October 26, 2015 |
Mike Narzikul had a message for the Malvern Prep soccer team in the pregame huddle. The players circled him, all eyes on him. The cocaptain pleaded with the Friars. "Do it for the seniors," he said, impassioned. Like the rest of the squad, the senior center back knew that beating rival Haverford School, a team ranked as high as No. 4 in the country by one publication, was a tall order. It was something Malvern's senior class had never accomplished, going 0-8-1 against the Fords, according to Narzikul.
October 24, 2015 |
Mickey Kober yelled out for a teammate to bring Kevin Carter, bound to a wheelchair after undergoing knee surgery, to midfield for the coin toss before Haverford School's recent game against Father Judge. Fittingly, Tommy Toal, a junior who has taken over for his close friend at quarterback, volunteered to handle the gesture that stirred the crowd at Sabol Field. "Yeah, that was completely spontaneous," Toal said. "I happened to be right there, and I was happy to do it. Kevin is still an important part of our team.
October 17, 2015 |
It took three hours and three overtimes, but Haverford School walked off its field Friday evening remaining undefeated. After Dahmir Ruffin blocked a Penn Charter extra-point attempt on its third overtime possession, Eli Godfrey took a pass from Tommy Toal 10 yards for a touchdown. With the score tied for a third time, Alex DeMarco converted on the extra point to give the Fords a 41-40 triumph over Penn Charter in an Inter-Ac slugfest. The Quakers tied the game 27-27 with 7 minutes, 27 seconds left in regulation on a 15-yard pass from Mike Hnatkowsky to Cody Sweeney and a successful two-point conversion.
October 12, 2015 |
Tommy Toal missed one heck of a finish. The junior quarterback for Haverford School might have been the only person on the school's Main Line campus Saturday afternoon whose eyes weren't trained on the final play against Father Judge. Needing a touchdown to tie, Judge quarterback Rob King, who carried the Crusaders late, dropped back from the 8-yard line and fired into the end zone. Junior Aaron Hudson intercepted the pass with 33.8 seconds left, ensuring the Fords a thrilling, 29-22, nonleague victory.
September 26, 2015
A story Wednesday incorrectly stated that Haverford School was going for a record fourth straight Inter-Ac League boys' soccer title this season. Chestnut Hill Academy won eight straight Inter-Ac titles between 1987 and 1994.
September 24, 2015 |
Conor Bradley remembers visiting the Haverford School with his twin brother, Shane, when they were eighth graders at Annunciation BVM School. The boys' prep school on Lancaster Avenue, about 15 minutes from their home in Havertown, was already impressing the Bradley boys that day, when Conor spotted a bulletin board full of newspaper clippings outside the office of Mrs. Kasmen, an administrative assistant. That's where Conor saw all the words and accolades written about soccer player Brett Campbell - a 2013 graduate who now is a forward at Georgetown.
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.)