Pennridge

Rams nudge aside North Penn

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.

Rams clear final hurdle

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.

Rams squeeze by Bucks

Pennridge boys’ volleyball prevailed at Central Bucks West, 3-1 (25-18, 28-26, 19-25, 25-20), on Monday. Stats for Pennridge: Jesse Smith, 40 assists, 12 digs, five blocks; Ben Chinnici, 22 kills, eight digs, three aces; Cross Edwards, eight kills, six digs, two aces; Aaron Nelson, six kills, four blocks; Josiah Friesen, five kills, three blocks; Kevin Jones, three kills, five blocks; Austin Rush, 10 digs; and Jeremy Baum, 10 digs. The Rams are on top of the SOL Continental with a record of 12-1 and will head to North Penn on Wednesday.

State powers collide

In a battle of the two of the top 10 teams in the state, visiting Hempfield needed five sets to get rid of Pennridge, 3-2 (25-22, 22-25, 20-25, 25-13, 15-11), on Friday. Stats for Pennridge: Jesse Smith, 46 assists, nine digs; Ben Chinnici, 29 kills, 12 digs, four blocks, two aces; Kevin Jones, eight kills, three blocks; Cross Edwards, five kills, 14 digs; Josiah Friesen, four kills, five blocks; Aaron Nelson, four kills, two blocks; Austin Rush, 16 digs; and Jeremy Baum, five digs. The Rams will travel to Central Bucks West on Monday night.

Rams jettison host Panthers

Pennridge boys’ volleyball prevailed at Quakertown, 3-0 (25-14, 25-22, 25-16), on Wednesday. Stats for Pennridge: Jesse Smith, 24 assists, six digs, two blocks; Ben Chinnici, 12 kills, 12 aces; Kevin Jones, eight kills, three blocks; Zach Detweiler, four kills, four blocks; Cross Edwards, four kills, seven digs, two aces; Josiah Friesen, five kills, four blocks; and Austin Rush, 14 digs. Stats for Quakertown: Mike Dierolf, 10 kills, four digs, one ace; Zach Dierolf, four kills; Graham Wilson, three kills, one block; Chris Cowan, two blocks; Logan Spieker, six kills, three digs, two blocks; Drew Stout, 17 assists; Josh Moyer, three digs; and Zac Mahler, 16 digs. The Rams are 11-2 overall this season and 11-1 in league play. Pennridge will host state power Hempfield in a nonleague match on Friday night.

Rams continue to amass Ws

Pennridge boys’ track and field ran its SOL Continental record to 6-0 with Tuesday’s 89-52 victory over North Penn. First-place winners follow: 300 (Alex Dimon, Pennridge), 40.37; 4×800 (Pennridge’s James Masgai, Solomon Araneta, Jeff Espinal, Austin Howell), 8:20.28; 100 (Albert House, North Penn), 11.11; 1,600 (Tucker Desko, Pennridge), 4:27.25; 4×100 (Pennridge’s Carson VanHart, Owen Eisen, Matt Firuta, Josh Pinkney), 43.28; 400 (Dante Watson, North Penn), 50.09; 110 (Alex Dimon, Pennridge), 15.17; 800 (Dan Santiago, North Penn), 1:59.81; 200 (Austin Howell, Pennridge), 22.54; 3,200 (Brendon O’Toole, North Penn), 9:43.84; 4×400 (Pennridge’s Alex Dimon, John Nash, Patrick O’Brien, Austin Howell), 3:21.77; shot put (Griffin McMann, Pennridge), 44-8.5; discus (Griffin McMann, Pennridge), 141-7; long jump (Albert House, North Penn), 22-2.75; triple jump (Albert House, North Penn), 43-.5; high jump (Matt Moyer, Pennridge), 6-4; and pole vault (Long, North Penn), 12-0.

Rams ram Patriots

Pennridge boys’ volleyball won comfortably over CB East, 3-0 (25-11, 25-11, 25-19), on Monday. Stats for Pennridge: Jesse Smith, 31 assists, four kills, five aces; Ben Chinnici, 14 kills, four blocks; Cross Edwards, 10 kills, 12 digs, two blocks; Aaron Nelson, three kills, three blocks; Kevin Jones, three kills, three blocks; Josiah Friesen, five kills; Ryan Spangler, two kills; Austin Rush, 10 digs; and Jeremy Baum, 10 digs. The Rams are 10-2 on the season and 10-1 in SOL Continental Conference play.

Rams settle for second

Pennridge boys’ volleyball placed second at Saturday’s State College Invitational. In morning pool play, the Rams defeated Meadville and Wilson, both by 2-0 scores, and split with State College, 1-1. In reseeded pool play, Pennridge split with Northeastern, 1-1; beat York Suburban, 2-0; and fell to Central York, 2-0. In the semifinals, the Rams downed York Suburban, 30-18, before losing to Northeastern, 25-18, 25-23, in the final. Stats for Pennridge: Jesse Smith, 128 assists, 24 digs, four aces, six kills; Ben Chinnici, 84 kills, 46 digs, 12 blocks, nine aces; Cross Edwards, 32 kills, 30 digs, seven blocks, six aces; Josiah Friesen, 18 kills, five blocks; Aaron Nelson, 14 kills, 12 blocks; Kevin Jones, eight kills, eight blocks; Austin Rush, 54 digs, four aces; Jeremy Baum, 16 digs; and Corey Quaste, 18 assists.

Rams nip Panthers in extras

Pennridge baseball edged Quakertown, 4-3 in eight innings, on Thursday. Dan Long picked up the win on the mound, pitching the final three innings without allowing a run and striking out five. Joe Robinson went 2-for-4 with three RBI for the Rams. Jason Souder also had two hits for Pennridge. For the Panthers, Matt Bukavich went 3-for-4 with two runs batted in. Brian Robison scored a pair for Quakertown. The Panthers were undone by five errors.

Rams serve up victory

Pennridge boys’ volleyball won at Central Bucks South, 3-1 (25-8, 25-19, 16-25, 25-21), on Thursday. Stats for Pennridge: Jesse Smith, 27 assists, six aces; Corey Quaste, 14 assists; Cross Edwards, 14 kills, eight digs, three blocks; Josiah Friesen, nine kills; Kevin Jones, six kills, two blocks; Zach Detweiler, four kills, two blocks; and Jeremy Pruss, 13 digs, two aces. “I was so proud of the effort these boys gave today,” Titans head coach Matt Ehlers said. “We really played together and stepped up as a team. Every player who I used tonight gave me their all and embraced the roll that I asked them to play to the best of their ability. Pennridge is a great team and to take a game off them was a big step in the right direction for our program.” Stats for CB South: Justin Koren, two aces, 12 kills, six blocks, six digs; Mark Macios, 17 assists, two blocks, six digs; Joe Karn, three kills, four blocks, four digs; and David Lulko, 12 digs, one ace, one assist.

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