October 22, 2015 |
NEW YORK - When a team played La Salle last season, it was pretty obvious what it was going to see. Guard Jordan Price had settled in after transferring from Auburn and had developed into a lethal scoring threat from the perimeter. And on the inside, experienced big men Steve Zack and Jerrell Wright played a mean and nasty game on both ends of the floor. Jordan, now a junior, is back. After averaging 17.2 points and connecting on 34 percent of his three-point attempts, he won't sneak up on anyone.
October 19, 2015 |
Benjamin Walls said his son displayed a quiet, single-minded focus at home Saturday morning. "He wouldn't talk at all," he said. "He didn't say a word. And then, as he was walking out the door, he said, 'Dad, I got this.' " Hours later, Benny Walls' no-nonsense approach paid big dividends for St. Joseph's Prep in its Catholic League Class AAAA football opener against archrival La Salle. Walls broke free for a pair of long touchdowns at running back, and the Hawks pulled way from the Explorers down the stretch and easily triumphed, 49-24, before a packed and energized crowd at Plymouth Whitemarsh.
October 17, 2015 |
The multipurpose standout and third-year contributor ignites the Explorers with his quickness and savvy on both sides of the ball. Lined up in the backfield or slot, Rinella has made 12 catches for 212 yards and three touchdowns. The 5-foot-9, 190-pound senior, who doubles at cornerback and returns kicks, has carried 15 times for 104 yards. In last Saturday's 27-24 nonleague loss to Archbishop Wood, Rinella helped spark a third-quarter rally with a 25-yard scoring grab. His 18-yard run set up quarterback Chris Ferguson's TD keeper.
October 12, 2015 |
Archbishop Wood dominated the first half of Saturday night's clash against La Salle, with Anthony Russo firing three touchdowns passes and its defense allowing only 42 yards. But a spirited comeback by the previously sluggish Explorers made the Vikings, who comfortably led by three touchdowns at the break, sweat out their sixth consecutive victory. It took Dan Zanine's 25-yard field goal with no time remaining for Wood to escape with a 27-24 nonleague triumph and gain its first win over its former Catholic League Northern Division rival in 14 tries.
October 8, 2015 |
Frank Lichtner, 62, who taught and coached swimming at La Salle for 25 years, died of cancer Tuesday morning. The Explorers won the Catholic League Championship every season he was the head coach. The Explorers have won the last four state titles and every District 12 crown since 2009. Mr. Lichtner was honored at the school's Honors Convocation on Sept. 24. "Those of us who knew Mr. Lichtner . . . will have many stories to tell of his investment, his expertise, his self-effacing, student-focused demeanor," La Salle president Brother James Butler said in a statement.
September 27, 2015 |
As a three-time Catholic League wrestling champion, Anthony Piscopo will likely concentrate on that sport at an Ivy League school. But the La Salle senior also shines on the gridiron. With Piscopo helping to clog the running lanes, the Explorers held Malvern Prep's high-octane spread offense to two touchdowns and triumphed, 21-14, in a nonleague showdown Friday night at Upper Dublin. With the Friars at midfield on their final possession, sophomore Garrett Zobel and Piscopo, who can play either tackle or end, notched back-to-back sacks to extinguish the comeback bid. "We knew Malvern had a couple of dangerous running backs," Piscopo said.
September 25, 2015 |
Rashon Lusane has strong ties to Norristown High School. His father, Rod, and brother, Rasheed, played football and wrestled for the Eagles. Rashon played the same sports as a freshman and sophomore at Norristown before transferring to Malvern Prep. "The opportunity presented itself," he said. "Nothing against Norristown, but I would have been a fool not to take advantage of it. " It was an opportunity that Lusane created. After falling short of the required entrance-exam grade for Malvern as an eighth-grader at Eisenhower Middle School, he excelled in the classroom at Norristown, with a 3.8 grade-point average, and passed on his second try. "Academically, going from Norristown to Malvern, was like night and day," Lusane said.
September 17, 2015 |
Archbishop Carroll jumped out to a two-goal lead Tuesday and hung on to win at La Salle, 3-2, in a Catholic League boys' soccer game. Reggie Lloyd and Vito Vincent scored first-half goals. After a goal by La Salle, Nicholas Booth intercepted a pass in the offensive zone, beat two defenders and made it 3-1 with 25 minutes left. According to Carroll coach Blaise Santangelo, it was the Patriots' first win over La Salle in at least eight years. Kevin Ceno's two goals led the way in Father Judge's 4-0 win over visiting Cardinal O'Hara.
September 13, 2015 |
La Salle's Matt McDermott was able to closely watch the NFL's Carolina Panthers in organized team activities last year. That's because his first cousin, Sean, happens to be the squad's defensive coordinator. "It was a great experience," the senior two-way lineman said. "Not too many people get to do something like that. I soaked in as much as I could. " Following in the footsteps of his cousin, who previously was the Eagles' defensive coordinator, Matt McDermott is a standout performer for the Explorers.
September 13, 2015
CATHOLIC LEAGUE Father Judge 1, La Salle 0: Kevin Ceno's first-half tally was enough for the Crusaders, ranked fourth in Southeastern Pennsylvania by The Inquirer, to improve to 4-0. Midfielder Sean McCormick found a streaking Ceno, who knocked it in from right outside the penalty area 22 minutes into the game for the hosts. Steve Paul made five saves for his second shutout. Brett Werner had eight saves for the sixth-ranked visitors. SUBURBAN ONE CONTINENTAL Central Bucks East 2, North Penn 1: With two minutes remaining, Evan Vare played a header from inside the penalty area to the foot of Joey Bowen for the point-blank winner.