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Written by Jake Hallman, Correspondent
September 20, 2018

            It was deva vu all over again last Friday night for Tom Hontz and the Upper Perkiomen football team.

            Much like their contest two weeks ago, the Indians saw an early first-quarter

Upper Perk's Colin Funk breaks up a pass to a Tiger's 

receiver in last Friday night's game at Fleetwood.

lead, coupled with a defensive shutout, dissolve down the stretch. This time it was at Fleetwood in a game originally scheduled at home but had to be moved due to the closure of the high school for mold. And this time Upper Perk was in it until the end, before the Tigers scored with 1:22 left to claim the 24-21 non-league victory.

            "I really don't know what happened," Hontz said. "My coaching staff and I are frustrated and the team can't seem to find anyone to step up and take control when the momentum starts to swing. We are not handling adversity well."

            Fleetwood (1-3) was the team who had to deal with adversity in the first quarter as Upper Perk took a 13-0 lead. On the Indians' second offensive drive, Tyrese Reid hauled in a short pass down the middle, then outraced the secondary for a 93-yard score.

When the Indians got the ball back, thanks to the second of senior Colin Funk's first-quarter interceptions, the offense went right back to work.

            This time, Reid took a handoff off right tackle, then ...



Written by Bradley Schlegel, Staff Writer
September 20, 2018

          During an unofficial tryout for Upper Perkiomen's cross country team this summer, Gabriel Pitcher ran a mile on the high school track in less than six minutes. Head coach Todd Niemann instructed him to maintain an easy pace.

          "Gabriel didn't look tired," Niemann said. "He barely broke a sweat."

            After just two races, Pitcher has emerged as the Indians top performer. Last

Upper Perk senior Serena Deweiler leads a pack of run-

ners in the early part of the meet Stpe. 12, against Upper

Merion. 

week, the senior led them to a 21-37 victory over visiting Upper Merion in a Pioneer Athletic Conference meet. He finished first overall, posting a time of 18 minutes, 13 seconds. Lance Templeton (18:52), Donnie Miller (18:54), Blandin Conklin (19:00), Hunter Adlesberger (19:25) and William Daub (19:50) all finished in the top nine for the Indians.

            In the girls race, Serena Detweiler finished first overall. She finished in 21:51, 31 seconds against of Upper Merion's Veronica Sanchez. However, the visiting Vikings posted a 23-36 win.

            Niemann described Pitcher, who had never ran competitively before this season, as a natural long-distance performer.

            "Gabriel has a natural running build," the coach said. "He's got really strong legs. He enjoys running and he works hard."

           Pitcher, a Pennsburg resident, surprised himself with a seven-second margin of victory over Upper Merion's Jack Larkin. Niemann, however, said the performance was not unexpected.

            "Gabriel is an aggressive type of runner," the coach said. "He doesn't like to ...



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