Patriot FC U13 Girls Red Win Fustol Championship

 

The Patriot FC U13 Girls Red won the SMG Futsol League Division Championship in Warminster earlier this month. Fustol is a modified form of soccer played with five players per side on a smaller indoor field.

“Futsol is fast-moving and a good complement to our regular soccer training,” said Tony Ries, head coach of the U13 girls. “The smaller, fast-paced format forces the players to have tight ball control, and improves their overall ball skills. We are thrilled our team won the division, we worked hard to get here.” Headquartered in Washington Crossing, Patriot FC has nearly 500 intramural players between the ages of four to 18, as well as more than 300 travel players representing 23 teams.

Pictured, back row, are Celina Varion, Nicole Millman, Caroline Erlandsen, and Sydney Blum; front row, Abbey Kollar, Lilly Ries, and Paige Columbo. Not pictured, Bailee Matthews.

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Patriot FC U-11 Boys Take Central Bucks South Soccer Championship

 

The Patriot FC U-11 Boys’ White and Blue teams recently won the Central Bucks South Soccer Championship in Warrington.

Pictured from left, back row, Coach Mike Guerrero, Coach Tim Thomas, Ryan McCaffery, Xavier Guerrero, CJ Horan, Nathan Ra, Shree Kumar, Luke Sill, Coach Mike Phillips, and Coach Gene Fatula; front row, Aron Skoze, Adam Browning, Luke Fatula, Andy Phillips, Kyle Stretch, and Andrew Thomas. Not pictured are Danny Krier, Will Newman and Sam Walters.

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Mystx U-16 Force wins gold l at National Hockey Festival

 

Mystx Field Hockey Club’s U16 Mystx Force team took home gold at the National Hockey Festival over the Thanksgiving Day weekend. The National Hockey Festival, put on by USA Field Hockey, is the largest amateur field hockey event in the world. In total, 196 Under-16 and Under-19 teams in 28 pools competed at the 2013 National Hockey Festival held on the pristine polo fields of the International Polo Club.

The Mystx Force, with five wins and a tie, claimed the gold medal. The team comprises many players from the Suburban One League.  Council Rock North coach Heather Whalin served as Head Coach and William Tennant coach Kaitlin Rauchut served as Assistant Coach for the Force tournament team. “It was a total team effort, from the keepers all the way up to the forwards. It’s nice to see girls from all different high schools come together and gel as a team. Coach Rauchut was a great asset to have as an assistant coach and the players played a high level of hockey. It reminded me just how much I love this game,” says Coach Whalin.

PHOTO CAP: The U16 Mystx Force, back row from left, Coach Heather Whalin, Jennica Jonovich, Chelsea Duggan, Christen Pennington, Cameron Costello, Caroline McGovern, Gabrielle Acker, Brenna Reilley, Maria Palmieri, Macella Molenari, and Coach Kaitlin Rauchut; front row, Maddie Keppel, Margaret Lynch, Amanda Blum, Chloe Verweil, Gigi Tutoni, Emily Alexis, Rachel Pomerantz, and Marlena Koellner.

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Tournament winners

 

The Hulmeville U-19F select soccer team recently won the Souderton Sisl’r Slam, Montgomery Roger Erb, and Langhorne United Soccer Club fall select tournaments.

Pictured front row from left are Jennifer Cuentes, Kylie Leff, Jenna Ferri, Kelsey Fuller, Harper Wunder, and Brayden Wunder (mascot); back row, Sydney Joiner, Stephanie Altimari, Kinsly Cash, Coach Todd Joiner, Brooklynn Smith, Elizabeth Roberts, Molly McDonald, Nicole Hirsch, Mary Hebbel, Coach Steve Hirsch, and JoAnne Mamie. Not pictured are Kellianne Dalton and Kayela Worthington.

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Four time Bux-Mont champions and a trip to Pop Warner Nationals!

 

The Lenape Valley Midget Cheerleaders recently won their fourth straight Bux-Mont Competition and earned a trip to Pop Warner Nationals at their regional competition in Albany. 

In December, they placed third in their division at Pop Warner Nationals in Disney World! Congratulations to the entire team on this amazing accomplishment!

Pictured top row, Jen Gale, Sarah Wenner, Lexi Masny, Olivia Armour, Audrey Cain, Morgan Funk and Emily Patterson; middle row, Mykal-Michele Longino, Sarah LePitre, Marin Bradley, Maria Fehr, Hannah Cleland, Kennedy Farrior, Julia Fagan and Lauren Hughes; bottom row, Audrey Cole, Gianna Darreff, Christine Curran, Erin Dwyer, Tailei Lanigan, Anna Bakas, Devin O’Brien, Kate Bensing and Marissa Ginel.

