Pennridge boys’ and girls’ swimming started the season off right with a pair of victories over visiting Cheltenham on Friday. The boys won, 128-58, and the girls prevailed, 113-67. “The Pennridge girls and boys were very impressive in their first outing of the season with two pool records, three school records, 10 automatic district qualifying cuts and three consideration district qualifying cuts,” head coach Ryan Griffiths said. Brittany Weiss set a school record in the 200 IM (2:13.45) and hit her district automatic cut. She also made districts in the 100 breaststroke. Morgan Scott won the 200 free in a district automatic time of 1:55.42. She also established a new school and pool record in taking the 500 free in a district-qualifying 5:10.20. Anna Beno made districts in the 100 backstroke in 1:02.04, and Hannah Zurmuhl scored a new pool record and a district automatic cut in the 50 free in 24.28 and made the district field in the 100 free. Weiss, Claire Beno, Hannah Zurmuhl and Scott won the 200 free relay in a school-record time of 1:40.45 and are going to districts. Weiss, Anna Beno, Zurmuhl and Scott, in the 400 free relay, also advanced to districts in 3:43.49. For the boys, Aaron Lloyd landed a place in districts for diving.
Pennridge boys’ basketball opened its season with a 76-65 setback at home to Saucon Valley on Friday night. Saucon outscored the Rams, 29-21, in the fourth quarter in an offensive fireworks display. Pennridge led by one, 29-28, at halftime. Joe Molettiere led three players in double figures scoring for the Rams. He had 17. Dan Long and Zach Muredda were right behind him with 16 and 15 points, respectively. Pennridge will take on Christopher Dock at 5:30 p.m. Saturday in the consolation game of the tipoff tournament.
Central Bucks South and Pennridge football combined for seven touchdowns on Friday night, all came on the ground. Joe Unangst scored three for the Rams, and Josh Adams scored three for the Titans. The difference? CB South quarterback Kevin Witchey’s 35-yard touchdown run on 4th and 15 about halfway through the second quarter, which turned the tide and helped the Titans to a 28-21 victory. Unangst finished with 228 yards on 29 carries, while Adams had 198 yards on 26 carries, including touchdown runs of one and 40 yards in the second half. Pennridge led, 21-14, at halftime.
Pennridge field hockey, with only one win to its credit heading into its season finale, shocked Quakertown, 3-2, on Thursday afternoon. The Panthers, who are seeded 26th in the upcoming District One Class AAA tournament, did score the final two goals in the contest, both off the stick of Emma McLaughlin, but it wasn’t enough. Larisa Motts had a goal and an assist for the Rams. Kellie Drugotch and Kirsten Moyer also scored, while Kari Moyer and Meghan Griffin added assists. Pennridge goalie Carly Wingate made 10 saves.
Pennridge girls’ volleyball swept Quakertown, 3-0 (25-13, 25-12, 25-19), on Wednesday. Katelyn Spieker amassed five kills and three blocks for the Panthers. Amanda Pursel had five kills and nine digs, and Lindsay Beck had eight digs. Jen Sterner contributed three kills, four digs and five assists, while Kerry Vanyo had 10 assists.
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.