March 6, 2014 |
YESTERDAY WE published a fans' guide to college basketball conference tournaments, which included the Atlantic Sun Conference, Horizon Conference and Summit League. This underlines two things. One, we love our college basketball. And two, we have a lot of homework to do before the Frozen Four makes its first Philadelphia appearance on April 10 and 12 at the Wells Fargo Center. So as a public service, I thought I would provide a little guide of my own. The first challenge is to get our pucks in order, so to speak.
February 23, 2014 |
In this space last week, we thought Syracuse would suffer its first loss of 2013-14 before Wichita State did because of its difficult road schedule. But never in our wildest dreams did we see downtrodden Boston College, a team that had defeated one Division I squad (Virginia Tech) since Nov. 26, going into the Carrier Dome and recording the shocker of the season. Now the schedule really gets tough for Syracuse, which must play its next three at Duke, at Maryland, and at Virginia. "We can't think about" the loss, Orange coach Jim Boeheim said.
February 21, 2014 |
SCHENECTADY, N.Y. - One month after Hobey Baker Award favorite Johnny Gaudreau netted three points against his team, the coach of the 10th-ranked team in college hockey sent the sport buzzing with his words. For Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute coach Seth Appert, his press conference wasn't a shot at Gaudreau, the Boston College star from Gloucester Catholic High. It was just his opinion. Appert couldn't help but gush about a Flyers draft pick after being torched by his Union College team twice in one weekend.
February 6, 2014 |
After having integral varsity roles as freshmen for the Shawnee boys' soccer team, defender Ryan Talbot and midfielder Tyler Skwara decided to switch teams but not schools. The two Medford residents, now seniors, were selected to play for the Philadelphia Union Academy Team after tryouts. Their selection meant a nearly year-round commitment to the sport, consisting of a long commute each weekday from Medford to YSC Academy in Wayne, Pa., where the team practiced. All the miles in the car and the countless practices were well worth it, according to both players, and their signatures on national letters of intent are their affirmation.
January 31, 2014 |
BOSTON - Just a couple hours north of Boston, in South Portland, Maine, 76ers coach Brett Brown is a legend. He built a bridge from Maine to Boston when he attended Boston University, playing for Rick Pitino after a storied high school career playing for his father, Bob Brown. So making his first trip to Boston as a head coach in the NBA was something quite special for many people. Brown said he had his parents and a plethora of friends in attendance last night and the memories were abundant.
December 9, 2013 |
Joseph P. "Reds" McAfee, 91, an elusive running back who played in one of the most famous upsets in college football history, died Wednesday, Dec. 4, of heart failure at the Solana Horsham development. He had lived in Horsham for many years. "He's red-headed and fast and slippery as an eel in the ocean," one sportswriter wrote of Mr. McAfee. Said another scribe: "He is a fiery competitor who makes up for his lack of poundage with flaming spirit. " Mr. McAfee was a freshman playing for underdog Holy Cross College on Nov. 28, 1942, when it took on mighty Boston College, then ranked No. 1 in the nation.
November 8, 2013 |
Brandon Austin, a prized recruit from Imhotep Charter, has been suspended indefinitely from the Providence men's basketball team along with a teammate for what the college termed "not upholding their responsibilities as student-athletes. " Austin and fellow freshman Rodney Bullock were suspended from game action with the team, the school announced Wednesday. "We hold our student-athletes to very high standards," Providence coach Ed Cooley said in a statement. "We are disappointed in some of the choices that Brandon and Rodney have made.
October 28, 2013 |
Bill McGovern remembers everything about the moment he learned Mark Herzlich might die. It was the spring of 2009. He had started driving away from a Staten Island high school, one more stop in a string of recruiting visits for Boston College's football program. He noticed a voice-mail message on his cellphone. It was from Herzlich's father, Sandy. McGovern was Boston College's defensive coordinator and linebackers coach then, and his best inside linebacker - hell, the best player on the team - was Herzlich, a native of Wayne, a graduate of Conestoga High School, a certain first-round selection in the 2010 NFL draft.
October 26, 2013 |
Irvin Charles ran a drag route across the middle, caught a short pass, stiff-armed a defender, and raced 70 yards down the right sideline. "Who is that?" a Camden assistant coach wondered aloud during the early-September scrimmage at Paul VI. Charles might have been a bit of an unknown in South Jersey football circles at the beginning of this season. But the 6-foot-4, 205-pound junior at Paul VI has rapidly become one of the area's top wide receivers and most sought-after college recruits.
October 11, 2013 |
After getting a six-game taste of being Central Bucks West's starting quarterback as a sophomore, John Fitz served mostly in a backup role last season. "It was disappointing," Fitz said. "But the good thing about it was, it made me work and practice harder. It motivated me. " Happily back under center, the 6-foot-1, 190-pound senior has sparked C.B. West to a surprising 5-1 start. The Bucks have won five straight, including three in Suburban One League Continental Conference action, since an opening loss to Upper Dublin.