May 24, 2015 |
Coaching high school football is a year-round endeavor, but usually the spring is a time for coaches to take a little bit of a breather. Try telling that to Dwayne Savage, the head football coach at Camden. This spring, Savage has been busier than ever, and he's not complaining. After high school seniors sign letters of intent during the first week in February, college recruiters relentlessly pursue the next class. So during the spring, college coaches often come to high schools, meet with the coaches, watch film of the prospects and get as much information as possible about the players they are recruiting.
May 17, 2015 |
Stop us if you've heard this before: St. Joseph's Prep is headed to the state semifinals. But it's not the football team, famous for rattling off wins in 55 straight Catholic League games between 1999 and 2007. Nor is it the baseball team or crew, nor any of the usual programs that frequently revel in the Prep's athletic glory. This time, it's the rugby program - and is is welcoming all applicants. "The kid who just got cut from baseball for the third year in a row," team moderator Brian McCloskey said.
May 10, 2015 |
ANOTHER SPRING WEEKEND on the indoor turf in South Philly brought another win for the Soul, still undefeated at 7-0, after toppling the Orlando Predators, 62-48, last night. Chase Utley's batting average might be lower than the average Philadelphian's blood-alcohol level on New Year's Day and LeSean McCoy might still be chirping about Chip Kelly up in Buffalo, but the Soul look poised to shine during this otherwise dreadful Philly sports calendar year. Under the Friday night lights of the Wells Fargo Center, the Soul's evening got off to a bumpy beginning, as a penalty-killing opening drive gave way to a 6-yard touchdown catch for Predators receiver Larry Brackins on the ensuing possession.
May 10, 2015 |
Lots of men coach youth football when their sons are part of the team. Herb Neilio Sr. was different. Mr. Neilio, 86, who died Tuesday, May 5, of complications from congestive heart failure, founded Westville's youth football program in 1955. His oldest son, Herb Jr., wasn't born until 1956. "He loved kids and he loved the game of football," Herb Neilio Jr. said of his father. "Put those two together and that's why he did it for so long. " Mr. Neilio coached Westville's football program for 52 years.
May 8, 2015 |
HE PLAYS a decorated former U.S. Navy fighter pilot, a Rhodes Scholar, Harvard Law graduate and Republican President of the United States in the ABC TV series, "Scandal. " But tomorrow, actor, director and producer Tony Goldwyn will be advocating for the rights of convicts on death row. Right here in Philadelphia. Goldwyn will be at a fundraiser for the Atlantic Center for Capital Representation - a nonprofit that fights to ensure that all defendants in death-penalty cases get fair representation.
May 7, 2015 |
SOME DAYS, I wake up and wonder what's for breakfast. Other days, I wake up and wonder whether there is any logical justification for the conflicting emotions I feel inside or if I am destined to spend the next 24 to 48 hours wandering the streets of South Philadelphia in an existential haze, searching for the restoration of internal consistency. Yesterday was one of the latter days. Yesterday, I read about Frank Clark, a defensive end whom the Seahawks drafted in the second round despite his November arrest following a hotel-room altercation with his girlfriend that resulted in his dismissal from the Michigan football team.
April 24, 2015 |
VILLANOVA'S football team lost three times last season, by a total of five points. Quarterback John Robertson won the Walter Payton Award as the Outstanding Offensive Player in FCS. Linebacker Don Cherry finished second in the voting for the Buck Buchanan Award, which goes to the top defensive guy. Both are now seniors. If Robertson hadn't suffered a concussion in their first playoff game and missed the quarterfinals, which the Wildcats lost by three to Sam Houston State at home, they might have made a serious run at their second national title in 6 years.
April 2, 2015 |
TOM BARWIN wasn't all that surprised when his son Connor, a freshman football player at Cincinnati, called home in January 2006 to impart the news that he was joining the Bearcats basketball team. For one thing, Connor had grown up more of a youth basketball star than a football player, working tirelessly on a court built in the Barwin backyard for him and his three older brothers. For another, this was Connor responding to a need - Cincinnati had fired basketball coach Bob Huggins, players had left the team, the Bearcats needed help.
February 6, 2015 |
A good showing by Rutgers in its first season in the Big Ten helped the Scarlet Knights close out strong in its recruiting of the class of 2015. Rutgers went 8-5, including 3-5 in the Big Ten, and defeated North Carolina, 40-21, in the Quick Lane Bowl. It landed its most sought-after recruits in the weeks leading up to national signing day Wednesday. They included four-star Florida defensive end Marques Ford - the highest rated Rutgers recruit since 2012 - and Illinois offensive tackle Jack Shutack, rated the No. 77 offensive tackle in the country by ESPN.com.
February 5, 2015 |
Quinton Law grew up dreaming about his senior football season at Moorestown High School. "All of us guys, we've been together for years," Law said of his classmates on the football team. "We were going to do something special when we got to high school. " Law's senior season effectively ended after just one series. He banged his knee on the ground on the first possession of the season opener Sept. 12 against Winslow Township. He thought he had suffered a bruise and played the rest of the game in increasing discomfort.