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October 15, 1992 | By David T. Shaw, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
For the twelfth straight year, Kennett students scored higher on the Scholastic Aptitude Tests than the national average. That comes in spite of an 18.1 percent increase of students taking the test. "What you hear usually is that scores go down with more people taking the test," said Jerry Commarata, the district's director of secondary education. More and more Kennett students are taking the tests because more are going to college, he said. "Basically we have 70 percent of our kids taking the test now, the highest ever, and here they scored one of the highest scores ever at Kennett.
SPORTS
August 3, 2001 | By Todd Zolecki INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
It was no coincidence. Just about the time Kennett learned it would play Spring City in the Region 3 American Legion tournament, it knew it would pitch Scott Grimes. It only made sense. Grimes, the Colts' No. 3 starter, had pitched against Spring City in the teams' two regular-season meetings this summer. He won both games. He made it 3 for 3 yesterday at Roslyn Park, pitching seven-plus innings in Kennett's 8-1 victory. He allowed just five hits and struck out 10. He walked seven batters, but four of those were among the final six batters he faced.
SPORTS
March 25, 2007 | By Chris Goldberg FOR THE INQUIRER
It was the perfect script for revenge for the West Chester Henderson ice hockey team. The Warriors, swept in two games in their league finals weeks earlier, stunned top-seeded Kennett, 4-2, yesterday to claim their first Class A Flyers Cup championship at Ice Line in West Chester. Alex Cottle scored one goal and added two assists while sophomore goalie Rob Mattern (29 saves) earned Flyers Cup most-valuable-player honors for Henderson (18-5-2). The Warriors advance to the state championship April 7 against Penguins Cup winner Freeport at Ice Works in Aston.
NEWS
May 4, 2014 | By Kate Harman, For The Inquirer
Brooke Harner's motivation was simple: She did not want to face the top of the West Chester Rustin lineup again. Not Anna Steinmetz. Not Caela Abadie, and not Elaina DiPrimio. Harner had already faced the dangerous trio three times Friday afternoon, so the senior pitcher for the Kennett softball team made sure she took care of business before she saw the three again in the top of the seventh inning. Harner recorded the first out on a ground ball to third and followed that with two strikeouts, retiring the side.
NEWS
November 9, 1987 | By Ray Doyle, Special to The Inquirer
The Kennett Blue Demons had to overcome both fatigue and the Octorara Braves before emerging as the Distict 1 Class AA volleyball champions last Monday night. The Demons will represent the district in the state championship tournament, scheduled Friday at Shippensburg University. Kennett, playing at home, took the long route to victory in the double- elimination tournament, which lasted 7 1/2 hours. The Demons, after defeating Oxford, 15-13, 15-12, lost their first meeting of the night with Octorara, 15-12, 13-15, 6-15.
SPORTS
February 10, 2010 | By Don Beideman INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Scott Green, the offensive coordinator the last four seasons for Mike Ricci's successful football program at Garnet Valley, has been named the head coach at Kennett. Green succeeds Jim Donato, who earlier was named athletic director at Coatesville. Great Valley, which has a football coaching vacancy because Gary Phillips' contract was not renewed, expects to name his replacement next week. According to athletic director Russ Wren, there are three finalists for the position. At Kennett, the 36-year old Green inherits a team that was 4-7 last season.
NEWS
January 10, 1989 | By Ray Doyle, Special to The Inquirer
The Kennett Blue Demons served notice on Wednesday that they are again the team to beat in the Southern Chester County League title race. The defending champions opened league play with an impressive 60-39 win over the host Unionville Indians. In Wednesday's other action, host Octorara got off to a good start in SCCL play with convincing 67-33 win over Garnet Valley, and Avon Grove took a 53-46 win over visiting Bishop Shanahan. Oxford, scheduled for a nonleague game with West Chester Henderson, will not play a varsity schedule this season.
NEWS
February 29, 1988 | By Ron Kasznel, Special to The Inquirer
Kennett extended its winning streak to 18 and clinched its second straight Southern Chester County League girls' basketball championship last week, defeating the Bishop Shanahan Eagles, 68-50. Bishop Shanahan had reached Wednesday's championship game after traveling to Unionville on Monday and winning a semifinal match, 49-34. For Shanahan, the victory avenged a 64-55 regular-season defeat at the hands of Unionville only four days earlier. "The last time we played them, we were a little flat," Shanahan coach Kevin Anderson said of Unionville.
SPORTS
October 24, 2006 | By Rick O'Brien INQUIRER SUBURBAN STAFF
Stuart Ross is expected to be named the new boys' basketball coach at Kennett. Ross, 29, has been recommended for the position by Kennett principal Wesley McDowell and athletic director Jeff Thomas. His hiring is pending approval at next month's school board meeting. "I'm very excited," Ross said. "I've been working toward this since I graduated college. " For the last four seasons, Ross served as an assistant to Dick DeLaney at West Chester University. Before that, he spent two years as an assistant at Glen Mills.
SPORTS
April 7, 2000 | By Todd Zolecki, INQUIRER SUBURBAN STAFF
Just like his older brother Jamie, Kennett third baseman Ryan Cunningham has waited until his senior season to show his considerable skills at the plate. The Blue Demons are more than happy that he has. Cunningham went 3 for 4 yesterday in Kennett's 4-3 extra-inning victory over Garnet Valley. His three-run home run in the first inning gave the Blue Demons a 3-0 lead, and his RBI double in the eighth inning drove in the winning run. "That's not my usual day," Cunningham said.
