April 13, 2014 |
The count was two strikes and no balls. But Zach Kurtz, a senior leftfielder for Penn Charter, did not worry about taking a defensive swing. Kurtz saw a fastball he liked and yanked it over the left-field fence for a two-run homer to score the go-ahead runs in the seventh inning of a 5-4 win at Haverford School. It was the first home run of the season for Kurtz, and it delivered the first Inter-Ac League victory for coach Dave Miller. PJ Pagan also hit a home run for Penn Charter.
April 11, 2014 |
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.
April 10, 2014 |
As a three-year varsity member, Connor Burke is well acquainted with the danger of pitching on the small turf field that Haverford School calls home. For many batters, it is a launching pad. "It's important to keep the ball low and away," the senior righthander said. "If you don't, it's going to leave the yard. You want grounders all day. " Tuesday afternoon, in an Inter-Ac League baseball opener that was switched from Episcopal Academy to Haverford because of Monday's rain, Burke mostly thrived.
April 7, 2014 |
Radnor's Will Girton traded in his catcher's mask for another hat Saturday afternoon: that of hero relief pitcher. Girton took the hill in the third inning and proceeded to strike out four, allowing two unearned runs over seven innings of relief in what would become a 7-5 nonleague baseball victory at Episcopal Academy. Radnor took the lead with two outs in the top of the ninth when Mike Lanzone was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded, scoring Connor Wilson. James Lofton added an insurance run by scoring on a wild pitch.
March 31, 2014 |
Malvern Prep's Hayden Mahoney, a junior offensive lineman, committed to the University of Miami on Saturday while on an unofficial visit to the school. The 6-foot-5, 280-pound tackle, who doubles as a defensive end, also had scholarship offers from Akron, Boston College, Elon, Old Dominion, and Villanova. Baseball Joey Lawall had three hits and knocked in two runs in Friends' Central's 7-4 nonleague win over John Carroll (Md.) at the Cal Ripken Experience in Myrtle Beach, S.C. Boys' Lacrosse Michael Major set up the tying goal with one second left in regulation then scored the overtime winner for Holy Ghost Prep in a 7-6 nonleague victory over Springside Chestnut Hill at St. Joseph's University.
February 28, 2014 |
Nicholas Sellers, 81, a lawyer, district justice, educator, and Army veteran who saw action during the Vietnam War, died of heart failure Saturday, Feb. 8, at the Hill in Whitemarsh, a continuing-care retirement community. Mr. Sellers worked as a lawyer and manager for several charitable and historical organizations, including the Society of Cincinnati of Maryland, a group devoted to preserving the legacy of those who fought for American independence. He also was a member of the First Troop Philadelphia City Cavalry, which dates to 1774.
February 7, 2014 |
WHEN THE POWER goes out, it's never a good thing. Yet when the weather conditions closed Villanova University on Wednesday, the basketball team scrambled to make the best of its predicament. "People around here were offering us places to come practice," said coach Jay Wright, whose sixth-ranked Wildcats (20-2, 8-1 Big East) host Seton Hall (13-9, 4-5) tonight. "But every time we'd say, 'OK, we'll go there,' they'd call back and say, 'We don't have power [either].' " They ended up at Haverford School.
February 6, 2014 |
ATHLETES CAN SAY all they want that they don't hear in-game taunts from the crowd, but they do have ears, don't they? Haverford School junior Levan "Shawn" Alston's listening devices were burning midway through the fourth quarter yesterday against host Germantown Academy. As the Fords broke the huddle nursing a slim advantage, a voice from the Patriots' student section cut through a rare quiet moment. "You guys remember last game, don't you? You were up big and lost. We do!"
January 20, 2014 |
Haverford School's L.J. Barlow earned his 100th career win on Saturday afternoon and the host Fords won four of their five matches at the Buckley Duals. The junior reached the milestone in a 45-26 win over Radnor. He also won by forfeit at 195 pounds in Haverford School's 57-16 win over Harriton. Also at the Haverford School: Dennis Burns grabbed a second-period pin at 106 pounds to lead Truman over Great Valley, 49-25. Dan Vossbein (132 pounds) and Dustin Stone (138) added back-to-back first-period pins.