July 30, 2007 |
Even an elbow injury in the second round could not stop Philadelphia's Karl Dargan from ending his amateur boxing career at the top of the medal stand. Dargan won the Pan American Games gold medal at light welterweight in Rio De Janeiro Saturday with a 9-4 decision over Jonathan Gonzalez Ortiz, of Puerto Rico. "I had to finish a chapter that I begun back in 2003, and now at the end of my amateur career, I feel good to go out on top," said Dargan, a two-time amateur national champion.
August 9, 1993 |
The Delaware Valley/Philadelphia field hockey team continued its dominance at the Keystone State Games, winning the women's open gold medal for the eighth straight year yesterday on the final day of the annual competition. Player-coach Denise Zelenak and Donine Renninger each scored twice to lead the Delaware Valley/Philadelphia team to a 9-0 shutout of Capital/ Nittany. "This year was really nice because we had a nice mix of returning veterans as well as some new people," Zelenak said.
May 3, 1992 |
Peirce Middle School teacher Charlotte Knighton wasn't sure how her Junior Science Olympiad Team was doing during the state championships last week at Juniata College. "As the scores started coming in during the day, it looked like it was close. We were very happy to come in second," said the science teacher, who coaches the team. And it looks as if the 28-member team from West Goshen will be heading for Auburn University to compete against top-scoring teams from around the country at the national competition on May 15 and 16. Peirce's team has an illustrious past in competing in the competition, which tests the science skills of students, grades six through nine, in different categories.
August 6, 2003 |
For the second straight Pan Am Games, the Brazilians knocked the American men out of gold-medal contention. Two second-half runs carried Brazil past the United States, 92-80, in the semifinals of the Pan American Games in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic yesterday. Marcelo scored 22 points and Guilherme added 19 as the reigning Pan Am champions sent the Americans into the bronze-medal game. Connecticut's Emeka Okafor led the U.S. team with 18 points and Kentucky's Chuck Hayes added 15. The U.S. women clinched a spot in the semifinals with a 93-78 win over Argentina.
May 30, 1997 |
Thomas Thompson, a sophomore track star at Lincoln University, sometimes gets too fired up for his own good. It happened May 21 when a series of fouls prevented Thompson from qualifying for the long-jump final at the Division III national championships, leaving coach Cyrus Jones with some psychological mending to do. "He's such an intense kid," Jones said. "I have to yell for him to calm down. " Jones' input paid off. Thompson came back from his disappointment to win the high jump in the rain Saturday with a leap of 6 feet, 10 3/4 inches.
May 16, 1999 |
At first glance, his statue appears larger than life. But Joe Verdeur, the 1948 Olympic gold-medal winner, was as large in stature as he is in the memories of family and friends who gathered yesterday to unveil a bronze statue honoring one of the greatest swimmers of the century. More than 200 people packed the foyer and crowded near the doors of the Hayman Center at La Salle University to honor the La Salle graduate who took top honors in London during the first post-World War II Olympics.
August 4, 2012 |
LONDON - Michael Phelps is turning his final Olympics into quite a victory lap, and don't fret about American swimming after he's gone. Led by a pair of high schoolers, the post-Phelps era will be in very good hands. In what amounted to a symbolic changing of the guard Friday, Phelps claimed the 17th gold medal of a career that has just 24 hours to go - on the same night one teenager, Missy Franklin, broke a world record in the backstroke and another, Katie Ledecky, took down a hallowed American mark that was set nearly eight years before she was born.
August 8, 1992 |
Pitching and defense, as expected, were the strong points of the Delaware Valley scholastic baseball team when the Keystone State Games began on Wednesday. But both the coaches and the players were surprised by the potent hitting, which led the team to a gold medal. The offense was shaky in the first game, but was outstanding in the final three as the team outscored its opposition by a combined 35-6. Del Val defeated Capital, 12-2, yesterday afternoon for its second gold medal in the last three years.
August 10, 1987 |
"Lady Albatross," the press corps at IUPUI Natatorium had dubbed her, and the nickname seemed appropriate. Physically, 16-year-old Silvia Poll, of Costa Rica, is a female duplicate of Michael Gross, a 6-6 East German known as "The Albatross," who dominated the men's swimming events at the 1984 Olympics. But the 6-2 Poll's resemblance to Gross goes beyond her blonde tresses and towering Teutonic presence. If yesterday's first day of competition in the 10th Pan American Games is any indication, Poll, who came to Costa Rica by way of West Germany and Nicaragua, could put her personal imprint on this competition just as Gross did three years ago in Los Angeles.
August 24, 2009 |
Americans LaShawn Merritt, Kerron Clement, Allyson Felix and Sanya Richards each won a second gold medal yesterday in the 4x400-meter relays at the world track and field championships in Berlin. When 400 champion Richards took the baton home, she put the United States ahead of the Jamaicans for good in the overall medal standings. (Felix, who had previously won her third straight world title in the 200, ran the second leg.) "It was incredible. My teammates were phenomenal," Richards said.