Emmaus ends Rams’ season

Pennridge boys’ volleyball’s 2017 journey finished on Saturday at Quakertown, where the Rams lost to District 11 champ Emmaus, 3-2 (24-26, 25-14, 25-22, 24-26, 15-11), in the state Class AAA quarterfinals. Stats for the Rams: Ben Chinnici, 26 kills, 16 digs, three aces; Cross Edwards, 19 kills, eight digs; Josiah Friesen, four kills, 10 digs, three blocks; Zach Detweiler, two kills, two blocks; Kevin Jones, two kills, four blocks; Corey Quaste, 44 assists, 15 digs; and Danny Rutter, 12 digs. Pennridge closed its stretch with a record of 18-6.

Patriots surprise La Salle

La Salle came in as the heavy favorite to win the state Class AAA championship. CB East boys’ lacrosse came out with the win, 8-6, in Saturday’s state quarterfinals at Methacton. Ryan Brown scored a hat trick and the Patriots shut out the Explorers 2-0 in the second quarter to move into Tuesday’s semifinals. CB East will meet Avon Grove, which is 2-0 against the Patriots this season. Back to Saturday, CB East used a strong defensive effort to slow down previously one-loss La Salle. Offensively, Ryan Bullotta chipped in two goals. Alec Bracken had two goals and an assist; Brant Billingsley had a goal and an assist, while Ryan Stout, Michael Ott and Bryan McIntosh each added an assist. Ott won seven of 16 faceoffs. Liam Rosenthal was splendid in front of the Patriots goal, making 10 saves. McIntosh scooped up three groundballs; Ott and Ryan Schmidt each had two. McIntosh and John Galow each caused two turnovers; Joe Thiroway caused one.

Rams get Emmaus next

Pennridge boys’ volleyball survived a roller-coaster ride to post a 3-2 (25-13, 23-25, 16-25, 30-28, 15-12) victory over District Three fourth-place Dallastown in the opening round of states on Tuesday at Quakertown. Stats for the Rams: Ben Chinnici, 26 kills, eight aces, four blocks; Cross Edwards, 15 kills, six blocks; Josiah Friesen, eight kills, 10 digs, five blocks; Zach Detweiler, three kills, eight blocks; Kevin Jones, two kills, six blocks; Corey Quaste, 48 assists, four blocks; and Danny Rutter, 26 digs. Pennridge, which is now 18-5 on the season, will advance to the state quarterfinals where it will play District 11 champ Emmaus on Saturday.

Patriots take down Parkland

CB East boys’ lacrosse made the long drive to Northampton Area High School on Tuesday night to take on District 11 champion Parkland in the first round of the state Class AAA tournament. The Patriots departed with a 7-5 victory. The difference was a 2-0 second quarter for the fourth-place team from District One. Ryan Brown deposited four goals for CB East. Ryan Stout, Alec Bracken and Conor Larkin each added single goals. Michael Ott won nine of 13 faceoffs, while Liam Rosenthal was credited with eight saves. In the groundballs department, Ott led the way with six; Jake Kueny had three. Ryan Schmidt and John Galow each caused one turnover. Parkland, which entered the contest averaging 14.7 goals per game, was held to its lowest point total of the season. CB East, which improved to 17-5, will get District 12 champion and one-loss La Salle College in Saturday’s quarterfinals. The Explorers easily defeated District One fifth-place Spring-Ford, 14-3, in Tuesday’s opening round.

Rams earn three-peat

Sixth-seeded Pennridge boys’ volleyball knocked off No. 1 Pennsbury, 3-2 (25-21, 21-25, 19-25, 25-21, 15-7), on Thursday evening at William Tennent to claim the District One Class AAA championship for the third straight year. Stats for the Rams: Ben Chinnici, 30 kills, 17 digs; Cross Edwards, 12 kills, 16 digs, two aces; Josiah Friesen, 10 kills, eight digs, six blocks; Zach Detweiler, four kills, six blocks; Kevin Jones, three kills, three blocks; Corey Quaste, 56 assists, six digs, three blocks; and Danny Rutter, 22 digs. Pennridge moved to 17-5 on the season. The Rams will begin state play on Tuesday. They’ll get the fourth-place team from District Three in the opening round.

