Garnet Valley vs. Strath Haven
George L. King Field
September 22 – 7:30 PM
Jack Hontz Tribute Night
By Havenfootball.net Staff
The Strath Haven JV’s played Springfield to a tie yesterday in the afternoon game at George L. King Field. We don’t have a game report (anybody want to send us one?) but we have the final score, 6-6. We also have Juli Kroon’s great shots which you can find at on our Game Photo Gallery.
You’ve seen these young men make incredible catches……..
You’ve seen them run faster and hit harder than seems possible……….
You’ve seen them succeed against almost impossible odds…….
Now see them……………….
Strath Haven Football Team and Cheerleader Car Wash Saturday, September 23rd 8:30 am – 11:30 am at Strath Haven High School- Providence Road Loop. $5.00 donation per car. Please come out and support your home team!! All proceeds go directly to support our players!!
By Dan Geringer
The 420 members of the massive Strath Haven High School Marching Band will fill the football field at Friday night’s home game to serenade their angel, the late Jack Hontz, who nurtured the band he loved for 34 years by finding a place in it for every student who wanted one.
Hontz, 57, who suffered a fatal heart attack in June, will always be remembered as the all-music, all-the-time muse who inspired one-third of the Wallingford, Delaware County, high school’s 1,200-student body to march in the Panther band as musicians or as members of the honor guard, flag squad, dance team, and dance line.
No prior interest or talent in music was required, said Patrick Murray, one of Hontz’s former students, Class of 2010. Murray now teaches music at Strath Haven and directs the marching band.
As an entering freshman, Murray said, he didn’t play any instruments. “Jack was always about having as many tubas in the marching band as possible. They look impressive. So Jack approached me at the end of my freshman year and said, ‘I could use some more tubas.’”
By Todd Orodenker
The scoreboard wound up reading like a blowout, but Friday’s Central League meeting between Springfield and Strath Haven was anything but.The Cougars, clinging to a one-touchdown lead to begin the fourth quarter, dominated the final period and ran away with a 41-13 victory to advance to 4-0 and 3-0 in league play. Ja’Den McKenzie rushed for 150 yards and turned the tide with a 73-yard fumble return during the decisive frame.
He added a 30-yard scoring run to cap the game. But it was his opportunistic defensive play — Springfield was up by 14 points with 10 minutes to go and Strath Haven was driving — that allowed the hosts to finally exhale.
“I was coming in (to) pursue it,” McKenzie explained. “Next thing I know, I saw the ball fly up in the air. I had to grab it and just take off to the house.”
Pat Clemens forced the fumble, popping the ball loose from Sean Daly, who otherwise ran spectacularly for 114 yards. The Wing-T caused all kinds of problems for Springfield, which yielded 150 yards on the ground.
Strath Haven (2-2, 2-1) was without top back Zack Hussein, but it didn’t waver. Daly ran effectively, as did Nick O’Connor. Jake Fisher passed for 95 yards. The Panthers impressed.
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The Wallingford-Swarthmore School District and Strath Haven High School are pleased to announce the details of the Jack Hontz Memorial Weekend, scheduled to take place on September 22 and 23, 2017. Mr. Hontz passed away suddenly on June 23, 2017, and will forever be remembered for his dedication to the students of Wallingford-Swarthmore. We anticipate a large number of students, community members, and alumni in attendance at both events, and encourage families to join us in either or both celebrations of Jack’s life and contributions to our community.
On Friday, September 22, the Panther Marching Band will enter the stadium at 6:50 p.m. and take their usual place on King Field. The Band and Band Front will be …wearing the newly- dedicated Jack Hontz memorial pins and patches on their uniforms, which will serve as a permanent memory of Mr. Hontz for all future band members. As part of the SHHS Panther Marching Band Halftime show, we will invite all SHHS Band Alumni to join the band on the field to perform a fourth music selection that will be dedicated to Mr. Hontz. Alumni interested in performing with the Band and Bandfront that evening are asked to contact Mr. Patrick Murray, Band Director, by email no later than Monday, September 18. firstname.lastname@example.org Following the combined Band/Alumni performance, Dr. Yannacone will welcome the Hontz family to the field for remarks and a dedication.
By Havenfootball.net Staff
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