Panthers edge rival Rams

Quakertown boys’ tennis eked out a 4-3 victory over Pennridge on Tuesday. 1st singles: Nolan Pernia (Q) def. Steve Mehlbaum (P), 6-0, 6-1. 2nd singles: Mike Kelsall (Q) def. Adam Rapinski (P), 6-1, 6-4. 3rd singles: Alec Buonanno (Q) def. Neil Frings (P), 6-2, 6-4. 1st doubles: Gordon Blaxwell and Zach Alexander (P) def. Evan Koch and Zach Kraus (Q), 1-6, 6-2, 6-4. 2nd doubles: Alex Cope and Andrew Chant (P) def. Ryan Kinney and Tyler Andreacchio (Q), 6-0, 6-4. 3rd doubles: Jake Shollenberger and Ryan Alexander (P) def. J.R. Ebersole and Ray McCarroll (Q), 6-3, 6-4. 4th doubles: Randy Stenson and Kasey Hill (Q) def. Jack Malcolm and Austin Lare (P), 6-4, 6-4.

Rams stun Reading in states

Pennridge boys’ basketball won its first-ever state playoff game in a 61-59 thriller over District Three third-place Reading on Saturday at Wilson-West Lawn. The Rams outscored Reading, 19-13, in the fourth quarter and will move on to play Plymouth-Whitemarsh on Wednesday evening at Spring-Ford in the state second round. Against Reading, Joe Molettiere and Zach Muredda each netted 18 points; Dan Long had 14 and Joe Unangst seven for the victors.

Rams finish fifth in district

Pennridge boys’ basketball took fifth in District One Class AAAA after squashing Lower Merion, 58-36, on Friday night. The Rams shut out Lower Merion, 12-0, in the third quarter and won the second half, 33-10. Dan Long (18 points), Zach Muredda (17) and Joe Molettiere (15) led the offensive charge for Pennridge, which improved to 24-4 overall. The Rams will play Reading on March 7 in the first round of states.

Rams triumph in triple overtime

Pennridge boys’ basketball needed triple overtime to down Methacton, 90-79, in a playback for fifth place in the District One Class AAAA tournament on Wednesday evening. The Rams rallied back from a 34-25 halftime hole to force OT. Pennridge junior Dan Long led all scorers with 29 points. Zach Muredda added 24 and Joe Molettiere 23 in the victory. The Rams, at 23-4 overall, will host Lower Merion on Friday, Feb. 27, at 7 p.m., for fifth place.

Foul shooting hinders Rams

A four-for-16 effort from the free throw line halted Pennridge boys’ basketball’s march in the District One Class AAAA tournament on Friday night. The Rams, the third seed, slipped to No. 6 Abington, 58-49, in the district quarterfinals. The Galloping Ghosts outscored the Rams in the fourth quarter, 21-11. Dan Long had 16 points for Pennridge; teammate Joe Molettiere managed 12 and Ryan Cuthbert nine, including the Rams’ only three-point bucket. Pennridge will begin its pursuit for fifth place in districts on Tuesday.

Rams qualify for states

Pennridge boys’ basketball punched its ticket to states with a 53-47 victory over Coatesville at home on Wednesday night. For the Rams, it is their first trip to states. Pennridge, seeded third in the District One Class AAAA field, fought back from a 13-7 first-quarter deficit to clip Coatesville, the No. 14 seed. Four Rams finished in double digits. Dan Long led the way with 15 points; he was followed by Ryan Cuthbert (13), Zach Muredda (11) and Joe Molettiere (10). Cuthbert stole the show, coming off the bench to hit a three-pointer and all four of his foul shots. Pennridge will host Abington at home on Friday in the district quarterfinals.

Long guides Rams past Spring-Ford

Dan Long scored 25 points and Zach Muredda 23 as Pennridge boys’ basketball got past Spring-Ford, 78-54, in the first round of the District One Class AAAA tournament on Friday. The Rams, seeded third in the 32-team field, will challenge No. 14 Coatesville on Tuesday at home. Pennridge crushed Spring-Ford with a 22-11 first quarter and a 24-6 third quarter. The Rams sank eight three-pointers; Long had four.

Pennsbury storms past Rams

Pennridge boys’ basketball succumbed to Pennsbury, 78-67, in the semifinals of the SOL postseason tournament at CR North on Saturday. The Falcons took a 48-31 advantage into halftime. Cameron Jones dropped in 37 points for Pennsbury. Joe Molettiere and Dan Long each had 22 points for the Rams. Zach Muredda contributed 13 points.

Rams beat Panthers in rivalry tilt

Pennridge boys’ basketball downed Quakertown, 67-56, on Thursday to end its regular season 20-2 overall and 13-1 in the SOL Continental. The Rams jumped on the Panthers early, carrying a 23-10 advantage into the second quarter. Joe Molettiere was huge for Pennridge, finishing with a game-high 30 points. Dan Long added 20 and Zach Muredda 11. Molettiere and Long combined to go 11 for 11 from the line. Kevin Norvaisas was giant for Quakertown. He had 26 points. The Panthers hit nine three-pointers and went nine for 11 from the line. The Rams will face Pennsbury on Saturday, at 3 p.m., at CR North in the semifinals of the new SOL postseason tourney.

Muredda eclipses 1,000 career points

Zach Muredda was 16 points away from reaching his 1,000th career point as Pennridge boys’ basketball journeyed to Neshaminy for a nonconference game on Wednesday evening. Muredda had 18 in the Rams’ 54-39 triumph. Pennridge outscored the Redskins, 19-5, in the third quarter. Muredda hit two three-pointers and went two for three from the free throw line. Dan Long added 10 points and Joe Molettiere nine in the victory. The Rams will conclude their regular season on Thursday with a visit from rival Quakertown at 7 p.m.

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