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March 7, 1998 | Daily News Wire Services
Berwick (Pa.) High, its nationally recognized football program stung by charges of recruiting, cannot play any transfer students for the next three years until they are first cleared by District 2, where Berwick competes. Under an agreement reached between District 2 and the school yesterday, Berwick will retain its 1997 PIAA Class AAA football title but will turn over the certification of all transfers to District 2. The decision resulted from District 2's investigations into the eligibility of two Berwick transfers, all-state lineman Gus Felder and running back Cody Hall.
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November 28, 1989 | By Bill Doherty, Special to The Inquirer
The final two Region 1 state playoff berths were decided Saturday. Berwick captured the Class AAA berth with a 6-0 victory over Dunmore in the Eastern Conference championship game. And as a result of its 20-13 victory over Downingtown, Coatesville is the Class AAAA representative. The four Region 1 representatives - Dunmore in Class A, Bethlehem Catholic in Class AA, Berwick in Class AAA and Coatesville in Class AAAA - will play the Region 2 representatives in one state semifinal bracket next weekend, and the Region 3 and 4 teams will meet in the other state semifinal.
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December 9, 2013 | By Nick Carroll, Inquirer Staff Writer
ALLENTOWN - Luke Spahits couldn't avoid thinking about it. A loss in Saturday's Class AAA state semifinals would have meant that the senior running back had to turn in his equipment Monday and his high school career would have been over. And the 40-mile drive from Archbishop Wood to Allentown's J. Birney Crum Stadium left him with nothing to do but think. By the time he got off the road and onto the field, Spahits knew what he had to do. Behind his two kickoff-return touchdowns and his team's dominant performance in all three phases of the game, Spahits and Wood earned one last game Friday after the Vikings topped previously unbeaten Berwick, 42-14.
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November 26, 2001 | By Chris Goldberg FOR THE INQUIRER
Strath Haven's Josh Hannum knew his team needed a big play in its PIAA Class AAA quarterfinal playoff game against Berwick at Coatesville High on Friday night. Strath Haven had seen its 23-7 lead shrink to 23-21 early in the fourth quarter behind the pinpoint passing of Bulldogs' junior quarterback Frank Jankowski. Then, after a Berwick interception gave the Bulldogs possession at their 29-yard line, Hannum made his move. Hannum, a senior who has committed to Notre Dame, picked off a long Jankowski pass near midfield and returned it 40 yards.
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September 30, 1991 | By Bill Doherty, Special to The Inquirer
The Glen Mills players hugged one another, hooted and hollered as the public address system blared an appropriate refrain: "Doin' da butt all night long. " The box score will show that a 75-yard, fourth-quarter bomb from Glen Mills quarterback Mike Garnet to Charles McBride was the deciding score in what Glen Mills coach Joe Ferrainola called his greatest win ever, a 26-25 victory over perennial state Class AAA power Berwick (3-2) on Friday night. The real difference in the game, however, was the ability of Glen Mills' defense to shut down one of the state's top players, Berwick junior quarterback Ron Powlus (18 completions in 46 attempts, 234 yards, 2 touchdowns and 4 interceptions)
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November 22, 1997 | by Ted Silary, Daily News Sports Writer
Dan Mulhern will always lament the fact his high school career rushing yardage figure became finalized at 3,557. If Mulhern had been able to nudge that number upward to 3,558 last night in mostly heavy rain at Coatesville High, he and Strath Haven High might have registered a football victory that would have created shock waves around the state. One more yard and Strath Haven (12-1) might have gone on to beat Berwick (11-2), the three-time defending state champion, in a PIAA Class AAA quarterfinal.
