Moore, Pergine win PAC doubles

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Spring-Ford tennis players Cameron Moore (left) and Josh Pergine (right) won the Pioneer Athletic Conference Doubles Championship this year.

Staff Report

A season of unprecedented circumstances for the Spring-Ford Boys’ Tennis team ended in absolutely tremendous fashion.

Junior Cameron Moore was a dominant force on the court this season, winning the Pioneer Athletic Conference singles championship over Owen J Roberts’ Jason Sawicki, 6-3, 6-4.
Moore and senior Josh Pergine were also able to find themselves as Pioneer Athletic Conference doubles champions.

Coach John Brennan described the match as, “One of the best finals I’ve seen in my coaching career.”

The Rams accumulated a 9-2 team record and a tie for second place in the PAC. They unfortunately fell to Phoenixville, which proved to be the PAC-deciding match.

The Rams’ ability to rally wins late in the season provided them an opportunity to qualify for district team play. Their reward for qualifying for the district playoffs was a matchup with perennial powerhouse Radnor, which they ended up losing 5-0.

The team will lose some major senior talent next year as Colton Pollock, Samuel Szymaniak, Jupjowt Singh, Dan Thorpe, Pergine, Josh Amit, Ryan Miller, Matt Dunne, and Ankush Somenhalli will all graduate.

Despite this loss in talent, Spring Ford will still have some strong players for this upcoming season. It will be very interesting to see what PAC singles champion Moore is able to accomplish in his last ride with the program.

As for this season, it was certainly a success for the boys tennis program, and it will be remembered as such.

— Anthony Goldsmith

Track

Another year just means another solid performance from the Spring-Ford track team this Spring.
Both the boys and girls teams placed in the upper half of their respective Pioneer Athletic Conference divisions — the boys posted a 5-0 record en route to finishing first in the Liberty Division, and the girls’ 3-2 record solidified a respectable third-place.

Maura Baker finished second in the District One Track and Field Championships to lead the Rams. Teammate Nene Mokonchu finished third in the high jump and ninth in the 400-meter dash. Kaleigh Hudson finished sixth in the 200-meter dash. Alex Teufel finished third in the pole vault.

At the state tournament, Baker finished fourth in the shot put to lead the Rams. Teufel leapt to a personal best 14-0 to finish ninth in the pole vault.

Despite the athletes facing a year in which they saw unprecedented challenges, the Spring-Ford competitors surely put forth a very successful season and certainly one that the community can be proud of.

Boys Lacrosse

After losing out on what the Rams’ had hoped to be the year to complete the 10-peat, the Rams’ had high hopes to finish what was taken from them last season.

Unfortunately for Spring-Ford, the lost season would prove to take a toll on the Rams’ Pioneer Athletic Conference dominance.

In the season opener, the Rams faced PAC rival Perkiomen Valley in a game that ultimately decided the fate of the PAC title.

After a close back-and-forth game, a goal in the final minute of the fourth quarter would give the Vikings their first win over the Rams since 2007. The Rams would then go on to win their next six PAC games after improving to a 6-1 record. The Rams would go on to finish the regular season with a 10-3 record heading into district play.

The Rams entered district play as the 11th seed, taking on 21st-seeded Great Valley. Spring-Ford was able to defeat the Patriots with a dominant 10-5 victory. In the next round, the Rams took on the 5th-seeded Downingtown West. Unfortunately, the Rams were not able to come out with the upset and fell to the Whippets by a score of 15-4.

The Rams will be losing some notable seniors after this season in Nick Teets, Joey O’Donnell, JT Lundqvist, Corey Fiore, Santiago Sosa, Joey Chillano, and Goalie Matt Smith, but there is some upside for the Rams with attackman Justin Wixted, and junior midfielder Chistian Marchini both coming into their own this past season. A strong returning team will look to help get the Rams back on top of the PAC next season.

— John Zawislak

Girls Lacrosse

Coming off of their lost season, the Spring-Ford girls’ lacrosse team got off to a flying beginning, defeating Perkiomen Valley, Upper Merion, and Norristown by a combined margin of 34 goals.

The Rams’ sputtered a bit after that, losing three of their next four, however as the season went on they really seemed to find their footing. A true turning point in Spring-Ford’s season took place at Perkiomen Valley. Trailing 7-2 at the half, Abbey Boyer and the Rams’ channeled an epic comeback, winning 11-10. Boyer scored four second-half goals, and Mac Maloney added the winner with three seconds remaining to turn SF’s season around.

The Rams went on to win four consecutive games, and six of their last eight to close the season on an extreme high note. Due to some unfortunate seeding, the Rams’ drew a strong Souderton team, and they fell in a nail-biter, 11-10. Their season concluded with a 11-6 record.

The Rams’ will graduate a lot of talent this season, with leading attackers Brenna Whiteside, Jordyn Edwards, Alysia Collins, and Madi Doyle, midfielders Abbey Boyer, Maloney, and defenders Sophia DiBattista, Peyton Nitto, and Lauren Colasanti, as well as goalie Mackenzie Savage all finishing their Spring-Ford careers.

Next year, Spring-Ford certainly has some momentum. Midfielder Alyssa Mozi, who was one of the team’s leading scorers, returns to the team for her senior season. Attacker Emma Sowers is also entering her senior season, and the Rams will be anchored by 2021 Pioneer Athletic Conference first-teamer Morgan Pizzi.

The Rams certainly have some spots to fill going into next season, but they definitely learned some things this season that will make them even stronger next season.

—Matt Dunne