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North Catholic takes down La Salle

Chris James earned a decision in the 215-pound bout to clinch the match for host North Catholic in a 33-25 win over La Salle in a battle of Catholic League wrestling powers last night.

Chris James earned a decision in the 215-pound bout to clinch the match for host

North Catholic

in a 33-25 win over

La Salle

in a battle of Catholic League wrestling powers last night.

James won his bout, 9-3, and then teammate Eric French pinned his foe in 1:04 in the heavyweight bout to close out the scoring.


registered three pins in under a minute to beat visiting

Father Judge

, 46-34. Pat Hecker (103 pounds) had the quickest pin, decking his foe in 24 seconds. Chris Bolton (35 seconds, 189) and Pat Henry (37 seconds, 130) also had superb nights.


Bobby Meyers pinned his opponent in 52 seconds at 103 pounds to highlight host


's 41-21 win over

Upper Darby

. Bobby DeSerafino's pin at 171 pounds clinched the match for the Red Raiders.


Host Downingtown East took advantage of four forfeits to handle Bishop Shanahan, 69-9. Dan Linskens (112), Brian Carter (135) and Dave Medearis (215).


Heavyweight Danren Jones had the quickest pin of the day for


in its 63-11 win at

Ben Franklin

. Jones decked his foe in 28 seconds. Also earning first-period pins for Washington were Ryan Galen (112) and Dan Karmiev (152).


's wrestling program is showing signs of picking up right where it left off a year ago.

The defending champions won their fourth straight match in convincing fashion, 59-21, over visiting



The Pioneers set the tone right away by opening with four consecutive pins.

Kenyatta Lloyd and Anthony White opened the match with first-period pins at 135 and 140 pounds, respectively. Then John Anderson (145) and Luis Castillo (152) also pinned. Castillo had the quickest pin of the day, in 18 seconds.

Heavyweight Elvis Diaz registered a 59-second pin for the Pioneers.

In another league match,


's depth proved to be too much for host


in a 52-21 win.

Kenneth Richmond had one of three pins for the Vikings, decking his opponent in the 135-pound bout in 1 minute, 10 seconds.

Lincoln also had three pins, two of them going to Josh Truett (171) and Sharif Assad (189).

Boys' Basketball

A strong second quarter proved to be the difference for host

Haverford School

in a 56-51 nonleague win over

Marple Newtown


The Fords outscored the Tigers, 20-12, in that quarter to take a 27-22 lead at the half.

Matt Wunderich scored 20 points to lead the Fords (7-3) and scored eight of his points in the second quarter. He added six rebounds, six assists and four steals. Teammate A.J. Jones added 13 points and 11 rebounds. Marple Newtown's Soutiri Sapnas led all scorers with 22 points.

In other nonleague games:

A tip-in by Cassius Reynolds with two seconds left gave visiting

International Christian

a 67-66 win at

Del-Val Charter

. Reynolds finished with 14 points, 12 rebounds, and two blocked shots for the Titans (4-5).

Jose Ortiz scored 18 points to lead

Math, Civics and Science

to a 70-57 win at

Friends' Central


Bishop McDevitt

went on a 22-13 third-quarter run to put away visiting

Mastery Charter

, 60-41. The Lancers (7-1) were keyed by James Williams and Matt Shervin, who each scored 10 points during that run. Williams led McDevitt with 21 points.


topped visiting


, 57-52, behind Krentz Sainte's 19 points. Sainte scored 14 points in the second half, when the Lions overcame a 36-25 halftime deficit.

Nueva Esperanza

shot 50 percent from the field in a 54-31 win at


as Charles Campbell led the way with 18 points.

Chris Parks scored 10 of his 19 points in the third quarter of


's 62-55 win at


. Brahkim Poole and Tyshaun Harper each added 14 points for the Wildcats.


got 17 points apiece from Nurideen Lindsey and Vernon Harris in a 69-57 win over visiting


. Thomas Edwards added 14 points and eight rebounds for the Panthers.



had answers for everyone but Aaric Murray in an 80-71 win over

Glen Mills

. The Battling Bulls' 6-foot-9 senior dropped in 32 points. The Rams won, though, because they had better balance, led by Antoine Reese's 20 points.

Alex Zimmerman's 14 points led

Friends Select

to a 51-45 win at


. Ronald Roberts led CAPA with 26 points, 18 of those coming via three-point shots.



knocked down six three-pointers, four by Dave Leister, in a 47-39 win over

William Tennent

. Those represented all of the points for Leister. Teammate Doug Berzins led the Rams with 13 points.


Kenny Johnson's 28 points powered


to a 61-55 win at

Mercy Vocational

. Johnson made nine of his 10 free throws.

Girls' Basketball

One of the perks of winning a league championship is getting invited to some prestigious tournaments.

Defending Catholic League champion

Archbishop Carroll

capitalized on the first night of its big opportunity, winning a 63-34 first-round game against Hawaii Punahou in the Nike Tournament of Champions in Phoenix.

Meg Pearson's 18 points carried the Patriots (3-1), who knocked down 11 three-pointers.

Archbishop Carroll faces Long Beach (Calif.) Polytechnical Institute today at 7:40 p.m., Philadelphia time.


Lashay Banks scored 18 points and pulled down 10 rebounds to lead

Prep Charter

to an 84-47 win at


. Raven Jones added 11 for the Wolves (6-2), who returned from Orlando, where they finished third in the KSA Tournament over the weekend.

Satoria Bell's 16 points powered


to a 72-24 win at

Martin Luther King




got 24 points from Jasmine Elum in a 66-25 win over

Communications Tech


Jessica Aponte's three-pointer with four seconds left in overtime gave


a 36-33 win at

Girls High

. Jatoya Harris led the Trojans with 18 points. Joelle Neilson's 15 points led Girls' High.

Stephanie Kates scored 17 points for

Philadelphia Academy Charter

in a 38-37 win at

Mastery Charter


University City

opened the league portion of its schedule with a 57-24 win at


, getting eight points, 10 rebounds and six steals from Shakeerah Frye.



placed three starters in double figures, led by Lykeisha Fasset's 15 points, in a 59-43 win at



Keisha Hampton's 16 points led

Engineering and Science

to a 72-32 win at

Franklin Learning Center

. The Engineers led, 33-6, at the end of the first quarter.