Local roundup: Bears top Rams, win District 1 Duals

Photo by Barry Taglieber Phoenixville's five senior boys basketball players during the 2013-14 season were, from left to right, Matt O'Hare, Eric Wallace, James Jackson, Cole Luzins and TreShawn Rebalsky.
Photo by Barry Taglieber Phoenixville's Anna Florio competes in the 400-meter freestyle against Methacton.

WRESTLING

Boyertown 31, Spring-Ford 21: The Rams fell to the Bears in an all-Pioneer Athletic Conference final during the District 1 Duals Tournament at Upper Dublin High School Feb. 1.

Boyertown and Spring-Ford also finished 1-2 in the PAC-10 wrestling race.

The Rams (20-2) qualified for states by reaching the title round. Spring-Ford’s perfect performers for the weekend were Ryan Hayes (113), Jonathan Cooper (145) and Frankie Krauss (152). Hunter Mitch (120), Adam Dombrosky (138), Taylor Westlake (170, 182) and Mason Romano (220) each went 2-1.

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Spring-Ford, which was the third seed in the tourney, was coming off Jan. 31 wins over Pennridge (37-15) and second-seeded Downingtown East (36-19) to earn the right to face the Bears again.

PIAA Duals: Spring-Ford defeated visiting Exeter, 39-18, in the opening round of the PIAA Duals Feb. 4.

Frankie Krauss (152), Taylor Westlake (170), Mason Romano (220) and Joshua Boyer (285) notched pins for the Rams.

Methacton 63, Phoenixville 7: The Warriors posted three pins en route to their PAC-10 win over the visitng Phantoms Feb. 4.

Max Shepherd (106) won a 9-0 major decision, and Garrett Serwatka (120) took a 4-0 decision to account for the Phantoms’ points.

BOYS BASKETBALL

Phoenixville 69, Upper Perkiomen 35: James Jackson and Christian Kelly combined for 25 points to lead the Phantoms to victory over the Indians in PAC-10 play Jan. 30.

Jackson scored a game-high 13 points while Kelly tabbed 12 as Phoenixville (3-10, 6-14) celebrated Senior Night for five players. Jackson was one of the seniors along with Eric Wallace, Cole Luzins, TreShawn Rebalsky and Matt O’Hare.

Isaiah Stokes led the Indians with 12 markers.

Pottsgrove 60, Phoenixville 55: Christian Kelly scored a team-high 13 points for the Phantoms in their PAC-10 loss to the Falcons Feb. 1.

Spring-Ford 56, Downingtown East 40: Nick Stanek scored 16 points and grabbed eight rebounds for the Rams (19-2) in their non-league victory over host Downingtown East Feb. 1.

Drew Kakareka scored 14 for the Rams, and Gary Hopkins finished with 10 points and 10 boards. Ryley Angeline led the Cougars (11-9) with 12 points.

Perkiomen Valley 56, Owen J. Roberts 54: Mekhi Clemons scored 22 points and Tyler Krause added 20 as the Vikings edged the Wildcats in PAC-10 action on Feb. 1. Matt Crider pumped in a game-high 33 points and also grabbed eight rebounds for the Wildcats.

GIRLS BASKETBALL

Spring-Ford 62, Perkiomen Valley 23: Sammy Stipa came up big at both ends of the court on Jan. 31 as visiting Spring-Ford wrapped up the PAC-10 Liberty Division title with a win over the Vikings.

Stipa scored a game-high 22 points for the Rams (12-1, 16-5) while also leading a defense that held PV’s top scorer, K.T. Armstrong, to one point.

Shelby Mueller scored eight points and Molly Hynes added six for Spring-Ford, which opeend a 31-7 halftime lead.

Boyertown 45, Perkiomen Valley 26: KT Armstrong scored eight points, but the Vikings (4-8, 5-15) fell to the Bears on Jan. 30.

SWIMMING

Phoenixville sweeps Reading: Phoenixville’s boys and girls defeated Reading in a non-league road meet Jan. 30.

The Phantom boys defeated the Knights, 98-78, while the girls were victorious, 93-83.

Josh Ziev won the 200 IM for the Phoenixville boys in 2:15.78. He also anchored the winning 400 free relay team. Robert Newman, Josh Hayward and Jan Aclan were other members of the quartet.

On the girls’ side, Phoenixville’s Emily Fabius won the 200 free (2:08.72) while Maddie Cooke took the 200 IM (2:15.32), Kathryn Bland the 100 breast (1:18.22) and Liz Hussin the 500 free (6:04.23).

Phoenixville also won the 200 medley relay (1:57.43) and the 400 freerelay (4:06.80).

Methacton sweeps Phantoms: Visiting Methacton swept a PAC-10 meet from Phoenixville Feb. 4. Methacton’s boys defeated Phoenixville, 115-55, while Methacton’s girls won a 97-73 verdict over the Phantoms.

On the girls’ side, Phoenixville swept all three relays and matched the Warriors with four individual wins. Phoenixville standout Maddie Cooke led Phoenixville (3-3 PAC-10) with four wins, taking the 50-meter freestyle (27.31), 100 breast and swimming on two winning relays. Emily Fabius and Kathryn Bland each had three wins for the Phantoms, with Fabius touching first in the 100 butterfly (1:13.8), Bland in the 100 back and both also swimming on two winning relays.

Rams sweep Indians: Spring-Ford’s boys picked up wins in eight events to beat Upper Perkiomen in a PAC-10 dual meet Feb. 4. Ryan Channing won the 50 free (22.98) and 100 free (52.39) while Noah Cancro swam a key leg in the 200 medley relay before winning the 100 fly (57.87).

On the girls’ side, Spring-Ford’s Meghan Lui and Rebecca Cubbler each earned multiple wins for the Rams as they defeated the Tribe in a PAC-10 dual meet Feb. 4. Lui won the 50 free (25.56) and 100 fly (1:01.49) while also swimming two key legs on the winning 200 medley and 200 free relays.

Cubbler dominated the freestyle events by winning the 200 free (2:02.0) and 500 free (5:22.22) before swimming on the winning 200 free relay with Lui. The Rams’ Kelley Darlington added a victory in the 100 breast (1:13.57).