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March 17, 1988 | Special to The Inquirer / SCOTT ROWAN
Dave Lombardi, a 10th grader at Phoenixville High School, admires the two Super Bowl rings won and worn by Neal Olkewicz of the Washington Redskins. Olkewicz, 31, a middle linebacker who has been with the Redskins since 1979, is a Phoenixville graduate. He spoke to students at his alma mater at a special program March 12. He will receive a third ring - for the Redskins' lastest Super Bowl victory in January.
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August 15, 2011 | By Kristin E. Holmes, Inquirer Staff Writer
When Cheltenham High School graduate Wallace "Wally" Triplett became the first black athlete to be drafted and play in the National Football League, making history was the last thing on his mind. He wanted the paycheck. "My dad said, 'Boy, sign that [contract],' " Triplett, 85, said. The then-22-year-old boarded a train in Philadelphia to begin playing for the Detroit Lions against a 1940s backdrop of racism and Jim Crow laws. Triplett made $4,800 in the year he became one of the first to integrate pro football.
SPORTS
January 1, 2008 | By Keith Pompey INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Fans didn't know what to expect when Kevin Givens was named Academy of the New Church basketball coach in 1997. Eleven seasons later, Givens has turned his alma mater into one of the East Coast's premier programs. The Lions (7-1) are ranked second in Southeastern Pennsylvania by The Inquirer. They also are the 10th-best team in the East region, according to USA Today. That wasn't always the case. "There were some long nights," Givens said of the early days. "It was frustrating because you had some guys who just liked playing basketball.
NEWS
September 9, 2008 | By Kristin E. Holmes INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
It may have seemed a little like the early 1980s to John Oates, one half of the pop-soul duo Hall and Oates. There was an excited audience in the dark waving flickers of light. There were yells and screams as Oates sang "Sara Smile" and one fan asked the singer to autograph a body part. But yesterday, Oates was visiting North Penn High School, his alma mater. The audience wasn't made up of peers, but of students born long after Oates' biggest hits. The flickers in the dark weren't lighters; they were cell phone cameras.
SPORTS
July 14, 2006 | BY THE INQUIRER STAFF
Bishop Eustace Prep has named alumnus Bob Falconiero as its new boys' basketball coach. He will replace Marty Bricketto, who resigned earlier this year. Falconiero, a 1976 graduate, is a member of the school's athletic Hall of Fame. He played on three state championship teams and scored more than 1,000 points in his career. Falconiero starred in college at Lafayette, where he was named an academic all-American and earned a spot in the school's Hall of Fame. "It's a thrill and an honor to return to my alma mater as basketball coach," Falconiero said.
SPORTS
March 20, 2015 | BY MIKE KERN, Daily News Staff Writer kernm@phillynews.com
PITTSBURGH - The way Fran O'Hanlon sees it, there's only one downside to coaching against his alma mater. "Most of it's been great," said the one-time Villanova guard, whose Lafayette (22-10) team will play the top-seeded Wildcats (32-2) in an NCAA Tournament East Regional opener tonight at the Consol Energy Center. "We got a lot of pub in Philly, I've been in touch with a lot of friends. Now we've got to go play the game. That's the only thing that's bad about it. " If nothing else, he's realistic.
TRAVEL
January 29, 2012 | By Dena Aruta, For The Inquirer
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.
SPORTS
November 13, 2010 | By Phil Anastasia, Inquirer Columnist
Reggie Lawrence said it was strange. But it was familiar, too. There was Lawrence, on the sideline in another playoff game, watching his team take another step toward another sectional title. The weird part for Lawrence, Willingboro's well-traveled and much-accomplished coach, was the team on the other side of the field. It was the first time he had coached against Camden, his alma mater. There was something special about the other head coach, too. "We used to walk to school together every day," Lawrence said of Camden coach Durwin Pearson.
SPORTS
July 2, 1999 | By Marc Narducci, INQUIRER SUBURBAN STAFF
Dave Rauer, who wasn't rehired as the Eastern girls' soccer coach because the school wanted someone who taught at the high school, didn't stay out of coaching long. Rauer was named this week as the new girls' soccer coach at Sterling, his alma mater. The Inquirer's coach of the year in 1997, he went 143-103-14 in 14 years at Eastern. "The fact that I attended Sterling had something to do with me getting back in coaching," said Rauer, a 1970 Sterling graduate who will remain a history teacher at C. W. Lewis Middle School in Gloucester Township.
NEWS
March 19, 2016 | By Chris Palmer, STAFF WRITER
Dion Waiters, a key reserve on the NBA's Oklahoma City Thunder, returned to his old Southwest Center City elementary school Thursday, less than two weeks after his younger brother was murdered in Point Breeze. Surrounded by teammates from his championship-contending team, Waiters, 24, who grew up at 19th and Carpenter Streets, helped deliver a check for $10,000 toward a revitalization of the playground at E.M. Stanton Elementary. "This is where it all started for me, right here," he told hundreds of cheering students.
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March 19, 2016 | By Chris Palmer, STAFF WRITER
Dion Waiters, a key reserve on the NBA's Oklahoma City Thunder, returned to his old Southwest Center City elementary school Thursday, less than two weeks after his younger brother was murdered in Point Breeze. Surrounded by teammates from his championship-contending team, Waiters, 24, who grew up at 19th and Carpenter Streets, helped deliver a check for $10,000 toward a revitalization of the playground at E.M. Stanton Elementary. "This is where it all started for me, right here," he told hundreds of cheering students.
