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Written by Bradley Schlegel, Staff Writer
February 21, 2024

            An injury forced Pearl Bixler to watch Perkiomen School's girls basketball team win in its first state tournament game in program history, but, last week, the East Greenville junior played a key defensive role in its second postseason win.
            "Playing is much better than watching," Bixler said.


Perkiomen's Lauren Patnode, reaches across an ANC player

in an attempt to steal the ball in the opening round of the

Pennsylvania Independent Schools Athletic Association

tournament on Thursday, Feb. 15

            The Panthers posted three double-figure scorers in a 53-33 victory over Academy of the New Church in the opening round of the Pennsylvania Independent Schools Athletic Association tournament on Thursday, Feb. 15. Ava Darvassy scored a game-high 20 points. She delivered 11 in the first half to help Perkiomen take control of the game.
            Lauren Patnode tallied 12 of her 17 points in the second half to help No. 8 seeded Perkiomen School (10-11) pull away. Jaycee Merizalde, a junior guard, posted eight of her 12 points in the first half.
            Head coach Kerrie Kosakowski described the state tournament win as a significant accomplishment. Citing constant injury issues, she said the team has had an uneven season.
            "It's been up and down," said Kosakowski, who described the current roster as the most talented in her three-year tenure.
            According to the coach, the Panthers have yet to play this season with their entire roster. Against ANC, they were without Amarilis Shubick, a junior from Avenel, N.J.
            Darvassy, a senior post player from Dix Hills, N.Y., has missed time with a concussion. Kosakowski also said ...

Written by Bradley Schlegel, Staff Writer
February 21, 2024

            Kaylyn Adair, Adria Page and Alexandra Cannon overcame the adversity of last weekend's District 1/12 wrestling tournament with different mindsets. The unique approaches got the trio to the medal stand.

            Adair required words of encouragement. Page relied on tunnel vision. Cannon's

Kaylyn Adair finished third during the District 1/12 

wrestling tournament.

quiet determination led her to post four victories by fall. Their performances helped spark an impressive finish by the Upper Perkiomen girls wrestling team.

            Adair (155 pounds) and Page (148) each finished third during the tournament on Saturday, Feb. 17, at William Tennent High School. Cannon added a fourth-place finish at 112. All three advanced to Sunday's Southeast Regional Tournament at Quakertown High School.

            Emily Mays took sixth at 118 pounds to help the Indians finish second overall out of 48 teams. Eight wrestlers combined to post an 18-15 record during their first postseason experience.

            "I'm over the moon excited that we finished second," head coach Omar Porrata said. "It was a great experience for the girls."

            Despite a solid week of practice, Porrata said he wasn't sure how the wrestlers would react to the environment. He described the intensity inside the gym as palpable and some of his wrestlers struggled with the logistics of the event.

            "The best wrestler does not always win," Porrata said. "The best-prepared wrestler usually wins."

            Even Adair, the team's most experienced wrestler, appeared to feel the pressure. After opening her tournament with ...




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