SE Pa. roundup: Upsets highlighted girls’ tennis action

Upsets were the order of the day at the District 1 girls' singles tennis championships at the Arthur Ashe Tennis Center on Saturday.

In Class AA, second-seeded Cristina Kaiser of Springfield (Montgomery County) knocked off top-seeded Hannah Drayton of Harriton, 6-3, 7-6 (7-5), to take the title.

Class AAA play featured two sets of teammates reaching the semifinals, thanks, in part, to ninth-seeded Maureen Devlin of Wissahickon knocking off top-seeded Erin Bowsher of West Chester Henderson, 2-6, 7-5, 7-5, in the quarterfinals.

Devlin was beaten by Wissahickon teammate and fifth-seeded Claire Uhle, 6-1, 6-1, in one semifinal. In the other semifinal, Radnor's Cristina Grimaldi, the No. 2 seed, topped Red Raider teammate and third-seeded Jasmine Merali, 6-3, 6-3.

The final is set for Oct. 27.

 

Cross-Country

Pennsbury sophomore Sara Sargent put her stamp on the prestigious Reebok Manhattan Invitational, finishing sixth in the championship division. At Van Cortlandt Park in the Bronx, Sargent covered the 4,000-meter course in 14 minutes, 47.54 seconds.

Aisling Cuffe of Cornwall (N.Y.), considered the top cross-country runner the nation, posted a 13:58.14 to easily win the title over second-place finisher Jillian Fanning of Fayetteville (S.C.) Manning (14:15.08).

Three Fayetteville runners finished in the top seven.

In the Varsity A race, West Chester Henderson won the team title behind Janie Augustyn's third-place 15:36, and North Penn's Meghan McGovern won the Varsity E race (14:54.19), as did the Maidens as a team.

William Tennent Invitational. John Trueman of Springfield (Montgomery County) held off Tennent's Alec Cichitti by three seconds to win the boys' individual title. Trueman posted a 16:15. Great Valley won the team title.

In the girls' competition, Downingtown East placed four runners in the top 10 to take the team title. Methacton's Kara Steinke (18:23) posted the best time.

 

Boys' Soccer

T-Ben Donnie scored 12 minutes into the second half and Mike Gonzalez added an insurance goal to give host Conestoga a 2-0 nonleague win over Downingtown West.

Sergio Gomez of the Pioneers (11-1-1) had five saves for his ninth shutout.

In other nonleague games:

Spring-Ford scored three second-half goals, two by Kevin Cantwell, in a 3-1 win at Exeter.

Alex Martyn's two goals were the difference for host Penncrest in its 3-1 win over West Chester Henderson.

Justin Rowling's first-half goal gave Haverford High a 1-0 win at Glen Mills. The goal came off a counter attack and was finished when midfielder Sam Billbrough fed a pass through two defenders that found Rowling in front of the net.

Melvin Snoh scored both goals for host Malvern Prep in its 2-2 tie at Shipley, but the Gators' Ben Marks also scored twice, his second with 20 minutes left to force the tie.

Drew Hazzard scored twice for Springfield (Delaware County) in its 4-0 nonleague win at Pottsgrove.

Frenc Bara and Randy Miller also scored.

Suburban One American. Tommy Hays scored the game's first three goals to power Upper Moreland past host Upper Merion, 4-0.

Bicentennial. Jon Bishop's two goals gave Christopher Dock a 2-0 win at Holy Ghost Prep.

 

Field Hockey

Four players scored first-half goals for West Chester East in a 4-0 nonleague win over Chichester. The Vikings got goals from Chelsea Droogan, Cassidy Luidens, Nina Mazzarelli and Lindsay Orton.

In other nonleague games:

Emily Faught scored three goals to help host Notre Dame put away Springfield (Delaware County), 6-0, in a nonleague game.

The Irish (9-4) led by just 1-0 at halftime, but scored five in the second half, led by senior midfielder Katie Gerzabek, who assisted on all five of those goals. Gerzabek scored a goal, as did Moria Putsch and Katie Schultz.

Rachel Schwab's overtime goal gave host Owen J. Roberts a 1-0 win over Parkland.

Pioneer Athletic. Casey Umstead and Cassidy Arner each scored twice for Upper Perkiomen in an 8-0 win over visiting Pottsgrove.

 

Girls' Soccer

Kelsey Celline needed to score both her 20th and 21st goals of the season to enable Archbishop Wood to earn a 2-1 nonleague win at Council Rock South.

The Vikings (11-1) took a 2-0 lead at halftime before Marykate Callahan cut the lead in half for Council Rock South. Christine Verrelle, a senior, assisted on both of the goals by Celline, a junior.

 


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