June 4, 2015 |
Exertion had stained the skin under Mike Thompson's eyes a dull shade of crimson, and a playoff pact gave his face a stubble-filled beard. And with that countenance oozing intensity and jubilation, Thompson burst into Radnor's exuberant postgame celebration and let loose a guttural message. "We ain't done yet!" the senior attacker growled after a PIAA semifinal victory Tuesday. "We ain't done yet!" Second-half domination helped the Raiders thump Springfield (Delco), 12-5, at Haverford High and also exorcise some demons.
June 1, 2015 |
There was a time earlier this season when Mike Gerzabek doubted his abilities on the lacrosse field. The junior attacker for Springfield (Delco) missed a few opportunities and didn't feel as if he was playing to his potential. After all, he comes from quality lacrosse stock. But those days in the doldrums are long since gone. On Saturday, Gerzabek's five goals helped the Cougars claw Central Bucks East, 8-3, at Harriton and advance to the PIAA semifinals against Radnor on Tuesday.
May 11, 2015 |
The only thing that Jon Hansen knows about Joe Davis is that he was a great hitter. "I know he's all over the record books," Hansen said. Davis wore No. 16 for the Cherry Hill East baseball team in the mid-1970s. Hansen wears it this season. Nobody will wear it next season. Or ever again. "Joe Davis epitomized what East baseball is all about," former Cherry Hill East coach Dave Martin said of the decision to retire Davis' number during a pre-game ceremony at the Cougars' baseball complex on Saturday morning.
May 1, 2015 |
Springfield (Delco) softball coach Todd Odgers figured the hits were going to come eventually. Tori DePietro and Ashley Scarpato thought so too. And with those hits, runs were sure to follow for the Cougars. But for the first five innings of what would eventually be a 7-0 Central League victory over Marple Newtown, the host Cougars struggled at the plate. A popup to second. A fly out to left field. A fly ball caught foul on the first-base side. Inning after inning, the Cougars (13-0 overall, 11-0 league)
April 19, 2015 |
The players look back now and laugh about it. Their alarms would go off about 4 a.m. It was dark and cold, and still hours before school started. "That was the hardest part, hearing the alarm and having to actually get out of bed," senior attack Brandon Stern said with a smile. "But we did it, we even did it during spring break. " Three days per week starting in December and lasting almost until the start of the season, the Cherry Hill East boys' lacrosse team could be found in the bowels of their high school, holding 5 a.m. workouts that were as much about team bonding as conditioning.
April 5, 2015 |
You can almost picture Taylor Winkelman cringing as she retells the story over the phone. She was a freshman at Springfield (Delco), starting in the outfield. It was the first game of the softball season and her first varsity experience. Coach Todd Odgers moved the promising young player, a shortstop by nature, to center. Winkelman was happy to do it, but she was nervous. Then the ball flew off the opponent's bat and soared close to the fence. Winkelman, now a senior, recalls that day vividly, saying she, "tracked it wrong - horribly, horribly wrong.
March 19, 2015 |
CHAMBERSBURG - After leading for most of the first 2 1/2 quarters, Martin Luther King High fell behind briefly before limiting Taylor Allderdice to just five points over the final quarter-and-a-half in the Cougars' 48-35 victory in the PIAA Class AAAA boys' basketball semifinals last night at CASHS Field House. The victory puts MLK in the state championship game for the first time in school history. It will take on Roman Catholic, a 69-66 winner over J.P. McCaskey, at Giant Center in Hershey on Saturday at 8 p.m. Roman defeated MLK in the schools' previous meeting this season, 58-57, on Feb. 27. "I'm proud of our guys.
March 19, 2015 |
CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - After leading for most of the first 21/2 quarters, Martin Luther King fell behind briefly before limiting Allderdice to just five points the rest of the way in a 48-35 victory in the PIAA Class AAAA boys' basketball semifinals Tuesday night at Chambersburg High School. The victory puts King in the state championship game for the first time in school history. The Cougars will take on Roman Catholic in a city final rematch at Giant Center in Hershey on Saturday at 8 p.m. Roman defeated MLK, 58-57, Feb. 27 in the District 12 title game.
March 16, 2015 |
Ladji Fofana played basketball for Frankford last season, went back to his Bronx home, and then returned to Philly when he transferred to Martin Luther King in October. Of leaving New York for a second time, the 6-foot-3, 180-pound senior wing said, "I just wanted to get away from all the trouble that was around me. It wasn't a good environment. " Fofana continued his solid play of late in a PIAA Class AAAA state quarterfinal Saturday against Plymouth Whitemarsh. His 12 points and seven rebounds helped the Cougars storm past the frigid-shooting Colonials, 59-43, at Norristown.
March 15, 2015 |
Cherry Hill East guard Jake Silpe has helped fuel the most successful basketball era in school history, which is saying something. East has always had a rich tradition, competing annually against South Jersey's best teams in the Olympic Conference. But the arrival of Silpe has taken the program to a new level. In Silpe's freshman season, East lost in the South Jersey Group 4 final. "When we got to the sectional final and lost my freshman year, my first thought was, 'We can get further,' " the senior said after Wednesday's 65-42 state semifinal win over Hillsborough.