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November 24, 1988 | By Marv Bachrad, Special to The Inquirer
Coming up with big plays again and again in the fourth quarter, Archbishop Carroll came from behind to beat West Catholic, 10-7, and win the Catholic League Southern Division championship Monday afternoon at Villanova Stadium. Carroll's victory, its ninth in 11 games, sends the Patriots against Northern Division champ Archbishop Ryan for the league title on Dec. 3. Trailing 7-3 when the final period began, the Patriots stopped a West Catholic drive on their own 20. After three subsequent plays that produced 6 yards in losses, Todd Roberts got Carroll out of trouble by booming a punt from his end zone to the Burrs 23-yard line.
SPORTS
December 1, 2007 | By Rick O'Brien INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
West Catholic's Rob Holloman neatly explained the difference between himself and fellow junior running back Raymond Maples. "He's more of a power back," Holloman said. "I'm the speed back. " Complementing each other perfectly, as they have done all season, Holloman and Maples combined for 181 rushing yards as the Burrs topped Archbishop Wood, 28-7, and claimed their second consecutive Catholic League Blue Division championship last night at Northeast's Charlie Martin Memorial Stadium.
NEWS
October 21, 1991 | By Gwen Knapp, Inquirer Staff Writer
After a 35-17 loss to St. James at Bartram Field on Saturday, West Catholic coach Ralph Rapino reviewed his team's injuries and considered what it would take to reach the playoffs. "A break here or there, and things could be different," he said. Then the Burrs coach caught himself. "Of course, today, 10 breaks wouldn't have helped us. . . . You have to give credit to St. James. They're a very good football team, and they just beat us up today. " St. James' record (6-1 overall, 3-1 Catholic League South)
SPORTS
March 1, 1998 | By Marcia C. Smith, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
They made the plays they always knew they could, celebrating each time with smiles of incandescent confidence and hand-slaps to teammates. Showing their desire to capture a long-sought league girls' basketball crown, West Catholic defeated St. Hubert, 70-39, last night in the second game of the Catholic League semifinal doubleheader at St. Joseph's Fieldhouse. West Catholic (22-5), which hasn't won a title since 1977, will now play Cardinal O'Hara for the Catholic League title at 1:30 p.m. next Sunday at the Palestra.
NEWS
February 13, 1989 | By Mike Bradley, Special to The Inquirer
Cardinal O'Hara proved Friday night that winning ugly is better than losing. The Catholic League Southern Division leaders overcame poor shooting and a plethora of fouls to rout visiting West Catholic, 72-46. The Lions (10-0 league, 17-2 overall) got another incendiary performance from senior center Ed Malloy, who posted his third consecutive 30-point-plus performance. Malloy, who will play for St. Joseph's University next year, scored a game-high 32 points and grabbed 14 rebounds.
SPORTS
November 21, 2004 | By Chris Silva FOR THE INQUIRER
After West Catholic held on for a pulse-racing 14-12 win over Archbishop Carroll at Harry S Truman High School to secure a spot in the Catholic League Blue Division title game for the second straight season, Burrs coach Brian Fluck huddled his team near the south end zone and started to hand out game balls. Fluck almost ran out. There simply were too many players and too many prime-time plays to warrant just one game ball. So, here we go . . . Wide receiver/cornerback John Maddox muffed a punt return late in the fourth quarter which led to the Patriots' final score, cutting the lead to two. But he later redeemed himself by intercepting a Greg Kobilka Hail Mary pass with 17 seconds left to play and received a game ball, without question.
SPORTS
February 3, 1996 | by Ted Silary, Daily News Sports Writer
There are times each basketball season when Jasmine Williams's hair becomes a little longer than he would prefer. It's not that he's short on cash. It's that his buddies like to talk trash. The guys at LA Headlines, a barbershop not far from Williams's home, in Mantua, want him to shoot the ball each and every time it's in his mitts. One problem. Williams, a 5-10 junior at West Catholic High, is a point guard. He passes first and cringes at the questions asked by the barbershop brigade later.
NEWS
November 8, 1990 | By Chris Morkides, Special to The Inquirer
The first season - the one in which Archbishop Carroll folded, spindled and mutilated the rest of the Catholic League - is over. The second season - the one that really matters - starts Saturday. The Catholic League South playoffs will open with regular-season champion Carroll battling West Catholic at Radnor High at 10 a.m. and St. James meeting Cardinal O'Hara at Chester High at 1 p.m. Carroll (8-1 overall, 7-0 league) beat West Catholic, 35-0, during the regular season, but the Patriots didn't dominate the Burrs (5-4, 4-3)
SPORTS
February 22, 2000 | by Ted Silary, Daily News Sports Writer
Wes Jackson has a tale to tell for the rest of his life. Best of all, it's not tall. Jackson, a 6-foot, 215-pound senior, really is the manager/scorekeeper for West Catholic High's basketball team. And in the Burrs' regular-season finale Sunday, a 117-70 loss at Roman Catholic, he really did score nine points on dial-ups from Three-Point Land. Coach Bill Ludlow has a nice tradition. Once West is assured of a playoff berth or not, he tosses his manager a uniform and tells him, "Go have fun. " After Friday night's win at Kennedy-Kenrick, the Burrs were locked into third.
NEWS
January 11, 1993 | By Joe Santoliquito, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
Jeff Connell was getting a little tired of this: The last two years, Monsignor Bonner had entered the Catholic League Southern Division season full of expectation - then began it with an 0-3 record. Enough already, thought Connell, Mark Mulroy and the rest of the Bonner players. So they did something about it Friday night, annihilating West Catholic, 71-48, in the Southern Division opener at St. Joseph University. Connell scored a team-high 18 points, Mulroy added 17, and Kevin Lee supplied 16 points and 16 rebounds.
