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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.
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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.
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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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.
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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.
NEWS
February 23, 2014 | By Kate Harman, For The Inquirer
How coaches "do things" has always held the attention of Downingtown East's Bob Schnure. The X's and O's, the strategy involved in the sport of basketball. Whether Schnure was watching a game at home with his wife, Fran Baliotti, and making her rewind so he could jot down the play they had just witnessed, or listening to countless coaches such as John Wooden and Pat Summitt at clinics, his curiosity for basketball has never waned. A paragon of success in his 35-year coaching career at Downingtown High School and then Downingtown East, Schnure still has that curiosity.
SPORTS
February 3, 2014 | By Brandon Stoneburg, Inquirer Staff Writer
Trailing by as many as 10 points in the second half, Downingtown West came back and defeated Bishop Shanahan at home, 55-49, in double overtime Saturday in a Ches-Mont National girls' basketball game. Free throws played a key role in the two overtime periods. Kerri Caruso sank one for Downingtown West with six seconds left in the first overtime to tie it, and the Whippets made 5 of 6 in the second OT to seal the win. Maddie Dew led the Whippets with a game-high 17 points and added four steals.
SPORTS
January 27, 2014 | By Kate Harman, For The Inquirer
Kaelyn Johns has great hands. Wearing goalie gloves in the fall, the Downingtown East junior earned 13 shutouts as the Cougars reached the District 1 Class AAA final and the state quarterfinals in girls' soccer. In the winter, Johns sheds the gloves to play guard for the Cougars in basketball, using her athleticism and soft touch to find teammates seemingly anywhere on the floor. Saturday, her hands didn't put the ball in the hoop many times, but they did a lot of other important things really well as East took care of Freire Charter, 50-30, in a nonleague game.
NEWS
December 29, 2013 | By Tricia L. Nadolny, Inquirer Staff Writer
At the edge of Steve McNaughton's Downingtown property is a patch of trees he rarely enters. When he ventured into the brush on a recent fall day, spooked deer sprang up from the grass - first one, then two more, then after a moment a straggler that darted after the pack. "It's theirs," he said of the enclave. But soon, the property could be someone else's. McNaughton, his wife, and their two daughters are preparing to pack up for several months, maybe longer, while their pasture is ripped up to install a natural gas pipeline.
NEWS
December 14, 2013 | By Kathy Boccella, Inquirer Staff Writer
Downingtown STEM High School is the top-scoring public high school on the state's new School Performance Profiles, beating traditional academic powerhouses such as Masterman in Philadelphia and Lower Merion. Students in the three-year-old magnet school, which focuses on science and technology, scored 100 percent proficiency in algebra I and language arts, and 97.8 percent on biology, in the new state Keystone Exams. The exams are just one measure - student improvement and graduation rates are others - used to come up with a profile number, which replaces the state's Adequate Yearly Progress measure.
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December 12, 2013 | By Tricia L. Nadolny, Inquirer Staff Writer
In a case that Downingtown officials say could have a significant effect on municipalities throughout Pennsylvania, a judge recently cleared the way for the borough to sell part of a park to developers who plan to use the site for 300 homes and a retail center. The same judge ruled against the development in 2010. This time, critics and supporters of the Kardon Park proposal - which could flood Downingtown with new tax revenue and residents - agree that the case is headed to another round of appeals, with some saying it could end at the state's highest court.
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