November 16, 2012
THE FAN in the black jacket sitting in the first row behind the Illinois State bench was displaying admirable restraint. The fan was Sixers coach Doug Collins, an Illinois State graduate. "Obviously I'm an Illinois State alumnus, but Philadelphia is my home now," a smiling Collins said at halftime of Thursday night's game at Drexel. Collins is Illinois State's most illustrious basketball player. He was the Sixers' first-round draft choice in 1973. Illinois State's home court is named after Collins and his No. 20 is retired.
November 10, 2012 |
The college basketball season gets under way Friday with a game at a Europe military base, two more aboard Navy ships, and another featuring a reshaped national champion playing in a brand new building. No. 14 Michigan State plays Connecticut, in its first game since the retirement of coach Jim Calhoun, at Ramstein Air Base in Kaiserslautern, Germany. It's the first game between Division I teams held in Europe. Then it's on to the decks for No. 4 Ohio State against Marquette on the USS Yorktown in Charleston, S.C., and Georgetown facing No. 10 Florida on the USS Bataan in Jacksonville, Fla. No. 3 Kentucky, the defending national champion with a heralded freshman class, plays Maryland in the first college doubleheader at the new Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y. Also, one of the sport's shrines reopens.
October 22, 2012 |
Leon Paul Weiss, 87, of Merion, former chairman of the department of animal biology at the School of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, died Tuesday, Oct. 16, at home surrounded by his wife and children. He had been in ill health and died of pneumonia. Dr. Weiss was a medical doctor who spent his career in research, teaching, and writing, focusing his work on cells and tissues of the immune system and the hematopoietic organs, which produce blood. After serving in the Army Medical Corps, Dr. Weiss taught at the medical schools at Harvard and Johns Hopkins Universities.
September 21, 2012 |
THERE'S an interesting idea at the heart of the locally shot "Backwards": What happens when a person falls short of something she's trained for her entire life? Unfortunately, this nugget of an idea is drowned out by a saccharine-sweet romantic comedy mixed with a "Hoosiers"-plus-crew subplot. Abi (writer Sarah Megan Thomas) is a rower on the U.S. Olympic team. We meet her just as she has been relegated to alternate for the second time. She freaks, throws down her oars and quits, leaving her listless at her mother's suburban Philly home.
June 20, 2012 |
VILLANOVA GUARD Tony Chennault has been granted a hardship waiver by the NCAA and will be eligible to play for Villanova this season. Chennault decided to transfer from Wake Forest this spring so he could be near his family in Philadelphia. He will have 2 years of eligibility. "The Chennault family has been dealing with so much this year," Wildcats coach Jay Wright said in a statement. "Tony's mom has faced health issues and his brother, Mike Jay, died tragically earlier this month.
June 13, 2012 |
After five seasons as boys' basketball coach at Friends' Central School, Jason Polykoff is leaving to become an assistant at Penn. "In the last couple of years, I've been thinking about making coaching a full-time gig," he said. "While it's tough to leave Friends' Central, which has been like a second home for me my whole life, this is something I'm really excited about. " Polykoff, 28, went 113-28 (.801 winning percentage), won two Friends Schools League championships (2010 and 2011)
March 16, 2012 |
PITTSBURGH - West Virginia took a 75-mile bus ride to town. Gonzaga flew more than 2,200 miles. Many said it wasn't fair that the No. 7 seed had to travel so far to play No. 10, barely an hour from its campus, at the Consol Energy Center. They were all right. It wasn't fair. Gonzaga jumped West Virginia midway through the first half last night and never let up, blowing the Mountaineers out of the Big East to the Big 12 with a sendoff that only a Pittsburgh fan could love.
January 29, 2012 |
It was that time of year. Not the mad rush for the holidays, but time for parents to begin the campaign to find the perfect school for their child. My son and I set out for our journey to Blacksburg, Va., to the one and only Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University - Virginia Tech. Here I was taking my son on the same trek to my alma mater that I had made 29 years earlier. For my son, this would be his initiation into adulthood. Just as my life had begun an exciting transformation on that campus, now my son will have his opportunity in June 2012 when he enters Virginia Tech as a transfer student from Gloucester County College.
January 12, 2012
AS I PULLED into the West Philadelphia Catholic High School parking lot, at 45th and Chestnut Street, I feared for the worst. I experienced many feelings: happiness to be back on the grounds of my beloved alma mater and excitement to see the staff that helped mold me into the young woman I am today. However, I also felt the sorrow of what was on the horizon - that the high school I graduated from two years ago would learn that its days were numbered. West Catholic was an experience for me, as it was for the thousands of alumni who have walked the halls of both the current building, on 45th Street, and the old West Catholic Boys' school, formerly on 49th Street.
January 8, 2012 |
Like many of his classmates, Eric Rutherford knew of West Catholic High's fate before administrators made an official announcement during Friday's assembly. "I could just tell," said the junior, a 6-foot, 291-pound defensive lineman on the football team. "I never saw the teachers that emotional before. You could tell it wasn't going to be good news. " As had been rumored, the Archdiocese of Philadelphia on Friday disclosed plans to close West Catholic, a longtime fixture at 45th and Chestnut Streets, in June.