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June 16, 2016 | By Kate Harman, For The Inquirer
One look at the photograph is all one needs to see how much Akyra Murray and Beulah Osueke meant to each other. The player, Murray, is sitting next to her proud West Catholic High School basketball coach, Osueke, as the senior signs a letter of intent to continue her career and education at Mercyhurst University in Erie. Mutual admiration. Satisfaction. The culmination of all the hard work both put in to sit at that table in the first place. All of those feelings shine through in the image, as the two are radiant and smiling, looking like they are sharing an inside joke.
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May 2, 2016
Hikers know the importance of a sturdy pair of boots for outdoor adventures. Why, then, do we make our animal companions go barefoot? Even the most toughened paw pads can be vulnerable to punctures from sharp rocks or burrs, and grip-defying surfaces can cause leg injuries. On really hot days, even pavement can cause burns. Ruffwear, purveyors of stylish gear for the all-terrain pooch, has introduced dog boots that temper toughness with tenderness, adding comfort to the rough-and-ready equation.
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December 30, 2015 | BY AARON CARTER, Staff Writer
MIKE WATERS didn't even enter the season as the starting running back for Imhotep Charter. But by year's end, the 5-10, 192-pound senior had broken several city rushing records en route to the Panthers' historic Class AAA state championship. As the Daily News presents its 2015 All-City football list, Waters headlines our top honorees. The Northeast Philadelphia resident scored a record 42 rushing touchdowns this season. He also set a single-season mark for total touchdowns, with 45. Jarrett McClenton (now at Villanova)
NEWS
December 28, 2015 | By Aubrey Whelan, STAFF WRITER
NEW YORK - It has been nearly 20 years since Leslie Odom Jr. felt this way about a show. The first time was 1998, the show was Rent , and there was an open audition for the Broadway cast. Odom was 17, just a kid from East Oak Lane, but he showed up anyway. He just knew he needed to be there. The show - "rebellious, accepting, loving" - was calling him, he said. "It took me all these years, but this show makes me feel like that show. " That show, of course, is Hamilton , the hip-hop musical about founding father Alexander Hamilton, and to call it a sensation would be an understatement.
SPORTS
December 14, 2015 | By Aaron Carter, Inquirer Staff Writer
West Catholic coach Brian Fluck struggled momentarily to gather his woebegone team Saturday after the Burrs fell, 34-19, to Southern Columbia in a PIAA Class AA semifinal at Northern Lehigh. Backsides plopped onto the turf, faces buried deep into hands, and tears, accompanied by sobs, flowed freely. After coaxing a few inconsolable team members back into the huddle, Fluck delivered his message. "I'm proud of this," the 17-year coach told his team. "I'm proud of you guys. You played your asses off. " The Burrs (10-6, 4-0)
SPORTS
November 30, 2015 | The Inquirer Staff
West Catholic made an emphatic return to the state playoffs Saturday, roaring past New Hope-Solebury, 55-14, in a PIAA Class AA first-round game at Plymouth Whitemarsh. Craig Jones did much of the early damage for the Catholic League AA champs. He turned just six touches into 211 all-purpose yards and two touchdowns. Jones rushed for a 31-yard touchdown and had a 90-yard interception return for a touchdown in the first quarter as the Burrs built a 41-0 halftime lead on the District 1 winners.
SPORTS
November 29, 2015 | By Aaron Carter, Inquirer Staff Writer
In this, the digital revolution, perhaps it shouldn't be a surprise that the new players-only meeting takes place in group text-message sessions. West Catholic, the Catholic League Class AA champion, has employed such team-building measures this season in hopes of reclaiming their throne atop the league. "We wanted the Catholic League championship back and we had to practice hard and build team chemistry," said Tymir Oliver, a Rutgers commit as a two-way lineman. The Burrs (8-4, 4-0)
SPORTS
November 16, 2015 | By Mark Whited, Inquirer Staff Writer
West Catholic didn't need much offense Saturday to regain its place on the Catholic League Class AA throne. A second-quarter pass from Joshua Evans to Craig Jones for 40 yards and a touchdown proved to be the winner in the Burrs' 7-6 victory over Lansdale Catholic at Cardinal O'Hara. Ryan Carbone kicked a pair of field goals to bring Lansdale Catholic within one with 1 minute, 9 seconds left in the third quarter. Evans completed 7 of 13 passes for 137 yards. Jameer Bryson made four catches for 67 yards.
SPORTS
November 11, 2015 | BY AARON CARTER, Staff Writer cartera@phillynews.com
CENTRAL SENIOR Jeffrey Coplin had to sit and watch last year as the Lancers struggled through an abysmal season. The southpaw quarterback broke his fibula in Week 1 and played mostly bystander as Central (1-11, 1-5) fell to the bottom of the Public League's AAAA Liberty division. That struggle, however, made last week's 13-12 quarterfinal upset of defending Pub champ Ben Franklin even sweeter. Next up, Coplin and Central, our latest Players of the Week, face host Simon Gratz in semifinal action on Friday.
SPORTS
November 11, 2015 | By Aaron Carter, Inquirer Staff Writer
Central senior Jeffrey Coplin had to sit and watch last year as the Lancers struggled through an abysmal season. The southpaw quarterback suffered a broken leg in Week 1 and played mostly bystander as Central (1-11, 1-5) fell to the bottom of the Public League's AAAA Liberty division. That struggle, however, made last week's 13-12 quarterfinal upset of defending league champion Ben Franklin even sweeter. Next up, Coplin and Central face host Simon Gratz in semifinal action on Friday.
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