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Poquessing Girl’s Varsity Basketball team goes undefeated

by Matt Snider

As the fourth quarter buzzer sounded, the girls of the Poquessing Middle School Varsity Basketball team had left everything on the court. Their grueling game against bitter rival Maple Point rendered the girls with sore limbs and bruises. Only they did not know it yet.

“They would say ‘Miss Rich look at my arm’ or ‘Look at my knee,’” said Christine Richardson, head coach of the team. “They would be pointing out the different bruises and bumps they got during the game that they were only just starting to feel on the ride home.”

The collective heart that helped push them to a win that night had been one of the major factors in contributing to an undefeated season for the team from Feasterville.

“No basketball team in recent history has gone undefeated,” said Christine. “Basketball just hasn’t been one of our stronger sports in years past. This year though we just had something special.”

It is no doubt that the girls had something special this season. In addition to going undefeated, they also managed to defeat three middle schools from the Pennsbury School District, which boasts a good basketball program.

“I knew from watching tryouts that we had a great squad from the beginning. But it wasn’t until we beat that first Pennsbury team that I realized that this was something else,” said Christine of the matchup. “I have been coaching for a long time now and I’ve never beaten them once. I don’t think I’ve ever even come close.”

Word did not take long to spread for the team’s success, and soon the games were drawing fans that included faculty and students alike. In support of the girls, the attendees would organize different colors to be worn at games. One game in particular, the staff organized a “white-out” for supporters of Poquessing to wear white, while at another game fans were encouraged to wear red.

“It was really great for the girls,” said Christine when talking about the hype for the team. “The faculty and students would fill the stands almost every game and those that couldn’t make it would find us the next morning and ask ‘Did you win? Did you win?’”

No game generated more hype than the showdown between Poquessing and their fellow undefeated Neshaminy School District rival, Maple Point Middle School. The mid-December matchup pitted the smaller Poquessing against a school approximately twice their size and who Poquessing has had trouble with in the past. However, in another showcase of drive and desire, the girls from Poquessing would continue to roll on. 

“The girl’s just fought tooth and nail to the bitter end,” said Christine of her team’s scrappy performance. “As it turned out our win gave Maple their first loss in basketball in the past two years.”

In addition to the memories and bragging rights, the girl’s would also get the opportunity to be recognized during the halftime of a Neshaminy High School’s Girls’ Varsity Basketball game for their outstanding achievement. This occasion not only gave the girls a chance to be congratulated for their hard work, but also a chance to see the next step in their playing careers.

“It was just the perfect group of girls this year,” said Christine. “I know a lot of times kids are looking forward to the winter break but we just wanted to keep playing. I’m just excited now to see these girls move on and continue to play.”

It will no doubt be a big step to go from the small school, where athletes would miss half of the practice to help out in the school play, to a school with five times as many students. Fortunately for the girls of the Poquessing Middle School Varsity team, they have shown the drive and desire to overcome their humble beginnings and more.

PHOTO CAP: The Poquessing Middle School Girls Varsity Basketball team, back row from left, Meghan Ansel, Alyssa Gerdy, Maddy McCullough, Jordyn Fehrle, Allison Harvey, Annie Rienzi, Destiny Pastore, Coach Richardson, and Jules Zamorano; front row, Taylor Kelly, Logan Ricciardi, Jacqueline Zeigler, and Maria Tunney. The managers (not pictured) are: Clint Housel, Gabe McIlvaine, and Emily Abrams.

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Registration open for PAA spring 2014 baseball and softball

Registration for Pennsbury Athletic Association’s (PAA) spring 2014 baseball and softball season is open online at www.paaball.com. PAA serves Lower Makefield Township, Yardley Borough, Morrisville Borough and the portions of Falls Township west and north of Route 1 and is sanctioned by Babe Ruth League and Cal Ripken Baseball. 

Baseball is offered for players from five through 23 years of age and softball is offered for players from five through 18 years of age.  Practices and games take place at Lower Makefield Township and Pennsbury School District fields.

PAA is providing expanded opportunities for young baseball players to play t-ball by reducing the registration fee by $25 and lowering the age requirement so that t-ball players can be five years of age by July 31st, 2014 to play.

The league is also transitioning to a Major-Minor format for 10-, 11- and 12-year-old baseball players this spring. The transition is designed to advance player development and balance competitive play. Major League teams will play on fields with 50′ pitching distance and 70′ base paths and Minor League teams will play on fields with 46′ pitching distance and 60′ base paths.

This spring PAA is adding a new baseball program for children who have been diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder. Boys and girls ages 6-16 are invited to join Team Pennsbury Magik to play baseball in a unique and non-competitive environment. 

Pennsbury Magik players will be paired with a qualified volunteer who will play right alongside each child. Each Saturday during the spring season players will meet and work with a buddy at skills stations such as throwing, catching, hitting and running the bases. The players will then be divided into teams to “play ball” for an inning or two. Each week as the children progress, so will the program.

