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March 21, 2015 | By Rick O'Brien, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
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March 16, 2015 | By Aaron Carter, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
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March 16, 2015 | The Inquirer Staff
La Salle continued its dominance in the pool Saturday, clinching its fourth straight team title at the PIAA Swimming and Diving Championships at Bucknell University. The Explorers came into Saturday with a 28-point lead over Upper St. Clair. A strong performance on the final day of events gave La Salle a big boost. The Explorers finished with 302 points, while Upper St. Clair finished with 221. The icing on the cake for the Explorers was their first-place finish in the 400-yard freestyle relay.
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March 15, 2015 | By Nick Carroll, Inquirer Staff Writer
Bobby Kiefer turned to his left and looked to head up ice. The Downingtown East senior took two strides before losing an edge. Instead of trying to regain his balance, Kiefer threw both arms forward and slid on his stomach. This was as good a way as any to celebrate a Flyers Cup championship. Earlier, he had slammed home a one-timer to give East a two-goal lead with less than four minutes to go and sealed a 4-1 win over North Penn Friday night in the Flyers Cup Class AA final at Hatfield Ice Arena.
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March 15, 2015 | The Inquirer Staff
When Michael Jensen finished the 200-yard freestyle Friday night at Bucknell University, the Upper Dublin junior didn't just come up with a win at the PIAA Class AAA boys' swimming and diving championships. He became the state's record-holder. Jensen finished in 1 minute, 35.31 seconds, topping St. Joseph's Prep's Matthew Belecanech's record time of 1:36.05 set in 2009. In the 200 individual medley, Hatboro-Horsham's Michael Thomas came in first, finishing in 1:44.50. La Salle's Greg Brocato also claimed a first-place finish, winning the 50 freestyle in 20.27.
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March 15, 2015 | By Andrew Albert, PHILLY.COM
NEW YORK - La Salle coach John Giannini looked up at the high-definition scoreboard at the Barclays Center to see if it was true, but he already knew. The clock was all zeros, and time had run out on his Explorers' season because of a driving, off-balance layup by Atlantic Ten player of the year Tyler Kalinoski. Davidson had come all the way back from an 18-point deficit Friday to stun La Salle in the A-10 quarterfinals, 67-66. "I was surprised that shot went in," Giannini said. "I thought that we had them out of rhythm a little bit and it looked like the ball was thrown toward the rim and not shot as well as they normally do, and it just kind of took a couple of bounces and went in. " The Explorers held a large lead for most of the first half thanks to their seniors.
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March 14, 2015 | By Marc Narducci, Inquirer Staff Writer
NEW YORK - La Salle shrugged off a rough start against a Massachusetts team that seemed to have its number, but the Explorers kept their basketball season alive. Ninth-seeded La Salle trailed by as many as nine points in the first half, but sophomore guard Jordan Price finished with 28 points to spark a 76-69 victory over the eighth-seeded Minutemen in the second round of the Atlantic Ten tournament Thursday at the Barclays Center. The Explorers (17-15) will meet top-seeded Davidson in a quarterfinal Friday at noon.
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March 13, 2015 | By John N. Mitchell, Inquirer Staff Writer
La Salle coach John Giannini has always said that any team can beat another in the Atlantic Ten. "For some reason, people don't want to believe me when I say this, but every game in our league is a 50-50 game," Giannini said. "Everyone has good players, good coaches. Sure, some teams have won more games than others, but there are no sure wins or losses in this league, ever. " The ninth-seeded Explorers (16-15, 8-10) will have the opportunity to begin proving their coach's theory Thursday at noon at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn when they open play in the A-10 tournament against No. 8 seed UMass (17-14, 10-8)
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March 13, 2015 | BY JEFF NEIBURG, For the Daily News
ONE GAME can do a lot to the psyche of a college athlete. At least that's what La Salle is hoping proves true as it begins play in the Atlantic 10 Tournament today at Brooklyn's Barclays Center. The ninth-seeded Explorers tip off with No. 8 Massachusetts at noon. And they're hoping the game that preceded it has a lot of affect on today's outcome and beyond. That game, of course, is La Salle's 55-53 victory Saturday over second-seeded Dayton - a team that was just outside the Top 25 last week - on Senior Night at Tom Gola Arena.
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March 9, 2015 | By John N. Mitchell, Inquirer Staff Writer
In the four losses leading up to his team's regular-season finale Saturday against Dayton, La Salle coach John Giannini figured he knew what the missing element was. "We've been playing tough but not as tough as some of the people we lost to," Gianni said. "We've got to find the 'er.' We've been tough but we needed to be tough er . We needed to make those extra plays, we needed to consistently defend. Today we were able to do that against a really good team and beat them. " La Salle (16-15, 8-10 A-10)
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