April 17, 2015 |
THROUGH the years, people have told James Stewart that someday someone was going to come along and help him. He thought about those words as he learned to ride a bike. He thought about them as he bonded with his father over cooking lessons. He thought about them as he toured pizzerias to learn how to toss pizzas. He thought about them as he lived his life with a malformed hand, a birth defect. The reality is that Stewart, 34, doesn't need help: He's adapted, he's determined and he's doing just fine in his job making pizzas.
April 10, 2015 |
When the Union return to PPL Park on Saturday still in search of their first win, they will do so with a significantly different look. Highly touted but struggling goalie Rais Mbolhi will not play against New York City FC. In his place, manager Jim Curtin has decided to start John McCarthy, the 2014 USL goalkeeper of the year, who joined the club from the Rochester Rhinos in February. "John McCarthy will be our starter and Andre Blake will back him up," Curtin said Tuesday at a news conference.
April 8, 2015 |
Brian Schnell started and ended the scoring in Archbishop Carroll's 4-3 Catholic League baseball victory Monday over La Salle. The senior second baseman put the Patriots ahead for good, 2-0, with a double in the bottom of the second. Schnell (two hits, three RBIs) then threw out the potential tying run at home to end the game. Pioneer. Andrew Bauer struck out 10 in a six-inning four-hitter as visiting Boyertown blanked Methacton, 11-0. Nonleague. Ryan Ernst drove in three with a double in the top of the 10th and Central Bucks East held on for a 5-2 win over Archbishop Ryan.
March 29, 2015 |
Life as a lacrosse goalie is not easy. With negligible padding and little time before shooters hurl the ball in a hurry, sometimes your team's fate rests on your poise under pressure. Now, imagine you're a sophomore - with little varsity experience - fighting for a starting spot at one of the nation's best high school programs. That's the situation Andrew Clark and James Rodgers find themselves in for Malvern Prep, which won the coveted Inter-Ac Invitational championship last season.
March 28, 2015 |
John Steinmetz, a longtime La Salle assistant who stepped down last month as defensive coordinator, has returned as the head coach. He was announced Thursday as the successor to nine-year boss Drew Gordon. "I really wasn't away that long," he said. "I thought about it quite a bit after Drew stepped away, talked it over with my family, and decided to put my hat in the ring. " Steinmetz, 56, was an assistant at the school for 34 years. He coached under Gordon, Joe Colistra, and John "Tex" Flannery.
March 27, 2015 |
LA SALLE HIGH School named John Steinmetz as its new head football coach yesterday. Steinmetz, who is a graduate of the Class of 1977, has been an assistant coach at the school for 35 years and served under all three of the former head coaches. Former head coach Drew Gordon stepped down on Feb. 10 after nine seasons (2006-2014). Steinmetz takes over a program that has reached the Catholic League championship game eight times in the last 9 years, winning six titles (2006, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2012)
March 25, 2015 |
CHESTER HIGH had won consecutive PIAA AAAA titles when it played Lower Merion in the 2013 championship game. The Clippers had beaten Lower Merion in the 2012 title game, 59-33, to finish off an unbeaten season. Its star, Rondae Hollis-Jefferson, was on his way to Arizona. The expected script was altered when senior B.J. Johnson went for 22 points and 11 rebounds for Lower Merion and the Aces took the championship, 63-47. Johnson went on to Syracuse, but it never worked out as he hoped.
March 25, 2015 |
B.J. Johnson, a former Lower Merion basketball standout who is transferring from Syracuse after two seasons, committed Monday to continue his career at La Salle. Johnson's father, Bobby, was a sharpshooting wing guard for ex-coach Speedy Morris and the Explorers from 1986 to 1990. "I couldn't be happier about B.J.'s decision," the Southern High School graduate said. "There's a legacy there which I think he'll eclipse. " A 6-foot-7, 190-pound sophomore forward, B.J. Johnson averaged 4.1 points and 3.1 rebounds in 25 games for Syracuse in the recently completed season.
March 21, 2015 |
A month after stepping down as La Salle's head football coach, Drew Gordon has decided to return to the sideline. Gordon has accepted the position of offensive coordinator at nearby Bishop McDevitt, where he was a standout quarterback in the late 1960s. "It's something that I had a lot of interest in because it's close to home, I played there, I've known [head coach] Pat Manzi for a long time, and I'm friendly with [president] Steve Finley," he said. "I'm excited about the challenge.
March 16, 2015 |
It wasn't the type of scene they envisioned, but when a group of bleary-eyed La Salle seniors emerged from a melancholy locker room Saturday, they were greeted by an ovation from family and friends. The Explorers had fallen, 60-59, in the Class AAAA quarterfinals to J.P. McCaskey after last-second excitement at a near-capacity Spring-Ford. That didn't stop Najee Walls, David Krmpotich, and Daniel Corr from hearing respectful applause as they left the locker room. Minutes earlier, head coach Joe Dempsey had already conveyed the same message.