Pennridge boys’ water polo hosted Souderton on Senior Night Tuesday. The Rams were looking to avenge a 23-17 loss to the Indians in mid-September. Souderton started fast and jumped out to an early 6-2 lead after the first period. The Rams tightened their defense in the second period, allowing only two goals while scoring three to close the gap to 8-5 at halftime. The Pennridge defense continued to stifle the Indians, shutting them out in the second half while scoring three goals to battle back to an 8-8 tie and move the game into overtime. Pennridge scored two early goals in the first few minutes of OT, but Souderton found its offense and tied the game at 10-10. The Rams again took the lead, but the Indians scored the last two goals to win, 12-11.
Pennridge boys’ water polo couldn’t get it going in a very important contest against LaSalle on Thursday. The two teams had played each other twice before, splitting two close games. It was a defensive struggle in the first period as both teams scored a goal. The offense opened up a bit in the second period with LaSalle taking a 5-3 lead. That lead doubled in the third period as the Explorers started to pull away to go up 9-5. The final period was all LaSalle as Pennridge couldn’t keep up with the Explorers offense and lost, 13-6. Nick Spehar led the Rams with three goals. The loss puts the Rams in jeopardy of qualifying for the state tournament.
Quakertown boys’ cross country welcomed North Penn and Pennridge to town on Wednesday. The Panthers lost to North Penn (16-47) and Pennridge (17-44). The Rams lost to the Knights, 23-36. Top 10 overall: Sean Collins (NP), 16.42; Phil Gunderson (P), 16.43; Michael Cooney (NP), 16.58; Andrew Himes (NP), 17.06; Tucker Desko (P), 17.07; Eddison Fowler (P), 17.30; Zack Thomas (NP), 17.43; Hudson Delisle (Q), 17.43; Kyle Parncutt (NP), 17.44; Thomas Rozinski (NP), 17.45.
Pennridge boys’ water polo got past Wissahickon, 12-9, on Tuesday. This was a game of revenge between two evenly matched teams. During their first encounter in early September, Pennridge led all the way, took a one-shot lead into the final period, but couldn’t hold on and lost by two goals. On Tuesday, the Rams again jumped out early and led at halftime. The Trojans kept it tight and got to within one goal early in the final period. But this time, the Rams not only held on, but pulled away for the victory. The win evens Pennridge’s conference record at 4-4 to stay in the hunt for a state bid. The Rams’ Nick Spehar had seven goals, while D.J. Maurone added four.
Pennridge girls’ volleyball sank Quakertown, 3-0 (25-14, 25-9, 25-10), on Tuesday. For the Panthers, Haley Sheehan had seven kills and three digs, while Lindsay Beck had nine digs and Katelyn Spieker five kills.
Pennridge boys’ water polo had an incredible day at the prestigious Beast of the East Tournament on Saturday at Governor Mifflin. The Rams swam and shot to three straight wins and came out on top in the Flight 2 section of the tournament. The tournament brought together 37 teams from Pennsylvania and New Jersey. Pennridge started the day with a tough win over St. Xavier, 10-8. It was a big lift for the Rams after a heartbreaking, 13-12 loss to Penn Charter the night before to start the tournament. Their second game against La Salle was a bit of payback as the Explorers beat the Rams, 15-11, recently. The Rams turned that around with a hard-fought, 11-10 win. Pennridge’s final game against Erie Cathedral Prep was a story of two halves. Erie took an early first-period, 6-3 lead, and then totally shut down the Rams in the second period to take a 9-3 lead into halftime. The Rams came out strong in the third period as Nick Spehar threw in all five Pennridge goals to tighten the score to 12-8. The final period was all Pennridge as Colin Russell fired in three goals, Spehar two and D.J. Maurone one while shutting out Erie and winning the game, 14-12. Pennridge goalie Jake Aigeldinger was exceptional in turning away shot after shot. Spehar was also outstanding, scoring nine times.
After easily defeating a shorthanded Hazleton team, 21-8, and using its starters sparingly, Pennridge boys’ water polo ran into a much tougher opponent in the second game of the Beast of the East Tournament. Hosting the first round of the tournament, Pennridge faced a strong Penn Charter team. The Rams jumped out to an early 3-0 lead in the first period and led by as much as 4-0 in the early part of the second period before Penn Charter came storming back to tie the game at 4-4. Pennridge fired right back to pull ahead by three, eventually ending the first half with a 7-5 lead. Penn Charter outscored the Rams, 4-2, in the third period to tie the game at 9-9. The final period was a back-and-forth battle, with Penn Charter scoring four goals to the Rams’ three to win, 13-12. The Rams had three multiple goal scorers, led by Nick Spehar with five. Callum Malcolm had three and D.J. Maurone two. A great defensive effort by Kyle Frerichs and Colin Russell kept the game close. The tournament continues for Pennridge on Saturday at Governor Mifflin.
Quakertown field hockey dropped Pennridge, 4-0, on Friday. The Panthers led at the half, 2-0, behind goals from Megan Thompson (Becky Gerhart assist) and Gabby Dontonville. In the second half, Elaina Abramson (Emma McLaughlin assist) and Hillary Scott (Thompson and McLaughlin assists) found the back of the cage to double Quakertown’s advantage. The Panthers outshot the Rams, 11-5. “We were able to execute on our corners, scoring two goals on seven corners,” Quakertown head coach Alyssa Maltese said. “We also moved the ball well up the right side and our forwards created some nice open spaces with their cuts to score our other two goals. The defense did a tremendous job keeping the other team from scoring. We executed our gameplan fairly well and will be looking to build on this win and continue with this momentum going into the second half of our season.”
Upper Dublin boys’ water polo came ready to play at the Pennridge pool on Thursday. It was a tight back-and-forth contest as the Cardinals led at the half. They maintained the lead into the fourth period. The more experienced Rams had decided not to play four of their starters, giving the young players a chance to see some action. Even with starters D.J. Maurone, Colin Russell, Nick Spehar and Jake Aigeldinger on the bench, the Rams pulled away in the final period for a 17-11 victory. Callum Malcolm led the scoring for Pennridge with five goals and Tommy Schneider tossed in three as the team evened its conference record at 3-3.
Pennridge boys’ water polo went down to Souderton, 22-16, on Tuesday. The Rams jumped out to an early 2-1 lead at Souderton’s pool in Franconia. It was an evenly matched battle as the first quarter ended in a 6-6 tie. Nick Spehar fired in three of those six goals for the Rams. The half ended with Souderton leading, 9-8. But the Indians took over in the third quarter, outscoring the Rams, 7-3. Pennridge fought hard in the final period, but couldn’t catch up. Spehar led Pennridge for the fourth game in a row, scoring seven goals. Pennridge is now 2-3 in conference play.