Sports Round-up: Just Warming Up

Each week, Patch brings you a summary of the week's events in Chestnut Hill sports action.

It’s pretty well documented that Springside School’s track and field star Taylor Ellis-Watson is fast.

But how fast is the University of Pittsburgh-bound senior?

 Well, as of Tuesday, Ellis-Watson holds the fastest time in Pennsylvania in the 200-meter sprint (24.13 seconds) and the fastest time in the 400 (54.97). Her time of 12.02 in the 100 dash is the third best in the commonwealth.

At last Friday’s Puma/Henderson Track and Field Invitational at West Chester Henderson High School, Ellis-Watson won the 200 (24.81) and broke a meet and school record with her first place time of 54.97 in the 400.  

Fellow senior star Natalie Bates placed fifth in the 300 hurdles with a time of 47.24.

Ashlee Hale won the shot put competition with a throw of 32 feet, one inch, which was good enough to break Springside’s old school record.

Middle School Report

Spingside’s middle school track and field team beat Abington Friends, 69-8, in Monday’s meet to finish undefeated in its dual meet season.

The Lions absolutely dominated Abington Friends and swept the top three spots in a number of events

Sophia Haegley (21.4), Melanie Graves (21.5) and Isabel Burgos took first, second and third in the 110 hurdles.

In the 100, Jordan Stahl clocked in at 14.4 to claim first while Joy Wilson finished in 15 seconds flat to earn second.

Alana Jing-White (1:06.0), Ayana Rhym (1:07.1) and Calder McNeil (1:08.4) swept the top three spots in the 400. The trio of Brenna Isackman (2:50.1), Gini Peyton (2:51.3) and Jenn Alley (3:01.4) did the same in the 800, as did Brooke Hanraty (6:09.0), Nicole Novo (6:31.8) and Lauren Easley (6:38.1) in the 1,600.

Springside’s 4x100 relay (McNeil, Jing-White, Singley Risico, Rhym) won first with a time of 55.9.

In the field, Olivia Byron (26-3.25) and Amirah Lewis (24-3.75) placed first and third in the shot put. Byron also won the long jump competition with a leap of 12-6.5 while Joy Wilson finished second with a mark of 12-2.

In the high jump, Byron (4-4) finished second and Jing-White (4-2) took third.

Close Calls

Despite having just one hit, Germantown Friend’s softball team nearly took down Friends Central in Tuesday’s Friends Schools League clash. Friends Central scored the game-winning run in the bottom of the seventh on a throwing error to first after a third strike was dropped to win, 11-10. The Tigers committed seven errors in the contest. Tigers’ hurler Anita Thachet was charged with the loss.

GFS’ loss followed its big 8-6 win last Friday over the George School where Reem RosenHaj went 3-for-4, scored one run and knocked in three runs. Eden Beschen went 2-for-3 with a double and two RBI. Thachet picked up the win.

Thachet and the Tigers did bounce back, though, from Tuesday’s loss by crushing Academy of New Church, 20-9, in Thursday’s league action.

Just warming up

Springside’s softball team belted out 13 hits in its six-inning, 11-1 win over Episcopal Academy in last Friday afternoon Inter-Ac League contest. Michelle Cybularz accounted for three of those hits. She went 3-for-4 for the Lions with two runs scored and an RBI.

Heading up the pitching duties, Cyburalz also earned the win. In six innings of work, she allowed just one run on six hits while managing not to surrender a walk. She struck out three batters.

Cyburalz was helped by Brenna Coll, who went 2-for-4 with three runs scored and two RBI.

Then on Wednesday, Cybularz knocked in the game-winning run in Springside’s 11-10 victory over Notre Dame. She finished 2-for-4 with two RBI. Resnya Hughes (3-for-4) and Dom Jones (2-for-2) each had two RBI in the game. Cyburalz was the winning pitcher.

Wild loss

After beating Olney, 1-0, on Monday, Germantown’s softball team was outslugged in a wild 20-11 loss to Northeast in Wednesday’s Philadelphia Public League playoff qualifying showdown. There was a combined 37 hits in the game.

Missed opportunities

In trying to shore up its first place status in the Inter-Ac League, Chestnut Hill’s baseball team missed chances in Thursday and Tuesday’s league meetings to tighten its grip on the league title.

Haverford School served up a bit of revenge on Thursday by out-slugging the Blue Devils and winning 9-4. Dan Hull and Brian Dones each hit a home run for CHA. Tim Menninger took the loss while Haverford’s Ryan Blake picked up the win.

On Tuesday, the Blue Devils fell, 6-3, to Malvern Prep.

CHA out-hit Malvern Prep 9-7, but couldn’t deliver enough when runners were in scoring position.

Joe Raverty picked up the win for Malvern, while CHA’s Dan Rosenbaum was charged with the loss. Raverty allowed just one run on seven hits and four walks. Bill Ford took over in the seventh and held off the Blue Devils’ rally.

Malvern jumped all over Rosenbaum early in the game as Nick Bateman hit a three-run home run  in the first inning giving Ravert a 3-0 lead to work with.

May Battles

Furness scored three runs in the top of the sixth inning to rally past Germantown’s baseball team and win Tuesday’s Philadelphia Public League Division C showdown, 5-4.

Furness’ Joe Barrett singled in Sal Pizzo to put Furness ahead. Germantown ace Manny Castellanos took the loss while Ryan Gonzalez picked up the win. Kendall Stewart went 2-for-2 with a double, two walks, two stolen bases and an RBI. Miles Moore also hit a double for Germantown.

Germantown did pick up a crucial league win, though, in beating Dobbins, 19-8, in last Friday’s action. Khary Redmond went 5-for-5 with five RBI and four runs scored. Stewart went 3-for-4 with five RBI and one run scored. Bears’ pitcher Zahir Firby picked up the win.

Rogers to the rescue

Ben Rogers hit a two-run double in the bottom of the sixth inning to give the Germantown Friends’ baseball team a huge 4-3 win over Friends Central in Wednesday’s Friends School League showdown.

On the mound, Tyler Clauson-Wolf allowed three runs on six hits and two errors. He didn’t surrender a walk and struck out six batters.

The Tigers did not have the same sort of success on Tuesday, though, as they fell to Abington Friends, 9-4, and on Monday as the Hun School smoked them, 15-5.

And last Saturday, in their first game against Friends Central, the Tigers lost 9-6. Losing pitcher Nick Rittler helped himself out by hitting a three-run home run in the fifth to put the visitors ahead 6-4, but Friends Central answered back with three runs in the bottom frame of the fifth and two more in the sixth.

Tough Times

After picking up a rare win—17-4 victory over Roman Catholic—last Saturday, CHA’s boys’ lacrosse team found itself back in the loss column after Malvern Prep absolutely creamed the Blue Devils, 16-2, in Tuesday’s Inter-Ac League contest.

Springside’s week wasn’t any better as the Lions’ girls’ lacrosse team lost 13-4 to Episcopal Academy on Wednesday, 16-4 to Notre Dame on Monday and 17-2 to Episcopal Academy last Friday.

So close!

In Wednesday’s Pennsylvania Independent School girls’ lacrosse quarterfinal playoff game, the Baldwin School edged Germantown Friends, 11-9. The two schools were locked at 6-6 at halftime.

GFS also lost Tuesday’s Friends School League contest against Friends Central, 10-5, but did beat the George School, 14-2, in last Friday’s league action. Lyles Swift-Farley notched four goals and Iris Williamson finished with a hat trick against the George School.


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