Council Rock North faced a stacked deck in their match-up with gridiron powerhouse Neshaminy. The schedule read Friday the 13th. A full moon hovered over Walt Snyder stadium. The 'Skins sought vengeance after losing by the mercy rule to Downingtown West the week before. Despite all these odd…
BUCKINGHAM >> It wasn't hard to spot the turning point for the Pennsbury High football team in its win over undefeated Central Bucks East on Sept. 14 that it hopes has also turned around its season.
A competitive drive spurs on many a stellar athlete. That force not only entails besting an opponent but also improving upon your own talents. Vinnie Colon, tri-captain of the Council Rock North soccer team, definitely adheres to this time-tested principle.
All the championships and shiny trophies aside, the key to scholastic sports is the lessons learned. These experiences come in both victory and defeat. The loses show us what needs improving and the victories support the dedication needed to succeed.
Ask any football coach and he will tell you ‘big plays hurt you.' Such lightning bolts, however, are not uncommon in an opening game, especially one featuring many untested varsity performers. Council Rock South faced just such a predicament as it lost its season opener 36-13 to a talented C…
NEWTOWN >> Prior to August 23rd’s season opener, the Council Rock South football staff indicated it was concerned about its ability to stop Cheltenham senior running back Jamir Barnes.
TOWAMENCIN » Kenneth Grady returned a kickoff 99 yards for a touchdown and also caught a pass for a score while Khalani Eaton, RJ Macnamara and Evan Spannall ran for two TDs as North Penn outlasted Neshaminy 55-34 in an offensive slugfest on August 23 at Crawford Stadium.
PHILADELPHIA » Beyond the barbecues at his farm or the Yeti coolers, custom cowboy boots and shotguns Carson Wentz gifted to his offensive linemen at various Christmases, we still don’t know much about the off-the-field persona of the Eagles quarterback.
Every year the Revolutionary Run held in Washington Crossing Park and sponsored by the Upper Makefield Business Association caters to a wide range of interests. From ardent, die-hard runners to more casual fun seekers, over a 1000 athletes braved the heat and humidity to participate in this …
GLENSIDE » One of the real heavyweight programs in the entire area for the better part of three decades, the Conwell-Egan softball team saw another so-so season come to an end on June 3 in an 11-0 loss to Holy Cross in the opening round of the PIAA Class 2A state tournament.
FREELAND » It’s not difficult to explain how the Pennsbury High School softball team’s otherwise outstanding season ended with three straight losses.
BRISTOL BOROUGH » While it didn’t go quite as expected, it’s now nine in a row and a remarkable 24 overall District 1 championships for the Bristol High School softball team.
LEVITTOWN >> The Truman Tigers Girls 4x100 relay team headed for the PIAA state track and field championships at Shippensburg University on May 25. The team of Rebecca Sloboh (grade 12), Sandra Jackson (grade 9), Kayla Walker (grade 12) and Jaleezia Gibson (grade 11) came home state ch…
Anytime Neshaminy and Pennsbury lock horns in an athletic battle, you can expect a real thriller. The PIAA softball quarterfinal match-up between these two perennial powers proved no exception. The contest featured great pitching, near flawless fielding, and timely hitting. It took extra inn…
NEWTOWN BOROUGH >> Vintage baseball returns to Pickering Field at Jefferson and North Chancellor streets on Memorial Day, Monday, May 27 at Pickering Field.
BRISTOL » Although the Pennsbury High softball team already had a share of the Suburban One National League title, the last thing it wanted to do was share it with arch-rival and defending champion Neshaminy.
FAIRLESS HILLS » A very unusual four-year title drought for the powerhouse Pennsbury High School softball program is over and the Falcons ended it May 9 in totally convincing style.
PENNSBURY >> Pennsbury High School student athletes, Justin Massielo (senior) and Emelie Curtis (junior) reached impressive milestones in their respective sports this past week.
NEWTOWN >> Following four very successful years at Bristol High, John Greiner has stepped down as the Warriors head football coach to become the new head coach at Council Rock North.
Playing goalie in lacrosse definitely requires nerves of steel, both emotionally and physically. Being the last line of defense, you cannot afford to get rattled even when being peppered with shots going over 60 MPH. Sophia Kutsaya of Council Rock South has proven to be the perfect person to…
The words “Elite Eight” carry great meaning to scholastic basketball teams. They indicate you rank among the best eight teams in the state. Two local teams, Neshaminy and Council Rock North, reached that lofty perch when they made it to the quarterfinals of the PIAA state playoffs.
