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February 19, 1989 | By Sam Carchidi and Don McKee, Inquirer Staff Writers
When high school football players signed letters-of-intent with NCAA Division I and I-AA schools this month, South Jersey was well represented. In the 1980s, South Jersey has become one of the most fertile recruiting grounds in the nation. When the 1989 signing period opened Feb. 8, more than 40 area players signed with Division I colleges. Some of them were among the nation's most hotly pursued athletes. Rancocas Valley defensive lineman Alonzo Spellman signed with Ohio State.
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October 16, 2009
YOU ASKED for a merged parks and recreation system, and in November, you got it. But the ballot question that voters overwhelmingly approved to combine Fairmount Park and the city's Recreation Department was just the beginning. Now it's time to do the work. And Parks and Rec Commissioner Michael DiBerardinis wants the help of citizens in creating the best park and recreation system in the country. Earlier this month, he began a series of public meetings to hear from park and recreation users on how the merger should best serve their needs.
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April 6, 2000 | by Marcus Hayes, Daily News Sports Writer
Maybe it was a subconscious slip. Maybe it was a continued thought. Either way, if Florida State defensive tackle Corey Simon doesn't perform well today when he finally bench-presses in Tallahassee, Fla., what he said yesterday won't matter. Simon visited the Eagles. He underwent a physical to test, among other things, his shoulder, on which he has had three surgeries since high school. He also met with head coach Andy Reid. Simon has not been tested on the bench press.
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February 19, 1987 | By Marian Uhlman, Inquirer Staff Writer
Three record-breaking performances by Marty Perkins paced the Glen Mills Bulls to the Pennsylvania teenage powerlifting championship last weekend. The Bulls won the high school division of the U.S. Powerlifting Federation- sponsored meet in Lehighton with a score of 60 points. White Hall High, near Allentown, finished second with 48 points. About 15 teams and 150 high school powerlifters competed in the event. "It was great," said Bulls coach Jeff Hill. "We only had two returning lifters from last year.
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March 28, 1988 | Special to The Inquirer / STACEY P. MORGAN
The Crawford Fitness Center in Downingtown was the scene last month of a weightlifting demonstration by Ted Arcidi, the self-proclaimed "world's strongest man. " Arcidi holds the professional bench-press record of 705 pounds.
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February 11, 1988 | By Marian Uhlman, Inquirer Staff Writer
For the fourth consecutive year, the Glen Mills Bulls nailed first place in the Pennsylvania Teenage Powerlifting Championships. They clinched the title behind nine first-place finishes - five of which included state-record lifts - at the George Washington Motor Lodge in Allentown last weekend. "We were expecting to win," said Glen Mills coach Jeff Hill. "We weren't disappointed. The kids met all their goals. " He said the Bulls hope that the meet will be a springboard to the Pennsylvania High School Championship which will be at Glen Mills in April and several weeks later, to the national championships in New York.
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April 19, 2013 | By Jeff McLane, Inquirer Staff Writer
Physical numbers Height          Weight          Arm length      Hands 6-foot-6          306 lbs.          341/4 in.       101/8 in. Combine results 40-yard dash: 5.30 seconds       Bench press: 27 reps Vertical jump: 281/2 inches        Broad jump: 106 inches 3-cone drill: 7.40 seconds       20-yard shuttle: 4.68 seconds ...
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August 28, 1996 | By Ira Josephs, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
There's no longer a spot for Ike Jones on Chester's bench. Not since Jones discovered the bench press. And certainly not since Division I college coaches discovered Jones. In two years, the Chester senior has gone from a novice football player with a soft body and a soft attitude to an aggressive and agile leader. His strength and intensity now match his considerable size. The 6-foot-4, 300-pound lineman bench-presses 375 pounds. "I had to go from a boy to a man," Jones said.
NEWS
April 20, 1987 | By Howard Gensler, Special to The Inquirer
At the Glen Mills School this weekend, strength is going to be the main subject as the school hosts a powerlifting clinic and the 1987 Southeastern Pennsylvania High School Individual Powerlifting Championships. The activities will get under way at 7 p.m. Friday in the school's gymnasium, with a seminar/clinic involving some of the sport's biggest names. Scheduled speakers include Ron Jones, strength and conditioning coach of the Philadelphia Eagles; Linc Gotshalk, strength and conditioning coach at Temple University, and Mark Chaillet, the 275-pound world powerlifting champion.
