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February 23, 2009

Two King of Prussia Youth Sports Foundation Patriot teams advance in the Suburban Youth League Playoffs. The 12 year old Patriots defeated Central Bucks 61-52, and the 10 year old Patriots beat Upper Dublin, 35-31.

On Thursday night, February 19th, Coach Paul Kubler benefited from outstanding free throwing shooting, as the Patriots converted 20 out of 23 free throws. Zach Yonda scored 20 points, Nelson Blickman poured in 18 points while Danny Snarponis contributed 12 points for the winning Patriots. The Patriots next opponent will be Pennsbury. After receiving a bye in the first round, Coach Dave Allen's 10 year old Patriots, with a 10-2 record, faced an 8-4 Upper Dublin team. The Patriots, impressive on both ends of the court, appeared to be coasting to an easy win, as they led 33-17 at the end of the third quarter. However, Upper Dublin stormed to a 14-2 run in the fourth quarter as the Patriots struggled at the foul line. The Patriots defense held on for the win and now advance to the semi-finals.

February 16, 2009

The King of Prussia Youth Sports Foundation hosted 4 games at the Upper Merion School on Saturday, February 14th. The President and Co-founder of the Foundation is Tom Stanback and Director of Sports Operation is John Egan.

The first game featured the 10 year old Boys Patriots versus Deep Run in a battle for first place. The Patriots, coached by Dave Allen and assisted by Bill Milby, were also looking to avenge an earlier loss to Deep Run. Thanks to balanced scoring, the Patriots jumped out to a 13-6 lead over their opponents. In the second quarter, Deep Run matched points with the Patriots and stayed within striking range, trailing 21-14. However, the second half was all Patriots as they dominated Deep Run, winning 40-26. Kahleel Henry led the Patriots with 18 points while Lucas Yonda finished with 9 points. The Patriots, finishing the season with an excellent 10-2 record, advance to the first round of the Suburban Youth League playoffs with a #1 seed.

In game two, the 11 year old Patriot boys coached by Jerry Mangan and assisted by Ted Pruskowski, faced a 9-2 Deep Run team. Thanks to 3 three pointers by Danny Ziccardi, Deep Run raced out to a 15-6 league. A couple of field goals by Brandon Miller late in the second quarter helped keep the Patriots in the game as they trailed 19-12 at half time. However, Deep Run proved to be too strong for the Patriots as they coasted to a 45-22 win. Jerry Mangan led the Patriots with 10 points while Jared Hood added 8 points.

In the third game, the 12 year old Patriots were hoping for their 5th win in 6 games as they faced Deep Run. Earlier in the day, the Lady Patriots defeated Lenape Valley. However, the Lady Patriots showed the strain of playing their second game in one day as Deep Run's strong shooting gave them an overpowering 19-6. The Lady Patriots matched points with Deep Run in the second half but their sluggish start doomed them as Deep Run prevailed 32-18. Reggie Robinson and Tiera Ellis led the Lady Patriots with six points each.

The 12 year old Patriots boys' team also had their second game on Saturday and was attempting to overcome a frustrating loss to Springford earlier in the day. The Patriots faced Whitpain who entered the contest with a 4-6 record. The Patriots, coached by Paul Kubler and assisted by Joe Stecz and Scott McNeal, were 8-3. Whitpain jumped out to a surprising 23-16 at halftime. David Stecz's hot hand helped the Patriots stay in the game but Whitpain held on their lead at the end of the third quarter, 38-29. The Patriots came on strong in the fourth quarter but their late charge came up short as Whitpain won the contest 50-46. Zach Yonda led the Patriots with 13 points while David Stecz nailed 4 three pointers finishing with 12 points. Chris McNeal and Pat Kerr each contributed 6 points each while Danny Snarponis added 5 points. Despite the loss, the Patriots completed a fine season with an 8-4 record and qualify for the Suburban Youth League's "A" league playoffs.

February 9, 2009

The King of Prussia Youth Sports Foundation hosted six Basketball games this past weekend with five games on Saturday at the Upper Merion Middle School and one game on Sunday at the Gulph School.

