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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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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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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.
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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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March 16, 2015 | By Steven Rea, Inquirer Columnist
In a new ad campaign for Prada, the Italian fashion house, Miles Teller looks intense in a blue shirt and dark blazer. He is pulling a fancy fountain pen out of his breast pocket, scrawling something on the palm of his hand. The spread appeared last week in a glossy men's fashion magazine, part of a big Sunday newspaper. "I've got to send it to all my ex-girlfriends," Teller deadpans. All his exes? "Not that many," says the star of the Oscar-nominated best picture Whiplash and the mega-box-office Divergent series.
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March 15, 2015 | By Nick Carroll, Inquirer Staff Writer
Bobby Kiefer turned to his left and looked to head up ice. The Downingtown East senior took two strides before losing an edge. Instead of trying to regain his balance, Kiefer threw both arms forward and slid on his stomach. This was as good a way as any to celebrate a Flyers Cup championship. Earlier, he had slammed home a one-timer to give East a two-goal lead with less than four minutes to go and sealed a 4-1 win over North Penn Friday night in the Flyers Cup Class AA final at Hatfield Ice Arena.
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February 26, 2015 | By Nick Carroll, Inquirer Staff Writer
By the end of its District 1 Class AAAA playback, Downingtown West probably didn't want to do much more running. The fans, though, were ready to hustle around the court. Downingtown West's packed student section stormed the court after its boys' basketball team clinched its first trip to the state playoffs since 2008 with a 70-63 win Tuesday night in double overtime. Ryan Betley scored 10 of his 31 points in the second overtime after he extended the game with a game-tying three-pointer with 15 seconds left in regulation.
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February 20, 2015 | By Kate Harman, For The Inquirer
Kaelyn Johns was not going to let Noelle Powell beat her. The senior for the Downingtown East girls' basketball team was marking the explosive West Chester Rustin guard throughout the District 1 Class AAAA second-round contest Wednesday night. Everywhere No. 22 went for the Golden Knights, there was No. 25 for the Cougars. At halftime, Johns wasn't happy with how things were going. So she upped the pressure, and, with some great help-defense from her teammates, Downingtown East minimized Powell's open looks.
SPORTS
February 6, 2015 | By Mark Macyk, Inquirer Staff Writer
Wade Cummings (126 pounds, 33 seconds) and Billy McGinley (220, 55 seconds) recorded quick pins Wednesday night as Downingtown East took sole possession of first place in the Ches-Mont National with a 51-18 victory at West Chester Henderson. In other Ches-Mont National action: Grant Boyd (170) recorded a pin in 4:22 to seal Avon Grove's 34-30 win at Downingtown West. Ches-Mont American. Brett Kaliner won by technical fall in 5:48 at 113 to help West Chester Rustin stay unbeaten in league play with a 67-6 victory over visiting Octorara.
NEWS
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.
SPORTS
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.
SPORTS
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.
NEWS
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.
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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.
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