June 17, 2016 |
A COUPLE OF weeks ago, I wrote about the child who fell into the gorilla exhibit at the Cincinnati Zoo. I said the mother was to blame, because she should have been watching the child at all times. The repercussions from that article were momentous: I lost some friends, including a dear one whom I miss and will likely not see again. I was asked to be on CNN, which was pretty darn amazing, because they sent a limousine and had someone do my makeup (which I expect will happen again only when I die.)
June 4, 2016 |
Fifth in a series of profiles of potential Phillies draft picks. HOOVER, Ala. - A.J. Puk absorbed the charged atmosphere at Hoover Metropolitan Stadium last week with each completed inning. He yelled and chewed the top of his Florida jersey when he hung a slider in the fifth inning of an SEC tournament game. He pumped his fist twice with a big strikeout to end the sixth. He pounded his chest after a seventh-inning groundout. Puk, a 6-foot-7 pitcher with a prized left arm, shuffled each time past his Gators teammates.
May 17, 2016 |
After Alex McCalister arrived at the NovaCare Complex, he heard references to another Florida defensive end with a similar build who used to play for the Eagles. They told McCalister about Jevon Kearse - or, as McCalister has heard, "The Freak. " He has a long way to go, but McCalister, the Eagles' seventh-round pick, has the frame and pass-rushing potential to elicit those comparisons. McCalister is 6-foot-6 and 243 pounds with 36-inch arms and an 86-inch wingspan. His 121/2 sacks over the last two seasons for the Gators, even though he played fewer than 40 percent of the snaps, showed one skill that the Eagles crave.
March 23, 2016 |
Ryan Arcidiacono played in his 140th Villanova game on Sunday when the Wildcats advanced to the Sweet 16. That is the new school record - breaking the mark of 139 held by Dante Cunningham and Scottie Reynolds - and will be until Thursday when the NCAA tournament continues with Arcidiacono playing at least one more. It was fitting that Villanova's advancement to the deeper rounds of the tournament for the first time since 2009 coincided with Arcidiacono setting the only individual team record he will hold.
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.