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GA cements supremacy with tourney title

by TOM UTESCHER

Several of the girls on the Germantown Academy hoops team knew what it felt like to officially win the Girls Inter-Ac championship, but not the postseason tournament.

Last fall, senior Kris Guynn, sophomores Colleen Magarity and Corina Fleming, and freshman Caroline Doty were members of the GA soccer team, which captured the league title by posting the best win-loss record in the regular season, but then was upset by Shipley School in the finals of the Inter-Ac tourney.

So even though the Patriots had already clinched the basketball championship before last week's league tournament began (see 2/10/05 LOCAL), they wanted to make sure that they were still the ones celebrating when the tourney concluded. The Pats sought convincing victories, and got them. Semifinal foe Episcopal went down on Thursday, 55-38, and after Notre Dame took a 13-7 lead in the second quarter...



Mount advances in District I tournament

by TOM UTESCHER

For Mount St. Joseph, the Catholic Academies basketball campaign had come to a disappointing conclusion with an overtime loss in the semifinals, but the PIAA seeding meetings breathed new life into the Magic's season, as their 16-6 record earned them the 11th seed in the District I tournament.

Hosting a first-round game last Saturday afternoon, the Mount received a combined 48 points from seniors Lauren Kummer and Emily Johnson in a 73-54 victory over Hatboro Horsham High School, the 22nd seed. Forward Jessica Romano piled up 28 points for the Hatters, but there was not enough production from her supporting cast, particularly late in the game.

Mount St. Joe had tuned up for the district opener with...



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...


Lions miss last chance for league win

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...


Water Tower gymnasts win at tumbling meet

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...