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March 28, 1988 | Special to The Inquirer / STACEY P. MORGAN
The Crawford Fitness Center in Downingtown was the scene last month of a weightlifting demonstration by Ted Arcidi, the self-proclaimed "world's strongest man. " Arcidi holds the professional bench-press record of 705 pounds.
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September 30, 1991 | By Gene Morris, Special to The Inquirer
It is one week into the Constitution League season and already several things are clear: Defending champion Downingtown is playing superb soccer. West Chester East and Bishop Shanahan are a notch below, but capable of throwing a scare into the Whippets. West Chester Henderson has a way to go before the program is competitive in the league. WHIPPETS ON A ROLL Downingtown shut out all three of its opponents last week. The Whippets beat Harriton, 7-0, on Monday; East, 4-0, on Wednesday, and Henderson, 11-0, on Friday.
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January 25, 1988 | By Larry Borska, Special to The Inquirer
Joan Davis didn't know what to expect when she took the job of girls' swimming coach at Downingtown one week before the season started. Davis, 22, had never coached swimming before. She was still a student at West Chester University and said in late November that she hoped the team would be "respectable. " The team has been respectable. Very respectable. In fact, it's in first place in the Tri-County League after trouncing rival Coatesville (2-1, 5-4) on Thursday, 126-45. Downingtown dominated the Red Raiders, taking first and second place in every event except for the medley relay and diving, in which Coatesville captured second places.
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January 10, 2002 | By Don Beideman INQUIRER SUBURBAN STAFF
Because of illness, Downingtown freshman heavyweight Will Thompson had a late start to the wrestling season. But yesterday, competing in his second varsity bout, Thompson used his 274 pounds to record a second-period pin in the Whippets' nonleague match against Malvern Prep. Thompson's pin against Matt Intoccia capped an easy 55-13 win for the Whippets, who are the No. 4 team in The Inquirer's suburban rankings. "I'm feeling pretty good," said Thompson, who described his illness as something "like mono.
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September 12, 1998 | By Mike Gibson, FOR THE INQUIRER
Downingtown has always proved to be a particularly troubling opening-day football foe for Archbishop Ryan. Now that the game is the second of the season for both teams, trouble just gets postponed by a week. The Whippets (2-0), coming off a win over Harrisburg, scored the game's first 17 points and held on for a 24-14 victory over the host Raiders (1-1) last night. The game is intriguing every year because it pits perennial suburban and Catholic League powerhouses. "Archbishop Ryan took us out of some things, but we did some real nice things," Downingtown coach Jack Helm said.
SPORTS
June 3, 1992 | By Don Beideman, SPECIAL TO THE INQUIRER
Downingtown rode a five-goal outburst that began right after halftime to a 12-7 victory over Marple Newtown yesterday in a semifinal match of the PIAA District 1 girls' lacrosse playoffs. That victory, coupled with Unionville's win over Ridley in the other semifinal match at Perkiomen Valley, sets up a 3:30 p.m. final tomorrow at Upper Merion between the only two unbeaten teams in District 1. The all-Chester County League final will actually be a rematch between top- seeded Unionville (20-0-1)
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November 7, 1988 | By Steve Wartenberg, Special to The Inquirer
The Dowingtown Whippets accomplished everything they set out to do against Conestoga but still lost, 2-1, last Monday. The loss, coming in the quarterfinal round of the PIAA District 1 soccer championship, knocked the Whippets out of the tournament. Downingtown, which won the Ches-Mont championship this season, ended the year at 16-3-2. The Central League's Conestoga, 15-1-1, advanced to the semifinal round against defending state champion Lower Merion. "Going in we thought we matched up well against them," Downingtown coach Paul Hurly said.
NEWS
May 10, 1987 | By Tanya Barrientos, Inquirer Staff Writer
Downingtown school district officials have selected Ronald W. Gray of Bellefonte, Pa., to become the new superintendent of Downingtown schools. Gray, who currently heads the Bellefonte Area School District, near State College, will replace Superintendent Walter Hessinger, who has headed the Downingtown school district for three years. Hessinger, 63, plans to retire in June. "We were looking for a good mesh between the board and the superintendent and we felt that was there with Dr. Gray," said James Watson, vice president of the school board.
SPORTS
November 7, 1998 | By Brian Miller, INQUIRER SUBURBAN STAFF
Bobby Nye used his head, both on offense and defense, to send Downingtown to the District 1 Class AAA boys' soccer championship last night. Nye's header off a Dam Massimini corner kick with 12 minutes left in the first half stood as the game-winner. And his head clears from the sweeperback position again and again helped the Whippets preserve their hard-fought 1-0 victory over Strath Haven. It was Downingtown's first district title since 1994. Strath Haven had won the last two district crowns.
SPORTS
June 10, 1994 | By Don Beideman, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
Two Downingtown High School graduates, assistant coaches for the last several years, have been elevated to head coach in their sports at the Ches- Mont League school. Ken Sigle will succeed John Walker, who announced his retirement as boys' basketball coach two months ago, and Glen Koser will take over for Charlie Selcher in wrestling. Selcher resigned for personal reasons after this year's state tournament. Both hirings were announced Wednesday night. Sigle, a health and physical education teacher at the school, was an assistant to Walker the last nine years.
