Sports

Football: Pechin stars as Unionville batters Sun Valley |Sep 20, 2014

EAST MARLBOROUGH >> Unionville High School’s Alex Pechin has been nothing short of spectacular all season and proved again on Friday night that he is one of the better quarterbacks in the Ches-Mont League.

Field Hockey : Betrando’s penalty stroke goal lifts Henderson in OT |Sep 20, 2014

WEST GROVE >> Sometimes the best decision a coach can make is to delegate a decision to the players on the field.

Spotlight of the Week: Kennett Y swimmer is All-American |Sep 18, 2014

HOCKESSIN, Delaware >> Alicia Diaz can’t remember exactly when it was that she realized she was a really good swimmer, but she guesses it was when she was about 9 years old.

Boys Soccer: Wood’s save fuels Warriors |Sep 18, 2014

WEST CHESTER >> With time expiring in the first half, James Wood saw Avon Grove’s Jamie Pettus coming toward him in a one-on-one breakaway.

Football: Missed opportunities spell doom for Lincoln |Sep 17, 2014

LOWER OXFORD >> A little more than a week removed from a big win over arch-rival Cheyney in its season opener, a game played before a packed house and a national TV audience, Lincoln took the field against North Carolina Wesleyan in a downpour, before a sparse crowd.

Football: Unionville spoils Avon Grove’s homecoming |Sep 15, 2014

WEST GROVE >> On Saturday afternoon, there was excitement, energy and spirit all around Avon Grove High School’s campus before kickoff due to Homecoming festivities. However, once the ball was kicked off, smiles turned to frowns as Unionville rolled to a 36-0 victory in the non-league contest.

Winning golf: Get that big bounce back |Sep 14, 2014

Two weeks ago, Billy Horschel chunked a six-iron shot into the final hole, causing him to lose the golf tournament on just when he had a chance to win it. His comment: “I didn’t choke.

Spotlight of the Week: Always just one of the boys |Sep 14, 2014

There was never a time Vanessa Robtison, 31, can remember when she wasn’t involved in something sports, whether it was coaching, playing or even just attending for fun.

Field hockey: Farrell’s big night leads Downingtown East over Avon Grove |Sep 12, 2014

WEST GROVE >> The Downingtown East field hockey coaches installed a new offensive system this year, one focused on the transition game.

Volleyball: Shultz sisters power Shanahan over Unionville |Sep 11, 2014

UNIONVILLE >> Bishop Shanahan has a very unique one-two punch.

Base Ball: Brandywine BBC drops double match against Talbot |Sep 10, 2014

Editor’s note: In the spirit of 19th-century base ball, the story is written with the game’s terminology used in the late 1800s. Immediately following the term, in parenthesis, is the word used in today’s time.

Girls Cross Country: Young, Breeding run Unionville past Great Valley |Sep 10, 2014

Media >> It is not an exaggeration to claim that the Unionville girls’ cross country team could be one of the best in the nation this upcoming year.

Football: W.C. East rolls behind Roberts |Sep 9, 2014

Kennett Square >> West Chester East’s Jon Jon Roberts stole the spotlight in Kennett’s home opener. He was proficient through the air and elusive on the ground. The Blue Demons found themselves chasing Roberts every move around the field.

Football: Mistakes cost Unionville in shootout loss to Exeter |Sep 7, 2014

REIFFTON >> Pat Clark felt Unionville gave the game away.

Football: Great Valley grinds out win over Avon Grove |Sep 6, 2014

West Grove >> Possession is nine-tenths of the law and Great Valley (2-0) showed that against Avon Grove Friday night as they denied the Red Devils from holding onto the ball for long and came away with a 42-13 victory.

Cook-Jordan connection powers Lincoln |Sep 5, 2014

brudick55@gmail.com LOWER OXFORD >> The annual ‘Battle of the Firsts’ between the nation’s two oldest historically Black Colleges or Universities (HBCUs), Lincoln University and Cheyney University was still in doubt late in the fourth quarter until Lincoln’s Dezmon Ellis returned an interception 65 yards for a touchdown to seal the Lions’ 30-18 victory in the opener for both teams Thursday.

