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March 14, 2013 | By Phil Anastasia, Inquirer Staff Writer
Millville High School's baseball field will soon be named after its most famous former player: 2009 graduate and 2012 American League rookie of the year Mike Trout. Millville baseball coach Roy Hallenbeck said Wednesday that the Millville Board of Education on Monday night approved a sponsorship deal that will include a $10,000 donation to the school for improvements to the field in conjunction with naming the facility after Trout. Hallenbeck said that officials hope to hold a naming ceremony later this spring but that the date and other details still were being finalized.
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September 19, 2012 | By Jessica Parks, Inquirer Staff Writer
  Michael Vick wants to permanently stamp his name on Philadelphia - and a championship youth football team and the Hunting Park neighborhood will reap the benefits. At an afternoon ceremony Tuesday, the Eagles quarterback, the Fairmount Park Conservancy, and others will hold a groundbreaking to revitalize the downtrodden football field in Hunting Park. It will now be called Team Vick Field. A $200,000 donation from the Team Vick Foundation is the final financial piece of a multimillion-dollar project, led by the conservancy and athletic organizations, to transform the park from a blighted crime haven to the centerpiece of a newly engaged neighborhood.
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June 6, 2015 | By Marc Narducci, Inquirer Staff Writer
Dick Allen, the former Phillie and seven-time all-star, looked at the plush baseball field at FDR Park with pride and a little envy. "It means a lot to see this," Allen said, speaking at the new field near the sports complex. "When I was young, I would have loved to have had a chance like this, but more importantly I am really pleased for the youth and our city. " The Phillies MLB Urban Youth Academy, a project that had been years in the making, officially opened Thursday. The new field is an addition to the existing Ashburn Baseball Field and two girls' softball fields.
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March 10, 2012
Police were investigating a double homicide that took place early Saturday evening in the city's Lawncrest area. The shootings, on a baseball field at the Lawncrest Recreation Center at 5900 Rising Sun Avenue, took place at around 6:45 p.m. Police said a 31 year old Hispanic male shot a 28 year old female in the abdomen, and then shot himself in the head. They were pronounced dead by a medic at 6:55 p.m.    - Inquirer staff
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September 27, 2012 | By David O'Reilly, Inquirer Staff Writer
Babe Ruth helped pay off its baseball field 89 years ago, but no angel is stepping in this time to save Ascension of Our Lord parish in Kensington. Citing low Mass attendance, declining enrollment, mounting debts, and deteriorating buildings, the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Philadelphia announced Tuesday that the nearly century-old parish will close Sunday. "If I say anything, I'll start to cry," said a parish secretary who declined to give her name. She has worked at Ascension for 25 years.
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March 14, 2013 | By Phil Anastasia, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Millville High School's baseball field will soon be named after its most famous former player: 2009 graduate and 2012 American League Rookie of the Year Mike Trout. Millville baseball coach Roy Hallenbeck said Wednesday that the Millville Board of Education on Monday night approved a sponsorship deal that will include a $10,000 donation to the school for improvements to the field in conjunction with naming the facility after Trout. Hallenbeck said that officials hope to hold a naming ceremony later this spring but that the date and other details still were being finalized.
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March 12, 2012
Cops ID man slain in South Philly * Columbus Boulevard near Christian Street Police yesterday identified the man killed early Saturday morning in a double shooting on Columbus Boulevard near Christian Street as Adolf Bradford, 25, of Edgewater Park, N.J. Bradford was the passenger inside an Infiniti headed northbound on Columbus when shots rang out just before 4 a.m., leaving him dead in the front seat and sending the driver, an...
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April 1, 2013 | By Phil Anastasia, Inquirer Staff Writer
Mike Trout is used to seeing his name in lights on major-league scoreboards. But the Los Angeles Angels outfielder knows it's going to be different seeing his name on a sign over the baseball field at his old high school in Millville, N.J. "I know it's going to be humbling," Trout said. "Driving by and seeing my name up there, it's going to be a good feeling. My dad [Jeff] played there. All my buddies played there. The coaches who brought me up are still there. " Trout, the 21-year-old who burst on the baseball scene as the American League rookie of the year in 2012, has been the driving force in an effort to refurbish the baseball field at Millville High.
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June 4, 2015 | By Phil Anastasia, Inquirer Staff Writer
Chris Jones has smiled more this season. He's hit more, too. That's not a coincidence, according to Bishop Eustace Prep baseball coach Sam Tropiano. "He's still serious," Tropiano said of Jones. "But this year, he's having fun with the game. He's enjoying it a little more. " Jones, a senior shortstop, is among the more focused and intense athletes in South Jersey. He's a four-year starter for one of the state's premier baseball programs. Jones is batting .459 with 14 doubles and 10 home runs.
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October 18, 1992 | By Al Baker, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
Nearly a dozen years ago, Mantua Township officials decided that an 84-acre gravel pit near the center of the township should be developed into a park that everyone in the community could enjoy. Finally, after years of talking, planning and legal wrangling, the park is close to becoming a reality. Groundbreaking ceremonies are scheduled for Oct. 31 for the Chestnut Branch Linear Park on the township's Main Street in Barnsboro. The gigantic recreation area will include a combination soccer/baseball field, a hill for sled riding, a model-airplane flying field, a fitness trail and plenty of room to romp.
