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Delco Roundup: Episcopal Academy, Notre Dame claim Inter-Ac cross country titles

Episcopal Academy proved once against it has the best boys cross country team in the Inter-Ac League.

Junior Aidan McHugh was the individual winner, and the Churchmen placed five runners in the top eight to roll to their second straight league title and third since 2015 at Belmont Plateau Monday afternoon.

EA racked up 21 points to easily outdistance Malvern Prep (70) and Haverford School (73) for the crown. The Churchmen also won the title in 2019. The league championship meet was not held last season due to the coronavirus pandemic.

McHugh crossed the finish line in 17 minutes, 5.8 seconds to claim the individual crown. Connor Hanrahan paced third, Dakin Ebmeyer was fourth, Nicky Criville took fifth and James Austin finished eighth for EA.

Collin Stewart and Ned Cutler were ninth and 10th, respectively, for Haverford School.

Girls Cross Country

Seniors Kyleigh Calvert and Cara Stevenson came up big to help Notre Dame edge Penn Charter for the Inter-Ac title.

The Irish finished with 40 points, two points ahead of the Quakers, to claim their first title since 2017 and 11th since 2001.

Therese Trainer finished second, but it was the performance of Calvert (sixth), Maura Brady (seventh), Stevenson (ninth) and freshman Chloe Calvert (16th) that gave the Irish the points needed to claim the title.

Kathryn Lynn placed sixth to lead Episcopal Academy to fourth in the team competition. Orchie Hasan (27th) was the top finisher for Agnes Irwin, which was fifth in team scoring.

Girls Soccer

It’s been a good three-day stretch for Upper Darby.

Moira Penot made eight saves to post her second straight shutout as the Royals made it two wins in a span of 72 hours with a 7-0 nonleague triumph over Academy Park.

Freshman Aubrey Patterson paced the offense with three goals. Freshman Amelia Constantine added two goals, and Gwen Luther pitched in with two assists.

In the Catholic League:

Cardinal O’Hara 1, St. Hubert 1 >> Kelly McCarthy scored in the second half, and Ava Hnelski made six saves in goal to help the Lions earn a draw in double overtime.

Girls Volleyball

Make it five straight Central League titles for Garnet Valley.

Maddie Wood dished out 31 assists as the Jaguars (16-2, 11-0) wrapped up the championship with a 3-0 triumph over Radnor.

Kate Dugery led the attack with eight kills and three blocks. Steph May added three kills and three aces, Rachel Sokalsky had two kills and Leah Ellis paced the defensive effort in the 25-11, 25-16, 25-6 victory.

Penncrest 3, Harriton 0 >> Kay Wimberly put together 22 assists, nine aces, nine digs and four kills to pace the Lions. Liz Kurcon added 15 digs, 10 kills and three aces. Kelly McDonnell had 14 digs, five kills and four aces while Chloe Breeze paced the defense with 27 digs in the 25-9, 25-15, 25-14 victory.

Ridley 3, Upper Darby 1 >> Jackie Borcky recorded six blocks to lead the Green Raiders to a 25-12, 25-15, 24-26, 25-17 victory. Lauren Capozzoli and Ella Kunze contributed five aces each.

Springfield 3, Strath Haven 1 >> Katie Letcher amassed 35 assists, 10 digs and one ace to lead the Cougars.

Katie Bachetti (11 digs) and Baleigh Rhodes (five digs, one block) paced the attack with 10 kills each. Ana Karas led the defense with 25 digs, while Nina Fofanah added eight kills, six blocks and three digs in the 22-25, 25-21, 25-21, 25-23 win.

Emily McGinn had 19 kills, six blocks, six digs and one ace for the Panthers. Gabby Zweier had 20 assists, five digs and three aces. Damola Sononuga added 18 assists and seven digs. Jillian Surkis pitched in with 12 kills and Molly Prendergast and Gigi Fiordimondo chipped in with 20 and 17 digs, respectively.

In the Catholic League:

Bonner-Prendergast 3, Little Flower 0 >> Gabby Dushkewich led the way with 11 digs and three aces as the Pandas won 25-20, 25-16, 25-22. Haley Brice had four aces and three kills. Alyssa Gannon collected six digs and four kills. Nikki DiDonato finished with six kills and five digs, while Erin O’Brien had nine assists and five digs.

Field Hockey

Two goals apiece from Sophia DiMarcantonio and Sophia Hunter powered Springfield to a 5-0 Central League victory over Ridley.

Karli Henderson added one goal and two assists. Maddie Kane also had two assists while goalie Charlize Garrett make eight saves to post the shutout.

Maddie Gordon made seven saves in goal for the Green Raiders.

In nonleague action:

Sacred Heart 3, Jenkintown 3 >> Kyra Santora scored three times, including the tying goal in the fourth quarter, for the Lions.

Kathryn Gallagher assisted on Santora’s first goal and Caitlin Breslin had the helper on the equalizer. Emily Schlegal, Meilyn Frank, Anira Thomas and Caroline Fleming stood out on defense.

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