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Written by Bradley Schlegel, Staff Writer
December 11, 2019

            Brien Kalnoski usually goes out of his way to avoid making predictions. However, the Upper Perkiomen swimming coach doesn't mind going out on a limb to discuss Noel Fresa's chances to win a PIAA goal medal.

Noel Fresa competes in the 200-yard free-
style on Tuesday against Perkiomen Valley.

            "Noel has the ability to do it," Kalnoski said.

            Two meets into her senior season, Fresa has set her own goal of winning the state title in the 100-yard and 200-yard freestyle races. She says both are legitimately within reach.

            "My expectations are pretty high," said Fresa, who has already won four PIAA medals. "I've wanted this since my freshman year."

            According to the coach, winning one goal medal at states would represent a

Trevor Cairns takes a breath during the 200-
freestyle race on Tuesday.

monumental accomplishment. Kalnoski said no female swimmer in school history has ever won an individual state title.

            "If all the stars align, Noel could be part of something very special," he said. "She's got three months of tough swimming ahead. But it's within her grasp."

            On Tuesday, Fresa helped lead the Indians' girls team to an 88-82 victory over Perkiomen Valley in the Pioneer Athletic Conference. She won the 100 backstroke (1:01.53) and 200 free (2:00.38), while participating in two first-place relay teams.

            Devin Romanowski won the 50 and 100 free events. She also teamed with Mikayla Jones, Kayman Heater and Fresa to finish first on the 200 free relay. Romanowski also combined with Laura Cooney, Darragh Martin and Fresa to ...



Written by Ernie Quatrani, Correspondent
December 11, 2019

           The turnover-prone Upper Perk girls basketball team fell at home to Pope John Paul, 53-19, in the Pioneer Athletic Conference opener for both teams on Tuesday evening.

            The Tribe turned the ball over 35 times, 18 times in the first half, as the injury-

Ayden Pigeon looks to take a shot in the opening
minutes of Tuesday night's game against Pope John
Paul II.

riddled Golden Panthers, playing their first game of the year, took a 12-2 lead after the first quarter and never looked back.

            "That's why we preach defense first," noted PJP coach TJ Lonergan. "Defense, at least, allowed us to maintain a lead throughout the first quarter and then build on it moving forward when we started to get a little more comfortable."

            After Hannah Keeney (nine points) gave Upper Perk (0-1, 0-3) a 2-0 lead with a lay-up, the Tribe went 10:38 without a field goal until Keeney's bucket cut the Panthers lead to 19-5. 

            Sophomore Tess Crossan (nine points) and junior Kayla Ciuba (10 points) fueled Pope John Paul's first-half run with eight points apiece.

            In the third quarter, easily Upper Perk's best period of the game, Upper Perk first-year head coach Matt Bowe thought his team "played to their strengths, not their weaknesses."

            The Tribe was outscored only 13-9 as Keeny put up five of her points and Olivia Rogers added three, but the home team trailed 39-14 after three quarters.

            Bowe saw his team's third-quarter intensity as a positive sign, coming off two big losses in the Tulpehocken Tip-Off Tournament last weekend.

            "The way that we came out (after the half) makes me very, very ...



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