January 25, 2011 |
During football season, Ryan Laughlin's future home should call itself Holy Crossing Pattern. When Laughlin, a 6-2, 200-pound quarterback from Cardinal O'Hara High, began listing some of the reasons he'd decided to commit to Holy Cross, he made reference to "the great system. " You know what that means. Pass and pass some more. "They throw it around a ton," Laughlin said. "It's definitely quarterback-friendly. I've developed a great relationship with the quarterback coach, coach [Andy]
December 18, 2010 |
Playing its first game since losing a heartbreaker to Villanova, La Salle fell, 89-77, to Bucknell last night at the Tom Gola Arena. Bucknell (5-6) took control early and never trailed past the 16-minute mark of the first half. The Bison relied on steady defense and reliable production from their big men to lead by eight at halftime. Sophomore forwards Joe Willman and Mike Muscala scored nine points each in the opening 20 minutes to lead Bucknell. Both players, however, also had two fouls by halftime.
December 12, 2010 |
Two players from South Jersey Group 4 champion Cherokee head up The Inquirer's first team all-South Jersey football defensive squad. Defensive back Mike Zeuli, a second-team choice last year, is joined by defensive lineman Nick Foster. This season, Zeuli had more than 100 tackles and intercepted three passes. A hard hitter and stellar two-way player, Zeuli rushed for 588 yards (10.32 average) and nine touchdowns and caught 15 passes for 175 yards and seven touchdowns. Princeton, Penn, Cornell, Fordham, and Bucknell are among the schools that Zeuli is considering.
December 10, 2010 |
Vinnie Pini, a dangerous senior wide receiver and return man from Burlington Township, has made an oral commitment to attend Bucknell. The 5-foot-10, 160-pound Pini, who also played defensive back, became the second South Jersey recruit this week to commit to Bucknell, joining Bishop Eustace center Mike Spear. Pini had 31 receptions for 452 yards and three touchdowns in helping the 6-4 Falcons earn a South Jersey Group 3 playoff berth. He also averaged 24.86 yards per punt return with three touchdowns.
December 7, 2010 |
Vince Kowalski knows some folks have the wrong impression about football players. Especially the best football players. "Some people have this stereotype that we're just dumb guys," said Kowalski, a two-way lineman for Williamstown. Kowalski and other top football players have spent their high school careers proving they can excel in the classroom as well as on the field. Kowalski, Cherokee's Mike Zeuli, Haddonfield's Matt Porter, and Holy Spirit's Anthony Sarao will be scholar-athlete honorees at the Brooks-Irvine Memorial Football Club's annual banquet Monday at the Westin Hotel in Mount Laurel.
November 19, 2010 |
While most of Penn's soccer matchup with Bucknell was spent in a defensive battle, the outcome came down to one kick. Fortunately for the large crowd at Rhodes Field, that kick came from junior forward Christian Barreiro to lift the Quakers, 1-0, in overtime last night in the first round of the NCAA Division I playoffs. Penn advances to play No. 2 seed Maryland on Sunday. Most of regulation time was spent with back-and-forth action, as Penn attempted to counter Bucknell's height advantage with speed.
November 18, 2010 |
For 15 agonizing minutes, Penn's soccer players had their eyes glued to a TV waiting for confimation - and affirmation. Forty-eight teams earn berths in the NCAA Division I men's soccer tournament, and the Quakers (12-5-0) got the final spot Monday night as an at-large team. Tonight at 7, they will host Patriot League champion Bucknell (10-8-2) at Rhodes Field. The winner plays Sunday at Maryland. "We were confident that we were going to get a bid, but you just never know," coach Rudy Fuller said.
November 17, 2010 |
There was a bit more than 3 minutes remaining in an increasingly one-sided game when the Marist pep band began playing a song that, given the circumstances, seemed particularly appropriate. AC/DC's "You Shook Me All Night Long" is what Villanova did yesterday evening to the outmanned Red Foxes, who were thumped, 84-47, in the opening round of the NIT Season Tip-off at the Pavilion. Villanova plays a second-round game tonight against Boston University, which beat George Washington, 76-67, in the second game of the doubleheader.
November 13, 2010 |
Like a new pair of store-bought shoes, basketball teams need a bit of breaking in before they're a comfortable fit. The Villanova Wildcats may yet justify their No. 6 preseason ranking in both the Associated Press and ESPN/ USA Today coaches' polls, but they'll have to play sharper and more under control than they did in last night's season-opening 68-52 victory over pesky Bucknell at the Pavilion. Fortunately, 'Nova didn't have to be in midseason form against the Bison, who played smart and tough but lack the sort of elite athletes coach Jay Wright has assembled on the Main Line.