Pennridge boys’ volleyball placed second at Saturday’s Bobcat Invitational at Northeastern. The Rams fell to the host Bobcats, 21-17, 20-22, 15-10, in the championship game. Northeastern is the top-ranked team in Class AA in the state. On their way to the final, the Rams knocked off Seneca Valley (Class AAA seventh-ranked team), 11-15, 17-15, 15-13, and Parkland (Class AAA No. 4), 21-18, 24-26, 15-13, in the semifinals. “Pennridge played well all day while getting contributions from many players,” head coach Dave Childs said. “We ended up losing a close match with host Northeastern in the final after defeating three very good teams in the playoffs. We finished the tournament 13-4 overall.”
Pennridge boys’ volleyball turned back visiting Central Bucks East, 3-1 (25-11, 25-10, 22-25, 25-18), on Friday night. For the Rams, Bradley Nase amassed 28 assists, four kills, six digs and two blocks. Also contributing were: Devon Rice (nine kills, nine digs, three aces), Ben Chinnici (eight kills, eight digs, two blocks), Brian Rosenberg (six kills, four digs), Henry Savage (four kills, two blocks, six digs) and Max McVaugh (12 digs, five aces).
Pennridge boys’ volleyball handled Central Bucks South, 3-0 (25-9, 25-11, 25-16), on Wednesday. Almost all the Rams had a hand in the win, including: Bradley Nase, 18 assists; Jesse Smith, 12 assists; Ben Chinnici, five kills, two blocks; Sam Handy, three kills, four digs; Jon Long, four kills; Brandon Greb, three kills, two blocks; Brian Rosenberg, three kills, six digs, two aces; Connor McDonald, four kills, five digs, two aces; Austin Rush, 12 digs; and Caleb Pennell, six digs.
Quakertown boys’ tennis eked out a 4-3 victory over Pennridge on Tuesday. 1st singles: Nolan Pernia (Q) def. Steve Mehlbaum (P), 6-0, 6-1. 2nd singles: Mike Kelsall (Q) def. Adam Rapinski (P), 6-1, 6-4. 3rd singles: Alec Buonanno (Q) def. Neil Frings (P), 6-2, 6-4. 1st doubles: Gordon Blaxwell and Zach Alexander (P) def. Evan Koch and Zach Kraus (Q), 1-6, 6-2, 6-4. 2nd doubles: Alex Cope and Andrew Chant (P) def. Ryan Kinney and Tyler Andreacchio (Q), 6-0, 6-4. 3rd doubles: Jake Shollenberger and Ryan Alexander (P) def. J.R. Ebersole and Ray McCarroll (Q), 6-3, 6-4. 4th doubles: Randy Stenson and Kasey Hill (Q) def. Jack Malcolm and Austin Lare (P), 6-4, 6-4.
Pennridge boys’ volleyball started SOL Continental Conference play by blasting Cheltenham, 3-0 (25-10, 25-13, 25-19), on Monday. Ram stats: Jesse Smith, 16 assists, four digs, two aces, two blocks; Lucas Hefner, nine digs; Brandon Greb, four kills, two blocks; Josiah Friesen, two kills, five blocks; Ryan Spangler, four kills, seven digs; Jeremy Baum, two kills, two aces; Cross Edwards, two kills; Sam Cullen, two kills; Caleb Pennell, four digs, two aces; and Jon Bedillion, three digs, two aces.
Pennridge boys’ basketball won its first-ever state playoff game in a 61-59 thriller over District Three third-place Reading on Saturday at Wilson-West Lawn. The Rams outscored Reading, 19-13, in the fourth quarter and will move on to play Plymouth-Whitemarsh on Wednesday evening at Spring-Ford in the state second round. Against Reading, Joe Molettiere and Zach Muredda each netted 18 points; Dan Long had 14 and Joe Unangst seven for the victors.
Pennridge boys’ basketball took fifth in District One Class AAAA after squashing Lower Merion, 58-36, on Friday night. The Rams shut out Lower Merion, 12-0, in the third quarter and won the second half, 33-10. Dan Long (18 points), Zach Muredda (17) and Joe Molettiere (15) led the offensive charge for Pennridge, which improved to 24-4 overall. The Rams will play Reading on March 7 in the first round of states.
Pennridge boys’ basketball needed triple overtime to down Methacton, 90-79, in a playback for fifth place in the District One Class AAAA tournament on Wednesday evening. The Rams rallied back from a 34-25 halftime hole to force OT. Pennridge junior Dan Long led all scorers with 29 points. Zach Muredda added 24 and Joe Molettiere 23 in the victory. The Rams, at 23-4 overall, will host Lower Merion on Friday, Feb. 27, at 7 p.m., for fifth place.
A four-for-16 effort from the free throw line halted Pennridge boys’ basketball’s march in the District One Class AAAA tournament on Friday night. The Rams, the third seed, slipped to No. 6 Abington, 58-49, in the district quarterfinals. The Galloping Ghosts outscored the Rams in the fourth quarter, 21-11. Dan Long had 16 points for Pennridge; teammate Joe Molettiere managed 12 and Ryan Cuthbert nine, including the Rams’ only three-point bucket. Pennridge will begin its pursuit for fifth place in districts on Tuesday.
Pennridge boys’ basketball punched its ticket to states with a 53-47 victory over Coatesville at home on Wednesday night. For the Rams, it is their first trip to states. Pennridge, seeded third in the District One Class AAAA field, fought back from a 13-7 first-quarter deficit to clip Coatesville, the No. 14 seed. Four Rams finished in double digits. Dan Long led the way with 15 points; he was followed by Ryan Cuthbert (13), Zach Muredda (11) and Joe Molettiere (10). Cuthbert stole the show, coming off the bench to hit a three-pointer and all four of his foul shots. Pennridge will host Abington at home on Friday in the district quarterfinals.