Spring-Ford softball soars


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Sophomore Brianna Peck (left) won the 2018-19 Gatorade Pennsylvania Softball Player of the Year award, leading the Rams to the state semifinals. Junior Jules Ryan is pictured at right.

By Matt Dunne, Connor Lynch, and John Zawislak

The Spring-Ford softball team had a historic run this spring, finishing 24-2 on the season, earning third place in the District One Class 6A Tournament, and reaching the semifinals of the state tournament.

Sophomore sensation Brianna Peck led the team as the 2018-19 Gatorade Pennsylvania Softball Player of the Year, given out in recognition of the best player in the state. Peck is the first-ever winner of the award at Spring-Ford.

Peck dominated as a pitcher, registering 134 strikeouts and allowing only six earned runs in the regular season. As a hitter, the sophomore blasted a team-leading 11 home runs, 31 RBIs, and hit .525.

Ashley DellaGuardia is another power hitter on the Rams, with seven home runs, 30 RBIs, and a .426 batting average. Jules Ryan (.453), Jules Hughes (.380), Bridget Sharkey (.356), and Julia Heine (.364) also contributed greatly at the plate.

With the spring sports season ended at Spring-Ford, we look back at each team’s season thus far:


The Spring-Ford baseball team’s season recently came to a close. On Wednesday afternoon, the Rams fell 2-1 to Souderton. It was an overall successful season for the Rams’ as they compiled a 15-9 record. Ben Wilchacky and Mark McNelly paced the team, hitting .357 and .362 respectively. Jake Skrocki pitched as the team’s ace before injuring him-self late in the season, compiling a 1.24 ERA in 34.0 innings of work. Zach Male was called upon to fill in for Skrocki and was a key component to the team’s late-season run. Male boasted a 0.51 ERA in 27.2 innings. The junior pitcher will return next season, as the Rams look to win the PAC title that eluded them this season.

Boys’ Lacrosse:

The boys lacrosse team finished the year with a 14-6 record, PAC championship, and second-round showing in the state playoffs.

Dean Costalas earned the Defensive Player of the Year honors in the PAC. Peyton Gensler earned Offensive Player of the Year honors in the PAC, registering 50 goals and 21 assists.

Nick Teets tallied 41 goals and 31 assists.

Girls’ Lacrosse:

The Rams finished the season at 14-7, advancing to the PAC Championship Game and losing a tough, two-goal decision to Kennett in the District One Tournament.

Cassie Marte, who will play at Lehigh University next year, led the team with 66 goals and 21 assists. She ended her career with 186 career goals.

Jill Quigley scored 55 goals, 36 assists, and finished her career with 160 goals and 102 career assists.
Liv Yeagle scored 56 goals this season, 10 assists, and finished with 159 career goals.

Boys’ Tennis:

The Rams finished the season 15-2 as PAC team champions.

Malchu Pascual won the PAC Singles Tournament championship, and he reached the quarterfinals of the District One Singles Tournament.

Pascual and Adit Jain earned second in the PAC Doubles Tournament and advanced to the second round at districts.
As a team, the Rams fell to Conestoga in the District One Team Tournament.

Girls Track:

The Girls track team finished their stellar season with a record of 4-1, the one loss coming to Perkiomen Valley to a tie breaker. The girls capped off the winning season with their first PAC championship in 11 years.

The girls also had some athletes compete and place in the top 10 at districts. Kaleigh Hudson ran the 100 meter dash and placed 10th, Brooke Donoghue ran the 1600 meter and placed 10th, Nene Mokonchu placed 10th in the high jump, Carly Abrams placed 10th in the Javelin, Maura Baker placed 10th in shot put and Devin Rawley finished fifth in the long jump, and represented Spring-Ford at states with a ninth-place finish.

Boys Track:

The boys finished with a record of 2-3. The boys team finished 6th overall at the PAC championships.

With a very young roster returning next season, the Rams look to compete for the championships next year.
The boys track team had one athlete finish in the top 10 at districts, and that was Senior Joey Power who placed eighth overall in the 800-meter run.