Cross Country: Downingtown West boys and girls teams take control in Ches-Mont National |Sep 5, 2014

GLENMOORE >> Before the 2014 cross country season began, Downingtown West’s girls and boys programs were picked to finish first in the Ches-Mont National.

Great golf involves knowing the Gear Effect |Sep 4, 2014

I would like to review some crucial information about why the ball goes where it does that many of my own students overlook all too often. By now, I hope Ball Flight Law No. 1 is clear: The ball takes-off toward the Face Angle, and curves opposite the Club Path.

Football: Big plays doom Oxford |Sep 2, 2014

OXFORD >> Though Oxford and Solanco are in different counties and leagues, Friday’s nonleague matchup of neighbors had a rivalry game feel to it. The stands on both sides were packed, with only standing room available.

Football: Running game, Dunleavy powers Blue Demons |Sep 1, 2014

LONDON GROVE >> Two teams that had very tough 2013 campaigns showed the rest of the Ches-Mont League that things may be different this season. Kennett and Avon Grove put on a spirited show of hard-nosed football Friday night in nonleague action.

Football: Unionville survives slugfest against Garnet Valley |Sep 1, 2014

In another classic between the host, Unionville, and Central League opponent Garnet Valley, nearly 45 minutes of unrelenting defense by both teams boiled down to a fourth-and-goal from the Unionville five yard line.

Let the club do some work! |Aug 30, 2014

You paid all that money for those clubs. Let them do some of the work in your swing! On the left side, you can see this student’s left arm starting to bend at the elbow as the club enters the impact zone.

Kennett team TMS Combat takes Greenday Trophy at Charity Challenge |Aug 26, 2014

WEST CHESTER >> Despite the 2014 Softball Charity Challenge attracting its second largest— and arguably toughest — field in its history, TMS Combat, from the Kennett Men’s Slow Pitch league, ran through the 32-team bracket without a loss Sunday at the West Chester Area Sports Association Complex.

Kennett team TMS Combat takes Greenday Trophy at Charity Challenge |Aug 25, 2014

WEST CHESTER >> Despite the 2014 Softball Charity Challenge attracting its second largest— and arguably toughest — field in its history, TMS Combat, from the Kennett Men’s Slow Pitch league, ran through the 32-team bracket without a loss Sunday at the West Chester Area Sports Association Complex.

Drop it in for longer drives |Aug 24, 2014

A young golfer who was mightily struggling with his game was moving his hands and club almost horizontally, out toward the ball at the start of his downswing. This move is known as swinging over-the-top.

Drop it in for longer drives |Aug 24, 2014

Above is a before and after comparison of a young golfer who was mightily struggling with his game. On the left, he was moving his hands and club almost horizontally, out toward the ball at the start of his downswing.

O’Neill eager to change Avon Grove’s fortunes |Aug 22, 2014

London grove >> The Avon Grove football program has a bit of an identity problem.

Brandywine BBC tying together the love of baseball with history |Aug 19, 2014

Pocopson >> It was just another beautiful summer day in Pocopson Park and the perfect setting for an old fashioned game of baseball Sunday afternoon.

Four KAU teams begin quest for State Championships |Jul 28, 2014

While KAU already is enjoying a banner season, highlighted by the 18U baseball team’s winning the Eastern Regional Championship and earning a spot in the Big League World Series in Easley, South Carolina, several teams still are on the championship trail.

KAU 13U Red Team wins Vance Cooper Championship |Jul 28, 2014

Any team in any sport might expect that trying to win a championship on home turf could increase the pressure to do so, but winning that championship becomes more special, too. The members of the KAU 13U “Red” Team faced the pressure and now know that special feeling, too, after winning the 2014 Vance Cooper District 28 Championship at KAU’s Sinton Field, 13-8, over the Glenmoore-Eagle Youth Association (GEYA).

District 28 All-Stars head to Big League World Series |Jul 21, 2014

When the KAU Kings won the Eastern Regional Championship last season and advanced to the Senior League World Series, parents, coaches, and friends told them to be happy just to be there.

Best representing country in Nova Scotia |Jul 10, 2014

@CMonhollanDLN It has been a whirlwind of a year for Unionville High School’s Justin Best.

