April 20, 2011 |
It was 4 a.m. Saturday in Kandahar the last time Pfc. John Kihm talked to his mother on the phone. Deployed to the war in Afghanistan in March, Kihm wanted her to know that he had the date for his forthcoming R&R. He would be home for 15 days, starting July 8. He loved the Phillies, said his mother, Cecelia, on the phone Wednesday from the family's home in the Castor Gardens section of Northeast Philadelphia. So, she told him, she would try to get five tickets so the whole family could catch a ball game.
September 22, 1987 |
For Cardinal O'Hara seniors Michele Torelli and Megan Cepetelli, cross- country is an excellent training base for the winter and spring track seasons. Torelli, the two-time defending Catholic League cross-country champion, and Cepetelli are two of several O'Hara runners who compete year-round under head coach Joe Shields. Torelli also has placed third the last two years in the Delaware County championships. Torelli, who is unbeaten the last two years in league dual meets, also competes with Klub Keystone in the summer months.
December 8, 1991 |
My friend and I want to go cross-country skiing this winter. Where are some locations accessible to the public? R.D., Philadelphia Pennsylvania's Fall/Winter Travel Planner lists all the state's ski areas and gives details on each, including which offer cross-country. In the Pocono Region chart, for instance, 10 of 12 resorts are listed as having cross- country. For a free copy of the travel planner, write to Box 61, Warrendale, Pa. 15086, or call 800-847-4872. Pennsylvania also has brochures called "Ski the Poconos" available by calling 800-762-6667 and "Ski the Laurel Highlands" available from 800-333-5661, both of which have cross-country information.
November 3, 1993 |
A few months ago, Ted Donnelly was thinking about passing up the cross- country season. After almost five months of suffering from knee and ankle injuries, and several more months of an intense rehabilitation program, Donnelly considered taking some time off and then concentrating on the indoor track season. "I hurt my knee this summer and really couldn't run, and then I hurt the ankle during a cross-country practice," the Springfield senior said. "I just figured I'd gear myself towards track.
October 8, 1987 |
Sooner or later, Archbishop Ryan's Shawn Schneider knew he would have to choose between soccer and cross-country. He had tried doing both in his sophomore year, playing junior varsity soccer on weekdays while running on weekends. Still he missed mid-week cross- country meets at Belmont Plateau. Then in his junior year, he gave up cross-country and played for George Todt's varsity soccer team - the one that won the Catholic League last season and was ranked among the best in Southeastern Pennsylvania.
February 16, 1987 |
For the next four years Carol Haux of Archbishop Kennedy and Kate Fonshell of Penncrest will be running together on the Villanova track team. Each recently announced that she had accepted a scholarship to the school, and Saturday afternoon they prepared for the future at the Delaware Valley Girls Track Association indoor meet at West Chester University, where they met in the 1000-yard race. Haux led from the start, and with Fonshell right behind her, the two pulled away from the pack.
October 10, 1992 |
In the past two seasons Brian Gallagher, a senior at Sterling, has: Won the South Jersey Group 2 1,600 meters championship in 1992, defeating a highly regarded field of the state's finest performers. Finished among the top 10 performers in the South Jersey Group 2 cross- country sectional meet both as a sophomore and junior. Won Colonial Conference and Camden County track titles in the 800-meter and 1,600-meter events last season. Defeated many of the area's top 1,600-meter and cross-country performers, including Woodrow Wilson's David Cox, Haddon Heights' John Salisbury, and Point Pleasant Borough's Terry Fagan.
October 31, 1995 |
The first time Upper Merion's Liz Churchville ran the mile won't go down as one of her all-time favorite days. "I ran the mile a couple times last year in middle school," the Vikings freshman said. "I didn't want to do it, but we didn't have anyone else. The first time, I dropped out. I didn't know it would feel so bad. I was out of breath, and my mouth was dry; it felt like I was tasting blood. " Churchville's next attempt at distance work was during the first week of cross-country practice in August.
November 4, 1993 |
She heard the pleas from both parents and her coach during last year's PIAA District 1 cross-country championships. Finally, the messages sank in and common sense prevailed for Norristown's Donna Fidler. She abruptly halted her season by pulling out of the competition with about a half-mile to go. That was not an easy decision for Fidler, then a sophomore, to make. She had brought to the race promising credentials (she finished seventh in the state as a freshman), and had battled through the pain of shin splints to get ready for a return trip.
October 4, 1995 |
The Strath Haven girls' cross-country team might not be one of the best in the area, but winning big meets isn't how coach Bill Coren measures success. "I get freshmen and sophomores who aren't great runners," Coren explained. "And then they improve and are pretty good runners by the time they're seniors. " The Panthers are indeed a team of overachievers. Despite a 1-3 Central League record, Coren and his runners are shooting for a .500 record in a competitive league. Take No. 1 runner Sara Wray, for example.