Hosts fall at 37th Snowball Tourney
Neither team from the host institution reached the finals of the 37th Annual Norwood Fontbonne Academy Snowball Tournament last weekend, but there was plenty of lively hoops action all the way through the championship round, where the finals in both the boys’ and girls’ brackets were decided by single-digit margins.
In the girls’ title game, Oreland’s Holy Martyrs gave up most of a 17-6 halftime lead, but they revived in the concluding minutes to defeat St. Philip Neri of Lafayette Hill, 30-22. Trailing by a few points at the end of each of the first three periods, Flourtown’s St. Genevieve squad pulled even with St. Alphonsus of Maple Glen at 32-all with less than three minutes remaining. St. Alph’s regrouped for the stretch run and pulled out a 38-33 victory.
The boys and girls playing for the Norwood Bears each came away with a win and a loss over the course of the tourney, and the eighth-grade team from Springside School was a new addition to the girls’ draw this year. Opening round contests took place on Thursday and Friday, with semifinal and consolation games on Saturday and the finals on Sunday morning.
CHC men are latest to conquer Holy Family
Entering last Thursday’s conference game with an overall record of 4-7, the Chestnut Hill College men’s basketball team encountered a squad that is truly struggling.
The Griffins took advantage of the situation, climbing one game closer to the .500 mark with a 79-62 victory over their hapless hosts at Holy Family University. CHC picked up its first win in the Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (where the Griffins are now 1-2), while the Tigers saw their record sink to 0-4 in the CACC and 0-12 overall.
Two of CHC’s younger guards, sophomore Ryan Cook and freshman Mark DiRugeris, put in 12 and 10 points, respectively in the first 20 minutes as the visitors assumed a 35-22 halftime lead. Cook would finish with 22 points and four assists and DiRugeris wound up with 12 points, while Larz Jeter came on to score all of his 15 points in the second period, and grabbed seven rebounds, to boot. The Griffins also got eight points and a game-high 13 rebounds from Dan Comas, as well as seven points from Julian McFadden and six points and six assists from Francis Ashe.
Instead of sweeping in from the Steppes, the Hun School Raiders came across the Scudders Falls Bridge from Princeton, arriving last Wednesday afternoon at the Old York Road ice rink that’s the home venue for Chestnut Hill Academy’s hockey squad.
The Blue Devils had suffered a 4-1 loss to Hun back in December, but the New Year brought a different outcome as CHA won last week’s rematch, 2-1.
Mount basketball adds four wins in a week
Mount St. Joseph Academy got right down to business in the new year with four games on last week’s agenda. On Monday and Tuesday, the Magic racked up comfortable victories over non-league rival Penn Wood High School (65-21) and Catholic Academies colleague Sacred Heart (46-24).
The W’s did not come as easily later in the week, but in a pair of league contests the Mount was able to win at Nazareth on Thursday, 49-38, and at home against Merion Mercy on Saturday, 38-36. This successful stretch raised the club’s record to 5-1 in league play and 10-1 overall.
On their first day back in school after the Christmas break, the Magic eased back into action against a 2-7 Penn Wood squad. Lay-ups by Mary Jo Horgan and Steph Smith got host MSJ rolling, and with two field goals and a free throw by Tara Barr, the Mount was ahead 9-0 before Tyneisha Whitsette (11 points total) got the Patriots on the scoreboard.
After the first period ended at 17-8, the Magic would score the first nine points of the second quarter, as well. The hosts were up 35-14 at the intermission, and even with the Mount’s generous use of its bench in the second half, the visitors couldn’t make any headway.