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September 1, 2007 | By Shannon Ryan INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
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.
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February 4, 2014 | By Kate Harman, For The Inquirer
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.
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March 12, 2011 | By Rick O'Brien, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
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March 10, 2015 | By Kate Harman, For The Inquirer
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.
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May 22, 2014 | By Rick O'Brien, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
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June 15, 2014 | By Rick O'Brien, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
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May 31, 2014 | By Rick O'Brien, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
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January 17, 2015 | By Kate Harman, For The Inquirer
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.
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November 2, 2013 | The Inquirer Staff
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.
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September 20, 2009 | The Inquirer Staff
Jimmy Clausen threw for 300 yards and two touchdowns, including a 33-yarder to Golden Tate with 5 minutes, 18 seconds left to lead Notre Dame to a 33-30 victory over Michigan State yesterday in South Bend, Ind. Kyle McCarthy intercepted a pass by Michigan State's Kirk Cousins at the 4 with 57 seconds left and the Irish held on to beat the Spartans in Notre Dame Stadium for the first time since 1993. The Irish lost star wide receiver Michael Floyd to what may be a broken collarbone.
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March 10, 2015 | By Kate Harman, For The Inquirer
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.
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March 2, 2015 | By Kate Harman, For The Inquirer
Chaotic. Frenzied. Hectic. From the jump, the pace of the District 1 Class AAA championship game between Gwynedd Mercy and Pope John Paul II was wild, and the feeling in the gymnasium at Upper Dublin was tense. Bodies flew onto the hardwood to grab loose balls. Others fought elbows in the air to grab rebounds. It definitely wasn't pretty, and at times, it even seemed disorganized. But in the end, Gwynedd Mercy came out on top, defeating the Golden Panthers, 47-42, in a tight battle Saturday.
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January 17, 2015 | By Kate Harman, For The Inquirer
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.
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August 31, 2014
SOCCER NONLEAGUE Abington 1, Cheltenham 0: Matt Bevilacqua will be the talk of school next week when classes resume. The senior forward assisted on Matt Bachman's game-winner in the 88th minute for the visiting Ghosts. Just hours before, Bevilaqua kicked an extra point with no time remaining to lift the Ghosts to victory over Northeast on the football field. Archbishop Wood 3, North Penn 1: With the score 1-1 at the break, the Vikings scored twice to move past the visiting Knights.
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June 15, 2014 | By Rick O'Brien, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
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May 31, 2014 | By Rick O'Brien, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
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May 22, 2014 | By Rick O'Brien, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
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April 11, 2014 | By Rick O, Inquirer Columnist
Pope John Paul II's James Bleming is thankful that a heartbreaking end to the basketball season was followed by a strong start on the diamond. "That was a rough way to finish," the senior said of a 59-58 loss to Lower Moreland in a PIAA District 1 Class AAA hoops semifinal. "I needed baseball to get over that. I was practicing the next day. " Sparked by Bleming, a hard-hitting shortstop, the resurgent Golden Panthers are 6-1 overall and 5-1 in the Pioneer Athletic Conference. "Our goal is to be in the front of the pack by the end of the week," the 6-foot, 175-pounder said.
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March 23, 2014
BASEBALL NONLEAGUE Archbishop Ryan 6, Central 4: A three-run double in the fifth inning by Matt Wilson pushed the Raiders past visiting Central. Wilson's bases-clearing knock gave Archbishop Ryan a 6-3 lead. Matt Rocchi picked up the win for the Raiders. Germantown Friends 4, Calvary Christian 3: Oliver Mitchell-Boyask threw a complete game and struck out the side in the seventh inning to ice the game for the visiting Tigers. The junior struck out six batters. Germantown Academy scored all four of its runs in the fourth inning.
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February 10, 2014 | By Kate Harman, For The Inquirer
Standing 6-foot-1, Jenna Carroll can take over a basketball game. With long arms and a good vertical leap, the senior forward for Methacton is an imposing presence in the paint and a force on the boards. The versatile Carroll is also a hard task for opposing defenders because of her solid ballhandling, quick moves, and ability to post up on the block. Possession after possession in the second half against Pope John Paul II on Saturday, Carroll demonstrated just how dangerous she can be on both ends of the floor.
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