In the first game on Saturday, the 10 year old Patriots boys' team was hoping to extend their winning streak to seven as they faced Council Rock, who came into the contest with a 2-6 record. The Patriots experienced a rare slow start and trailed at the end of the first quarter 5-4. In the second quarter, the Patriots shut out Council Rock and took the lead 11-5. Both team matched goals as the score was 17-11 at the end of the third period and it appeared that the Patriots would improve their record to 8-1. However, Council Rock exploded in the fourth quarter with 16 points as they finished with a huge upset, winning 27-23. Trey Milby finished with 12 points and Mac Morgan had four points for the Patriots.

In game two, the 10 year old Lady Patriots were looking for revenge against Upper Dublin, who defeated them earlier this season by 3 points. Anna Davis and Hope Roehrs returned to lineup for the Lady Patriots after being out with injuries. Upper Dublin scored first after the opening tip but would only score two more points in the first half, as the Lady Patriots led the defensive contest, 10-5. Upper Dublin fought back in the fourth quarter, closing the gap by four points but Hope Roehrs scored seven of her nine points and Lauren Kilroy hit two key baskets as the Lady Patriots hung on to win, 26-19.

Game 3 saw the 11 year old boys Patriots facing Springford for the second time in 2 days. Springford defeated the Patriots by 11 points the night before. Jerry Mangan hit 2 field goals at the end of the second quarter giving the Patriots a 17-14 halftime lead. However, in the third quarter, Springford scored 19 points thanks to hot shooting and charged out in front 32-21. Springford held on to win the contest, 39-24. The Patriots were led by Jerry Mangan and Jared Hood both with 8 points.

In the fourth game of the day, the 12 year old Lady Patriots team hoped to win their third straight game as they faced a team that defeated them by 3 points earlier this season, Springford. In this defensive battle, Springford led 11-9 at the half. The Lady Patriots tied the game twice in the second half but Springford jumped out with the lead mid way in the fourth quarter then held on to win 25-20. On Sunday, at the Gulp School, the same Lady Patriots team faced Lenape Valley. Reggie Robinson had the hot hand scoring 15 points; Tiera Ellis added 9 points and Taylor Jones scored 5 as the Lady Patriots won 34-25.

The final game on Saturday saw the 12 year old Patriots facing North Penn, a team they defeated earlier this season by 15 points. North Penn was led by their 6 foot three center, Horice Spencer. North Penn surprised the Patriots in the first quarter as four of their players scored as they led 13-7. However, in the second half, Zach Yonda was unstoppable, pouring in 14 points and Danny Snarponis nailed 2 three pointers as the Patriots raced out to a comfortable lead 31-23. North Penn bounced back in the third quarter thanks to 3 three points shots and several blocked shots by Horice Spencer as they tied the score 41-41, at the end of the third quarter. The game turned into a barnburner in the fourth game but the Patriots appeared to have won the game as they led 52-48 with less than a minute to play. North Penn quickly scored to close the gap 52-50. Horice Spencer then stole an inbounds pass and scored to tie the game 52-52. Coach Paul Kubler then called a time out with 7 seconds left on the clock to call a play. The Patriots executed the play with perfection as Chris McNeal passed the ball inbounds to Zach Yonda who then found Nelson Blickman wide open down the court. Blickman drilled the shot that gave the Patriots the lead for good, 54-52. Zach Yonda led all scorers with 27 points, Danny Snarponis had 10 points, and Nelson Blickman finished with 9 points for the winning Patriots who improved their record to 8-2.

February 2, 2009

The King of Prussia Youth Sports Foundation hosted four Basketball games on Saturday, January 31st at the Upper Merion Middle School. Overall, it was a good day for the Foundation Patriot teams, winning 3 games to one.

After defeating North Penn by 3 points on Friday night, Coach Dave Allen hoped to improve their 10 year old boys' team to 7-1 as they faced a 4-2 Pennsbury team. In the beginning of the game, the Patriots tough zone press caused several steals as the Patriots raced out to an 8-0 lead. However, Pennsbury's patience paid off as they closed to the gap to 20-16 late in the second quarter. Andrew Persuad nailed a field goal at the buzzer as the Patriots led 22-16 at halftime. Inspired by Persaud's shot, the Patriots totally dominated Pennsbury in the second half and coasted to a 48-24 win. The Patriots balanced scoring attack was led by Trey Milby and Kahleel Henry with 10 points each. Mack Morgan contributed 8 points and Lucas Yonda, their point guard, finished with 7 points.

