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Host CHA runner-up at wrestling tourney; PC, GFS also appear

Central High’s David Bathurst (left) bridges to avoid being pinned by Penn Charter sophomore Joey Woodruff. It didn’t work for long.

Although host Chestnut Hill Academy only had athletes entered in 10 of the 14 weight classes, the Blue Devils were able to finish second at the 14-team CHA Wrestling Invitational Tournament last Saturday.

Defending Friends Schools League titlist Westtown School repeated as the team champion in the Chestnut Hill event, winning four weight classes and scoring 192.5 points to CHA’s 118. Another FSL team, George School, was third with 96.5 points.

Blue Devils junior Dan Gallagher, the 160 lb. champ at the 2008 event, won at 171 lbs. this year, and his classmate Matt Rubin captured the title at 160 lbs. Brendan Spearing (who will pursue rowing in college at Fairfield University) was the 189 lb. champion, and fellow senior Will Emery was runner-up in the 285 lb. class.

CHA’s Inter-Ac League colleague, Penn Charter, came in ninth with 66 points and produced a pair of finalists in sophomore middleweights Steve Miller (152) and Joey Woodruff (160). Germantown Friends arrived with a total of five wrestlers, but two Tiger juniors went on to win titles. Nathaniel Rabin won for the second year in a row, moving up from his 2008 weight of 119 lbs. to capture the crown at 125 lbs. this time around. James Hall emerged as the 152 lb. champion, but the Tigers had too few entries to make a lot of waves in the team scoring. They finished 11th with 45.5 points.

Springside hoopsters click in second half to put away GFS

New GFS girls basketball head coach James Jordan talks to his Tigers during a time-out in last week’s game at Springside.

Although the host Lions of Springside School led the whole way in last Tuesday’s non-league basketball bout, the visiting Tigers of Germantown Friends were still not out of it at the halfway point, when the Lions were up 22-11.

A few quick baskets at the start of the third quarter could’ve gotten GFS right back in contention, but after the intermission a quite different scenario developed, as Springside put the contest out of reach with an 11-minute, 27-2 run.

A potent inside/outside balance on offense fueled the victory. Colleen Caldwell, a senior guard who’s headed to Muhlenberg College, did not fill her customary starting role for the Lions, but when she came off the bench at the start of the second quarter, she launched into a game-high 13-point performance that included three field goals from beyond the three-point arc.

Tigers’ top talent too much for Springside squash

Eighth-grader Olivia Fiechter, the number one player for the GFS varsity, lets the ball loose as she winds up for a serve.

With a lot of their strength concentrated at the top of the squash team ladder, the Tigers of Germantown Friends captured matches number one through four to overcome visiting Springside School by a 4-3 count last Thursday.

Location played an important role in the outcome, because Springside won an eighth and a ninth individual match (in addition to the number five, six and seven bouts), and had the contest taken place on the Lions’ home court, all nine matches would’ve counted in the official team score. But while all of the Inter-Ac and Girls Inter-Ac League teams have gone to a nine-match collegiate-style format this winter, GFS and some other members of the Mid-Atlantic Squash Association (which includes an Inter-Ac and an “Independents” division) are staying with the seven-player alignment that has long been the scholastic standard.

Thursday’s encounter was the first match of the season for Springside and the third for Germantown. Previously, the Tigers had lost to ever-powerful Episcopal Academy, 2-5, and had swept Shipley School, 7-0.

GFS wunderkind Olivia Fiechter, who could’ve beaten almost every high school player in the area as a seventh-grader last year, is being allowed to play in varsity matches for the first time this season. Fiechter, who actually attended Springside up through the fifth grade, went past Lions junior Annie Maxwell last Thursday, 11-3, 11-1, 11-2.


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