June 15, 2014 |
STATE COLLEGE - One day, he's driving home the game-winning runs in the Class AAAA state championship game and the next, La Salle High junior Brian Buckley is headed to the United States Military Academy at West Point to learn about life as a cadet. As far as fulfilling goals and realizing dreams go, Buckley won the weekend. The 6-foot, 208-pound Huntingdon Valley resident, sprayed a liner up the middle with the bases loaded in yesterday's eighth inning, plating two runs and pushing the Explorers toward a 4-2 triumph over feisty Conestoga at Medlar Field at Lubrano Park.
June 13, 2014 |
BRAD SCHNEIDER was just a sophomore for La Salle High in 2012 when he stepped to the plate, knees knocking in the quarterfinals of the Class AAAA playoffs. Schneider, who missed nearly that entire Catholic League season with an ankle injury, was called upon in the seventh inning in a sacrifice-bunt situation against Central Dauphin. "First at-bat pretty much of that whole year," Schneider said Wednesday as the Explorers (18-5) prepared for today's PIAA championship game. "I was so nervous, but I got the bunt down and, on the next pitch, Ryan Otis hit a sacrifice fly and we went to the semifinals.
June 11, 2014 |
IN THE CUOCI family, at least one apple hasn't fallen too far from the tree. In fact, as ultra-intense La Salle High senior Dom Cuoci dominated on the mound yesterday at Neumann University, his father, Lorenzo, stood behind the fence in rightfield barking out encouragement with an unmistakable baritone. "Oh, I can hear him," Cuoci said yesterday after his two-hit shutout lifted the Explorers, 3-0, against Spring-Ford in the Class AAAA semifinals. The Explorers will face District 1 No. 3 seed Conestoga on Friday at Medlar Field at Lubrano Park in State College.
June 11, 2014 |
Once on the brink of being a spectator in the district and state playoffs, La Salle is now a win away from a second PIAA Class AAAA baseball championship in three seasons. "It's pretty special," senior righthander Dom Cuoci said. "We're fortunate to be where we are. When it happens, you really have to savor it. That's what we're doing. " In Monday's state semifinal against Spring-Ford, Cuoci, a senior righthander, pitched a two-hitter with nine strikeouts as the Explorers downed Spring-Ford, 3-0, in 1 hour, 19 minutes at Neumann University in Aston.
June 9, 2014 |
Just as the Franklin Institute eases into its new 53,000-square-foot, $41 million Nicholas and Athena Karabots Pavilion, which opens Saturday, the science center figures it needs to get out of the building more often. And it is. The 190-year-old institute is opening science high schools in Egypt and Philadelphia, training teachers in science curriculum, and developing programs that turn on young scholars to careers in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). Some of these programs are well-established.
June 7, 2014 |
Carlos Santana has been and done many things in his 40-year-plus career as a guitarist and composer, but one thing the Mexican-born titan of psychedelic rock has avoided, until now, was an album solely dedicated to his ethnic roots. Santana, 66, who plays the Borgata on June 13 and 14, just never felt the need to make a Latin music album. "For us, it's a way of life, not a product or a project," he explains. "All in due time. " "Due time" arrived in May, when Santana's latest album, Corazon , appeared.
June 4, 2014 |
IT WAS MID-MAY and Dom Cuoci's distinguished baseball career at La Salle College High was all but over. Slowed by late-season back problems, the 6-3, 210-pound righthander could only sit inside his Doylestown home and watch television, ice packs affixed to his body, as the Catholic League playoffs went on without him. After the Explorers lost to Ss. Neumann-Goretti in the CL losers bracket on May 17, the only chance for a state-title run was...
May 23, 2014 |
La Salle's Zach Drake glanced at the Neumann University scoreboard before sprinting behind the net. He saw that just seconds remained in the Catholic League boys' lacrosse final against St. Joseph's Prep on Wednesday night. The score was tied. Someone had to do something, he said afterward. And his winning play - the goal that lifted La Salle to an 8-7 win - "just kind of happened. " The junior attackman came from behind the net, ran his defender into a pick from Stephen Hudak, and fired the ball into the goal with just 8.8 seconds left.
May 22, 2014 |
THIS WORLD was too small for Andre the Giant. It seems our perception of the legendary wrestler was, too. With his latest project, Andre the Giant: Life and Legend , Philadelphia-based cartoonist Box Brown sets out to humanize the man who once tossed the real-life Rocky from the ring with ease. A graphic novel may not seem like the best medium for presenting what many considered a "mythical creature" as a man who could experience love, desire and regret. But Brown said he told Andre's story the only way he knew how. The project was inspired by many Andre the Giant tales Brown gleaned from interviews with retired wrestlers - some self-conducted, others from television shows and documentaries.
May 9, 2014 |
AT 6-3 and 210 pounds, La Salle High's Mitch Soufleris is tough to handle on the lacrosse field. Yesterday, the senior attacker used girth instead of guile as the Explorers started slowly but finished with alacrity en route to a 12-6 conquest of host Archbishop Wood. With nimble feet and a rocket shot, Soufleris, who will attend the University of Rochester next season, scored two goals and added two assists yesterday mainly by backing down smaller defenders near the goal. However, that was yesterday.