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March 16, 2013 | By Austin Odenbrett, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
SHILLINGTON, Pa. - As Cardinal O'Hara players took their warm-ups Friday night, they saw their opponents wearing shirts with "Finish Strong" across the back. The Lions never let Central Dauphin get that far. O'Hara dominated from the start and easily defeated the Rams, 60-24, in the quarterfinals of the PIAA Class AAAA girls' basketball tournament at Governor Mifflin. "We played great," Cardinal O'Hara coach Linus McGinty said. "I thought everybody played well. " O'Hara (23-6)
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March 21, 2013 | By Rick O'Brien, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Tim Kelly has been let go as Cardinal O'Hara boys' basketball coach after five seasons. "They said they didn't like the way the program was going," he said. "It kind of came out of nowhere, because I didn't get a lot of feedback in the time I was there. " Kelly, a 1983 O'Hara graduate, went 34-46. The Lions were 8-14 overall and 2-11 in the Catholic League this season. "I think it was just a decision that we needed to go in a different direction," O'Hara athletic director Steve Langley said.
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May 17, 1987 | By David Porter, Special to The Inquirer
For most of the spring, talk in area track and field circles has focused on Cardinal O'Hara's girls' 3,200-meter relay team, which owns the second-fastest time in the nation for the distance. Yesterday at the Catholic League Championships, however, Lions coach Joe Shields juggled his lineup, passing up a certain victory in the event in favor of entering two of the relay team members, Michele Torelli and Megan Cepetelli, in an extra individual event each. The gamble paid off, as Torelli and Cepetelli won two events each to lead the Lions to the Catholic League team championship over 11 other teams.
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April 17, 2013 | By Rick O'Brien, Inquirer Staff Writer
Cardinal O'Hara's Thaddius Smith, a quick-footed junior wide receiver and defensive back, orally committed to play at Boston College in a Monday afternoon news conference. "I like everything about the school - the academics, the city, the campus, the coaches," the 5-foot-11, 175-pounder said. "Coach [Steve] Addazio recruited me the hardest of anybody. " Smith, a three-star recruit according to Rivals.com, chose the Eagles over runner-up Temple. He also had interest from James Madison, Massachusetts, Rutgers, Toledo, and Villanova.
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October 28, 2012 | The Inquirer Staff
A 21-point first-half deficit failed to deter Lansdale Catholic as the Crusaders rallied in the second half to drop Cardinal O'Hara, 33-28, in a Catholic League Class AAA game Saturday. Pat Duggan threw four touchdown passes, including the game-winner from 8 yards out to James Ward with 6 minutes, 38 seconds left. In the third quarter, Duggan found Ward for a 40-yard touchdown, and the senior running back also ran for a 3-yard score. Lansdale Catholic improved to 1-2 in the league.
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March 8, 2015 | By Kate Harman, For The Inquirer
When Hannah Nihill gets the basketball, she immediately looks up. Her first thought as she makes her way down the floor is almost always, "Where's Mary?" Cardinal O'Hara's point guard, Nihill, is as quick as they come. And her teammate, Mary Sheehan, can motor down the floor as well. And that's how it went Friday night: No. 20 (Nihill) to No. 13 (Sheehan). Repeat. The sophomore duo was a dangerous one for O'Hara, which beat Radnor, 54-36, in the first-round of the PIAA Class AAAA state tournament at Lansdale Catholic.
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September 27, 2012 | By Megan Soisson, Inquirer Staff Writer
When three attackers have been playing field hockey together for three years, it's inevitable that they'll develop a bit of chemistry. That's exactly what happened Wednesday at Cardinal O'Hara, as juniors Marissa Cicione and Grace Boston and senior Carlie Spaeder combined for five goals and an assist in the Lions' 9-0 rout of Archbishop Ryan. "They've really been working really hard this year to really mesh and play a lot better together," O'Hara coach Marie Murphy said. "They really work on their passes with each other and, if they don't have anything, really using our backfield to try to get it up to them.
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January 10, 2013 | By Kate Harman, For The Inquirer
Mia Farmer isn't one to show a lot of emotion on the basketball court. Calm and quietly intense, the junior guard for Cardinal O'Hara doesn't lose her cool or break into a wide smile as she runs up and down the floor. Instead, she makes a statement with the way she conducts herself and plays the game. On Wednesday night, with her team up by 20 points against Catholic League rival Archbishop Carroll en route to a 60-34 victory, Farmer threw both hands high above her head as a teammate sank a shot from the perimeter.
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April 6, 2015 | By Aaron Carter, Inquirer Staff Writer
The bright white baseball rocketed off the bat of Gabe Smith and climbed into the light blue sky above Penn Charter's baseball field. On a blustery day, the fourth-inning blast caught a timely gust and easily cleared the fence in right-center field. Luckier still for Smith, a senior centerfielder for the Quakers, he was out of earshot when his head coach quipped to those sitting behind third base. "He's lucky that went out," said David Miller, who was coaching third base. "I gave him the 3-0 take [sign]
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February 23, 2013 | By Kate Harman, For The Inquirer
As a point guard, Mackenzie Rule is used to handling the basketball. So when the Cardinal O'Hara girls' team was playing possession in the waning seconds of its Catholic League semifinal Thursday night against Archbishop Carroll at Philadelphia University, the ball found its way to Rule. It definitely meant something to Rule, her teammates, and the dozens of fans wearing purple in support of the senior. Rule said she felt as if her teammates "wanted" her to be the last one holding the ball.
