January 24, 2016 |
So what in the name of James Naismith is going on in college basketball? Three teams that you can normally rely on for consistent excellence - Duke, Michigan State, and Kansas - have struggled the last two weeks. Group the teams together, and their combined record for their last three games is 1-8. The Blue Devils and the Spartans enter Saturday's play riding three-game losing streaks, with each team losing a pair of games at home during that run. Kansas won its only home game of the last three but lost by double digits at both West Virginia and Oklahoma State.
January 10, 2016 |
St. Joseph vs. Hammonton was one of South Jersey's best football rivalries from its inception in 1962 until 2014, when the series was interrupted by the Blue Devils' move from the Cape-Atlantic League to the Tri-County Conference. Usually played on the Saturday after Thanksgiving, the game featured two of South Jersey's most accomplished programs and some of the best elements of a spirited annual event: history, crosstown proximity and the always-live undercurrent of public vs. non-public competition.
December 6, 2015 |
BRODHEADSVILLE, Pa. - The sound of muttering was mixed with the click-clack of cleats during Bishop McDevitt's solemn halftime march to the locker room. Twenty-four minutes of game time later, the Lancers returned to the locker room, looking forlorn after losing, 51-7, to District 2 Old Forge in a PIAA State Class A quarterfinal at Pleasant Valley High School. "It's hard to explain," McDevitt coach Pat Manzi said. "We just didn't have it today. They were that much better than us today.
October 25, 2015 |
Malachi Winters turned the corner and saw nothing but green grass between him and the end zone. It was clear sailing for the Hammonton quarterback on the second play of the game and clear sailing for the Blue Devils for the rest of a remarkable Friday night. "It's amazing," Winters said of Hammonton's 34-0 victory over Delsea in a West Jersey Football League National Division clash of unbeaten teams. The visiting Blue Devils turned a showdown between teams ranked in the top 3 in South Jersey into a showcase of football dominance, controlling every aspect of the game before a huge crowd at John Oberg Field.
October 19, 2015 |
Germantown Academy coach Matt Dence saw something special brewing in his quarterback Kyle McCloskey during practice last week. So about 20 minutes before kickoff Saturday at Springside Chestnut Hill, Dence predicted a positive outcome. "I think Kyle is going to have a big game," Dence said. "Last week was his best week of practice. " McCloskey didn't disappoint. The 6-foot-4, 210-pound junior accounted for 308 total yards in the Patriots' 21-12 triumph in the Inter-Ac League opener.
September 28, 2015 |
He had 313 rushing yards and four touchdowns on only 18 carries, but just imagine what Yeedee Thaenrat could have done if he hadn't been sick. The 5-foot-9, 190-pound Father Judge running back spent Saturday afternoon running around, over, and through host Springside Chestnut Hill in the Crusaders' 38-0 non-league victory. The night before, however, a 103-degree fever caused considerable discomfort at Thaenrat's home on Summerdale Avenue and Benner Street in the Northeast. "I was tossing and turning and had a cold pad on my head," he said.
September 23, 2015 |
Springside Chestnut Hill Academy shouldn't change its nickname to the Lions, but if ever the impetus for such a modification existed, Jordan Young and Darian Bryant authored it last week. Young, a 5-foot-7, 170-pound running back for the Blue Devils, had 281 rushing yards and five touchdowns on 13 carries (21.6 per attempt) in a 41-6 thumping of Mastery Charter North. Bryant, a 6-6, 330-pounder committed to Temple, often cleared the way for Young, but it was Bryant's celebration after Young's most thrilling touchdown run that conjured the king of the jungle.
September 13, 2015
SOCCER NONLEAGUE Winslow Township 4, Overbrook 3: Kevin Mercedes gave the host Eagles the win two minutes into overtime. Trevon Averhart scored the first goal for the Eagles, and Charly Guaman and Corey Nichols also scored. Gateway 3, Pennsville 2: Dominic DeGeorge tallied a goal and an assist to help the host Gators. Ryan Hudson and Tommy Lombardo also scored. Moorestown Friends 4, Westampton Tech 0: Josh Murdy recorded four saves for the host Foxes. Andrew Cates, Andrew Denittis, Kieran McMenamin, and Matthew Mullock all scored goals.
May 25, 2015 |
Maryland women's lacrosse coach Cathy Reese didn't watch a second of North Carolina's win over Duke on Saturday, but still knows what kind of defense her Terrapins are about to face from the Tar Heels. Top-seeded Maryland is the clear-cut favorite to beat North Carolina in the NCAA championship game at 8:30 p.m. Sunday at PPL Park in Chester, but the Tar Heels defense is the biggest thing standing between the Terps and back-to-back national titles. These same teams met for the title in 2013 at Villanova, where second-seeded North Carolina needed three overtimes to edge the Terrapins, 13-12.
May 22, 2015 |
The last time the Duke women's lacrosse team made a final four in the Philadelphia area, it was 2007, and Taylor Trimble looked on from the Franklin Field stands. Trimble, an eighth grader at the time, was still jamming soccer, squash, and lacrosse into her schedule. Watching the Blue Devils in the NCAA tournament semifinals, even in a 14-13 loss to Virginia, inched her toward the sport. "I just thought it was the coolest thing ever," said Trimble, a Rosemont native who went to Episcopal Academy.