Manning the nets in ice hockey requires instinctive reflexes, a dogged determination and a calm frame of mind. Though only a sophomore, Jimmy Sweeney of Council Rock South has certainly demonstrated a good degree of all these essentials.
Most wrestlers believe they do battle in two separate seasons every year. The regular season with all its exciting dual meets proves to be a backdrop for the challenging tournaments marking the year’s end. Kyle Hauserman and his Council Rock North teammates anxiously await these postseason tests.
The scholastic version of college’s March Madness might well be dubbed February Frenzy. Teams do battle in a display of talent, team unity and all-out hustle. In the regular season finale between archrivals Council Rock South and Council Rock North on February 7th both the boys and girls squ…
In addition to talent and awareness, solid athletes also possess a passion for their game. Dana Bandurick, stellar performer on the Council Rock North basketball team, epitomizes all these qualities.
NEW HOPE >> Many basketball teams employ a ‘big man in the middle’ point of attack. Council Rock North uses a different plan. They base their strategy around hustle, athleticism and team chemistry.
Every young athlete aspires to be a part of a powerhouse team. For many a grade school grappler, Council Rock South has proven just such a legendary squad. Nik Korbich, senior 182 pounder for the Golden Hawks, numbers himself among those lucky enough to benefit from making his dream team.
The Neshaminy girls basketball team is back in full force. Last year’s tri-champion SOL National squad that advanced to the Elite Eight of the PIAA Tournament not only returns all their starting lineup but have added some potent newcomers. The news bodes ominously for their league foes.
The Thanksgiving Day football classic between Morrisville and Bristol ranks as one of the oldest rivalries in Pennsylvania. This year saw Bristol emerge as a 23-0 victor in a game that provided both teams with ample challenges.
The Vikings of ancient lore were a hearty group of adventures who approached every conquest with ferocity and intensity. The same could be said for the Archbishop Wood soccer team. This group of Vikings is equally voracious in their pursuit of a PIAA Class 3A soccer championship.
Playing soccer for Villa Jo Marie certainly takes talent and determination, a fact shown by their numerous district and state playoff appearances. There is, however, and even greater quality called for in being a Jem. You are part of a team.
LOWER GWYNEDD >> North Penn’s Evan Spann “found the curl,” and his 30-yard interception return for a touchdown locked down a rain-swept, 13-6 victory over Neshaminy in the quarterfinal round of the District 1-6A Playoffs on Nov. 9.
In some ways the Council Rock North Soccer team sees itself as “The Little Engine that Could”. They are a spirited team that refuses to say die regardless of the challenge.
MIDDLETOWN TOWNSHIP >> Despite a Pennsbury surge in the second half of the season that was based much more on guile than talent, the Oct. 26 showdown against Neshaminy went entirely as originally expected.
HARRISBURG >> State Reps. Perry Warren and Helen Tai on Oct. 17 in the Capitol honored local members of the Newtown American Legion Morrell Smith Post 440 Junior Prep baseball team for their 2018 Bucks County League and Pennsylvania championships.
Newtown >> It was a classic example of why tradition-rich Pennsbury has had a special kind of football program for the last 50 or so years.
What Mother Nature tried to disrupt with this rain-soaked fall season, the Neshaminy girls soccer team has righted. Though faced with a rash of postponed games that needed completion, the ‘Skins showed amazing fortitude.
Taking on North Penn in football is somewhat akin to David battling Goliath. On September 27 Council Rock South came within a stone’s throw of upsetting the unbeaten giant before falling 27-24 in overtime.
BRISTOL TOWNSHIP >> When the Truman High School football program hired much of the former Pennsbury coaching staff last year, the hope was it could finally turn its long-dormant program around.
NEWTOWN >> For one night at least, everything was pretty much back to normal for the long-time powerhouse Pennsbury High School football program.
Successful seasons don’t just happen. They are the end product of testing, learning and then performing. In this relatively young campaign, the Neshaminy girl’s hockey team has shown a good grasp of this time-honored formula.
NEWTOWN >> Although Truman was clearly not operating on all cylinders with four key offensive starters missing after being ejected the previous week, the bottom line is it was the Council Rock South football team getting the job done on Sept. 14.
Losing graduating seniors can hurt any team. The key is how well they adapt to the new emerging talent. While needing time to solidify, the Council Rock North girls soccer team appears to be adjusting quite well.