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SPORTS
July 20, 2014 | By Joe Juliano, Inquirer Staff Writer
WILMINGTON - After being absent from the Philadelphia Women's Match Play Championship for six years, Meghan Stasi returned to one of the nation's oldest amateur tournaments for women and ended the week with a familiar result. The 36-year-old Stasi, a former Voorhees resident who now lives in Oakland Park, Fla., played solid all-around golf and sank her share of clutch putts Friday to defeat Emily Gimpel, 2 and 1, at Wilmington Country Club's South course and win the event for the eighth time.
NEWS
June 15, 2014 | By Rick O'Brien, Inquirer Staff Writer
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. - Twenty-seven days. That's how long it took La Salle's baseball team to go from being on the brink of season extinction to holding aloft a state-championship trophy for the second time in three years. The Explorers, after overcoming two Catholic League playoff losses last month, showed some more resiliency Friday afternoon while beating Conestoga, 4-2, in eight innings for the PIAA Class AAAA title at Penn State's Medlar Field at Lubrano Park. After ace Dom Cuoci escaped a bases-loaded jam in the seventh inning, Brian Buckley produced the winning hit, a two-run single past a drawn-in infield, on an 0-2 pitch in the eighth.
SPORTS
June 13, 2014 | By Joe Juliano, Inquirer Staff Writer
PINEHURST, N.C. - It takes a unique mind-set to break off a highly publicized engagement at the beginning of a week and win a golf tournament at the end of the same week. Then again, Rory McIlroy is a unique player. McIlroy announced May 21 that he had broken off his engagement to tennis star Caroline Wozniacki, to whom he had become engaged Dec. 31. Four days later, he hoisted the winner's trophy in the BMW PGA Championship in England, his first victory of 2014. The 25-year-old Northern Irishman hopes to employ the same steely focus in the U.S. Open starting Thursday at Pinehurst Resort and Country Club's No. 2 course.
SPORTS
June 3, 2014 | BY TYLER TYNES, Daily News Staff Writer tynest@phillynews.com
WITH 2 minutes left in the Collegiate Rugby Championship against Kutztown, California had hit a snag in its plan. Following a scrum near the try-zone, Jake Anderson got caught in the center of the field between several defenders. Frantic, he found Patrick Barrientes streaking down the left touch line and lobbed a skip pass 10 meters to his teammate across the grass. Barrientes received it with a Kutztown defender in front of him and leapt 5 meters from the emerald pitch. When he came back to earth, Cal had scored and finally put the contest out of reach.
SPORTS
May 31, 2014 | By Joe Juliano, Inquirer Staff Writer
Founded in 1955, the LPGA Championship is the oldest tournament on the LPGA Tour, and it enjoyed a successful 11-year run at DuPont Country Club in Wilmington with McDonald's as the title sponsor. But the association has decided to take the championship up a notch, announcing Thursday that it has partnered with the PGA of America and KPMG, a professional business services company, to create the KPMG Women's PGA Championship starting next year at Westchester Country Club in Rye, N.Y. The event, which is expected to rotate to other major metropolitan markets, will provide a boost in prize money from $2.25 million, the purse for this year's Wegman's LPGA Championship near Rochester, N.Y., to $3.5 million and receive weekend national television coverage on NBC. "For us, this is a major step in supporting the women's game," Pete Bevacqua, the chief executive officer of the PGA of America, said Thursday during a news conference in New York.
SPORTS
May 31, 2014 | By Mark Whited, Inquirer Staff Writer
When Lansdale Catholic coach Paul Suder sent Ashley Seal to the circle, he did so with full confidence in his starter, and his team. The decision to let the sophomore pitch paid off, as Seal threw a five-inning no-hitter in the Crusaders' 13-0 win Thursday over Franklin Towne Charter in the District 12 Class AAA softball final at Arcadia University. "She really hit her spots and had good control," Suder said. "She stayed ahead in the counts and made them chase pitches. " In the second inning, Kristen Szczepaniak and Alyssa Messina slugged back-to-back home runs to give Lansdale Catholic a 7-0 lead.
SPORTS
May 25, 2014 | By Mark Macyk, Inquirer Staff Writer
Three South Jersey varsity teams won national titles at the Scholastic Rowing Association of America Championships on Saturday on Mercer Lake in Princeton Junction. The Holy Spirit boys' lightweight eight took gold, winning in 4 minutes, 39.39 seconds. Lawrenceville came in two seconds later. Holy Spirit's lightweight girls' eight also won, crossing in 5:09.92. Mount St. Joseph (Pa.) placed second in 5:12.45. The Holy Cross girls' double took first when it crossed the finish line in 5:44.84.
SPORTS
May 25, 2014 | BY AARON CARTER, Daily News Staff Writer cartera@phillynews.com
TO THE VICTORS go the photo shoots. After Ss. Neumann-Goretti claimed its third Catholic League championship in 4 years yesterday with an 11-0 win against Roman Catholic, the Saints' "Big Three" gathered on the infield between first and second base on Ward Field at La Salle College High. With junior southpaw Pat Doudican and sophomore righty Ethan Pritchett each clutching the championship plaque, the duo summoned yesterday's hero, senior lefty Charlie Jerla, for a photo-op with former longtime Daily News sports writer Ted Silary.
SPORTS
May 9, 2014 | By Tim McManus, Inquirer Staff Writer
Central got off to a roaring start Wednesday at the Public League Track and Field Championships at Johnston Stadium in Mount Airy. The Lancers won four of the first six finals contested on Day 1. Walt Pegues claimed two championships. He leaped 22 feet, 7 inches to capture the long jump, and he won the triple jump with a mark of 43-21/2. Sam Reid won the discus with a throw of 151-10, and Jonathon Henderson took gold in the javelin with a heave of 142-7. In the day's other final, Masterman's Joseph Previdi and Julian Roessler ran first and second in the 3,200 meters.
SPORTS
March 18, 2014 | By Chris Melchiorre, For The Inquirer
TOMS RIVER, N.J. - The Woodrow Wilson fan section more than doubled that of West Morris Central. The fans were loud and on their feet virtually the entire game. "People say nothing good comes out of Camden," said Wilson junior guard Ciarah Bennett. "But we had the whole city behind us. And that pushed us. It just feels so good to win this for our city, and to win it for ourselves. " The Wilson girls' basketball team clawed its way to a 70-64 win over West Morris in Sunday's state Group 3 championship at the Pine Belt Arena.
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