April 10, 2016
Pat Bartlett, Council Rock North football, junior offensive lineman. Offers: Florida Atlantic, Illinois, Monmouth and Syracuse. J.D. Carroll, West Chester East football, junior tight end. Offers: Bryant and Lafayette. Interest: Temple. Iverson Clement, Rancocas Valley football, sophomore all-purpose. Offers: Florida, Maryland and Rutgers, among others. Rob King, Father Judge football, junior all-purpose. Offers: Army, Connecticut and Temple. Edwin Lopez, Woodrow Wilson football, junior defensive back.
April 8, 2016 |
ROBBINSVILLE, N.J. - Two South Jersey proposals that would significantly change the non-public playoff system in football as well as basketball and baseball were endorsed Wednesday by the advisory committee of the New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. The West Jersey Football League's proposal to change the non-public football tournament would eliminate state championships and create sectional tournaments in South A and South B as well as North and North B. Holy Spirit High School's proposal to change the playoff system in non-public boys' and girls' basketball as well as baseball would create four sectional tournaments, with competition in South A and South B as well as Central A and B, North I A and B and North II A and B. The two proposals will be presented on May 4 to the NJSIAA's executive committee.
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.
April 4, 2016 |
The Berwick community has lost its beloved football coach. George Curry, who guided the Northeastern Pennsylvania school to six PIAA Class 3A state championships, died Friday at 71. He had ALS, Lou Gehrig's disease, which had been diagnosed midway through last season. An undersize center and linebacker at Temple in the mid-1960s, Curry compiled a 455-102-5 record (.817 winning percentage) at three schools. He is the state's all-time winningest coach and ranks No. 5 in the nation.
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.