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Willie McGonigle

Willie McGonigle
Willie has been covering High School Football in the area for nearly 20 years.

PJP II Places Four on 4A Writers All State Team

December 30, 2023

The 2023 season was historic for the Pope John Paul II Golden Panthers. They went 12-1 capturing their first PAC Championship and then capturing the District 1 4A championship. On Friday the PA Football Writers Class 4A All-State Team named four Golden Panthers to the team, Boyd Skarbek, Braden Reed, Kevin Heywood, and TJ Boccella. […]

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Davis Breaks School Single Season Passing Record Imhotep Reaches 3rd Straight State Championship

December 2, 2023

COATESVILLE: In his third season as starting Quarterback, there isn’t much that Mikal Davis Jr hasn’t done. He already owns the Imhotep single-game passing record. On Friday night, with less-than-ideal weather conditions for throwing, Davis made more school history throwing for 324 yards on 20 of 24 and 3 touchdowns as the District 12 Champion […]

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Bertoline Gillan Make Lasting Memory in Marple-Newtown Finale

November 22, 2023

SPRINGFIELD: High School Football is about family and making memories those words according to Marple-Newtown Tigers head coach Chris Gicking were that of former assistant coach Anthony Paoletti. On Wednesday night a pair of Seniors: QB David Bertoline and WR Alex Gillan both of whom were playing in their final football game of not just […]

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Downingtown West Gets Their Revenge Takes Down Downingtown East

November 18, 2023

DOWNINGTOWN: Last season after dropping the regular season meetings to rivals Downingtown West and Coatesville the Downingtown East Cougars went on to reach the District 1 6A Final by avenging their previous losses to Coatesville and Downingtown West. With that in mind, after dropping the regular season matchup to East, the Downingtown West Whippets set […]

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CB South Ground Game Dominates Spring-Ford in District 1 6A Quarterfinal

November 11, 2023

ROYERSFORD: Entering Friday night’s District 1 6A Quarterfinal the Central Bucks South Titans were averaging 283.5 yards rushing per game. Friday night the Titans got that execution and then some running the ball on 50 of their 51 offensive play the Titans amassed 350 yards rushing propelling the 5th-seeded Titans to a dominating 35-19 victory […]

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Downingtown West Shuts Out Council Rock South In District 1 6A First Round

November 4, 2023

DOWNINGTOWN: After giving up 35 points to cross-town rival Downingtown East the Downingtown West Whippets defense was left with a bad taste in their mouths. Fortunately for the Whippets, the defense came back to practice with little extra fire under them and it showed on Saturday as the defense propelled the 6th-seeded Whippets to a […]

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Lassik Takes to Air Propels Garnet Valley to First Round Victory Over Owen J. Roberts

November 4, 2023

GLEN MILLS: If anyone knows the historic tradition of Garnet Valley ground game it’s Eric Van Wyk, he was the Quarterback of the 2007 team that reached the State Championship. Fast forward to 2023, now Van Wyk is now in his second season as head coach of the Jaguars, and they are still running the […]

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Skarbek’s 4 Scores Carries Pope John Paul II to the Promised Land: PAC Championship

October 28, 2023

ROYERSFORD: Entering Friday Night’s Pioneer Athletic Conference Championship, the Frontier Division Champions Golden Panthers of Pope John Paul II knew they faced a big test in the Liberty Champions Spring-Ford Rams. Not only were Golden Panthers, who entered Friday as the 3rd in 4A by PFN not only were they going up against the bigger […]

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Pioneer Athletic Conference Cross-Over Matchups Set

October 24, 2023

The final week of the regular season is upon us and now we have the complete schedule as the Pioneer Athletic Conference (PAC) yearly cross-over matchups are set. This season Liberty Division teams will host all games scheduled for Friday evening with kickoff at 7 p.m. The PAC Championship features two schools that have less […]

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A Healthy Lassik Guides Garnet Valley to Come From Behind Victory Over Marple-Newtown

October 21, 2023

NEWTOWN SQUARE: After missing four games and part of a fifth game with an ankle injury Tyler Lassik is finally getting back to full health and Friday night, he showed what he’s capable of leading his Garnet Valley Jaguars back from a 14-0 deficit to walk away with wild 26-21 victory on the road at […]

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Garnet Valley Gets Back in Win Column Defeats Conestoga

October 14, 2023

BERWYN: After losing their first Central League game since 2017 last week to Strath Haven the Garnet Valley Jaguars were looking to bounce back and were ready to work. The Jaguars entered Friday Night’s Central League contest against the host Conestoga Pioneers has the 9th seed in the District 1 6A Playoffs, while the Pioneers […]

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Downingtown West Knockouts Coatesville in Battle of Chest-Mont Heavyweights

October 7, 2023

DOWNINGTOWN: It’s one of the biggest matchups on the Chest Mont schedule every year traditionally both Coatesville and Downingtown West are not just powers in the Chest Mont League but also District 1 Friday night was no different. In one corner you had the visiting Coatesville Red Raiders coming into the game at 5-1 and […]

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Malvern Prep Defense Forces Five Turnovers in Victory Over Hun School

