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.
June 6, 2013 |
Guided tours, when successful, are a sort of archaeological excavation. You could walk the path and look at the same objects on your own, but with a leader, all the behind-the-scenes stories are revealed. In a city as rich in culture and history as Philadelphia, guided tours abound - in Old City, along the rivers, in neighborhoods, underground. But there's a new way to see your surroundings, and it has less to do with showcasing the city's highlights than it does with getting at the guts of the town by following the lead of an expert.
June 5, 2013 |
MECHANICSBURG, Pa. - After a few errant shots during warm-ups scattered a crowd behind the La Salle goal, an assistant coach joked, "We wish they were more accurate, too. " Once the game began, the Explorers seemed as if they never missed. La Salle routed North Allegheny, 14-1, in the PIAA state boys' lacrosse semifinals Tuesday night at Cumberland Valley. La Salle (22-2), which has won 20 games in a row, will face three-time defending state champion Conestoga at 2:30 p.m. Saturday at HersheyPark Stadium in a repeat of last year's title game.
May 29, 2013 |
RETURNING JUST two starters is usually not a good idea for a baseball team looking to re-experience wonderful feelings. Neither is losing an early league game by a score that would be much more common in football (20-6). To your archrival, no less. But as the Catholic League final ended early Saturday in chilly temps and wicked winds at Widener University, storming the field and forming an oh-the-humanity pile in front of home plate were the La Salle High Explorers. Who would have thought?
May 27, 2013 |
Another strong pitching effort from Dom Cuoci; solid defense; and two big innings, mixed in with some luck, led to La Salle's first Catholic League baseball championship since 2005. Saturday afternoon's 10-0, five-inning triumph over archrival St. Joseph's Prep at Widener also served as redemption. Last year, before making their run to the PIAA Class AAAA state crown, the Explorers bowed to Neumann-Goretti in eight innings in the league final. "As awesome as it was for us to win a state title last year, not winning the Catholic League left a bad taste in our mouths," senior first baseman Chris Melillo said.
May 23, 2013 |
PAT CHRISTENSEN played a couple of sports as a young athlete and, ironically, baseball wasn't his strength. Christensen, who participated in both soccer and baseball, was on the verge of calling it quits on the diamond when he received some advice from his parents, Patrick and Mary Beth. "They told me to try pitching for a year," he said. "So I tried that out and it worked out pretty well. "I wasn't very good at hitting when I was younger and it frustrated me. I moved on to pitching.
May 10, 2013 |
YOU'D expect a movie about a song that has become the Hebrew "Hokey Pokey" to be playful. And "Hava Nagila (The Movie)" is that, in spades. That wedding, party and bar mitzvah staple, a song that the whole world knows and virtually no one knows anything about, is a ready punch-line, a musical eye-roller for some and a no-brainer for any band or singer that works the wedding circuit - Jewish or gentile. But Roberta Grossman's cute documentary gives weight to the tune, tracing its lineage to a town - Sadagora, in the Ukraine - and the 19th century.
May 9, 2013 |
OF ALL THE forlorn Explorers in the Staples Center locker room, none looked sadder than sophomore D.J. Peterson. La Salle had just lost to Wichita State in the Sweet 16, a foreseeable if unfortunate decision. For Peterson, the loss held special significance. He knew the team would change the following season. Tyrone Garland, one of the nation's top bench players, would probably start in place of Ramon Galloway, especially in the aftermath of his "Southwest Philly Floater" that beat Mississippi and sent La Salle to the Sweet 16. Delaware transfer Khalid Lewis and La Salle High's Amar Stukes also would play plenty, alongside point guard Tyrone Garland.
May 4, 2013 |
La Salle sophomore guard D.J. Peterson has reversed fields. After earlier stating his intention to transfer to be closer to home, the Burnsville, Minn., native has reconsidered and will remain with the Explorers. "D.J. is close to his family and has missed them during his long absences from home," coach John Giannini said in a statement. "He also is close to his La Salle teammates. After deciding to transfer, he spoke with his parents and teammates and has since decided to stay at La Salle.