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February 4, 2016 | By Matt Breen, STAFF WRITER
Erica DeCandido became the second player in Gwynedd Mercy history to score 1,000 career points as the host Monarchs fell on Wednesday night to Cardinal O'Hara, 50-45, in a non-league game. DeCandido finished with a game-high 24 points to bring her career mark to 1,010. Hannah Nihill had five assists for O'Hara. Mary Sheehan added eight rebounds and Lauren Leicht had three assists. Friends Schools. Courtney Redcross scored 20 points and Anna Camden added 10 as Shipley topped visiting Westtown, 48-42.
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January 20, 2016 | By Kate Harman, For The Inquirer
The first test for the Neumann-Goretti girls' basketball team occurred just four games into the season - against Archbishop Wood - in a rematch of the previous two Catholic League championship games. The Saints passed. The next test came just over a week later against Inter-Ac power Germantown Academy. After that was a trip to Delaware with tough teams from New York waiting to take down the Saints. Check and check. A couple of league matchups here, a familiar opponent there, and the Saints had yet to falter.
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January 11, 2016 | By Rick O, Inquirer Columnist
Following the end of his six-year NFL career, Dan Connor joined West Chester University's football staff as a volunteer assistant in the spring of 2014. It took little time for Golden Rams boss Bill Zwaan to get a sense that the former Strath Haven and Penn State star linebacker had what it took to be a solid coach. "I was really impressed with the way he related to our college guys," Zwaan said. "He got the kids on board right away and got them to understand what he wanted them to do. " After two years as West Chester's linebackers and special-teams coach, Connor, who played at Strath Haven from 2000 to 2003, was announced as the new football leader at Archbishop Carroll on Thursday.
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January 10, 2016 | By Kate Harman, For The Inquirer
Mackenzie Gardler says her mother, Katie, doesn't like it when the sophomore guard is at the foul line. Much like being the parent of a goalkeeper, a pitcher or any other position where the onus of the attention is all on one person, watching a loved one shoot free throws can be nerve-racking. Cover your eyes, butterflies in your stomach, clench your jaw. Nerve-racking. Add a close contest for Gardler's Cardinal O'Hara girls' basketball team against league rival Archbishop Wood and an intense atmosphere, and it's safe to say that for the first three quarters Friday night, Katie Gardler was feeling it from her spot in the bleachers.
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December 31, 2015
Sunday January 3, 4:30 p.m. Archbishop Wood vs. St. Anthony (N.Y) at St. Dominic The Vikings have had a tough start to the season, mainly because they play a rigorous nonleague schedule. A win here would be a confidence boost before Wood's impending matchup with Cardinal O'Hara.
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December 19, 2015 | By Kate Harman, Staff Writer
Records are through Thursday.   1. Neumann-Goretti (1) 4-0 2. Cardinal O'Hara (2) 2-0 3. Archbishop Wood (3) 2-1 4. Gwynedd Mercy (5) 4-0 5. Mount St. Jos. (NR) 7-0 6. Perkiomen Valley (7) 6-0 7. North Penn (8) 5-2 8. Germantown Academy (NR) 6-0 9. C.B. South (9) 4-1 10. Bishop Shanahan (10) 6-0 Also considered (listed alphabetically): Abington (2-3), Acad. Notre Dame (4-1), Boyertown (3-2), C.B. East (4-1), Imhotep (5-0), Upper Dublin (3-2)
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November 23, 2015 | By Frank Fitzpatrick, Inquirer Staff Writer
Like all of us, Gene had many faults. But the greatest of those may have been devotion. When my closest high school buddy and college roommate found something he liked, he didn't embrace it. He snatched it with bulldog jaws and, whether good or bad, refused to let go. We were Cardinal O'Hara freshmen when we latched onto the school's basketball team. If the two of us missed a single game in four high school years, I don't recall it. We hitchhiked to games, took buses and subways, bummed rides with players' parents.
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November 12, 2015 | By Adam Hermann, Inquirer Staff Writer
The rain came in sheets, and the turf squished with each hurried step. These were not ideal conditions for a Conestoga field hockey team that thrives when its passes leave one stick and find another. But the rain was helpless against pinpoint distribution Tuesday, and Conestoga knocked off Cardinal O'Hara, 3-2, in the first round of the PIAA Class AAA field hockey playoffs at the Germantown Super Site. "Our passing was amazing," junior Meredith Ross said. "We really played as a team.
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November 7, 2015 | By Adam Hermann, Inquirer Staff Writer
Cardinal O'Hara's celebration Thursday began with 1 minute, 44 seconds left in the game. The about-to-be-crowned Catholic League field hockey champions began to stomp and scream on the sideline, anticipation building as Molly Grady left the field at Neumann University, victory safely in tow. As Bonner-Prendergast rushed one last time and the clock wound down on a 4-0 victory, Grady and teammate Megan Shallow clung to each other. The second championship of their careers and O'Hara's second title in three years belonged to the girl in the No. 27 jersey.
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November 4, 2015 | By Mark Macyk, Inquirer Staff Writer
Halftime was about to begin, but Bonner-Prendergast's defense refused to break. Archbishop Carroll's field hockey team lined up for seven penalty corners Monday with no time on the clock at the end of the first half. Casey Rafferty, Lisa Tomasetti and Kacie Farrell turned away all seven scoring chances. Carly Brosious rewarded her defense in the second half by tipping in Riley Dolan's pass with eight minutes left to send the Pandas to a 2-1 home win in the Catholic League semifinals.
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