August 30, 2014 |
Pat Shurmur recalls the countless pass-and-catch sessions in the backyard, watching his son make surprisingly crisp and accurate throws. The youngster, when it came to organized play, showed more natural ability on offense. "He's never been a good tackler," his father said with a laugh. Jon Runyan remembers the Tuesday afternoons, while at home and recovering from another exhausting NFL game, when he would test his namesake's hand-eye coordination. "I would have him run across the room and wing the ball at him," he said.
August 5, 2014 |
AFTER JOHN LIGGET retired as senior vice president of CoreStates Bank in 1987, the bank wouldn't let him go. It asked him to help keep its customers happy by playing 18 holes of golf with them at the Merion Golf Club, an enviable occupation for John Ligget, who not only played the course for his own recreation, but was an officer of the club. John Thomas Ligget Jr., who spent 37 years in the Philadelphia banking business in various executive capacities, a Navy veteran of World War II, in which he served in the Pacific Theater, world traveler and devoted family man, died Tuesday.
August 1, 2014 |
One defendant cracked his knuckles. Another's knees bounced with unchecked nervousness. Still another sat ramrod straight, looking as though the next few minutes could be his last. None sat next to or acknowledged each other, though they are bound together as participants in a nascent Main Line ring that aimed its marijuana sales at students of elite schools around the region. "It seems," Montgomery County Court Judge Steven T. O'Neill observed at one point Wednesday, "like weed got a lot of people in trouble.
July 11, 2014 |
GERALD HOWARD became the first black basketball player at Chestnut Hill Academy to be selected first team All-Inter-Ac in 1992 when he was chosen by league coaches after averaging 11.5 points on a team that shared the title with Germantown Academy. Howard went on to a distinguished track and field career at the University of Virginia where he still holds school records in the 100-meter (10.42) and 200-meter (20.79) dashes. He is currently an IT professional living in Lafayette Hill with his wife and three children.
July 11, 2014 |
Color mattered when Roger Gordon attended Penn Charter in the 1950s and '60s. And as a high school athlete, the young man who grew up in North Philadelphia was reminded nearly every day. He enrolled at the private Quaker school in kindergarten in 1956 and may have been the first black student to matriculate straight through when he graduated in 1969 and headed for Princeton. Along the way, he developed an unshakable passion for sports that eventually blossomed into a 48-year career coaching various sports.
June 13, 2014 |
Jeff Osberg reached into his wallet and pulled out tip money for his caddie. A $2 bill fluttered loose, and he tried to hand to it to his wife, Blaire. She would have none of it. Osberg's semifinal victory Wednesday at the Philadelphia Amateur Championship meant he would need to hold on to the good-luck charm a little longer. The ninth-seeded Osberg, who defeated Ray Thompson, 5 and 4, will play Nelson Hargrove, a 5 and 4 winner against Ben Feld, in the 36-hole final Saturday at White Manor Country Club.
June 10, 2014
MALVERN PREP QB PICKS PITT Malvern Prep junior quarterback Alex Hornibrook committed to the University of Pittsburgh on Saturday, taking to Twitter to make the announcement. "Very excited and humbled to announce that I have committed to play football at the University of Pittsburgh," Hornibrook tweeted. The 6-4, 205-pounder threw for 1,190 yards and 12 touchdowns last season on an offense that relied heavily on stud running back Troy Gallen (Delaware), who rushed for 1536 and 19 scores for the co-Inter-Ac champion Friars (tied with Haverford School)
June 1, 2014 |
Devon Prep's season took a turn for the worse when ace pitcher Zach Schellenger was shelved with a strained flexor muscle in early April. Then, No. 2 hurler Sean Phelan experienced elbow tendinitis. In high school baseball, where quality pitching goes a long way, that put the Tide's bid for success in a precarious position. "That's a lot for a team to deal with," Devon coach Mark Aquilante said. "We had to figure out a different way to win. We had a lot of younger players who had to step up and contribute.
May 29, 2014 |
Cameron Reddish texted his basketball coach on Tuesday morning. The Haverford School eighth grader finished his history and Spanish exams early. He wanted Henry Fairfax to unlock the school's gym. Fairfax, also Haverford's director of admissions, was not on campus. He was of little help to Reddish. "If he didn't shoot inside, I know he shot outside," Fairfax said. The coach was right. Reddish shot at the school's outdoor courts before Tuesday night's Junior All City Classic at Imhotep Charter.
May 25, 2014 |
Nine local varsity boats earned national titles Saturday at the Scholastic Rowing Association of America Championships in Princeton Junction, N.J. The Conestoga girls' lightweight four won in 5 minutes, 32.34 seconds, more than eight seconds ahead of second-place Shaker (N.Y.). The Pioneers also won the girls' four in 5:22.84. The Roman Catholic boys' lightweight four captured first place in 4:50.42, two seconds faster than Belen Jesuit (Fla.). The boys' lightweight eight title went to St. Joseph's Prep in 4:26.28.