ICBA champs

The Inter-County Basketball Association Eighth Grade team won the Division A Championship this year against Towamencin by a score of 54-45.  The team has been coached by Mike Stock and Kevin Ochs since the boys were in fourth grade.  The team won the B Division Championship in fifth grade, the A Division Championship in sixth grade and came back to win the championship this year (they lost to Towamencin in last year’s championship game). This was the last game that the boys will play together since they will begin playing high school basketball in the fall.

Pictured from left are Brian Schwartz, Bryce Stock, Ashton Johnson, Shawn Blank, Zak Saifer, Bradley Kraut, Konrad Kiska, Colin Ochs, Nick Gallo, Kevin McNamee, Seamus McKeever and Coach Mike Stock (not pictured is Coach Kevin Ochs).

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Superior gymnast

Levittown resident and Penn Valley Elementary School student, Gianni Capriotti, age eight, a member of Philadelphia Boys Gymnastics, recently won the USA Gymnastics Pennsylvania State Championship for level 5 age 7. He also competed in Regionals earlier this month, individually and on a six-man team representing Pennsylvania. His team came in fourth out of seven competing states, and individually he placed third in the region.

Congratulations, Gianni!

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If it’s spring, it must be time for tennis

The non-profit Bucks County Tennis Association’s (BCTA) popular low-cost county-wide outdoor community tennis programs swing into action this spring with the first of multiple outdoor seasons at public parks throughout Bucks County – affordable fun and fitness for family and friends of all ages and abilities.

This year’s programs include BCTA’s signature five-week-long Learn, Practice & Play for ages four through 94-plus, Jr. Team Tennis for ages seven through 17, High School and Middle School training programs, summer youth camps, and adult leagues. Season 1 begins the week of April 8th.

For program details and to register, log onto www.buckscountytennis.usta.com.

There are programs in Bensalem Township; Doylestown Borough; Doylestown Township; Durham Township (Palisades Community School); Falls Township; Frosty Hollow (Levittown); Hilltown Township; Langhorne (Core Creek Park); Middletown Township; New Hope-Solebury High School (Community School of New Hope-Solebury); Newtown Township; Perkasie Borough; Plumstead Township; Quakertown Borough; Warminster Township; and Warrington Township.

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NHS welcomes new football head coach

submitted by Reed Hennessy, Editor-in-Chief, The Playwickian, Neshaminy High School

“It is an extreme honor to be named head coach,” said Steve Wilmot, biology teacher and new head coach of the football team at Neshaminy High School.

“Neshaminy has such a rich football tradition that has included legendary coaches and players known throughout the whole state.”

Since the departure of former head coach Michael Frederick was announced last month the search for the new head coach has been led by assistant principal and athletic director Tom Magdelinskas. Familiarity with the team and community will certainly not be a problem for Wilmot as he has served as an assistant coach on the team for the past 20 years, most recently holding the position of offensive coordinator.

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Champion golfer Vinay Ramesh honored in Harrisburg

State Rep. Steve Santarsiero, D-Bucks, honored PIAA-AAA boys’ 2014 golf champion Vinay Ramesh with a Pennsylvania House of Representatives citation in the Capitol in Harrisburg last month. The Pennsbury High School senior, a resident of Lower Makefield, captured the title October 21st with a playoff finish lasting three holes.

Vinay was joined in the House chamber by his parents, Radha Iyer and Ramesh Peruvemba, as well as his golf coach at Pennsbury, Glenn Goldsborough.

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Cobras finish as co-champs

The Langhorne-Neshaminy Cobras finished as co-champions in the fall season at 9-1 in the Under-12 Boys Division 2 East 8v8 of the Inter-County Soccer League. The Cobras scored 28 goals and only gave up 9!

Pictured in back row are Dave Fleming (assistant coach), Kevin Heltzel (head coach), and Bill Schoenemann (assistant coach); middle row, Cole Castagna, Paul Allen, Liam Fleming, Josh Schettino, Colin Heltzel, and Matt Mattia; front row, Ryan Schoenemann, Jesse Kovaschetz, Patrick Courtney, Aiden Jolibois, Ethan Ackerman, and Ryan Bencivengo. Not pictured is assistant coach Kern Jolibois.

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CEC Boys Basketball team wins PIAA AA State Championship

Congratulations to the Conwell-Egan Catholic High School Boys Basketball on winning the PIAA AA State Championship, the first title in the school’s history! The Eagles defeated the Aliquippa Quips 62-51 on Saturday, March 21st at Giant Center in Hershey, PA.

The Quips entered the game with a 29-0 record, making them heavily favored in the match-up. CEC came firing out of the gate and lead Aliquippa 31-15 at the half. While Aliquippa fought hard to bring it back (within four at the end of the third and within two in the final quarter), CEC never surrendered the lead.

Junior LaPri McCray-Pace collected 22 points and eight rebounds for CEC, and Junior Stevie Jordan followed with 21. Senior Chase Kumor had a great shooting night, and chipped in 14 points in the win.

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Chanel D’Angelo signs with Philadelphia University

On March 3rd, New Hope-Solebury senior Chanel D’Angelo signed with Philadelphia University to play on their girls soccer team.

Pictured seated from left are Rocco D’Angelo (brother), David D’Angelo (father), Chanel, and Renee D’Angelo (mother); standing, Principal Charles Malone, Assistant Coach, Jim Swasey, Coach Solomon Jacobs, and Athletic Director Ted Harrington.

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Rascally wrestlers

Born into a family extremely passionate for the sport of wrestling, there was no question the boys pictured would be stepping on the mat at some point in their lives! As proud teammates of the Pennsbury Falcons Wrestling Club, these cousins have wrestled their hearts out, approaching the end of a very successful 2014-15 wrestling season.

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Patriot FC U12 Girls take Corrigan/Mysza Memorial Indoor Soccer Tournament

The Upper Makefield Patriot FC U12 Girls Red Vipers recently won the Bob Corrigan/Morgan Mysza Memorial Indoor Soccer Tournament held at Central Bucks East High School for the second year in a row.

Pictured seated in front is Sydney Mandel; middle row from left, Kim Herritt, Remi Acord, Aubrey Hondros, and Karly Wunder; back row from left, Coach Pete Hondros, Coach Joe Welsh, Emily Welsh, Brianna Hondros, Kara Hill, Madelyn Deal, Brooke Fischer, and Coach Eric Hill.

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