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.
After taking a 27-16 lead into halftime, Central Bucks East boys’ basketball held on to nip Central Bucks West, 45-42, on Wednesday evening. Brendan McLaughlin deposited a game-high 16 points for the Patriots. Tommy Strasburger contributed 13. For the Bucks, Evan Dunn registered 15 points and Jared Kelly 11. McLaughlin dropped in a lay-up to make it 43-42 with 35 seconds to go and then sank two free throws with 11 seconds remaining. Strasburger added 12 rebounds and five assists. CB East’s Blake Peterson amassed six rebounds and nine blocks.
Central Bucks East boys’ hoops held on for a 49-45 victory over Souderton on Tuesday evening. With the win, the Patriots moved to 9-7 overall and 6-4 in the SOL Continental. Ben Kardane (15 points), Brendan McLaughlin (14) and Brendan O’Neil (11) keyed CB East’s offensive attack. Tommy Strasburger cleaned up on the glass, finishing with 12 rebounds; he added four assists. Blake Peterson amassed seven boards and seven blocks.
Central Bucks East boys’ hoops scored a 47-39 victory Monday over Quakertown. Ben Kardane and Tommy Strasburger led the Patriots with 12 and 11 points, respectively. Panther Griffin Schmidt led all scorers with 19 points. The Patriots shot 13 for 17 from the line; Quakertown was five for seven. Strasburger also managed 10 rebounds and six assists; Kardane had six boards. Blake Peterson blocked five shots and corralled seven rebounds for CB East.
Central Bucks East boys’ basketball squared its record at 7-7 overall (4-4 SOL Continental) with a 61-49 victory Friday over North Penn. The Patriots led 34-24 at the half. Tommy Strasburger led the charge for CB East, finishing with 16 points and seven rebounds. Brendan McLaughlin and Matt Gentry added 14 and 11 points, respectively, in the winning cause. Blake Peterson swatted away four Knight shots. The Patriots were eight for 14 from three-point land.
Amazingly, Central Bucks East boys’ basketball blanked William Tennent, 15-0, in the first quarter on its way to a 55-40 victory on Saturday. The Patriots drained five three-pointers in the first frame (Brendan McLaughlin had three). CB East shot eight for 14 from three-point land in the game. McLaughlin finished with a team-high 25 points, while Blake Peterson chipped in 10 blocks and 10 rebounds. Tommy Strasburger amassed eight boards. The Patriots shot 19 for 23 from the line.
Central Bucks East boys’ basketball stormed out to a 22-10 halftime lead en route to a 42-31 victory Friday over Hatboro-Horsham. Tommy Strasburger led the Patriots with 11 points, 11 rebounds and five assists. He was helped by Brendan O’Neil, who managed eight points and eight rebounds. CB East (5-7 overall) shot nine of 11 from the free throw line.
Central Bucks East swimming notched a pair of victories Thursday against visiting Quakertown. The boys prevailed, 98-63, and the girls triumphed, 107-59.
Matt Scamuffo deposited 23 points as Central Bucks South boys’ hoops routed Central Bucks East, 65-49, on Tuesday. The Titans led at the half, 25-17. Bryce Dobisch (13 points) and Chris Hones (12) joined Scamuffo in double figures for CB South. Tommy Strasburger led the Patriots with 14 points. Brendan O’Neil added 10 and Brendan McLaughlin nine for CB East.