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June 6, 2015 | By Marc Narducci, Inquirer Staff Writer
Dick Allen, the former Phillie and seven-time all-star, looked at the plush baseball field at FDR Park with pride and a little envy. "It means a lot to see this," Allen said, speaking at the new field near the sports complex. "When I was young, I would have loved to have had a chance like this, but more importantly I am really pleased for the youth and our city. " The Phillies MLB Urban Youth Academy, a project that had been years in the making, officially opened Thursday. The new field is an addition to the existing Ashburn Baseball Field and two girls' softball fields.
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June 4, 2015 | By Phil Anastasia, Inquirer Staff Writer
Chris Jones has smiled more this season. He's hit more, too. That's not a coincidence, according to Bishop Eustace Prep baseball coach Sam Tropiano. "He's still serious," Tropiano said of Jones. "But this year, he's having fun with the game. He's enjoying it a little more. " Jones, a senior shortstop, is among the more focused and intense athletes in South Jersey. He's a four-year starter for one of the state's premier baseball programs. Jones is batting .459 with 14 doubles and 10 home runs.
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February 27, 2015 | By Phil Anastasia, Inquirer Staff Writer
Gloucester Catholic point guard Fran Kinsey is a senior. To Rams coach Todd Powers, Kinsey also is a senior citizen. "I call him the 'old man,' " Powers said. "He never comes out of the game, but sometimes in practice I'll take him out and tell him to sit down and take a rest with the coaches. "I'll tell him he looks like he's playing in a men's league out there. " Kinsey really isn't that old. It just seems that way to Powers and others around the Gloucester Catholic program.
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February 24, 2015 | BY RYAN LAWRENCE, Daily News Staff Writer rlawrence@phillynews.com
CLEARWATER, Fla. - Freddy Galvis slightly pulled at the neck of his shirt yesterday morning to show off the battle scar of an athlete who already has put in his time before camp officially opens. Sunburn. The new Phillies shortstop arrived in Clearwater on Friday, when temperatures were hovering in the 30s. Galvis had spent the week fielding ground balls on an all-dirt baseball field in his hometown of Punto Fijo, Venezuela. "The field is like that," Galvis said, pointing to a bunch of rocks decorating the tunnel that leads to the Phillies' batting cages at Bright House Field.
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October 5, 2014 | By Matt Breen, Inquirer Staff Writer
Albie Crosby stomped his right heel into the dirt, and a cloud of dust rose from the ground. The Imhotep Charter football coach gave his whistle a few quick blasts. Practice was set to begin, and the dust, which seems to haze over the team's practices, had arrived. The Public League's top team practices in the outfield of a West Oak Lane baseball field, a short walk from the school. The Lonnie Young Recreation Center field does not have goalposts. The team practices kicks by launching balls over the high fence down the third-base line.
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August 22, 2014
WHILE the nation has embraced the Taney Dragons as an overnight sensation, we know better. This team is really 20 years in the making. It's the result of efforts by generations of parents and coaches committed to the importance of teamwork, as opposed to cutthroat competition, and to the idea that anyone who wants to play can get a chance to play. Even girls. When the league was founded in 1994, about 250 kids participated. Most of them came from a mile radius around the Markward Recreation Center, near 24th and South streets.
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August 12, 2013 | By Karen Heller, Inquirer Columnist
On deep-summer evenings, Hunting Park becomes a meadow of crimson, squads of boys in their practice uniforms grunting drills to the fanfare of coaches' whistles. The youngest players, playing football before they read, are so small the jerseys dust their knees. Platoons of cheerleaders polish their knife kicks, hip shakes, arm thrusts. In unison, "Defense! C'mon, boys, let's do your best!" Behold the mighty North Philadelphia Aztecs, 400 strong, ages 5 to 15, eight teams, 32 coaches, an empire of city football.
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August 7, 2013 | By Bob Ford, Inquirer Columnist
Major League Baseball, including bumbling uncle Bud Selig, deserves to be congratulated for pursuing the Biogenesis investigation that has resulted in the suspensions of 14 players for the use of performance-enhancing drugs. Fully awake after a long nap during the height of baseball's drug boom, the game even managed to ferret out abuse by a member of the Phillies bullpen, which is a little depressing. The local team isn't even very good when it cheats. Antonio Bastardo made himself good enough to stay in the big leagues, however, and that was the general idea.
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May 30, 2013 | BY TED SILARY, Daily News Staff Writer silaryt@phillynews.com
WHEN IT came time to lead Frankford High's baseball team yesterday, Kidanny Cumba slapped together a 2-for-2 performance. Like pretty much always, Cumba starred at shortstop and in the batter's box as the Pioneers, completing quite the amazing, turn-things-around run, claimed their third consecutive Public League championship with a 9-2 success over Franklin Towne Charter. And then, in the dugout, maybe 5 minutes into assorted displays of emotion, the 5-8, 155-pound senior took the lead in making sure Edwin "Tito" Rohena would be properly feted.
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April 29, 2013 | By Phil Anastasia, Inquirer Staff Writer
When Devin Smeltzer finds himself in a tough spot on the pitching mound, the Bishop Eustace Prep School junior reaches back for some more velocity for his fastball. Or he'll put some extra edge on his curveball. Or he'll summon the knuckleball that he throws only in special situations. But Smeltzer, 17, who is one of the state's best high school baseball players for one of the state's best teams, has a unique perspective on his most challenging moments in the competitive arena.
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