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May 9, 2016 | By Kathy Boccella, Staff Writer
John-Paul Dean wasn't supposed to compete in the April 19 meet to clinch a ChesMont League American Division track and field championship for Kennett High School unless he absolutely had to. The day before, the 18-year-old senior had struggled to get through practice following three days of chemotherapy at A.I. duPont Hospital for Children. His doctors wanted him to rest whenever possible. That was a bitter pill for John-Paul, a team captain. Kennett hadn't won the championship in a quarter century, but had gotten close for three years running.
NEWS
February 19, 2016 | By Michaelle Bond, Staff Writer
The 9,000 residents of a southern Chester County town will soon have a park of their own. Kennett Township officials said Wednesday that they would create the first municipally owned park within the township's 19 square miles. Two other parks in the township, one of which is partly in Kennett Square, are owned by other entities. "We're so excited," said Lisa Moore, Kennett Township manager. Kennett is one of the last townships in the county without its own municipal park, according to the county's Department of Open Space Preservation.
REAL_ESTATE
February 8, 2016
Population: 6,151 (2014) Median household income: $63,328 (2013) Area: 1.07 square miles Settlements in the last three months: 3 Homes for sale: 43 Average days on market: 50 Median sale price: $273,000 Housing stock: 2,084 units with a growing number of new townhouses and apartments School district: Kennett Consolidated SOURCES: U.S. Census Bureau; Borough of Kennett Square; Rory Burkhart, Keller Williams Real Estate;...
REAL_ESTATE
January 18, 2016 | By Alan J. Heavens, REAL ESTATE WRITER
It has been more than 80 years since an Italian immigrant named John Pia moved his family from California to Chester County and began growing mushrooms as a sharecropper. Four generations later, the Pias - specifically, Michael Pia Jr., John's great-grandson - are planting more than mushrooms in the soil of Kennett Square at the edge of Kennett Township. Their South Mill Mushroom Sales Inc. is the third-largest in the country, producing 1.3 million pounds a week, Pia said. Kaolin Mushroom Farms, their compost supply operation, serves mushroom growers.
NEWS
December 3, 2015 | By Jacob Adelman, Inquirer Staff Writer
The buyer of the Frankford Chocolate Factory site at 2101 Washington Ave. paid $7.8 million for the 100,000-square-foot property, according to records filed with the city. Kennett Square-based 2101 Washington Real Estate L.P. closed on the 126-year-old industrial building and surrounding land on Nov. 6, according to the filings. The group is exploring its options for developing the site, vice president Jacob Ketcham said Tuesday. The property had been purchased in 2007 by the late New York property mogul Truong Dinh Tran's Alphonse Hotel Corp.
NEWS
October 9, 2015 | By Justine McDaniel, Inquirer Staff Writer
Two months after being accused of cutting a secret retirement deal with the police chief, the supervisors in a Chester County township agreed to settle a lawsuit over the deal and comply with transparency laws in the future. At a meeting Wednesday night, Kennett Township supervisors approved a court stipulation to that effect, saying its nondisclosure agreements are subject to the state's Sunshine Act. It effectively ends a lawsuit filed in July by resident Michael Hammon contending Kennett Township supervisors had violated the Sunshine law by signing a retirement pact with former Chief Albert McCarthy without publicly discussing or voting on it. Under the deal made May 7, McCarthy was to continue receiving his salary through Oct. 1 - which the lawsuit alleged would have cost about $45,000 - and agreed that he would not rescind his retirement.
SPORTS
September 18, 2015 | By Rick O'Brien, Inquirer Columnist
Jon Jon Roberts has started to put the finishing touches on a record-setting career at West Chester East. If he duplicates last season's performance, the quick-footed and strong-armed quarterback will close with about 6,800 passing yards and 2,300 rushing yards. With 5,770 passing yards, Roberts ranks ninth on the state's all-time passing list. Pat Devlin, who starred at Downingtown East, holds the record with 8,162 yards. Ex-La Salle standout Brett Gordon is second with 6,837. "It'd be nice to pass Devlin's number," said Roberts, a fourth-year starter.
NEWS
July 31, 2015 | By Justine McDaniel, Inquirer Staff Writer
Residents questioned township supervisors in a Chester County township Wednesday night, at a special meeting called to address allegations that officials made a secret deal to keep paying the longtime police chief after he retired. In a lawsuit filed last week against Kennett Township and the former chief, Albert McCarthy, Michael Hammon contends the supervisors signed a retirement pact with McCarthy on May 7, but never publicly discussed or voted on it, violating Pennsylvania's Sunshine Act. Supervisors and their legal counsel would not answer questions Wednesday about whether the agreement violated the Sunshine Act or why the agreement was not approved at a board meeting.
SPORTS
September 23, 2014 | By Rick O, Inquirer Columnist
Ryan Hubley spent much of the weekend receiving congratulatory texts, phone calls, and Twitter and Facebook messages. All the attention was deserved, as the senior wide receiver from Oxford set a new single-game state record while making seven touchdown catches in a thrilling, 53-47 triumph over host Kennett in a Ches-Mont League American Conference opener Friday night. Five of his seven scores came in the opening 24 minutes. "They started out by putting a linebacker on me and never really changed until they added a safety over the top toward the end of the game," Hubley said.
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