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2012: A review of the year July-December


By bsankey@21st-centurymedia.com">Barry Sankey, Sports Reporter, bsankey@, phoenixvillenews.com

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

JULY
The Phoenixville Criterium segment of the chester County Grand Prix Bicycle Race took place. The 45-mile race cdovered 35 laps of a 1.3-mile hilly course.
Host Phoenixville won the Cal Ripken 12U NW state championship at Vic Marosek Park.
Phoenixville’s Senior American Legion team, under first-year manager Joe Little, qualified for the Chester County League playoffs. The Athletics were then eliminated by Westtown, 7-6, at West Chester Bayard Rustin High School to end the year at 13-13 overall.
Phoenixville resident Dick Yochem w2as named to the Pennsylvania American Legion Baseball Hall of Fame.
Spring City won the Region Three Tournament in Royersford to qualify for the state tournament at Boyertown’s Bear Stadium.
AUGUST
Spring City defeated Boyertown, 5-1, in the first round of the Pennsylvania American Legion State Tournament.
Joe Grejdus directed the annual archery tournament at Phoenixville YMCA. Olivia Mulligan, a 6-year-old, was the highlight of the event, hitting from 55 yards out for the best mark ever in her age group and she finished second overall to Jen Forte, a 39-year-old, who won with a hit from 65 yards away.
Spring City placed second at the Senior American Legions state tournament and advanced to the Mid-Atlantic Regional Tournament at Owls Field at Ted Palka Park in West Lawn.
Phoenixville natived Aamina Thornton was named the new head girls lacrosse coach at Phoenixville High School. Thornton, who starred at Temple University, previously served as an assistant coach to Jen Foresta.
Spring City finished as runner-up to Brooklawn, New Jersey, at the Mid-Atlantic Regional Tournament. The Red Sox dropped a 9-8 decision in 10 innings after leading 8-0 after two innings. Cody Clarke slammed a three-run homer to trigger the big early lead.
Denise Kuleski and Bob Hogga, two active people in the Phoenixville community, died from pancreatic cancer. Kuleski was the first female manager in the Phoenixville Babe Ruth League and directed the Orioles at deSanno Field. She also coached high school soccer and middle school boys basketball and baseball in Pottstown. Hogga, who was active in the Veterans of Foreign Wars, also served as a baseball umpire, football official and photographer.
SEPTEMBER
Three teams were declared champions after Phoenixville Area Positive Alternatives (PAPA) basketball playoff games at Reservoir Park. Champions were crowned in the 10 & Under, 13 & Under and 18 & Under age divisions. Petrucci’s Ice Creat & Water ice won the 10’s, Phoenixville Federal Bank the 13’s and Dollfus Insurance Agency the 18’s.
Host Phoenixville’s girls captured the 2012 Phoenixville invitational Tennis Tournament. The Phantoms edged Villa Maria Academy, 14-13, in the final team point standings. Gwynedd Mercy finished third and Delco Christian took fourth.
The tourney was played to benefit the Cancer patient Assistance fundraising program at Phoenixville Hospital for the 11th year. Seniors Stacey Miles and Julie McNabb served as chairmen with their senior project.
Phoenixville’s football team fell to Great Valley, 26-13, in the non-league season opener at Washington Field.
Phoenixville and Archbishop Carroll played to a scoreless tie in field hockey at Washington Field.
The Phantoms defeated Exeter, 28-20, for their first victory of the season. Phoenixville used the game as Military Appreciation Night.
Phoenixville blanked Upper Perkiomen, 3-0, in PAC-10 boys soccer action.
Ryan Yenchick rushed for 124 yards and three touchdowns as Phoenixville defeated Methacton, 37-10.
Phoenixville nipped Christopher Dock, 1-0, in girls soccer action.
Phoenixville continued its first season of girls volleyball under coaches Julie Cordingley and Laura Howard.
OCTOBER
Phoenixville outscored Pottstown, 42-27, in PAC-10 football to help mark their second annual Play for the Cure Night to benefit breast cancer.
