June 11, 2015 |
After Washington Township won the Group 4 state championship for the second time in three years, star shortstop Jess Hughes started crying. When she looked up, she saw the rest of her teammates had also teared up. Rather than tears of joy, the senior said she and the other girls came to the realization that it was the last game they would play with each other. Hughes hit .654. According to NJ.com, she tied for the most hits in the state with 68, led the state in doubles with 24, scored 53 runs and knocked in 47. She finished her career with 219 hits and led her team to three straight South Jersey Group 4 titles and a 31-1 record as a senior.
June 1, 2015 |
The pop of the softball after it comes out of Meg Wimmer's right hand and into Nicole O'Donnell's glove is more noticeable these days. Since the Chichester ace first stepped onto the mound this season, that sound has been louder. And to opposing batters, the ball has looked more like a blur than usual. Wimmer, a senior, has been an imposing presence for the Eagles (21-2) since she walked into the circle as a freshman. But for her final campaign, she's been putting together something really special.
April 21, 2015
WHEN MY FATHER died in 1982 at 43, he left behind five children. I was 20, my baby sister was 11 and in between were three boys, ages 16, 15 (just the day before) and 13. My two oldest brothers, Teddy and Jon, were students at the Prep. I don't need to say which Prep, of course. On the day of Daddy's funeral, a few of my college friends showed up in support, as well as a sprinkling of my youngest brother's and sister's classmates. But as I stood in the receiving line at St. Laurence's in Upper Darby, trying to feign interest in the kind but (let's face it)
April 3, 2015 |
Sam Offenback is in unfamiliar territory. The senior catcher for Neshaminy's softball team has played for a PIAA Class AAAA state title. She has competed in the District 1 Class AAAA tournament and won Suburban One League National Conference championships. She has played in some big games and put up even bigger numbers since taking over behind the plate as a freshman. But she has never before caught a pitcher younger than her. The Long Island University recruit laughed about just that after Neshaminy's 11-5 victory at Souderton on Wednesday afternoon.
April 2, 2015 |
NEW YORK - It was a bittersweet evening for Obi Enechionyia at Madison Square Garden. The forward set or tied career marks in points (17), rebounds (eight) and blocks (five). That's a stat line to be proud of for a freshman playing on national TV at MSG, but Enechionyia was left to look at his senior teammates, knowing they would never step on the court together again after Temple's disappointing 60-57 loss to Miami last night in the NIT semifinals. A defensive bruiser off the bench for Temple, Enechionyia nearly carried his team to victory with his post-ups and swats.
March 5, 2015 |
I HAPPENED to be walking out of the gym at the same time as Villanova coach Jay Wright after his team had crushed Seton Hall on Feb. 16. On the way to our cars, as we talked about Villanova's season, he mentioned how they were trying a model for success that included juniors and seniors starting while freshmen and sophomores get minutes and get better. Call it "Four and Done. " Wright specifically mentioned freshman Phil Booth as a player who really gets what they are trying to do. In fact, the coach had talked about Booth at his news conference that night, saying he's never had a player with such obvious ability so readily accept the limited role he had been given.
March 2, 2015 |
Chaotic. Frenzied. Hectic. From the jump, the pace of the District 1 Class AAA championship game between Gwynedd Mercy and Pope John Paul II was wild, and the feeling in the gymnasium at Upper Dublin was tense. Bodies flew onto the hardwood to grab loose balls. Others fought elbows in the air to grab rebounds. It definitely wasn't pretty, and at times, it even seemed disorganized. But in the end, Gwynedd Mercy came out on top, defeating the Golden Panthers, 47-42, in a tight battle Saturday.
February 27, 2015
IT'S AN INTERESTING proposal. Last week, The Diamondback - the University of Maryland student newspaper of which I am proud alum - broke a story that the Big Ten Conference was going to discuss making football and men's basketball players spend a year in college before they would be eligible to compete. Certainly, a lot of ground must be covered between discussing a "Year of Readiness" proposal to something concrete actually happening, but I would ask, "Why not?" I understand the concerns, and if I were a men's basketball or football coach in the Big Ten, I'd be just like Michigan State basketball coach Tom Izzo in saying, "I'm not sure I'd do that.
February 6, 2015 |
AVERY MARZ is stepping up and then off of an aerobic platform. Her left foot lands on the platform first and her right foot follows. She does this repeatedly as her physical therapist watches. Her mother, Mary Beth Schoellkopf, stands off to the side and watches intently. Marz, a Saint Joseph's freshman, is wearing a T-shirt from the basketball camp of women's coach Cindy Griffin, a pair of Jordan-brand basketball shorts, athletic shoes and a white headband to keep the sweat from trickling down on her face.
January 26, 2015 |
YOU WON'T find Shane White, 18, a freshman at Holy Family University in Northeast Philadelphia, giving $5 haircuts, manicures or facials today at Bucks County Technical High School to raise money for City of Hope cancer research. But you will find him working the HopeCuts fundraiser at his Feasterville alma mater, supporting the 50 student barbers and cosmetologists trying to raise more than $10,000 for City of Hope like they did in a snowstorm last year. White's expertise is technology, not cosmetology, so he's been networking for months to spread the word about today's $5 HopeCuts, hoping a good crowd shows up from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. All the money goes to support the famous cancer-research hospital in Los Angeles that has clinical-trial research partnerships with Thomas Jefferson University and other Philadelphia hospitals.