Cardinal O'Hara's J.T. Blyden, a fleet-footed running back and defensive back, orally committed Monday afternoon to play at Massachusetts. He made the announcement in a press conference in the school's lobby.
The 5-foot-11, 203-pound senior, who is projected to play running back for the Minutemen, also had scholarship offers from Army, Eastern Michigan, and Rutgers.
Last year, after a regional panel denied a petition for transfer to District 12's O'Hara from District 1's Avon Grove, Blyden enrolled and played at Camden Catholic.
gary milesIn PIAA State Class AAA girls' volleyball on Tuesday, Lauren Schmickle had 28 assists and five digs for Hatboro-Horsham in a 25-12, 25-11, 25-10 first-round win over Abington Heights at Nanticoke.
Ashley Morgan added seven kills and three aces for the Hatters (19-3), who also got a strong game from Carly Black.
At Norristown, Sarah Kiely had seven kills and 10 digs for Council Rock North in a 25-5, 25-6, 25-9 win over Girls High. Teammate Rachel Friedman added five kills. Caroline Anderson also played well for the Indians.
Great Valley needed some scoring help in the second half of its Ches-Mont League game with visiting Kennett and got it from Adam Boehr. Boehr connected for a second-half hat trick and led the Patriots past the Blue Demons in double overtime, 3-2.
Kennett grabbed a 2-0 lead on goals by Jake Tully and Alejandro Zavala in the first half, but Boehr came through in the second half, tying the game with 20 minutes left in regulation and won the game 2 minutes, 45 seconds into the first overtime.
Dan Shackleton stopped five shots to earn the win in goal and Greg Danchik turned aside 10 shots for Kennett.
Mentioned: Martin Luther King Jr. High School | New Hope-Solebury High School | Germantown Friends School | Haverford High School | George School | Springside Chestnut Hill Academy | Upper Darby High School | Coatesville Area Senior High School | Radnor High School | Shipley School, The | Abington Friends School | Delaware Valley Friends School | Strath Haven High School | Avon Grove High School | Roxborough High School | East High School | Bishop Shanahan | Christopher Dock | Delco Christian | Devon Prep | Downingtown East | Frankford | Franklin Learning Center | Furness | Germantown Academy | Great Valley | Haverford School | Kennett | Kensington | Lower Moreland | Malvern Prep | Mercy Vocational | Penn Charter | Pottsgrove | Sun Valley | Swenson | Westtown | Woodlynde | Episcopal Academy | Engineering & Science | Holy Ghost Prep | Kimberton Waldorf | West Chester Rustin
Jordan O’Reilly scored twice for host Upper Dublin in a 3-3 tie with Cape Henlopen (Del.), in a game tied to a charity fund-raiser, Susan G. Komen Play For the Cure.
So far, the Upper Dublin girls have raised $4,500.
Sisters Erin Gallagher, a senior, and Kelliann, a freshman, scored five minutes apart in the second half to give Academy Park a 2-1 win at Lower Merion.
Mentioned: Upper Dublin High School | Baldwin School | Academy of Notre Dame de Namur | Conestoga High School | Friends Central Upper School | Academy Park | Bishop Shanahan | Great Valley | Lower Merion | Merion Mercy | Mount St. Joseph | Nazareth Academy | Villa Joseph Marie | Sacred Heart | Villa Maria
The bracket ran true to form at the Central League Singles Championships as top-seeded Tessa Lyons of Strath Haven defeated Lower Merion’s Devi Jadeja, 6-2, 6-1, for the title at the Heathplex in Springfield (Delaware County).
Third place went to Radnor’s third-seeded Lauren Bridges, who topped teammate Jasmine Merali, 7-5, 6-2, who was the fourth seed.
Eight advanced to Friday and Saturday’s District One Singles Championships at the Arthur Ashe Tennis Center.
Bishop Shanahan had the best girls' team and Boyertown had the best runner at the 45th annual Steel City Cross-Country Invitational in Coatesville Saturday.
