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Recognize Greater Philly

1/14/2009

Boys' Ice Hockey - La Salle

Explorers coach Wally Muehlbronner has the same
problem every season — many of his best players end
up leaving early for prep schools in the hopes of getting
recognized by major colleges. The result is a rebuilding
of the team every season. Yet through it all,
Muehlbronner has managed to keep La Salle not only
afloat, but he's also kept them very competitive, and
last year's Class AAA state title proves it. This year, the
team's talent is just as evident, even if the players are
different from those on last year's roster. Senior Ross
Denczi is a quiet leader whose gritty style sets the tone
for this year's team. "He plays a tough, grind-it-out
style of hockey, but he can score as well,"
Muehlbronner says. "He's definitely one of the top forwards
in the area."He's paired on the wing with senior
Matt O'Brien, a speedy forward. "We're expecting a lot
of good things out of Matt," Muehlbronner says.
Defensively, Tom Krulikowski and Pat Gallagher
anchor an efficient defensive unit in front of junior
netminder Gabe Antoni. "He's been very solid for the
past two years, and this is his chance to shine,"
Muehlbronner says. "He's been to a few USA Hockey
Select games and festivals." Younger players will fill
out the team's roster, as they reinvent the style every
year. This year, it's blue collar. "We take pride in scoring
ugly," Muehlbronner says.

Girls' Cross Country - Emmaus

For the second consecutive year, Emmaus is the Class AAA state champion. The Green Hornets cruised
to the state crown on Nov. 8 after placing all five of their scoring runners in the Top 25, led by senior Lindsey
Graybill's fourth-place finish, third in team scoring. Juniors Amanda Faust, Brianna Faust and Christine
Faust also paced the team while senior Melissa Meade rounded out the scoring as the Green Hornets
topped Latrobe by 59 points.

Boys' Soccer - Downingtown West

The Whippets entered their season with the hope of avenging a tough overtime loss to South Park in
last year's Class AAA state championship. So nobody was more thrilled than senior defenseman Brian
Forgue and company when Downingtown West reached the final on Nov. 15, only to be paired against
the same team that ended its title hopes last year. This time around, the Whippets earned a 2-1 win on
goals from seniors Joe Sales and Travis Cantrell.

Field Hockey - Penn Manor

With a 5-0 win over Hershey on Nov. 15, the Comets finally earned the Class AAA state title they had
coveted. Penn Manor had been close several times before, but this time around, led by eight seniors, the
Comets were able to seal the deal. Lexy Adams, Cathryn Altdoerffer, Jenn Bradley, Maggie Brommer, Mariah
Farbo, Nicole Henderson, Haley Weaver and Kathi Weidman were the seniors who got to savor the
team's long-awaited title.

BREAK OUT TEAMS

BOYS' CROSS COUNTRY – PERKIOMEN VALLEY
Junior Vince Perrozzi, ninth at state this year, will contend for the crown next season.

GIRLS' SOCCER – ARCHBISHOP RYAN
The Raiders will look to sophomore Kelsey Stevens to keep the PCL title streak intact.

FOOTBALL – GARNET VALLEY
Junior QB Mark McHugh will return to help the Jaguars get back to the state tourney.

GIRLS'VOLLEYBALL – ARCHBISHOP WOOD
One of the area's best liberos, junior Dana Markol, leads the Vikings.