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Mercury Roundup (Feb. 1): Pottstown trio wrestles in all-female tournament

Female members of the Pottstown High School wrestling team recently traveled to Gettysburg to take part in an all-female dual match tournament.

The locals teamed up with Gettysburg High School to take on teams from 10 other schools from across the state in three rounds of competition. The Trojans, with their Gettysburg partners, went undefeated for the day, scoring three convincing victories.

Individually, the Trojans had great success. Mia Bumbarger went 3-1 on the day with three pins, the fastest in 26 seconds. Zoe Earle also looked strong, scoring two pins while going 2-1. Julianna Figueroa went 3-1 with two pins, her fastest one 29 seconds. She dropped a hard fought 9-5 loss to one of the top ranked wrestlers in the nation.

“I am very proud of our wrestlers,” Coach Nick Wade said. “Their hard work is paying off. They come to practice everyday ready to put in the work to improve. Today was an example of effort, execution and results.”

Boys Basketball

It was a productive weekend for the Perkiomen School boys basketball team.

The Panthers swept a three-game series with Westtown School, in the process running their season record to 6-0. Following Friday’s 81-77 win, Perkiomen took a pair Saturday, by scores of 53-45 and 87-77.

The first game, going 32 minutes in order to play Game 3 at 40 minutes, saw three Perkiomen players emerge as unlikely heroes. David Cross, a senior, led all scorers with 14 points, nailing three long balls. Daouda Dembele chipped in with 10 points, and senior Cam Brown found success in the post with his own 10-point outing.

The day’s capper witnessed Perkiomen and Westtown going blow-for-blow in the first 20 minutes.They were tied at 43 after the first half.

Honor Huff, a senior and Virginia Military Institute commit, was the Panthers’ high scorer with 22. Fellow senior Phil Byriel, going to Princeton following graduation, chipped in with another 16 points with four makes from deep. While Mitch Fischer ‘21 led all bench scorers with 15 points, and Ibra Bayu dropped in 10 points, including three floaters.

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