September 1, 2007 |
Florida International's task will be tougher than winning a game when the team visits State College to play No. 17 Penn State at noon today. The Golden Panthers are out to restore their image. Last season, while Penn State fans were lamenting four losses, Florida International lost all 12 games. On top of that, the team was involved in an on-the-field brawl against Miami, sparking national debate and criticism throughout the season. "We're not 2006; we're 2007," sophomore linebacker Scott Bryant said.
February 4, 2014 |
Susan Bossler remembers the first time she met Ellen Chernaskey. A junior transfer at Pope John Paul II from Berks Catholic, Bossler was a little bit nervous about meeting her new basketball team when Chernaskey, the only senior on the squad, went right up to her and starting talking. Bossler immediately knew she made the right choice in changing schools after such a warm welcome. That has been Chernaskey's modus operandi: She helps her teammates. The Golden Panthers' coach, Dave Baker, called his leader "unbelievable," adding that she is willing to do whatever it takes to foster a new energy in the program.
March 12, 2011 |
Carrington Ward struggled, as his Philadelphia Electrical and Technology Charter teammates did, early in Friday night's PIAA Class AAA first-round state boys' basketball playoff vs. Pope John Paul II. Ward missed five of his first six field-goal attempts. "I had to get myself together," he said. "I was rushing shots. I had to settle down. " While they went in as a considerable favorite, Ward and the Chargers had to battle the entire way to earn a 62-56 victory over the first-year Golden Panthers at Southern High.
March 10, 2015 |
Jenna Widdicombe overhears the younger girls talking at CYO basketball games. They talk about a future playing for Pope John Paul II. For other players and teams, this may be what has always happened. But for Widdicombe and the Golden Panthers, it's a far cry from where the program was just a few years ago. The Panthers used to be an afterthought in the Pioneer Athletic Conference. PJP's season ended on Saturday in a 63-57 loss to Berks Catholic in the PIAA Class AAA tournament, but the legacy the 19-8 team will leave is going to last longer than it did for this group to build it. "It's refreshing," said Widdicombe, a senior forward.
May 31, 2014 |
John Duffy is no longer on Pope John Paul II's bench, but the players clearly haven't forgotten about their suspended coach. His No. 24 jersey hangs in their dugout. "He's the reason why we're here," senior shortstop James Bleming said. "He's the reason we turned things around. He opened our eyes, made us believe in ourselves. " The fourth-seeded Golden Panthers, continuing to play for the absent Duffy, claimed the PIAA District 1 Class AAA baseball title Thursday afternoon by edging sixth-seeded Harriton, 3-2, at Villanova Ballpark at Plymouth in Plymouth Meeting.
May 22, 2014 |
Pope John Paul II was considerably shorthanded entering its PIAA District 1 Class AAA baseball quarterfinal against Upper Moreland. Missing were first-year head coach John Duffy, closer Dan Zurowski, centerfielder Chris Kucewicz, and third baseman Luke DeLeo. "Because of that, I knew we had to band together," senior pitcher Josh Lafferty said. The host Golden Panthers did just that and, with Lafferty scattering five hits in a complete-game effort, advanced Tuesday with an 8-3 triumph in Royersford.
June 15, 2014 |
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. - Lack of familiarity was not an issue for Harriton and Pope John Paul II when the teams squared off in Friday night's PIAA Class AAA baseball final. The Rams and Golden Panthers met two weeks ago in the District 1 final, with Pope John Paul, aided by a costly error, gaining a one-run victory. In the rematch at Penn State's Medlar Field at Lubrano Park, the Golden Panthers benefited from three errors and claimed their first state championship with a 4-2 triumph over Harriton.
January 17, 2015 |
You could hear the cheering and clapping the moment you walked out of the gym and entered the hallway at Pope John Paul II high school. The screams and hoots only got louder the closer you got to the locker room. And then, the excited hollering from behind the closed door came in waves for the Golden Panthers girls' basketball team. One minute it was as if someone had turned the volume all the way up. The next, silence. See, that's what happens when you beat a perennial powerhouse and conference foe for the first time in program history: you celebrate.
November 2, 2013 |
Sammy Stipa scored once and assisted on another goal Thursday, and Spring-Ford cruised past host Strath Haven, 4-1, to earn District 1's fifth and final ticket to next week's PIAA Class AAA girls' soccer tournament. Strath Haven entered the District 1 tournament as the third seed, and Spring-Ford was No. 8. Stipa, a senior, put the Rams ahead, 2-0, in the first half on a header off a cross from Gabrielle Vagnozzi, who had scored the team's first goal. Megan Giannopoulos scored in the second half to put the Rams ahead, 3-1, before Stipa sealed the win by assisting on a goal by Aley Kate McKinley.
March 7, 2016 |
Ayanna Mazyck lost her freshman year of high school basketball to bad grades. She lost the chance to play her sophomore season after she tore the anterior cruciate ligament in her right knee during preseason. Her junior year? The grades are up, and the knee has a brace. Subsequently, she has jumped at the chance to finally be on the court, and has made some noise with the Mastery Charter North girls' team. The latest installment in a solid season was Mazyck's big-time performance in the first round of the PIAA Class 3A playoffs at Southern on Saturday.