CHA booters fine tune against tough teams
With the start of Chestnut Hill Academy’s Inter-Ac League soccer campaign approaching (CHA opens at Penn Charter on October 5), the Blue Devils prepped against a pair of “preps” from New Jersey late last week. On Thursday the local booters fell to the Hun School, 1-0, and on Saturday they took on one of the top teams in the Garden State, Pennington.
A 4-1 setback in the latter match gave CHA an overall record of 3-4, while Pennington rose to 5-1 (the loss was to Moorestown High School).
Coach Joe DiSalvo’s team trailed at halftime on Saturday, but he noted “It was nice to see that we didn’t pack it in being down 3-0. We came out with more aggression in the second half and we made them earn everything they got. I think that bodes well for us because this was a good team we played – they’re nationally ranked.”
Third-year varsity player Danny Hull, a junior, missed Thursday’s game with an injury but returned to duty on Saturday at Pennington, where the Red Raiders proved even more skilled than the Hun School team. The hosts struck the CHA crossbar with a shot in the second minute of the match, and soon after that junior Mike Duffey had to clear away a loose ball in the Blue Devils’ penalty box.
The question for the 2010 La Salle College High School football team is “what will it do for an encore?” Last year it won the first state championship in school history. By winning the AAAA title, it became the first Philadelphia team to win it all.
Philly has been in active in the state playoffs for five years. But it is a new year, with some new faces, and the team must focus on the task at hand. With a 2-1 record and ranked number one in the state in their title defense, the Explorers went up against Philadelphia Catholic League foe Bonner-Prendergast on Friday, at home at Springfield High School.
PC wins battle of unbeaten tennis teams
After five bouts were completed in last Tuesday’s non-league tennis match at Germantown Friends, visiting Penn Charter had a 3-2 edge on the host Tigers, but for the PC Quakers clinching the team victory in the best-of-seven affair was anything but easy.
The players from the two schools split sets in the last two contests, and in place of a full third set, it took a pair of extended tiebreakers for Charter to win the event, 5-2. Both teams had been undefeated coming into the encounter, Penn Charter at 5-0 and GFS at 2-0.