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.”

Rams deck Upper Merion

Pennridge boys’ water polo (3-2 overall) creamed host Upper Merion, 19-5, on Thursday. In his high school debut for the Rams, freshman Nick Cusano made three saves in goal and added two assists. Hayden Sandt (two goals, two assists) and Silas Guzelow (one goal, three assists, two steals) stood out offensively for Pennridge. Ethan Lionetti and Christian Perrine each had two goals and an assist, while Alijah Santangelo had a goal, an assist and a team-leading four steals. Lionetti chipped in three steals and Perrine two. The Rams’ next game is at Springfield on Wednesday.

Rams sink visiting Wissahickon

Pennridge 9-8 (water polo)Pennridge boys’ water polo hosted Wissahickon on Tuesday and defeated the Trojans, 17-10. For the Rams, junior Jeffrey Swartz and senior Reilly Dolan led the way with five goals apiece. Junior Jake Aigeldinger was strong in goal with nine saves. Senior Callum Malcolm paced the Rams defense with 10 steals; he also had four goals. First-year Pennridge player Villiam Haidari, a junior, scored three goals on three shots and had two steals. Senior Jake Dearborn and sophomore Josh Yardley led the Rams in assists. “This year, the boys have come together as the tightest knit team that I have seen in my tenure at Pennridge,” head coach Ken Vincent said. “They all have a very positive attitude, and they support each other in and out of the water. I am very proud of all of the boys, and I am impressed with the way that our seniors are leading the team in a positive direction. The character of these seniors, led by co-captains Callum Malcolm, Tommy Schneider and Jake Dearborn, is displayed in everything they do and it is emulated by the younger players who they lead and mentor. The team is off to a great start, and I am looking toward a very successful season as the team competes and as these boys mature into the finest group of young men that I have had the privilege of coaching.” The Rams will travel to Upper Merion on Thursday.

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Junior Jeff Swartz (No. 3) had five goals against Wissahickon.
Photograph by Tom Schneider

Patriots welcome conference to town

CB East golf hosted the entire SOL Continental Conference at Lookaway Golf Club on Tuesday. The Patriots went 4-3 on the day. Souderton’s Dawson Anders had the low round, a 34. North Penn had the best team score, a 201. Scores for CB East: Tommy Lewis, 38; Hayden Rousselle, 40; Patrick Sheehan, 45; Conner Krzaczyk, 42; Matt Davis, 41; Matt Becker, 47; Scott Garrett, 46; and Drew Krause, 48. Scores for CB South: Jake Fitts, 36; Kevin Anthony, 42; T.J. Anthony, 44; Nash Nickerson, 45; Colin Johnston, 42; Eric Duncan, 44; Jack Lawlor, 41; and Eric Weiner, 43. Scores for CB West: Luca Jezzeny, 37; Steve Natto, 46; Drew Enright, 42; Reid Moncada, 54; Brandon Gervais, 42; Owen Tillger, 47; Tommy Walsh, 42; and James Thompson, 51. Scores for Pennridge: Andrew Simpson, 40; Jake Wiley, 41; Nathan Hess, 44; D.J. Holton, 46; Michael Simpson, 53; Cole White, 44; Bobby Maher, 50; and Ben Baker, 52. Scores for Quakertown: Tanner Seislove, 40; Calvin Suk, 55; Ryan Stainer, 48; John Williams, 47; Daniel Reigh, 47; Ryan Howard, 59; Ryan Georgiadis, 59; and Connor Coulton, 64.

Rams “Jump Start” campaign

Pennridge 9-5 (water polo)Pennridge boys’ water polo opened its season on Saturday at the Jump Start Tournament in Sinking Spring, where it faced some of the top teams in the state. The Rams defeated the defending fourth-place team, Governor Mifflin, 15-12, and lost to the defending third-place team, Cumberland Valley, 11-7, and the defending champion, Wilson (West Lawn), 15-10. Junior Jake Aigeldinger made 32 saves in three games for Pennridge. Junior Jeffrey Swartz led the Rams with 10 goals on the day. Senior Callum Malcolm paced the Rams defense with 10 steals and added four goals. Senior Reilly Dolan scored four goals and had five steals. Senior Jake Dearborn had three goals and four steals. The Rams will face Wissahickon at home on Tuesday.

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Senior Jake Dearborn (No. 12) prepares to take a shot on goal against Cumberland Valley, as senior Callum Malcolm (No. 6) waits.
Photograph by Tom Schneider

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