Shanahan placed two of the top four runners behind individual winner Elizabeth Simpson of Boyertown (19 minutes, 47 seconds). The Eagles’ Kayla Lampe (20:00) was second and teammate Maria Stickley (20:44) fourth.
Sandwiched in between those efforts was Exeter’s Sarah Brzostek, who finished third, also in 20:44.
Penncrest stunned Ridley with three goals in the second half, but the Green Raiders chipped away at the lead, forced overtime, and finally beat the visiting Lions, 4-3, in a Central League game.
Sydney Mitchell, Caroline Moore and Maura Waldron scored to give Penncrest a 3-0 lead, but Julia DiiGiacomo scored for Ridley off an assist by Courtney Najmola with 5 minutes, 41 seconds left in regulation to tie the game, 3-3.
Najmola scored the last of her two goals on a penalty kick 1:22 into overtime to complete the comeback started by a goal from Annemarie Cericola.
Gabrielle Petrancuri stopped four shots for the Green Raiders and Alex Mitchell turned aside nine shots for the Lions.
Jackie Glanfield scored with 30 seconds remaining in the second of two overtime periods and gave Garnet Valley a 1-0 win over visiting Harriton.
Brianna Fecando assisted on the goal and Carly Plasha turned aside six shots. Alexa Hoffman stopped nine shots for the Rams.
Freshman goalie Krissy Walsh earned her first shutout and Michaela Whitelaw added a goal in the 67th minute to boost Strath Haven past visiting Lower Merion, 1-0.
Strath Haven (7-2-1, 5-1-1) is ranked seventh in The Inquirer’s top 10 poll and Lower Merion (7-3, 3-3) is ranked ninth in the Southeastern Pennsylvania Soccer Coaches Association poll.
Whitelaw scored off a pass from Jenna Frost. Katie Balmer, a junior center back, played excellent defense in front of Welsh who stopped eight shots.
Mentioned: Haverford High School | Conestoga High School | Ridley High School | Cardinal Dougherty High School | Archbishop Wood High School | Cardinal O'Hara High School | Upper Darby High School | Archbishop Ryan High School | Radnor High School | St. Hubert High School | Abington Friends School | Strath Haven High School | Archbishop Carroll | Archbishop Prendergast | Bishop McDevitt | Bishop Shanahan | Conwell-Egan | Garnet Valley | Harriton | Kennedy-Kenrick | Kennett | Lansdale Catholic | Little Flower | Lower Merion | Marple Newtown | Neumann-Goretti | Octorara | Penncrest | St. Pius X | Springfield (D) | West Chester Henderson
Avery Curley helped Episcopal Academy open up the Inter-Ac League portion of its schedule on a strong note by scoring three goals in a 6-0 win over visiting Germantown Academy.
Curley also added an assist for the Churchwomen (3-4 overall, 1-0 league).
Penn Charter got a pair of second-half goals to break a tie and win, 4-2, at Springside. Dani Bembry, Grace McInerney, Ali Rosen, and Allison Thompson scored for the Quakers.
Katie Gerzabek scored half of Notre Dame’s goals in an 8-1 win over visiting Agnes Irwin.
Mentioned: Baldwin School | Unionville High School | Germantown Friends School | Haverford High School | George School | Conestoga High School | Ridley High School | Perkiomen School | Radnor High School | Calvary Christian Academy | Shipley School, The | Strath Haven High School | St. Basil Academy | Avon Grove High School | Friends Central Upper School | Academy Park | Bishop Shanahan | Bristol | Delco Christian | Friends Select | Garnet Valley | Germantown Academy | Great Valley | Gwynedd-Mercy | Harriton | Kennett | Lansdale Catholic | Marple Newtown | Merion Mercy | Mount St. Joseph | Nazareth Academy | Northeast | Penn Charter | Pottsgrove | Villa Joseph Marie | Westtown | Episcopal Academy | Sacred Heart | Villa Maria | West Chester Rustin