May 9, 2013 |
Drexel sophomore Dean Hill became hooked on rowing by going to events such as the Aberdeen Dad Vail Regatta, and now he is continuing a family tradition by competing there. Hill will be on a Drexel team that finished second, two points behind champion Purdue for last year's overall title. This year's 75th annual Dad Vail Regatta is Friday and Saturday on the Schuylkill. Hill won a silver medal last year on the Freshman 8 and this season will be competing on the Lightweight 4. A graduate of St. Joseph's Prep, Hill has been going to the Dad Vail since he was a youngster.
October 4, 2012 |
NOTE TO football players at Catholic League schools: If there's a kid in your senior class whose surname is Tracz, force him to strap on pads. Not only would your squad stand a decent chance of winning the championship, it could achieve perfection through the remainer of the season. Say hello to David Tracz, a 6-3, 230-pound senior at St. Joseph's Prep and a 3-year starter at tackle. After a couple of down seasons - by this school's standards, anyway - the Hawks are 4-0 and ranked No. 2 in the Daily News' City Top 10. Nine seasons ago, David's cousin, Brian Tracz, earned Red Division MVP laurels for his play at linebacker as the Prep stormed to a 12-0 mark.
May 27, 2012 |
This was not the plan. The way he had things figured out, Philadelphia middleweight boxer Jesse Hart would be in London this summer, winning an Olympic gold medal and using that as a springboard to his professional career. But in March, Hart's Olympic dream, the one inspired by watching former Philadelphia world champion David Reid win an Olympic boxing gold medal in 1996, came crashing down. A loss to Terrell Guasha by the thinnest of margins – a judges' verdict after tiebreakers had been even – at the USA Boxing Championships ended Hart's hopes of triumphing at 2012 Olympics.
March 5, 2012 |
When Jasmin Senior pondered ideas for a new name for the Young Professionals of the Urban League, she looked back on her love of basketball in high school in North Philadelphia. "I recalled that I used to play basketball, and when people want to play the next game, they say, 'We got next,' " Senior said in a recent interview. She then came up with the name Network of Extraordinary Talent (NExT), which earned her a victory in the Urban League's 2010 "What's in a Name Contest" to rename the national organization.
December 22, 2011 |
Kelsey Bozarth and her family always celebrate Christmas Eve with a special song. They cue up Bing Crosby's "Mele Kalikimaka," often called "the Hawaiian Christmas Song," and sing along. Sometimes they even dance. It's doubtful this endearing ritual, begun decades ago by Bozarth's grandfather, had ever been the subject of a scholarly discussion in a university classroom. Until this year. "I told my professor, 'I have this family tradition and I'm really passionate about it,' " explains Bozarth, 21, a Rowan University senior from Burlington County.
December 14, 2011 |
Heather Johnson grew up in New Hampshire with two Swedish parents. Christmastime, as she remembers it, was always white. Santa, the snow, the angels, everything. Before she had children, re-creating those white Christmases seemed like a natural thing to do. Not anymore. Johnson and her husband, Braydon Johnson-McCormick, adopted infant twin boys from Haiti seven years ago. These days, when Christmas rolls around, the Johnson-McCormick home in Bucks County looks a lot more colorful.
November 17, 2011 |
Chef Erin O'Shea conjures everything Texas at her Percy Street Barbecue, but when it comes to Thanksgiving, she gravitates to the flavors she recalls from the turkey and trimmings of her childhood on the Eastern Shore of Maryland. "There was always coleslaw and green beans with Durkee onions," O'Shea says. There was also sausage stuffing and an orange Jell-O mold with mandarin oranges. Her mother's Southern-leaning family was nice enough to oblige her New England-raised father with oyster stuffing, too. And to not give him too much of a hard time for pronouncing it pecan (pee-can)
September 28, 2011 |
YOU WERE a first-magnitude wideout in high school and college and the occasion is game No. 1 of your head-coaching career. So, how many passes does your quarterback throw? Ten? Twenty? Thirty? Try none. OK, so the 2009 game was played in heavy rain. And it was muddy. On the flip side, the coach was quite familiar with one of his receivers, who would go on to semi-star that season despite his status as a sophomore. "We joke about that a little now, the no-passes thing," Richard Drayton said.
September 7, 2011 |
IRVING, Texas - Rob Ryan expected to be an NFL head coach by now, just like his twin brother, Rex, and their father, Buddy, before them. It didn't work out that way, but Rob Ryan isn't complaining. He figures the teams that haven't picked him have made a mistake, and that the Dallas Cowboys are lucky to have him as their defensive coordinator. Of course he thinks that. He's a Ryan. Big, loud and proud like Buddy and Rex, Rob also keeps up the family tradition with a variety of innovative, attacking defenses.