June 10, 2014 |
YEARS FROM NOW, when Nick Dermo is learning how to construct bridges or buildings as a civil engineering major at Penn State University, he won't be too far from the place where he earned high school baseball glory. However, as a sophomore catcher on La Salle High's 2012 squad, Dermo was buried on the depth chart while the Explorers claimed the Class AAAA state championship at Penn State's Medlar Field at Lubrano Park. Today at 4 p.m., with a return trip to Medlar at stake, Dermo, now a senior captain and first-team All-Catholic League coaches' selection, will lead La Salle against Spring-Ford (District 1)
June 7, 2014 |
Corey Neel went the distance in Harriton's 2-1 victory over Blackhawk in eight innings in a PIAA Class AAA baseball quarterfinal Thursday at Green Township Park in Scotland, Pa. The senior righthander struck out 11, eight over the last four innings, and drove in the winning run. During the fifth, with the bases loaded and no outs, Neel struck out the side. The Rams will play Erie's Cathedral Prep in the semifinals Monday. PIAA Class AAAA baseball quarterfinals With elimination three outs away, Conestoga rode a six-run seventh inning to a 10-6 victory over Red Land at Muhlenberg.
June 6, 2014 |
BAY TO can, but few others are able to say they have been serenaded on the way to the plate by a walk-up song blaring their name. At home games this season, the junior rightfielder for Ss. Neumann-Goretti High sauntered to the plate with a confident bop as the hip-hop song "Ay, Bay Bay," thumped through a speaker. "I wanted to pick that song because I wanted to say, 'This is me and I finally made it to this spot,' " To said yesterday just before the Saints practiced at 26th and Moore streets.
June 4, 2014 |
Jim Herron and Dominic Cuoci each had two-run hits to highlight a four-run fourth inning Monday as La Salle beat Boyertown, 6-3, in the first round of the PIAA Class AAAA state playoffs at Ashburn Field. Herron singled and Cuocci doubled to open a 6-0 lead for La Salle. Nick Dermo had a two-out, two-run single in the first inning. Cuoci struck out five and did not issue a walk in seven innings to earn the win. For the season, he has 66 strikeouts and four walks. In other Class AAAA first round playoff action: Spring-Ford 2, Parkland 1 - Corey Rantz had two hits, including a double, an RBI, and a run scored in Spring-Ford's win over Parkland at Eastern.
June 4, 2014 |
IT WAS MID-MAY and Dom Cuoci's distinguished baseball career at La Salle College High was all but over. Slowed by late-season back problems, the 6-3, 210-pound righthander could only sit inside his Doylestown home and watch television, ice packs affixed to his body, as the Catholic League playoffs went on without him. After the Explorers lost to Ss. Neumann-Goretti in the CL losers bracket on May 17, the only chance for a state-title run was...
June 3, 2014 |
FOLLOWING the famed days of the "Southwest Philly Floater," former La Salle guard Tyrone Garland is trying to make his jump into professional basketball. Though he momentarily put basketball to the side and had graduation at the forefront of his mind following a disappointing season, Garland is taking another shot to advance his career. Garland recently signed with 23-year-old agent Gilad Berkowitz, of Berkowitz Career Ventures. Berkowitz is a current law student at Duke who is certified with the National Basketball Players Association.
June 2, 2014 |
Ethan Trusty jumped off the back of the bus for an interview Saturday afternoon, after Penncrest's 6-5 PIAA boys' lacrosse quarterfinal victory over La Salle. A few minutes earlier, Trusty had made certain it would not be the last bus the Lions boarded this season. Trusty faked a pass and then bounced in a goal to give Penncrest a late 6-4 lead, and the Lions held on to eliminate the defending state champions at Harriton. Penncrest (23-1) will hit the road Tuesday and face District 7's Mount Lebanon in the semifinals at 6 p.m. at Cumberland Valley.
June 1, 2014 |
La Salle's Kyle Shurmur, a strong-armed junior quarterback, committed Friday to play at Vanderbilt after taking an unofficial visit this week to the school. "So excited for my opportunity to play at Vanderbilt. Thanks to all the people that have helped me throughout," he tweeted Friday night. The 6-foot-4, 215-pounder chose the Commodores over several other Division I schools, including Cincinnati, Illinois, Pittsburgh, and Temple. "He was waiting to find the school he felt most comfortable with," La Salle coach Drew Gordon said.
May 31, 2014 |
In his biggest game of the season, Anthony Russo brought his best stuff. The righthander fired fastballs for strikes early, mixed in curveballs later, and led the Archbishop Wood baseball team to an 8-0 win over Franklin Towne Charter in the District 12 Class AAA championship Thursday at Ashburn Field in South Philadelphia. Russo, who finished with a one-hitter and 14 strikeouts, carried a no-hitter into the sixth inning. Ray Lopez ended the no-hit bid with a single up the middle.
May 30, 2014 |
The La Salle lacrosse team broke into four clusters Wednesday night after its 9-5 victory over Springfield (Delco) to open the PIAA state boys' tournament. The goalies gathered in one area of Plymouth Whitemarsh's northeast end zone. The midfielders stood in another. The attackmen and defenders met, too. The groups prepared an oral report on the game for their coach, who was meeting with his assistants near the 20-yard line. "Are we ready?" coach Bill Leahy asked. The groups walked toward him. Mitch Soufleris said the midfielders failed to share the ball in the first quarter.