February 13, 2014 |
EVERY NIGHT, just before he shuts his eyes, Devin Bullock squeezes her tight. And when the morning sun peers through his window near 26th and Master in North Philadelphia - she's still there. They've been through a lot together; peas in a pod, a love affair for the ages. Her name is Michelle and she has seen him through the darkest of days. He loves the contours of her body, the smoothness of her touch and that she is always faithful and true. The 6-0 senior guard for New Media has lived on his own since he was 16 years old. His mother chose a different life.
January 30, 2014 |
IT WAS A LOUD pop, almost as if a balloon had burst. Then came the feeling that everyone in the room was staring. Finally, the pain settled in. Pain that hasn't subsided, nearly two weeks after that bullet hit Tyler Lewis' arm. In fact, he says, it's worse since surgeons removed the slug Monday from his right forearm, just below the elbow. It lodged there when Lewis, 17, was shot in the gym at Delaware Valley Charter High School on Jan. 17, allegedly by a classmate he considers a friend.
January 30, 2014 |
AS UNDERDOG stories go, when the Simon Gratz Bulldogs walk into a basketball gym, get your writing materials ready. The tale of the tape at the Simons Community Recreation Center yesterday was a visual account. With referees yet to enter the gym, host Delaware-Valley Charter and its band of long and lively leapers warmed up with a variety of impressive dunks. On the other end: the Bulldogs, whose roster sports several sub-6-footers, finger-rolled their way loose. Senior guard Malik Tyndale noticed the Warriors' aerial display, but the 5-7 guard wasn't fazed.
January 27, 2014 |
Sometimes when you're really good at what you do and you're really quiet in going about it, you get a reputation, one that far exceeds your ego and might be based a little on exaggeration. Take Ricky Beaver, a junior at La Salle College High School who has qualified for USA Weightlifting's national junior championships. Fellow members of the Liberty Barbell Club brag about Beaver's dedication, his long commute five days a week from his Northeast Philly home to the basement gym on Chestnut Street.
October 31, 2013 |
HOLY FAMILY men's basketball coach R.C. Kehoe can't wait. Either, he said, can his team. On Friday, the Division II Tigers will take on Syracuse in an exhibition in the Carrier Dome. "Excited is an understatement," Kehoe said. "I don't know what the crowd will be like, but I'm expecting about 15,000. It's the largest on-campus arena in the country. " The Dome's capacity is listed at 49,250. Holy Family's Campus Center Gymnasium only seats 1,000. So, don't be surprised if Kehoe's team looks as wide-eyed as those Hickory High players did when they showed for the state championship game at Hinkle Fieldhouse.
October 31, 2013
LAST WEEK, I was at a dinner party, and, as is often the case, someone started talking to someone else about exercise and nutrition. I couldn't help but contribute my own two cents when I overheard a few fitness myths that never seem to die. This column is dedicated to those enduring false beliefs - which are almost certainly preventing some of you from reaching your goals. For Halloween, let's send some to the graveyard: 1 The sauna myth. I hear this one all the time at the gym - that sitting in the sauna helps to "sweat out the toxins" and promote weight loss.
October 2, 2013 |
THIS PROBABLY isn't a good preview to the 76ers' season, but the two players who stood out during a roughly 45-minute run observed by the media were guard Tony Wroten and newly signed center Solomon Alabi. Wroten has impressed coach Brett Brown with his activity throughout the five practices in 3 days at Saint Joseph's. He appears to play a very cerebral game, and made the nicest play of the scrimmage when he drove baseline and made a dump pass back in the lane to Alabi for an easy slam, as the second team played evenly with a first team that consisted of Michael Carter-Williams, James Anderson, Evan Turner, Thaddeus Young and Lavoy Allen.
August 30, 2013 |
Even without his signature superhero regalia and Gatorade-hued hairdo, Jamie Rahn is a colorful guy. A Barrington resident, 25, he's launching a career out of his success as a costumed contestant on American Ninja Warrior , NBC's extreme-sports extravaganza. ANW competitors must conquer a daunting, if not diabolical, obstacle course seemingly concocted by Rube Goldberg and the Marquis de Sade. Rahn is doing well in the fifth-season final rounds, which continue Mondays at 8 p.m. on Philadelphia's NBC10.
July 29, 2013 |
DURING LAST week's heat wave, the compact boxing gym in Roxborough's Kendrick Recreation Center was sweltering. Despite the heat, Aaron Traister, 35, Dianna Cute, 33, and a handful of other boxing devotees were still there shadowboxing and sparring. "There's no fresh air when people are working out. It disappears quickly," said Traister, a seven-year Roxborough resident who joined the boxing program at Kendrick, on Ridge Avenue near Rector Street, a few months ago. The issue, Traister and Cute said, is that the city promised the boxers that the gym would be in good condition by the time the summer heat hit. The gym had to be moved downstairs from a spacious auditorium upstairs in the rec center, city officials said, to utilize the space better.
July 25, 2013 |
Hello there The striking man in yoga class walked toward Kate after a 2010 evening session. "I like your shirt," Vitold said, nodding at her vibrant coral tank. Then he was gone. There were friendly nods at the gym, but nothing more for two years. In July 2012, Diane, another yoga classmate at Lifesport gym in Fairmount convinced her friends Kate and Vitold that they should go out. Kate can't fathom why she suggested they go for a run in hot and sweaty July. "I did not enjoy the run, but I did enjoy Kate's company," Vitold said.