October 2, 2014 |
Levan Alston was looking for his dad's old Temple jersey on Monday night, but the search through the family's West Philadelphia home was unsuccessful. Alston thought it would be the perfect complement when he announced Tuesday morning that he was following his dad's path to play basketball for the Owls. A few hours before the news conference, there it was. "I found it in a clutter of stuff in the basement," said Alston. "It was a nice find. " The 6-foot-4 guard unzipped his black sweatshirt to reveal his dad's cherry-colored jersey with the same No. 10 the younger Alston wears at Haverford School.
September 29, 2014 |
Lamar Stevens used to watch older basketball players at the Haverford School gather college offers. And he said he always wanted it to be him. "Now that it is me, it's a little surreal," the junior said. It's also starting to get busy for Stevens. Stanford will visit him at school on Sunday. Vanderbilt will check in later in the week. The 6-foot-6 small forward will visit Penn State on Oct. 25 and Indiana on Nov. 14. He has scholarship offers from Indiana, Penn State, La Salle, St. Joseph's, Temple, Villanova, and others.
September 25, 2014 |
THERE ARE some questions that seniors in high school should never have to ask. Questions that are deep, philosophical and largely unanswerable. Queries that can, if you let them, stunt your growth, stifle your ambition or paralyze your progression. However, for Haverford School senior running back and linebacker Phil Poquie, a single question and all its permutations, weigh heavily on his mind, but also spur him toward success. When civil war erupted in his native Liberia, Poquie was just 2 years old. His family fled to the United States, sent for by a grandfather who lived in Staten Island, N.Y., to begin life anew, rich with possibilities.
September 16, 2014 |
Paul Dooley went all-out in preparing for his senior year of football at Springside Chestnut Hill Academy. The strong-armed quarterback skipped playing basketball last winter to improve his skills, worked regularly with a personal trainer, and attended a number of showcase camps. Reaping the dividends of his offseason preparation, Dooley, a second-year starter under center, has directed the Blue Devils to a 3-0 start. In the rain Saturday afternoon, the 6-foot, 202-pound captain threw a pair of touchdown passes and ran for two more in a 31-14 nonleague triumph over visiting Mastery North Charter.
September 14, 2014 |
Ibrahim Kallie wasn't supposed to be on Coatesville's football team this year. The Red Raiders eyed another soccer player, who lost interest in kicking once he found a college scholarship for his first sport. So, three weeks ago, Coatesville gave Kallie a shot. Friday, the Red Raiders finally needed him to kick something other than an extra point. It just so happened that Coatesville needed Kallie at the most crucial moment of an early-season showdown. Kallie delivered. He drilled a 40-yard field goal with five seconds left to propel No. 7 Coatesville to a 24-21 win over 10th-ranked Roman Catholic in a nonleague home game.
September 13, 2014 |
The Week 3 football slate is highlighted by a pair of intriguing Friday night matchups in Chester County. Downingtown East, 2-0 and ranked No. 8 in Southeastern Pennsylvania by The Inquirer, will host No. 15 Haverford School (1-1) at 7 p.m. at Downingtown West's Kottmeyer Stadium. At the same time nearby, No. 7 Coatesville (2-0) will entertain No. 10 Roman Catholic (1-1). Last week, East overcame a 415-yard passing effort by Phil DiWilliams in nipping Roman, 40-38, in overtime.
September 13, 2014 |
George Gerhard Miller, 78, of Doylestown, a teacher and headmaster for more than 40 years, died Monday, Sept. 1, of heart disease at his home. Mr. Miller was a descendant of two signers of the Declaration of Independence - Arthur Middleton and John Rutledge, both of South Carolina. His great-uncle George S. Gerhard founded Bryn Mawr Hospital. The George S. Gerhard Society, created in 1979, helps raise money for the hospital. Mr. Miller began his teaching career at the Haverford School in 1962.
September 7, 2014 |
Phil Poquie broke off three touchdowns of more than 50 yards Friday to lead Haverford School to an upset of visiting Archbishop Ryan, 31-14. Poquie scored on runs of 88 and 56 and returned a punt 50 yards for a third score for No. 22 Haverford School. Poquie's 50-yard punt return and 56-yard run took the game out of reach, stretching the lead from 17-7 to 31-7. Samir Bullock scored twice for 12th-ranked Ryan. NONLEAGUE West Chester Rustin 28, W.C. Henderson 27 (OT): Terry Loper scored ninth-ranked Rustin's first touchdown and its final score in overtime, and after giving up a touchdown, the Golden Knights stopped a two-point conversion try to secure the win over No. 19 Henderson.
September 4, 2014 |
MAYBE THE best way to repeat a championship season in high school football is simply to return a bunch of guys from last year's team. Well, with the Haverford School returning 20 seniors from the squad that halved the Inter-Ac title with Malvern last season, you can color the Fords a favorite, right? Not so fast. Michael Murphy's squad got off to a slow start with a season-opening loss to West Catholic, 24-19, last week. But don't count out the Fords (0-1) just yet. They started last season with three straight losses, and a senior-laden squad might be able to lean on that experience.
September 1, 2014 |
West Catholic's football season started off on the wrong foot. Then Antwain McCollum used his right arm, and both his feet, to rally the Burrs to victory. McCollum threw for 157 yards and rushed for another 110, and West Catholic shook off a rough first quarter to edge Haverford School, 24-19, in a nonleague, top 25 showdown in Wildwood. The Fords led, 14-0, after one, but West Catholic quickly erased that deficit, taking the lead for good just before halftime when McCollum connected with Ahkil Crumpton on a 36-yard touchdown pass that made it 18-14.