July 26, 2015 |
Funeral services are scheduled Saturday, July 25, for Nicholas Monatesti, 75, formerly of Philadelphia, who died Friday, June 19, of a stroke at Flagstaff (Ariz.) Medical Center. Services are to begin at 11 a.m. at Christ the King Roman Catholic Church, 3205 Chesterfield Rd. Inurnment will be later. Mr. Monatesti lived in Downingtown from 1975 until 1983, moving to Lititz, Pa., and, later, Philadelphia. A little more than a year ago, he moved to Flagstaff, seeking good weather and mountain vistas, and to be closer to his son, Anthony "A.J.
July 16, 2015 |
Downingtown West guard Ryan Betley, who averaged 16.9 points per game and drilled 76 three-pointers last season, committed Tuesday to play at Penn. The 6-foot-5, 185-pounder, a first-team all-Ches-Mont League National Division selection last season as a junior, chose the Quakers over Brown, Holy Cross, and Lafayette. Elon, Lehigh, Quinnipiac, and Yale also expressed interest. Betley helped the Whippets go 24-6 overall, win the Ches-Mont League championship, and advance to the PIAA Class AAAA tournament last season.
July 15, 2015 |
A dozen days. That constituted an offseason for Zack Steffen this summer, home in Downingtown. That many days between returning from a successful stint as the starting American goalkeeper at the Under-20 World Cup in New Zealand and heading off to another continent, to his professional team in Germany. If a keeper from Chester County eventually represents the United States in a World Cup, remember the dues he is paying now. Steffen spent his winter and spring as the reserve goalkeeper on a German Bundesliga team's reserve squad.
July 5, 2015 |
On Saturday, before the cookouts and the sparklers and the fireworks, local runners will be lining up to sweat our way through a Fourth of July race. "It's sweaty. It's disgusting, but it's for a good cause," said Meghan Ziegler, who will be running the Good Neighbor Day race in Downingtown for the sixth time on Saturday this year. "I can literally walk to the starting point from my house. Fourth of July is the second most popular holiday for road racing, according to Running USA, behind only Thanksgiving.
June 28, 2015 |
Downingtown East senior tight end Cary Angeline, a four-star prospect who was recruited by topflight programs across the country, committed Friday afternoon to play at southern Cal. He took an unofficial visit to the school in April. "I liked pretty much everything about it," the 17-year-old said. "I felt at home on campus, was real comfortable with the coaches and the players. And Los Angeles is a great city. " The 6-foot-7, 230-pounder, the eighth-ranked tight end in the Class of 2016 according to 247Sports.com, chose the Trojans over Alabama, Miami, Michigan, Ohio State, Notre Dame, and Penn State, among others.
June 18, 2015 |
A proposal to turn an abandoned parking lot in a small Chester County borough into a seven-story development is the latest in a string of residential-retail buildings popping up across the county. After decades of outward expansion in the suburbs, places such as Downingtown have recognized that "the last thing [left] to do would be to go up," said Steve Plaugher, manager of the Downingtown Main Street Association. The proposal is still in an early stage and has yet to be approved by the borough, but developer Andrew Hicks of Tripoint Properties said he would hope to make the building into a landmark.
May 24, 2015 |
Downingtown East's Michael Dickson was the lone local boy to advance to the semifinals Friday in the State Class AAA Singles Tournament at the Hershey Racquet Club. Dickson topped Joe DeMarco of Cathedral Prep, 6-3, 1-6, 6-1, in the quarters. The sophomore will face Canon-McMillan's Chris Gladden on Saturday at 9 a.m. The championship is scheduled for 1 p.m. Abington's Dan Tornea, La Salle's Andrew Lutschaunig, and Lower Merion's Simon Vernier each won their first round match before falling in the quarterfinals.
May 4, 2015 |
In the third round of the NFL draft, with the No. 85 overall pick, the Cincinnati Bengals selected Rutgers tight end Tyler Kroft, a graduate of Downingtown East. The 6-foot-6, 250-pounder, who played youth football for the Marsh Creek Eagles, caught 24 passes for 269 yards while helping the Scarlet Knights go 8-5 (3-5 in the Big Ten) last season. Kroft's best statistical season came in 2013, when he made 43 catches for 573 yards and four touchdowns.
May 4, 2015 |
Tyler Kroft had a stellar season at tight end for Rutgers in 2013, starting in all 12 games and making 43 receptions for 573 yards and four touchdowns. His numbers dropped significantly last fall, largely due to the program's switch in offensive coordinators from Ron Prince to Ralph Friedgen. In Friedgen's more run-oriented scheme, he had 24 receptions for 269 yards. That didn't keep the Cincinnati Bengals from selecting the 2011 Downingtown East graduate in the third round of the NFL draft.
May 1, 2015 |
Anna Steinmetz singled into the gap in left-center in the seventh inning Wednesday to give West Chester Rustin a 6-5 win over Downingtown East in a Ches-Mont National softball game. Steinmetz finished 3 for 4 with two RBIs. Central. Olivia Rigby had three hits, two runs, and four RBIs, and Carly Shenold had three hits, three runs, two RBIs, and a stolen base to propel Penncrest past host Harriton, 16-14. Lauren O'Brien and Taylor Eubanks both went 2 for 4 with two RBIs as visiting Ridley edged Upper Darby, 7-6. Pioneer.