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SPORTS
June 6, 2016 | By William Snow, STAFF WRITER
The Collegiate Rugby Championship men's division got off to a dramatic start on the first day of pool play Saturday at Talen Energy Stadium. All 24 teams played three matches each, ranging from physical contests to all-out brawls on an entertaining day of rugby sevens action. Three-time champion Cal and two-time champ Dartmouth each won all its group games. The Big Green finished their pool play with a dramatic comeback win against 2010 champion Utah. The 19-15 final was a statement.
SPORTS
June 5, 2016 | By Aaron Carter, STAFF WRITER
Sometimes defeat can be the best teacher of success. Conestoga, however, hadn't tasted such bitterness much of this lacrosse season. That is until the Lady Pioneers fell in the District 1 playoffs to eventual district champion Radnor. Now, Conestoga (18-1) hopes its only blemish this season catapults the squad to a state championship. "We all got fired up after it," said senior Sondra Dickey. "I think that was our motivation to get better and not be satisfied. " Saturday at 11 a.m. at Avon Grove, the Lady Pioneers, the 5th seed from District 1, will face Kennard Dale (23-1)
SPORTS
June 4, 2016 | By Phil Anastasia, STAFF WRITER
There was a "freak accident" that resulted in a broken hand that cost him a large chunk of the season. There was the overly exuberant celebration that resulted in a sprained ankle that cost him another game. "I'm definitely done with injuries for this year," Pitman baseball standout Billy Cavender said. What's truly remarkable about Cavender's junior season isn't that he's spent such a significant section of it on the sideline. It's what he's done in his time on the field.
SPORTS
May 30, 2016 | By Aaron Carter, STAFF WRITER
SHIPPENSBURG, Pa. - Chanel Brissett isn't likely to shrink from a challenge. After all, wilting during adversity doesn't help you qualify for the U.S. Olympic track and field trials as a junior in high school. Before Saturday afternoon's PIAA track and field championships at Shippensburg, however, the Cheltenham phenom was tested. After banging her knee on a hurdle during Friday's 100-meter hurdle preliminaries, Brissett was forced to pull out of the 200 dash later that day. All she did on Saturday was win the Class 3A 100 hurdles in record time and anchor Cheltenham's 4x100 relay team while helping set another record.
SPORTS
May 28, 2016 | By Joe Juliano, STAFF WRITER
The key to victory in the Golf Association of Philadelphia's Middle-Amateur Championship for Matt Mattare probably came on Wednesday, when he gave himself a pep talk after he missed a 5-foot birdie putt that didn't come close to going in. "I just waved at it," the 30-year-old Saucon Valley member said Thursday after capturing the Middle-Amateur in a three-man playoff. "It was my 11th hole. I was like, 'What are you doing being tentative? You're not even in the tournament. Start being decisive.' From that point forward, before every shot, I was like, 'Be decisive.' " Mattare, who works in wealth management in New York and lives in Jersey City, N.J., shot a 1-over-par 72 at Waynesborough Country Club in Paoli to finish at 1-over 143. Michael Brown, the 2009 Middle-Amateur champion, already was at that number for 36 holes after a 70. Together, the two waited as Matthew Finger, a co-leader after the first round, lined up a 4-foot par putt at the par-5 18th that would give him the victory.
SPORTS
May 28, 2016 | By Aaron Carter, STAFF WRITER
Only seconds remained in the third quarter of the District 1 boys' championship game Thursday at West Chester Henderson when seniors Nick Venacchio and Michael Sowers helped Upper Dublin seize control - and its first district championship. The Suburban One champion Cardinals led Ches-Mont champ Avon Grove by just two goals before Sowers maneuvered behind the net and deftly found Venacchio, who caught the ball in traffic and fired in one motion for a goal just before the buzzer. The Cardinals never looked back and flew away with a 12-7 victory against the Red Devils, who had won three of the last four district titles.
SPORTS
April 24, 2016 | By Aaron Carter, Staff Writer
The PIAA boys' and girls' lacrosse championships, typically held at Hersheypark Stadium, will move to West Chester East High in June to accommodate a Beyoncé concert, according Melissa Mertz, associate executive director of the PIAA. Beyoncé, the internationally renowned singer and performer, was booked for June 12 in Hershey. The lacrosse finals were slated for June 11. "I just joked around saying, 'What lacrosse isn't as sexy as Beyoncé?' " said Mertz, laughing. As first reported by Lancaster Online, the lacrosse finals will still be held on June 11 in West Chester East's Zimmerman Stadium.
SPORTS
April 12, 2016 | By Bill Lyon, FOR THE INQUIRER
Hockey. Beg pardon? Hockey, he repeated. Hockey. He confessed later that he wasn't sold on it, but it looked like there was an opening and if there was anything he could spot, Ed Snider - a dapper, feisty bulldog - could sniff out an opening. And then pounce on it. And this promising opening was a team of professional athletes in a game of whooshing speed and concussive collisions, played on ice by toothless men ready, willing and able to drop gloves and bleed at the first instigation, and bleeding plays big on Broad Street.
SPORTS
April 10, 2016 | By Joe Juliano, STAFF WRITER
AS THE two buses holding members of Villanova's national championship basketball team rolled slowly Friday toward City Hall, the crowds became more tightly packed on the sidewalks on either side of Market Street until they turned into one virtual sea of humanity. "I didn't imagine this many people," senior guard and co-captain Ryan Arcidiacono said. "We were supposed to get out at 17th Street and walk and shake everyone's hand, but there were too many people and (police) thought it would be too dangerous.
NEWS
April 8, 2016
THE FIRST TIME I felt it, I was a first-year law student desperately trying to figure out why she was getting bottom-basement grades when she'd been on the honor roll most of her pampered life. It was three quarters into a difficult academic year, and I was almost ready to call it quits. The B-minuses and C-pluses were an embarrassment, and I told my mother I would honor Daddy's memory better if I didn't make a mockery of his profession by failing out of law school. That law school was Villanova, and I cursed every blessed corner of the place.
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