March 23, 2014 |
In its drive to the PIAA Class AAAA boys' basketball final, La Salle - a newcomer to this territory - knocked off perennial state-tournament powers Lower Merion and Chester. The last obstacle for the junior-laden Explorers is New Castle, of suburban Pittsburgh. The District 7 champs, with a football-studded lineup, arrive with a lofty record of 30-0. "They've got some tough players," La Salle coach Joe Dempsey said. "They're 30-0. The coaches have made sure their kids are ready to play every night.
March 20, 2014 |
EVERYTHING was coming undone for La Salle High School. Minutes earlier the Explorers held a commanding 11-point lead over Chester in the PIAA semifinals. Now, their lead was just three, and Chester had the ball off a La Salle turnover. Just when everything was going wrong, the Explorers' junior class stepped up and made it right. Najee Walls calmly stepped to the line and hit two free throws, then came up with a steal and a layup to seal last night's 61-54 win that gave the Explorers their first berth in the Class AAAA state championship against New Castle on Saturday at 8 p.m. in Hershey.
March 20, 2014 |
It was early on, after a turnover and missed rebound, that Dave Krmpotich was taken out of the game by La Salle coach Joe Dempsey. "We went over a couple of things," Dempsey said of Krmpotich's brief stay on the bench in Tuesday night's PIAA Class AAAA boys' basketball semifinal against Chester. "I just wanted to calm him down, get a message across. " Apparently, it worked. With the 6-foot-7 junior netting 19 points, the Explorers surprised the vaunted Clippers, 61-55, at Coatesville to secure their first berth in the state final.
March 19, 2014 |
Few musicians of any genre have had the wide-ranging influence across vastly different styles of a Jimi Hendrix. One look at the roster of axmen who are congregating to celebrate Hendrix's legacy at the Keswick on Friday is proof of that. The lineup for this year's "Experience Hendrix" tour includes blues legend Buddy Guy, César Rosas and David Hidalgo of Chicano rock band Los Lobos, virtuoso guitar stylist Eric Johnson, second-generation iconoclast Dweezil Zappa, and metal six-string-slinger Zakk Wylde.
March 19, 2014 |
Up against a hungry St. Joseph's Prep team, La Salle boys' hockey squad followed the blueprint that served it so well over the years. Find a way to win. The third-seeded Explorers did just that Monday night as they came back from a 4-1 deficit and defeated No. 1 St. Joseph's Prep, 5-4, in overtime and won their fourth consecutive Class AAA Flyers Cup at the Skatium in Havertown. Coty Thomas scored his second goal of the game 3 minutes, 46 seconds into overtime to cap off an amazing Explorers comeback.
March 18, 2014 |
JALEN HERDSMAN might not be much of a bowler, but that doesn't mean his work between the lanes didn't help his skills on the court for La Salle High. Well, indirectly anyway. High school basketball can become a grind after hours of schoolwork during the day followed by hours of practice in the evening and gobs of homework at night. And then - lather, rinse, repeat - for months. With that in mind, it may seem peculiar for Herdsman and La Salle to have appeared so energized in Saturday's PIAA quarterfinal win against Lower Merion, which had previously vanquished District 12 top-seed Roman Catholic.
March 17, 2014 |
Among European travelers, more and more people are cruising. Of course, cruising is - in many ways - anathema to the "backdoor travel" philosophy that I've been preaching for 30 years. But I've learned it can be done thoughtfully and independently. Recently I gave my new guidebook, Rick Steves' Mediterranean Cruise Posts , a shakedown cruise of its own. I sailed in the western Mediterranean on Royal Caribbean and in the eastern Mediterranean on Celebrity. I admit that I'd thought cruising was some kind of Vegas-on-the-sea experience.
March 15, 2014 |
NEW YORK - A year after making a run to the NCAA tournament's Sweet 16, La Salle ended this season with a much different vibe. Even though forward Jerrell Wright scored a career-high 26 points and grabbed nine rebounds Thursday, eighth-seeded La Salle suffered an 82-72 loss to ninth-seeded St. Bonaventure in an Atlantic 10 tournament opener for both at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn. St. Bonaventure (17-14) will meet top-seeded St. Louis in the quarterfinals Friday at noon. La Salle will contemplate a season that began with high expectations but ended in mediocrity.
March 13, 2014 |
LA SALLE will arrive in Brooklyn for this year's Atlantic 10 Tournament in much different standing than it found itself a year ago. The consensus last year was that the Explorers, coming off a 24-point loss at Saint Louis in their regular-season finale, needed at least one win to secure their place in the NCAA Tournament. After an 11-point loss to Butler in their first game at the Barclays Center, they sweated out Selection Sunday before learning they were indeed included in the field of 68. The rest, as they say, is history.
March 12, 2014 |
IT IS LAST-CHANCE time for Temple and La Salle, another chance for Saint Joseph's and an opportunity for Villanova to lock up a No. 1 seed. Temple (9-21) goes first in tomorrow's American Athletic Conference opening round in Memphis, Tenn. The Owls can certainly beat Central Florida, but can they beat Cincinnati in Thursday's quarterfinals, followed by wins against two from a list that likely will include Memphis, SMU, Connecticut and Louisville? Not likely, unless Sam Hinkie decides to trade them Memphis native Thaddeus Young who only used that one year of eligibility at Georgia Tech.