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Doane Academy freshman Maddy Rios powers her way into the spotlight

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Proving that one is never too old to see something they have never seen before in sports, we present Doane Academy softball coach Sean Yackel.

"I've been coaching the varsity for 21 years now," Yackel said. "And I've never seen a hitter like her come in as a freshman. She's the best I've ever had at that age."

"She" is Hamilton Township resident Maddy Rios, a freshman who was named Softball Player of the Year at Doane, a Burlington-based school playing in the Penn-Jersey Athletic Association. Rios was so good, that KYW Channel 3 News came up from Philadelphia to do a segment on her hitting prowess.

"Everybody said, 'Were you nervous? You didn't look nervous,' but I was," Rios said. "That whole thing was definitely a surprise. I wasn't expecting that as a freshman. They told me a week before, and then I had to wait and wait for them to come up. Once they taped it, I had to wait for another week (before it aired)." For the full article, please click here.

Varsity Baseball - 0, Immaculata - 29 (2017 NJSIAA - Round 1)

The Doane Academy (6-8) baseball season concluded, Friday afternoon. In the first round of the NJSIAA playoffs, the Spartans fell to Immaculata by the score of 29-0.

Varsity Softball - 1, Benedictine - 5 (NJSIAA Playoffs - Round 2)

The Doane Academy Spartan softball team hosted the NJSIAA 2nd round playoff game, Wednesday afternoon. The Spartans (15-4) concluded their season falling to Benedictine by the score of 5-1.

Featured on CBS - Doane Academy's Maddy Rios Destined for Greatness

Doane Academy's Maddy Rios Destined for Greatness – Featured on CBS

Varsity Softball - 4, New Foundations - 2 (Penn-Jersey Championship)

Varsity Softball Wins Penn-Jersey Championship!!

Doane Softball hosted the Penn-Jersey Championships, Friday afternoon. In perfect weather for softball, the Spartans (15-3) defeated New Foundations 4-2. Grace Eagleson pitched a complete game with 8 strikeouts and allowed only 4 hits. Doane senior, Dana Fine hit a two run single in first inning. Doane never trailed in the game.

Varsity Softball - 2, Morristown Beard - 13 (Prep B Semifinals)

Doane Softball traveled to Morristown Beard for a Prep B semifinal game, Tuesday afternoon. The Spartans' (14-3) eight game winning streak came to an end after a 13-2 defeat.

Varsity Softball - , Kings Christian - (Penn-Jersey Semifinals)

Grace Eagleson Pitches a Perfect Game in PJ Semifinals

The Doane Academy Spartans hosted Kings Christian for a Penn-Jersey softball semifinal, Monday afternoon. The Spartans (14-2) advanced with stellar pithing, fielding and hitting. In a very well-rounded performance, the Spartans received contributions from the starting lineup and the reserves. Grace Eagleson pitched a perfect game and recorded 11 strikeouts.

Varsity Softball - 12, Villa Victoria - 0 (No Hitter)

Grace Eagleson Throws a No Hitter

Doane Softball hosted Villa Victoria, Friday afternoon. On Senior Day, the Spartans (13-2) displayed great pitching and hitting performances in the 12-0 victory. Grace Eagleson threw a 5 inning no hitter while striking out 11 batters. Sarah Farkas homered and knocked in 4 runs. Madison Rios also knocked in 3 runs.

Varsity Baseball - 19, Boys Latin - 17

Doane Academy baseball (6-7) defeated Boys Latin, Thursday afternoon. Miguel Rivera was the winning pitcher in the contest. Kyle Pfister hit a grand slam homerun and drove in six runs as the Spartans won a high scoring game 19-17.

Varsity Softball - 13, Montclair Kimberly - 3

Doane Softball upsets #3 seed in prep state tournament, Montclair Kimberly, 13-3, Thursday afternoon. Hannah Murphy was the winning pitcher throwing 5 innings and striking out 6 batters. Hannah also hit a homerun and drove in two runs. The Spartans record improves to 12-2 and advances to the semifinals.

