June 14, 2014
Penn State lost out on a key offensive line recruit when offensive tackle Grant Newsome of Lawrenceville (N.J.) Prep announced he had given an oral commitment to attend Michigan in 2015. The 6-foot-7, 285-pound Newsome, regarded by Rivals.com as the fourth-best high school player in New Jersey and a four-star recruit, had narrowed his choice to either the Nittany Lions or the Wolverines. Newsome issued a statement Wednesday in which he said Michigan "was the best fit athletically, academically, and socially for me. " But he also wrote that he wanted to give "a special thank you to coach [James]
June 8, 2014 |
SS. NEUMANN-GORETTI first baseman Josh Ockimey was selected by the Boston Red Sox in the fifth round (164th overall) of the Major League Baseball first-year player draft yesterday. In May, Ockimey, a 6-2, 215-pound lefty collegiately committed to Indiana, helped the Saints (23-4) win their third Catholic League championship in four seasons. On Monday at 4 p.m., he will lead N-G against District 4 top seed Loyalsock Township in the PIAA Class AA semifinals at Northern York High in Dillsburg.
June 4, 2014 |
Jim Herron and Dominic Cuoci each had two-run hits to highlight a four-run fourth inning Monday as La Salle beat Boyertown, 6-3, in the first round of the PIAA Class AAAA state playoffs at Ashburn Field. Herron singled and Cuocci doubled to open a 6-0 lead for La Salle. Nick Dermo had a two-out, two-run single in the first inning. Cuoci struck out five and did not issue a walk in seven innings to earn the win. For the season, he has 66 strikeouts and four walks. In other Class AAAA first round playoff action: Spring-Ford 2, Parkland 1 - Corey Rantz had two hits, including a double, an RBI, and a run scored in Spring-Ford's win over Parkland at Eastern.
May 31, 2014 |
In his biggest game of the season, Anthony Russo brought his best stuff. The righthander fired fastballs for strikes early, mixed in curveballs later, and led the Archbishop Wood baseball team to an 8-0 win over Franklin Towne Charter in the District 12 Class AAA championship Thursday at Ashburn Field in South Philadelphia. Russo, who finished with a one-hitter and 14 strikeouts, carried a no-hitter into the sixth inning. Ray Lopez ended the no-hit bid with a single up the middle.
May 30, 2014 |
ANTHONY RUSSO didn't have much time to dwell on the loss of his no-hitter yesterday in the sixth inning of the Class AAA city title game at Richie Ashburn Field. Franklin Towne Charter senior Ray Lopez had just slapped the Coyotes' lone single up the middle when freshman Jason Santiago came up next and lined the first pitch he saw right back at Russo. "I always said it looks a lot slower when it's coming right at you," Russo said with a smile, "but that one got on me pretty hot and I just tried to put my glove out. " It was either catch it, or wear it, so Russo plucked the liner near chest level and wheeled toward first, where Lopez had strayed too far. After the doubleplay, Russo responded with a three-pitch strikeout, one of 14 on the day for the 6-4, 215-pound righthander, who led Archbishop Wood to an 8-0 victory over FTC. Just a sophomore in his first year of varsity baseball, Russo didn't get the superstitious silent treatment from teammates as his no-hit bid grew.
May 21, 2014 |
A newcomer helped carry on a tradition Monday as Archbishop Carroll beat Archbishop Wood, 21-5, at Neumann University to win its 14th straight Catholic League girls' lacrosse title. Freshman Samantha Swart had four goals and six assists to lead the Patriots. Megan Santoleri also had four goals for Carroll. Independent Schools Tournament. Greta Meyer had eight draw controls and five ground balls to go with her three goals in Germantown Friends' 14-9 home win over Springside Chestnut Hill in the quarterfinals.
May 20, 2014 |
WITH HIGHLIGHTER-yellow tape wrapping both forearms, Kendall Singleton toted the football on a right-side sweep Saturday night during the 40th annual City All-Star Football Game at Charles Martin Memorial Field. Scrawled in red marker on his left wrist was "Dad #4. " On the right: "Kaedyn," the name of Singleton's 6-year-old brother. Thirty-five yards later, the Archbishop Wood senior stood in the end zone with a trail of defenders in his wake, eventually leading his team to victory just as his father, Keith - who is currently incarcerated - had done years earlier.
May 18, 2014
A report Friday on a Catholic League girls' lacrosse semifinal game contained incorrect results. Archbishop Wood beat Cardinal O'Hara in overtime, and Archbishop Carroll beat St. Hubert in the other semifinal. A report Friday on an Inter-Ac League softball game contained incomplete information. Episcopal Academy won its first league championship by beating Penn Charter, 3-2.
May 13, 2014 |
WHEN THE Roman Catholic High baseball team broke its huddle Saturday afternoon, Joe Mangano emerged, head down, tears streaming from his face as raindrops fell from the bruise-colored clouds overhead. Teammates showered the 6-3, 200-pound first baseman with support, patting his head, arms and shoulder. Ah, but these weren't tears of sadness; a hodgepodge of emotions were at play. The victorious hero, who knocked in the game-winning run with a sacrifice fly in the ninth inning, was just a few minutes removed from believing he had cost his team the game.
May 12, 2014 |
Joe Mangano finished 4 for 5, but his biggest contribution at the plate Saturday wasn't a hit. Mangano lifted a ninth-inning sacrifice fly to right field to score Conor Smith and give the Roman Catholic baseball team a 6-5 win at Archbishop Wood in the first round of the Catholic League playoffs. Connor McKenna pitched the final two innings and allowed no hits to get the win. Starter Kyle Rogalski let up one earned run on three hits in seven innings. Archbishop Wood tied the score in the bottom of the seventh when Matt Funk scored from third on a balk.