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September 3, 1992 | By Bill Doherty, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
Glen Mills will open its football season tomorrow night at 7:30 with the Pennsylvania high school version of the Kickoff Classic. The Bulls will take on Berwick, the top high school team in the country, according to Street & Smith's, a national publication. Berwick features 6- foot, 4-inch, 210-pound quarterback Ron Powlus, who has completed 284 of 508 passes for 4,409 yards and 31 career touchdowns. Powlus, generally regarded as the nation's top high school quarterback, has narrowed his college choices to nine schools - Miami (Fla.
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October 8, 1990 | By John Fosnocht, Special to The Inquirer
There were eight minutes left in the first half, and Glen Mills was setting up for an extra-point attempt after Ron Neely had returned a punt 43 yards for a touchdown. The snap for Tenoah Williams' kick was high, and holder Chris Sterner barely caught it. With no time to set up for the kick, Sterner adroitly rolled out to the right and found Travis Evans open in the end zone for the two-point conversion. It was that kind of night. Even when things went wrong for Glen Mills, they came out right.
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December 1, 1989 | By Dave Caldwell, Inquirer Staff Writer
You can get almost anything you want - at 1960s prices - at Mickey's Restaurant on Mulberry Street in the center of town. A cup of coffee sells for a quarter. A deep bowl of homemade chicken noodle soup is 50 cents. A meatloaf lunch special is $3.20 and includes two vegetables and a roll and butter. Metered parking out front is a dime an hour. But you cannot get into Mickey's any earlier than 11 a.m., unless you are George Curry, the head football coach at Berwick High School. "He couldn't come in here at noon," explained Phyllis Plish, one of the waitresses at Mickey's, who wears a blue-and-white " '89 Super Dawgs" pin on her outfit.
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September 16, 2012 | By Rick O, Inquirer Columnist
George Curry was enjoying life away from coaching. He finally had a chance to take extended vacations with his wife, Jackie. He had more time to spend with his six grandchildren. And his high school football fix was eased by his work as a radio and television analyst. Then, unexpectedly, the opportunity to return to Berwick, where he spent 35 seasons and guided the Dawgs to six PIAA Class AAA state championships, presented itself. In mid-June, Gary Campbell, who had replaced Curry at the Northeastern Pennsylvania school, announced that he was stepping down and taking a position in his home state of Massachusetts.
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June 7, 2014 | By Kate Harman, For The Inquirer
ALLENTOWN - Walking to the plate in the top of the seventh inning, Lansdale Catholic's Ashley Seal wasn't sure what to do. Should she bunt to advance the runners, or swing away and hope to knock in one of her teammates? Crusaders coach Paul Suder knew what he wanted to do. With runners on first and second, none out, and his team down by a run in the PIAA Class AAA softball quarterfinals, he wasn't going to have his team go for the tie, he said. They were going to go for the win, and his sophomore pitcher, Seal, had the green light to swing.
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December 9, 2013 | By Nick Carroll, Inquirer Staff Writer
ALLENTOWN - Luke Spahits couldn't avoid thinking about it. A loss in Saturday's Class AAA state semifinals would have meant that the senior running back had to turn in his equipment Monday and his high school career would have been over. And the 40-mile drive from Archbishop Wood to Allentown's J. Birney Crum Stadium left him with nothing to do but think. By the time he got off the road and onto the field, Spahits knew what he had to do. Behind his two kickoff-return touchdowns and his team's dominant performance in all three phases of the game, Spahits and Wood earned one last game Friday after the Vikings topped previously unbeaten Berwick, 42-14.
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December 7, 2013 | By Rick O, Inquirer Columnist
There's little chance of Archbishop Wood, despite its size and speed advantage, taking Berwick lightly. The District 2 champions are 14-0, have outscored foes by 571-148, have a rich history that includes six state titles, and are guided by Pennsylvania's all-time winningest coach. Wood, in trying to move closer to its second PIAA Class AAA state championship in three seasons, will take on longtime coach George Curry and the Dawgs in a semifinal at 7 p.m. Friday at J. Birney Crum Stadium in Allentown.