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May 24, 1990 | By Joe Santoliquito, Special to The Inquirer
Taking a visit to the U.S. Naval Academy and getting back from a prom at 3 a.m. isn't exactly the prescribed method for preparing to compete in a powerlifting meet the next day. But try telling that to Chichester senior Jim Jackson. Jackson claimed the 181-pound title with a 1,330-pound total of three lifts on Saturday in the Pennsylvania State Coaches Powerlifting Association, held at Glen Mills last weekend . Compounding all the traveling Jackson did on Friday was a stomach ailment he suffered a few days earlier.
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April 19, 2013 | By Jeff McLane, Inquirer Staff Writer
Physical numbers Height          Weight          Arm length      Hands 6-foot-6          306 lbs.          341/4 in.       101/8 in. Combine results 40-yard dash: 5.30 seconds       Bench press: 27 reps Vertical jump: 281/2 inches        Broad jump: 106 inches 3-cone drill: 7.40 seconds       20-yard shuttle: 4.68 seconds ...
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August 13, 2012 | By Keith Pompey, Inquirer Staff Writer
It happens all the time. An unheralded player comes out of nowhere and has instant success. Then he becomes comfortable and struggles mightily after expectations increase. Temple's Levi Brown is trying to avoid becoming that player. Eleven months after entering the 2011 season as a backup, the nose tackle is listed as one of the Big East's rising stars in the conference's media guide. College Sports Madness and Phil Steele are also high on the 6-foot-2, 300-pound redshirt junior.
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October 1, 2010 | By JOSEPH SANTOLIQUITO, For the Daily News
PART OF THE CAST that encased the Strath Haven High fullback Thurman Fortune's left arm last summer sits somewhere in his basement, an instant reminder of where he was, and where he doesn't want to return. The powerful and speedy 5-7, 170-pound senior occasionally catches a glimpse of the cast, and for a brief instant, it brings him back to the day he heard the snap of his bones during a scrimmage that forced him to miss five games last year. Entering this season, Fortune vowed that he wouldn't be derailed again - that nothing would prevent him from playing football.
NEWS
October 16, 2009
YOU ASKED for a merged parks and recreation system, and in November, you got it. But the ballot question that voters overwhelmingly approved to combine Fairmount Park and the city's Recreation Department was just the beginning. Now it's time to do the work. And Parks and Rec Commissioner Michael DiBerardinis wants the help of citizens in creating the best park and recreation system in the country. Earlier this month, he began a series of public meetings to hear from park and recreation users on how the merger should best serve their needs.
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May 4, 2009 | Daily News Wire Services
Journalist Selena Roberts makes the case that Alex Rodriguez likely used steroids in high school and may have taken HGH while with the Yankees in her new biography of the MVP, a portrait of a deeply insecure man trying to cope with being abandoned by his father and obsessed with becoming a superstar. The release of "A-Rod: The Many Lives of Alex Rodriguez" has been moved up today because details of Rodriguez' possible drug use as a teenager and as a Yankee leaked over the past week.
NEWS
December 18, 2007
Who says a pro athlete's ego is the only thing too big for him to bench press? Eagles running back Brian Westbrook's final amazing play against Dallas on Sunday was part selflessness, part peer pressure. In the final minutes of a tight game, Westbrook was headed for a certain touchdown when he dropped on the 1-yard line. By deliberately failing to score, he allowed the Eagles to keep the ball and run out the clock. It was an ego-less move in a sport crowded with egos.
NEWS
November 2, 2007
WELCOME to the judicial races, the most dreaded races in the state. They're dreaded by voters who feel unfamiliar with the courts and the candidates. They're dreaded by candidates, who are in the nasty position of raising money without being able to actually ask for it, and must campaign under restrictions of what they can talk about. They're dreaded by advocates like Pennsylvanians for Modern Courts, which is leading the charge against election and for merit selection.
NEWS
May 10, 2007
THE CAMPAIGN FOR merit selection of judges got a big boost earlier this year when Gov. Rendell vowed to join the fight. Still, if merit selection fails, we suggest another alternative to picking judges: a television show that combines "American Idol" and "Celebrity Poker Showdown. " A televised "Amazing Philly Judge's Race" would be absurd, but not much more than the current system. Take the Common Pleas races, for example: 15 candidates vying for four slots. Many if not most of the candidates are well-qualified - far more than four are equally qualified.
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March 5, 2004 | By Ira Josephs INQUIRER SUBURBAN STAFF
Gene Rychlak Jr. looks like he could play Frisbee with a manhole cover or hip-check a minivan. But the Royersford resident is focused on improving his world record for the bench press. On Nov. 16 in Camp Hill, Pa., Rychlak became the first person in history to hoist 900 (900!) pounds at the International Powerlifting Association Senior Nationals. He doesn't plan to stop there. "Nine hundred is fine and good," said Rychlak, bleached-blond mohawk tucked under a backward baseball cap. "One thousand.
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