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June 20, 2014 | BY JOHN F. MORRISON, Daily News Staff Writer morrisj@phillynews.com, 215-854-5573
ANN FORD's ambition was to see her two children get started on the kind of loving relationships that she had enjoyed in her own 34-year marriage. Her children, Sarah and Kenneth, had weddings scheduled for this month and in August. Ann, suffering from terminal cancer, was told she would never live to see either happen. But you don't want to bet against a mother's love and determination. When Sarah married Thomas Leonard on June 14 at St. Francis Xavier Church in Fairmount, her mother was there - not in person, but she was able to watch the proceedings on an iPad and was certainly there in spirit.
SPORTS
June 20, 2014 | BY AARON CARTER, Daily News Staff Writer cartera@phillynews.com
JOE PARISI was a senior at La Salle University, finishing up a practice teaching assignment at North Catholic when he was intercepted by then-baseball coach Larry Conti. "He said, 'What are you doing after school?' " Parisi recalled yesterday as he watched the Phillies in his office. "I said, 'Nothing.' He said, 'You're coaching JV baseball.' And that's how I started coaching. " Well, after 28 years as the head Explorer in charge at La Salle High, Parisi has decided to retire, citing a multitude of reasons.
SPORTS
June 16, 2014 | By Rick O'Brien, Inquirer Staff Writer
MULTIPURPOSE PLAYER Dom Cuoci LA SALLE Joe Parisi has had some exceptional two-way position players in his 28 seasons as La Salle baseball coach. For what he accomplished as an infielder and a righthanded pitcher, Dom Cuoci is right up there with the best, if not at the top of the list. Cuoci, a senior who doubled as a third baseman, went 9-1 with a 1.88 ERA and 62 strikeouts in 702/3 innings this season for the Explorers. From the cleanup position, the St, Joseph's recruit batted .359 (23 for 64)
SPORTS
June 16, 2014 | By Rick O, Inquirer Columnist
"Not No. 2, not No. 3, not No. 4, not No. 5 . . . No. 1, baby!" That's what senior outfielder Grant Latran shouted while he and his Devon Prep baseball teammates accepted their first-place medals Friday night at Penn State's Medlar Park at Lubrano Field. With a dramatic finish, the Tide nipped previously undefeated Elk County Catholic, 2-1, to capture their first PIAA Class A state championship. The winning run came in the bottom of the ninth inning, with Chris Bauers stealing third base and, after the throw from home got past Elk County Catholic's third baseman, popping up and dashing to the plate.
SPORTS
June 15, 2014 | BY AARON CARTER, Daily News Staff Writer cartera@phillynews.com
STATE COLLEGE - One day, he's driving home the game-winning runs in the Class AAAA state championship game and the next, La Salle High junior Brian Buckley is headed to the United States Military Academy at West Point to learn about life as a cadet. As far as fulfilling goals and realizing dreams go, Buckley won the weekend. The 6-foot, 208-pound Huntingdon Valley resident, sprayed a liner up the middle with the bases loaded in yesterday's eighth inning, plating two runs and pushing the Explorers toward a 4-2 triumph over feisty Conestoga at Medlar Field at Lubrano Park.
NEWS
June 15, 2014 | By Rick O'Brien, Inquirer Staff Writer
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. - Twenty-seven days. That's how long it took La Salle's baseball team to go from being on the brink of season extinction to holding aloft a state-championship trophy for the second time in three years. The Explorers, after overcoming two Catholic League playoff losses last month, showed some more resiliency Friday afternoon while beating Conestoga, 4-2, in eight innings for the PIAA Class AAAA title at Penn State's Medlar Field at Lubrano Park. After ace Dom Cuoci escaped a bases-loaded jam in the seventh inning, Brian Buckley produced the winning hit, a two-run single past a drawn-in infield, on an 0-2 pitch in the eighth.
SPORTS
June 14, 2014 | By Rick O, Inquirer Columnist
Conestoga and La Salle are back for more. Harriton, Pope John Paul II, and Devon Prep are newcomers trying to make history. In what is a first, five area teams will compete for state gold in the PIAA baseball finals Friday at Penn State's Medlar Field at Lubrano Park. Conestoga will clash with La Salle for the Class AAAA crown at 1 p.m. The Pioneers took top honors in 2011; the Explorers captured the title in 2012. In an all-District 1 state final, Harriton is pitted against Pope John Paul II in the 6 p.m. Class AAA final.
SPORTS
June 13, 2014 | BY AARON CARTER, Daily News Staff Writer cartera@phillynews.com
BRAD SCHNEIDER was just a sophomore for La Salle High in 2012 when he stepped to the plate, knees knocking in the quarterfinals of the Class AAAA playoffs. Schneider, who missed nearly that entire Catholic League season with an ankle injury, was called upon in the seventh inning in a sacrifice-bunt situation against Central Dauphin. "First at-bat pretty much of that whole year," Schneider said Wednesday as the Explorers (18-5) prepared for today's PIAA championship game. "I was so nervous, but I got the bunt down and, on the next pitch, Ryan Otis hit a sacrifice fly and we went to the semifinals.
SPORTS
June 11, 2014 | BY AARON CARTER, Daily News Staff Writer cartera@phillynews.com
IN THE CUOCI family, at least one apple hasn't fallen too far from the tree. In fact, as ultra-intense La Salle High senior Dom Cuoci dominated on the mound yesterday at Neumann University, his father, Lorenzo, stood behind the fence in rightfield barking out encouragement with an unmistakable baritone. "Oh, I can hear him," Cuoci said yesterday after his two-hit shutout lifted the Explorers, 3-0, against Spring-Ford in the Class AAAA semifinals. The Explorers will face District 1 No. 3 seed Conestoga on Friday at Medlar Field at Lubrano Park in State College.
SPORTS
June 11, 2014 | By Rick O'Brien, Inquirer Staff Writer
Once on the brink of being a spectator in the district and state playoffs, La Salle is now a win away from a second PIAA Class AAAA baseball championship in three seasons. "It's pretty special," senior righthander Dom Cuoci said. "We're fortunate to be where we are. When it happens, you really have to savor it. That's what we're doing. " In Monday's state semifinal against Spring-Ford, Cuoci, a senior righthander, pitched a two-hitter with nine strikeouts as the Explorers downed Spring-Ford, 3-0, in 1 hour, 19 minutes at Neumann University in Aston.
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