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Written by Ernie Quatrani, Correspondent
May 12, 2021

            Tuesday's 7-3 loss to Phoenxville, in a battle for first place in the Frontier

Upper Perk's Sierra Fretz tags out a Phatoms runner as she slides

into third base during a battle of the two top teams in the Frontier 

Division in the Pioneer Athletic Conference, on Tuesday.  

Division in the Pioneer Athletic Conference, marked unfortunate changes of pace for Upper Perk softball.

            For one thing, it was the first time in six years that the Tribe had lost to the Phantoms; for another, it was the first time in a long time that the team lost back-to-back games; and it was the off-speed offerings of Phoenixville hurler Aryana Ashlie that throttled Upper Perk's line-up.

             Ashlie scattered eight hits while striking out three and did not allow a run until the sixth inning in handing Upper Perk its first Frontier Division loss of the season. Both teams are now 8-1.

            "She has some really good spin on her pitches," Phoenixville coach Claire Emplit said of her junior right-hander. "She's got a great mix of pitches that she's able to go to. She forces the batters to hit into outs."

            The Tribe was coming off a grueling 2-1 loss to Methacton in a crossover game on Monday night, an affair that was decided by a ...



Written by Bradley Schlegel, Staff Writer
May 12, 2021

            Upper Perkiomen's lacrosse team will likely miss the District One Class 2A playoffs. After ending its season with consecutive losses, the team currently ranks 20th in the standings. The top 16 teams will qualify.

 

Upper Perkiomen goalkeeper Makenzie Bettys, right, smothers

a shot from a Pottsgrove attacker.

           "Earlier last week it did look promising that we would possibly qualify," head coach Catie Sobotor wrote in a text message received Monday afternoon. "However with not being able to play this week (due to COVID-19 protocols), I think we may miss out this year. It's disappointing for sure. I know especially the seniors wanted to play at least one more game."

            According to one senior, the Indians (4-9) were never able to play a complete game. Bella Carpenter said the players never developed a sense of continuity.

            "This team had a lot of potential," she said. "But the girls didn't always compete to the best of their ability. We seemed to let uncontrollable aspects affect how we play and our mindset during games."

            On Thursday, May 8, the Tribe lost 22-8 to Pottsgrove. MaryKate Sitko scored a team-high three goals.  Olivia Rogers and Lindsay Bieler scored twice for the Indians, who trailed 13-5. Bella Carpenter added a goal and won three face-offs.

            The following day, the Indians ended their season with a 15-5 loss to Upper Merion. Cat Merritt finished with six goals and three assists to help her team clinch the Pioneer Athletic Conference's Frontier Division title.

            The player and the coach both identified a 16-7 victory over Pope John Paul II on April26 as the ...



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