Pennridge boys’ basketball made a statement on Tuesday evening with a 69-59 victory over previously unbeaten Central Bucks West. A 17-9 third quarter helped the Rams’ cause. The Bucks took the fourth quarter, 29-24, to no avail. Pennridge’s Dan Long led all scorers with 25; he was nine for 10 from the line. Joe Molettiere pumped in 16 points and Zach Muredda 13 for the victors. Luke Irons was the high man for CB West with 17 points. Owen Cooney followed with 13 and Cal Reichwein 12 for the Bucks, who hit 11 of 12 free throws. The Rams moved to 4-1 overall and 2-0 in the SOL Continental; the Bucks fell to 5-1 overall and 1-1 in conference action.
Central Bucks West senior Nicole Munger became the first Buck since 2008 to register her 1,000th career point. She reached the milestone in CB West’s 71-39 triumph over Pennridge girls’ basketball on Tuesday evening. Munger netted 31 points to lead all scorers. The closest Buck to Munger was Makenzie Mason, who had nine. CB West knocked down all 12 of its free throws. Shelby Schoonover and Devan Rimmer paced the Rams with 12 and 11 points, respectively. Both also connected twice from long range.
Pennridge boys’ basketball dominated Central Bucks East, 52-29, on Friday evening. The Rams controlled the game throughout, leading by 15, 24-9, at the half. The Patriots only scored two in the second quarter. Joe Molettiere put in 18 points to lead Pennridge. Dan Long added 13 and Steve Lowry 10. CB East was paced by Tommy Strasburger, who netted eight. The Rams and Patriots each stand at 3-1 overall in the early going.
Pennridge girls’ swimming sank Council Rock South, 108-75, and the Ram boys went down, 107-76, to the Golden Hawks on Tuesday. Three Pennridge pool records fell. The Rams girls’ 200 medley relay of Hannah Zurmuhl, Brittany Weiss, Anna Beno and Sam Vargo set the new mark in 1:53.44. The girls’ 400 freestyle relay of Zurmuhl, Weiss, Beno and Morgan Scott came away with a 3:39.65 to establish a new record. And Zurmuhl, in the 50 freestyle, eclipsed the Pennridge pool mark again, going 24.24. She had set the previous mark (24.28) on Dec. 5. The Rams will welcome Upper Perkiomen to town on Thursday, at 4:30 p.m.
Pennridge boys’ basketball, a day after falling to Saucon Valley to open its tipoff tourney, sent back Christopher Dock, 68-53, in the consolation contest on Saturday. A 21-10 third quarter helped the Rams cause. Dan Long had 19 points to lead Pennridge. Joe Molettiere and Zach Muredda added 18 and 17 points, respectively. The Rams will travel to William Tennent on Dec. 9.
Pennridge boys’ and girls’ swimming started the season off right with a pair of victories over visiting Cheltenham on Friday. The boys won, 128-58, and the girls prevailed, 113-67. “The Pennridge girls and boys were very impressive in their first outing of the season with two pool records, three school records, 10 automatic district qualifying cuts and three consideration district qualifying cuts,” head coach Ryan Griffiths said. Brittany Weiss set a school record in the 200 IM (2:13.45) and hit her district automatic cut. She also made districts in the 100 breaststroke. Morgan Scott won the 200 free in a district automatic time of 1:55.42. She also established a new school and pool record in taking the 500 free in a district-qualifying 5:10.20. Anna Beno made districts in the 100 backstroke in 1:02.04, and Hannah Zurmuhl scored a new pool record and a district automatic cut in the 50 free in 24.28 and made the district field in the 100 free. Weiss, Claire Beno, Hannah Zurmuhl and Scott won the 200 free relay in a school-record time of 1:40.45 and are going to districts. Weiss, Anna Beno, Zurmuhl and Scott, in the 400 free relay, also advanced to districts in 3:43.49. For the boys, Aaron Lloyd landed a place in districts for diving.
Pennridge boys’ basketball opened its season with a 76-65 setback at home to Saucon Valley on Friday night. Saucon outscored the Rams, 29-21, in the fourth quarter in an offensive fireworks display. Pennridge led by one, 29-28, at halftime. Joe Molettiere led three players in double figures scoring for the Rams. He had 17. Dan Long and Zach Muredda were right behind him with 16 and 15 points, respectively. Pennridge will take on Christopher Dock at 5:30 p.m. Saturday in the consolation game of the tipoff tournament.
Central Bucks South and Pennridge football combined for seven touchdowns on Friday night, all came on the ground. Joe Unangst scored three for the Rams, and Josh Adams scored three for the Titans. The difference? CB South quarterback Kevin Witchey’s 35-yard touchdown run on 4th and 15 about halfway through the second quarter, which turned the tide and helped the Titans to a 28-21 victory. Unangst finished with 228 yards on 29 carries, while Adams had 198 yards on 26 carries, including touchdown runs of one and 40 yards in the second half. Pennridge led, 21-14, at halftime.
Pennridge field hockey, with only one win to its credit heading into its season finale, shocked Quakertown, 3-2, on Thursday afternoon. The Panthers, who are seeded 26th in the upcoming District One Class AAA tournament, did score the final two goals in the contest, both off the stick of Emma McLaughlin, but it wasn’t enough. Larisa Motts had a goal and an assist for the Rams. Kellie Drugotch and Kirsten Moyer also scored, while Kari Moyer and Meghan Griffin added assists. Pennridge goalie Carly Wingate made 10 saves.
Pennridge girls’ volleyball swept Quakertown, 3-0 (25-13, 25-12, 25-19), on Wednesday. Katelyn Spieker amassed five kills and three blocks for the Panthers. Amanda Pursel had five kills and nine digs, and Lindsay Beck had eight digs. Jen Sterner contributed three kills, four digs and five assists, while Kerry Vanyo had 10 assists.