November 10, 2015 |
The idea that Penn lured Steve Donahue back to town with a rowhouse and an above-ground pool in Delaware County - as one of his Big Five brethren ribbed at a Coaches vs. Cancer event last week - works, since the new Quakers coach is about as local as local gets. In fact, Donahue is living with his mother in Delaware County until his family gets down here. However, an easy misconception about the Cardinal O'Hara and Ursinus graduate, the former Monsignor Bonner and Penn assistant, is that the coach back in town is the same guy who left.
November 6, 2015 |
CALGARY - Johnny Gaudreau spent half his summer at home in South Jersey and the other half in Boston as he works toward finishing his degree in communications at Boston College. He still has four courses to go at the school, which allowed him the avenue to dazzle hockey fans all over the world. Gaudreau, who won the Hobey Baker Award in 2014, said after Thursday's morning skate in Calgary - before his Flames took on his hometown Flyers - that he'll likely be finished his degree in about two or three summers.
October 29, 2015 |
TEMPLE COACH Matt Rhule talked to his former boss, Al Golden, on Monday, some 24 hours after the former Owl coach was let go by Miami before completing his fifth season. "He was just fired up for us," Rhule said. "Sometimes, like everything in life, (it's) wrong place, wrong time or just not the fit. I'm unbelievably grateful for the opportunity Al gave me (by putting him on his staff in 2006). Temple should be unbelievably grateful for what he did when he came here. From when I first got here to when Al left (in 2010)
October 28, 2015 |
When the Council Rock South field hockey team faces off against Downingtown East in the second round of the District One Class AAA tournament Wednesday afternoon, the odds will be stacked against the Golden Hawks. Downingtown East, the No. 2 seed in the playoffs, has lost just once in 18 matches this season. But one thing No. 18 Council Rock South will have going in its favor is Caroline McGovern. McGovern, a junior, has scored 33 goals in 19 games, breaking the school record of 26 that she set last season.
October 17, 2015 |
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - It was almost five years ago that Mark Herzlich was an undrafted free agent. The Conestoga High product had already beaten cancer. Now he was trying to reach the NFL. Herzlich turned down an offer to play in a minor league, choosing instead to bide his time until an NFL franchise called. And he got his chance in July of 2011 when the New York Giants invited him to training camp. Herzlich, who starred at Boston College, made the most of it. He made the Giants that summer and has never left.
October 1, 2015 |
STEVE DONAHUE made an assumption when he left Fran Dunphy's staff at Penn to become head coach at Cornell. "I thought I would get great players to come up from Philly, do what we did at Penn," Donahue said. After five years of beating his head against that wall, Donahue discovered a numerical way. "I figured out I had to play differently," Donahue said. "I had to play smarter, I had to play faster. Part of it is attracting kids because it's a fun way to play. " His tenure at Cornell ended with three consecutive Ivy League titles and a 2010 Sweet 16 appearance.
September 29, 2015 |
They endured hours-long lines and security checks, they knelt on asphalt, and most were separated by a sea of humanity from the man who had brought them together. But on a day when the Ben Franklin Parkway was transformed into a grand open-air cathedral, when the raucous atmosphere of Saturday night's celebration yielded to reverence, those present said they were indelibly moved by the experience of attending a Sunday Mass celebrated by Pope Francis. "I could see him light up when he saw babies and little children," said Gloria Martinez, 68, a retired college administrator from Ohio, who said she kept her eyes aimed on the pontiff from the minute he entered the Parkway.
September 12, 2015 |
In the early 2000s, Chip Kelly was the offensive coordinator at New Hampshire and spent part of his summers as a counselor at Boston College's football camp. One of the campers was a tall, slender high school prospect from Penn Charter. His name was Matt Ryan. Kelly and Ryan met each other then, with Ryan creating a reputation as a three-star recruit and Kelly still a little-known college assistant. Kelly did not have much of a chance of recruiting Ryan - "He wasn't really looking at the New Hampshires and the Delawares and the Villanovas at that time," the Eagles coach said - but both tracked each other's careers.
August 3, 2015 |
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. - Christian Hackenberg knew the inevitable question was coming. He's had to answer it dozens of times since his sophomore year ended with his redemptive performance in Penn State's dramatic overtime victory in the Pinstripe Bowl. But his dread for it hadn't waned. Wearing shorts and a T-shirt from the Manning Passing Academy, where he worked as a counselor this summer, Hackenberg reluctantly honored a request to again give his thoughts on whether he will consider entering the NFL draft following the conclusion of the 2015 season, when he becomes eligible.
June 6, 2015 |
Brendon Little has been dreaming about playing professional baseball since he was a multi-position performer in the Berwyn-Paoli Little League. "I think it was last summer, when I was playing in front of major-league scouts and getting feedback from them, when I realized it could become a reality," the Conestoga senior said. A 6-foot-2, 200-pound lefthander with a fastball that has been clocked at 95 m.p.h., Little was closely watched by 15 to 30 scouts at games this year. With a huge upside, he could be picked next week in the Major League Baseball first-year draft.