Phoenixville’s field hockey team, with nine seniors, celebrated Senior Night with an 8-1 victory over Pope John Paul II.
Boxers Joe Cusumano, a profession, and Sammy Berman, an amateur, were the top prospects of the Phoenixville Area Police Athletic League (PAL) program.
Phoenixville ran its last home cross country meet of the season against Perkiomen Valley and Upper Perkiomen.
Undefeated Spring-Ford’s field hockey team defeated Phoenixville, 5-1, in the PAC-10 Final Four playoffs in Red Hill.
The Phoenixville Area School District Sports Hall of Fame added 23 inductees in its second class. There were five deceased and 18 living inductees. The new permanent plaque was also unveiled.
Senior lineman Brian Hyland scored two touchdowns on short runs as the Phantoms won their Homecoming football game, 40-19, against Pope John Paul II.
NOVEMBER
Senior quarterback Chris Demey led the Phantoms to a 49-20 victory over host Upper Perkiomen.
Phoenixville and Pottstown shared a wrestling workout at CrossFit Pottstown on North Hanover Street in preparation for the new winter season.
Phoenixville put up a strong fight but dropped a 24-7 verdict to Pottsgrove in PAC-10 football action, ending a three-game Phantom winning streak on Senior Night.
Phoenixville’s girls soccer team, under coach Jason Short, advanced to the District 1-AA semifinals before falling to top-seeded Villa joseph Marie, 3-0, at Coach McNelly Stadium in Royersford.
Phoenixville’s football team was ousted by host interboro, 35-14, in the first round of the District 1-AAA playoffs.
Phoenixville graduate Miranda Peto scored the game-winning goal in overtime as Alvernia University topped McDaneil, 5-4, in the quarterfinal round of the ECAC Mid-Atlantic Regional Field Hockey Championships in Reading.
Edwin Walters, longtime PMYC assistant football coach and EMT who is also an assistant fire chief in Phoenixville, was honored as one of four “Champions of the Community” during a luncheon at Phoenixville Country Club.
Phoenixville and Spring-Ford’s football teams were honored by the two communities’ Rotary Clubs during the annual Thanksgiving Schuylkill Bowl luncheon, which was held at Spring-Ford’s home site of Spring-Ford Country Club. Later that evening, Phoenixville defeated Spring-Ford, 49-0, in a PAC-10 game at Coach McNelly Stadium. The Rams rested their starters in preparation for a weekend district semifinal playoff game against Pennridge.
DECEMBER
Spring-Ford’s football team, led by head coach Chad Brubaker, defeated Pennridge, 35-24, in a District 1-AAAA semifinal game at Poppy Yoder Field to advance to the district championship game against Coatesville.
Phoenixville senior inside linebacker/tight end Ryan Pannella received two special awards. He was named one of five PAC-10 recipients of the Mini Max Award from the Maxell Football Club as well as the Sportsmanship Award from the Norristown Chapter of the Pennsylvania Football Officials Association.
Spring-Ford senior quarterback Hank Coyne, a record-setting passer, also received a Mini Max Award while helping guide the Rams to the District 1-AAAA title game against Coatesville.
The Spring City Forest of Tall Cedars of Lebanon No. 34 held its 72nd annual Football Night at the Masonic Lodge in Royersford. Phoenixville’s Sean Hesser and Spring-Ford’s Zameer McDowell were among the honorees. Muhlenberg College head football coach Mike Donnelly served as guest speaker.
Phoenixville split a swimming meet against Upper Perkiomen at the Phoenixville YMCA pool with the girls winning against the Indians and the boys falling. Phoenixville’s Dan Weinstein made his debut as head coach of the Phantoms swimmers after serving as assistant to Ty Bailey.
Phoenixville’s wrestlers, under second-year head coach Joe Youngblood, celebrated their 50-year golden anniversary with ceremonies and a PAC-10 meet against Perkiomen Valley at the new Phoenixville School District gymnasium.
Phoenixville opened its new and upgraded “Phantom Station” student store with apparel and refreshments at the Phoenixville High School old building.