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September 6, 1997 | JIM MacMILLAN/ DAILY NEWS
A firefighter leaves the scene of a Frankford house fire which sent an unidentified woman to the hospital yesterday. The blaze occurred in the 4400 block of Elizabeth Street.
SPORTS
June 2, 1998 | by Ted Silary, Daily News Sports Writer
Baseball nut Jack Redfern could have remained at Julia Masterman for all four years of high school. Throughout that stint, however, he would have been miserable to a certain degree. Masterman's only sin, in Redfern's mind, was that it didn't (and still doesn't) offer baseball, so after two years he packed his books and his hopes of gaining at least a sliver of baseball acclaim and transferred to Frankford. Keep in mind, Masterman is among the city's top academic institutions whereas Frankford is a neighborhood school not without its share of problems.
SPORTS
September 2, 2013 | By Rick O'Brien, Inquirer Staff Writer
Downingtown East coach Mike Matta described Justin Cohen as "the cerebral type" and Kevin DiStefano as "a physical kind of player. " From the way the juniors performed in Saturday afternoon's football opener against Frankford, it appears that combination of smarts and ruggedness will serve the Cougars well in the defensive backfield over the next two seasons. With Cohen intercepting three passes and DiStefano making a key fumble recovery, visiting East downed the penalty- and turnover-prone Pioneers, 27-14, in a nonleague game at Large and Dyre Streets.
SPORTS
May 6, 1997 | By Marcia C. Smith, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
This was Frankford's baseball game to lose. The Pioneers went in undefeated atop the Public League standings, a team of underclassmen antsy to keep their perfect record, and they faced a hungry Central team that sought to dethrone the only team ahead of it. Both teams figured it would be close, and neither conceded it was over until the umpire left the field. Only in the bottom of the ninth, two innings past regulation, did Frankford finally prevail in a game it had led comfortably before falling behind by two runs going into that final at-bat.
SPORTS
October 23, 1993 | By Pete Schnatz, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
Entering yesterday's home-field showdown with Frankford, Germantown football coach Charlie Hicks was hoping for a test by which to measure his team's improved play over last season. Hicks was still unsure about the Bears, who struggled to a 4-6, fourth- place finish in the Public League's Division B in 1992, but had opened this season by ripping through their first four opponents. "This is a pivotal game for us; it'll show us where we stand in the league," Hicks had told his players.
SPORTS
February 20, 2005 | By Ira Josephs INQUIRER SUBURBAN STAFF
Fourteen titles were tallied, and 14 tales were told at yesterday's PIAA District 12 wrestling tournament. Each District 12 and Public League wrestling champion took a separate path to the top at George Washington High. Both the winner and runner-up in each weight class continue their seasons at the regional championships on March 4-5 at Norristown High. Frankford, which has won nine straight Public League dual-meet crowns, was also the team tournament champion with 287.5 points.
NEWS
December 4, 1986 | By Tim Panaccio, Inquirer Staff Writer
Scanning the list of Public League football champions over the years, one school continues to come up. Frankford. If anything, tradition will be on Frankford's side Saturday, when the Pioneers (7-3) meet Bartram (8-1) for the Public League Championship at Northeast High (2 p.m.). Frankford has won 18 Public League titles outright, its last two years ago under John McAneney, who took over for the legendary Al Angelo. "They might have tradition," Bartram coach Tom Bazis said, "but at the same time, the typical Southwest Philly kid has no respect for tradition.
SPORTS
December 7, 1996 | By Marcia C. Smith, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Had the Public League football final between front-runner Frankford and steady-playing Dobbins been scheduled a month ago, the prognosticators would have flocked to Frankford's bench. Then came the teams' last two games: confidence builders for Dobbins, spine shakers for Frankford. In today's league championship game at 2 p.m. at Northeast High, the Pioneers (10-1), coming off a loss, enter floundering in their championship gait, and once-perceived dark horse Dobbins (9-1)
SPORTS
December 30, 1988 | By Gary Miles, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Frankford basketball team viewed this week's eight-team Seagull Classic as the perfect way to show the experts that coach Vince Miller's Pioneers deserve a ranking among the nation's best high school teams. The tournament at St. Joseph's University included nationally acclaimed St. Nicholas of Tolentine (N.Y.) - last year's national champion at 30-1 - imposing Long Island (N.Y.) Lutheran and local powerhouse Chester. Frankford, ranked No. 1 in The Inquirer's Southeastern Pennsylvania Top 10, got past Tolentine in the semifinals Tuesday.
NEWS
December 5, 1989 | By Kevin L. Carter, Inquirer Staff Writer
Before Frankford beat Lincoln, 2-1, to win its third straight Public League soccer championship, Pioneers coach Bill Snyder told his team that a victory would mark the first time in more than 50 years that a Frankford team had achieved such a streak. From 1917 to 1919, the Pioneers won three straight. A victory Thursday at Philadelphia Textile would tie that, he said. So what if he pulled a Joe Isuzu? Actually, Frankford won five straight championships between 1964 and '68. Snyder played on three of those teams.
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July 18, 2014 | By Tirdad Derakhshani, Inquirer Staff Writer
Fatalism, defeatism, and paralysis in the face of crisis. These marvelous, quintessentially Philadelphian attributes, so readily discussed on sports radio, figure large in Philly author Andrew Meredith's powerful, elegant memoir, The Removers . Poetic, animated at turns by sly wit and a vital sense of the tragic, Meredith's literary debut is a coming-of-age story about a young man so laid low by familial crisis - and a keen talent for self-destruction...