Varsity Baseball - 6, Penn Tech - 23

Doane Academy Spartan Baseball hosted Penn Tech, Wednesday afternoon. The Spartans (5-7) were defeated in the contest 23-6.

Varsity Softball - 14, Life Center - 0

The Doane Spartan softball team (11-2) hosted Life Center, Wednesday afternoon. Grace Eagleson was the winning pitcher throwing 5 innings allowing 4 hits and striking out 8 batters. Hannah Murphy drove in three runs as the Spartans shutout Life Center 14-0.

Varsity Softball - 13, Girard College - 1
Doane Academy softball traveled to Girard College for a Penn-Jersey Conference game, Tuesday afternoon. The Spartans (10-2) were lead by Madison Rios who hit a homerun and a triple while driving in three runs in the contest. The Spartans defeated Girard College 13-1. Diana Fine was the winning pitcher throwing 5 innings and striking out 9 batters.
Varsity Baseball - 12, Solebury - 9

Doane baseball traveled to the Trenton Thunder's minor league baseball stadium, Arm & Hammer Park, to battle Solebury School, Monday evening. The Spartans (5-6) were lead by Myles Jackson's two triples and four RBI's in a 12-9 victory.

Varsity Softball - 14, Life Center - 3

The bats were blazing hot and the base pads were filled with Spartans, during the softball game versus Life Center, Monday afternoon. Doane Academy improved their recorded to (9-2) with a 14-3 Penn-Jersey Conference road victory. Hannah Murphy threw 6 innings, striking out 7. Madison Rios added two doubles while driving in 2 runs. Maddie Miller had 3 RBI's in the contest.

Varsity Softball - 10, New Foundations - 0

Doane Softball hosted New Foundations, Thursday afternoon. The Spartans (8-2) kept New Foundations from scores as Grace Eagleson pitched 5 innings and struck out 6 batters in the 10-0 victory. Madison Rios hit a homerun and a triple while also driving in 5 runs. Dana Fine also hit a solo homerun.

Varsity Baseball - 18, Life Center - 9

Doane Academy Spartan Baseball hosted Life Center, Tuesday afternoon. The Spartans (4-6) lit up the bases and the scoreboard, scoring in every inning. Miguel Rivera tallied four hits in the contest and Ben Marchesani hit the only triple in the game. Kyle Pfister was the winning pitcher, as Doane defeated Life Center 18-9.

Varsity Softball - 12, Kings Christian - 2

Doane Academy Spartans Softball traveled to Kings Christian, Tuesday afternoon. Getting back to their winning ways, the Spartans (7-2) dominated the base pads. Dana Fine hit a home run and a double to lead the bats. Hannah Murphy, Madison Rios, and Sarah Farkas all had extra base hits in the game. Diana Fine added two doubles. Hannah Murphy was the winning pitcher throwing 5 innings and striking out 8. Doane Academy defeated Kings Christian 12-2.

Varsity Softball - 6, Burlington City - 9

Doane Academy Spartans Softball hosted Burlington City, Monday afternoon. In perfect weather for a ball game, the Spartans bats were hot, scoring 6 runs in the contest. Madison Rios hit a home run, a single and a double, going 3-4 for the day. She also scored a run and recorded 2 RBI's. However, Burlington City tallied 9 runs, bring the Spartans record to 6-2 for the season.

Garden State Scholastic Championship
What a great day on the Cooper River today for the Garden State Scholastic Championship. It was great to see so many parents, friends and even school faculty cheering on the team. They had lots to cheer about as our 3 boys boats (JV2x, JV4+, and Varsity 4+) and our girls Varsity 4 all battled to strong finishes. Our Girls JV4+ and the Freshman Girls both made it to the finals, finishing 5th in the state (JV) and 4th in the state (freshmen).
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