September 23, 2015 |
SPRINGSIDE CHESTNUT Hill Academy shouldn't change its nickname to the Lions, but if ever the impetus for such a modification existed, Jordan Young and Darian Bryant authored it last week. Young, a 5-7, 170-pound running back for the Blue Devils, is our latest Player of the Week. His 281 rushing yards and five touchdowns came on only 13 carries (21.6 per attempt) in a 41-6 thumping of Mastery Charter North. Bryant, a 6-6, 330-pound road grader committed to Temple, often cleared the way for Young, but it was Bryant's celebration after Young's most thrilling touchdown run that conjured the king of the jungle.
September 20, 2015 |
Late in the third quarter, leading by 14 points, a normally raucous Haverford School sideline was nearly silent. At the 40-yard line, quarterback Kevin Carter was in pain. Carter, the Fords' senior leader and dynamite gunslinger, was pulled down awkwardly after he was flushed from the pocket during a 35-13 win on Friday afternoon over visiting West Catholic. He did not get up for a dozen minutes. And when he did it was on a stretcher, his leg wrapped and his knee bent. Head coach Mike Murphy's team took it hard.
September 19, 2015 |
Lovable Lyle the Crocodile was discovered lounging in a bathtub in a Manhattan brownstone in 1962. First by the Primms, the family that bought the building from the acrobatic reptile's performing partner, Signor Valenti, and then by readers of Bernard Waber's classic children's book The House on East 88th Street . What followed was a series about the cosmopolitan croc - he shops the Upper East Side, picnics in Central Park, skates at Rockefeller Center...
September 16, 2015 |
Life as a backup football player can be drab if he doesn't have the proper mind-set. If he's lucky, grass stains and turf burns might provide proof of his contribution. If he stays engaged, however, he might just earn more minutes and raise some eyebrows - maybe even his own. Such is the case for our latest player of the week, Malvern Prep sophomore O'Shaan Allison. The 5-foot-8, 180-pound backup running back certainly remained focused and seized his opportunities Friday in the Friars' 34-0 win against Holy Spirit (N.J.)
September 11, 2015 |
After a back-and-forth game between two of the top boys' soccer teams in Southeastern Pennsylvania, senior defender Shane Bradley struck the decisive blow for host Haverford School against Shipley. Bradley scored the winning goal Wednesday on a 23-yard free kick in the second half. He curved his shot around the wall and beat the keeper to his lower left to give the Fords a 4-3 triumph in the nonleague contest. It was his second goal of the game. Haverford School earned the free kick when Jerry Karalis was fouled from behind.
September 10, 2015 |
NAME A SPORT and you'll find hundreds of kids in the area working hard and sacrificing every day with a singular goal in mind. Nearly every high school athlete has dreams of playing a Division I sport. In fact, one Public League football player's Twitter profile recently included a photo of a text message conversation, which illustrates the point. The first message said: "I wanna be in love. " The response: "I wanna go d1 . . . " After Week 1 of the high school football season, two players will share our first Player of the Week honor.
September 7, 2015 |
It's a good thing Gia Dragoni has almost four years left to top her performance Saturday, because it might take a while. Dragoni, a freshman, scored the winner with a minute left to give Garnet Valley a 2-1 triumph over visiting Avon Grove in a nonleague girls' soccer game. Dragoni volleyed it home from 15 yards out off an assist from Jenna Buttermore. Dragoni has scored in both games this season. Linda Zamrowski also scored, and Ashley Bufano made seven saves. In other nonleague action: Alex DiMarco's overtime goal lifted Episcopal Academy to a 1-0 win at Radnor.
September 7, 2015 |
His most exciting play hadn't even happened yet, but Haverford School senior Dox Aitken had already made an impression. Aitken, a 6-foot-3, 195-pound wide receiver and defensive back, had just intercepted a pass in the end zone, thwarting a third-quarter drive by visiting Del-Val Charter. As the Fords left the field, a member of the chain crew asked about No. 24. "Is that that Dox Aitken, the lacrosse player?" said Jim Burner, the former longtime football coach at Valley Forge Military Academy.
September 5, 2015 |
Nelly Berman, 77, of Bryn Mawr, a pianist from the Soviet Union who created a classical music school in Haverford, died Monday, Aug. 31, following heart surgery at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. Mrs. Berman came to America from Odessa 39 years ago, carrying musical scores and a few belongings in three cardboard suitcases. Her dream was to teach music to talented children here. In Odessa, she had been subject to the Ministry of Culture's choice of musical scores for her students.
September 4, 2015 |
SUSTAINED DOMINANCE in high school football is difficult to achieve. After all, talent doesn't last forever. Graduation, injury and transfer are its nemeses. So what should we make of Haverford School's bid for a third-straight championship? Graduation subtracted 22 players from the Fords' undefeated league run last season. And early injuries have already depleted this year's crop of available seniors to 12 (for now). The Fords may have escaped the transfer bug relatively unscathed (other schools didn't)