August 31, 2016 |
A YEAR AGO, Penn's football team was coming off a 2-8 season, had a new coach for the first time since 1992 in longtime assistant Ray Priore, and had been picked to finish sixth in the Ivy League, its lowest projection in 24 seasons. Then the Quakers started out 1-3, which included a win at Villanova, ranked fifth in FCS. Sandwiching that were 21-point losses at Lehigh and at home to Dartmouth. Then, a program that had dropped 15 of its last 18 proceeded to finish the season with six straight wins to end in a three-way tie for the title, its first since 2012.
August 11, 2016 |
PRESEASON MEDIA polls are nothing more than hopefully educated projections and a place to start. A year ago, coming off a 2-8 season and with a new coach in longtime assistant Ray Priore, Penn's football team was picked to finish sixth in the Ivy League, the lowest it had been voted in more than two decades. So the Quakers proceeded to win their last six games - which meant going on the road in November and handing defending champion Harvard its lone loss - to get their first title since 2012.
June 23, 2016 |
Tucked away behind Mount Holly homes, boxed in by residential blocks, stands the Mount, a park on a hill that has returned to its natural, healthy state after three years of reforestation. Thanks to 45 hungry goats unleashed on the Mount two years ago, the park is 90 percent clear of the invasive English ivy that was choking out other growth. "This is the first year you can see the progress," said Johannus Franken, a member of the township's Environmental Advisory Committee, which piloted the reforestation project.
March 11, 2016 |
THE IVY LEAGUE was the last basketball postseason tournament holdout, calling its regular-season a "14-game tournament. " Now, after approving a four-team tournament for men and women starting next March at the Palestra with the automatic NCAA Tournament berth on the line, the league has joined the rest of college hoops. "I was calling former players both at Cornell and at Penn," said Penn men's coach Steve Donahue. "Something that stuck with me was what David Klatsky said, 'That the most exciting game of my life was the Yale playoff game' . . . At Cornell, we won championships and one time we won it at Brown.
March 10, 2016 |
PRINCETON, N.J. - The Princeton women's basketball team has lost seven Ivy League games in the last seven seasons. Penn won its second Ivy title in three seasons Wednesday night at Jadwin Gym, beating the Tigers, 62-60, in a game the Quakers led from late in the first quarter until the final two minutes. Penn gave up the lead for exactly 15 seconds, got it back on a three-point play from Anna Ross, the most skilled player on the court, and held it to the wire. "As I just told my players, you don't get these opportunities too many times in sports to celebrate something like this," Penn coach Mike McLaughlin said.
March 6, 2016 |
Penn's women clung to a share of the Ivy League lead on Friday night, holding off Dartmouth, 65-60, at the Palestra. All five Quakers starters finished in double figures, with Michelle Nwokedi leading the way with 17 points and 10 rebounds followed by Lauren Whitlach with 14 points. Penn improved to 22-4 overall and 11-1 in league play; Dartmouth fell to 12-17 and 7-6. Both Nwokedi and Sydney Stipanovich (10 points, 10 rebounds) recorded double-doubles in the same game for the first time this season.
March 1, 2016
PENN 60, COLUMBIA 42 The visiting Quakers put four players in double figures to rebound from Friday's loss to Cornell and remian tied with Princeton in the Ivy League race. Kasey Chambers (seven assists) and Sydney Stipanovich (eight rebounds) each scored 13 points to lead Penn (21-4, 10-1). Michelle Nwokedi had 12 and Lauren Whitlatch added 11. Devon Roeper and Camille Zimmerman (10 rebounds) each scored 11 points for Columbia (12-15, 1-10). VILLANOVA 66, BUTLER 46 Alex Louin and Adrianna Hahn each scored 20 points as the Wildcats completed their season and finished second in the Big East Conference.
February 8, 2016 |
For the first time since 2008, Penn swept the Dartmouth-Harvard weekend after topping the Crimson, 67-57, Saturday night at the Palestra. In the middle of the Ivy League victory was Quakers freshman Max Rothschild. The 6-foot-8, 225-pounder from Chicago scored 14 points and pulled down 11 rebounds (four offensive) as Penn outrebounded Harvard, 53-32. Rothschild was one of three Quakers to record double-doubles. Darien Nelson-Henry led all scorers with 18 points and a game-high 12 boards, and Matt Howard contributed 12 points and 11 rebounds.
February 7, 2016
The Past By Tessa Hadley Harper. 311 pp. $26.99 Reviewed by Connie Ogle British author Tessa Hadley takes a different path through the family tale in The Past , her sixth novel. It's an elegy, brimming with nostalgia and gentle melancholy about a way of life that's ebbing away, for its characters and for the United Kingdom as a whole. Although a decidedly British novel, The Past is universal in its appeal. Four adult siblings return for a final holiday at their grandparents' old home in Somerset.
February 4, 2016 |
I've always been fine with the Ivy League resisting the modern world, staying away from a postseason basketball tournament. That's because the Ivies, immune to the pressures of expansion and realignment, have kept a complete round-robin. All eight schools play the other seven, home and away. A winner emerges, and if there is a tie, it is broken on the court. Clean and simple. But if the schools have decided they should have a tournament - and the signs are pointing that way - here is the way they should do it. The best argument for a tournament is that it increases the odds of getting a second team into the NCAA tournament.