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March 29, 2015 | By Aaron Carter, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
SPORTS
March 28, 2015 | By Rick O'Brien, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
SPORTS
March 27, 2015 | Staff Report
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)
SPORTS
March 25, 2015 | BY DICK JERARDI, Daily News Staff Writer jerardd@phillynews.com
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.
SPORTS
March 25, 2015 | By Rick O'Brien, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
SPORTS
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.
SPORTS
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.
SPORTS
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.
NEWS
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.
SPORTS
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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