September 30, 2023

MALVERN: With the weather forecast calling for rain on Friday Night Malven Prep Head Coach Dave Gueriera knew taking care of the ball and forcing turnovers while taking care of the ball themselves would be huge in their non-league against undefeated Hun School from Princeton NJ. Fortunately for Gueriera his defense forced five turnovers, had […]

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District 1: Midseason Report

September 29, 2023

As hard has it is to believe we have already reach the midway point of the 2023 Regular season and we have seen our plenty of action in District 1 lets take a look at the playoff picture and other surprises thus far this season in District 1. 6A After 5 weeks of the regular […]

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Wolski Marple-Newtown Answer Challenge Shut Out Ridley

September 22, 2023

RIDLEY TOWNSHIP: After being shutout last week by Springfield, Marple-Newtown Head Coach Chris Gicking knew his team was in for another heavyweight battle this Friday night on the road at Ridley, so he issued a challenge to his team and Sophomore Brett Wolski and the Tigers defense accepted the challenge and came out to play […]

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What the heck’s happening in Districts I & XII This Week: Week 4

September 21, 2023

Welcome back after taking a two-week hiatus due to work commitments and for that, I offer my apologies we are back let’s take a look at What’s Happening in Districts I& XII _________________________________________________________________________________________________ Streak Still going: Despite receiving a scare from Haverford last week with their 14-13 victory over the Fords the Garnet Valley Jaguars […]

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Cardinal O’Hara Strikes Quick Then Defense Shuts Out West Catholic

September 16, 2023

SPRINGFIELD: Entering Friday nights Philadelphia Catholic League Blue Division opener Cardinal O’Hara Head Coach Mike Ewing knew his defense was in for a tough test in having to defend against visiting West Catholic and their Quarterback Kal-El Durham. Luckly for Ewing his Lions defense was up to the test and his offense did enough as […]

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Strath Haven Claims 14th Consecutive Media Bowl Over Penncrest

September 15, 2023

WALLINGFORD: The Strath Haven Panthers and Penncrest Lions have been playing each other since 1983. And the the rivalry has mostly gone in the favor of the Panthers who entering Thursday’s nights edition of the Media Bowl the Panthers were victorious in the last 13 and had won 36 of the 40 meetings overall. It […]

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Roman Catholic’s Defense Starts Fast Fuels win Over Episcopal Academy

September 9, 2023

NEWTOWN SQUARE: Every coach dreams of a quick start from their team. Friday night Roman Catholic Head Coach Rick Prete got that, but it wasn’t his offense that came out of the gate fast it was his defense, that before their offense could even get on the field gave the visiting Cahillites’ a 12-0 lead […]

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Henicle-Kucera Connection Carrys Downingtown West Over Perkiomem Valley

September 2, 2023

DOWNINGTOWN: Downingtown’s West Quinn Henicle and Jake Kucera share a connection that only best friends can have. On Friday night at Kottmeyer Stadium the best friend combo proved too much for Perkiomen Valley as the host Whippets downed the visiting Vikings 35-14 in a non-league showdown of District 1 6A powers. “My connection with Jake […]

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Tozzi, Ground Game Helps Penncrest Finish Chichester

September 2, 2023

MIDDLETOWN: Last season the Penncrest Lions struggled and went 1-10 however in several of those games the Lions either had a lead or were close before things snowballed and got out of hand. All off-season QB Nico Tozzi and his teammates had one word in mind: FINISH. On Thursday evening the Lions did just that […]

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What the heck’s happening in Districts I & XII This Week: Week 1

August 30, 2023

_________________________________________________________________________________________________ Welcome to another week of What the heck’s happening in Districts I and XII. Week zero is in the books, let’s look at what happened. Milestone Game for Roman Catholic: Last Friday’s night 49-14 victory over Wilson was the program’s 1200 game. It also was the program’s 526 win. Boyertown’s Cole Yesavage has 5 […]

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With a Brotherhood on the Line Paving the Way, Lammy, Downingtown East Dominate Pennridge

August 26, 2023

DOWNINGTOWN: When you play with the same guys for several years you expect to be close to each other. Downingtown East offensive line is a perfect example of just that as not only did the Cougars return 6 players on the line, but they are close. Adham Abouraya, Luke Fowler, Ryan Konchek, Ryan Moses, Cody […]

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What The Heck’s Happening in Districts I & XII This Week: Week Zero

August 25, 2023

_________________________________________________________________________________________ Hello and welcome to the 2023 season of What’s Happening in District I & XII! Join us every week as we take a look back at what has happened and look forward to what will happen in Districts I and XII Strath Haven to Host Field Day: Strath Haven High School invites you to […]

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Bonner Set to Open Season Overseas in Ireland

August 22, 2023

DREXEL HILL: Traditionally Monsignor Bonner opens their season with an 8-minute walk down Lansdowne Avenue where they battle neighboring Upper Darby High, but 2023 will see the Friars breaking tradition in a big way. On Tuesday the Friars will board a bus for a 25-minute trip They will arrive at Philadelphia International Airport where the […]

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