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June 11, 2016 | By Phil Anastasia, STAFF WRITER
BAYVILLE, N.J. - Jon Taylor is a football player, first and foremost. The Salem High School junior certainly looks the part. At 6-foot and a muscular 211 pounds, he stood apart from many of the lithe and lean athletes at the Meet of Champions for track and field on Wednesday night. When the gun sounded for the finals of the 100-meter dash, Taylor separated himself again. "It's not something I expected," Taylor said after winning the race at Central Regional High School in 10.61 seconds.
SPORTS
June 6, 2016 | By Rick O'Brien, STAFF WRITER
The state baseball playoffs begin Monday, with 15 area teams seeking to claim gold on June 17 at Penn State's Medlar Field at Lubrano Park. But before the players on the diamond take center stage, let's talk some football. Specifically, the top uncommitted recruits in the Class of 2017 from Southeastern Pennsylvania - and their college possibilities. Here's our top-10 list, which is based on current abilities and potential to exceed at the next level. 1. D'Andre Swift, St. Joseph's Prep, RB. A dynamic and versatile playmaker, the 5-foot-10, 210-pounder is seriously considering scholarship offers from Alabama, Clemson, Florida State, Georgia, and Penn State.
NEWS
June 4, 2016 | By Stephanie Farr, STAFF WRITER
Philadelphia Police Officer Sean Cave has unintentionally become a wide receiver - of praise, that is - after his game of street football with a group of young boys Monday in Germantown was posted to social media. Facebook user Melanie Wright posted two photos and a video of Cave playing with the boys on Memorial Day. "As I sat & watched," her caption read, "this cop got my nephews & a few other boys together & played football with them, for a long while. Then he sat them down & talked to them about doing well in school & not getting into trouble.
SPORTS
June 4, 2016 | By Matt Gelb, STAFF WRITER
Fifth in a series of profiles of potential Phillies draft picks. HOOVER, Ala. - A.J. Puk absorbed the charged atmosphere at Hoover Metropolitan Stadium last week with each completed inning. He yelled and chewed the top of his Florida jersey when he hung a slider in the fifth inning of an SEC tournament game. He pumped his fist twice with a big strikeout to end the sixth. He pounded his chest after a seventh-inning groundout. Puk, a 6-foot-7 pitcher with a prized left arm, shuffled each time past his Gators teammates.
SPORTS
June 3, 2016 | By Phil Anastasia, STAFF WRITER
ROBBINSVILLE, N.J. - Bud Kowal is the athletic director at Ewing High School. He attended public schools for 12 years. He has worked in public schools for his entire career. But Kowal says fair is fair, and he believes the NJSIAA executive committee's latest decision is "grossly unfair" to South Jersey's non-public schools and their football programs. "These non-public kids, they aren't my kids," Kowal said. "But this just isn't right. It's really, really, really bad. " Kowal was reacting to a decision by the NJSIAA executive committee on Wednesday to deny a proposal by the West Jersey Football League to change the format of the Non-Public playoffs, effective in September.
SPORTS
May 23, 2016 | By Rick O'Brien, STAFF WRITER
D'Andre Swift took a break from his football training to gain some points for the St. Joseph's Prep track and field team. At the PIAA District 12 Class 3A championships on Thursday, the junior placed fourth in the 100-meter dash with a clocking of 11.13 seconds. "I've run track since I was 10," Swift said. "It helps me stay fast, stay in shape for football. " Swift said his first meet of the spring was in the Catholic League final last weekend. He took fourth in 11.17 seconds.
NEWS
May 20, 2016 | By Tom Avril, Staff Writer
Former football players at Pennsylvania State University and five other schools filed suit this week alleging that the institutions and the NCAA failed to protect them from concussion and other head injury, putting them at risk of long-term cognitive decline. But within a day of the federal lawsuits being filed, two of the named plaintiffs in the Penn State complaint, former safety James Boyd and former linebacker Eric Ravotti, said they did not want to be involved. In emails quoted by Pennlive.com, Boyd said he asked to be removed from the complaint because he did not realize when he signed on that his alma mater would be named, while Ravotti said he did not suffer from any cognitive problems and did not realize he would be a named plaintiff.
SPORTS
May 15, 2016 | By Rick O'Brien, STAFF WRITER
Longtime area high school football coach Roger Grove, who spent 27 seasons in charge at Norristown, died Friday morning from complications related to skin cancer. He was 70. Grove compiled a 209-98-6 record at Norristown from 1976 to 2002. A health and physical education teacher at the school for 35 years, he accepted an early-retirement package offered by the school district in 2003. Grove then joined Neshaminy as an assistant, working mostly with the running backs and quarterbacks under close friend Mark Schmidt.
SPORTS
May 11, 2016 | By Marc Narducci, STAFF WRITER
Satellite football camps that are held off-campus are proliferating and Temple has joined forces with Rutgers and Ohio State in a one-day affair. The three schools will be part of the Tri-State Showcase on June 8 at Fairleigh Dickinson University in Madison, N.J. Temple coach Matt Rhule, Rutgers coach Chris Ash, and Ohio State coach Urban Meyer will attend with members of their staffs. Rhule was not available for comment. The camp is for players entering ninth through 12th grades this fall.
SPORTS
May 9, 2016 | By Phil Anastasia, Staff Writer
Jelani McCargo says "everybody" is trying to get involved with Next Level Greats football club. "It's the big thing now," McCargo said of the organization that has emerged over the last three years as an increasingly prominent part of the South Jersey football scene. McCargo, a junior at Woodrow Wilson who recently committed to Navy, is one of several top football athletes who have been spending offseasons training with NLG at the Total Turf facility in Pitman and playing across the East Coast in seven-on-seven tournaments on one of NLG's travel teams.
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