JOHN DUNNIGAN ON GOLF: Tried and true golf formula for breaking 90 |Jun 25, 2014

Last week, we talked about the formula for breaking 100. So lets talk about how to break 90 this week. If you break 90, you’re better than most golfers who play the game. I like the sound of that! The fact is that if more golfers would play the game in a strategically sound manner, the national average score would lower immediately.

UHS rowing wraps up inaugural season at national championships |Jun 11, 2014

WEST WINDSOR, N.J. -- It seemed almost improbable that four Unionville High School students were on the water at the SRAA National Championship Regatta May 24 when less than four months before, they were fighting to have a rowing club at their school.

Focus Your Attention and Play Better Golf! |Apr 25, 2014

This past weekend, I gave a very interesting, impromptu lesson to a golfer who was struggling mightily. He was shanking the ball and topping it. He was a bit frustrated to say the least. As I was leaving for the evening, he asked me to have a look.

KMC boys win Super Team |Apr 17, 2014

The coaches at KMC Gymnastics & Dance knew how good its boys team was, but even they were stunned at the results of the Pennsylvania State Championships when they walked away with just the second super team trophy in its history.

Former Avon Grove hockey player wins Founder’s Cup |Apr 16, 2014

Just a year removed from a Delaware Scholastic Hockey Association (DSHA) championship with Avon Grove, Billy Dixson added another title to his collection April 5.

Former pro hockey player helping young goaltenders |Apr 11, 2014

WEST GOSHEN – The pads were out and masks were on for a free goaltending clinic held by former professional goalie Dave Marlin Sunday afternoon at IceLine.

HEADstrong Foundation hosts fifth annual lacrosse tournament |Apr 10, 2014

WEST GROVE – Sports feature athleticism, competitiveness and exciting games, but sometimes the greatest moments in sports are when a community of athletes come together to support one another.

All-Star ice hockey game battles hunger |Apr 2, 2014

WEST GOSHEN – The State Champion may have been crowned a week ago, but the ice was filled with pucks, sticks and players for a more lighthearted, fun game at IceLine Saturday.

Ice Hockey: Stueve, Downingtown East derail Unionville’s Drive for Five |Mar 20, 2014

By CANDICE MONHOLLAN cmonhollan@dailylocal.com

Unionville girls roll to Flyers Cup title game |Mar 18, 2014

WEST GOSHEN – Even with a team short five members for the Flyers Cup, the Unionville High School girls ice hockey team continued to roll through the season, this time knocking out West Chester East by a final of 6-0 in the semifinal round on Monday night at IceLine.

Unionville skates to ICSHL girls championship |Mar 13, 2014

WEST GOSHEN – The Unionville High School girls ice hockey team held the best record in the Inter County Scholastic Hockey League girls division during the regular season and capped off their sweet season with a championship trophy on Monday night.

Unionville escapes in ICSHL playoff opener |Mar 7, 2014

WEST GOSHEN – Coming into the semifinal game, the Unionville High School girls ice hockey team averaged five goals per game, but they needed just one to beat Lansdale Catholic in the Inter Country Scholastic Hockey League playoff opener on Thursday night at IceLine.

Avon Grove boys hockey “alive and well” |Mar 6, 2014

It has been a long run for the Avon Grove boys hockey team.

Oxford fends off Harriton in a close playoff game |Feb 27, 2014

EAST NOTTINGHAM -- Jordan Logan wasn’t about to let the season end on his home court.

Ice Hockey: Henderson staves off Unionville to reach Ches-Mont final |Feb 27, 2014

By CANDICE MONHOLLAN cmonhollan@dailylocal.com

Top-seeded Unionville skates into semifinals with win over Downingtown West |Feb 27, 2014

WEST GOSHEN – The Unionville High School boys ice hockey team may have owned the best record in the Inter-County Scholastic Hockey League during the regular season, but the playoffs wipe everything clean.

Local swimmer breaks 11-12 U.S. National Age Group record |Feb 20, 2014

Swimming has been a part of Matt Magness’ life since he was 5-years-old and he hasn’t let up since.

Unionville girls suffer first regulation loss |Feb 17, 2014

WEST GOSHEN – It only took less than four minutes for the outcome of the game to be decided, and it wasn’t going to be in Unionville’s (12-1-1) favor.