May 11, 2016 |
"Got to get more pillows" Ana Bruni enthusiastically shouted as she walked from her spot at shortstop to the Perkiomen Valley softball dugout. Her Vikings were up by two runs at that point Monday afternoon. But what did pillows have to do with anything? The senior shortstop was talking about runs - as in a bigger cushion for her pitcher, Emily Oltman. Perk Valley obliged, getting another run in the second as the Vikings held off a comeback effort from visiting Methacton to win, 3-2. What started off as an extra "pillow" for the Vikings (14-3, 13-3 Pioneer Athletic Conference)
April 19, 2016 |
The ninth inning ended with Coatesville first baseman Dom Ricevuto collecting a ground ball and running to the bag for the out. The Raiders dispersed and their opponent - Avon Grove - emerged from the dugout. That's when the umpire yelled, "International tiebreaker. " Right, the international tiebreaker rule. They hadn't gone over "ITB" yet, Avon Grove ace Maggie Balint thought to herself. In all of the practices before and during the season and the extra time spent after practice with her mother, Jennifer, ITB never came up. That wouldn't be a problem for Avon Grove.
March 29, 2016
106 pounds Shane Hanson-Ashworth Malvern Prep, freshman The only freshman on this year's first team, Hanson-Ashworth (43-7) placed eighth at the Beast of the East and won the 106-pound championship at Pennsylvania Prep states before placing second at the National Prep Championships. 120 pounds Hunter Mitch Spring-Ford, senior After posting two straight seasons with 15-plus losses, Mitch (35-9) saved his best for last. The Spring-Ford senior placed second at sectionals and first at districts and regionals en route to his first state tournament appearance.
February 12, 2016 |
ROSEMONT, Ill. - Villanova coach Jay Wright says guard Jalen Brunson "doesn't play like a freshman [and] doesn't act like a freshman. " In returning to his home area of Chicago for the first time competing for the Wildcats, Brunson showed his coach to be correct on both counts. It began once the team charter landed Monday night at O'Hare Airport with Brunson, a two-time Illinois player of the year who led Stevenson High School to the Class 4A state championship last year. "It felt weird," he said about being back, speaking Tuesday night after the top-ranked Wildcats clubbed DePaul, 86-59, at Allstate Arena in Rosemont, Ill. "I definitely miss it out here.
January 22, 2016 |
After the game, players stood huddled around the bench, talking, laughing, not wanting to leave. They were having too much fun. "Make sure you tell them about your nickname," one teammate said to Azana Baines, just before she approached a reporter waiting to interview her. "They started calling me Zon-Bon," Baines said, laughing. "I don't even know what it means - everybody has a nickname, though. " In his eight years as head coach of Highland girls' basketball, John Senft has seen some of the toughest times in the history of the program.
November 27, 2015 |
Temple redshirt freshman running back David Hood was so far down the depth chart that he couldn't see the field - until October. Considered the fifth of five running backs in August, Hood took advantage of his most extensive playing time during Saturday's 31-12 win over Memphis that kept the Owls on track to win the American Athletic Association East Division. Now Hood could be a factor as Temple hosts Connecticut in a Saturday's key 7 p.m. AAC game at Lincoln Financial Field.
November 14, 2015 |
Jay Wright knew what he was getting, a McDonald's all-American point guard with commensurate skills and a highest-level basketball IQ. This summer, in a series of televised basketball games from the island of Crete, the expectations for Jalen Brunson ratcheted higher. "When I saw that, I said, 'Oh boy, there's a lot more coming with this now,' " Wright said recently. "Because that lit up the NBA guys' eyes. . . . I said, You know what, he's going to come in as one of these guys they talk about - one and done.
November 8, 2015 |
DALLAS - As expected, Temple running back Jahad Thomas wasn't in the starting lineup during Friday night's American Athletic Conference game at SMU. The Temple junior, however did see sufficient action beginning late in the first half. Thomas, who entered the game leading the AAC in rushing (113 yards per game) had injured his ribs in last week's 24-20 loss to Notre Dame. Freshman Jager Gardner earned his first start and he made quite an impression. After gaining 1 yard on his first carry, Gardener went up the middle for a school-record 94-yard touchdown run on Temple's second offensive play.
October 23, 2015 |
One of Penn coach Ray Priore's biggest concerns entering the season was finding a productive receiver to play opposite Justin Watson. The 6-foot-3, 210-pound Watson emerged last season. Playing alongside Conner Scott and all-Ivy League receiver Spencer Kulcsar, Watson set Penn freshman receiving records for yardage (497) and receptions (42). But with Kulcsar and Scott gone, Priore knew that double coverage was coming Watson's way this season. But Priore is getting his answers and the production is coming from another emerging freshman.
October 11, 2015 |
VILLANOVA'S basketball team will be without 6-8 1/2 freshman Tim Delaney for an indefinite period. The Mullica Hill, N.J., native is undergoing surgery next week to repair a torn labrum in his left hip. The Wildcats have to replace three starters - including 6-7 forward JayVaughn Pinkston, a four-year starter - from a team that won 33 games last season. "Tim had a great summer and preseason," coach Jay Wright said in a statement released yesterday. "The good news is that the doctors tell us this is an injury that can be fixed and we know Tim will be fully committed to his rehab.