Dreams come true: Shanahan is best in state

By John Knebels DOWNINGTOWN – Julie Joyce remembered it like it was yesterday. She and a host of then-Bishop Shanahan freshmen volleyball players were talking about their dreams and goals. Someone mentioned winning a state championship before they were through with high school, and they all agreed that they would make it a reality. In […]

Cross country, tennis standouts abound in CL

By John KnebelsSpecial to The CS&T In the Catholic League cross country championships Oct. 24, Cardinal O’Hara’s girls and La Salle’s boys did what they usually do – they won. O’Hara was led by Nicole DelGrosso’s first-place finish. She completed the 3.1-mile course at Belmont Plateau in 21 minutes, 23 seconds to help the Lions […]

La Salle to face Prep in championship

By John KnebelsSpecial to The CS&T On a miserable Saturday evening Sept. 26 at Plymouth-Whitemarsh High School, St. Joseph’s Prep had just come back in dramatic fashion to topple La Salle in a highly anticipated regular season Catholic League Class AAAA clash. While fans from both sides quickly left the stands after the game to […]

Father Judge takes Catholic League soccer title

John KnebelsSpecial to The CS&T Coming out of the preseason, Father Judge High School’s soccer team didn’t exactly resemble potential world beaters. After three non-league wins came the Crusaders’ first Catholic League game, a visit to league powerhouse Archbishop Ryan on Sept. 13. From that point on, everything changed. “I really liked what I saw,” […]

Catholic League soccer: Wood girls win championship in OT

By John KnebelsSpecial to The CS&T Discuss the most nerve-wracking position in any sport and be prepared to hear someone insist that being a soccer goalie supersedes anything else. Standing all alone most of the time. Responsible to keep a round object roughly the size of a basketball from entering a net that measures eight […]

O’Hara takes back PCL volleyball title

John KnebelsSpecial to The CS&T When she entered the gymnasium at Cabrini College Nov. 1, Steph Johnson immediately began feeling a little bit uncomfortable. One year earlier, she and her teammates from Cardinal O’Hara High School had lost the Catholic League volleyball championship to Archbishop Wood on the same court. It wasn’t only the losing […]

Prendergast wins field hockey championship in double overtime

ASTON – Archbishop Prendergast junior Brooke Stretch’s goal 12:07 into a sudden-death, second overtime period lifted Prendie to a 1-0 victory over Cardinal O’Hara in the Catholic League field hockey championship Nov. 2 at Neumann University. The Pandas, who on Nov. 7 are scheduled to face Philadelphia Public League playoff winner Northeast High in the […]

Lansdale Catholic’s sights set on CL Championship

John KnebelsSpecial to The CS&T Watch Megan Poiesz with the ball. Now watch the ball find the back of the net. Time and again, two things happen when attending a Lansdale Catholic girls’ soccer game. One, the Crusaders win. The other, Poiesz scores a goal. Or two. Or three. “It takes a lot more than […]

Catholic Academies’ rivals battle in pre-playoff squeaker

John KnebelsSpecial to The CS&T BENSALEM – All year long, Villa Joseph Marie deep down felt that it was the best team in the rugged Catholic Academies League. Then again, the Jems felt that way last year, too, but it didn’t prevent them from losing to Villa Maria Academy in the championship. On Friday night […]

West claims fourth straight spanision title

Catholic League football roundup John KnebelsSpecial to The CS&T Bonner 49, Judge 17Before Monsignor Bonner’s contest with Father Judge, several senior Friars were talking about avenging last year’s 37-0 loss. Consider it avenged. With Eric Petransky enjoying a career performance behind a dominating offensive line, the Friars emerged with a stunning 49-17 victory. The senior […]