October 23, 2014 |
Jack Soslow lined up for a kickoff late in Haverford School's win on Saturday afternoon. The ball had been placed 15 yards ahead of its usual spot because of a penalty on Springside Chestnut Hill. "Field goal, field goal, field goal," the Haverford School student section chanted. Booming it into the end zone, which Soslow had already done a few times, was no longer enough. The fans were prodding the senior, who is one of the area's best kickers, to send the ball through the goalposts - it wound up wide left.
October 22, 2014 |
SO HOW is success measured? If it's by how far someone has come and what they've had to overcome, then there can't be many young men who have accomplished more than Villanova senior Pat Williams. His story is worth celebrating simply for him being here. Instead of being, as he put it, "In jail, selling drugs, in a gang or dead. " Which is what he believes could have, or even would have, easily happened had he not escaped the life he was once exposed to growing up in the projects of Orlando, Fla. "To be honest, I never thought I was going to see 18," said Williams, who is having by far his best season as a nose guard for the Wildcats' football team and is on schedule to graduate in May with an English degree.
October 19, 2014 |
A volunteer equipment coach at a Montgomery County high school was one of two men found shot dead Friday morning inside a parked vehicle in Berks County, authorities said. Steven E. Mixon, 27, of Pottstown, volunteered with the Pottsgrove High School football team and was a 2006 graduate. The other man was identified as Joseph E. McCullough, 20, also of Pottstown. "The initial stages of this investigation indicate that there are no other persons involved in this crime and therefore there are no concerns for public safety," Pennsylvania state police said in a brief report.
October 19, 2014 |
Bill Wasylenko never set out to become the archivist for the La Salle football team. He never expected to have much to do with La Salle at all after graduating in 1969. When he went to a football game at Plymouth Whitemarsh with his two young sons on Labor Day weekend of 2001, it was the first time he had seen the Explorers play in more than 30 years. He was almost fearful he'd run into some of his old classmates. Then the team came to the sidelines, the band played the alma mater, and "all of a sudden, warm feelings came back," Wasylenko said.
October 9, 2014 |
A HIGH SCHOOL football powerhouse in central New Jersey had the remainder of its season canceled due to alleged bullying by team members. School district officials announced that Sayreville War Memorial High will forfeit its remaining six games while police and the Middlesex County prosecutor's office conducts investigations. The school has won three sectional titles over the past 4 years. Neither the prosecutor nor the school district would comment on the case, but ABC News reported that an unnamed local official said younger players were taunted and intimidated by older players and that the behavior often had "sexual overtones.
October 6, 2014 |
You might want to delay that next bite of bagel while we briefly discuss the historical and unsanitary marriage of baseball and saliva. Ballplayers, as you've undoubtedly witnessed, have serious oral fixations. Inside their mouths you're likely to find gum, sunflower seeds, smokeless tobacco, chewing tobacco, or some combination. While such habits have no calculable baseball benefit, they do have a tangible byproduct - spit. Given the Ebola panic, the sport's foul custom suddenly seems relevant.
September 20, 2014 |
Bruce Lazaruk has been coaching football at the high school level for 41 years. He has been a head coach for 26 years. He has seen almost everything. But he's facing a new kind of challenge at Wildwood. "We don't have numbers," said Lazaruk, who is in his first season as Warriors head coach. "It's a difficult situation. " Lazaruk's second game as Wildwood's coach is an intriguing one for him: He will bring his team on Friday to Riverside, his alma mater and the place where he was the head coach for 14 seasons, ending in 2006.
September 18, 2014 |
TEMPLE'S FOOTBALL team learned a lot of harsh lessons last season. None was harder than a one-point loss to FCS Fordham at home in the third game on a Hail Mary pass at the buzzer. It didn't matter that Fordham would win its first 10 and make it to the second round of the playoffs before losing to eventual national runner-up Towson. You know what they say about perceptions. It's one thing to lose on two other long, late passes against Rutgers and Central Florida. And squander 21-point leads against SMU and Connecticut.
September 14, 2014 |
After two early touchdowns, Clearview's offense couldn't get much going on Friday night. So the Pioneers' special teams took matters into their own hands. Joseph Coles blocked a punt, and Gary Searle recovered it in the end zone with two minutes remaining, as the visiting Pioneers upset No. 6 Delsea, 21-14, in a West Jersey National football game. Nahir Nelson scored a pair of first-quarter touchdowns to put Clearview ahead by 14-0, but Delsea rallied to tie it before halftime on touchdown runs by Isaiah Spencer and Quinn Collins.
September 12, 2014 |
Practice had ended, but the Valerio triplets weren't leaving. They stood together in a parking lot at Garnet Valley last Friday, as the summer sun beamed down onto the concrete. Nearby, attendants prepared for the cars that would file in for the football team's home opener against Upper Darby. Band members played their instruments in the adjacent lot, creating a drumming rhythm that reverberated throughout the complex. Madison, Hailey, and Taylor Valerio smiled widely while carrying equipment after their afternoon field hockey practice.