October 9, 2014 |
When the Higgins boys were younger, they often played soccer in the backyard. The games varied, but a staple competition was two-on-one keepaway. Because Ronan was the youngest of the three, he always seemed to get trapped in the middle. Now a freshman at Shipley, Ronan Higgins no longer is stuck in between his older brothers, Tommy and Conor, and having to chase them. Instead, the forward is a catalyst for the Gators (8-1-3) off the bench, and for the first time in his career, he is playing with Conor, a senior, in organized competition.
October 2, 2014 |
YOU WOULD BE hard-pressed to find a high school player in Philadelphia with a more physically imposing style of football than Shawn Henderson. Actually, gridder more aptly describes the George Washington High senior middle linebacker and fullback. A 5-10, 230-pound battering ram, Henderson couples keen instincts and brute force to disrupt on both sides of the ball. In fact, last week against Father Judge, Crusaders defenders were heard shouting, "No. 3's in the game, tighten up your gaps," when Henderson thundered onto the field.
January 20, 2014 |
Marcus Allen is looking for a few good men. To be honest, he is looking for a lot of good men, black men like himself, to be mentors and role models, to make a difference in the lives of boys without them. "We need more men of color. Our community needs to see us get involved," said Allen, the first black man to lead Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southeastern Pennsylvania in its century of service. The organization, which mentors almost 3,000 children in Philadelphia, Montgomery, Delaware, and Chester Counties, has a waiting list of more than 1,100 hopeful "Littles," the overwhelming majority black and biracial boys, yet black men represent only 15 percent of volunteers.
December 17, 2013 |
Mike Holloway liked the idea of standing outside his big brother's considerable shadow. "It was like he had his spotlight and I had my spotlight," Mike Holloway said of his decision to play the first two seasons of his high school career at a different school than his older brother, Rashaan. Mike Holloway, a 6-foot-6 forward, averaged 16.4 points last season as a sophomore at Sacred Heart in Vineland, Cumberland County. Rashaan Holloway, a 6-9 center, averaged 22.7 points last season as a junior at Schalick in Pittsgrove, Salem County.
November 22, 2013
THIS WILL BE a somber Thanksgiving for the Presley family. When the blended clan of 13 souls living in the mustard-colored, five-bedroom house gathers around a dining-room table, Demetry Presley will be with them only in spirit. The athletic, loving, fun-to-be-around, good-with-the-girls 21-year-old was gunned down by a soulless thug on South Street early Sunday morning, dying in the arms of his big brother, Willie. It happened about 1:30, a few steps away from the Mixed Plate Lounge, a restaurant-turned-nightclub that the Presleys, who live in Sicklerville, N.J., rented for $500 to stage an event, a "Stop Light Party.
September 16, 2013 |
It's something of a hard sell to suggest that an automobile that starts at $62,600 is a good value. But in the thin fiscal air where the Range Rover respirates, the remarkable, all-new 2014 Range Rover Sport is a deal at that price. Look at it this way: The Sport, a shorter, sportier version of the somewhat more grandly appointed Range Rover flagship, is more than $20,000 cheaper in base form than its big brother. Yet it shares the big guy's architecture and engine choices, as well as its impeccable road manners and exceptional off-road capability.
September 16, 2013 |
It was called a "fortress in the clouds. " The 21st Regiment of the Second Division of the North Vietnamese Army had carved a stronghold into the steep slopes of Nui Chom, a mountain with rugged peaks covered by a towering jungle canopy that blocked the sky. There, the NVA had dug 250 machine-gun bunkers to defend a secret field hospital. On Nov. 20, 1968, Michael J. Crescenz of Philadelphia walked into an ambush on Nui Chom. His squad was pinned down when he made a snap decision to grab an M60 machine gun and charge the bunkers.
July 14, 2013 |
At least we used to receive a gold watch when we retired. These days it's: "25 years and all I got was a lousy sheet cake?" Elisabeth Hasselbeck got just that kind of rude dismissal from The View this week. Mother Superior Barbara Walters opened Wednesday's show saying, "It was reported last night that our Elisabeth Hasselbeck is leaving us to join the Fox network. As you can see, I'm a little teary, but I always want what's best for you: You know how I feel about you. And I'm happy that you're going.
April 20, 2013 |
A month after his release from prison, Hamza Muhammad made a purchase that he hoped would alter his life's path. The package came the next week from an online retailer: an all-black heavy bag and a pair of black and gray punching mitts. Before his one-year prison term in 2004 on gun charges, Muhammad trained as a boxer. But teaching the sport, he thought, would be his way to show youths in his West Philadelphia neighborhood another way. On Tuesday, Muhammad danced around the ring of West Philly's James Shuler Gym as his prized amateur targeted his outstretched punching mitts.
April 3, 2013 |
Jrue and Justin Holiday have beaten some incredibly long odds as brothers who will play on the same NBA team. The Holidays became 76ers teammates after Justin, 23, was called up this weekend from the Idaho Stampede of the NBA Development League. The Sixers waived guard Jeremy Pargo to make room for Justin on their 15-man roster. The 6-foot-6, 180-pound guard, who practiced with the team on Monday, is signed through the rest of the season. "Now I get to play with [Jrue] at the highest level," Justin Holiday said.