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.
April 7, 2016 |
HOUSTON - To get to the core of the celebratory swirl that the Villanova Wildcats seemed to conjure by magic late Monday night - the raised court at NRG Stadium coated in tissue-paper confetti made of blue rectangles, white stars, and yellow streamers; every player smiling and wearing a black-and-gray baseball cap with the word champions in raised gold lettering; Jay Wright standing atop a platform, as if he were already riding a parade float; Liz...
April 6, 2016 |
Villanova won the championship in Houston, but the real party Monday night was 1,550 miles away on the Main Line. More than 4,200 students and alumni stormed out of the Pavilion the moment their Wildcats beat the No. 1-seeded University of North Carolina Tar Heels, 77 to 74, to win the school's second NCAA basketball championship. After a tense game that brought out both cheers and nerves from the navy-and-white-decked crowd in Villanova's Pavilion, pandemonium erupted at the final buzzer.
April 5, 2016 |
On the night of Villanova's last NCAA basketball championship win 31 years ago, students, alumni and other devoted fans stormed the Radnor-area campus in celebration. Booze flew off the shelves of local liquor stores and roads were closed. That's how Michael McGrath, police superintendent for Lower Merion Township, a patrolman at the time, remembers it. Now, as the Wildcats take on the No. 1-seeded University of North Carolina Tarheels at 9 p.m. Monday in Houston for the national championship, McGrath has the challenge of helping coordinate a safety plan with officers from agencies throughout the region in case of a Nova victory.
March 17, 2016
Boys' Tournament of Champions 2015: Roselle Catholic 57, Pope John Paul II 45 2014: St. Joseph (Met.) 49, Newark E. Side 47 2013: Roselle Catholic 65, St. Joseph (Met.) 49 2012: St. Anthony 62, Plainfield 62 2011: St. Anthony 61, Plainfield 49 2010: Trenton Cath 53, Camden Catholic 39 2009: St. Patrick's 73, Science 57 2008: St. Anthony 69, Science Park 36 2007: St. Patrick's 85, Bloomfield Tech 61 2006: St. Patrick's 61, Linden 54 2005: Seton Hall Prep 63, St. Patrick's 60 2004: St. Anthony 67, Bloomfield Tech 55 2003: St. Patrick 61, Camden Catholic 38 2002: St. Anthony 69, Neptune 49 2001: St. Anthony 48, Shabazz 47 2000: Camden 50, Seton Hall Prep 46 1999: Seton Hall Prep 54, Teaneck 45 1998: St. Patrick 62, Seton Hall Prep 49 1997: St. Anthony 69, Seton Hall Prep 63 1996: St. Anthony 65, Shawnee 57, OT 1995: St. Anthony 47, Shawnee 44 1994: Orange 64, Paterson Catholic 56 1993: St. Anthony def. Middle Township 1992: Shawnee 46, Marist 41 1991: St. Anthony 63, Seton Hall 39 1990: Elizabeth 65, St. Anthony 62 1989: St. Anthony 62, Elizabeth 55 Boys' Group 1 State Finals 2015: Paulsboro 78, University 48 2014: Pitman 59, Bloomfield Tech 48 2013: Point Pleasant Beach 43, Dayton 39 2012: Asbury Park 79, University 76 2011: Asbury Park 64, Dayton 50 2010: University 70, Woodbury 62 2009: University 65, Asbury Park 54 2008: Science...
March 14, 2016 |
TOMS RIVER, N.J. - The perfect half ended with the perfect shot. St. Augustine already was leading Don Bosco by 23 points and was well on its way to what could become an astounding 83-50 victory in the Non-Public A state championship game Saturday night in the Pine Belt Arena at Toms River North High School. The Hermits already were all but a lock to secure the fifth state title in program history, and to improve their record to 30-1 and to advance to the Tournament of Champions.
February 29, 2016 |
Holy Ghost Prep's deliberate approach on offense, which led to a high number of baskets, achieved its goal of taking Bicentennial Athletic League rival Lower Moreland out of its usual rhythm. "We definitely tried to slow the tempo down," senior wing Jack Coolahan said. "I think that was a big difference in how the game played out. " The Firebirds, also switching the looks of their zone defense, easily handled the Lions, 74-54, in the PIAA District 1 Class 3A final Saturday night at Council Rock South.
February 12, 2016 |
Kingsway rattled off three consecutive pins on Wednesday night to seal a 36-31 win over host Egg Harbor in the South Jersey Group 5 semifinals. Trace Kinner recorded a pin in 2 minutes, 27 seconds at 120 pounds. He was followed by his brother, Quinn, who pinned in 3:04 at 126. Atlee Cullison clinched the upset with his 65-second pin at 132. The win moves third-seeded Kingsway into Friday night's final against top-seeded Southern Regional, who knocked off Cherokee, 50-21. Cherokee's Colin Wickramaratna (113)
February 4, 2016 |
With the Public League crown on the line, all eyes were fixated on Isaac Morales as he took the mat on Tuesday for the final match of the night in front of a packed house at Central High School. Northeast led by four points, so Central needed at least a major decision to even force a tie. But Northeast's senior captain, admittedly, wasn't feeling so stone cold. He could feel the pressure mounting on him. "I was nervous," Morales said. "I had never been in a situation like that before, but I kept my composure and pulled through.
January 22, 2016 |
BRING ON the snow and bring on the conference championship games. Sunday's doubleheader is typically fascinating. Four great quarterbacks. All sorts of talented wide receivers. Denver's great defense. Carolina's great linebackers. Just hope the zebras don't get in the way. There are enough story lines in these games for a dozen daytime soap operas. Here are just a few: Patriots (13-4) at Broncos (13-4) Seeds: Patriots, AFC-2; Broncos, AFC-1. When: Sunday, 3:05 p.m. TV: CBS (Jim Nantz, Phil Simms, Tracy Wolfson, Evan Washburn)