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March 24, 2014 | By Rick O'Brien, Inquirer Staff Writer
HERSHEY, Pa. - La Salle's impressive and surprising run at its first state basketball championship finally ended. With considerable athleticism and toughness, much of it gained on the gridiron, New Castle completed a perfect season by beating the Explorers, 52-39, Saturday night in the PIAA Class AAAA boys' final at the Giant Center. "I don't know if it was the difference in the game, but we certainly got bullied at times," La Salle coach Joe Dempsey said. The Hurricanes, whose starting lineup featured four senior starters with football scholarships, went 31-0 en route to their first title.
NEWS
March 23, 2014 | By Rick O, Inquirer Columnist
In its drive to the PIAA Class AAAA boys' basketball final, La Salle - a newcomer to this territory - knocked off perennial state-tournament powers Lower Merion and Chester. The last obstacle for the junior-laden Explorers is New Castle, of suburban Pittsburgh. The District 7 champs, with a football-studded lineup, arrive with a lofty record of 30-0. "They've got some tough players," La Salle coach Joe Dempsey said. "They're 30-0. The coaches have made sure their kids are ready to play every night.
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March 23, 2014 | BY JOSEPH SANTOLIQUITO, For the Daily News
HERSHEY - Their song echoed through the corridors of the Hershey Giant Center, as they danced and skipped along, locked arm in arm with each other. If Seton-La Salle was walking toward an execution, the Rebels didn't look the part yesterday morning, as they approached the court for their PIAA Class AA girls state final against Neumann-Goretti. On the other side of the Giant Center, the walk through the halls was much different. The Neumann-Goretti girls were emotionless. Quiet.
NEWS
March 22, 2014 | By Susan Snyder, Inquirer Staff Writer
University fund-raising campaigns often last years and start with a quiet phase. La Salle University's effort was to last a mere 24 hours and began with a rush. By 2 p.m. Thursday, 14 hours into its first-ever fund-raising blitz, the university had reached its goal and then some. "Donations are coming in so fast, it's tough to keep up," the university tweeted. "Last count, we've raised $38,818 from 373 donors!" The university's one-day drive, called "Lasallian Day of Giving: Spring La Salle Forward," had a goal of getting 320 people to contribute.
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March 21, 2014 | BY AARON CARTER, Daily News Staff Writer cartera@phillynews.com
HERSHEY, HERE COMES District 12! Since the PIAA moved from three to four basketball classifications in the 1983-1984 season, four times has one district competed for each championship, according to tedsilary.com. The fifth such occurrence takes place this weekend at the Giant Center when District 12 sends La Salle, Ss. Neumann-Goretti, Constitution and Math, Civics and Sciences Charter to the AAAA, AAA, AA and A title games, respectively. Here is a brief look at the key factors and players for each team: No. 3-seeded La Salle vs. District 7 No. 1-seeded New Castle, tomorrow, 8 p.m. The Explorers (23-6)
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March 21, 2014 | BY TOM MAHON, Daily News Staff Writer mahont@phillynews.com
THERE IS NO one better than Joe Lunardi when it comes to predicting which teams will make the NCAA Tournament each year. The nation's one and only bracketologist correctly picked 67 of the 68 teams in this year's Big Dance. When he's not bracketologizing, Lunardi is the assistant vice president for marketing communication at Saint Joseph's University, where he even teaches a non-credit course in bracketology. He also "publishes" a weekly bracket on ESPN.com throughout the season.
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March 20, 2014 | BY ANDREW ALBERT, Daily News Staff Writer alberta@phillynews.com
EVERYTHING was coming undone for La Salle High School. Minutes earlier the Explorers held a commanding 11-point lead over Chester in the PIAA semifinals. Now, their lead was just three, and Chester had the ball off a La Salle turnover. Just when everything was going wrong, the Explorers' junior class stepped up and made it right. Najee Walls calmly stepped to the line and hit two free throws, then came up with a steal and a layup to seal last night's 61-54 win that gave the Explorers their first berth in the Class AAAA state championship against New Castle on Saturday at 8 p.m. in Hershey.
SPORTS
March 20, 2014 | By Dick Jerardi, Daily News Staff Writer
EVERYBODY AGREED that the 2012-13 season was going to be the best ever for the Atlantic 10. With recent Final Four participants VCU and Butler new to the conference and the tournament moving to the just-opened Barclays Center in Brooklyn, the league was poised to become even more of a national factor. When five teams (Saint Louis, VCU, Butler, Temple and La Salle) ended up in the NCAA Tournament, it was obvious that everybody was right. It was a great season for the league. Still, even as La Salle was set to play in the Sweet 16 as the final A-10 team alive, the storm clouds hovered over the league.
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March 20, 2014 | BY TOM MAHON, Daily News Staff Writer mahont@phillynews.com
IT WILL, says Bill Raftery, be his first Big 5 doubleheader ever. The 70-year-old analyst, who played for La Salle from 1961-64, is working his 32nd NCAA Tournament. He will join Verne Lundquist and sideline reporter Allie LaForce when CBS broadcasts tomorrow's Saint Joseph's-Connecticut and Villanova-Milwaukee games in Buffalo. "I've been in the Palestra and done games, and I once did a tripleheader there many, many years ago, but no teams from Philly played in it," Raftery said yesterday.
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