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.
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 |
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.