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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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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.
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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.
NEWS
June 24, 2014 | By Tricia L. Nadolny, Inquirer Staff Writer
A statewide land conservation association that traditionally does not meddle in municipal fights has intervened in a long-standing dispute over the sale of a public park in Downingtown, saying the implications are distressing. The sale of Kardon Park - a 40-acre site that a developer wants to carve into 300 homes and a retail center - would set a "terrible precedent" and open the possibility for many parks to be sold for profit, according to Andrew Loza, executive director of the Pennsylvania Land Trust Association.
SPORTS
May 30, 2014 | By Mark Whited, Inquirer Staff Writer
Emily Santana scored five goals to help Springfield (Delco) edge Downingtown East, 11-8, in the first round of the PIAA state girls' lacrosse tournament Wednesday at West Chester East. The junior added an assist and eight draw controls. Kate Ryan scored two goals and had an assist, and Cailyn Gormley deposited two goals for Springfield. Kate Bedard recorded 10 saves to get the win in net. In other first-rounders: Great Valley 18, Manheim Township 6 - Brittany Edwards scored seven goals to lead the Patriots to the rout at Exeter.
SPORTS
May 17, 2014 | By Rick O'Brien, Inquirer Staff Writer
Cheltenham, Boyertown, Downingtown East, and Garnet Valley are among the top seeds in the 24-team PIAA District 1 Class AAAA baseball tournament. The seedings were announced Thursday. The top four seeds in the North (No. 1 Cheltenham, No. 2 Boyertown, No. 3 Council Rock South, No. 4 Spring-Ford) and South (No. 1 Downingtown East, No. 2 Garnet Valley, No. 3 Strath Haven, No. 4 Conestoga) received opening-round byes. In the Class AAA tourney, Holy Ghost Prep is the No. 1 seed. At 4 p.m. Friday, No. 9 seed Marple Newtown will visit No. 8 Bishop Shanahan for the right to meet Holy Ghost in a quarterfinal.
NEWS
April 13, 2014 | By Rick O'Brien, Inquirer Staff Writer
After taking charge of the Downingtown East baseball program, Pete Susi made team chemistry as big a priority as rock-solid fundamentals. "The Downingtown area has always had talent," Susi said. "I wanted to get the kids to care about each other and play together. If you can develop that as a coach, everything else kind of takes care of itself. " The bonding process continued Friday afternoon for the tight-knit and hardworking Cougars. They blanked host Coatesville, 6-0, in a Ches-Mont League National Conference game that lasted 1 hour, 35 minutes.
NEWS
April 4, 2014 | By Michaelle Bond, Inquirer Staff Writer
Lynda and Steve Farrell moved into their stone house on the side of a hill, their "nook in the woods," in Downingtown one Friday in June 1992. The next morning, they woke up to a bulldozer in the grassy field of their front yard. "That was our first realization of what it was to have a pipeline on your land," Lynda Farrell, 63, said. When the couple went down their long, shared driveway, they learned the crew was there to look into a potential leak in one of the three natural gas pipelines that run under the field.
SPORTS
March 21, 2014 | By Nick Carroll, Inquirer Staff Writer
Natalie Alvaro and Victoria Barretta hopped along the boards from inside Downingtown East's bench. They then stuck their heads over the ice to free up their sightlines just a little bit more. Katie Stueve jumped on a loose puck, and they couldn't miss what Stueve was going to do next. The junior defenseman went in alone on a breakaway, swooping from right to left across the crease, before she tucked a backhander into an open net. Her third of four goals gave Downingtown East a one-goal lead in the third period Wednesday night at IceLine in West Chester, and the Cougars went on to beat Unionville, 6-4, and end the Indians' string of four straight girls' Flyers Cups.
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