Patriots make history

For the first time in school history, CB East boys’ volleyball is headed to states. The Patriots got in with Thursday evening’s 3-0 (25-20, 26-24, 25-18) victory at CR North in the District One Class AAA third-place game. Stats for the Patriots: Mason Miller, 41 assists, three digs, two blocks, one ace; Karl Bandlow, two kills, three blocks; Liam Creedon, one ace, 18 digs; Andrew Bennett, three kills, three digs, two blocks; Christian Wolf, five kills, four blocks, two digs; Carter Haban, 15 kills, four aces, three blocks, six digs; and Dylan Colbert, 16 kills, five aces, four digs. CB East will open states on Tuesday against the top team from District Three.

Patriots settle for fourth

CB East boys’ lacrosse succumbed to host Garnet Valley, 12-11, in overtime in the District One Class AAA third-place game on Thursday. The Patriots rallied from a 10-5 hole after three quarters to force OT, but the Jaguars put in the game-winner in the extra session to earn the W. Ryan Brown scored a whopping six goals for CB East. Ryan Stout had a goal and three assists; Michael Ott added a goal and two assists, while Ryan Schmidt, Alec Bracken and Ryan Bullotta each had a goal and an assist. Ott won 16 of 26 faceoffs. Liam Rosenthal made 12 saves. Ott added nine groundballs; John Galow had three and Colin Stein had two.

Lions advance to district final

Faith Christian baseball has a ticket to Wednesday’s District One Class A final, where it will play the winner of Thursday’s Plumstead Christian-Collegium contest at 4 p.m. in Plymouth Township. The winner goes to states. The No. 3 Lions defeated second-seeded Jenkintown, 4-3, on Wednesday in the semifinals. The Lions and Drakes each scored three in sixth; the one run Faith plated in the first was the difference. Carter Heller went the first 5.1 innings for the Lions; David Forscht closed it out. Jenkintown was hurt by three errors. Heller knocked in a pair at the dish. Parker Curry and Josiah Smith each had an RBI.

Rams bounce Rock North

Sixth-seeded Pennridge boys’ volleyball prevailed at No. 2 Council Rock North, 3-1 (25-17, 26-28, 25-17, 28-26), in the semifinals of the District One Class AAA tournament on Tuesday. Stats for the Rams: Ben Chinnici, 29 kills, 20 digs; Cross Edwards, 17 kills, 17 digs; Josiah Friesen, six kills, two blocks; Kevin Jones, five kills, four aces; Corey Quaste, 53 assists, 10 digs; and Danny Rutter, 10 digs. Pennridge is now 16-5 on the season. The Rams have advanced to the District One championship match for the third straight season. Pennridge will take on top-seeded Pennsbury at 7:30 on Thursday night at William Tennent.

Avon Grove nips Patriots

CB East boys’ lacrosse traveled to Avon Grove on Tuesday evening for a District One Class AAA semifinal. After a long 2.5-hour bus ride, the Patriots came out slow and fell behind 4-0 after one quarter. Ryan Brown, off an assist from Ryan Stout, got CB East on the scoreboard with a goal at the 10:47 mark of the second quarter. Avon Grove scored two more goals to go up 6-1 with 6:05 remaining in the second. CB East head coach Bruce Garcia then called a timeout to regroup. CB East broke the huddle with fire in its eyes and quickly scored three unanswered goals to make the score 6-4 at the half. Each team scored three goals in the third quarter and the Red Devils held a 9-7 lead after three, but momentum had clearly shifted in the Patriots’ favor. In the final five minutes of the third, the Patriots outhustled, outshot and outplayed the Red Devils. This momentum swing continued into the fourth quarter. The CB East defense stepped up and shut down Avon Grove’s offense, while Michael Ott scored two fourth-quarter goals to tie the game at 9 with 3:51 remaining. Then with just 1:05 left in the game, Avon Grove scored to go up 10-9. CB East got the ball back, had a chance, but came up short as time expired. Ott led the Patriots offensively with two goals and three assists. Stout added two goals and an assist. Brown and Ryan Bullotta each scored two goals, while Alec Bracken chipped in one goal. Colin Stein was credited with an assist. Ott had four groundballs; Bryan McIntosh had three; John Galow, Jake Kueny and Conor Larkin each had two; and Joe Thiroway, Drew Bethke and Liam Rosenthal each had one. Defensively, Thiroway led the Patriots with two caused turnovers, while Galow, McIntosh, Kueny and Larkin each had one. Rosenthal was strong in goal with eight saves. Avon Grove (19-1) will advance to Thursday’s District One championship game against Conestoga (18-3). Conestoga beat Garnet Valley, 13-6. Also Thursday, CB East (16-4) will play Garnet Valley (16-5) to determine third place. The top 6 teams from District One will advance to the state tournament that begins on Tuesday, May 30.