Travel ball, fatigue, senior week lead reasons for early tourney exit

The Catholic League team is often favored to win the Carpenter Cup. But this year the all-star baseball team lost in the first round. Many top players didn't show up, owing to the hyper busy lives of today's teenagers.

St. Andrew’s, Newtown, captures CYO softball title with 10-3 win

The Crusaders used a five-run fourth inning to break open a tight game and beat Immaculate Heart of Mary, Philadelphia, for the archdiocesan championship. Most of the girls have played together for years, aiming for this goal.

La Salle drops heartbreaker in 5-4 state baseball playoff loss

The Explorers took Bensalem to extra innings June 12 in the PIAA Class 6A semifinals, but a fly ball with the bases loaded in the eighth fell short of the fence and into a glove to end the game and a 23-4 season.

Shanahan boys bring home school’s first-ever state lacrosse crown

The Eagles capped a 22-1 season by beating Strath Haven for the PIAA Class 2A championship on Saturday, June 9. Although the first quarter ended with Bishop Shanahan trailing 4-0, it became a 13-5 rout by the end.

Archbishop Carroll’s season ends in tough 3-2 loss in state semis

From the first inning the Patriots didn't get the bounces, and despite scoreless pitching from junior Tyler Kehoe, the team exited the PIAA baseball playoffs June 11. But hopes are high for better success next year.

La Salle keeps it close but falls 6-4 in state lacrosse final

The Explorers claimed the PIAA District 12 title and earned their place in the PIAA Class 3A championship game but came up short against Manheim Township June 9 at West Chester East High School.

Catholic schools bruise foes, cruise to PIAA baseball semis

In state playoff quarterfinals, La Salle blanked its Class 6A opponent, 13-0, while Archbishop Carroll crushed its Class 5A opponent, 7-2. Both teams advance to the next round on Monday.

La Salle dispenses with suspense in 10-0 blow-out title win

The expected pitcher’s duel involving the Catholic League’s top two teams instead turned into a rout after 13 batters came to the plate in a seven-run first for the Explorers, who topped Archbishop Carroll for the league championship.

Historically good pitching, defense key Archbishop Ryan’s title win

Ryan's freshman pitcher Dana Bell tossed a three-hit, two-walk, 11-strikeout beauty in the 1-0 defeat of Lansdale Catholic May 25 for the Catholic League softball championship. In three playoff games she gave up no earned runs and struck out 26.

Ideal matchup shapes up as a reality for Catholic baseball final

La Salle, which won the regular-season title with an 11-1 record, will face Archbishop Carroll (10-2), who gave the Explorers their only defeat. Sports columnist John Knebels talks to the key players before the big game.