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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.
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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
August 5, 1997 | By Mary Anne Janco, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
Township Commissioner Joseph P. Possenti Jr., past president of the Penn-Delco school board, is ready to take on a new role as Sun Valley High School's head football coach. The Penn-Delco board is expected to approve the move this month. But Possenti is already talking with players at his alma mater in anticipation of next week's preseason football camp. Possenti, 32, a 1983 graduate of Sun Valley, would replace Rick Stroup, who resigned last month. Stroup, who was named head coach in 1994, previously coached linebackers at West Chester University.
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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)
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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.
SPORTS
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.
SPORTS
November 10, 2012 | Associated Press
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.
NEWS
October 22, 2012 | By Troy Graham, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
NEWS
September 21, 2012 | BY MOLLY EICHEL, Daily News Staff Writer
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.
SPORTS
June 20, 2012 | DAILY NEWS STAFF REPORT
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.
NEWS
June 13, 2012 | By Rick O'Brien, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
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)
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