December 14, 2014
The North Philadelphia Aztecs, a powerhouse junior pee wee football squad of 8-11-year-olds, take on the defending national champions at the Pop Warner National Super Bowl Championship at Disney World on Saturday morning. The 8:30 a.m. Division I championship against the Gwen Cherry Bulls of Miami will be televised live by ESPN3. The Aztecs defeated the Western New York Bills 33-6 to reach the championships while the Bulls advanced with a 26-0 victory over the East Bay (Calif.)
November 21, 2014 |
KEVIN HARVICK lived up to his "Closer" nickname in style to win his first Sprint Cup series championship. Harvick impressively swept the last two Chase races. He had to win at Phoenix to reach the final four. Then the 38-year-old Californian seized the opportunity in the final laps at Homestead, Fla., Sunday, and now he's a champion. "It's an incredible feeling of accomplishment," Harvick said Wednesday on a conference call. "I'm a guy that dreamed about being a race-car driver and winning a Cup championship.
November 17, 2014 |
THREE WEEKS after Imhotep Charter thrashed West Philadelphia High, 66-6, deja vu was in full effect Saturday afternoon with the Panthers' 62-0 rout over the Speedboys to capture the Public League Class AAA championship at Northeast High field. Despite tallying 62 unanswered points en route to the title, Imhotep coach Albie Crosby delivered a post-game message, firmly reminding his team: "State Champions. Still not done. " Senior quarterback Andre Dreuitt-Parks seems to have that slogan set in his mind.
November 11, 2014 |
IT TOOK 5 years, but it finally hit Mike McLaughlin. For years growing up, the Philadelphia native and Father Judge High graduate came to the hallowed halls on South 33rd Street and watched basketball games with his family. The game took him to Division II Holy Family, where his 1,710 points still rank fifth in school history. He played after college for a bit with the Washington Generals and Harlem Globetrotters, playing in more than 50 countries. He went on to coach the women's team at his alma mater for 14 seasons, where he piled up 407 wins vs. 61 losses.
October 30, 2014 |
Northeast won its second Public League boys' soccer title in three years on Tuesday, knocking off visiting Washington, 4-1, in the final. Vikings coach Kraig Feldman said he thought he had a championship-caliber team when his squad defeated Archbishop Ryan at home in September. "I knew then this was a special group. They had what it takes," the second-year coach said. "Our team has a lot of skill and ability. They put it all together and play with heart. " Senior forward Abraham Kamara netted a hat trick, and Adin Hernandez-Carrera added a goal and an assist.
October 16, 2014 |
Five years had been long enough. With another Central League title finally within reach, the Conestoga girls' soccer team wasted little time on Tuesday afternoon. Annie Guttman and Amelia Kienzle put in two goals each and the Pioneers did all their scoring before halftime in a 7-0 victory over visiting Upper Darby. That clinched their first league title since 2009. Pioneer Athletic Conference semifinals. Gabrielle Vagnozzi scored twice, and Spring-Ford held on to knock off Phoenixville, 3-2, at Owen J. Roberts.
September 20, 2014 |
It took some extra work for George Forster, but he found his way into the Philadelphia Section PGA record books on Thursday. Forster, the head pro at Radnor Valley Country Club in Villanova, sank an eight-foot birdie putt on the third playoff hole to defeat Stu Ingraham and capture the Philadelphia PGA Championship at Llanerch Country Club in Havertown. With the victory, at age 58, Forster became the oldest player ever to win the section's premier event, beating out Marty Furgol, who won in 1970 at 54. He also did it 15 years after his previous section championship.
September 5, 2014 |
BEGINNING tomorrow at Bethlehem's historic Saucon Valley Country Club, 264 players will tee it up in the 34th U.S. Mid-Amateur Championship, which Berwyn's Jay Sigel won three times in a 5-year span in the mid-1980s. Defending champion Michael McCoy, who finally got his first USGA title at the age of 50 in his 38th USGA event, is in the field. As is four-time winner Nathan Smith, from western Pennsylvania. Thomas Olson, who turned 68 in June, is the oldest competitor. And Joseph Rice IV, who celebrated his 25th birthday last week, is the youngest - by 12 days over Andrew Wyatt.
August 29, 2014 |
The first reminder we're starting a new era of college football: The national championship game won't be at the Rose Bowl or in New Orleans or Miami or any other site of the traditional big bowls. On Jan. 12, everybody will watch the action from the place Jerry Jones built, AT&T Stadium, in Arlington, Texas. Probably around midnight, a champion will be crowned, and the first year of the new four-team playoff system will be in the books. Those four teams are as far as the sport's powers (i.e., the power five conferences)
August 29, 2014
IF YOU haven't gotten your tix yet for October's Great American Beer Festival, in Denver, too late. The world's largest beer-judging event is sold out. But here's an insider's tip that will give you a taste of some of the champions: The last week of August is when local breweries deliver their bottles to Colorado for the medal competition. That means that specialties brewed especially for the event - the very best of their portfolios - go on tap locally over Labor Day weekend. Which means that, come October, when you hear that a local brewpub like Stewart's, in Bear, Del., or Round Guys, in Lansdale, has won a gold medal, you'll be kicking yourself if you don't get out there and taste 'em this weekend.