During the 2013 spring and fall seasons more than 1,200 young athletes participated in PAA’s in-house and travel baseball and softball programs. 

All PAA coaches and managers must pass comprehensive, mandatory background screenings. To register for PAA baseball and softball and for additional information on PAA’s various programs visit www.paaball.com.

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Santarsiero presents citation to rising golf star Michael Bliss

 

State Rep. Steve Santarsiero (right) presented a citation last month to Michael Bliss (left) for his selection to the International Junior Golf Tour’s (IJGT) Team USA.

Steve said the Newtown Township resident brings great credit to his community and family while exemplifying the spirit and talent it takes to become one of the world’s best. Michael, a junior at the Pennington School in New Jersey, was selected by the IJGT to play on Team USA against international teams in Scotland earlier this year.

Michael also was identified by the American Junior Golf Association as one of the outstanding junior golfers in the Philadelphia region and participated in the U.S. Rolex/AJGA dinner honoring Arnold Palmer in 2012.

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NHS Girls Soccer team makes history

 

by Matt Snider

The Neshaminy High School varsity girls’ soccer team has a lot to be proud of these days. Not only did they manage to finish an entire season with an unflawed record of 25-0, they managed to get the cherry on top and secure a state title.

“I call them my perfect girls now,” says varsity head coach Rachel Clemens of her undefeated squad. “And 25-0 is pretty much perfection.”

Their aspirations for perfection were something the girls had before the season even started. After having an impressive previous season that concluded with a state semi-final appearance, the girls of Neshaminy were determined to have an even more impressive year. “We talk about team goals at the beginning of the year and they said they wanted to go undefeated,” said Rachel. “They said they wanted to win a state championship.”

The season schedule would prove that going undefeated would be no easy task. The NHS girls would square off with both Council Rock North and Council Rock South High Schools, which in the end would only be decided by a goal. The biggest challenge of the season would come against a strong Pennsbury squad, in which Neshaminy trailed entering the half, only to tie the game later on in regulation before capturing the victory in overtime.

“My girls just had a ‘refuse-to-lose’ mentality about them. They wanted nothing more than to go undefeated and they felt like they could do it,” said Rachel.

After finishing the season undefeated, Neshaminy would lock a first place seed entering the district tournament and home-field advantage throughout the games. The home-field advantage would prove to be beneficial in the tournament, as it helped Neshaminy earn a 2-1 victory over a team from Spring-Ford who was, admittedly, not used to playing on a grass field.

“They had a lot to say when they came to Neshaminy because they felt like they had the better team on turf,” said Rachel of their rival. “After we won they had a lot to say as well about seeing us again.”

As luck or fate would have it, the two teams would get the chance to reunite once again in the finals. Although they would be playing one another again, the main difference this time would be that the match would be played at Hersey Stadium – a turf field.  This would be a difference that Spring-Ford pointed out.

“Many of the local papers in that area really felt that it was going to be their game this time around because it would be on turf,” said Rachel of the second matchup. “I was confident as a coach and I knew my girls were confident that we could beat them again.”

The confidence showed as the girls were able to come away with another 2-1 victory over Spring-Ford and secure a state title. The state title would be the first title in NHS history in girls’ varsity soccer.

After stamping their names on a state title, Neshaminy can begin to look forward to next year and the ever-improving soccer program. The team will also have to adjust to the loss of seven players who will graduate.

“I’ve been coaching a lot of these girls since they were freshman so the upcoming players will have some big shoes to fill,” said Rachel. “I’m just extremely proud of these girls for accomplishing something that hasn’t been done and setting a high standard that every other team is going to try to live up to for years to come.”

The members of the championship team are Jessica Kelly, Holly Bowser, Sarah Hertenberger, Shannon Fisher, Katie McCoy, Amy Mandia, Katie Suchodolski, Gabby Farrell, Stephanie Donahue (captain), Nicole Nisivoccia, Alyssa Antonelly, Julia Andreozzi, McKenna Mullin, Megan Schafer (captain), Lauren Morris, Alyssa Tobin, Fran Donato, Maggie Daeche, and Amy Heller (captain). Coaches are Rachel Clemens, Chelsea Deeter, and Rich Reice. 

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Hulmeville Soccer U8 Boys Champions

 

The Hulmeville Soccer Club U8 Boys Tan Team, 2013 Fall League Champions, went undefeated in the regular season and recently beat the Black Team 4-2 in the championship. 

Pictured in the front row, from left, Craig Ropars, Austin Davis, Joel Amit, Nick Press, Johnny Austerberry, and Luca Colacicco; middle row, Jason Guyon, Joey Dowd, Cain Rindgen, Aryan Agarwal, Michael Sailman, and Jadon Joseph; back row, Asst. Coach Angelo Colacicco, and Head Coach Opher Amit. Congratulations guys!

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