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.
May 9, 2014 |
AT 6-3 and 210 pounds, La Salle High's Mitch Soufleris is tough to handle on the lacrosse field. Yesterday, the senior attacker used girth instead of guile as the Explorers started slowly but finished with alacrity en route to a 12-6 conquest of host Archbishop Wood. With nimble feet and a rocket shot, Soufleris, who will attend the University of Rochester next season, scored two goals and added two assists yesterday mainly by backing down smaller defenders near the goal. However, that was yesterday.
April 27, 2014 |
An hour had passed since Fran McGlinn finished some light drills with his father, but the Archbishop Wood junior's heart was racing wildly. It was not a strenuous workout, just some simple fine-tuning of McGlinn's shot before a summer AAU tournament. McGlinn's mother checked his heart rate. It was more than 100 beats per minute and would not slow down. He was diagnosed days later - Aug. 15, 2005 - with hypertrophic cardiomyopathy. It is the same heart disease that killed Hank Gathers.
April 21, 2014 |
Council Rock North didn't take long to erase a 4-0 deficit Saturday. The Indians scored seven runs between the fourth and fifth innings and held on to beat visiting Steinert (N.J.), 7-5, in a nonleague baseball game. Cole Hoffman started a four-run, game-tying rally with a two-run single in the fourth. Noah Hartwell gave Council Rock North the lead in the fifth when he cleared the bases with a triple. Tyler Callender, a Delaware recruit, had two doubles for Council Rock North.
April 17, 2014 |
After taking a leave of absence last season because of a family health issue, Archbishop Wood girls' basketball coach Jim Ricci has resigned. Ricci won three straight PIAA Class AAA state championships beginning in 2010. The Vikings were coached this past season by John Gallagher, Ricci's longtime assistant. They lost in the Catholic League final to Neumann-Goretti and finished as District 12 Class AAA champions. The head coaching position has been posted, and applicants have until April 29 to apply.