November 15, 2014 |
For the fourth time in six seasons, bitter rivals La Salle and St. Joseph's Prep will square off for the Catholic League Class AAAA football championship. The latest meeting between the No. 2-ranked Explorers (8-2) and No. 1 Prep (6-3) is set for 7 p.m. Friday at Northeast's Charlie Martin Memorial Stadium. The Prep, which last year broke through for its first title since 2005, has won three straight in the head-to-head series. La Salle is trying for its sixth crown in the last seven seasons.
November 14, 2014
LA SALLE PROSPECTUS It all comes down to: How good are all the new players? It is no secret La Salle will play through its senior big men, at least at the start. "We're better defensively and we're better rebounding and we're a little bit bigger," coach John Giannini said. Shouldering the load: Jerrell Wright and Steve Zack are very good Atlantic 10 players who will be expected to make an impact every game. They have help from veterans D.J. Peterson and Rohan Brown, two impressive transfers (Jordan Price and Cleon Roberts)
November 12, 2014 |
Philadelphia University had built an exhibition reputation for itself this month, taking on Division I schools, beating James Madison and taking a one-point lead at Pittsburgh before losing by 11. On Monday night, La Salle clearly took Herb Magee's Division II Rams seriously, and the Explorers looked energized defensively from the start, grabbing a quick 18-4 lead at Tom Gola Arena on their way to a 79-61 victory in the final exhibition for both...
November 11, 2014 |
After his two brothers attended and played football at La Salle, Aidan Kerrigan says it was pretty much a no-brainer to follow in their footsteps. "I got a good feel for all the school had to offer," the 18-year-old said. "I knew it would be the perfect place for me academically and athletically. " Connor Kerrigan (Class of 2012) was a second-team all-Catholic League center for the Explorers; John Kerrigan (2009) played linebacker. This season, as a ball-hawking inside linebacker and senior captain, Aidan Kerrigan has played a key role in La Salle's drive to the Catholic League Class AAAA championship game.
November 7, 2014 |
SUNDAY MARKED the last regular-season game for senior forward Kelsey Haycook, the most prolific goal scorer in La Salle women's soccer history. Haycook, a native of Point Pleasant, N.J., is the school recordholder in both career goals (58) and points (138). She and the fellow members of the team's senior class have revitalized coach Paul Royal's program, as the No. 1-seeded Explorers begin their quest for a third straight Atlantic 10 championship at 11 a.m. today against eighth-seeded Massachusetts in the conference tournament at Dayton, Ohio.
November 5, 2014 |
They say that a team takes on the personality and demeanor of its coach. If you had watched a Bob Peffle-coached La Salle soccer team for just one half, you'd have been convinced of that. Nothing ever seemed to get to Peffle, who for 28 years helped the Explorers reach the top of the Philadelphia Catholic League, as well as Southeastern Pennsylvania boys' soccer. On the sideline, he was always prepared - most of the time, overprepared - calm, and ever so competitive. And just like its leader, La Salle was consistent, poised with the ball, and not easily flustered.
November 1, 2014 |
After almost four decades coaching boys' soccer, including the last 28 seasons at La Salle, Bob Peffle has announced his retirement. Peffle, 67, took over as Explorers coach in 1987, and while the first few years were rough, he soon built the program into one of the best in the Catholic League and all of Southeastern Pennsylvania. "There is no perfect time or perfect year for this," Peffle said Thursday. "I just hope and pray that [the team members] understand that this is when it fits for myself and my family.
October 30, 2014
LA SALLE HIGH senior quarterback Kyle Shurmur was one of 45 players chosen from across the nation to play in the 2015 Semper Fidelis All-American Bowl. The East-West Showdown, sponsored by the United States Marine Corps, will be played Jan. 4 at the StubHub Center in Carson, Calif. It will be shown live on Fox Sports 1. Shurmur, a 6-4, 220-pound Vanderbilt commit, currently leads the city in touchdown passes with 26 and passing yardage with 2,238. Shurmur, the son of Eagles offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur, was also a second-team Daily News All-City selection as a junior.
October 29, 2014 |
WHEN YOU have a high-octane, fast-paced team with a pro-style spread offense and a strong-armed quarterback like La Salle College High features, it can translate to many points on the scoreboard. That was the case Saturday night, when Kyle Shurmur completed 14 of 19 passes for 229 yards and two scores in a 31-7 rout of Father Judge in the Catholic League AAAA contest at Northeast High. "We certainly wanted to finish this regular season strong and carry it into the [Catholic League]
October 27, 2014 |
With its Division I quarterback, record-setting wide receiver, and stalwart tailback, the offense of the La Salle football team is a headline-generating machine. Maybe it's time to hear it for the defense, too. The Explorers kept Father Judge's potent offense under wraps in a 31-7 Catholic League AAAA victory at Northeast. La Salle's defense held Father Judge to 226 yards of total offense and no points after a first-quarter touchdown run by Zack Carroll. Isaiah Henrich, Sean Collins, Anthony Piscopo, and Garrett Zobel had sacks.