CHC women could be peaking for postseason
by TOM UTESCHER
After a strong start on the 2004-2005 season, a rocky January brought the women of Chestnut Hill College back down close to the .500 mark at 8-6, but in February the Griffins are on the upswing once more. The turnaround actually began the last day of January, when CHC pulled out a 62-56 victory over Immaculata College.
"Starting with that game, we've won eight of our last nine," noted Chestnut Hill's first-year coach, Jackie deMarteliere. "We're playing well together, and this is definitely the right time to have it happen."
The Griffins close out their regular-season slate this weekend and then head into the Atlantic Women's College Conference tournament, where the winner will earn an automatic bid to the NCAA Division III tourney.
Their only setback in their recent 8-1 surge came in a non-conference game at Delaware Valley College, a game in which sophomore Kate Quintus turned in a double/double with 18 points and 14 rebounds.
Within the AWCC the locals have gone 5-0 over the first...
by TOM UTESCHER
While five non-league victories early in the season assured the current Springside basketball team of a happier outcome than the 0-19 finish of a year ago, the Lions have not been able to make any headway in their own league, the Girls Inter-Ac.
Their last chance to capture a league victory came and went on Monday, February 7, when Springside hosted a Baldwin School ballclub that arrived with an overall mark of 3-12. Baldwin, however, had already defeated Shipley, whose lone Inter-Ac victory had come against Springside, and in the Monday meeting in Chestnut Hill a break-out second quarter by the Bears led to a 63-32 win.
The visitors gained a modest 10-5 foothold in the first quarter, when Springside was able to hold Baldwin star Emma Hamm without a field goal. By halftime, though, Hamm...
Gymnasts from Chestnut Hill's Water Tower Recreation Center placed high in a local tumbling meet held at Central High School on Feb. 4.
In Advanced competition, Chestnut Hill's Elena Karras took first place honors. Second place went to Aude Girin of Ft. Washington and Ali Love of Springfield Township. Theresa Henderson of Philadelphia took third place, and Holta Tegu of Philadelphia, fourth place.
In the intermediate group, winners included Alessandra Peters, Nataya Friedman and Oreland's Libby McBrien, first place; Liu Volpe and Johanna McMahon of Elkins Park and Chana Chestang of Mt. Airy, second place; Michelle Burns of Oreland, third place; Jamie Braverman of Germantown and Kelli Pate of Mt. Airy, fourth place; and Laura Biester of Chestnut Hill, fifth place.
In open competition, local winners were: Tatiana Pulido of...