April 23, 2007
Here are the winners of the Penn Relays high school boys' and girls' most outstanding individual awards in the last five years. Local athletes have won three of the 10 awards: Girls 2006: Sherene Pinnock, Edwin Allen (Jamaica) 2005: Nicole Leach, West Catholic 2004: Nicole Leach, West Catholic 2003: Ari Lambie, Bromfield (Mass.) 2002: Lindsay Grigoriev, Atholton (Md.) Boys Matt Centrowitz, Broadneck (Md.) Carlos Mattos, Kingston College (Jamaica)
April 8, 2007 |
I wanted the impossible vacation: a tropical paradise but not a resort, where the beaches were beautiful but not full of bronzed bodies, and the location was authentic, not gussied up like some Caribbean Disneyland. Of course, I didn't want a country in the midst of upheaval. (I spend too much time in the Middle East.) The spot had to be affordable and easy to reach from Philadelphia - I didn't have the energy for multiple plane connections. I had just about given up looking for my impossible dream when I remembered a place I visited 20 years ago - an undeveloped part of Jamaica's beautiful northeastern coast, east of the town of Port Antonio.
December 3, 2006 |
When Lisa and I were married, we chose Jamaica for our honeymoon, even though a few horror stories made us apprehensive. Sensing this, our travel agent assured us there was nothing to worry about. We would be booked into an all-inclusive resort and "won't ever have to leave its compound. " That sounded OK, but after three days of confinement, we'd had enough. How many limbo contests can one couple take? What was really getting under our skin, though, was the condescending attitude of fellow tourists toward the staff.
November 16, 2005 |
Winslow Township senior Krystal Cantey, one of the top hurdlers in the country, will sign a national letter of intent this afternoon to run track at the University of South Carolina, one of the top college powers in the nation. The Inquirer South Jersey girls' track and field athlete of the year chose the Gamecocks over Texas, Illinois and Miami. In Cantey, South Carolina will get the 400-meter hurdler who finished second at the Pan Am Junior Athletics Championships in Windsor, Ontario, in July.
January 27, 2005 |
The Associated Press report came out of the blue. Rita Marley, in Addis Ababa, said the body of her husband, reggae icon Bob Marley, would be exhumed in Jamaica and moved to Shashemene, Ethiopia. "Bob's whole life is about Africa," she said. "It is not about Jamaica. . . . He has a right for his remains to be where he would love them to be. " I don't believe it's the right thing to do, and I don't believe it would be Marley's choice. Within a day, Rita Marley was backtracking, and the Bob Marley Foundation, which she heads, released a new statement: Jamaica would "remain the resting place for Bob Marley for the foreseeable future.
November 18, 2004 |
Lydell Sargeant, a running back/defensive back at Cabrillo High School in Lompoc, Calif., yesterday made an oral commitment to attend Penn State next fall. The 5-foot-10, 175-pound Sargeant lived in the Gateway School District in suburban Pittsburgh and went to Gateway High as a freshman before moving. Another highly touted high school player, cornerback Justin King of Gateway, committed to Penn State on Tuesday. Sargeant chose Penn State over Oregon and Stanford. He has totaled 1,600 yards and 24 touchdowns this season.
August 25, 2004 |
Jared Nathaniel Herr, a scion of the Herr potato chip empire, has opted for jail instead of Jamaica. Herr, 21, of Nottingham, reported to Chester County Prison on Monday to begin serving six to 18 months for his part in a brawl in September. In doing so, Herr abruptly ended his bid for a non-jail sentence. As his attorney put it in an Aug. 6 petition, Herr wanted probation, electronic monitoring, and medical treatment "with the ability to become a trainee in a ministerial program" - at a Christian mission in Jamaica.
August 9, 2004 |
The attorney for the son of a snack-food executive believes his client's sentence should take him to Jamaica, not to jail. Clarence D. Bell Jr. said he believed Chester County Court Judge John L. Hall erred when he ordered Jared Nathaniel Herr, 21, of Nottingham, to spend six to 18 months in prison for inflicting a "night of terror" on a neighboring family. "It is the belief of the defendant and his family that incarceration is above and beyond a fair sentence for the convictions which were handed down by the court," Bell wrote in his motion for reconsideration of the sentence.
April 25, 2004 |
Jon Drummond was at it again yesterday, posing, pouting, showing off and whipping a Franklin Field crowd of 49,441 into a flag-waving frenzy at the 110th Penn Relays track and field carnival. Drummond, the self-appointed clown prince of track, was made for such moments, and the fifth renewal of the "USA vs. the World" relay series gave him a forum that couldn't be beat. As it turned out, after the American and Jamaican factions had been heard from, all too loudly, repeatedly matching, "U-S-A, U-S-A," with "Ja-mai-ca, Ja-mai-ca," Drummond and his teammates couldn't be beaten, either.
February 3, 2004 |
Kennis Jones' football career started with the basics in front of a green chalkboard in the upstairs weight room at Philadelphia's John Bartram High. Three years ago, when Jones, a native of Jamaica, looked at all the white X's and O's drawn on that board by Bartram assistant coach Bob Stowman, he couldn't identify which were the defensive ends. Today, Jones is a second-team all-state performer at the position and he may even earn a college scholarship to play there. Since that confusing beginning, the game that once was so confounding has become Jones' passion.