In the second game, the 11 year old boys' team, coached by Jerry Mangan, faced a 5-2 Audubon team. The first quarter was a defensive battle as the Patriots led 5-2. Derek Ellis then got the hot hand for Audubon, pouring in 8 points as they went ahead at halftime, 14-10. The Patriots continued to play tough defense throughout the second half but Audubon pulled away late in the game, winning 34-18. Jerry Mangen led the Patriots with 9 points and Jared Hood, Craig Wilson and Tyler Klicka all scored for the Patriots.

In game three, Coach Alan Kear's 12 year old Lady Patriots girls' team was looking for their first win as they faced Warrington. The Lady Patriots erupted on offense in the first half thanks to scoring by Reggie Robinson, Sonali Dawan and Tiera Ellis and led by a comfortable margin, 24-9. However, turnovers plagued the Lady Patriots in the third quarter as Warrington closed the gap to 28-21 at the end of the third quarter. Warrington turned the game into a nail biter in the fourth quarter as they closed within 4 points. However, Reggie Robinson and Sonali Dawan took over as the Lady Patriots hung on to win 43-29. Sonali Dawan and Reggie Robinson led the winning Lady Patriots with 28 points each. Tiera Ellis finished with 10 points and Coach Kear also had points from Gabrielle Rushlaw, Nikola Hill and Kendall Martens.

In game four, Coach Paul Kubler's 12 year old Patriots team was looking for revenge against Whitemarsh, who had beaten them by 15 points earlier in the season. However, the Patriots were a much stronger team this time, having won 5 games in a row. Whitemarsh could not stop Zach Yonda early on as he scored all of the first 10 points in the game. Whitemarsh could not get inside on the Patriots strong zone defense as the Patriots led 27-9 at halftime. Coach Kubler received balance scoring in the 2nd half as six players scored and the Patriots won going away, 50-31 as they improved their record to 7-2. Zach Yonda led the Patriots with 17 points. Danny Kubler had 8 points, while David Stecz and Dan Snarponis each contributed 7 points.

January 26, 2009

Four games were played at the Upper Merion Middle School and one game was played on Sunday at the Gulph School. All Patriot teams participate in the Suburban Youth League.

In game one on Saturday, Coach Dave Allen's 10 year old Patriots team faced Upper Moreland. Thanks to a relentless zone press, the Patriots jumped out to a 12-4 lead after the first quarter. In the second quarter, Andrew Persaud nailed a 3 pointer and Trey Milby worked inside for 6 points as the Patriots led by a convincing 26-8 score. In the second half, the Patriots did not let up as Kahleel Henry hit five field goals as the Patriots coasted to a win, 49-22. The Patriots improved their record in the Suburban Youth League, 4-1. Trey Milby led all scorers with 14 points, Andrew Persaud poured in 12 points including 2 three pointers, Kahleel Henry finished with 11 points as Lucas Yonda had four points.

In game 2, coach Michelle Michael's 10 year old Lady Patriots team faced an undefeated Solebury team who came into the contest, 6-0. The Lady Patriots, playing without injured players, Anna Davis and Hope Roehrs, were never in the game as they lost 40-15 as Solebury improved their record to 7-0. Katy Valeri, Katy McCullough, Shrya Dalal, Laureen Kilroy and Haley O'Malley all scored for the Lady Patriots. In game 3, the 11 year old Boys had a rematch with a tough North Penn Squires team, who defeated them the prior week, 38-18. Unfortunately, the Squires again outplayed the Patriots and won, 43-19. Jerry Mangan, Brandon Rhodes, Sam Willgruber, Tyler Klicka, and Jake Pruskowski all scored for coach Jerry Mangan's Patriots. In game 4, Coach Alan Keer's 12 year old Lady Patriots had a rematch with Hatboro/Horsham who already defeated the Lady Patriots twice this season. Coach Keer's strategy was to shut down Rachael Day for Hatboro/Horsham who burned the Lady Patriots for 20 points the prior week. The Lady Patriots were successful in shutting down Rachael Day, holding her to 5 points, but several other players stepped up as Hatboro/Horsham won the game 33-17. Sonali Dawan led the Lady Patriots with 11 points, while Reggie Robinson, Nikola Hill and Kendal Martens all scored for the Lady Patriots.

