining in the first half.
Sara Reigh scored two second-half goals and Gabby Dontonville one as Quakertown field hockey got by CB East, 3-0, Thursday at War Memorial Field. Josh Schwarz assisted on both Reigh goals and Megan Thompson assisted on Dontonville’s tally at the 5:48 mark of the second half.
Central Bucks East girls’ volleyball needed four sets to erase Quakertown, 3-1 (25-12, 25-19, 23-25, 25-20), Thursday. For the Panthers, Jen Sterner had nine kills, seven digs and one block, while Liana Buonanno Taylor contributed 14 digs and four kills. Haley Sheehan added five kills and two blocks, and Autumn Bolton had 12 digs.
By Dylan Junkin
Lines reached the streets as thousands of fans, students and players alike crowded into War Memorial Field. The East-West game is under way. In the years since their split in 1969, Central Bucks East and Central Bucks West have become bitter rivals in almost every sport. Football is no exception. The annual East-West game is arguably the most important and meaningful game of the season for both teams. Although West has won the game for the last two years, East looked strong coming into the game.
At 7 p.m. on Oct. 4, the referee blew the whistle, and the game began. Right from the start both teams enjoyed great offensive success. Alex Gibson, a sophomore at East, had a career performance. In the first half alone, he ran for 248 yards and four touchdowns.
His performance did not go unanswered. West seniors John Fitz and Joe Ramos drove the Bucks to success throughout the game. Fitz, the quarterback, threw for four touchdowns, and Ramos caught two touchdown passes and made a key interception.
At halftime, the Patriots trailed by seven points, 35-28.
After an eventful first half, the game settled down. In the third quarter, West increased its lead to 42-28, with Corey Schott receiving a pass from Fitz. Panic began to set in on the East side as West’s lead increased and East’s two starting linebackers, Jack Lamb and Jacob Yerkes, were injured. East quickly recovered with Ryan Kronmiller receiving a touchdown pass from East’s quarterback, Zach Nelsen. East missed the extra point, and the score stood at 42-34.
In the remaining minutes of the game, East attempted to tie the Bucks, without success. The final score was 42-34.
After the game Brian Hensel, the head coach for the Bucks, commented, “The energy that was there made for a great football game.” Ramos, the wide receiver for the Bucks, added, “[It was] a dream come true.”
On the other side, John Donnelly, the head coach of East, was disappointed for his team. “They just put their hearts and souls into it…it was a heartbreaker, no doubt.”
CB West now leads the league with a 3-0 record. East is tied for fourth at 1-2. Next week the Patriots will take on Souderton.
North Penn boys’ cross country downed both Central Bucks East (22-35) and Quakertown (17-46) in a tri-meet on Wednesday. The Patriots handled the Panthers (19-40) in the other match. Top 10: Jake Brophy (CBE), 16:18; Ryan Long (NP), 17:05; Ryan Grace (NP), 17:20; Matt Aham (NP), 17:32; Colin McLaughlin (Q), 17:35; Billy Rollo (CBE), 17:30; Tim Boyle (NP), 17:40; Nick Decerbe (NP), 17:48; Connor Sands (CBE), 17:48; Josh Goetz (CBE), 17:51. On the girls’ side, CB East posted a pair of wins: 22-35 over North Penn and 15-50 over Quakertown. North Penn beat Quakertown (15-40) in the other contest. Top 10: Elizabeth Huuki (CBE), 19:23; Tate Dawson (CBE), 19:30; Brianna Mengini (NP), 19:34; Meghan Willcoxon (CBE), 19:36; Jenna Reimer (NP), 19:50; Ali Valenti (NP), 20:00; Lizzie Morris (CBE), 20:30; Hannah Morris (CBE), 20:36; Colleen McGovern (NP), 20:39; Jackie Kinkend (CBE), 20:42.
Emma Loving, Shaun Kane and Miranda Meehan all scored for Central Bucks East as the Patriots girls’ soccer team shut out Quakertown, 3-0, on Friday. Emily Horn and Holly Moyer added assists. In net, CB East’s Paige Marcinkowski had six saves and Katy Dolf two. Quakertown’s Erinne Finlayson stopped 15 shots. The Patriots held an 18-8 advantage in shots.
Becky Gerhart scored with 12:19 remaining in the first half as Quakertown field hockey held on to clip Central Bucks East, 1-0, on Friday. Josh Schwarz assisted. The Panthers owned a 12-8 advantage in shots. Maddie Calder was credited with eight saves for Quakertown, while Sam Gregorczack stopped 11 for CB East.
By Dylan Junkin
Early Saturday morning, Sept. 14, 48 schools from the greater Philadelphia area competed in the 24th annual Bulldog Invitational. Among these schools was Central Bucks East. Top runners from East such as Jake Brophy, Connor Sands, Billy Rollo and Jon Wommer for the boys and Elizabeth Huuki, Tate Dawson, Elizabeth Morris and Hannah Morris for the girls raced on Saturday.
Brophy led the boys’ varsity team, placing third with a time of 15:38, a new record for the sophomore. He was followed by Sands with a time of 16:23, Rollo at 17:23 and Wommer at 17:24. The boys took sixth place in the race.
Huuki ran a great race, as well, placing second with a time of 18:42. Dawson, Elizabeth Morris and Hannah Morris followed with times of 18:50, 18:57 and 19:25, respectively. Overall, the girls claimed first place in the race.
East also ran well in the JV races. For the boys, Frank Brophy, Troy Flagler and Will Shultz led the pack. The top runners in the girls’ event were Sarah Romanus, Amanda Conley and Courtney Wentz.
After a stellar race this Saturday, East hopes to repeat as league champions in its upcoming season. The Patriots’ next race, a dual meet against CB West and Pennridge, will be crucial to their success.
Central Bucks East golf won at Quakertown, 202-215, on Wednesday. Kyle Kost ended his day with a 39 for the Patriots. Teammate Tommy Lewis carded a 40, and Matt DeJonge, Alex Philipp and Conner Krazaczyk all fired a 41. For the Panthers, Cody Sterner returned to the clubhouse with a 40. He was followed by: Tanner Seislove, 42; Danny Reigh, 43; Calvin Suk, 45; and Joe Rochelle, 45.