Central Bucks East boys’ lacrosse held on to clip Hatboro-Horsham, 6-5, in a key early season Suburban One League Continental Conference battle on Monday. The Patriots, after trailing 3-2 at the half, scored twice in the third to go up, 4-3. The Hatters tied it up early in the fourth, but CB East put in two unanswered goals, one by Matt Heim and the other by Matt Milici, to take a one-goal lead with two minutes to go. Sean McGovern made four key saves in the final two minutes to preserve the one-goal victory for the Patriots. McGovern finished with 13 saves. CB East moves to 4-1 overall (2-0 in SOL Continental play). Heim and Milici each finished with two goals. Matt Schmidt and Matt Vetter also scored for the Patriots.
A persistent rain couldn’t stop Central Bucks East boys’ lacrosse on Saturday. The Patriots beat Downingtown East, 10-6. CB East held the Cougars scoreless in the first half and controlled the tempo and the game. The Patriots had five scorers with two goals each (Matt Milici, Matt Schmidt, Matt Heim, Matt Vetter and Dustin Buchanan) and Sean McGovern had 13 saves. CB East moves to 3-1. Up next for the Patriots is a clash with Hatboro-Horsham at 6 p.m. Monday at Hatboro.
Central Bucks East boys’ lacrosse beat Central Bucks West, 8-3, in Doylestown on Thursday night. The contest was tied at 2-2 after three quarters. The Patriots went on a run in the fourth, spreading the ball around to five different goal scorers. Matt Milici and Matt Schmidt led the scoring with two goals apiece. Matt Brown also had two goals. Additional scoring for CB East was provided by Matt Heim and Logan Nelsen, each with a goal. Sean McGovern had nine saves, and the CB East defense, led by Tyler Butler, Will Dempster, Michael Eveland and Dustin Buchanan, held the Bucks to three goals. Jimmy Seykort had two goals and an assist for CB West. Grant Udinski added five groundballs, and goalie Mike Harvan stopped 12 shots.
Central Bucks East wrestling denied Quakertown’s bid to share a piece of the SOL Continental title, posting a 34-29 victory Monday evening in Holicong. 120: Harrison Campbell (Q) def. Cole Yerkes (CBE), fall, 2:37. 126: Michael Driver (CBE) def. Tanner Seislove (Q), 7-4 dec. 132: Ryan Chalifoux (CBE) def. Cullen Williamson (Q), 11-1 major dec. 138: Evan Wilson (CBE) def. Noah Wood (Q), fall, 1:15. 145: Francesco Fabozzi (CBE) def. Jimmy Flood (Q), fall, 1:22. 152: Lucas Garges (Q) def. Ned Moore (CBE), fall, 4:21. 160: Matt Cascioli (CBE) def. Nick Bonomo (Q), 5-2 dec. 170: Matt Stoneback (Q) def. Connor Borkert (CBE), 13-3 major dec. 182: Gavin Caroff (Q) def. Antonio Nicosia (CBE), fall, 2:52. 195: Sam Presti (CBE) def. Bobby Boyd (Q), fall, 1:31. 220: Micah Jones (Q) def. Mark Remmey (CBE), 12-7 dec. 285: Alexander Jordan (CBE) def. Justin Correa (Q), 3-0 dec. 106: Collyn Dorney (Q) def. Alex Shaffer (CBE), 14-6 major dec. 113: Zach Shaffer (CBE) def. Johnny Frascella (Q), 5-3 dec.
Upper Dublin needed three overtimes to outlast Central Bucks East boys’ basketball, 53-44, on Saturday. Upper Dublin put the game away at the free throw line in the final overtime, going 12 for 16. The Patriots didn’t hit a single free throw (0-3) all game. Tommy Strasburger registered 13 points to lead CB East. Teammates Brendan McLaughlin and Ben Kardane each chipped in nine.
Tommy Strasburger made two of three free throws with .5 seconds remaining in the second overtime to lift Central Bucks East boys’ hoops to a heart-pounding, 50-49 victory Friday night at Central Bucks South. The win gave the Patriots a share of the SOL Continental title with the Titans, North Penn and Pennridge. Strasburger finished the game with 16 points, 10 rebounds and three assists. Brendan O’Neil added 15 points to the winning effort. For CB South, Bryce Dobisch led the way with 14 points.
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.
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.
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.
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.