enjoyed looking at its first Catholic League Northern Division track and field trophy so much, the Crusaders decided to hold onto it this season.
Yesterday, at La Salle, Judge repeated as team champion by holding off strong challenges from the host school and Archbishop Ryan.
"We never won a divisional title before last year," Judge head coach Matt Dwyer said. "Now it's two in a row. The reason is just the hard work of the kids and the assistant coaches and we're finally getting some kids from the other sports."
It also helped that the Crusaders spread most of the glory around.
They did not have a single individual double-winner, but a notable performance came from Leemue Klimene, who won the high jump with a leap of 6 feet, 2 inches and anchored the Crusaders winning 4x100-meter relay team.
His lean at the tape gave Judge the win in that event even though the Crusaders and Cardinal Dougherty were both clocked in an official 44.3 time.
accomplished a few important and interesting tasks with its 10-0 Public League baseball win at
The Pioneers (11-1) clinched the league's A Division title, exacted a measure of revenge against the only team to beat them this season, and notched career win No. 299 for head coach Bob Peffle. Under Peffle, the Pioneers have won four league titles this decade.
Shortie Meletiche allowed just one hit, a fourth-inning infield single by Eddie Sabara.
In other league games:
At Franklin Delano Roosevelt Park, John McGovern went 4 for 4 with a double, triple and three runs scored as host Philadelphia Electrical short-circuited Roxborough, 14-4.
Host Prep Charter rallied for four runs in the bottom of the seventh inning to beat visiting Kensington, 7-6. Mike Zangari's double produced the final run of the game, making a winner out of starter Josh DeSimone.
Catholic North. Two sixth-inning runs gave host La Salle a come-from-behind 5-4 win over Conwell-Egan. Senior centerfielder Mike Martinelli delivered the key blow in the sixth inning - a two-out, two-strike, two-run triple.
Suburban One National. Mike Albert homered for host Pennsbury in a 12-2 win over Central Bucks South.
Catholic South. Chris Lisowski's homer the sixth inning gave host Archbishop Carroll a 12-11 win over Roman Catholic. Dave Deodato hit three home runs for Roman.
Central. Jordan Miller improved his varsity career record to 11-0 by pitching a two-hitter for host Haverford High in a 13-0 win over Penncrest.
The Fords (13-4, 12-3) got a good day from lead-off hitter Bruce Williams, who went 2 for 2 with three runs scored.
Bicentennial. Nick Bires went 2 for 3 with a solo homer and three runs scored as host Calvary Christian earned its first league win of the season, 12-11, over MaST Charter.
earned a spot in the District 12 Class AAA final with a 4-1 win over
, sweeping the doubles matches.
In another Class AAA semifinal, Central won all of its matches by straight sets in a 5-0 win over visiting Lincoln.
District 12 Class AA. Masterman's two doubles wins gave it a 3-2 semifinal win over visiting GAMP.
Donald Brown's 6-0, 7-5 win at third singles gave Engineering and Science a 3-2 win over CAPA in the other semifinal.
District 1 Class AAA. In a semifinal, Matt and Brandon Savran beat the Pennsbury first doubles team of Brian Jacdrus and Ryan Turner, 6-4, 6-4, to help Lower Merion advance to the team championship match tomorrow. The top-seeded Aces are now 18-0.