An Archbishop Wood Reunion At St. Joe's

Posted: September 26, 1988

St. Joseph's University field hockey coach Barb Linebarger's coaching career lasted all of two games last season before the small matter of having a baby intruded.

This year, Linebarger, the former coach at Archbishop Wood, is ready to put in a full season, returning to a Hawks team spiced with 11 letter winners and four of the top five scorers from last year.

One player that Linebarger will depend on is senior captain Debbie Black, an all-American candidate who scored 6 goals last season. Linebarger also coached Black at Wood.

Black, who has also made her mark on the Hawks' basketball team, excels on both offense and defense. Black will need to excel as St. Joe's will face seven teams that were nationally ranked last year, including Temple and Penn State.

Barbara Black, Debbie's sister, will assist Linebarger this season. Barbara, who was also a standout player for the Hawks, is also a graduate of Archbishop Wood.


Former La Salle High School soccer coach Tom Turner returns for his second season as the Hawks' head coach. Hoping to improve on a 4-15-1 record, Turner will be looking to junior Ed DeAngelis.

A resident of Meadowbrook and a La Salle graduate who played for Turner, DeAngelis is a two-time letter winner and will provide defense from his fullback position.

Haverford College cross-country coach Tom Donnelly is off to a successful start this season, due in part to the running of Abington graduate Elliot Frieder, a freshman.

The Fords scored 18 points Sept. 13 to win the Philadelphia Metro Championship at Belmont Plateau in Fairmount Park, outdistancing its next closest competitor by 33 points.

Frieder, who placed fourth with a time of 29 minutes, 2 seconds, was the Suburban One National Conference Colonial Division champion last season. Frieder also placed 10th in the PIAA District 1 Class AAA championship meet and 23d in the PIAA Class AAA state championship meet.

Donnelly, a Villanova graduate who ran for the legendary Jumbo Elliott, is the former track and cross-country coach at Archbishop Wood and La Salle High School. While at Wood in 1969, Donnelly led the Vikings' cross-country team to the school's first Philadelphia Catholic League and City Titles in any sport.

Denise Krotee, a graduate of William Tennent, returns as a starter on the West Chester University field hockey team, which finished fifth in the national rankings last year.

Krotee, a back, is part of a defensive unit that allowed a mere 6 goals over the Rams' final 8 regular season games. She has been invited to try out for the U.S. Field Hockey Association Under-21 team in December.

Bishop McDevitt basketball coach Joe Sette and his counterpart at Central Bucks West, Wayne Finkbeiner, are likely to see some college recruiters on their doorsteps in the near future.

According to Tom Konchalski, publisher of the HSBI Report, guards Aaron Ervin of McDevitt and Tom Phillips of West are projected as "rising seniors deemed suitable for NCAA Division I or II recruitment" based on their performances at the final session of the Howard Garfinkle Five-Star Basketball Camp Aug. 27-Sept. 3.

The Dickinson College football team will feature a pair of players from Central Bucks West and one from Central Bucks East this season.

Chris Wescott, a junior from West, is one of three candidates for the tight end spot, and Rob Loughery, a sophomore from East, could see some playing time at wide receiver. Jeff Livesey, a freshman from West, is also on the roster as a fullback.

Jim Fluck, a freshman split end from Wissahickon, is continuing his football career at Lebanon Valley College this season. The Flying Dutchmen were 2-8 last year.

Sports People items can be submitted to Joe Fite at: The Inquirer, Neighbors, 220 Lakeside Drive, Horsham, Pa. 19044.

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