March 17, 2016 |
With all eyes on him, Kwahzere Ransom momentarily shielded his. The Math, Civics and Sciences sophomore stood at the foul line with about 30 seconds left in Tuesday night's PIAA Class A state semifinal at Philadelphia University and pulled the top of his jersey over his face. Before hitting a dramatic game-winning three-pointer to beat Constitution, 79-78, in overtime, Ransom had missed three consecutive free throws that could have helped the Mighty Elephants secure the victory.
March 13, 2016 |
HERSHEY - The lights inside Hershey's Giant Center often shine brightest on those who have seen them before. With six mats, hundreds of wrestlers and thousands of fans, the PIAA Class 3A wrestling championships present a daunting challenge for any first-time qualifier looking to make a mark in the country's most competitive state wrestling tournament. Last year, Upper Darby junior Colin Cronin was fresh meat, and he knew it. After failing to place at districts as a freshman, Cronin posted a 36-3 sophomore record while placing first at sectionals, districts and regionals before going 0-2 in his first state tournament appearance.
February 29, 2016 |
Philadelphia Traction Co. had just cut the hours of longtime employee and Havertown resident Joseph Wagner Sr., who immediately began looking for a way to make up the lost income. His solution: selling real estate and insurance, opening an office on Darby Road and partnering, in 1930, with Joe Wilson. Fast-forward to 2015. A. Graham Wagner Jr., who joined Wagner Real Estate when he graduated from Miami University of Ohio in 1972, decided he needed a break from the day-to-day and sold the business his grandfather had founded 86 years ago. Unlike many family-run real estate firms, which "merge" with the mega-brokerages, Wagner Real Estate was sold to Tyler and Clay Wagner, Graham's sons.
February 27, 2016 |
While working for a military supply agency in South Philadelphia, Phyllis Ariano decided in 1949 to take Italian language classes in Center City. Her parents, while Italian American, did not speak the language and she felt the need to learn, said son Joseph C. Bocco Jr. In those classes, she met Joseph C. Bocco Sr., who needed the language to speak more easily to the Italian immigrants who would be looking to him as a funeral director. For three years, while he studied mortuary science and apprenticed at a South Jersey funeral home, they courted.
January 26, 2016 |
Neil DeRiemer and his wife, Karen, used to look out their bedroom windows and see a waterfall cascading over a small dam just a few feet away. Like their neighbors, they watched blue herons, white egrets, and black turtles wade in the seven-acre basin that made their East Goshen homes waterfront properties. "It was like living in Longwood Gardens," said DeRiemer, 70. "How many waterfalls are left in Chester County?" Now Hershey's Mill Dam is dry, its basin drained after it failed state safety inspections about nine years ago. And township officials are facing a decision that has languished for years: what to do with a dam that some consider a defining landmark for their small Chester County community.
January 1, 2016 |
At the stroke of midnight Thursday, a 500-pound mushroom will fall from the Pennsylvania sky. So will a jumbo strawberry, an 85-pound Peeps chick, and a giant, edible hunk of bologna. Of course, as 2015 turns into 2016, that iconic ball in Times Square will drop as usual. And other spots will celebrate their own quirky drops - a peach for Georgia, cheese for Wisconsin. But by at least one count - the one touted by Pennsylvania officials - more objects are lowered or raised in the Keystone State to count down the arrival of the new year than in any other.
December 10, 2015 |
Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane said her office will join the Federal Trade Commission in a bid to block the proposed merger of Penn State Hershey Medical Center and PinnacleHealth System. Combined, the two systems would control 64 percent of the market in the Harrisburg region, including Dauphin, Cumberland, Perry and Lebanon Counties, Kane's office said. An FTC complaint to be filed Wednesday in U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania alleges that the two systems "compete vigorously on price, quality of care, and services provided, both for inclusion in commercial health plan networks and to attract patients from one another," according to Kane.
September 18, 2015 |
VILLANOVA'S basketball team will have to replace center Daniel Ochefu after this season. Yesterday, the Wildcats landed some more frontcourt help for the recruiting class of 2016. Dylan Painter, a 6-10 center from Hershey High School whose stock rose this summer on the AAU circuit, has given Jay Wright a verbal commitment to play on the Main Line. He joins power forward Omari Spellman, who's considered one of the top prospects at that position. Spellman made his decision in February.
September 18, 2015 |
Dylan Painter, a 6-foot-10, 215-pound center from Hershey High School, said Wednesday he had given an oral commitment to Villanova and will enroll in the freshman Class of 2016. Painter averaged 17.8 points, 11.1 rebounds and 3.6 blocked shots last season and shot 55 percent from the field for Hershey. He is rated as a four-star prospect by Scout.com and at three stars by Rivals.com and 247Sports. Painter, who had Villanova, St. Joseph's, Penn State, George Washington, Xavier, North Carolina State and Rhode Island as his finalists, said he liked Villanova's program "as a whole.
August 28, 2015 |
Temple defensive tackle Hershey Walton has made 20 career starts and is a preseason second-team all-conference selection in one publication, but the redshirt senior's most impressive work has been done away from the football field. In fact, there is one unofficial team record he is truly proud of. "Freshman year I had the most study hall hours on the team," Walton said after practice Tuesday. That is significant because Walton didn't enter Temple with an upstanding academic reputation.