June 1, 2013 |
GALLOWAY TOWNSHIP, N.J. - One has to excuse Amanda Blumenherst for the late hours she's kept lately. Five months ago, Blumenherst married Nate Freiman, who made the Oakland Athletics roster as a rookie first baseman at the end of spring training. His promotion delighted the couple, but keeping up with someone in the Pacific time zone can be somewhat taxing for a professional golfer competing in the East. "I'm going to say the time change is killing me," a smiling Blumenherst said Friday after opening the ShopRite LPGA Classic with a 5-under-par 66 for a share of the lead.
May 8, 2013 |
There are no stands surrounding the grass field at Shawnee High School. The 400 or so in attendance Tuesday afternoon were mostly sitting on the ground or standing, several deep in some spots, craning their necks to see the nation's most storied girls' lacrosse rivalry. Emotions always run high when Shawnee plays Moorestown in girls' lacrosse. The intensity on the field is different, something separate even from what you'd feel in a postseason game. But that still doesn't quite explain what the annual matchup means to the players.
April 18, 2013 |
Pottsgrove trailed by two runs and was down to its last out in Wednesday afternoon's Pioneer Athletic Conference softball game against Perkiomen Valley when freshman Gabbi Ermish came to the plate. Ermish had just given up two runs in the previous half-inning and needed to get on base to keep the Falcons' hopes alive. She singled, as did the next two batters, before Lexi Kehl ripped a bases-clearing triple to give Pottsgrove a 9-8 victory over the host Vikings. Ermish retired the side in order in the seventh inning to record the win. Kehl's bases-loaded triple capped a great game for the junior, who went 3 for 5 and drove in four runs.
April 3, 2013 |
Clearview's Alex Hochberg pitched once in a varsity game as a sophomore. It didn't go too well. "First batter hit a triple," Hochberg said. "Next batter hit a single. Next batter hit a home run. " Hochberg returned to the varsity mound on Monday afternoon and shut down Paul VI in the first round of the Grand Slam Classic at Washington Lake Park in Sewell. The junior righthander allowed four hits and one run in six innings, leading Clearview to a 3-1 victory in a well-played season opener for both teams.
March 26, 2013 |
DAYTON, Ohio - Thanks, but all the pretty words weren't helping Khalif Wyatt. Indiana coach Tom Crean praised the Temple senior's spectacular performance. Victor Oladipo, the lottery-pick-to-be tasked with guarding him, called Wyatt a "great player. " His own coach and teammates piled on the compliments. Words. They weren't going to send Wyatt to the Sweet 16. They couldn't change the fact that his incredible 62-point weekend marked the end of his college career. "It really doesn't do anything for me, not right now at least," Wyatt said Sunday afternoon.
May 13, 2012 |
Some baseball guys don't like to think too much at the plate. They see the ball. They hit the ball. Washington Township's Vinnie Nocella takes a different approach. He likes being the team's designated hitter because it gives him time in the dugout to analyze his at-bats. "I love thinking about what just happened, thinking about what he threw me and thinking about what I'm going to do the next time I get up," Nocella said Saturday after leading Washington Township to a 7-3 victory over Eastern in the first round of the Joe Hartmann Diamond Classic.
May 10, 2012 |
CHICAGO - Perhaps it was just the last gasp of a team that didn't want to leave the season with a loss on its home floor. Tuesday night's 77-69 win by the Chicago Bulls to avoid elimination by the 76ers could have been nothing more than that. The Sixers better hope so, and they better hope their offense returns from the land of the missing when the series continues Thursday in the Wells Fargo Center. It wasn't as if the Bulls were terrific in narrowing the Sixers' lead to three games to two. They were the same crippled team that lost three straight to the Sixers to get themselves into this predicament.
May 4, 2012 |
NEWARK, NJ - New Jersey Devils coach Peter DeBoer says the key to Thursday's Game 3 of the Eastern Conference semifinal with the visiting Flyers is consistency. The Devils are coming off Tuesday's 4-1 win at the Wells Fargo Center that tied this best-of-seven series at one game apiece. The Flyers led, 1-0, after two periods, mainly due to the outstanding goaltending of Ilya Bryzgalov, but the Devils persisted and punched in four third-period goals, one an empty-netter. So DeBoer stressed after Thursday morning's skate at the Prudential Center the need to follow up Tuesday's performance with a similar effort.
April 14, 2012 |
PITTSBURGH - With less than 13 minutes to play in Game 2 and white towels waving furiously from the largest crowd ever to watch a hockey game at the Consol Energy Center, Philadelphia's favorite mythical character, Rocky Balboa, was featured on the scoreboard that hangs over center ice. "It ain't about how hard you hit," Balboa said. "It's about how hard you can get hit and keep moving forward. " For this Flyers team, there is no punch too powerful. On Friday night, the Flyers repeatedly absorbed Pittsburgh's biggest blow.
September 21, 2011 |
It was a diving stop that saved the game for the Lenape girls' soccer team. The opposing coach, in vivid detail, explained how improbable it was that Allison Johnson, with at least two players blocking her sight, zeroed in on the ball and leaped across what seemed like the entire net. It's the save that everyone will point to after the Indians, ranked No. 1 in South Jersey by The Inquirer, topped No. 2 Paul VI, 1-0, Wednesday night at...