Marvin Todd ran for 166 yards on 12 carries and three touchdowns as Central Bucks West football smoked Central Bucks South, 45-7, on Friday night. Thalen Sayres ran for a pair of scores for the Bucks. Corey Schott returned a punt 69 yards for a touchdown in the first quarter. Neither team scored in the second half. The Titans’ lone score came via a Matt Radwanski pass to Eric Katz for 35 yards.
Central Bucks West boys’ soccer lost in its bid to advance to the District One Class AAA semifinals with a 2-1 setback to Downingtown West in the quarterfinals Saturday at Doylestown’s War Memorial Field. Joel Klapper scored for the Bucks in the 15th minute. But the Whippets’ Luke Maruca connected in the 49th minute and teammate Cameron Young found the back of the net in the 76th to push CB West into the playback round for the fifth and final spot in states.
Senior Erick Fiorelli scored right before the half as Central Bucks West field hockey advanced in the District One Class AAA tournament with a 3-0 victory over visiting Pennridge on Monday night at War Memorial. The Bucks will be back in action Wednesday at home against Downingtown East. Freshman Cadera Smith and junior Kim Hitchcock also scored for CB West.
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.
Central Bucks West girls’ volleyball won a hard-fought battle Thursday against Quakertown, 3-0 (27-25, 25-16, 25-19). Statistics for Quakertown: Jen Sterner, 19 assists, four kills; Amanda Pursel, seven kills, four digs; Haley Sheehan, seven kills, two digs; Sabrina Lee, five kills, one block; Katelyn Spieker, five kills; Liana Buonanno Taylor, 12 digs; and Lindsay Beck, 10 digs.
Central Bucks West boys’ cross country beat both Souderton (15-41) and Quakertown (28-31) at a tri-meet at Peace Valley on Wednesday. At the same meet, Quakertown defeated Souderton (22-34). Top 10: Colin McLaughlin (Q), 16:25; Alex Balla (Q), 16:25; Rock Fortna (CBW), 16:37; Brian Iatarola (CBW), 16:50; Stephen Shelly (Q), 17:02; Ian Davies (CBW), 17:03; Declan McDonald (CBW), 17:04; Brian Mass (CBW), 17:17; David Cappi (S), 17:20; and Ben Severn (CBW), 17:23. For the girls, the Bucks were again victorious, downing Souderton (15-50) and Quakertown (15-50). Souderton knocked off Quakertown (21-38). Top 10 (all CB West): Maddie Villalba, 19:12; Lindsey Gerlach, 19:22; Meghan Iatarola, 19:38; Emily Aunihs, 19:54; Jill Keyte, 19:58; Shelby Bigaman, 20:14; Olivia Lafferty, 20:22; Marlee Evans, 20:32; CC Davies, 20:43; and Lauren Olsen, 20:54.
Central Bucks West girls’ tennis blanked Quakertown, 7-0, on Tuesday. 1st singles: Amanda Cyr (CBW) def. Meranda Weathers (Q), 6-1, 6-0. 2nd singles: Kriste Rons (CBW) def. Maddie Shourds (Q), 6-0, 6-1. 3rd singles: Laura Johnson (CBW) def. Aubri Stetina (Q), 6-0, 6-0. 1st doubles: Regan Gosner and Kelly Myers (CBW) def. Heather Robbins and Jess Baskin (Q), 6-0, 6-1. 2nd doubles: Becca Weisel and Sami Evans (CBW) def. Ashley Harpster and Kayla Reigh (Q), 6-3, 6-0. 3rd doubles: Ana Boyko and Lauren Barnett (CBW) def. Amanda Hunsberger and Shelby Valente (Q), 6-3, 6-0. 4th doubles: Emily Gruver and Andy Schiele (CBW) def. Felicia Marsala and Laryssa Badulak (Q), 6-0, 6-0.
Jeff Strasburg fired a 36 and Tyler Sokolis chipped in a 37 as Central Bucks West golf slipped by Quakertown, 193-212, Thursday. Michayla Siemion, Andrew Coleman and Reid Moncada all finished with a 40 for the Bucks. The Panthers had two players, Kevin Joyce (38) and Joe Rochelle (39), break 40. Also contributing were: Cody Sterner, 43; Tanner Seislove, 46; and Danny Reigh, 49.
Shea McCarty scored 9:23 into overtime as Central Bucks West girls’ soccer got by Quakertown, 2-1, on Tuesday. Shannon Gibat scored her eighth goal of the season for the Panthers in the first half. She was assisted by Linzi Wolfe, who notched her sixth assist of the year. The Bucks, who held a 23-12 advantage in shots on goal, got the equalizer in the 62nd minute courtesy of Maddy Shaw. Erinne Finlayson amassed 18 saves for Quakertown; Grace Bendon had five for CB West.
Central Bucks East girls’ volleyball swept rival Central Bucks West, 3-0 (25-19, 25-16, 25-22), Monday in Holicong. Rachel Clow had 11 kills to lead the Patriots. Hannah Lunak and Lindsay McIntosh contributed nine and seven kills, respectively. Lauren Helveston added 37 assists, and Erin Lane had 12 digs and five aces. For the Bucks, Alicia West sent home nine kills, Kayla King had 13 assists and Kailey Prall came up with 10 digs.