Nick Stanek erputed for a career-high 31 points Saturday as Spring-Ford defeated visiting Central Bucks West 65-51 in the District 1-AAAA boys basketball tournament seventh-place game.
The Pioneer Athletic Conference champion Rams (24-4), who have qualified for the state tourney for the first time in program history, will open the 32-team PIAA draw Saturday against District 3 runner-up Cedar Crest at a site and time to be determined.
Stanek, a 6-foot-4 senior, went 10-of-16 from the field — including 3-for-4 from 3-point range — and also was 8-for-8 from the foul line and grabbed a team-high nine rebounds as Spring-Ford established a new single-season victory mark, breaking the total of 23 it shared with the 2003-04 squad.
Cameron Phillips came off the bench to score nine points and Drew Kakareka scored eight points for the Rams, who broke open a 44-38 lead after three quarters. Kakareka went 8-for-8 from the foul line as part of a 20-for-21 effort from the team.
Evan Dunn scored a team-high 18 points for the Bucks (15-12), who also got 11 points from Cal Reichwein and 10 points from Kyle Salvitti. C.B. West will be the eighth seed from District 1 and face the District 11 champ Parkland in a PIAA opener Saturday.
GIRLS INDOOR TRACK
PTFCA championship: With the induction of all-time Methacton track and field great Ryann Krais into the Pennsylvania Track and Field Hall of Fame at the noon break, it seemed only fitting that current Warrior standout Aghina Marshall would lead the area girls as the highest finisher at the Pennsylvania Track and Field Coaches Association (PTFCA) State Indoor Track and Field Championship, Saturday, at Penn State University.
Krais, a 2008 Methacton grad, was inducted in her first year of eligibility and is still pursuing her heptathlon Olympic goal, now as a member of the USA women's team.
Marshall placed fourth in the long jump with a 17-9, closely followed fellow Warriors standout Caroline Duffy at fifth in the 200 meters with a 25.38. Methacton's Jenny Martin was also the area's highest finisher in 60 hurdles at 14th with a 9.34 and additionally placed 19th in the long jump with a 16-4. The Warriors Nicolette Serratore finished 14th in the triple jump with a 35-2 1/2, and 19th in the 60 hurdles with a 9.54. The Warriors 4x400 relay team finished 12th with a 4:06.75, while the 4x200 placed 21st with a 1:49.41. And the Methacton girls team finished an impressive 17th in a field of 75th PA teams.
Also having a standout day was Boyertown standout Alexandra Heuer who finished fifth in the triple jump with a 36-8. The Bears' Jillian Bertino placed 22nd in the 400 meters with a 1:00.35. And the Boyertown distance medley finished an impressive eighth with a 12:51.45.
Owen J. Roberts standout Jill Weston was the area's highest finisher in the 800 meters at 12th with 2:17.96.
Spring-Ford was led by Haley Preschutti at 19th in the 800 with a 2:20.53, and Chelsea Reynolds at 24th in the 200 with a 26.32.
Perkiomen Valley's throwing standout Macey Tanesco placed 21st in shot put with a 34-1.
BOYS INDOOR TRACK
PTFCA championship: PA Daniel Boone sprint standout Xavier Smith led the area boys state qualifiers, taking second in the in the 60-meter dash finals with a 6:86 at the Pennsylvania Track and Field Coaches Association (PTFCA) State Indoor Track and Field Championship, Saturday, at Penn State University. Smith also placed 23rd in the 200 meters with a 23.19.
The area's next highest finisher was Phoenixville's Saybrim Medina at fourth in high jump with a 6-4. Not far behind in the high individual finishers, Spring-Ford's David O'Such took sixth in 400 meters with a 50.16. O'Such also anchored the Rams 4x400 to a fourth place at 3:25.44 along with Jared Shoemaker, Joe Bush and Ryan Connelly. Connelly also placed 14th in the 60 hurdles with a 8.42, Bush 16th in the triple jump with a 44-2. Paul Power placed 13th in 3,000 with a 8:56.29, and the Rams 4x200 relay of Bush, Shoemaker, Josh Miller, and Chris Sennimour placed 20th with a 1:33.09.
Boyertown standout Eli Mercado led the Bears, placing eighth in 800 with a 1:57.11.
Methacton's Nick Shaffer placed eighth in the 200 with a 22.37, while Pat Hopkins placed 22nd in the mile with a 4:28.90. The Warriors 4x200 relay placed sixth with a 1:31.00 and the 4x400 relay 24th with a 3:31.85.
Phoenixville's Mackensey Thomas placed 18th in the 4090 with a 61.73.
And Hill standout jumper Grant Smith, a Royersford native, placed 15th in the long jump with a 20-8 1/2.
Spring-Ford and Daniel Boone tied at 27th as the area's highest team finishers.
Ursinus 15, Messiah 2: Ursinus opened its season with a victory over Messiah. The Bears broke open a 3-1 game with eight goals in the second quarter and then kept Messiah scoreless over the last 34:23 of the game en route to their victory.
Ursinus got four goals each from junior attack Steve Smyrl and junior midfielder Jake Weber, with Smyrl also accounting for two assists. Senior midfielder Nile Thompson scored twice for Ursinus, who had a 48-22 shot advantage.
Defensively, Ursinus scooped up 30 ground balls and went 15-for-17 on clear attempts, while forcing 21 Falcon turnovers. Four different players had three ground balls each, with senior Shawn Caven going 12-for-18 on faceoffs.
Sophomore longstick midfielder Anthony Torello had three caused turnovers on the day.
In goal, sophomore Brian Neff made five saves.