NEWS
January 15, 2016
You know Woody Chandler, or at least you do if you've ever gone to a beer festival around these parts. He's the character with the Rasputin beard wearing a monk's robe and a beer-mug hat. Oh, right - we're talking beer freaks, so maybe that doesn't completely narrow it down. I'm talking about the dude who just posted his 7,000th unique check-in on Untappd, the popular social networking app for beer-lovers. That means he's tasted 7,000 different beers since 2011 - 2,000 of them in the last 12 months alone, a pace of more than five new beers every day. No, that's not the top of the leaderboard; there's one guy with more than 24,000, though skeptical observers wonder how he could have actually tasted 'em all so quickly and in so many places around the world, given the constraints of the space-time continuum.
NEWS
October 6, 2015
TRACY BOYD has a longtime female partner whom she intends to marry. Seven months ago, Boyd found herself so moved by Pope Francis that she painted an impressive, impressionistic portrait of the pontiff, which she plans to donate to her alma mater, Gwynedd Mercy Academy High School. The school near North Wales, Montgomery County, is run by the same order of nuns that fired a popular lesbian teacher from Waldron Mercy Academy in Merion Station in June after complaints were made about her marriage to a woman.
SPORTS
September 20, 2015 | By Phil Anastasia, Inquirer Staff Writer
Preston Brown is looking for his first victory as the head coach of his alma mater, Woodrow Wilson. His team is looking for its first touchdown of the season. Dom Tomeo is looking for his first victory as the head coach of his alma mater, Triton. His team is looking for its first touchdown of the season. Something has to give Saturday at noon as Triton (0-1) visits Woodrow Wilson (0-1) in a WJFL interdivisional clash on the Tigers' field off Federal Street in Camden. "We're trying to bring the excitement back to East Camden," said Brown, whose team lost to Bishop Eustace, 13-0, in its opener.
NEWS
July 18, 2015
A story Friday on the death of Springfield Literacy Center teacher Scott Matsinger incorrectly identified his alma mater, Albright College. A story Friday on the decision of the Philadelphia Housing Authority to ban smoking in its properties contained an incorrect comparison. The PHA is the largest housing authority to ban smoking. Houston is a larger city than Philadelphia but its housing authority is smaller.
SPORTS
May 22, 2015 | BY TOM MAHON, Daily News Staff Writer mahont@phillynews.com
IT'S EASY TO say that Donovan McNabb is right. That Syracuse, his alma mater, has no business unretiring the No. 44, worn by Jim Brown, Ernie Davis and Floyd Little. But it's a bit more complicated than it seems. The school retired the number in November of 2005. Even hung an banner emblazoned with it hanging in the Carrier Dome. Back then, the athletic director was Dr. Daryl Gross who said, "If there was ever a number that needed to be retired it is 44. " Fast-forward to 2013 when Little - then a special assistant to Gross - brought up the idea of bringing the number back saying, "I don't agree that it belongs in the rafters.
SPORTS
March 20, 2015 | BY MIKE KERN, Daily News Staff Writer kernm@phillynews.com
PITTSBURGH - The way Fran O'Hanlon sees it, there's only one downside to coaching against his alma mater. "Most of it's been great," said the one-time Villanova guard, whose Lafayette (22-10) team will play the top-seeded Wildcats (32-2) in an NCAA Tournament East Regional opener tonight at the Consol Energy Center. "We got a lot of pub in Philly, I've been in touch with a lot of friends. Now we've got to go play the game. That's the only thing that's bad about it. " If nothing else, he's realistic.
NEWS
November 12, 2014 | By John N. Mitchell, Inquirer Staff Writer
Like anyone else who returns to the place where it all began, Matt Rhule will look for the familiar faces. But unlike other trips to his State College hometown, Rhule's first trip there this weekend as Temple's head coach will be more about business than pleasure. "This is a great opportunity for our football team to play a really good football team," Rhule, a former Penn State linebacker, said of Saturday's game between the Owls and the Nittany Lions. "But I really haven't given it much thought from a different angle other than preparing the team, and I don't really have a special feeling about it. " Temple (5-4)
NEWS
November 3, 2014 | BY REGINA MEDINA, Daily News Staff Writer medinar@phillynews.com, 215-854-5985
BACK IN THE spring, a group of 30 parents and staff from the Philadelphia High School for Creative and Performing Arts had dinner with one of its more famous alums: Ahmir Thompson, the founder of the Roots. Conversation centered on the esteemed arts school and its needs during budget cuts. Principal Joanne Beaver attended the dinner and remembers Thompson, better known as Questlove, sharing his CAPA experience with the group. "When Questlove spoke, it was so heartfelt and genuine and downright sweet," said Beaver, in her first year at the South Philadelphia school on Broad Street near Christian.
SPORTS
June 3, 2013 | By Mike Still, Inquirer Staff Writer
Wearing a faded blue University of Arizona cap pulled down low on his blond hair and a red Wildcats polo shirt to match, Nick Foles was just another fan in the crowd. The Eagles quarterback was at PPL Park on Saturday afternoon, supporting Arizona in the USA Sevens Collegiate Rugby Championships. "Anytime I can go watch my alma mater, it's pretty neat," Foles said. After attending Michigan State his freshman year, Foles transferred to Arizona and started 10 games as a sophomore.
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