September 11, 2015 |
There's no chance of Upper Dublin flying under the radar this season. Not after last year, when the Cardinals went 11-2 overall, 7-0 in the Suburban One League American Conference, and advanced to the District 1 Class AAAA semifinals. Bret Stover's squad opened 2015 with a 42-7 romp over District 2's Delaware Valley last Friday. Quarterback Ryan Stover, the coach's son, threw for 2,187 yards and 21 touchdowns last year. He has drawn interest from FCS schools. Upper Dublin's offense also features halfback Kaleif Lee, fullback Stacey Gardner, and receivers Gary Fields, John Barrett, and Mike Sowers.
August 9, 2015 |
A couple of little guys with some ball skills of their own already traded high fives and fist bumps and hellos with Union players earlier this week as the players strolled off the practice field along the Delaware River. The last Union player off the field, Zach Pfeffer, stopped for a little chat. The little guys sent him toward the locker room with a "Thanks, Mr. Pfeffer. " That may have been the first "Mr. Pfeffer" Zach had received in his life. Pfeffer has always been the young guy, the phenom, a pro as a high school sophomore at age 15. Now he's a seasoned 20, making under six figures in salary but real money.
August 1, 2015 |
The pope was immensely popular, and his visit to the redbrick city was seen as a history-making event. People streamed in - by bus, train, and foot - to hear him speak in a sprawling public park, and they turned the city's old, narrow streets into tributaries of flowing humanity. Yet the communal joy was tempered by fresh news of a brazen bombing. Fears of a terrorist attack left government officials on edge. That was Dublin in 1979 and I was a young (very young!) reporter covering the visit of Pope John Paul II for a monthly Irish "news" magazine called Magill . Along with 5,000 or so members of the international press corps, I trailed the pope during the 51 hours he spent in Ireland, following the frenzied pack as it moved from Dublin to the remote village of Knock to the free drinks at the bar in the Irish parliament.
June 17, 2015 |
Bloomsday, the literary celebration of James Joyce's modernist classic Ulysses , is held across the world every June 16. From Australia to Hungary, from the Czech Republic to Philadelphia, fans gather to read and discuss Joyce's allusive, poetical, musical, and often elusive work. The local Bloomsday event features a daylong reading of passages from the novel by more than 75 local men and women drawn from every walk of life at three locations - the steps of the Free Library of Philadelphia's Central Library, Rittenhouse Square, and the Rosenbach Museum & Library.
May 27, 2015 |
THE DESCRIPTION is perfect, given the occasion. Longtime journalist Franz Lidz likens his childhood friend Arn Tellem, the iconic sports agent, to a traditional Jewish dish. "What separates him from others is he's kind of a gefilte fish in a sea of sharks," Lidz says. Tellem and Lidz, friends since the age of 9 at Belmont Hills Elementary School in Bala Cynwyd, are among seven notables who will be inducted into the Philadelphia Jewish Sports Hall of Fame on Thursday at the Gershman Y, 401 S. Broad St. Tellem, who graduated from Haverford College in 1976 and Michigan Law School in 1979, has a client list that includes Chase Utley and Yu Darvish in baseball and Derrick Rose, Anthony Davis and Russell Westbrook in basketball.
April 19, 2015 |
After a mediocre showing last season, Wissahickon, with a nice blend of experienced players and promising underclassmen, is now making considerable noise. With Friday afternoon's 7-4 triumph over neighboring Upper Dublin in Fort Washington, the Trojans stayed unbeaten in Suburban One League American Conference action and bumped the Cardinals from their first-place perch. "It was an extremely important game for us," senior shortstop Nick Falso said. "This is always a huge rivalry.
March 15, 2015 |
When Michael Jensen finished the 200-yard freestyle Friday night at Bucknell University, the Upper Dublin junior didn't just come up with a win at the PIAA Class AAA boys' swimming and diving championships. He became the state's record-holder. Jensen finished in 1 minute, 35.31 seconds, topping St. Joseph's Prep's Matthew Belecanech's record time of 1:36.05 set in 2009. In the 200 individual medley, Hatboro-Horsham's Michael Thomas came in first, finishing in 1:44.50. La Salle's Greg Brocato also claimed a first-place finish, winning the 50 freestyle in 20.27.
February 23, 2015 |
DUBLIN, Ireland - In town for a few days, and not looking for roots or relatives, I'm here for the whiskey and beer. I am, however, accompanied by an intellectually curious and well-bred woman who is my wife, along with our college-age kids. And while she's a pretty good sport, having indulged most of my bad habits for more than 20 years, asking her to spend her only time in Dublin holed up in saloons is a bit much. So to make the trip work, I had to steel up and at least try to generate a healthy interest in museums, churches, and the like.
February 20, 2015 |
Upper Dublin found out first hand last year that playbacks are no place to try and reach the state tournament from. Wednesday night, Allison Chernow made sure the Cardinals would not have to go through all that again. The junior point guard tied things with a pair of free throws at the end of regulation and then made a layup late in overtime to send host Upper Dublin to a 36-33 victory over Perkiomen Valley in the second round of the District 1 Class AAAA tournament. The win guarantees a spot in states for the Cardinals, who fell a game short in playbacks last year.
February 16, 2015 |
Julie Cross is a lacrosse player. A pretty talented one, too. Good enough, in fact, that she'll be playing that sport for Syracuse next year. Watch the 6-foot-2 Upper Dublin senior on a basketball court, however, and you may start thinking she's pursuing the wrong sport in college. Cross averages more than 15 points a game for the Cardinals, and her tremendous 30-point, nine-rebound effort Saturday propelled Upper Dublin to a 65-38 win over Pennridge in the first round of the District 1 Class AAAA tournament.