Most softball pitchers only dream of the start that Conestoga's Elizabeth Dalrymple has had this season.
The Cornell University-bound senior has been the winner in the Pioneers' first 11 games this year. Two were perfect-game victories - one in seven innings, the other in six.
"It's been pretty exciting," Dalrymple said of her Central League team's opening run. "We've been very fortunate to have the talent to keep us at the top. We're an all-senior team.
"Everybody's been hitting, and our defense has made a big difference."
She was referring to such gems as a throw from right fielder Heather Alleva to cut down a runner at the plate in a 1-0 victory over Springfield.
In 11 games, Dalrymple has recorded 110 strikeouts and walked just four. Her fastball has been clocked at better than 60 m.p.h.
Rugby run ends. Although defending-champion and top-ranked Stanford stopped West Chester in the quarterfinals of the USA Rugby Division I women's national tournament Sunday with a 71-10 victory, the Rams (11-8) fared well in Gainesville, Fla.
The Rams, who will finish their season Saturday against La Salle, entered the game against Stanford as the ninth seed. In the first round of the tournament, they had defeated eighth seed Clemson, 48-12.
Stanford advances to the final four, scheduled for next month.
Two big reasons for the Rams' success are juniors Whitney Hartshorne and Katy Black. Hartshorne, a graduate of West Chester Henderson, scored more than 100 points this season. Black, a graduate of Coatesville, where she played basketball, has scored more than 50 points.
Lions' Wylie cited. Lincoln University's Sami Wylie was honored Monday by the Herb Good Basketball Club, which named him to its Philadelphia-area small college first team.
The 5-foot-11 senior guard from Philadelphia helped the Lions (20-9) qualify for the NCAA Division III tournament for the second straight year. Lincoln reached the Sweet 16 before losing to Virginia Wesleyan, 129-128, in triple overtime.
Wylie, who was third in scoring for Lincoln with 14.3 average, was ranked 23d nationally in three-pointers made per game. He set a Division III record for three-pointers in a game with 21 in a victory over Ohio State-Marion.
He finished with a school-record 69 points in that game.
Wylie is the third Lincoln player to be honored by the basketball club. Darrel Lewis, the school's leading scorer with 2,294 points, was recognized in 1999 as the small-college player of the year. Kyle Myrick, the 2006 Division III player of the year, earned first-team honors last season.