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December 6, 2013 | By Rick O, Inquirer Columnist
Though his three brothers might say otherwise, Josh Messina is arguably the best in his family to play football for Archbishop Wood. At the very least, he is the most versatile. The 5-foot-9, 180-pound senior captain is a fullback and wingback on offense. On the other side, he can line up at defensive end, inside linebacker, or outside linebacker. "He really never comes off the field," Wood coach Steve Devlin said. "He's got great instincts and quickness. You're never going to be able to outrun him. " The bad news for Devlin and the Vikings is that Josh is the last of Chris and Cathy Messina's football-loving sons.
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September 16, 2012 | By Rick O'Brien, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
George Curry was enjoying life away from coaching. He finally had a chance to take extended vacations with his wife, Jackie. He had more time to spend with his six grandchildren. And his high school football fix was eased by his work as a radio and television analyst. Then, unexpectedly, the opportunity to return to Berwick, where he spent 35 seasons and guided the Dawgs to six PIAA Class AAA state championships, presented itself. In mid-June, Gary Campbell, who had replaced Curry at the Northeastern Pennsylvania school, announced that he was stepping down and taking a position in his home state of Massachusetts.
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September 16, 2012 | By Rick O, Inquirer Columnist
George Curry was enjoying life away from coaching. He finally had a chance to take extended vacations with his wife, Jackie. He had more time to spend with his six grandchildren. And his high school football fix was eased by his work as a radio and television analyst. Then, unexpectedly, the opportunity to return to Berwick, where he spent 35 seasons and guided the Dawgs to six PIAA Class AAA state championships, presented itself. In mid-June, Gary Campbell, who had replaced Curry at the Northeastern Pennsylvania school, announced that he was stepping down and taking a position in his home state of Massachusetts.
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December 2, 2005 | By JUSTIN RODRIGUEZ For the Daily News
There are no long runs by Army fullback Mike Viti, no game-breaking catches, no touchdown dances. There are sacrifices. Lots of them. And pain. The kind that comes from playing on two reconstructed knees. Truth is, Viti could be the toughest player on the field during tomorrow's Army-Navy game at Lincoln Financial Field. Viti prides himself on picking off blitzing defenders. Check that. He creams them. "Honestly, I don't want to score touchdowns," said Viti, a sophomore.
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November 17, 2005 | Daily News Wire Services
Longtime Berwick High football coach George Curry announced his resignation yesterday. "I just finished my 35th year as coach," Curry said. "It's a long time at any job, I don't care who it is, it's a long time. " Curry has 387 victories, the most ever by a Pennsylvania high school coach. He told reporters, assistants, players and others he decided a year ago to make this season his last in Berwick, regarded as one of the most football-crazed towns in Pennsylvania. Curry, 60, got his first head coaching job at Lake-Lehman in 1967.
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November 28, 2004 | By Chris Silva FOR THE INQUIRER
Somewhere in Upper Merion right now, the Vikings may be scratching their heads, wondering if things could have gone differently yesterday against Berwick in the program's first trip to the state quarterfinals. Next to Central Bucks West, Upper Merion had not faced a team with such a brawny, talented set of linemen. More importantly, without do-all running back Sean Donovan, who suffered a season-ending ankle injury last week, it was practically impossible to find any nooks or crannies around those Bulldogs linemen.
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November 26, 2001 | By Chris Goldberg FOR THE INQUIRER
Strath Haven's Josh Hannum knew his team needed a big play in its PIAA Class AAA quarterfinal playoff game against Berwick at Coatesville High on Friday night. Strath Haven had seen its 23-7 lead shrink to 23-21 early in the fourth quarter behind the pinpoint passing of Bulldogs' junior quarterback Frank Jankowski. Then, after a Berwick interception gave the Bulldogs possession at their 29-yard line, Hannum made his move. Hannum, a senior who has committed to Notre Dame, picked off a long Jankowski pass near midfield and returned it 40 yards.
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