January 10, 2016 |
Mackenzie Gardler says her mother, Katie, doesn't like it when the sophomore guard is at the foul line. Much like being the parent of a goalkeeper, a pitcher or any other position where the onus of the attention is all on one person, watching a loved one shoot free throws can be nerve-racking. Cover your eyes, butterflies in your stomach, clench your jaw. Nerve-racking. Add a close contest for Gardler's Cardinal O'Hara girls' basketball team against league rival Archbishop Wood and an intense atmosphere, and it's safe to say that for the first three quarters Friday night, Katie Gardler was feeling it from her spot in the bleachers.
December 31, 2015 |
Toeing the foul line with less than 30 seconds remaining, and a win over a national power on the line, is a tall order for any high school basketball player. But on Thursday in Mesa, Ariz., Archbishop Wood's Matt Cerruti never capitulated. The junior connected on a pair of free throws with 20 seconds remaining to lift the Vikings to a 56-54 win over Mountain Ridge (Ariz.) in a Visit Mesa Challenge boys' basketball game. Mountain Ridge is the top-ranked team in Arizona and the 20th-ranked team in the nation, according to Maxpreps.
December 28, 2015 |
There have been some dominant and talent-filled area football teams in this millennium. Neshaminy (2001) and North Penn (2003) both went 15-0 and won PIAA Class 4A state titles; Archbishop Wood's 2011 and 2013 squads impressed greatly while taking home 3A crowns; and the St. Joseph's Prep's team that earned 4A glory in 2014, even with three early losses against national powers, is also in the mix. Now, Imhotep Charter, which nine days ago capped...
December 28, 2015
FOOTBALL Final. Rk. Team Rec. 1. Imhotep Charter 15-0 2. Archbishop Wood 11-1 3. Upper Dublin 14-1 4. Haverford School 10-0 5. La Salle 8-4 6. North Penn 11-3 7. Malvern Prep 9-2 8. St. Joseph's Prep 7-3 9. Downingtown East 11-1 10. Neshaminy 9-4 - Rick O'Brien
December 25, 2015 |
Six players and the coach from Imhotep Charter, which went 15-0 en route to statewide glory, were selected to the Class AAA all-state team by Pennsylvania football writers. Imhotep senior running back Mike Waters, who rushed for nearly 1,900 yards and scored 45 touchdowns, was voted player of the year. Panthers boss Albie Crosby, whose squad outscored foes by 702-104 this season, was named coach of the year. The other Imhotep players, all seniors, earning all-state honors were Florida State-bound tight end Naseir Upshur, offensive linemen Yasir Durant and JohnCarlo Valentin, and defensive ends Andre Mintze and Shaka Toney.
December 24, 2015
4 Double-doubles for Abington's Lizzie O'Leary this season. 7 Consecutive appearances in the Catholic League championship game for Archbishop Wood. 19 Points per game averaged by Strath Haven's Katie Fisher.
December 22, 2015 |
Imhotep Charter made history by becoming the first public school from Philadelphia to win a state football crown. The school plans to recognize the players and coaches in a ceremony on Tuesday. That's when the accomplishment might sink in for Albie Crosby. "It still feels kind of surreal," the Panthers head coach said Saturday. "Maybe it will be different in a few days. " Racking up 514 yards on offense and overcoming three first-quarter turnovers, Imhotep, with its jaw-dropping speed, size, and physical toughness, overpowered Erie Cathedral Prep, 40-3, Friday night in the PIAA Class 3A final at chilly Hersheypark Stadium.
December 17, 2015
Records are through Tuesday. Previous ranking in parentheses. 1. Roman Catholic (1) 4-0 2. Neumann-Goretti (2) 2-0 3. Westtown (3) 9-0 4. Archbishop Wood (6) 3-0 5. Plymouth Whitemarsh (10) 4-0 6. Archbishop Carroll (NR) 3-0 7. Episcopal Academy (NR) 6-1 8. Imhotep Charter (4) 4-2 9. Coatesville (NR) 5-0 10. Downingtown West (7) 5-1 Under consideration, listed alphabetically: Abington (4-2), Constitution (3-3), Conwell-Egan (3-1), Germantown Academy (4-2)