Rams wear district crown

TPennridge-5-26hird-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.

Rams dust off Pennsbury

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.

Rams eliminate Tennent

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.

Rams thwart Panthers in 11

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.

Rams reign at champs

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.

Rams rip Upper Dublin

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.

Rams capture SOL Continental

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 hosts Helman meet

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.

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.

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