May 9, 2016 |
Lansdale Catholic's football program now has a wealth of head coaching experience. Drew Gordon, who was in charge at La Salle for nine years, and Chris Felton, who directed Central Bucks West for four seasons, recently joined Tom Kirk's staff as offensive coordinator and defensive coordinator, respectively. Gordon guided the Explorers to six Catholic League championships, including five straight from 2008 to 2012, and a PIAA Class AAAA state title in 2009. He spent last season as the offensive coordinator at Bishop McDevitt, his alma mater.
May 2, 2016 |
The sights and sounds at the Penn Relays can befuddle, fluster, and overwhelm competitors' senses. If harnessed properly, however, the ebullient ambience can also help athletes reach record-setting heights. In front of more than 44,000 fans Saturday afternoon, La Salle High's 4x100-meter relay team of Chris Della Donna, Winston Eubanks, Kyle Johnson, and Charles Headen rode the wave to second place and a school record in the large- schools relay. "Coming out here was awesome and an experience I'll never forget," said Johnson, competing for the first time at the Penn Relays.
May 1, 2016
Isheem Young, Imhotep football, sophomore all-purpose player. Offers: Tennessee (new), Toledo (new), Florida State, Maryland, Penn State, Temple, Michigan State. Quade Green, Neumann-Goretti basketball, junior guard. Offers: Baylor (new), Oklahoma (new), Villanova, Maryland, Louisville, Penn State, Syracuse. Markquese Bell, Bridgeton football, junior wide receiver. Offers: Mississippi (new), Clemson, Wisconsin, Maryland, Penn State, Michigan. Jon Lovett, Cherokee football, junior running back.
April 27, 2016 |
WHEN YOU go 0-6 in the city, have the worst loss in school history, finish last in the Atlantic 10, get your only true road win against Rowan, lose to Philadelphia University in an exhibition game and are 9-22, you need drastic changes. La Salle will start next season with its top six scorers returning and six new players, four transfers and two freshmen recruits. Some of those top six scorers are going to find it harder to get playing time. The changes appear to be, in many cases, upgrades.
April 25, 2016 |
Savon Goodman, a Constitution High graduate who played at UNLV and Arizona State, will transfer to La Salle and be eligible to play next season, according to a report. CBSSports.com reported that Goodman, a 6-foot-6, 220-pound forward, will join the Explorers for the 2016-17 season. He announced his intention to transfer from Arizona State last month after the Sun Devils finished 15-17. As a graduate transfer, he is eligible to play immediately. La Salle went 9-22 last year with a depleted roster.
April 23, 2016 |
In mid-March, Kevin Lacon's place of refuge was suddenly infiltrated by dread. The La Salle High senior watched as his older brother, Patrick, an assistant coach for the Explorers, walked with purpose toward head coach Bill Leahy during a scrimmage against Upper Dublin. "When Coach Leahy said, 'Kevin,' I looked over, and I knew for some reason it was my dad, and my heart dropped," said Lacon, whose brother, Liam, is also a sophomore defenseman for the Explorers. "My brother said I turned white.
March 19, 2016 |
La Salle swimmer Jake Sannem's best time of four minutes, 19.64 seconds in the boys' 500-yard freestyle led the Explorers to an outright team victory at the PIAA 3A Swimming and Diving Championships at Bucknell University on Thursday. Sannem's time broke the PIAA record previously set by St. Joseph's Prep swimmer Matt Belecanech in 2009. Teammate Joseph Vizza clocked in at 4:27.05 to claim second place. With the win, La Salle secured its fifth consecutive state championship. The Explorers dedicated their season and state championship performance to late head coach Frank Lichtner.
March 18, 2016 |
NEW YORK - Fran Dunphy has been coaching at the college level for 27 seasons. Fran McCaffery, another Philly guy, has been doing it for 19. They've gone against each other only twice. Even though Dunphy, when asked about that on Thursday, said, "It's amazing our paths haven't crossed before. " Well, at least not for a while. McCaffery, whose Iowa team will get Dunph's 10th-seeded Owls in Friday's first round of the NCAA South Regional at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, remembers things differently.