Rams advance to state quarters

Pennridge 11-3 (water polo)Pennridge boys’ water polo beat Governor Mifflin, 15-9, on Tuesday to put the Rams in the state quarterfinals on Friday. Pennridge will face Cumberland Valley at 5 p.m. at Wilson-West Lawn. Junior Jeffrey Swartz, junior Villiam Haidari and sophomore Josh Yardley led the Rams with three goals apiece at Governor Mifflin. Junior Jakob Aigeldinger defended the Rams’ goal with 12 saves and two steals. Senior Aaron Lionetti added to the defensive effort with three steals and a field block for the Rams. Last weekend was the Eastern Conference championships where Swartz also had a strong showing in the qualifying game against Wissahickon, scoring six goals. He led the Rams to a 16-11 victory over the Trojans. “It is very exciting to see the boys get to this point in the season,” head coach Ken Vincent said. “The regular season was very competitive, and we have developed significantly as a team and we are in a good position to move forward in the state championships. This is a result of the hard work and teamwork that each of the athletes has shown through the season. Senior captains Callum Malcolm, Tommy Schneider and Jake Dearborn have done a great job of bringing this team together during the season. I am proud of what they have accomplished thus far, and I am excited for the opportunity to compete for the state championship this weekend.”

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Jeffrey Swartz prepares to fire away at the goal at the Eastern Conference championships on Saturday.
Photograph by Tom Schneider

Rams come back, beat Titans

Pennridge football erased a 17-7 halftime deficit to topple visiting CB South, 28-17, on Friday in East Rockhill. Quarterback DeVon Balmer had a hand in both Ram third-quarter touchdowns: he found Connor Hansen from 28 yards out at the 8:46 mark, and then ran it in from 36 yards out more than three minutes later. Judens Desrosiers scored a 12-yard touchdown late in the fourth quarter to give Pennridge its winning margin. Titans quarterback Sam Thompson and Stephen Iannuzzi hooked up for an 81-yard touchdown late in the first quarter and Nate Norris scored on the ground from eight yards out about halfway through the second to account for CB South’s two touchdowns. Balmer was the leading rusher for the Rams with 91 yards on 14 carries. He also threw two touchdowns. He connected with Dan Hockman on a 36-yard score more than halfway through the first quarter to help give Pennridge an early 7-0 lead.

Peaces shine in Rams victory

Kennedy Peace scored two goals and Kouri Peace one as Pennridge girls’ soccer shut out Quakertown, 5-0, on Tuesday. Melissa Lyon and Abby Groff also found the back of the net. The Rams led, 2-0, at the half. Megan Hirschbuhl, Erin Stevenson, Liz Cardie and Peace all had assists. Kaitlyn Moran and Mary Kate Levush shared time in goal for Pennridge. Morgan Small and Meghan Woulfe handled the goalkeeping duties for Quakertown.

Rams annihilate Upper Dublin

Pennridge boys’ water polo prevailed, 18-8, at Upper Dublin on Thursday. Junior Jeffrey Swartz, senior Callum Malcolm and junior Villiam Haidari all posted hat tricks for the Rams. Senior Tommy Schneider and sophomore Josh Yardley each had two goals, while senior Jake Dearborn, sophomore Kevin Jones, junior Hayden Sandt, freshman James Sandt, freshman Ethan Lionetti and junior Aaron Lionetti all dumped in one. Malcolm made three saves in goal and junior Jake Aigeldinger made two.

Souderton beats Rams by two

Pennridge boys’ water polo fell to longtime rival Souderton, 15-13, on Monday. Junior Jeffrey Swartz and senior Reilly Dolan each managed four goals for the Rams. Senior Tommy Schneider had two goals, and senior Callum Malcolm, senior Jake Dearborn and junior Hayden Sandt all deposited one. Junior Jake Aigeldinger made five saves in goal for Pennridge.

Rams edged by La Salle

Pennridge 9-18 (water polo)Pennridge boys’ water polo was nipped by La Salle, 9-8, on Friday. The Rams led, 3-1, at the end of the first period and held the lead until the final moments of the game. Pennridge took an 8-6 advantage well into the fourth period, but La Salle regrouped behind a strong effort by junior Michael Dougherty, who scored two goals and drew a kickout that led to the game-winning goal. Pennridge junior Jakob Aigeldinger led the defense with 14 saves in goal, and La Salle junior goalkeeper Bobby Halligan paced the La Salle defense with double-digit saves. Senior Reilly Dolan scored three goals for the Rams. Teammate Villiam Haidari, a junior, had two goals, as did classmate Jeffrey Swartz. Senior Silas Guelzow had the other goal. “This was a well-played game on both sides of the pool,” head coach Ken Vincent said. “It was competitive and exciting throughout, and I am proud of the way that our Pennridge boys played. I share the disappointment of the loss with the guys on the team, but we know that it was the sort of game that could easily go either way. The La Salle team is one of the most competitive in the state and is very well coached. We will be looking forward to meeting La Salle again later in the season and we hope to have a different outcome. Water polo teams in the Eastern Conference have become very competitive as a whole and we are seeing quite a few one- and two-goal games. What that tells me is that on any given day, any of the teams can win. We are going to work hard on trying to be sure that the winning team is the Rams.” The Rams’ next game is on Monday, Sept. 21 at Pennridge, at 6:30 p.m.

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Pennridge junior goalie Jakob Aigeldinger (No. 1) makes one of his 14 saves against La Salle. Rams junior Villiam Haidari (No. 13) moves in to grab the rebound as teammate Callum Malcolm (No. 6) heads to help protect the goal.
Photograph by Tom Schneider

Rams win defensive battle

Pennridge 9-16 (water polo)Pennridge boys’ water polo eked by host Springfield (Montgomery County), 7-5, on Wednesday. Senior Callum Malcolm hit the cage three times to lead Pennridge, and senior Reilly Dolan and junior Jeffrey Swartz each added two goals. “Our guys had a difficult time mounting an effective offense against the well-coached and well-prepared Springfield boys,” head coach Ken Vincent said. “It is still early in the season and we will be working to improve our shooting percentage and to put more points on the scoreboard as we work through the season. I am very pleased with the effort and the attitude of all of our athletes, but we ran into trouble in the game early with three of our starters fouling out. The guys know what they have to work on, and I am confident that they will be polishing the rough edges as they continue to work together through the season as a cohesive team. As a coach, I am proud of the growth that I see in each of the athletes each week and even more so as they grow together as a team. With a difficult Beast of the East tournament coming up on Sept. 25 and 26, the guys know that they must prepare to face the best teams in the Northeast.” The Rams will face La Salle College High School at Pennridge on Friday, Sept. 18, at 4 p.m.

Photo caption:
Senior Callum Malcolm (No. 6) prepares to fire on goal from the center offense position.
Photograph by Tom Schneider

Patriots claim SOL Continental

CB East 9-16 (tennis)CB East girls’ tennis routed Pennridge, 7-0, on Wednesday to capture the SOL Continental championship. “CB East hasn’t won it since 2009,” head coach Lisa Wiley said. “The girls worked really hard this year and really deserved it. I’m so happy for them. We have a really strong lineup from top to bottom and that is why we were able to take the title this year. In our seven league matches this year, we lost only four courts total. That’s pretty impressive and shows just how strong the team is this year.”

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