It was a memorable final game for the Perkiomen School girls lacrosse team.
Particularly its senior members, who figured prominently in Tuesday's Tri-County League championship game with Kimberton.
Three of their soon-to-be-graduating players combined for nine goals, while two others contributed solid defensive play toward the Panthers' 17-12 victory over the Aces. Victoria Rath led the way with her four-goal showing while Nicole Pupillo contributed a hat trick and Maddy Faraco two more goals. Classmates Gillian Albanese and Emma Longstreth pitched in at the defensive end to help Perkiomen successfully defend its TCL championship and win for the third time in four seasons.
Steph Falcone also hit the nets three times for the Panthers while Mikayla Matthews added another pair. Hannah Chiesa, Gretchen Ray and Kate Quante rounded out the locals' scoring.
Haley honored: Boyertown coach Tony Haley was recently named Assistant Coach of the Year for the 2013-14 season by WRESTLING USA magazine.
This past winter, Haley collaborated with head coach Pete Ventresca and his staff to have Boyertown emerge as a Pennsylvania mat powerhouse. The Bears rolled through the regular season, going 9-0 in the Pioneer Athletic Conference and 25-2 overall; they then won team championships in the league, District 1-West and Southeast Regional (Class AAA) levels before placing 13th at states.
Boyertown also emerged as champion of the District 1 Duals tournament. It had a state-level silver medalist in Jordan Wood (220) and seventh-place medal finish by Jordan Wertz (195).
"Tony is more than just a coach to many of the members of our team. He is a mentor,' Ventresca said at the time of the announcement. "He is someone who has taken more kids under his wing than I could mention ... kids who were heading down the wrong road in life, and that he turned around by developing within them the tools necessary for success. He has provided them understanding and compassion while, at the same time, giving them an appreciation of the importance of hard work and discipline, and how it relates to success in wrestling and in life.'
Haley has been involved in wrestling for more than 30 years. A graduate of Millville High School, he competed collegiately at Mansfield and Bloomsburg universities. He has coached at Southern Columbia, Methacton and Boyertown in both head and assistant capacities.
Norchester 4, Hatfield 2: The Bulldogs got their season off to a good start with a non-league victory over the Hawks.
Stephen Muscovitch threw the first four innings to get the win, and Drew Lewis picked up the save in the seventh. David Clay doubled as part of his 2-for-3 batting effort, and Blake McCourt also had two hits to lead Norchester.Muhlenberg 5, Perkiomen 1: Brendan Fitzgerald went 2-for-4 for Perkiomen in the non-league loss.
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Pine Forge 14, Spring-Ford Black 1: Pine Forge needed just five innings to dispatch its Ches-Mont League opponents, aided by hot bats from four players.
Seth Endy drove in four runs on 2-for-3 batting that featured a pair of doubles. Josh Keszczyk (2-for-2) and Daulton Weeks (2-for-3) drove in pairs of runs while Joe Monzo also doubled in support of winning pitcher Nathan Kline.
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Norchester Gray 10, Boyertown Black 5: Jon Chermak pitched five strong innings to get the win for Norchester Gray a Junior Babe Ruth Tri-County League game at Kenilworth Park Monday.
Tommy Krumrine had two walks and two RBI. Evan O'Keefe also looked sharp on the rubber closing the game, holding Boyertown Black hitless over two innings, allowing no earned runs ane striking out three.
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Boyertown Gray 7, Norchester White 2: Connor McGraw was the bright spot for Norchester White in its Tri-County League loss to Boyertown Gray.
McGraw pitched the first four innings before giving way to Jack Kennedy for two frames' relief. McGraw also hit safely, as did Tyler Fox, Wyatt Kaiser and Quinten Sherwood.
USILA: Two members of the Ursinus College program were named Honorable Mention All-Americans Tuesday by the USILA.
Junior defender Ryan Ridinger and sophomore goalkeeper Brian Neff were named to the squad, as both were first-team All-Centennial selections during the 2014 season.
Ridinger started and played in all 15 games this season, having 27 caused turnovers and 44 ground balls. He also scored a goal and added an assist.
Neff, who along with Ridinger was a second-team All-Centennial pick last season, posted a 7.50 GAA with 157 saves while going 9-6. His goals against average was second-best in the Centennial Conference.
Ursinus finished 9-6 on the year and was 5-3 in the Centennial Conference.