June 8, 2016 |
Matt Hand pounded the strike zone, Jackson Parker flashed his speed in the outfield and on the base paths, and Council Rock North made Father Judge pay dearly for its sloppy fielding. The result Monday afternoon in a PIAA Class 4A first-round baseball playoff was a 2-1 victory for the Indians at sun-baked Neumann University. Matt Schram's squad advanced to the state quarterfinals for the second straight year even though it posted only two hits. Both of the runs against Judge's Dan Hammer, a hard-throwing righthander and Pittsburgh recruit, were unearned.
June 5, 2016
Olney Charter hopes to follow a major breakthrough with a solid run in the PIAA Class 4A state tournament. With Thursday's 5-4 triumph over Father Judge, the Trojans became the first Public League member to defeat a Catholic League school in a District 12 baseball final since the Catholic League joined the PIAA in 2008-09. "It was pretty awesome," Olney coach Dan Karlyn said. "That was one of our goals coming into the year, to show we could compete with and beat teams outside the Public League.
May 13, 2016 |
Christian Lutz's aggressive approach at the plate has helped put Father Judge in position to make a run at its first Catholic League title since 2000. "The first pitch, if it's there, I'm going for it," the junior designated hitter said. "It's usually worked pretty well for me. " Continuing his recent tear, Lutz went 3 for 4 from the cleanup spot as the visiting Crusaders downed Archbishop Wood, 7-1, in a first-place showdown Wednesday afternoon in Warminster. Lutz, a lefty hitter, slammed two homers to right field in last week's 3-2 triumph over La Salle at Ramp Playground.
April 18, 2016 |
Dan Hammer's plan is to continue his baseball career at the University of Pittsburgh. That could change if a major-league organization thinks enough of the Father Judge pitcher to select him in the first-year player draft in June and make an irresistible financial offer. Crusaders first-year manager Kenny Devenney said scouts from the Atlanta Braves, Boston Red Sox, and Kansas City Royals have been keeping tabs on the hard-throwing senior righthander. For now, Hammer, also a shortstop, is focused on trying to help lead Judge to its first Catholic League title since 2000.
April 6, 2016
Baseball CATHOLIC LEAGUE Archbishop Carroll 6, Conwell-Egan 2 La Salle 14, Bishop McDevitt 0 Roman Catholic 12, Archbishop Ryan 2 Father Judge 10, Cardinal O'Hara 2 PUBLIC LEAGUE West Philadelphia 17, Overbrook 2 PUBLIC LEAGUE DIVISION A Washington 11, Prep Charter 8 Franklin Towne Charter 11, Swenson 4 Olney 12, Central 2 Northeast 3, Frankford 2 Esperanza 10, Lincoln 4 PUBLIC LEAGUE DIVISION B...
March 7, 2016 |
Father Judge High School sits on a peninsula created by a dramatic northwest turn of the Pennypack Creek, as if the stream suddenly remembered from a couple of blocks away that it owed Frankford Avenue money. The campus fronts Solly Avenue on the south bank of the Pennypack. North and west of the Pennypack, the Northeast is infested with cul-de-sacs and loop streets that lead back onto themselves like a child's concentric circle puzzle. Only a cop or a fireman could navigate those streets, and guess who lives there?
February 25, 2016 |
Mariana Bracetti freshman Tatyana Ortiz may have inadvertently wrestled a Catholic League rule to its knees. A 5-foot-4, 106-pound freshman wrestler, she is scheduled to compete Saturday in the District 12 Class AAA individual tournament at Archbishop Carroll High. Ortiz, the eighth seed, is slated to face top-seeded Father Judge senior Tim McCall, who is 28-7 this season and has won 126 career matches but has never qualified for the PIAA state tournament. However, according to a 2014 rule by the Roman Catholic Diocese of Harrisburg, McCall - and any other boy in the state competing against a girl - would have to forfeit the match because boys are not permitted to wrestle girls.
February 13, 2016 |
As loud as you may knock, there is no guarantee that a locked door will open. The door to the PIAA wrestling tournament is as formidable as any in high school athletics, and it's got a big old lock. Even the most disciplined competitors have been stopped short in their pursuit of the coveted achievement. After being denied three times, Father Judge's Tim McCall has one last chance to find the key. "Losing hurts a lot for me," said McCall, a senior. "The hardest part is right after . . . because you think, 'I've worked so hard and I didn't really get what I wanted out of it,' but then in the coming weeks and coming months you just kind of get back into training and focusing and trying to prepare yourself for next year.
February 12, 2016 |
Archbishop Wood experienced a major slump last month while dropping five straight Catholic League games. One of those setbacks came on the road against Father Judge. The Vikings returned to Mayfair on Wednesday night for a first-round playoff against the Crusaders, dominated on both ends from the start, and cruised to a 64-42 triumph in determined fashion. "We played about as bad as we could have the first game," Wood senior floor general Tommy Funk said. "We came here with a chip on our shoulder, wanting badly to get payback.
February 5, 2016 |
Dean Jakeman grew up around the corner from Archbishop Wood, but he never envisioned himself attending the school. Jakeman - now a junior at Father Judge - said he instead always felt a "personal rivalry" with Wood. "Wood has always been in the back of my head because I grew up 30 seconds from here, I looked at this school every day, and then I ended up going to Judge when I moved to Philly in eighth grade," Jakeman said. "But I always had something out for Wood. I always wanted to get them.