May 30, 2015 |
With two weeks left in the regular season, Council Rock North, which had struggled out of the gate, was on the outside looking in when it came to being one of 26 teams to qualify for the PIAA District 1 Class AAAA baseball tournament. Down the stretch, the Indians, with improved pitching and more disciplined hitting, flourished in must-win road games and earned a playoff berth. Thursday afternoon at Glen Mills, Matt Schram's 15th-seeded squad continued its surprising and impressive run by edging No. 4 North Penn, 4-3, for the program's first district title since 2010 and third overall.
May 29, 2015 |
To two generations of students, teachers, and parents in Bucks County's sprawling Council Rock School District, it might seem unfathomable, but Mark Klein once dropped out of the education world. That was 30 years ago when Klein, then a twenty-something grade-school teacher, was worried about tight school budgets and layoffs. He drove to Rutgers University in Camden four grueling nights a week for four years, earned a law degree, and traded the classroom for the courtroom as a clerk for a Bucks County judge.
May 24, 2015 |
Not a single competitor jumped higher than Shannon Taub at the PIAA track and field championships Friday at Shippensburg University. Unfortunately for the Council Rock South high jumper, half a shoe length may have cost her a shot at the top spot. Instead, Franklin Area's Abby Jones took the title. Both cleared the day's highest mark, 5 feet, 7 inches, but the tiebreaker went to Jones, who made three successful jumps in the final. Taub slipped up once at 5 feet, 6 inches.
May 3, 2015 |
Brian Close's game-winning run Friday might go down as a walk-off, but run might have been more fitting. Abington's Close led off the eighth with a single, moved to second on a sacrifice and third on a wild pitch, then beat a throw home on Nick Torba's squeeze to clinch a 3-2 win over Council Rock North in a Suburban One National matchup. Cole Henrie took a no decision in his first career start despite a strong outing. He gave up two runs on two hits and a walk. CHES-MONT AMERICAN Oxford 4, Unionville 3: Hunter Hall and Andrew Culp delivered back-to-back singles in the bottom of the seventh to tie the game and then win it for host Oxford.
April 26, 2015 |
Hannah Stalker socked a two-run, walk-off triple to lift Council Rock North to a 5-4 win over Central Bucks East in a nonleague softball game. Center fielder Marisa Gergel made an over-the-shoulder catch and left fielder Mallory Pollack made a diving catch in the sixth inning to help keep Council Rock North within a run. NONLEAGUE North Penn 2, Parkland 1 (nine innings): Jovanna Alfonsi hit a walk-off home run. West Chester Rustin 10, Ridley 2: Anna Steinmetz went 2 for 3 with an RBI, and Ali LaRosa walked three times and scored four runs for the visitors.
April 9, 2015 |
Incredible as its sounds, Pennsbury first baseman D.J. Endler says he lost about 40 pounds since last summer without even trying. "No diet or anything," the 6-foot-1, 200-pound senior said. "The only thing I did was play baseball for Falls Legion. " The slimmed-down Endler ripped a solo home run to right field Tuesday afternoon to forge a 6-6 tie in the bottom of the seventh at Pennsbury. "The weight loss affected my power, but I'm in better shape," Endler said. The Suburban One League National Conference matchup ended soon after, as the umpires suspended play after seven due to darkness.
March 25, 2015 |
Libby Tofig was emoting her heart out as she belted a song of pain and rejection called "Still Hurting," when the music teacher interrupted. "You have a really wonderful set of pipes," she said. But she told Tofig to tone down the emotion and simplify her delivery. Instead of putting her pain out there for everyone to see, think of something sad in her own life and let the feelings seep through. "Put yourself emotionally in that very painful place," said Lea Salonga, looking chic in black pants, leather jacket and purple scarf.
September 8, 2014 |
For six days last week, the heartbreaking scenes played out as if they were on repeat. Hundreds - and sometimes thousands - gathered each day at Bucks County churches and funeral homes and inside Council Rock High School South to mourn three sophomores killed in a Labor Day weekend SUV crash. "There's no manual for how to handle a tragedy such as this one," principal Al Funk told about 2,000 people at a Tuesday vigil for Cullen Keffer, Shamus Digney, and Ryan Lesher. The tragedy, days before the school year opened, presented a practically unthinkable scenario: Teens waiting all summer to return to chorus practice, pep rallies, and meeting new classmates were confronted instead with funerals and memorials.
September 3, 2014 |
Hugging and sobbing, hundreds of students and parents congregated at Council Rock High School South in Bucks County on Monday afternoon to grieve three sophomore student athletes who died in a motor-vehicle crash over the weekend. A group of eight girls standing in front of the large brick-and-stone building in Northampton Township linked arms and bowed their heads together, forming a private, protective circle as an endless flow of cars streamed into the main parking lot to mourn Cullen Keffer, Shamus Digney, and Ryan Lesher.
September 2, 2014 |
The deaths of three Council Rock High School South sophomores and student athletes over the weekend has left the Bucks County district devastated and grappling with the loss just days before the school year is to begin. "Council Rock offers its sincere condolences to the families of these students and to all who are grieving this terrible loss," Mark Klein, superintendent of the Council Rock School District, said in a statement posted Sunday on its website. The three were identified as Cullen Keffer, Shamus Digney, and Ryan Lesher.