May 20, 2016 |
FRED DeBERARDINIS, a lifelong South Philadelphian and World War II Navy veteran, died Wednesday. He was 91. Mr. DeBerardinis grew up near 13th and Morris Streets, and was a member of the second graduating class of Edward Bok Vocational High School in 1942. During World War II, he served in the U.S. Navy. Later, he worked for General Electric at the GE Philadelphia Service Shop for 40 years. After marrying his wife of 66 years, Antoinette Caccavo DeBerardinis, he raised his family in South Philadelphia.
April 22, 2016 |
Shayonn Talley kept throwing strikes. Talley tossed a no-hitter in Parkway West's 20-1 win against visiting Edison in a Public League Silver Division softball game Wednesday. She pitched three innings before the game ended because of the mercy rule. Parkway West's Imani Dennis finished 4 for 4 with four runs and five RBIs. She also tripled, as did Nicole James. Public League Platinum. Rush's Morgan Hoffman earned a win in her first high school start, helping Rush defeat host Swenson, 22-0, in three innings.
June 6, 2015 |
ALLENTOWN - Pressed up against the fence at Patriots Park, Meg Wimmer was her usual engaged and animated self. The Chichester captain was talking, clapping, and gesticulating. Tiffany Malin had just beaten out an infield single in the bottom of the seventh inning. This meant Wimmer was likely to get at least one more at-bat in an Eagles' uniform. The Brown recruit, who had put her team on her back all year long, eventually made her way to the plate with two outs. She did exactly what her teammates have come to expect from her, roping one to right-center and knocking in a run. Fittingly, it was the final hit and run scored of Chichester's season, as the Eagles fell to Nanticoke, 6-1, in the quarterfinals of the PIAA Class AAA playoffs.
June 5, 2015 |
Carly Jensen made sure St. Basil's first trip to states would not be a one-and-done proposition. The freshman shortstop connected on a two-out, two-strike, bases-loaded single in the bottom of the eighth Wednesday to send the Panthers to a 1-0 victory in the first round of the PIAA Class AA softball tournament at Plymouth Whitemarsh. Nicole Eberhard struck out four in eight innings of five-hit ball for St. Basil, which captured the District 1 championship last week. St. Basil will play District 3 runner-up Kutztown, which eliminated Conwell-Egan, 1-0, in the quarterfinals.
June 1, 2015 |
The pop of the softball after it comes out of Meg Wimmer's right hand and into Nicole O'Donnell's glove is more noticeable these days. Since the Chichester ace first stepped onto the mound this season, that sound has been louder. And to opposing batters, the ball has looked more like a blur than usual. Wimmer, a senior, has been an imposing presence for the Eagles (21-2) since she walked into the circle as a freshman. But for her final campaign, she's been putting together something really special.
May 30, 2015 |
Claire Emplit got a haircut. The Villa Maria softball coach promised her team that it could cut off her braids if it won a district crown. After a 1-0 win over top-seeded Chichester in the District 1 Class AAA final Thursday at Strath Haven, the Hurricanes grabbed the scissors. "They did what they had to do," Emplit said. "They've been waiting all season to cut off my braid, and it feels amazing. " Junior Maddie Abbot struck out seven and walked none in a three-hitter to lead No. 3 Villa Maria (16-6)
May 10, 2015 |
From the street, Bob Shoudt's home looks like any other in his King of Prussia neighborhood. The red brick and white siding is like his neighbors', and flower beds surround the walkway. The front door squeaks when it opens, and there is a staircase in the kitchen that leads to a basement. Therein lies what makes the home unique - the gathered fruit of a 51-year coaching career. Cases and shelves, featuring dozens of autographed baseballs, signed football helmets and track & field medals, cover the wall farthest from the stairs.
May 3, 2015 |
Nicole O'Donnell has heard her father's stories. The ones about Jim O'Donnell's days playing in the Phillies farm system, and his history in Upper Darby. She remembers him telling her about his long streak without committing a passed ball. Following in his footsteps as a catcher, O'Donnell has learned a lot from those conversations. For the first 12 games of the season, the sophomore had not let a single passed ball by her. In a 7-1 win over Cardinal O'Hara on Friday afternoon, however, O'Donnell let a first-inning pitch from Meghan Wimmer go through her legs.
January 26, 2015 |
Heavyweight Bruce Graeber scored a pin to clinch host Neshaminy's 31-26 win over Plymouth Whitemarsh on Saturday at the Neshaminy Duals. He finished the pin in 4 minutes, 55 seconds and it made the score 31-23 with one match to go. Neshaminy won all five of its matches for the day, also beating Archbishop Carroll, Chichester, Northeast, and Pine Grove. In Neshaminy's 51-22 win over Chichester, 170-pound Ben Stern earned a pin in 24 seconds. He also had a 25-second pin in a 63-12 win over Archbishop Carroll.
December 13, 2014 |
It looked as if Thursday was going to mark the start of another losing streak for West Catholic. Instead, four days after winning for the first time in 29 games, the Burrs rallied from a 15-point halftime deficit and defeated Chichester, 40-39, in a nonleague basketball game. Akyra Murray scored 15 of her game-high 24 points after halftime and grabbed 12 rebounds. Kimberly Worrell made a defensive stop with 4.9 seconds remaining, then grabbed the final rebound and dribbled out the win. The Burrs, who went 0-18 last season, improved to 2-1. In other nonleague action: Courtney Redcross scored 18 points as Shipley headed across the street and defeated Baldwin, 42-38.