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Rowers brave heat at Philadelphia Youth Regatta

Rising senior Taylor Apostolico of Springside School (left) and sophomore Gwynedd Kieffer of Mount St. Joseph Academy each raced for the Fairmount Rowing Association at the Philadelphia Youth Regatta last weekend. Apostolico reached the finals in her event and Kieffer earned bronze medals in two different categories.

The directors of last Saturday’s Philadelphia Youth Regatta like to call the annual event “The world’s most laid-back regatta.” That may have been true for spectators sheltered from the sun in the Kelly Drive grandstand, but out on the water rowers were working as hard as ever while braving temperatures in the mid-90’s.

The races are restricted to athletes 18 years and younger, and several students at area high schools earned bronze medals. Rowers from Germantown Friends, Mount St. Joseph Academy, and Springside School reached the finals in their various events.

A Whitemarsh Boat Club entry that featured five Mount St. Joe students captured the bronze medal in the Junior 18 Four category. The rowers were rising juniors (stroke to bow) Rose Ehrlich, Katie O’Connell, Emily Carbone, and Meg O’Brien, and the coxswain was sophomore Mary Raggazino.

CHC players fall in NCAA Shootout

Defense can often be an afterthought in summer basketball, and it was hardly thought of at all in one of the women’s NCAA League games last Tuesday night.

Team Gold, which has half a dozen Chestnut Hill College players on its roster, lost this particular track meet to Team Royal Blue, 102-77. Rising sophomore Lindsay Alexander, a CHC forward, scored 17 points in the losing cause, while Royal Blue received a 25-point performance from guard Ashley Morris, a Central High alum who graduated from Temple University two years ago.

Springside Lions devoured by Bambies

Springside sophomore Gianna Pownall brings the ball across midcourt for the Lions.

With a number of their regular participants missing at last Tuesday’s summer hoops contest, the Springside Lions suffered their first loss in the Lou Cappiella League, falling to the Bambies of St. Hubert’s, 43-37.

The Hill girls dug themselves a hole at the outset of the game and still trailed by 17 points with a little over four minutes to go. They rallied to within four points of the leaders before St. Hubert’s finished up with a pair of free throws.

Springside was missing forwards Sydni Epps and Elana Roadcloud and guards Maddi Hinchey and Julia Schumacher, but the Lions still could’ve won the game if they hadn’t fallen far behind due to their bizarre shooting during the initial ten minutes. Often, they appeared to regard the ball as some sort of explosive device as they hastily flung it in the general direction of the basket.

Displaying much better discipline and teamwork, the Bambies had built up a 9-0 advantage before junior Michelle Boggs got Springside on the board with a three-pointer from the top of the key. St. Hubert’s was up 14-3 not long after that, but the Lions played better in the waning minutes of the opening period. Boggs continued to score, and with a three-pointer from sophomore Michelle Cybularz and two free throws from junior Ashlee Hale, the gap narrowed to seven points (19-12) by halftime.

Springside missed four free throws as the second round got underway, and the Bambies scored the first six points of the period for a 25-12 lead. Later, St. Hubert’s was ahead 38-21 when Springside began its final rally. Cybularz canned two more three-pointers and Boggs booked two lay-ups and a free throw to tighten the score to 38-32 with under a minute to go.


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