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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.
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.
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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September 29, 2014 | By Matt Hoffman, Inquirer Staff Writer
Four minutes into overtime in a back-and-forth battle between visiting Downingtown West and Neshaminy, Mauricio Nava took over. Nava received the ball on a long clearing kick by Corey Englehart and drilled a shot from 20 yards past the Redskins goalie for his second goal of the game and a 4-3 upset win for the Whippets. Before overtime, Neshaminy, ranked No. 3 in Southeastern Pennsylvania by The Inquirer, held a 3-2 lead with less than four minutes remaining. Austin Graf, however, dashed all hopes of a regulation victory.
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September 21, 2014 | By Nick Carroll, Inquirer Staff Writer
Aarshockon Hudson led Downingtown East to 21 unanswered points and a 28-12 upset win in a nonleague showdown Friday night at West Chester Rustin. Rustin, the eighth-ranked team in Southeastern Pennsylvania by The Inquirer, held a 12-7 lead in the second quarter, but Hudson's 22-yard touchdown pass to Ben Davis gave Downingtown East a 14-12 lead before halftime. Hudson extended the 12th-ranked Cougars' lead in the third quarter when he found Dan Chisena for a 21-yard score. Hudson finished the game with three touchdown throws.
NEWS
September 21, 2014 | By Matt Breen, Inquirer Staff Writer
Tre Green jogged to the sideline after his two first-half touchdowns, each time his movement halted by Jason Bady's raised hands. West Chester Henderson's running back stared at Bady until the two broke into a series of pop-and-lock moves called the "Shmoney Dance. " Green rushed for 144 yards in the first half of a 28-20 win at Downingtown West. The Warriors entered halftime ahead by a touchdown. Friday seemed to be trending toward a night of revelry. Henderson held the lead into the fourth quarter when the team's offense took over on the 20-yard line.
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September 19, 2014 | BY LARI ROBLING, For the Daily News
YOU'VE heard the expression "Tastes like a million bucks. " It's not just a saying for Downingtown resident Lynne Laino. On Nov. 3, Laino will compete as a finalist in the 47th Pillsbury Bake-Off contest. The grand prize? $1 million. Laino's recipe for Chocolate Hazelnut-Toffee Bread Pudding with Candied Bacon was among 100 chosen from thousands in the iconic contest held in Nashville, Tenn. "This is the pinnacle - it's like going to the Super Bowl," she said. "Oh my gosh, I'm thrilled.
SPORTS
September 15, 2014 | By Kate Harman, For The Inquirer
It's a drill the Downingtown East girls' soccer team usually practices once a week: one-on-one against the goalkeepers. So when Cougars senior keeper Kaelyn Johns found herself in that exact situation with three minutes remaining in the second overtime period Saturday against Conestoga, she was ready. After all, East had gone over that situation at practice just the previous day. Johns' challenge on the breakaway, on which she made two saves, kept the host Cougars alive in a nonleague game against the Pioneers that ended in a 1-1 tie. "I knew I had to come out and close the angle down," Johns said.
NEWS
September 10, 2014 | By Tricia L. Nadolny, Inquirer Staff Writer
  The principal of Bradford Heights Elementary School in Downingtown died unexpectedly Saturday, according to the district. Michael Solon, 50, led the school for nine years and worked as an educator in Chester County for more than two decades. Patricia McGlone, spokeswoman for the Downingtown School District, said the district does not know the cause of death. "He taught two of my own children, and they both say that Mike was their favorite teacher," McGlone said. "He is irreplaceable.
NEWS
August 31, 2014 | By Matt Breen, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Downingtown West football team huddled at the 10-yard line about a dozen minutes before the opening kickoff of a 31-2 season-opening win Friday night at Haverford High. The captains stood in the middle, calling a decade-old chant created by a former player. "Unstoppable. Stand tall. We can't fall. This is our year," they hollered. If this does prove to be West's year, it could not have started any better. The defending Ches-Mont League National Division champion scored four times in the second quarter.
SPORTS
August 30, 2014 | By Kate Harman, For The Inquirer
When Bob Schnure retired as Downingtown East girls' basketball coach in February, he thought it was the best thing for the Cougars. Little did he know, less than six months later, that the best thing for the team actually would be his return. Schnure, 67, is back as East coach, and this season will be the 36th with Downingtown High or Downingtown East in his storied career. "I want to do what is the best thing for the program," Schnure said. "I'm looking forward to getting back in the gym with them and working for the new season.
NEWS
August 28, 2014 | By Michaelle Bond, Inquirer Staff Writer
A disgruntled 29-year-old former employee has been charged with arson and burglary after being accused of burning his uncles' sign shop in Downingtown last year and spray-painting racist graffiti to throw off suspicion, police said. Police said Michael Norley Jr., whose last known address was on East Lemon Street in Lititz, Lancaster County, filled plastic Gatorade bottles with gasoline, broke into the store, and set the fires. Norley had previously filed false workers' compensation claims and was upset when they were denied, police said.
SPORTS
August 3, 2014 | By Jake Kaplan, Daily News Staff Writer
DOWNINGTOWN native Zack Steffen was one of 18 players named a participant in the United States' U-23 camp from Sunday through Thursday in the Bahamas. Steffen, a 19-year-old rising sophomore at the University of Maryland, is one of just two goalkeepers on the roster. The Downingtown West High School product has been playing in the national team system since the U-14 level. The Union owns the homegrown rights to Steffen, should he at some point decide to turn pro and stay stateside.
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