September 1, 2014 |
Pat Shurmur recalls the countless pass-and-catch sessions in the backyard, watching his son make surprisingly crisp and accurate throws. The youngster, when it came to organized play, showed more natural ability on offense. "He's never been a good tackler," his father said with a laugh. Jon Runyan remembers the Tuesday afternoons, while at home and recovering from another exhausting NFL game, when he would test his namesake's hand-eye coordination. "I would have him run across the room and wing the ball at him," he said.
August 30, 2014 |
In gearing up for a return to the powerful Suburban One League National Conference, North Penn will open the football season Friday night vs. La Salle in the first of three nonleague contests against solid Catholic League opponents. A difficult early-season slate strengthened the Knights last year. After an 0-3 start, including a 34-7 loss to the Explorers, they won 10 straight games in advancing to the PIAA District 1 Class AAAA final. This year, after La Salle, North Penn's schedule will continue with West Catholic, the reigning Catholic League Class AA champ, and Archbishop Wood, the defending AAA state titlist.
August 22, 2014 |
THE LAST TIME La Salle High entered a football season with a title other than "defending Catholic League champions" preceding its name was the start of the 2008 campaign, which sparked the first of five consecutive PCL crowns for the Explorers (Roman Catholic beat St. Joseph's Prep in 2007). Of course, after St. Joseph's Prep unseated La Salle last season, the Explorers are once again title-less. However, revenge isn't their focus, at least not yet. "With our schedule, that's the last thing on our minds right now," La Salle coach Drew Gordon said.
August 15, 2014 |
You may know Philadelphia public radio station WXPN-FM as the sponsor of the annual star-studded XPoNential Music Festival. This year's XPoNential had a bit of a Southern kick, thanks to an appearance by CJ Chenier and the Red Hot Louisiana Band. Chenier is one of the founding saints of contemporary zydeco, and his performance - complete with accordion riffs - was for more than concertgoers' entertainment. Another reason Chenier was at the festival was to generate buzz about WXPN's latest endeavor, the ambitious, 15-month-long Zydeco Crossroads project.
August 7, 2014 |
While hundreds of thousands of visitors walk through the Philadelphia Museum of Art each year, drawn in by its world-class collections or the cultural mythos of the Rocky films, Sonya Cobb's debut novel, The Objects of Her Affection , explores a part of the museum that few people ever see: the administrative offices. A balance between writing what you know and dramatic exaggeration, Objects (by a former Philadelphia mom with a museum curator husband) tells the story of Sophie Porter, a freelance web developer and mother of two in Philly whose husband, Brian, is a curator at the Art Museum.
July 11, 2014 |
YOU WOULDN'T expect that a French-trained executive chef in a French-owned hotel chain would have boyish charm and a Midwestern accent that could cast him in an episode of "Fargo. " Yet here's Justin Perdue, who arrived from Chicago this spring to take over the kitchen at Hotel Sofitel Philadelphia, on 17th Street. Originally from Wisconsin, Perdue, 33, trained in Manhattan at the French Culinary Institute and worked under fellow FCI alum Bobby Flay at Bar Americain. Perdue eventually moved to Chicago, working at several places before becoming sous chef at the Michelin-starred Sixteen under chef Frank Brunacci.
June 30, 2014 |
NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. - By the time Kevin Allred walked in, his students had just finished discussing the day's reading on black feminism and Billie Holiday, had tied the ideas to some of Beyoncé's work, and had begun analyzing the identity politics in her songs and videos. For what looks at first glance like just a fun undergraduate class at Rutgers University on the reigning queen of pop, his students sure were going above and Beyoncé. As Kanye West rapped in the background, Allred began discussing his latest album, Yeezus , comparing it with My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy ("So good")
June 27, 2014 |
SOME SAY there's nothing new in the Afghan war documentary "Korengal," but the context of its release certainly makes it feel urgent. Surely the movie should be seen by Tony Blair and/or Dick Cheney, who are now trying to put their let's-go-back-to-Iraq band (the Zombies?) back together. "Korengal" is assembled from footage Sebastian Junger (and killed-on-the-job war cinematographer Tim Hetherington) couldn't fit into "Restrepo," the you-are-there Afghan war documentary about GIs stationed at a remote outpost on a mountain top overlooking a Taliban-infested valley, one of the few really good views of the war afforded moviegoers during that conflict.
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.