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Senior Cross Country Runner Dom DeRafelo is one of two runners who made it to states this season.

Senior Cross Country Runner Dom DeRafelo is one of two runners who made it to states this season.

Senior Cross Country Runner Dom DeRafelo is one of two runners who made it to states this season.

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Boys Cross Country 4-1

The Bears boys cross-country had a winning record and qualified for Districts.

“We practiced hard all season and it paid off in the end,” said Freshman runner John Black, who  dropped 2 minutes and 30 seconds off his time.

Coach and Science Teacher Mr. Ryan Knox said the team worked hard this year.

“The boys were strong throughout the season,” he said, “but there is still work that needs to be done.”

The boys hoped to qualify as a team for states, but Senior Dom DeRafelo and Sophomore Christian McComb were the only ones to do so.

“Our goal has been and still remains to take seven guys to states which is something our school has not been able to do in decades,” Senior Josh Endy said.

All in all, though, he said the team had a solid season.

“We had high expectations coming into the season and it still went better than we anticipated.”

-Josh Torrens

 

Girl Cross Country 1-4

Girls Cross Country did not have a winning record. However, the girls worked hard and got better as the season went on. The team’s one win was against Norristown toward the end of the season.

“The girls had steady improvement throughout the whole year,” Mr. Knox said.

Key runners were Senior Amanda Murray and Freshman Zora Bergeyova.

The team has a lot of potential for the future.

“There are four freshmen,” Senior Captain Danielle Elsier said. “Zora and Rachanee Tiff showed major improvement.”

-Josh Torrens

 

Girls Field Hockey  9-9  

The Field Hockey team took a step in the right direction throughout the 2017 season, earning one more win than they did last season.  The program made a number of improvements, with an emphasis on defense, Coach Karen Kooker said.

“The season went well, all the girls came together and won a lot of tough games,” she said.

Kooker complimented several players on their hard work and dedication this season. Seniors Jen O’Connor, Sydney Fox, and Hannah Mitchell, Junior Ashley Dierolf, and sophomore Amber Marburger were the players that stood out the most this season, she said. Dierolf led the team with 20 goals, 7 assists and was named 1st Team All-PAC.

“Our success as a team this season came from trusting one another on the field,” Marburger said. “We each had a role as a player and we accepted it easily.”

Kooker will have several players return who gained knowledge from playing in the system this past season. “We have a ton of young, athletic girls with a lot of potential that will fit into our system nicely,” Kooker said.

However, eight seniors will be leaving the team.

-Holden O’Donnell

 

Boys Football 5-6  

While the boys football season was average, it was an improvement from the previous season. The team struggled in the first half with losses against Upper Perkiomen, Pottsgrove, and Academy Park. The team rebounded with a blow out against Methacton and won the Homecoming game against Owen J. Roberts. The season ended with the Bears defeating Pocono Mountain East to capture the Eastern Conference.

“I say our season was an overall success. We improved very much from the previous season,” senior Jake McMenamin said. The team will lose more than 10 seniors, but McMenamin believes this isn’t an issue.

“We were able to create a foundation for the rest of the players,” he said.

James Sahakian

 

Boys Golf 3-7

Boys golf finished with a losing record.

“We could’ve done better but I’m happy with how we did,” John Engle said.

-Eric Nice

 

Girls Golf 3-5

Girls golf did not have a winning season, but the team did show improvement.

“The season started off rocky, but we finished strong,” Senior Captain Savanna Haas said.

The match the team was most proud of was against Hatboro Horsham “because that’s one of our rivals,” she said. The team’s key players were Savanna, Senior Natalie Stabalito and Junior Emma Houser.

Savanna said the thing the team most needs to work on is consistency, “just playing our best more often.”

The team is losing the three seniors this year, but have some good up and coming players, including three freshmen.

“Our freshmen this year were very impressive,” Savanna said.

All in all, Savanna said it was a fun season. “I enjoyed all the opportunities we as a team had this year.”  

-Eric Nice

 

Boys Soccer 8-8-5

The boys soccer season started out on a hopeful note with a record of 8-1, but the team struggled with multiple injuries, and the boys failed to reach the PAC-10’s or Districts.

“There were many injuries, but I was very pleased with the season,” Coach and English Teacher Mr. Scott Didyoung said.

Ryan Foskey, a sophomore on the team, also noted that the team started out well, then hit a rough patch.

“It was a very rough season, and at one point I think we had 8 games in 11 days,” he said.

-Rachel Kennedy

 

Girls Soccer 10-9-1

This season was mediocre for the girls soccer team. They had a couple close games that ended up in losses, including to Owen J. Roberts, the best team in the league.

“I think we played competitively against some pretty good teams, and in the end we did get the results we were looking for,” Mikayla Moyer said.  

The team will be working on getting better for next season.

“We could learn to play better as a unit, because when we played in close games like we did this year, it takes everyone to get the results we want,” Mikayla said. “We need to work on finishing the ball when we have a chance.”

The team is losing a couple seniors who were a big part of the team, but as long as they capitalize on their opportunities and correct their mistakes they made this season, that  could really make an impact on next season, Mikayla said.

-Greg Hall

 

Girls Tennis 5-7

Girls tennis found themselves in the middle of the PAC, as they were led by first singles player and senior Ivy Price. The team found a surprise standout in third singles player and freshman Abby Green.

The team will be in need of new leadership next season, with a strong core of seniors graduating. The team will be led next season by current juniors Lauren Staffa and Jill Leary.

 

Girls Volleyball 3-5   

The Boyertown girls volleyball team had a strong season, despite being a first year team with a brand new coach.  

“After it being the first season of Boyertown having a volleyball team I feel like we could be more competitive for seasons to come and trying to make the playoffs, but overall I feel we worked pretty good as a whole,” Jess Ahart said.

She also said that at the beginning they were a little shaky with calling the ball and working together, but by the end they were much better.

Every player on the team did their job and got it done for the team, but some people who definitely stood out were Taylor Jones and Emma Ludwig.

“They always worked really well together for setting up plays,” Jess Ahart said proudly of both of her teammates.

Some of the girls’ hardest losses were to Spring Ford, Pope John Paul II and Methacton, which were all 3-0 losses.

“Our hardest game of the season was easily Spring Ford,” player Lillian Mauger said. All in all, the girls are eager for next season and can’t wait to play again. Everyone hopes to be back again for next season so they can continue to work together to build a stronger team.

-Cullen Nesbitt

 

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