April 13, 2012
By TED SILARY Daily News Staff Writer The high schools are perched along Hunting Park Avenue and separated, maybe, by the length of four football fields. Come baseball season, their teams might as well be joined at the batting rack. Everyone speaks Spanish and most of These Guys know many of Those Guys. "Let me see," said Ralphy Ramos, a senior leftfielder for Esperanza (charter) Academy. "I know all their outfield guys, their catcher and their shortstop. "The centerfielder [Joshua Fontanez]
February 13, 2014 |
AS FAR AS anyone knows, a basketball rim has never done anything wrong to Philadelphia Electrical and Technology guard Devante Truitt, but when the junior gets out in the open court his intentions are certainly malicious. "Everybody says I can jump high," Truitt said, "so I just try to finish real strong with a hard dunk and try to bring down the rim. " Against visiting Esperanza yesterday, the unsuspecting rims at PET's gym on Moore Street were victimized twice by authoritative Truitt throw-downs during a third-quarter spurt that eventually yielded a 66-29 Public League Class AAA semifinal landslide.
May 28, 2011 |
Tom Marano's brother, Scott, is a mechanic for a prominent local car dealership and Tom thinks that's a pretty cool job, and could even see himself following suit. "I like the idea," he said, "of taking something apart and putting it back together. " Funny he should mention that . . . Marano's right shoulder might be in the on-deck circle. "Oh, I do not want that at all ," he said, chuckling. "I'd be really mad if that happened. The doctor doesn't think there'll be a need for an operation.
January 31, 2012 |
THERE ARE TIMES when Gerald Scott cannot be found in the classrooms at Martin Luther King High. But there are no worries about facing detention. As he puts it, he's very ahead on credits and thus does not have to tackle a full academic load. "I've always been more of a slasher, a guy who goes hard to the hole," said the 6-foot, 180-pound Scott, a senior point guard. "But my dad [also Gerald] has been after me about improving my jumper, so I've been shooting a couple hundred extra per day. "King has two gyms, and the second one's usually empty.
April 17, 2016 |
Esperanza baseball coach Kyle Riley wanted to instill a championship feel at the beginning of the season. So after every game, the longtime Franklin Towne Charter coach names two "champions. " The coach presents two standouts a replica belt: a WWE world heavyweight championship and a WWE intercontinental championship. After a 15-4 rout at Public League rival Prep Charter on Friday, Guillermo Castillo was crowned the world heavyweight champion and John Rodriguez was given the lesser intercontinental title.
May 26, 2011 |
Felix Torraca-Dedos had to laugh to keep from . . . not crying. From snapping out. In the second inning of yesterday's Public League Class AA baseball final, Esperanza (charter) Academy's infielders committed one, two, three, four, five, six errors. As the circus continued, it was a wonder Torraca-Dedos, a 5-9, 160-pound senior righthander, didn't dig up the pitching rubber and start clubbing guys on the head. "Well, I did think, 'These guys are killin' me,' " Torraca-Dedos said, laughing.
September 15, 2014 |
EGG HARBOR TOWNSHIP, N.J. - Walfa Caceres was the first of the sisters to make the journey to Atlantic City. It was 1992 and she was 26. New York City, where they had moved to join their father, Toribio Caceres, a former police officer at the U.S. Embassy in the Dominican Republic who now owned a fried-chicken restaurant on 168th Street, had never really suited the Caceres siblings. "Too loud," said Fanny Caceres, five years younger than Walfa. "Too busy. " But in Atlantic City, something clicked for Walfa - particularly when she saw the line of customers stretching for the new French Quarter buffet at Showboat, willing to wait two hours to get inside.
June 8, 2010
Girard Academic Music Program built leads of 1-0 and 3-2, but the end result wasn't too pretty yesterday in a PIAA Class A first-round playoff at Montgomery County Community College. The Pioneers wound up falling to Christopher Dock, 15-5, in six innings. Anthony DiVincenzo, who took the loss but also homered, and Dom Raia pitched three innings apiece for GAMP. Sal Giafaglione, Joe Coppola, Tyler Criniti and Jimmy Coin all doubled, while the first two managed two hits apiece. Great Valley 4, Bonner 1: In AAAA, at Richie Ashburn Field in South Philly, Matt Ruggieri's RBI single gave Bonner a 1-0 lead in the second inning.