Patriots take OT thriller

Ryan Brown scored with 55 seconds remaining in overtime as CB East boys’ lacrosse nipped host Avon Grove, 12-11, in the second round of the District One playoffs. The Patriots trailed, 6-4, at halftime. But CB East fought back with a dominant third quarter and led, 9-7, after three. The Patriots went up by four, 11-7, on a tally by Dustin Buchanan, but Avon Grove roared back and tied it up at 11-11 with 12 seconds remaining in regulation. Brown paced the Patriots with four goals. Jack Auteri had three goals and two assists, while Matt Vetter notched two goals and two assists. Goalie Sean McGovern made 10 saves. Buchanan picked up five ground balls; Brown, Matt Brown and Vetter all had two. Bryan McIntosh forced two turnovers for CB East.

Molettiere shuts down Panthers

Pennridge pitcher Joe Molettiere struck out nine in five-plus innings as the Rams baseball team shut out Quakertown, 6-0, on Wednesday. Molettiere allowed only one hit and walked two. Mitch McLeod pitched the final inning and two-thirds. He allowed only one baserunner (a walk) and fanned three. Luke Nuneviller and Andrew Horne both went 3-for-3 at the dish for Pennridge. Dan Long, Danny Shane and Andrew Mayhew all finished with two hits. Long also scored two runs. Jared Kishbaugh had the lone hit for the Panthers.

Panthers win district opener

Quakertown boys’ volleyball defeated Abington, 3-1 (25-16, 22-25, 29-27, 25-15), at home in the first round of districts on Tuesday evening. Panther statistics: Dylan Flor, 17 kills, six digs; Mike Dierolf, eight kills, 10 digs; Coulton Terry, eight kills, four blocks; Lucas Schan, two kills, three blocks, two aces; Xavier Villanueva, one kill, 37 assists, 16 digs, two aces; and Nick Wesley, 11 digs.

Patriots move on in districts

Central Bucks East boys’ lacrosse hosted West Chester Rustin in the first round of the District One playoffs on Tuesday evening at War Memorial Field. CB East scored first at the 10:35 mark of the first quarter when sophomore Ryan Brown scored the first of his six goals on the night on an assist from Jack Auteri. The score at the end of the first quarter was knotted at 2-2. CB East held the lead at intermission, 4-3. After a hard-fought first half, the Patriots caught fire in the third quarter, scoring four goals and opening up an 8-4 lead. CB East found the back of the cage three more times in the fourth quarter and went on to a convincing 11-6 victory. Owen Griffin had two goals, while Logan Nelson, Matt Vetter and Jeff Circuit all chipped in one goal. The Patriots defense was led by senior goalie Sean McGovern, who recorded 11 saves. CB East caused 11 turnovers and was led in that department by Mike Eveland and Dustin Buchanan, each of whom had three. Bryan McIntosh, Kevin D’Andrea, Matt Krumenacker, David Gresgott, Austin Prime and Griffin all were credited with one. Ground balls were a huge factor for CB East. Buchanan led the way with six, Brown had four, followed by Matt Brown with three, McIntosh and D’Andrea each had two, and Eveland and Nelson had one apiece. CB East advances to the second round of the District One playoffs on Thursday with a rematch against Avon Grove. The Patriots won the first contest back on April 11, a dramatic come-from-behind, double-overtime win, 8-7.

Panthers triumph over Titans

Quakertown baseball scored six runs in the third inning to turn back CB South, 6-3, on Monday. John Lilley went 2-for-3 with three RBI, a triple and a run scored for the Panthers. Jared Kishbaugh and Chris Curry each had an RBI and a run scored for the victors. Zack Metz needed only 75 pitches to throw a complete-game seven-hitter. Only two of the three runs scored against him were earned. Kyle Rossi went 3-for-4 for CB South.

Southern Lehigh edges Panthers

Southern Lehigh nipped Quakertown baseball, 4-3, on Friday. The Panthers registered more hits, seven to four. Torin Martutartus went 3-for-3 with a couple runs scored for Quakertown. Jake Reed went 2-for-4 with two RBI. Jake Perrine also had an RBI for the Panthers.

Rams are perfect (16-0)

Pennridge boys’ volleyball completed a perfect regular season at 16-0 with a 3-0 (25-18, 25-21, 25-27) victory at Souderton on Thursday. Leading the way for the Rams against the Indians were: Bradley Nase, 13 assists; Jesse Smith, 16 assists, two aces; Ben Chinnici, seven kills, three blocks, seven digs; Henry Savage, three kills, four blocks; Aaron Nelson, four kills, two blocks; Josiah Fridsb, six kills; Sam Handy, three kills; and Max McVaugh, nine digs.

Rams bump North Penn

Pennridge boys’ volleyball swept North Penn, 3-0 (25-13, 25-17, 25-19), on Wednesday. Ram statistics: Bradley Nase, 32 assists, three blocks; Max McVaugh, 12 digs; Ben Chinnici, 14 kills, six digs, three aces; Devon Rice, eight kills, 10 digs; Henry Savage, five kills, two blocks; Josiah Friesen, three kills, four blocks; Aaron Nelson, three kills, two blocks; and Jon Long, two kills, three blocks. Pennridge is 15-0 on the season. The Rams will travel to Souderton for a 3:30 p.m. match on Thursday afternoon to close out the regular season.

Vetter, Brown lead Patriots

Central Bucks East boys’ lacrosse hosted Souderton on Wednesday afternoon and came away with a decisive 10-2 victory in its final Suburban One League game of the season. The Patriots won their 10th consecutive game and improved their record to 15-1. The Patriots were led in scoring by Matt Vetter and Ryan Brown, each of whom scored four goals. Brown also had an assist. Alec Bracken and Chip Ott each scored one goal to round out the scoring. Owen Griffin, Mike Eveland, Dustin Buchanan, Logan Nelson, Jack Auteri and Matt Brown all were credited with one assist. CB East caused 14 turnovers. Eveland had four, Bryan McIntosh three and Matt Krumanacker two, while Dylan Garr, Austin Prime, Nick Yerkes, Grant Porter and Nelson all had one. Ryan Cataldo started in goal for the Patriots and put forth a strong effort; he was credited with four saves. Ryan Schupp entered the game in relief of Cataldo and also was strong in the cage and had one save. CB East plays its final regular season game on Friday, at 7 p.m., when it travels to Radnor High School to take on the Red Raiders in what is expected to be an exciting nonleague game.

Panthers brush aside Cheltenham

Quakertown boys’ volleyball dropped Cheltenham, 3-0 (25-18, 25-9, 27-25), on Tuesday. Contributing to the win were: Dylan Flor, 14 kills, two blocks; Coulton Terry, eight kills, four blocks; Mike Dierolf, eight kills; Lucas Schan, six kills, two blocks; Jeff Prusch, seven digs; Nick Wesley, seven digs; and Xavier Villanueva, 33 assists.