Schaefer is 2009 Dogwood Queen

Staff photo by Barry Taglieber/ Sarah Schaefer is overcome with joy after being named 2009 Dogwood Queen Saturday night.

The rain-out gave us a perfect time to check the standings in our favorite high school league as the teams prepare for the stretch run to the finish line in the final week of April and early May.

The favorites in several of the sports have a commanding lead and appear to justify their pre-season promise. Boyertown baseball has a two-game margin over second place Pottsgrove and third place Spring-Ford as their balanced offense and strong pitching have earned a 9-0 record.

Defending champion Owen J. Roberts has a 2-5 start and appear out of the trophy trot. However, baseball squads still have half their schedule to play and any of the teams could get hot. Phoenixville recovered from a slow start to even their record at 5-5 in fifth place.

The Boyertown entry also has a lock on the lacrosse title with a 9-0 record. They hold a two-game lead over defending champion Pottstown at 7-2 and OJR at 6-2. The young Phantoms have yet to earn a league victory.

In softball, Lansdale Catholic is also in a cruise mode at 9-0 followed by Spring-Ford (6-2) and Roberts (5-3). Phoenixville, Boyertown, and Perkiomen Valley are in a race for the fourth slot. Any of the three could move up if the leaders falter. The Bears took the title in 2003.

Perennial boys tennis champion Phoenixville holds a 5-0 league record and have yet to lose overall. However, they must stop the unbeaten Wildcats in what appears to be the deciding match. The OJR dynamic duo of Brant Buckley and Ben Fleming finished one-two in the league singles championship last weekend. The Phantoms' Cascone brothers will get another shot at their rivals when the two teams clash for the title.

Coach Jack Kraynak's boys track squad have sped to a 6-0 record to edge Boyertown, Spring-Ford and Roberts who are close behind. The Phantoms must have a great showing in the league meet since points gained there counts in the final team standings. Last week Phoenixville stopped Pottstown 101-49 and St. Pius, 115-35.

The Winged Lions and OJR are on top in girls track with Phoenixville and Upper Perkiomen following closely behind. The

Phantoms lost a heart-breaker to St. Pius, 73-72, last week while defeating Pottstown, 96-51. This race should also be decided in the league championship meet.

Hopefully the weather will continue to improve. Fans are encouraged to support their high school teams as they hustle for the titles. The PAC-10 should also have strong representatives in the district competition. Regardless of the final results, the boys and girls who have competed are all winners from this corner. Congratulations to these scholar-athletes who are taking advantage of valuable learning activities both inside and outside of the classroom.

May they continue to be winners in the game of life.

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