Rolling through the Inter-Ac track and field regular season with a 5-0 record, defending champ Malvern Prep was favored to win the league championship meet last Saturday.
Unlike last year, when the Friars took the title over Chestnut Hill Academy by a single point, the final margin was more comfortable this time around. Malvern put up a total of 71 team points while CHA, the runner-up once more, accumulated 47.5.
The battle for third place was more dramatic, with Haverford School getting the nod with 34.5 points, just ahead of fourth-place Penn Charter (33) and number five Episcopal Academy, the meet host (32). Germantown Academy lagged behind, scoring six points in the competition.
Springside softball stumbles in the stretch
In their last home softball game of 2010, the Springside Lions lost the chance to win the Girls Inter-Ac League outright, and instead had to set their sights on a tie championship.
Visiting Agnes Irwin never had a lead through the first six frames, but Springside miscues helped the Owls hang around long enough to enter the seventh inning in a 3-3 tie with the host team. Helped by three Lions errors, including the second collision of the afternoon between Springside fielders tracking a fly ball, Irwin added five hits and scored six runs in the top of the seventh, and emerged with a 9-3 victory.
The contest was the season finale for Irwin, which swept its home/away series with Springside but split with Penn Charter and Notre Dame to finish with an Inter-Ac record of 10-2. The Lions were 8-1 going into Friday’s game, and had they beaten the Owls and then won this week’s make-up games against Charter and Germantown Academy, they would’ve been the sole champion in the league. But with the loss to Irwin, Springside needed to win both of its last two outings in order to share the 2010 title with the Owls.
GFS lax fells Foxes to reach finals
After compiling a flawless regular-season record within the Friends Schools League (7-0), the Germantown Friends lacrosse team rolled to a 13-6 victory in a playoff semifinal game last Thursday, dispatching visiting Moorestown Friends, the fourth seed for the FSL tourney (4-3 league, 8-4 overall).
Employing a well-balanced attack, the host Tigers took a 7-3 halftime lead, then reinforced their position by netting the first two goals of the second stanza. With the win, Germantown advanced to the league championship game to face second-ranked Friends Central, who also won its semifinal by a 13-6 tally, eliminating number three Shipley School.