March 8, 2014 |
Joe Galasso's quest for a second state wrestling title began without a hitch Thursday. The unbeaten senior from Father Judge racked up a dominating win in the first round of the PIAA Class AAA tournament at the Giant Center in Hershey. Galasso, 24-0 and wrestling at 145 pounds, scored a technical-fall victory over Hadyn Swortwood of Jersey Shore. Galasso prevailed, 22-7, in 4 minutes, 40 seconds. Central Bucks East's Francesco Fabozzi remained on track for a possible meeting with Galasso in the semifinals by dispatching Nathan Cheek of Wyoming Valley West, 11-6.
March 8, 2014
BASKETBALL STATE CLASS AA FIRST ROUND St. Basil 73, Ben Franklin 27: Terry Mancini's 100th career coaching victory was locked up early at Plymouth Whitemarsh, thanks to a 32-6 first quarter during which Molly Greenberg (10 points, seven assists) drained three three-pointers. The Panthers hit eight threes overall during the opening frame. Kalee Fuegel added 12 points and six steals for St. Basil, and Kelly Mancini grabbed 12 rebounds. Tahniyyah Jackson scored 10 points and Denise Johnson added seven to lead Ben Franklin.
March 1, 2014 |
Neumann-Goretti guard Ja'Quan Newton is among the 67 players, boys and girls, who will participate in the 27th All Star Labor Classic basketball games April 6 at Northeast. The rosters were announced Thursday. Action will begin at 10:30 a.m. Rosters CITY BOYS Gregory Bennett, Martin Luther King Chris Bing, Central Ryan Boyd, Franklin Towne Charter Jamal Custis, Neumann-Goretti Anthony Downing, Sankofa Freedom Shep Garner, Roman Catholic Brendan Horan, Archbishop Ryan Muhammad Laws, Phila.
February 24, 2014 |
Jake Anderson made history Saturday at Lehigh University by becoming the first Malvern Prep wrestler to win a title at the National Prep championships. Anderson, the top seed at 220 pounds, recorded two wins by fall in less than 1 minute, 30 seconds and gave up just one point in three decisions. Haverford School's L.J. Barlow finished second at 195 pounds. District 1 AAA West Boyertown claimed five championships, including four by pin, in rolling to another team title at Spring-Ford.
February 21, 2014 |
The Abington girls' basketball team just did not care, its coach said. The Ghosts did not care Wednesday night that they were playing the second seed in the District 1 Class AAAA tournament. And they did not care that they were underdogs for the second time in four days. "They just wanted to play," coach Dan Marsh said. That attitude led to a one-sided second quarter as the 18th-seeded Ghosts built a lead before stunning host Garnet Valley, 38-33, in the second round. Deja Rawls scored 10 of her 14 points in Abington's 14-2 second quarter, and the Ghosts clinched a berth in the PIAA state tournament for the first time since 2010.
February 18, 2014 |
When Bianca Picard talks about the Souderton girls' basketball team, she uses words like strong , tough , and determined - all while describing the squad's desire to win. Watch the senior point guard play just a few minutes for the Indians (16-6), and you'll see no one exudes those attributes more than she does. Selfless and with an infectious love of the game, the 5-foot-7 Picard best demonstrated her grit in a pivotal conference contest against Central Bucks West a few weeks ago. During the close matchup, Picard sprained her right foot - the same one she broke 31/2 months earlier.
February 13, 2014 |
Mount St. Joseph captured 20 of its 22 regular-season games this season and won by an average margin of 21.65 points. On Tuesday night, the Mount's dominance was rewarded with the No. 1 seed in the District 1 Class AAAA girls' basketball tournament. Coach John Miller's squad, led by Villanova signee Alex Louin, will host 32d seed Great Valley at 7 Saturday night. On Wednesday, the Magic will meet St. Basil for the Catholic Academies championship at 7 p.m. at Philadelphia University.
February 13, 2014 |
Some teams depend one or two players to win league titles. That's not how the Garnet Valley girls' basketball squad rolls. The Jaguars had four double-digit scorers as they sprinted to their first Central League title with a 55-27 win over Ridley on Tuesday at Harriton. Maddie Ireland led the team with 15 points. Sam Tomasetti scored 13, Haley Warden tallied 11, and Jordan Ireland added 10. Coach Joe Woods noted that the unselfishness his squad showed has been there all season.
February 11, 2014 |
It was pretty early on that Bodine's Tiana Garvin began playing basketball with the older girls. Four years younger than her twin sisters, Taneka and Shaneka, Garvin grew up competing in higher age groups. They were hard on her, Garvin said, fondly calling her siblings, "nice but bossy. " In particular, Garvin remembers her sisters motivating her to work on her handle as well as her ability to catch passes. Taneka and Shaneka threw hard, Garvin said, and they wouldn't let up just because their kid sister was on the receiving end. She became a better basketball player because of it, and now Garvin, a sophomore guard, has become one of the biggest scoring threats in the Public League.
February 8, 2014 |
Around the onset of the 2010-11 season, Rocco Fantazzi wasn't yet sure what he had in Michael Marino. The Garnet Valley wrestling coach knew of Marino's family history in the sport, as elder brother Joe Marino had muscled his way to 128 wins in his four years with the Jaguars and went on to compete for Harvard University. Fantazzi also recognized that Michael Marino was stepping in as his older brother departed for Cambridge, Mass., and he knew that Michael came in with the weight of being "Joe's little brother.