September 22, 2000 |
As police escorted 50 high school soccer players from a tour bus stranded on the Pennsylvania Turnpike, John McOwen made a mental note. Never book the cheapest tour bus again, he vowed. Villa Joseph Marie's soccer coach has learned a lot since that 1992 trip to the state tournament in Hershey, Pa., where the bus that saved him $250 broke down among cars whizzing down the two lanes. After 10 years of long-distance trips, McOwen knows more about smooth traveling than AAA. At least, his advice applies if the voyagers are soccer players on a long haul to multistate or regional tournaments.
March 8, 2000 |
Bishop Eustace realized a little too late that playing against a team is easier than playing against a reputation. The Eustace girls' basketball team dug itself a first-half hole from which it could not recover and lost to Red Bank Catholic, 59-47, last night in the South Jersey Parochial A final at Lakewood High. "In the first half, we were playing against their reputation and their seed," said Eustace senior Erica Maurer, whose hustle sparked a second-half comeback. "We beat them last year, but they weren't ranked No. 1 in the state last year.
January 14, 2000 |
Lenape, which lost for the first time this season earlier this week against Cherry Hill West, regained its focus on winning the Olympic Conference American Division title last night by defeating Washington Township, 61-56. The win extended the Indians' division unbeaten streak to four games. They are 8-1 overall. The Minutemaids dropped their third straight game and are 1-2 in the division and 4-3 overall. The key for Lenape was the early inside play of 5-foot-11 center Danica Ghegan.
January 3, 2000 |
The Kennett girls' basketball team knew it would miss senior Jenni Wynn this season when she decided to skip basketball to play volleyball. Wynn, a 6-foot-1 center, led the Blue Demons in scoring last season while providing a reliable inside presence. Wynn rejoined the team in time for last week's Kennett holiday tournament. She scored two points in a 49-39 loss Tuesday to Penn Wood, which was her first game back. "I knew I would regret it if I didn't play," Wynn said.
April 2, 1999 |
Downingtown girls' lacrosse coach Robin Reichard was particularly concerned going into yesterday's nonleague game with a perennial Central League power, Marple Newtown. Not only were the Whippets winless in two previous games (both ended as ties), but they would be without a couple of starters against the Tigers, who were looking for their first win after a season-opening 10-7 loss to Unionville. One of Downingtown's top players, Kristin Aronowicz, was recovering from a cut, a result of a fall, and was listed as questionable.
December 16, 1997 |
Anne Nelson often was forgotten last season on the basketball court, lost among three teammates at Germantown Academy who would go on to become Division I players. Nelson was simply the big girl in the middle, a role player who averaged four points and four rebounds per game. With the loss of six of the first seven players from last season's lineup, however, Nelson has had to become a bigger factor as a player and as a leader. She is now much more than the big girl in the middle.
March 7, 1997 |
Shannon McDade remembers extending her arms and legs beneath her elementary school desk. Her limbs unfolded from her torso as if they were long frayed ends of rope, and her body, the knot. She grew up that girl, the one who smiled from the back row of all the elementary class photos and who was confused for being the teacher. A big girl, a big-boned girl, a big growing girl, that's what everyone thought about the 10-year-old, who was already scraping five feet, a head above the boys.
January 6, 1997 |
Christina Mykijewycz didn't score a single point Saturday for Bishop McDevitt, but her defensive play was invaluable for the Lancers in a 59-54 win over West Catholic in the annual Catholic League Tip-Off tournament at Archbishop Ryan. Mykijewycz, a 5-foot-10 senior, was given the chore of guarding 6-1 junior Rashana Barnes. An agile player with the ability to dominate inside, Barnes was held to just 13 points. "It was a great team effort, but Chrissy Mykijewycz played an outstanding game defensively," Lancers coach Tom Lonergan said.
October 11, 1996 |
Lauren Koellner, all of 3 1/2, thinks she's a big girl - until her father, Stephen, lets go of her hand, that is. Lauren's lesson in balance and trust was delivered yesterday afternoon at Silver Lake Park in Bristol.
August 28, 1996 |
Some people look to the big moments in life in hopes of finding miracles. I used to do the same, but now I think small. I wanted to be the bright spotlight, but I now know it's important to merely hold a candle. I learned this lesson when I volunteered to teach at a Bible school, but my young students were my teachers. Summer Bible nights, at St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Olney, runs one night per week for six weeks. The teacher I was assisting planned the first class.