May 11, 2013 |
Valley Forge Military Academy's loss turned out to be Springside Chestnut Hill Academy's gain. "It was a good experience, but it just wasn't for me," Zach Jancarski said of his two-year stay at Valley Forge. "I mostly decided to go there because my dad [Dave] was a military guy and thought I should give it a try. " With the aid of Jancarski, now in his third year at Springside Chestnut Hill, the visiting Blue Devils crushed Penn Charter, 16-1, in five innings Friday to keep alive their bid for an Inter-Ac League championship.
April 15, 2013 |
Chris Lubanski's burning desire to fulfill a childhood dream of playing major-league baseball eventually gave way to a bigger want of a successful adulthood. For the former Kennedy-Kenrick High star, continuing to toil in the minors would have meant delaying aspirations that included a college education, marriage, and the pursuit of a career outside of or involving baseball. "There comes a time when you have to do some soul-searching and decide what you want to do with your life," said Lubanski, 28. As a senior at Kennedy-Kenrick, Lubanski was chosen fifth in the first round of the 2003 amateur draft by the Kansas City Royals.
April 5, 2013 |
With the bases loaded and nobody out Thursday afternoon, first-year Springside Chestnut Hill baseball coach Chris Lubanski called for senior righthander Mike Hayes and his devastating curveball. No one could touch his curve, Lubanski said, as Hayes fanned three straight batters in the seventh inning, and the Blue Devils held on to edge Perkiomen School, 13-12, in a nonleague game. "We had him in a few tight spots already and he's been controlled and poised every time," Lubanski said.
April 5, 2013 |
With the bases loaded and nobody out Thursday afternoon, first-year Springside Chestnut Hill baseball coach Chris Lubanski called for senior righthander Mike Hayes and his devastating curveball. No one could touch his curve, Lubanski said, as Hayes fanned three straight batters in the seventh inning, and the Blue Devils held on to edge Perkiomen School, 13-12, in a nonleague game. "We had him in a few tight spots already, and he's been controlled and poised every time," Lubanski said.
October 21, 2012 |
Springside Chestnut Hill Academy has turned to Chris Lubanski, a former standout at Kennedy-Kenrick, to be its new baseball coach. In 2003, Lubanski, a hard-hitting and speedy outfielder, was named Gatorade's national high school player of the year and was selected by the Kansas City Royals with the fifth pick in the first round of the amateur draft. His eight-year, minor-league career included a 2010 stint with the Las Vegas 51s, then the Toronto Blue Jays' triple-A affiliate in the Pacific Coast League.
May 31, 2012 |
Penn Charter's Kenny Koplove, a senior shortstop and pitcher, has been named Gatorade baseball player of the year for Pennsylvania. On the mound, the 6-foot-1, 160-pound righthander went 9-2 with a 2.22 ERA and 88 strikeouts in 562/3 innings this season. He walked 22. At the plate, Koplove, who is bound for Duke, batted .340 with 23 runs, 20 RBIs, 6 doubles, and 2 triples. He was 12 for 13 on stolen-base attempts. Koplove helped lead Penn Charter to a 25-7 overall record and a 6-4 mark in the Inter-Academic League.
August 9, 2011 |
The Reading Phillies picked up some outfield help last week. Regulars Steve Susdorf and Terry Evans are on the disabled list, so that's no big surprise. But the R-Phils picked up Chris Lubanski, a familiar name to the People's Paper, so that warrants more than just a mention. He's a 2003 Kennedy-Kenrick graduate, a two-time Daily News first-team All-City honoree and first-teamer on Ted Silary's 30-year squad, a "best of" list compiled in 2007 by the high-school guru.
May 29, 2009 |
Following in the footsteps of his older brother, Malvern Prep senior catcher Mike Lubanski yesterday was named the Pennsylvania Gatorade baseball player of the year. Chris Lubanski, a former standout at Kennedy-Kenrick, earned the honor in 2003. The 24-year-old is now an outfielder for the Omaha Royals, Kansas City's triple-A affiliate in the Pacific Coast League. For the 22-6 Friars this season, Mike Lubanski batted .371 (33 for 89) with 30 runs, 29 RBIs, 3 home runs, 3 doubles and 2 triples.
July 19, 2007 |
Chris Lubanski has taken another step toward achieving his lifelong dream of playing major-league baseball. Lubanski, a former standout at Kennedy-Kenrick High in Norristown, was promoted on June 27 to the Omaha Royals, Kansas City's triple-A affiliate in the Pacific Coast League. He had been playing double-A ball for the Wichita Wranglers. "Chris had a real good year last year and a very good first half this year," said J.J. Picollo, Kansas City's director of player development.
August 3, 2006 |
At the end of spring training, Chris Lubanski got a two-day taste of major-league baseball. Lubanski, a former star at Kennedy-Kenrick High in Norristown, joined the Kansas City Royals for a couple of exhibition games against the Houston Astros at Minute Maid Park. On April 1, coming off the bench and playing right field, he delivered an RBI single in the eighth inning of a 6-4 loss. "His comments to me afterward were, 'I could easily get used to this life,' " said his father, Wally, who lives in Collegeville.