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.
May 2, 2014 |
WITH A ROUSING fourth quarter of lacrosse almost undoubtedly in the offing, St. Joseph's Prep and La Salle High were halted by lightning delays that led to the game's postponement in a 5-5 tie. The fourth quarter will be finished today at 3 p.m. at La Salle and will determine first place in Catholic League play. Brief pregame precipitation gave way to brilliant sunshine at the outset, which spawned a rainbow behind the field at Plymouth-Whitemarsh. The game was free from rain throughout until ominous clouds rolled in. The Explorers assumed a modicum of control after freshman Christopher Hladczuk scored the game's first goal with 2:46 left in the first quarter.
May 2, 2014 |
DON'T look now, but that tilapia you're tucking into has been around since King Tut. In the fascinating new book Culinary Expeditions: A Celebration of Food and Culture , published by the Women's Committee to benefit the Penn Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, tilapia is revealed for what it once was: Nile perch, a symbol of power and fertility to the ancient Egyptians. Likely the earliest farmed fish, tilapia was raised in shallow ponds along the banks of the Nile, and Egypt remains the second largest producer of tilapia in the world.
May 2, 2014 |
In the summer of 1965, a group of activists descended upon Independence Hall, demanding equal rights for the gay community. The demonstrations, which were among the first organized pushes for LGBT equality, helped to lay the groundwork for the Stonewall riots in New York City four years later. This weekend, thousands of gay rights advocates are set to keep that spirit of activism alive in Philadelphia. Starting Thursday, the city will host the Equality Forum's 22d annual global summit, an international, weekend-long LGBT rights event.
April 24, 2014 |
TOMMY ALBERTSON might carry a 3.9 GPA, but he can't use that impressive noodle at the plate because it just gets in the way. Yesterday, the La Salle High junior had no such worries, helping the host Explorers to a 15-5, come-from-behind, five-inning, mercy-rule throttling of Cardinal O'Hara in a battle of the top teams in the Catholic League's Red Division. "Whenever I think too much, I do badly," Albertson said. "So, I just try to clear my mind, look for a pitch and, I consider myself an aggressive hitter, so anything in the strike zone that's a fastball, I'm swinging.
April 21, 2014 |
Nick Dermo says there's very little pregame chatter between him and Dom Cuoci, his battery mate and La Salle's ace pitcher, before one of Cuoci's scheduled starts. "He's a bit independent," the senior catcher said. "It's best to leave him alone, let him listen to his music. You know he's going to be ready to go to work. " Even while nursing a middle-back injury, Cuoci answered the call again Saturday. The senior righthander yielded only three hits though six innings, and the host Explorers topped Archbishop Ryan, 6-3, in a Catholic League Red Division game at sun-soaked Ward Field.
April 11, 2014 |
AS HARBINGERS go, Adam Arcadia's first swing in the fourth inning against St. Joseph's Prep foretold of potential doom for the La Salle High rally. After the Explorers tied the game with two outs, the senior designated hitter stepped in with a runner in scoring position and waved at an offspeed pitch with an overzealous bat. Before he could unleash another wild cut, third-base coach John Reifsnyder called timeout and met Arcadia down the baseline. "He just said that this is a big at-bat and the team needs me to come through with a hit, and I just have to focus and forget about that pitch," Arcadia said.
April 9, 2014 |
Samantha Sorid's award-winning science project taught her a lesson about human nature. Including her own. "If you put your mind to it, you can do anything," says Sorid, 14, who is in eighth grade at Harrington Middle School in Mount Laurel. Her findings about her fellow humans were less uplifting. About those, more in a moment. Let's just say that we the people do the right thing less often than we'd like to believe. Titled "Money or Morality," Sorid's project took first place for her age group in the human-behavior category of the Coriell Institute Science Fair.