April 11, 1989 |
The Fellowship House of Conshohocken resides in a peaceful section of the borough on Harry Street between Fifth and Sixth Avenues. For 50 weeks each year, it serves as the community's recreation center. For the two other weeks, Fellowship House takes on an entirely different identity. It becomes home for the Albert C. Donofrio Basketball Classic, a single- elimination, 20-team tournament featuring the best boys' high school basketball talent in the tri-state area. Fellowship House handles the two-week transition to a gymnasium with incredible ease.
January 19, 2015 |
Pieces of history come in all shapes and sizes, and one of the oddest shapes in the history of Philadelphia basketball is found on the third floor of Roman Catholic High School. The school at the corner of Broad and Vine Streets is celebrating its 125th anniversary this year, and so is the little gymnasium that sits atop the original structure, 66 steps from the street and a mile from the ordinary. When the school opened in 1890, James Naismith was still more than a year away from inventing basketball, so it isn't any wonder that the gym wasn't constructed with the game in mind.
December 15, 2011
The tipoff for Bensalem's $15 million field house is scheduled for Thursday afternoon, three years after bids were sought for the gym at Bensalem High School. Four high school basketball games are scheduled for Thursday and Friday, with the official dedication and ribbon-cutting for the Bensalem Community Physical Education Facility set for noon Saturday. Three alumni basketball games will follow the ceremonies. The gym has three hardwood basketball courts, including one with seating for 1,700 spectators.
March 27, 1987 |
The Black Horse Pike Regional School Board last night awarded the final contract on construction of an auxiliary gymnasium at Triton Regional High School in Runnemede. The board approved a bid of $73,296 for the installation of heating and ventilating systems in the gymnasium by Peterson Service Co., the only bidder for the contract. Construction costs for the new facility, which will supplement the existing gym, will total about $800,000, board secretary Raymond B. Heston said.
November 25, 1990 |
If you had a million bucks coming, would you be nervous? Some people in Wissinoming are. Each year since 1987, City Councilwoman Joan L. Krajewski has been squirreling away capital-improvement money in the city budget so the Wissinoming Boys Club can have a gymnasium. Now that the gym kitty is up to $966,000, some residents worry that the city's financial woes might somehow derail the project unless construction starts soon. "The money's there, but my fear is that every day that goes by and we don't use it, someone will take it," said Glenn Devitt, president of the Wissinoming Civic Association.
February 26, 2013
IN A STORY published in last Friday's Daily News , coach William "Speedy" Morris, of St. Joseph's Prep, suggested that Roman Catholic High should be banned from playing any more games in its gym because it's "illegal" . . . three-pointers cannot be attempted from the corners and near-wings because the court is so narrow. Here's a follow-up statement from Morris, who coached at Roman for 14 seasons ending in 1981, as provided by Bill Avington, the Prep's director of communications: "I regret saying that Roman's historic gym should be outlawed.
October 10, 1991 |
The Deptford Junior Wrestling Club scored a reversal and a win in its surprise match with the Deptford Board of Education. After quick negotiations Tuesday night, the school board overturned a decision by school administrators and agreed to let the club use Deptford High School gym for its annual regional tournament in January. The tournament raises $4,000 for the club, a township athletic group unconnected to the school district. The club has about 150 members between ages 5 and 14. The decision came a month after club coach John Nestore was told that the high school gym was off-limits because school officials wanted to protect the gym's new $125,000 floor.
September 16, 2005 |
The Downingtown gym at the center of an aborted Hurricane Katrina relief effort has filed for bankruptcy protection. Flip, Fit-N-Fun LLC, in the 100 block of East Pennsylvania Avenue, filed for bankruptcy protection on Wednesday afternoon. It is a Chapter 11 filing, which means owners intend to reorganize debts while staying in business. Managing owner Rachel A. Ortega was charged on Monday with defrauding a Downingtown civic group of $500 in April. She was arrested as donors arrived to give her food, water and clothing for 40 hurricane evacuees she said she planned to house at her gym. Police said they had not been able to confirm that evacuees were being sent to the gym. None arrived.
August 16, 1990 |
For eight years, piece by piece, Jim Archer has put together a weight room in the basement of a laundermat near downtown Downingtown. Over that time, his friends have joined him, pumping iron free of charge in what has turned into an informal fitness club. Now the Borough Council, flexing its own muscles, wants the workout center shut down. It claims the weight room does not conform to a zoning ordinance. Archer says he's no dumbbell. He is, he says, the victim of a vendetta by Councilman Joseph Cipollini.
February 5, 1987 |
Friends' Central basketball coach Mike Mersky thought he had become involved in every kind of situation possible over the last 10 years - until Tuesday. That's when Mersky decided to take his team home and postpone a game against Mercy Vocational after seeing Mercy's gymnasium in Philadelphia for the first time. Mersky said that the gym was too small and that the structure's walls were just 1-to-2 feet from the baselines, posing a potential threat of injury to his players.