Women’s Interhall: Chaos torch Chicks
Sports Writers | Tuesday, October 1, 2013
Cavanaugh 38, Lewis 7
By MEGAN WINKEL
Cavanaugh notched another win in its belt this week, emerging victorious in a face off against Lewis on Sunday.
Cavanaugh (2-1) led from the very beginning of the game. The Chaos scored a touchdown on their third play, going on to score two more in the first quarter to give them a 21-0 lead over the Chicks (0-1).
“It was a really long pass and it’s an example of how aware we were being on the field,” Cavanaugh senior captain Meaghan Ayers said. “It was a really big play because it happened right away and it got everyone really excited for the rest of the game.”
Junior Olivia Dietzel proved to be a key player for the Chaos, scoring three touchdowns.
“Olivia [Dietzel] had a really good game as receiver, and even came in as quarterback in the end and did really well,” Ayers said.
The game was the first for the Chicks (0-1), who began their season this week.
“Not having played a game was probably the biggest reason for our loss,” Lewis senior captain Colleen Haller said. “Also having so many freshmen – we were still trying to teach them things throughout the game. It was definitely a learning experience for them.”
Now that the first game is out of the way, Haller said she believes the team will improve.
“I felt really good about the game even though we lost,” Haller said. “The game was able to show us what we did will and what we need to work on in order to start out ahead.”
Cavanaugh looks to continue its winning streak when it plays Lyons next Sunday, while Lewis hopes to improve its record against Lyons on Tuesday at 7 p.m.
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Pasquerilla West 27, Lyons 0
By ZACH KLONSINSKI
In a matchup between two unbeaten teams Sunday, Pasquerilla West continued their win streak with a 27-0 win over Lyons.
The Weasels (3-0), led by the arm of senior co-captain and quarterback Rachel Rogers, struck first on their second drive of the game when Rogers found freshman receiver Monica Busse in the end zone for a 20-yard strike.
The Weasels scored twice more in the first half, with Rogers finding freshman Allie Griffith for a nine-yard touchdown and then hooking up with Busse on a tipped four-yard score with eight seconds left in the first half.
Rogers found the end zone on a quarterback sneak from the 2-yard line in the third quarter for the final score.
“I thought we did a much better job … connecting our plays together, really perfecting them,” Rogers said. “Some of the passes weren’t exactly there, but that’s something for this week’s practice.”
Pasquerilla West’s defense continued its domination of opposing offenses, intercepting Lyons freshman quarterback Kristen Lombardo three times, which helped set up both the first and third touchdown drives.
“We did a really good job today of adjusting to their offense and being able to read their plays … three interceptions is pretty good,” Weasels senior co-captain and linebacker Breezi Toole said.
The Lions (1-1) said they played a better game than what the score showed. Freshman Kelly Smith had an interception returned for a touchdown, but it was called back on an illegal contact penalty.
“The score absolutely did not reflect how well we played,” senior captain Christina Bramanti said. “We had one or two actual interceptions and we had a fantastic pick six they took away from us.”
The Lions also found some success shutting down the Weasel air attack in the second half by switching to a man-to-man defense.
The next game for both teams is Tuesday when Pasquerilla West takes on Badin while Lyons squares off with Lewis.
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Welsh Family 7, McGlinn 6
By CORNELIUS McGRATH
In a West Quad rivalry matchup, underdog Welsh Family narrowly defeated McGlinn, 7-6, on Sunday.
The Whirlwinds (1-1) started slowly, but picked up late in the first quarter when junior receiver Molly Knapp caught the ball wide and ran 25 yards to the one-yard line. This allowed junior quarterback Alisha Anderson to sneak in the first touchdown of the game and successfully convert the point, which proved vital for Welsh Family’s win
“We are so pleased with our first win of the season,” Whirlwinds senior captain and linebacker Carissa Henke said. “We showed a lot of heart out there today. The girls really pulled together and managed to pull off a great victory.”
On the other side of the ball, the Shamrocks battled hard and caught a break at the beginning of the fourth quarter with senior co-captain and defensive cornerback Kaitlyn Keelin’s interception.
Junior offensive lineman Megan Covington then scored a touchdown for McGlinn to bring the score to 7-6, but the Shamrocks failed to convert the point after that would have evened the score.
Keelin said she felt McGlinn should have won the game.
“We certainly had the opportunities to win the game today,” she said. “If we had just connected a few more passes we would have had it.”
Despite the loss, Keelin said she felt the Shamrocks improved on their previous performance.
“We definitely improved since last game so we are just going to keep working hard in practice and hope the results come our way,” Keelin said.
Welsh Family looked to continue its winning ways last night against Walsh, while McGlinn will search for its first win against the Wild Women on Sunday.
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Farley 34, Badin 0
By MANNY DE JESUS
In a game that ended with the mercy rule, Farley defeated Badin 34-0 on Sunday with a dominant showing on both sides of the ball.
The Finest (1-1) wasted no time scoring on their first possession against the Bullfrogs’ defense. Receiver and senior captain Lauren Ladowski caught her first of three touchdown passes on the game’s first drive.
The Finest never looked back.
“We never had a lead last game, so getting started right away on the first drive and continuing that was a lot of fun,” Ladowski said.
In addition to its offense, the Farley defense produced key stops and points of its own on an interception returned for a touchdown by senior defensive lineman Emily Shepard. Farley’s defense forced Badin (0-3) to punt the ball four times and commit five turnovers.
Badin sophomore quarterback and captain Kristina Techar said her team recognized these mistakes and wanted to correct them as soon as possible.
