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Mercury Roundup (10.16): Spring-Ford shakes up PAC with win over Perk Valley

Girls Volleyball

Spring-Ford 3, Perkiomen Valley 2 >> The Rams came on strong in the deciding fifth set to win Friday’s PAC match with the Vikings. Set scores were 25-21, 18-25, 26-24, 20-25 and 15-4.

Spring-Ford’s statistical stars were Maddie Lebiedzinski (50 digs, six assists), Anoushka Patel (15 assists, 20 digs), Ally Plitnick (19 assists, 11 digs) and Clarke Gilmore and Sara Fritzinger (12 kills each).

After an 0-3 start to the season, Spring-Ford (4-4) has won four of its last five matches, including avenging losses to Methacton and PV. The loss dropped the Vikings (6-2) out of a tie for first place with Boyertown following a victory over the Bears on Wednesday.

Boyertown 3, Owen J. Roberts 0 >> The Bears swept Friday’s PAC match with the Wildcats by set scores of 25-18, 25-16 and 25-12. With the Vikings’ loss, Boyertown (7-1) moved to sole possesion of first place in the PAC.

Leading the way for Roberts wer Bridget Kowalski (one assist, 12 digs), Ellie Kalbach (two aces, one kill, nine assists, one dig, Hannah Lewiski (one ace, one assist, five digs), Jessica Taney (two aces, four kills, one block, one dig), Abby Mattis (one kill, two block assists, two digs), Meghan Touhey (one ace, three kills, five digs) and Caroline Halsey (two kills, one block, two block assists).

Faith Christian 3, West-Mont Christian 1 >> West-Mont fell by scores of 25-21, 23-25, 25-22 and 25-21 in Friday’s contest.

Kaylee Knapp had 5 aces, 4 kills 8 digs, and Deborah Shurtleff tallied 7 aces and 2 blocks.

Field Hockey

Spring-Ford 2, Boyertown 1 (OT) >> Julia Corropolese helped the Rams to a PAC win Friday, scoring the overtime game winner.

The Rams went up 1-0 with 12:25 left in regulation when Alyssa Mozi scored off an assist from Nina Scott. Boyertown’s Alyx Morgan tied the game with 16 seconds left in regulation to send the contest into overtime.

Corropolese scored the winning goal with 8:31 left in overtime off an assist from Emma Friend.

Mackenzie Savage made saves for Spring-Ford, while Sarah Yoder made 10 saves for the Bears.

Boys cross country

Methacton 21, Boyertown 35 >> While Eric Muthersbaugh scored top race honors for the Bears, the Warriors placed runners in eight of the next nine places to win Friday’s PAC meet.

Muthersbaugh covered his home course in 16:34, beating Methacton leader Vaughn Lackman (16:46). But after Cameron Kratz took third for Boyertown, Methacton swept the remainder of the Top 10 led by Bryan Landsberg’s fourth-place 17:27 clocking.

Owen J. Roberts 22, Pottsgrove 35 >> Josh DiMarino keyed the Wildcats to victory over the Falcons in Friday’s PAC meet.

DiMarino ran an 18:25 to outdistance Pottsgrove’s Brendan Vaughan (18:44). Jack Golden claimed third place for OJR, which got a 5-6-7 finish from Andrew LaGreca, Nick Wood and Charlie Kullen.

Perkiomen Valley 22, Upper Perkiomen 36 >> Kabiru Brown edged out Donnie Miller to head the Vikings’ PAC win over the Indians Friday.

Brown clocked a 16:37 on UP’s course, three seconds better than Miller’s effort for the home team. PV filled five of the next seven spots, Dan Hayman coming in third with a 17:18 for the Vikes.

Spring-Ford 16, Upper Merion 47 >> Quinn Smith and Liam Baker had a strong 1-2 finish for the Rams in Friday’s PAC meet with the Vikings.

Smith covered his home course in a winning time of 16:38, Baker following him with a 17;14 clocking. Anthony Bamford (17:19) and Andrew Conlin (17:24) followed them, beating out UM leader Omar Bedak (fifth, 17:56).

Girls cross country

Methacton 24, Boyertown 37 >> Molly Thomas was the runaway winner for the Warriors, who handled the Bears in Friday’s PAC meet.

Thomas’ 20:10 clocking was a full minute ahead of Boyertown’s Alyssa Albanese. Bipasha Moktan (21:39) and Brianna Christmann (21:58) went 3-4 for Methacton.

Owen J. Roberts 22, Pottsgrove 35 >> Claire Zubey blistered the field in Friday’s PAC meet, leading the Wildcats to victory over the Falcons.

Zubey ran a 19:10 to finish almost four minutes ahead of teammate Grace Fennell (23:03) and the rest of the field. Naomi Hillen was Pottsgrove’s fastest finisher, going third in 23:40.

Perkiomen Valley 15, Upper Perkiomen 50 >> Sienna Miller won the Vikings’ Friday’s PAC meet with the Indians by almost a minute,

Miller ran an 18:03 while teammate Summer Watts was second in 19:01. Delaney O’Sullivan was another minute behind (20:08) in third for PV, which swept the Top 10 spots.

Spring-Ford 16, Upper Merion 47 >> Julia Breisch headed a 1-2-3-4 finish by the Rams during Friday’s PAC meet with the Vikings.

Breisch ran her home course in 20:43, Abigail Duersch following in second (21:26). McKenzie Thomas was third (21:49) for Spring-Ford, and Christine Colucci fourth in 21:55.

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