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Delco Roundup: Sun Valley wins tight final to claim another tourney title

Sun Valley's John Deorio works on top against Kennett's Owen Coats in a major decision at 106 pounds. (Nate Heckenberger - For MediaNews Group)

Sun Valley won three matches and claimed the team title at the Mike Miluski duals with a 34-26 victory over Caravel Academy in the final Saturday at Strath Haven.

Down 26-18, Anthony Laird got the rally started with a forfeit win at 285. John Deorio scored a 12-0 major decision over Natalie Radecki to give the Vanguards a 28-26 lead. Tim Kearney pinned Julian Reynolds in 1:34 at 114 pounds to seal the victory.

Laird, Deorio and Kearney were among the seven wrestlers who went 3-0 in the tournament for the Vanguards. Kearney won all his matches by fall. Deorio had two pins and a major decision in wins over Upper Merion (75-0) and St. Joseph’s Prep (53-18).

Brecken Strickland also won three times by fall, twice at 139 pounds. Hunter Delaney (127), Brandon Carr (145-152) and Alexander Gamble-Williams (152-160) also went 3-0 for Sun Valley.

Curtis Nelson (114), Chris Nesbitt (139), Rocco Hartfuss (152) and David Rainey (160) all went 3-0 to help Ridley to fifth place. The Green Raiders lost to St. Joseph’s Prep (40-30) in the first round and bounced back with wins over Upper Merion (58-15) and Pottsgrove (52-22).

Nesbitt and Hartfuss won all three of their matches by fall.

Boys Track

Jayden Brown led the way as Ridley won a pair of gold medals in the Division I portion of the Track & Field Coaches Association meet at Glen Mills Friday night.

Brown earned his first victory of the season in the triple jump with a leap of 39-10 ½. The Green Raiders also took first in the distance medley relay (11:20.14) and Jesufifunmi Olugbenga was fourth in the high jump (5-6).

Chester also had a strong meet. Quamere Cosby won the 400 (52.77). Zion Spotwood was fifth in the 200 (25.03). The Clippers were fourth in the 4 x 400 (3:46.35).

Penn Wood’s Terry Dweh took first in the 55 hurdles (8.28). The Patriots also were fifth in the 4 x 200 (1:38.85).

Cole Hoffacker placed second in the triple jump (38-11 ¾) to highlight a strong performance for Garnet Valley. Daniel Lin (third in 55, 6.89),  Jack Kalish (fifth in 55 hurdles, 8.51), Joseph Davis (fifth in 400, 55.75) and David Stango (fifth in 800, 2:14.37) earned individual medals while the Jaguars placed third in the 4 x 800 (8:52.87) and fifth in the 4 x 400 (3:54.40) .

Haverford came away with a pair of medals. Connor Manning was third in the 800 (2:13.20) and the Fords took fifth in the DMR (12:45.21). Jack Ford of Upper Darby placed fifth in the pole vault (9-6).

In Division II, Joel Zacharias led a solid effort by Marple Newtown with a victory in the 200 (24.19). Logan McDonnell placed fourth in the high jump (5-6). Luke Moyer was fourth in the 55 dash (6.92), and the Tigers were third in both the 4 x 200 (1:42.18) and DMR (11:29.32).

Jason Jones of Academy Park was second in the 400 (55.95). Teammate Joshua Jones placed second in the 200 (25.07), Daishon Billops was fifth in the 55 hurdles (8.97). The Knights finished third in the 4 x 800 (9:58.80).

Dimirar Zhekov led Penncrest with a second-place result in the pole vault (9-6). Shane Hall placed third in the 3,000 (9:54.74) and Sarthak Khandelwal was third in the high jump (5-8) for the Lions. Penncrest finished third in the 4 x 400 (3:51.96), fourth in the DMR (11:38.63) and fifth in the 4 x 800 (10:09.91).

Emerson Hull claimed gold in the 55-meter hurdles (8.72) to lead Strath Haven. Jacob Lee was second in the triple jump (37-7 ½). Henry Reacher was fifth in the mile (5:08.51) for the Panthers.

Sun Valley won the 4 x 200 (1:39.63). Trevor Fursman placed second in the mile for the Vanguards (5:03.57), while Damien Stewart was fifth in the shot put (36-10).

Tyler Fletcher of Springfield finished second in the shot put (39-6 ¾). Teammate Kevin McGurk was third in the triple jump (37-6). Maurice Richardson from Bonner & Prendergast placed third in the 400 (56.59) and teammate Kieran Farren earned third place in the shot put (39-4 ½).

Eben Affainie of Interboro took second in the 55 hurdles (8.45), while Marcos Ramos was fifth in the 400 (57.16). The Bucs placed fifth in the 4 x 200 (1:42.59). Radnor earned silver in the DMR (11:25.32), an even tin which Archbishop Carroll was fifth.

Girls Track

Episcopal Academy’s Avery Elliott equaled her personal best with a leap of 5-1 to win the high jump at the Delaware Valley Girls Track & Field Coaches Association meet Friday night at Lehigh University.

Alexa Brown won the shot put (39-9) to pace a solid effort by Strath Haven. The Panthers were fourth in the 4 x 800 (9:44.80) and fifth in the 4 x 400 (4:15.24).

Springfield’s Beth Schearer was second in the 60-meter dash (8.01). JaNaisa Deary of Chester was second in the 200 (26.38). Kayla Elliott from Haverford claimed silver in the high jump (4-11). The Fords also were third in the DMR (12:18.37).

Anna Saboja from Garnet Valley was fifth in the 60 hurdles (9.53), and Penncrest’s Lauren Toy took fifth in the pole vault (10-6).

In relay events, Notre Dame placed third in the 4 x 800 (9:44.34). Penn Wood was fifth in the 4 x 200 (1:52.04) and Upper Darby finished fifth in the DMR (13:19.30).

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