September 23, 2013 |
Marquis Seamon slipped his gleaming white helmet over the head of his 5-year-old cousin, Tyler, as his family snapped photos on a celebrating sideline. The Father Judge senior wore many hats of his own Saturday, and they all fit better than the one that bobbed around Tyler's shoulders after the Crusaders' 35-0 romp at Springside Chestnut Hill. Seamon, a running back and lockdown corner, contributed in all three phases as Father Judge (3-1) won its third straight nonleague game convincingly.
September 19, 2014 |
Father Judge soccer coach John Dunlop turned around to his assistants and a bench full of substitutions. "We just put that play in yesterday," the longtime Crusaders coach said, his voice equal parts amazement and pride. It was six minutes into the second half against Roman Catholic, and Judge had just found the back of the net off a corner kick, breaking a scoreless tie. The header by Davis Habilaj was the only goal the Crusaders needed to defeat the Cahillites, 1-0, in a hard-fought Catholic League battle Wednesday night.
November 7, 2013 |
Matt Smith played the second half five minutes at a time. The senior right back for West Chester Rustin knew he couldn't think too far ahead with his team's opponent in the first round of the PIAA Class AAA state boys' soccer tournament, Father Judge, The Inquirer's top-ranked team in Southeastern Pennsylvania. So as the clock went from 40 minutes to 35 to 30, he breathed a little sigh of relief. Not too heavy a sigh, though - he had too much work to do. Five minutes closer to a win, he thought to himself.
September 16, 2014 |
SATURDAY WAS a rough afternoon for Father Judge junior running back Yeedee Thaenrat. You try playing football after tweaking a muscle in your backside after your team's first play from scrimmage. Add a persistent downpour with occasional, chilly wind gusts, and you have the makings of a loooong day. And it could have been longer after Thaenrat's fourth-quarter fumble gave hope to the surging St. Anthony's squad from New York. "I was thinking to myself, 'I just lost the game for us,' " Thaenrat recalled.
October 6, 2014 |
When teams built on strong goalkeeping, solid defenses, and aggressive offenses collide in soccer, their game can easily end in a draw. Consider the Catholic League boys' matchup of rivals Archbishop Wood and Father Judge on Saturday. In a battle for sole possession of second place in the league, the host Crusaders tied Wood, 1-1, through two overtimes. "It was a typical Catholic League game, tough and hard-nosed," Father Judge coach John Dunlop said. "We came out the first 20 minutes trying to execute our game plan, which I thought we were doing.
September 1, 2012 |
NAVAN, Ireland - Father Judge's foray into Ireland for its football season opener proved to be a bit of a downer Friday, as the Crusaders never led in falling to Notre Dame Prep of Scottsdale, Ariz., 20-6. The game was part of a 12-team tournament run by Global Football Inc. Navan is about 30 miles outside Dublin. Luke Taffuri scored two rushing touchdowns for Notre Dame, including the first score. Judge blocked the extra-point attempt and trailed, 6-0. After a series of three-and-outs, Notre Dame quarterback Nick Duckworth fumbled when sacked by Judge's Kyle Douglas.
January 10, 2014 |
A few minutes before 7 on Wednesday night, Vickson Krah lay flat on his stomach in Fox Gym. His head was at the center of a circle made by the Father Judge wrestlers splayed out on the mat around him. Krah's voice filled the room. "It's over!" he yelled, pounding the mat. "Over!" About an hour and a half later, the Crusaders had made his words into deeds. Father Judge beat La Salle, 38-27, to snap the five-time Catholic League champion's 50-match league winning streak. Judge had fallen to La Salle in the last two Catholic League finals.
January 31, 2014 |
Joe Galasso asked everyone he knew to come to the Catholic League wrestling championship. But Father Judge's reigning state champion gave a warning with their invitations: They might not get a chance to see him wrestle. In the last two league finals, La Salle forfeited his weight class rather than face him. So when his 145-pound slot came up Wednesday night in a tied match, he hung back by the bench until a La Salle wrestler stepped on the mat. Galasso sprinted to meet him, and Judge's Fox Gym vibrated with anticipation.
April 15, 2014 |
FATHER JUDGE'S baseball team will pay tribute to Jackie Robinson today and Wednesday when the Crusaders play games against Roman Catholic. The Judge players will wear T-shirts with the No. 42 during warmups. They'll then don the shirts under their jerseys during the games. Judge athletic director Jim Lynch came up with the idea. Traditionally, major league teams honor Robinson, the first black major league player, on April 15. That was the day in 1947 that he broke the color barrier by starting at first base for the Brooklyn Dodgers against the visiting Boston Braves.