Bucks County Herald


CB East gives Hempfield a scare


Central Bucks East pushed District Three champion Hempfield on Saturday.

The Patriots went back and forth with the favored Black Knights in the state Class AAA quarterfinals at Exeter Township Senior High School, but Hempfield was just a little too much for CB East in the end, prevailing 3-1 (26-24, 25-20, 25-27, 25-20). The Patriots completed their run at 19-5 overall.

“Christian Wolf was once again superb in the middle,” CB East head coach Rob Minschwaner said, “and Jack Miller started for Thomas Gallagher-Teske, who was still out with a knee injury, again and really played well. They both had a couple of key blocks, but more importantly, they did a great job of taking away the hitting seams and directing Hempfield’s attack to our passers.

“As a team,” Minschwaner continued, “all of the kids played a really strong match. Andrew Bennett was once again our vocal leader on the court and played inspired volleyball. Steve Storm not only did a great job of setting, but was a major factor at the net with his block. Jacob LaBouliere was brilliant defensively once again, with many acrobatic digs. Dylan Colbert did a great job of passing in serve receive and was intimidating at the net with several floor-rattling kills. Carter Haban ... was a beast, pure and simple. He was unstoppable from the net and also hitting from the back row. He really rose to the occasion. They all did. And yes, the Hempfield coach said he was impressed and had several terrific things to say about our team.”

Haban concluded his career in a Patriots uniform with 23 kills, one ace and eight digs. Colbert stood out with 11 kills, one ace and 11 digs. Bennett went for six kills and seven digs, while Wolf chipped in six kills, two blocks, one assist and one dig. Miller had one kill and two blocks. Storm handed out 33 assists and added three kills, one block, one ace and two digs. LaBouliere was active with two assists and 12 digs.

Minschwaner will graduate four seniors, Haban, Bennett, Erik Coombs and Pete Chiaravallo. All will be missed, the longtime skipper said.

“This year, he filled in superbly in the leadership role that is so important,” Minschwaner said of Bennett. “He was a huge help to the younger players and the emotional leader on the court. I named him co-captain this year.

“Carter Haban,” Minschwaner added, “another four-year player for us, was our most consistent player and the leader of the team. He is the on-court strategist and the player our team looked to all season to bail us out when we were struggling. He was a two-year captain for us.”

Minschwaner’s Patriots seem to have staying power.

“Our program has steadily been trending upward,” Minschwaner said, “and I have been flattered that some of the top teams in the state have been saying nice things about [us].”



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