On Sunday at the Gulph School, Coach Paul Kubler's 12 year old boys' team faced Marsh Creek, a team they defeated the previous night. The Patriots led the entire contest and won the game 53-45, improving their record to 5-2. Marsh Creek made a game out of it with 4 minutes left in the game as they reduced the lead by 3 points. However, Marsh Creek had no answers for the hot shooting of Zach Yonda and Danny Kubler. Yonda finished with 19 points while Kubler poured in 12 points, Chris McNeal scored 8 points and Nelson Blickman added 6 points for the winning Patriots.

January 23, 2009

The King of Prussia Youth Sports Foundation (the Patriots) hosted 5 Basketball games at the Upper Merion Middle School on Saturday, January 17th. The Foundation has 5 travel teams this year and all teams play in the Suburban Youth League.

In the first game, the 10 year old boy's team, coached by Dave Allen, hosted the undefeated North Penn Squires. In the first half, the Squires could not handle the Patriots zone press as the Patriots shut out the Squires in the first quarter, 6-0. In the second quarter, the Patriots' Kahleel Henry dominated the game as he scored 11 points including 5 of 6 foul shots as the Patriots took a commanding 25-6 lead at half time. The Patriots held on to win the game 29-8 and improved their record to 3-1. Kahleel Henry led all scorers with 19 points while Trey Milby poured in 8 points.

In the second game, the 10 year old Lady Patriots, coached by Michelle Michael, hoped to win their fourth straight game as they faced the Renegades. The Lady Patriots were short handed with only 7 players and were forced play the game without their point guard, Anna Davis, who was injured early in the day. Thanks to Katy McCullough's 6 points and tough defense, the Lady Patriots jumped out to a 8-2 first quarter lead. However, the Renegades aggressive Megan Kypers had several steals and got the Renegades back in the game and reduced the Patriots lead to 10-8 at half time. The Renegades charged out in front late in the game and appeared to have the game won. However, after a few steals by Haley O'Malley and a field goal by Katy McCullough, the Lady Patriots closed the margin to one point, 17-16. The Renegades answered with a field goal to seal the victory at 19-16. Katy McCullough led the Lady Patriots with 12 points. In the previous Saturday, the Lady Patriots defeated the Central Bucks Blue team, 25-8. Hope Roehrs led all scorers in that game with 13 points and Anna Davis and Lauren Kilroy each contributed 4 points.

The third game saw the 11 year old boy's team, coached by Jerry Mangan, faced an extremely strong North Penn Squires team. Despite 10 points by Jerry Mangan and a solid effort by the entire team, the Patriots were never in the contest as they lost 38-18. In the fourth game, Alan Keer's 12 year old Lady Patriots faced an undefeated Hatboro/Horsham team. The first half saw little scoring as both teams played strong defense as Hatboro/Horsham led 9-5. However, in the second half, Rachel Day lit up the scoreboard as she scored 18 points resulting in a 32-19 victory. Sonali Dawah was the high scorer for the Lady Patriots, scoring 11 points.

In the final game of the day, Coach Paul Kubler hoped to have his 12 year old Patriots team win their 3rd straight game. However, this would be a challenge for the Patriots as they were playing an excellent Springford Rams team that already was 4-0. On top of that, the Coach Kubler only had 6 players available. In the first quarter, the Patriots showed that they were up to the challenge as they tied the Rams 10-10. However, the Rams saw balanced scoring in the second quarter and went ahead 26-16. In the second half the Rams led by as many as 20 points. The short handed and undersized Patriots refused to give up and scored 16 points including two 3 pointers by Chris McNeal to make a game out of it. However, the Rams held on to win 50-37. Chris McNeal led the Patriots with 15 points, Zach Yonda had 15 points and David Stecz had 5 points. On the previous Saturday, Zach Yonda scored 19 points including 5 straight foul shots down the stretch as the Patriots outscored Great Valley 51-40. Both Nelson Blickman and Chris McNeal scored 8 points each and Danny Skarponis contributed 7 points for the winning Patriots.


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