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October 22, 2014 | BY MIKE KERN, Daily News Staff Writer kernm@phillynews.com
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.
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October 19, 2014 | By Robert Moran, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
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October 19, 2014 | By Tim McManus, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
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August 2, 2013 | By John Mitchell, Inquirer Staff Writer
Kevin Newsome has quit the Temple football team. The Penn State transfer, who suffered a sprained shoulder in March, is expected to graduate from Temple this summer and, according to a source close to the situation, will not play this fall. The 6-foot-2, 231-pound Newsome, a standout high school quarterback from Virginia, was expected to contribute at H-back this season. Newsome, recruited as a quarterback, left Penn State in August 2011. He was out of football for a year while attending Tidewater (Va.)
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September 11, 2013 | By Phil Anastasia, Inquirer Staff Writer
Wildwood High School plans to play a full football schedule this season, Warriors athletic director Christel Pond said Monday. Pond said the Warriors had around 25 players at practice last week and decided to proceed with the season. Pond said school officials had considered shutting down the program after many summer practice sessions were attended by around 10 to 12 players. But Pond said coaches and school officials were able to encourage additional students to join a program that enjoyed the best season in its recent history in 2012.
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September 1, 2011 | By Phil Anastasia, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Derryk Sellers will walk the halls of Lindenwold High School. He'll check out the cafeteria. He'll poke his head into the library. He'll make a pitch at gym class. "I'll find some guys who want to play football," Sellers said. It has come to that for Sellers, a good coach and a great guy. When Lindenwold students report for classes next week, he'll be forced to try to rustle up some football players to keep the sport alive at the Colonial Conference school. For most of the last couple of weeks of preseason practice, Lindenwold has fielded just 18 players.
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June 16, 2013 | By John Smallwood, Daily News Columnist
THE LATE POP STAR Michael Jackson sang to us to look at "The Man in the Mirror. " The song of the same title told us that if we wanted to make the world a better place, "take a look at look at yourself and then make a change. " I'm making a change. It's not earth-shattering. It probably won't make much difference to a lot of people other than me. But it's something I can do. It's something that I chose to do. After 48-plus years of life, 25 years as a full-time sports reporter, 20 years at the Daily News and nearly 19 years as a sports columnist here, I no longer will consciously used the official name of the NFL team in Washington.
NEWS
September 17, 2012
A New Jersey boy who briefly quit his youth football team when his coach told him he couldn't wear pink gloves is back on the squad. Julian Connerton wanted to wear the gloves to support his mother's fight against breast cancer. And when the 12-year-old returned to the field Saturday, he wasn't the only one wearing pink. The Press of Atlantic City reported that all of Connerton's teammates on the Egg Harbor City Crusaders and the team's cheerleaders donned pink socks to raise awareness about breast cancer.
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December 20, 2013 | BY AARON CARTER, Daily News Staff Writer cartera@phillynews.com
HYPERBOLE would cheapen what St. Joseph's Prep quarterback Chris Martin accomplished this season. Just the facts should suffice. As the Daily News presents its 2013 All-City football team, the 5-10, 185-pounder is one of the four top honorees. All he did was return from a partially torn anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee to lead the Hawks to their first PIAA Class AAAA championship. Martin, the co-Catholic League Player of the Year, injured the knee in the AAAA city final, but returned in the state quarterfinals after missing two games.
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December 12, 2013 | BY SOLOMON LEACH, Daily News Staff Writer leachs@phillynews.com, 215-854-5903
ON SEPT. 9, the first day of class at Martin Luther King High, with cameras and reporters all around and the school under a microscope the size of the William Penn statue atop City Hall, principal William Wade's biggest nightmare was realized: A fight broke out. The two brawling students had to be separated while others looked on. It seemed like the fulfillment of predictions from some community leaders that chaos would fill the halls - the result...
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October 23, 2014 | By Matt Breen, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
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October 22, 2014 | BY MIKE KERN, Daily News Staff Writer kernm@phillynews.com
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.
NEWS
October 19, 2014 | By Robert Moran, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
NEWS
October 19, 2014 | By Tim McManus, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
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October 9, 2014 | BY TOM MAHON, Daily News Staff Writer mahont@phillynews.com
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.
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October 6, 2014 | By Frank Fitzpatrick, Inquirer Columnist
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.
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September 20, 2014 | By Phil Anastasia, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
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September 18, 2014 | BY MIKE KERN, Daily News Staff Writer kernm@phillynews.com
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.
NEWS
September 14, 2014 | By Mark Macyk, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
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September 12, 2014 | By Avery Maehrer, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
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