Third-seeded Pennridge boys’ volleyball knocked off top-seeded Council Rock North, 3-1 (25-21, 15-25, 25-20, 25-17), on Thursday evening at William Tennent to capture the District One Class AAA championship. Stats for Pennridge: Jesse Smith, 41 assists, nine digs, one ace; Ben Chinnici, 22 kills, three blocks, two aces; Josiah Friesen, nine kills, two blocks; Aaron Nelson, nine kills, six blocks; Cross Edwards, six kills, 17 digs, two blocks; Kevin Jones, three kills; Austin Rush, 10 digs; and Jeremy Baum, seven digs. The Rams (18-3) will play the third-place finisher from District Three in the opening round of states on Wednesday.
Third-seeded Pennridge boys’ volleyball swept No. 2 Pennsbury, 3-0 (25-20, 25-23, 26-24), in Tuesday’s district semifinals at William Tennent. Stats for Pennridge: Jesse Smith, 36 assists, six digs, two blocks; Ben Chinnici, 20 kills, five blocks; Cross Edwards, seven kills, nine digs, two aces; Josiah Friesen, six kills, two blocks; Aaron Nelson, six kills, four blocks; Kevin Jones, three kills, two blocks; Austin Rush, 22 digs; and Jeremy Baum, five digs. The Rams are now 17-3 overall this season. They will take on Council Rock North in the District One final on Thursday night. Tuesday’s win also clinched a spot for Pennridge in the state playoffs for the eighth consecutive season.
No. 3 Pennridge boys’ volleyball took down sixth-seeded William Tennent, 3-1 (25-12, 27-25, 23-25, 25-16), on Thursday in the district quarterfinals. Stats for Pennridge: Jesse Smith, 44 assists, two kills, six digs; Ben Chinnici, 22 kills, three aces; Josiah Friesen, 10 kills, four digs; Aaron Nelson, nine kills; Kevin Jones, five kills; Cross Edwards, two aces, six digs; and Austin Rush, 14 digs, four aces. The Rams moved to 16-3 on the season and will face No. 2 Pennsbury in the district semifinals on Tuesday at 6 p.m.
Pennridge baseball exploded for seven runs in the top of the 11th to sink Quakertown, 12-5, on Tuesday. Joe Robinson led the charge for the Rams, going 4-for-6 with three RBI. Andrew Fantaskey went 2-for-6 with three RBI and two runs scored, while Andrew Horne had three hits and Kyle Yoder two and two runs. Dan Long scored a pair from the leadoff spot. For the Panthers, Aaron Besch and Jake Wooden each knocked in two. Ian Kacergis stood out in relief for Pennridge. He pitched 7 2/3 innings of shutout baseball and fanned 10.
Pennridge boys’ track and field came in first as a team at Friday and Saturday’s SOL Continental Conference championships at CB South. Finishing first for the Rams were: Tucker Desko in the 1,600 in 4:19.62 and in the 800 in 1:55.19; the 4×100 of Carson VanHart, Owen Eisen, Matt Firuta and Josh Pinkney in 42.99; the 4×400 of Alex Dimon, Nico Araneta, Jeff Espinal and Ryan Benner in 3:24.83; Matt Moyer in the high jump in 6-3; and Griffin McMann in the shot put in 49-11.5 and in the discus in 141-4. Pennridge’s 4×800 of Solomon Araneta, Matt Eissler, Espinal and Desko was second in 7:49.82. Josh Pinkney (100 in 11.24) and Austin Howell (400 in 50.12) also placed second. Coming in third were: Eissler in the 1,600 in 4:27.28; John Nash in the 400 in 50.61; Matt Ludlow in the long jump in 21-2.25; and Riley LaRiviere in the shot put in 47-3.
Pennridge boys’ volleyball swept Upper Dublin, 3-0 (25-16, 25-16, 25-22), on Monday. Stats for Pennridge: Jesse Smith, 26 assists, nine digs, two blocks; Aaron Nelson, seven kills, three blocks; Cross Edwards, eight kills, three blocks; Kevin Jones, five kills, two blocks; Josiah Friesen, five kills, four aces, two blocks; Austin Rush, 12 digs, two aces; Caleb Pennell, eight digs; and Ethan Lionetti, six digs. The Rams wrapped up the regular season at 15-3 overall and 15-1 in the SOL Continental Conference.
Pennridge boys’ volleyball celebrated Senior Night by beating Souderton, 3-1 (17-25, 25-17, 25-19, 25-16), and clinching the SOL Continental Conference championship with a 14-1 mark on Friday. Stats for Pennridge: Jesse Smith, 45 assists, 13 digs, two aces, two blocks; Aaron Nelson, six kills, two blocks; Jon Bedillion, three kills, six digs; Ryan Spangler, three kills; Sam Cullen, two kills; Caleb Pennell, 11 digs, two aces; Austin Rush, eight digs; and Jeremy Baum, seven digs.
