January 31, 2016 |
"I couldn't even reach the rim from the three-point line a couple of years ago," Courtney Redcross said with a smile as she stood in the hallway just outside Shipley's Yarnall Gym. It's hard to believe now, but Redcross, a senior for the Gators, used to be solely a post player, the kind who would stand down low and not even think to pull up from 14 feet, let alone beyond the arc. But that was when she was a freshman, in her first year of varsity basketball....
November 23, 2015 |
UNCASVILLE, Conn. - Phil Martelli had modest goals before St. Joseph's Mohegan Sun Hall of Fame Tip-Off Tournament game against Florida on Saturday. "Our goal was 75 percent from the foul line and our goal was 75 points," the Hawks coach said. "If we get to those two numbers today I think we're in the winner's circle. " The Hawks fell short of each goal. Not only did the Gators outlast the Hawks, 74-63, but St. Joseph's shot a modest 70 percent (14 for 20) from the free-throw line in a semifinal of the tourney's Naismith bracket.
November 5, 2015 |
Joe Bradley put his right arm around Austin Wylie as they walked toward the bench. "M-V-P! M-V-P! M-V-P!" the senior chanted about his Shipley soccer teammate. The Gators had just defeated Friends' Central, 2-0, in the Friends Schools League final Tuesday, and the midfielder wanted to show some appreciation for Wylie, the player who put his team over the top. "He missed a PK but he still had two goals," Bradley said to anybody that happened to be listening. Bradley smiled, as did Wylie, who seemed embarrassed by the fuss.
October 28, 2015 |
Not every Josh Davis run ends with a first down or touchdown for the Gateway football team. Just about all of them end with a bang, though. "Josh runs really hard," Gateway coach Josh Mason said. "He always finishes his runs physically. " Davis' bruising style has been the key to Gateway's resurgence. Just three years removed from a stretch where the Gators went 3-27 over four seasons - twice compiling 0-10 marks - the Colonial Conference program is poised to qualify for the playoffs for the first time since 2004.
December 8, 2014 |
Nia Holland walked from the bench to talk to teammates Yndia Bobo and Tenisha Pressley at the edge of the basketball court during a timeout. "They are going to keep pressing," the senior guard warned. "They are going to trap you every time. " Holland, who was set to be the starting point guard for Shipley, is out until around Christmastime after having meniscus surgery, but she wasn't going to let her knowledge go to waste on the sideline. So when the home game Saturday against Episcopal Academy got tight with less than a minute to play in what would be a 46-40 nonleague victory for the Gators, the Lafayette recruit took it upon herself to talk to the sophomore duo. When the timeout was over, the Churchwomen pressed and trapped, just as Holland had said, but this time, the Gators got the ball down the court and drew a foul.
October 9, 2014 |
When the Higgins boys were younger, they often played soccer in the backyard. The games varied, but a staple competition was two-on-one keepaway. Because Ronan was the youngest of the three, he always seemed to get trapped in the middle. Now a freshman at Shipley, Ronan Higgins no longer is stuck in between his older brothers, Tommy and Conor, and having to chase them. Instead, the forward is a catalyst for the Gators (8-1-3) off the bench, and for the first time in his career, he is playing with Conor, a senior, in organized competition.
July 3, 2014 |
NEWS broke yesterday that Aaron Hernandez is featured in a University of Florida 2014 football calendar. Which seems appropriate because the tight end has nothing but time on his hands as he sits in a Massachusetts jail awaiting two trials for allegedly murdering three men. Hernandez was charged with the murder of Odin Lloyd in June 2013. After his arrest, he also was charged with two counts of first-degree murder in the 2012 drive-by shooting of Daniel de Abreu and Safiro Furtado.
April 7, 2014 |
ARLINGTON, Texas - Florida has not lost since Dec. 2 when Connecticut beat the Gators. That would be 30 straight wins. UConn lost eight times this season, all to teams that are no longer playing. They were non-competitive in three losses to Louisville. Wisconsin beat the regular season and tournament champions of the Southeastern Conference (Florida again) and Atlantic Coast Conference (Virginia), the tournament champion of the Ohio Valley (Eastern Kentucky) and the regular-season champions of the Atlantic 10 (Saint Louis)
April 1, 2014 |
THE SEC FINALLY gave up its football title so the conference just switched to basketball, where its teams have absolutely dominated this NCAA Tournament, culminating with Kentucky's classic win over Michigan yesterday in the Midwest Region final. With the pre-tournament favorite to win it all in Florida and the team that was preseason No. 1 still alive, the SEC has half the Final Four and an 11-1 record in the tournament. Kentucky may not have played one game all season like it just played against three potential national champions in Wichita State, Louisville and Michigan.
February 24, 2014 |
At first, Colleen Walsh needed some persuading to come join Sox Alexander and AAU coach Sean Costello at Shipley. Then a seventh grader, Alexander was more than happy to provide the incentive, telling her AAU teammate that they could be a "dream duo" on the court for the Gators. Walsh followed Alexander's lead and enrolled the next year. After the Gators won their second Pennsylvania Independent Schools championship in three years by defeating Germantown Academy, 40-31, on Saturday, Alexander turned and found Walsh as the buzzer sounded at Malvern Prep.