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July 11, 2014 | BY MENSAH M. DEAN, Daily News Staff Writer deanm@phillynews.com, 215-568-8278
DEVIN "Cole" Smith was once a Frankford drug dealer feared by the very people who bought his crack cocaine. So when Ramona Bell, 49, allegedly stole drugs and money from him on Feb. 8, 2013, Smith acted the part. He punched and stomped the life out of Bell in front of a handful of his terrified customers inside a crack house on Salem Street near Foulkrod, Assistant District Attorney Peter Lim told a jury yesterday at the conclusion of Smith's trial. "Nobody deserved to die like that . . . their face deformed, their breathing gurgling," said Lim, who asked the jury for a first-degree-murder conviction.
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July 9, 2014 | BY JASON NARK, Daily News Staff Writer narkj@phillynews.com, 215-854-5916
THE LAST TIME Elizabeth Stiver saw her daughter Sandy, the teen was running away from the family's home in Frankford toward the El with her sister-in-law. That was in 1968. Yesterday, Berks County Coroner Dennis Hess placed a metal urn in front of the elderly woman, who'd driven to Bern Township with two other children to be reunited with Sandy 46 years later. Elizabeth Stiver wept, with a tissue by her mouth, and didn't speak. "My mom saw them running down the street. She was hollering for them," Hazel DeMoss, Sandy's sister, said as she held her mother's hand at a morning news conference.
NEWS
July 2, 2014 | BY VINNY VELLA, Daily News Staff Writer vellav@phillynews.com, 215-854-2513
IT'S A WARNING repeated all summer long by public-safety authorities: Stay out of the city's creeks and streams. Yesterday, a teenager ignored that warning and lost his life in the waters of Frankford Creek, police said. The victim, a 15-year-old boy whose identity wasn't immediately available, was swimming with friends in the creek near Ramona and Wyoming avenues in Juniata Park about 5:45 p.m., police said. He was dragged under by the strong currents, and was unconscious when emergency medical personnel pulled him ashore minutes later.
NEWS
June 10, 2014 | BY JASON NARK, Daily News Staff Writer narkj@phillynews.com, 215-854-5916
THE PHILADELPHIA Police detective's business card sat in Russell Samuel Stiver's wallet for years, long after Stiver left the city, his large family reduced by two. Once a year, whether he was living in Missouri or Ohio, Stiver would drive his Ford station wagon back to Philly alone, to find out if police or anyone else had seen or heard from his daughter Sandra or daughter-in-law Martha. One day soon, three of Stiver's children - Hazel, Tom and Patrick - will drive back to Pennsylvania, 46 years after Sandy and Marty went missing.
SPORTS
May 29, 2014 | By Rick O'Brien, Inquirer Staff Writer
In the third inning of the Public League baseball championship game Tuesday, George Washington's Roger Hanson was nearly pulled after experiencing a bout of wildness and giving up four walks. "I couldn't find my release point at all; my mechanics were off," the senior righthander said. "But I wasn't coming out of the game. No way. I wasn't going to let my teammates down. " Hanson stayed in against Franklin Towne Charter, escaped the third inning with a 4-6-3 double play, and helped the Eagles earn their first Public League crown since 1995 with a 3-2 triumph at Ashburn Field in South Philadelphia.
NEWS
April 27, 2014
BASEBALL PUBLIC LEAGUE DIVISION A Frankford 11, Prep Charter 9: Gio Burgess drove in the go-ahead run in the top of the eighth inning on a double down the right-field line. Burgos also came on to pitch in the fifth inning and allowed one unearned run to earn the win. CHES-MONT NATIONAL Avon Grove 4, Downingtown West 3: Joe Thompson's two-run double in the bottom of the seventh lifted the Red Devils. Thompson also threw four innings in relief to get the win. CHES-MONT AMERICAN Unionville 4, Oxford 3: Matt Foster singled home Nick Ward with the winning run in the bottom of the seventh.
NEWS
April 24, 2014 | By Seth Zweifler, Inquirer Staff Writer
As a roaring blaze claimed the home of a family of nine, several neighbors kicked down a door to help two young children run to safety Tuesday morning in the city's Frankford section. Tricia Tilson and Karima Whitmore, residents of the 5200 block of Hawthorne Street, said they broke down the front door of 5214 Hawthorne shortly after 10 a.m. to save the children from the burning building. "Five minutes later, they would've been dead," said Tilson, 25. The children were identified as Delneisha Torrence, 8, and Robert Watford, 9. Their mother, Mozell Boozer, visibly shaken as she received aid from Red Cross personnel after the fire, declined to comment.
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March 28, 2014 | BY JASON NARK, Daily News Staff Writer narkj@phillynews.com, 215-854-5916
LOOKING BACK on it, Lanie Jacobson of Frankford isn't sure what drew her to felines and their finicky ways, how one tabby became two or how two became 200, but she just went with it. Jacobson, according to a sign on a fence at one of her two side-by-side Fillmore Street rowhouses, became a "crazy cat lady. " "No way, that's not an insult, fella," Jacobson, 64, said yesterday in a telephone interview from her home. "It's not an insult at all. Every cat is perfect. " Jacobson runs Animals in Crisis, a nonprofit organization that adopts out cats and, as its website says, hopes to solve feline "abuse, abandonment, and overpopulation" in Philadelphia.
NEWS
March 3, 2014 | By Chuck Darrow, Daily News Staff Writer
IT'S A WONDERFUL STORY: A youngster from the decidedly non-botanical Frankford neighborhood around Bridge Street and Torresdale Avenue grows up to be a nationally acclaimed expert in all things planting and growing. That's Mike McGrath's story, but it doesn't start with a Frankford kid potting marigolds in a Dixie cup for Mother's Day and finding his niche for life. It starts with a foxy lady at a party, with a thing for raspberries. McGrath is host of NPR's popular, Philly-based "You Bet Your Garden" program.
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