“We’re looking to not get mercy rule [from here on out] and get things like routes down,” Techar said. “[Defensively,] we want to be able to knock balls down and get more aggressive.”
The Bullfrogs did improve their game in the second half. Techar completed a couple of deep passes late in the game, and the defense managed to get Farley’s offense off the field on a couple of three-and-outs in the second half.
The Bullfrogs hope to get their first win Monday night against Pasquerilla West at Riehle fields at 7 p .m. while the Finest look to improve to 2-1 against Pasquerilla West as well Sunday at LaBar fields at 6 p.m.
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Howard 19, Walsh 0
By REBECCA ROGALSKI
In a riveting matchup between Howard and Walsh, the Ducks (2-0) stole the show, defeating the Wild Women (0-3) 19-0 and securing another victory.
According to the Duck’s senior quarterback Clare Robinson, a quick start set the team in motion for the victory.
“We were actually pretty tired coming into the game,” Robinson said. “Getting everyone’s energy up and getting everyone moving was important to us starting the game off right.”
Sophomore receiver Maria Ianni made a key play for the Ducks, intercepting a pass deep in Walsh territory and running it back for Howard’s first touchdown of the game. Ianni said her interception helped the Ducks turn the momentum of the game in their favor.
“After that touchdown, the team’s energy was completely revitalized,” Ianni said. “Getting points on the board led us to get some big stops on defense, convert on downs, and grab a few more touchdowns before the game came to a close.”
The Wild Women struggled primarily on offense. Junior captain Maggie Fisher explained the issues the Wild Women dealt with were the result of unfamiliarity and inexperience.
“Our offense is composed of a lot of new players, and running a variety of plays with such a young team made converting incredibly challenging,” Fisher said.
The offense also had a difficult time connecting between the quarterback and receivers, causing Walsh to turn the ball over several times.
Both teams played Monday, where Walsh looked to show improvement in their next game against Welsh Family and Howard strove to remain undefeated when it faces Breen-Phillips.
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Pangborn 40, Breen-Phillips 0
By JOSH DULANY
Pangborn used a multi-facted offense and relentless defense to storm over Breen-Phillips in a 40-0 victory.
The Phoxes’ junior quarterback, Liz Quinn made the most of her first game at the position, throwing for four touchdowns and running for one more. The defense was equally dominating in grabbing four interceptions. Sophomore receiver Gracie Gallagher had two interceptions, caught all four touchdown passes and was a contributor in the run game as well for the Phoxes (3-0). She was able to gain a new perspective on the game by switching to cornerback, saying Pangborn played like a well-oiled machine.
“I had never played defense before,” Gallagher said, “It was exciting to get a new look at the ball. The whole team played really well.”
Freshman running back, Heather Lystad, also stood out as she scored on the ground and was a consistent threat in the run game.
The Babes (0-1) were not down after the loss, as senior captain Molly Toner said they learned from the experience.
“It was our first game … a great learning experience,” Toner said. “We will have made improvements for tomorrow night’s game.”
Toner had a near-touchdown in the second half on an interception return, but when the Babes could not punch it in from five yards out, the Phoxes were on their way to third straight shutout to start the season.
Gallagher said Pangborn sees themselves as a championship team.
“We’ve just got to keep playing, keep practicing and look towards the stadium,” Gallagher said.
The Babes play the Howard Monday, and the Phoxes play again Sunday, also against Howard.
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Pasquerilla West-Badin preview
By JOSE FERNANDEZ
After wrapping up the first week of flag football, Pasquerilla West and Badin find themselves on opposite sides of the standings headed into their matchup today.
Senior co-captain Breezi Toole said the Purple Weasels (3-0) hope their opening-week momentum will carry over to their midweek matchup. They rode their defense to a 6-0 win against a tough Cavanaugh team that matched Pasquerilla West in every play.
“We’re not going to go into this game with an over-confident mindset,” Toole said. “We know what we have to do and that is put our best effort out there.”
Badin (0-3) on the other hand looks to bounce back this week after losing to Lyons 32-6 in its season opener. The Lions jumped off to a quick start, and the Bullfrogs could not bounce back.
Sporting a young team with little experience, Badin sophomore captain Kristina Techar said the Bullfrogs look to get on the right track with a win against the Weasels.
“We’re looking for more fluidity on our offense,” she said. “We’ll practice more this week and look to gel more on the offensive side of the ball.”
Techar also said her squad will try to instill a more complex running game in order to get the ball moving and the offense rolling.
Purple Weasels and the Bullfrogs will clash Tuesday at 7 p.m.
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Lewis v. Lyons
By ALEXANDRA LANE
Lewis and Lyons will match up Tuesday with each team looking to showcase their young crop of talent.
Lyons senior captain Christina Bramanti said the Lions (1-1) look to carry the success they had in their opening game, a commanding 32-6 win over Badin, into their matchup against the Chicks (0-1).
“The freshmen got out there [last] Sunday and took care of business,” she said. “I think we can definitely keep that going into next week.”
Bramanti said she will look to the leadership of freshman Taylor Sears, a safety and receiver for Lyons.
“Taylor is a threat on offense and defense,” Bramanti said. “She dominates the field.”
In practice this week, the senior said the Lions introduced a few new plays on offense and expanded and strengthened their defense in preparation for their game against Lewis.
With no games in the books yet for the Chicks, senior captain Colleen Haller said they are excited to begin their season this week. With no experience so far this season, Haller said Lewis focused on the basics for its game on Tuesday.
“I’m hoping we’re able to establish a good offense and get consecutive stops while the freshmen are still learning to pull flags and play the game,” Haller said.
The Lions and Chicks will meet Tuesday at 7 p.m. at the Riehle Fields.
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