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January 12, 2015 | By Rick O, Inquirer Columnist
In Downingtown, where football is usually king, Downingtown West is drawing considerable attention for its play on the hardwood. The Whippets are experienced and hungry after barely missing last season's PIAA District 1 Class AAAA basketball playoffs. They entered Saturday 13-1 overall and 6-0 in the Ches-Mont League National Division. "This is definitely a football town," West junior guard Ryan Betley said. "But you can tell more and more people are starting to get excited about basketball.
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January 10, 2015 | By Kate Harman, For The Inquirer
Whenever Devon Adams steps onto the basketball court, she thinks she should dominate. It is that simple. At 6-foot-3, the freshman center for Bishop Shanahan is not being cocky. It is just what she expects from herself. "I just really feel like every time I go out there I have to dominate," Adams said after Shanahan's 42-34 win at Downingtown West. "It doesn't matter how old I am. " In just her 11th varsity basketball game, Adams is a matchup problem for virtually any team.
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January 10, 2015 | By Justine McDaniel, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Downingtown Area School District has come to an agreement with Columbia Gas Transmission over a proposed pipeline that will run through three Downingtown-area school properties. The school district will receive $512,115 from Columbia Gas Transmission in exchange for easements under the deal, approved at a school board meeting Wednesday. The gas company must also restore school land affected by construction - including two athletic fields - and pay the district's legal fees related to the project.
NEWS
January 5, 2015 | By Justine McDaniel, Inquirer Staff Writer
Boom! The kickoff cannon sounded at 8 a.m. on the dot, and the red-wagon pullers were off. Cheerful despite the early-January cold, residents streamed onto Wallace Avenue on Saturday in a wagon train of brightly decorated vehicles, ready to finish moving the Downingtown Library to its new home. Wagonload by wagonload, the volunteer brigade moved 1,200 boxes of books from the building that had housed them for 100 years to a new spot six blocks away. The wagon train, organized by local Rotarians, was a community spectacle - and one of the final steps in a historic event 20 years in the making.
SPORTS
December 18, 2014 | By Kate Harman, For The Inquirer
Give Paige Warfel some room to shoot and she'll knock down the three-pointer. Better watch the lane, too. The Downingtown East guard will flash through, her hands up and ready to receive the pass. On defense, the 6-foot junior clutches loose balls and jumps high enough that each rebound is well within her grasp. Oh, yeah, and as the point guard she also dribbles the ball up the court to start each Cougars possession. The versatile Warfel was everywhere on Tuesday night for East against rival Downingtown West.
SPORTS
December 8, 2014 | By Christian Hetrick, Inquirer Staff Writer
Megan Camden and Holly Schanck each sank two free throws in overtime, and the Downingtown West girls' basketball team outlasted Great Valley, 35-30, Saturday in the Great Valley Tipoff Shoot-Out. Camden and Schanck finished with seven and five points, respectively. Hannah Supplee led the team with 11 points. Stephanie Aker hit a game-tying three with less than 30 seconds left for Great Valley. Ashlyn Smith scored 11 of her game-high 14 points in the third quarter for the Patriots.
SPORTS
December 6, 2014 | By Christian Hetrick, Inquirer Staff Writer
In a way, the retired coach always planned on returning. "My thinking had been that I would've been happy to coach at ninth grade or even middle-school level," said Bob Schnure, Downingtown East's legendary girls' basketball coach who retired in February after 35 seasons. He just didn't see himself returning to the same team. In a twist to an illustrious career, Schnure, 67, will coach Downingtown East after retiring 10 months ago. He will lead a Cougars team with four returning starters coming off a 19-win season and a Ches-Mont League National Division title.
NEWS
November 16, 2014 | By Matt Breen, Inquirer Staff Writer
Downingtown East's offense did not huddle until the waning minutes of Friday night's District 1 Class AAAA quarterfinal at Quakertown. When the Cougars finally did, it was simply to run down the clock in a 21-0 victory. The fast-paced Cougars wore down Quakertown's defensive line, rushing the ball 30 times for 120 yards. Keith Conner ran for a pair of touchdowns. East's defense allowed just one first down, which came on the game's first drive. Tight end Cary Angeline racked up 128 first-half receiving yards.
NEWS
November 8, 2014 | By Rick O'Brien, Inquirer Staff Writer
As the marathon contest was finally winding down, Pennsbury's Mike Alley offered Charles Snorweah well-deserved congratulations on the sideline. And after Alley learned of Snorweah's final rushing total in the 63-55 shootout win Friday night over visiting Downingtown West, the junior quarterback said, "That's ridiculous. " Snorweah, a senior bound for Rutgers, carried 29 times for a career-high 427 yards and seven touchdowns while leading the Falcons to a wild PIAA District 1 Class AAAA first-round playoff victory in Fairless Hills.
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