April 4, 2016 |
Vincent DiMartini seemed to crystallize the angry skepticism that drew more than 150 people last week to the Conestoga High School auditorium. Conestoga is where three senior football players stand accused of assaulting a freshman teammate by violating him with a broom handle. School officials called the meeting to let parents air concerns and ask questions, even if they couldn't get answers. DiMartini, a retired police officer, asserted that Chester County District Attorney Tom Hogan had "sensationalized" what happened that day in the locker room last fall, in a bid to get before the cameras and discredit the top-ranking high school.
March 28, 2016 |
The new Kingsway High School football coach was energetic and enthusiastic and adamant about a few things: His team would be physically tough, mentally tough and fundamentally sound. Oh, and the Dragons would run the football. This was 1979. This also was 2016. And if new Kingsway coach Mark Hendricks last weekend sounded a lot like new Kingsway coach Tony Barchuk in August of 1979 - sans the thick Brooklyn accent, of course - it probably was because football is football and coaching is coaching and teenage boys crave discipline and direction as much today as they did 37 years ago. Or 87 years ago. Some things don't change.
March 19, 2016 |
Officials of a Main Line school district said Thursday that they had removed the entire Conestoga High School football coaching staff, and that the head coach had resigned, after an internal investigation showed that players had routinely hazed teammates for years. "The locker rooms had an insufficient adult presence throughout the football season, creating an environment where hazing activities could occur," Tredyffrin/Easttown district officials said. Football coach John Vogan, who also coached baseball, resigned effective immediately, the district told parents in a letter Thursday.
March 14, 2016
Johnny Manziel has fallen from the 22nd overall pick in the 2014 NFL draft to a colossal bust without a team. The former Cleveland Browns quarterback is officially a free agent after clearing waivers Saturday. If a team had claimed Manziel, it would have assumed responsibility for the $2.17 million guaranteed on the final two years of his contract. Instead, the Browns remain on the hook for the amount after cutting Manziel on Friday. However, they're expected to try to recoup the guaranteed money on the deal if the NFL suspends him. His ex-girlfriend Colleen Crowley accused him of beating her and threatening to kill them both Jan. 30 in Dallas.
March 10, 2016 |
Reggie Lawrence calls Haddon Heights "the ultimate small school. " Lawrence calls Haddon Heights something else now, too: His latest stop in a highly successful and widely varied coaching career. Lawrence on Tuesday night was approved by the Haddon Heights board of education as the Garnets' new football coach. Lawrence replaces Ralph Schiavo, who resigned after last season. The stop is the fifth as a head coach for Lawrence, who has complied a 111-55 record in 17 seasons.
March 1, 2016
On a South Philly corner, harsh words prompted some punching, a few minor injuries, and conflicting accounts of who started the donnybrook. Some of this was caught on security camera video. Witnesses came forward. The cops investigated and recommended charges. And then District Attorney Seth Williams, who not so long ago spoke derisively about punting politically sensitive cases, kicked the ball to the state Attorney General's Office. I just knew former District Attorney Lynne Abraham, who knows a thing or two about a tussle, would have something to say. After all, it was Williams, the Abraham protege-turned-political opponent, who didn't think much of her practice of referring to state or federal authorities cases in which she thought she could be seen to have a political conflict of interest.
February 22, 2016 |
Camden's Whitman Park Tigers are used to making do with little. With no playable home field, the youth football program depends on borrowing other teams' playing fields for games, and equipment is kept in a corner of a Teamsters hall in Collingswood. Things are supposed to turn around this year. Last summer, coaches met with members of Camden Mayor Dana Redd's staff, discussing long-awaited plans to improve the home field and build a clubhouse. Coaches left feeling optimistic, and officials said they would plan to break ground this month, said Brad Hawkins, director of the program.
February 15, 2016
ISSUE | TEMPLE STADIUM Don't disrupt neighborhood; stay at Linc It is outrageous that Temple plans to spend at least $126 million of other people's money to build a football stadium so its team can play there perhaps six times a year ("Temple moves forward with stadium plans," Tuesday). This from a university that cut seven varsity teams for financial reasons, hires 1,400 adjunct instructors, has had its state funding significantly reduced, and repeatedly increases tuition.
February 14, 2016 |
After directing Pennsbury's rugged defense for the last four seasons, veteran coach Dan McShane has been named the new football boss for the Suburban One League National Conference power. Before joining former coach Galen Snyder's staff as a defensive line and linebackers coach in 2011, McShane, 57, was in charge at Bensalem for 10 years. "This just kind of evolved," he said. "Galen mentioned a couple of years back there was the possibility of him leaving after his son [Luke, a linebacker for Pennsbury]
February 12, 2016 |
ROBBINSVILLE, N.J. - Over the spirited protests of two South Jersey administrators, the NJSIAA's executive committee on Wednesday passed two controversial proposals aimed at ongoing scheduling issues with North Jersey football superpowers such as Don Bosco Prep and Paramus Catholic. The first proposal tweaks the power-point system for qualifying for the state tournament, giving schools an incentive to play North Jersey non-public schools by increasing the value of those games. The second proposal ensures that all nine schools in the United A and United B divisions of the new North Jersey Super Football Conference will qualify for the state tournament, regardless of their record or amount of power points.