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Main Line wrap-up: Harriton hoopters earn victory after honoring seniors

On a night when the Harriton boys’ basketball team recognized its senior class, the Ram underclassmen also played a key role in a hard fought 49-43 win over Marple Newtown Feb. 5 in a game that was not decided until the final minute.
With the Rams trailing 7-3, Harriton went on a 14-2 run, as sophomore Reid Belcher and junior Dan Gospodinov took over offensively, and seniors Nick Masterman and Mike Rinaldi grabbed three rebounds each.
Early in the third quarter, the Rams expanded their lead to 30-19 before Marple cut the Rams’ margin at 30-26 on three straight field goals senior Joseph Paoletti. With 4:20 to play, Marple tied the score at 41-41 on an Owen Mathes.
The Rams closed the game on an 8-2 run. With Harriton holding a slim 44-42 lead, Ram senior Blake Beauvais took a feed from Belcher and knocked down a mid range jumper to give the hosts a four-point lead. Harriton’s defense stood tall in the final two minutes, and the Rams had their win.
Prior to the game, Harriton recognized seniors Alec Raphael, Beauvais, Masterman and Rinaldi.

In other Main Line high school sports action (the high school wrap-up is compiled from game summaries sent to BAdams@mainlinemedainews.com):

Boys’ basketball
Episcopal Academy lost to Malvern Prep, 73-50, Monday. The Churchmen were led by Sam Malloy (14 points) and Will Delaney (12 points).
The Churchmen lost to Germantown Academy, 57-37, Feb. 4. Leading scorers for the Churchmen were Will Delaney (13 points), Jake Jaszcz (eight) and Sam Malloy (seven).
Malvern Prep defeated Episcopal Academy, 73-50, Monday. The Friars were led by Fran Oschell (18 points) and Andrew Phillips (14 points).
Radnor lost to Garnet Valley, 66-58, Feb. 6. Clark Thornton led a balanced Radnor attack with 12 points. Lew Robinson (11), Jackson Hicke (10) and Jeb Williams (10) also reached double figures.

Girls’ basketball
Academy of Notre Dame edged Episcopal Academy, 53-51, Feb. 6. Maeve McErlane poured in a game-high 21 points to lift the Irish over the Churchwomen. Izzy Casale had eight points, and Katie Halligan and Grace Hannah pitched in with six points each for the Irish. Riley Cassidy tallied 11 points and Natalie Magnotta 10 for the Churchwomen.
Archbishop Carroll defeated Cardinal O’Hara, 42-40, Feb. 6. Grace O’Neill and Taylor Wilson hit 3-pointers in the fourth quarter to put the Patriots up for good. O’Neill led Carroll with 19 points and four steals. Wilson chipped in with 12 points.
Conestoga defeated Lower Merion, 41-40, Feb. 6. The Pioneers were led by sophomore Kate Galica (21 points, 11 rebounds, five steals) and freshman Marisa Francione (12 points, five rebounds, three steals). Conestoga outscored Lower Merion 17-6 in the fourth quarter, as Galica tallied 11 points.
Two days earlier, the Pioneers defeated Upper Darby, 49-26. Conestoga was led by Galica (21 points, 12 rebounds, eight steals) and freshman Marisa Francione (15 points, three steals).
Episcopal Academy defeated Baldwin School, 36-30, Feb. 5. Amanda Purcell led the Churchwomen in their season opener with 10 points. Reilly Cassidy had eight points.
Harriton defeated Marple Newtown, 44-41, Feb 4 to improve the Rams’ record to 3-1. Juniors Mady Calhoun and Annie Aspesi each scored 14 points for the Rams.
Earlier in the week, Calhoun and first-year player Felicity Mcfillin each scored 10 points in a 37-28 loss to Springfield. Aspesi chipped in with eight points.
Radnor lost to Garnet Valley, 39-25, Feb. 6. Cierra Hopson topped Radnor with seven points. Ava Gummel pitched in with six points.
Villa Maria Academy lost to Gwynedd Mercy, 40-36, Feb. 4. Caroline Kirby led the Hurricanes in scoring (nine points), and Peyton Tague chipped in with seven points for Villa Maria.

Boys’ swimming
Conestoga defeated Radnor, 105-70, Feb. 5. The Pioneers finished first in the medley relay (Ryan McDonough, Jake Wang, Gary Wang, Stephen Graver, 1:35.46); 200 freestyle (Luke Nagel, 1:42.15); 200 IM (James Manion, 2:00.12); 50 free (Stephen Graver, 22.45), diving (Patrick Hoey, 158 points); 100 fly (John Yeniay, 53.48); 100 free (Raymond Welgosh, 48.38): 200 free relay (Jake Wang, Stephen Graver, Raymond Welgosh, Luke Nagel, 1:29.73); and 100 breaststroke (Gary Wang, 58.84).
Episcopal Academy swam a tri-meet against Malvern Prep and Haverford School Feb. 4, for which score was kept – only swimmers’ times were recorded, and those times were submitted to the Eastern Preps Virtual Leaderboard. First-place finishers for EA were Jack Christian (200 free – 1:42.41 and 100 back – 51.69), Henry Haupt (200 IM – 2:00.78) and Chris Lo (50 free – 22.19).
Haverford School had one first-place finisher in the Feb. 4 tri-meet against Episcopal Academy and Malvern Prep Feb. 4 – Jack Deppen swam 52.68 in the 100 fly.
Malvern Prep first-place finishers in the Feb. 4 tri-meet against Episcopal Academy and Haverford School Feb. 4 were in the 200 medley relay (Alex Hamill, Patrick Rooney, Tommy Moul, Ben Kutufaris, 1:38.70), diving (Nick Harris, 335 points), 100 free (Kevin Cary, 47.77), 500 free (Brady Tierney, 4:51.13), 100 breast (Patrick Rooney, 1:00.65); 200 free relay (Kevin Cary, Erik Yablonski, Brady Tierney, Ben Kutufaris, 1:28.72); and 400 free relay (Tommy Moul, Brady Tierney, Alex Hamill, Kevin Cary, 3:17.35).

Girls’ swimming
Academy of Notre Dame had seven first place finishers in its dual meet against Episcopal Academy Feb. 5. The first place finishers for the Irish were the 200 medley relay team of Tori Abruzzo, Ashley Kolessar, Mia Abruzzo and Emily Hamill (1:47.46), Ashley Kolessar (200 IM – 2:07.26, 100 breast – 1:07.51), Mia Abruzzo (50 free – 24.19, 100 fly – 55.90), Natalie Stuart (500 free – 5:11.91) and the 400 free relay team of Emily Hamill, Natalie Stuart, Ashley Kolessar and Mia Abruzzo (3:34.90).
Episcopal Academy had five first-place finishers in its dual meet against Academy of Notre Dame Feb. 5. First place finishers for the Churchwomen were Emma Lunn (200 free, 1:52.34), Kat Harrar (diving, 222.38), Kelly Feuzeu Mekoue (100 free, 53.79), Riley Pujadas (100 back, 57.05) and the 200 free relay team of Bridget Egan, Ashley Tang, Emma Lunn and Kelly Feuzeu Mekoue (1:40.41).

Boys’ ice hockey
Radnor defeated Marple Newtown, 11-1, Feb. 5. Colin French and Robert Toomey each recorded two goals and one assist as eight Radnor players lit the lamp. Tucker Graham tallied a pair of goals for Radnor. Andrew Knight had a goal and five helpers. Goalie Luke Mallory posted nine saves.

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