June 2, 1996 |
Payday was always the worst, when the fearful chill would climb Han Qi's back as he stepped onto the dirty Manhattan streets hoping only for safe passage home. The Chinese restaurant where he worked didn't bother with payroll checks. Han would take the wad of cash and stuff it deep into one of his socks, leaving a $20 bill in his pants pocket. "If someone asked me for money, I figured I'd give them the 20 bucks and that would keep me from getting hurt," Han said. Staying safe wasn't easy.
May 21, 2004 |
After Martin Luther King won its second straight Public League badminton championship yesterday, there was only one thing for the Cougars to do. So they kept their rackets in hand and played some more. Following a 3-2 victory over Northeast in a rematch of last year's title game - Martin Luther King athletes joined parents, former players from as many as 12 years ago and fellow students. King coach Malachi Cunningham stood back and smiled at the scene in the Cougars' gym, where a strong tradition has grown during his 12 years at the helm.
May 13, 1993 |
Badminton is the definition of an obscure high school sport. Most teenagers have never seen the game played, let alone participated. Games rarely attract fans, and their own classmates often do not know who the players are. Few outside the sport would know how to keep score without a lesson. Stephanie Iem and Lumei Cheung were no smarter about badminton, but with little more than the encouragement of Lamberton High coach Andrew Fairfax, they took up the sport four years ago. Now, they are completing a career as the most accomplished high school doubles team in the city.
May 23, 2003 |
Almost every day, Angeline Louis hears it from her big brother. Badminton isn't a real sport, he teases. Have you ever seen it on ESPN, he asks? Louis now has an answer for him - and everyone else who underestimates the sport. Yesterday, the Martin Luther King junior invited her brother Ruben Louis to the Public League championship match. He got a good showing. The Cougars beat visiting Northeast, 3-1, to claim the title for the first time in 20 years. Louis and partner Ashanna Driscol clinched the victory at No. 1 doubles, defeating Garwai Ng and Laura Draghiciu, 15-13, 17-16.
May 28, 1998 |
Badminton was just a gym activity at Northeast High as recently as 1994, but all of a sudden the school is full of skillful players. Two of them, seniors Mercy George and Polina Mamontov, happen to be the best doubles team in the city. And last Thursday, they overcame Bok's Sagvenna Watts and Thorllie Hong, 15-8, 7-15 and 15-14 to help the Vikings gain their first Public League championship in the sport, 3-2 in just their fourth season of varsity action. "Before the season began, we wanted to win everything," said George.
May 3, 1988 |
The badminton showdown comes this week. After Thursday, somebody, some team, will know defeat. On that day, the two undefeated high school badminton teams from the Northeast will face off: the Washington Eagles and the Lincoln Railsplitters at Lincoln at 3 p.m. Both teams are 5-0. Be there, or miss the Northeast badminton match of the spring. Washington, coached by Eagles' football coach Ron Cohen, is perennially strong in badminton, so its 5-0 mark is no great surprise.
November 22, 2011 |
ELIZABETHTOWN, Pa. - Every Tuesday afternoon, an enthusiastic group of men and women can be found lobbing a plastic ball over a lowered badminton net at the Elizabethtown Senior Center. The members of this group are playing pickleball, which is slowly gaining a devoted following among old and young looking for a low-impact sport. Pickleball even has a national organization and is an official game in the Senior Games. The game, named after the originator's dog, is a combination of tennis, badminton, and table tennis.
June 9, 1988 |
Lincoln High School's Railsplitters were defeated 5-0 by the powerhouse Central High School squad in the Public League badminton championship, held at Martin Luther King High School on Tuesday. It was just the second loss of the season for Lincoln, which was defeated in its regular season only by Central. Lincoln's final record is 10-2. Nineteen of the 20 players for Central were not born in the United States. Most of the players are from Asian countries, where badminton is much more popular than it is in the United States.
October 18, 1993 |
West Chester University's football team started against four opponents who were a combined 16-2 in the season's first five weeks. The fact that the Rams are 3-4 is due to the team's versatility, said coach Rick Daniel. Sure, junior quarterback Dave MacDonald is having a big year, along with Kodak All-America linebacker Lee Woodall and senior tailback Scott Eberly, but there have been some unexpected bonuses. "We've had several players step up for others," said Daniels, citing people such as Brian Sebold, a junior linebacker from Philadelphia's Father Judge High School; junior Montik Goodwin from Philadelphia's Frankford High; junior Scott Province from Marple Newtown; sophomore Matt Schultz from Washington Township, N. J., and redshirt freshman Dave Binder from Central Bucks West.
September 13, 2000 |
Say you have absolutely no athletic prowess. You are not particularly fast, not notably strong. You lack stamina, endurance and coordination, and are desperately afraid of heights. You're too slow to be a track star, too big to be a gymnast, too scared to even think about climbing to the top of the 10-meter platform, let alone jumping off. Peruse the rundown of this year's Summer Olympic events, though, and you may find yourself thinking: Somewhere - between the trampolining and the track-and-field, between the 33-year-old swimmers (Dara Torres, back for her fourth Olympics)