Pennridge welcomed 10 other track and field teams, both boys and girls, to Thursday’s Helman Memorial Track and Field Meet. In attendance were: Abington Friends (AF), CB East (CBE), CB South (CBS), CB West (CBW), Christopher Dock (CD), CR North (CRN), New Hope-Solebury (NH), Pennridge (P), Plumstead Christian (PC), Souderton (S) and Western Wayne (WW). Boys’ first-place winners follow: 300 (Adam Smoluk, CBS), 39.81; 4×800 (Jeff Espinal, Jared Pleibel, Andrew Saville, Solomon Araneta, P), 8:22.30; 100 (Josh Pinkney, P), 10.94; 1,600 (Matt Eissler, P), 4:27.34; 4×100 (Carson VanHart, Owen Eisen, Matt Firuta, Josh Pinkney, P), 42.52; 400 (Jake Claricurzio, CBW), 50.81; 110 (Josh Wolfe, CD), 15.30; 800 (Tucker Desko, P), 1:54.77; 200 (Christian Bobowicz, CBW), 21.81; 3,200 (Jake Brophy, CBE), 9:34.01; 4×400 (Alex Dimon, Jeff Espinal, Matt Eissler, Solomon Araneta, P), 3:27.10; 4×100 throwers (P); shot put (Riley LaRiviere, P), 46-7.5; discus (Riley LaRiviere, P), 144-6; javelin (Jamie Fitzsimmons, CBW), 140-2; long jump (Alex Parasky, CBE), 21-4.5; triple jump (Adam Smoluk, CBS), 42-11.5; high jump (Matt Moyer, P), 6-0; and pole vault (Cole Rupert, CD), 13-3. Girls’ first-place winners follow: 300 (Jess Milligan, P), 45.93; 4×800 (Abbey Iafolla, Annie Senour, Hannah Morris, Kieran Hutchinson, CBE), 9:52.55; 100 (Kouri Peace, P), 11.85; 1,600 (Monika Brill, P), 5:21.29; 4×100 (CBS), 48.16; 400 (Savannah Herring, NH), 1:00.20; 800 (Juliet Ryan, P), 2:20.40; 200 (Kouri Peace, P), 23.60; 3,200 (Monika Brill, P), 11:51.16; 4×400 (CBS), 4:01.81; shot put (Ashley George, P), 32-11; discus (Michelle Sun, CRN), 83-6; javelin (Shannon Coache, P), 101-3; long jump (Sara Pfeiffer, CBS), 16-4.5; triple jump (Haley Anderson, CD), 35-8; high jump (Valerie Przekop, CBS), 5-7.5; and pole vault (Nikki Clements, CD), 10-9.
Pennridge boys’ volleyball triumphed at North Penn, 3-1 (25-12, 25-23, 13-25, 25-15), on Wednesday. Stats for Pennridge: Jesse Smith, 33 assists, eight digs; Cross Edwards, 11 kills, eight digs, three aces; Kevin Jones, six kills, two blocks; Aaron Nelson, five kills, four blocks; Josiah Friesen, five kills, five blocks; Austin Rush, 12 digs; and Jeremy Baum, six digs. The Rams, at 13-1 in the SOL Continental, moved one step closer to the conference championship.
Pennridge boys’ track and field swept through the SOL Continental, concluding its conference mark at 7-0 with Tuesday’s triumph over Hatboro-Horsham, 106-44. First-place winners follow: 300 (Alex Dimon, Pennridge), 39.84; 4×800 (Pennridge’s Luke Eissler, Matt Eissler, Solomon Araneta, Austin Howell), 9:24.6; 100 (Bobby Gablein, Hatboro), 10.98; 1,600 (Tucker Desko, Pennridge), 4:30.19; 4×100 (Pennridge’s Carson VanHart, Owen Eisen, Matt Firuta, Josh Pinkney), 43.77; 400 (John Nash, Pennridge), 49.92; 110 (Alex Dimon, Pennridge), 14.91; 800 (Tucker Desko, Pennridge), 1:57.74; 200 (Josh Pinkney, Pennridge), 22.44; 3,200 (Allen, Hatboro), 10:00.56; 4×400 (Pennridge’s Jeff Espinal, Ryan Benner, Nico Araneta, Matt Eissler), 3:31.96; shot put (Riley LaRiviere, Pennridge), 46-2.5; discus (Riley LaRiviere, Pennridge), 149-1; javelin (Haas, Hatboro), 184-6; long jump (Matt Ludlow, Pennridge), 21-2.25; triple jump (Kellen Brown, Pennridge), 38-6; high jump (Matt Moyer, Pennridge), 6-1; and pole vault (Nick Marino, Hatboro), 14-0.