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January 28, 2015 | By Tom Avril, Inquirer Staff Writer
A minor earthquake occurred near Downingtown on Sunday evening, possibly triggered by activity at a nearby quarry, Columbia University scientists said Monday. The magnitude of the quake was measured at 2.7 and there were no reports of damage or injury, according to Patty Mains, a spokeswoman for the Chester County Department of Emergency Services. The quake occurred at 6:25 p.m. with an epicenter in the north end of East Bradford Township - about a mile south of a quarry owned by Lehigh Hanson Inc. in East Caln Township.
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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.
NEWS
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.
NEWS
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.
SPORTS
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.
SPORTS
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)
NEWS
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.
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May 9, 2016 | By Aaron Carter, Staff Writer
Spring-Ford defenseman Liam Hare chugged downfield with subterfuge in his head and nothing but green turf in front of him. With the ball cradled in his stick, the senior long-pole, who will play Division I lacrosse at Jacksonville University next season, galloped toward the Downingtown East goal in the second quarter of Spring-Ford's 9-5 nonleague road win Saturday. Hare had already wrested possession from a driving attacker in the Spring-Ford zone before leading an offensive charge.
SPORTS
May 7, 2016 | By Matt Cassidy, Staff Writer
Striking out two and allowing only two walks, Caela Abade tossed a seven-inning no-hitter to lead visiting West Chester Rustin past Downingtown East, 8-1, in a Ches-Mont League matchup Thursday. Sammy LaRosa went 3 for 3 with a triple and three RBIs while Lexi Wright went 2 for 5 and added two RBIs for the Golden Knights. Elsewhere in Ches-Mont League softball action: Behind Emily Williams' no-hitter, Downingtown West racked up 14 hits to rout host Sun Valley, 11-0. Caitlyn Coker went 3 for 3 with a double and a triple, picking up four runs and two RBIs.
SPORTS
April 29, 2016 | By Jack Goodwillie, Staff Writer
Downingtown West's Emily Williams hit a two-run home run in the sixth inning to give the Whippets a 4-3 road victory over Avon Grove in the Ches-Mont League. Williams' home run came with two outs in the inning. Earlier in the at-bat, Williams hit a pop-up into foul territory, which would have ended the inning. An Avon Grove player dropped the pop fly for an error to set up the game-winning home run. Williams, the Whippets' starting pitcher, lasted all seven innings and earned the win. In other Ches-Mont League softball action: Morgan Orlowski struck out 11 batters and gave up just three hits in host Great Valley's 6-3 victory over Octorara.
SPORTS
April 1, 2016 | By Kate Harman, For The Inquirer
"Sarah Schubert, super-fast. " It was that simple for freshman third baseman Erin Bevec when she described how she knew her Great Valley softball teammate was going to make it home to score the winning run. It was the top of the seventh and the Patriots were tied, 3-3, with Downingtown East. There were two outs. Schubert stood on second, having beaten out a grounder for an infield single and then stealing a base. Bevec was at the plate, already 2 for 3 on the afternoon. With two outs, Schubert was running anyway.
NEWS
March 28, 2016 | By Justine McDaniel, Staff Writer
Rick DeBenedetto had just a few fragments of information about his father. One was a city: Reno, Nev., where his mother had loved to listen to his father's band play and where DeBenedetto was conceived. Another was his parents' ages at his birth in 1959: his father was 31; his mother, 18. When she got pregnant by a musician - although the two weren't a couple - and returned home alone to California, it was a family scandal. The biggest was the birth certificate: Gilbetto Jiovanni De Benedetto, it read in the space for the father's name.
REAL_ESTATE
March 14, 2016
Population: 12,376 (2010) Median household income: $103,389 Area: 18.6 square miles Settlements in the last three months: 40 Homes for sale: 34 Average days on market: 43 Median sales price: $304,800 Housing stock: 4,217 units, primarily single-family homes School district: Downingtown Area SOURCES: U.S. Census Bureau; West Bradford Township; Kit Anstey, Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Fox & Roach Realtors, West...
SPORTS
February 26, 2016 | By Kate Harman, For The Inquirer
Aryah Aungst's first trey put her Downingtown East girls' basketball team up six to end the first quarter. Her second three opened the second and extended the Cougars' lead to nine. The third occurred roughly four minutes later, making the contest one with an 11-point margin. The first trey may not have been a dagger. Nor the second. But, combined, the senior guard's first-half shooting performance helped the Cougars beat Central Bucks South in a District 1 Class 4A semifinal, 57-47, Wednesday night.
SPORTS
February 1, 2016 | By Jack Goodwillie, Staff Writer
Pennsbury's Addison Howard hit a step-back jumper at the end of the fourth quarter to send the Falcons' boys' basketball game with Downingtown East into overtime. From there, Howard hit two free throws in the extra period to help the hosts to a 60-57 nonleague victory Saturday. Howard finished with 20 points and Mark Flagg scored 19. In other nonleague play: Khalil White scored 15 points, and Justin Sutton and Amir Lewis each scored 14 points to help visiting Cheltenham edge Abington, 77-73.
NEWS
January 26, 2016 | By Julia Terruso, STAFF WRITER
The roof of a Downingtown church caved in Saturday under the weight of two feet of snow, leaving the pastor to live-stream Sunday's services from his living room and leaving a congregation of 1,600 without a place to worship. Pastor Lee Wiggins of Calvary Fellowship said an alarm alerted a security company that sprinkers had gone off Saturday night. Wiggins drove through the blizzard to find the source of the alarm and walked into the 1,100-seat auditorium to find the roof collapsed.
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