October 14, 2013 |
Global travel has been my forte since the old Soviet Union and India initiated me to the wider world. What I was saving for the golden years, Paris and a French river cruise, now was our adventure. Could it live up to my expectations? To celebrate our 30th anniversary, my wife, Ellen, and I booked the Amadeus Symphony through Gate1 Travel, sailing north then south on the Saone and Rhone Rivers. We embarked from Lyon, France's second-largest city, and finished there Aug. 1. The Amadeus carries 128 passengers, so crowding was not on this ship's radar.
October 12, 2013 |
La Salle struggled last week, falling behind Father Judge by 16 points before escaping - on a late touchdown pass and extra point - with a 17-16 victory. St. Joseph's Prep overcame a slow start against Archbishop Wood. With 24 unanswered points, the Hawks posted a 31-21 triumph over the previously undefeated Vikings. La Salle's eked-out win and the Prep's major turnaround against a powerhouse have many listing the Hawks as a clear favorite against the Explorers in Friday night's showdown between Catholic League Class AAAA rivals.
October 7, 2013 |
The favorite to be the No. 1 pick in the 2014 NFL draft played at Lincoln Financial Field on Saturday. Louisville junior Teddy Bridgewater is considered the top quarterback in a crowded class - and it's one the Eagles might explore. Even though the Eagles can still salvage their season after a 1-3 start and it's premature to forecast their draft prospects in October, there are essentially two types of teams in the NFL: Those that believe they have a franchise quarterback, and those still looking for one. Unless the Eagles make the playoffs and draft too late to find a top quarterback, or they envision Michael Vick (a 33-year-old pending free agent)
September 22, 2013 |
The run was there all game, and St. Joseph's Prep midfielder Andrew Beckett knew it. A diagonal run to the space behind the La Salle back line was what the Hawks had been trying to do for more than 80 minutes. But for whatever reason, the pass was short, off target, or stifled by the Explorers defense, and the Hawks couldn't get a shot on net off it. Although previous attempts had been futile Friday afternoon, Beckett made his last run of the day count. He scored the golden goal in the first overtime, lifting the host Hawks over the Explorers, 1-0, in Catholic League soccer.
September 7, 2013 |
The La Salle full men's basketball schedule was released on Thursday, and the Explorers begin on Nov. 9 at home against Manhattan and will conclude March 9 at St. Joseph's. That will be the second game against St. Joseph's with the first on Feb. 15 at Tom Gola Arena. Besides St. Joseph's, La Salle will play three other Atlantic Ten Conference teams twice this year, George Washington, Duquesne and St. Bonaventure. The Explorers will play the other eight A-10 teams once in a 16-game conference schedule.
July 24, 2013 |
Seven Camden County towns are exploring sharing police administrative costs while maintaining their individual departments. The towns - Audubon, Collingswood, Haddonfield, Haddon Heights, Haddon Township, Mount Ephraim, and Oaklyn - have some of the county's smaller forces, ranging from 12 to 28 full-time officers, each led by a chief. On Friday, the towns - which formed a partnership called the Colonial Alliance more than a year ago - began seeking proposals for a feasibility study that will analyze police budgets, crime statistics, labor agreements, and other administrative aspects.
June 24, 2013 |
We've got it all wrong about Chip Kelly, something the new Eagles coach seems likely to point out eventually. He's very bright, but we know that. He's not unsure of himself, but we know that, too. He doesn't suffer fools or foolish questions well, but it's hard to blame him there. Where we are wrong about Kelly, at least according to his first biographer, is that he isn't a mad scientist working furiously on a secret blackboard in the back room, designing big brain schemes that leave opponents trying to block the wind and tackle smoke.
June 18, 2013
In the 2012-13 school year, La Salle High won championships in 10 of the Catholic League's 14 male sports. (The sports not mentioned below: basketball, bowling, cross country and rowing.) Here are the 10 champions, their coaches, and the names of those athletes who earned first team All-Catholic honors: FALL SPORTS FOOTBALL Coach: Drew Gordon. Athletes: Sean Coleman, Mike Eife, Zaire Franklin, Patrick Hoffman, Jon Naji, Dad Poquie, Tom Spiteri, Ryan Winslow. GOLF Coach: Marty Jackson.
June 18, 2013 |
CONOR RESCH and La Salle High sports go 'way back. In September 2001, as he was entering first grade, fresh off a move from Roxborough to Flourtown, Resch began attending the Explorers' football games because his father, Tony, had become the athletic director. "I got to stand on the sideline," Conor recalled. "My dad wouldn't let me be the ball boy, but that was cool. No responsibility. Just stand there and enjoy the game. "I remember how much the student body would come out to support the team, and what a special atmosphere that created.
June 9, 2013 |
HERSHEY, Pa. - The bus carrying the La Salle lacrosse team slipped out of Philadelphia quietly Saturday morning. The Bad News Bears rolled across the screens, but most of the Explorers buried their heads in earphones. They left Hersheypark Stadium on a quiet bus a year ago, and it was on a quiet one they returned to avenge that defeat. La Salle dominated Conestoga, 13-4, to capture the PIAA state championship for the first time since 2009. In halting the Pioneers' three-year run as state champs, the Explorers also ended a two-game losing streak against Conestoga in the final.