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November 24, 2015 | By Rick O'Brien, Inquirer Staff Writer
St. Joseph's Prep totaled 283 yards rushing on 33 attempts while handing La Salle a 49-24 defeat last month. The Explorers defense, with an extra emphasis in practice on counter plays and screens, held its archrival to 139 yards on the ground on 24 tries in Saturday afternoon's Catholic League Class AAAA final. "We spent a lot of time, especially in our bye week, on those things," said La Salle's first-year head coach, John Steinmetz. The improved unit, which registered a pair of crucial stands, helped pave the way for a thrilling, 29-28 victory over the stunned Hawks before a packed crowd at Plymouth Whitemarsh.
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November 23, 2015 | By Rick O'Brien, Inquirer Staff Writer
La Salle's chance at knocking off archrival St. Joseph's Prep looked bleak at several points of the Catholic League Class AAAA final Saturday afternoon. The Explorers trailed by 14 in the early going, were burned for a 95-yard pick-six at the end of the first half, and were down by 11 late in the third quarter. But La Salle rallied with a pair of fourth-quarter scores and dramatically triumphed, 29-28, on Nick Rinella's spectacular 24-yard catch with 49 seconds remaining before a packed crowd at Plymouth Whitemarsh.
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November 20, 2015 | By Rick O, Inquirer Columnist
Here we go again. La Salle and St. Joseph's Prep are set to clash for the Catholic League Class AAAA crown for the fourth straight year and fifth time in seven seasons. The archrivals will meet at 1 p.m. Saturday at Plymouth Whitemarsh. At the same site five weeks ago, the Prep pulled away down the stretch and prevailed, 49-24, before a packed crowd. The Hawks (7-2) have won five straight in the head-to-head series and lead overall, 47-35-5. A fast start keyed the Prep's regular-season win Oct. 17. Gabe Infante's squad led by 28-7 early in the second quarter.
NEWS
November 20, 2015 | By Bonnie L. Cook, Inquirer Staff Writer
Brother Daniel Burke, 89, former president of La Salle College and founder-director of the La Salle University Art Museum, died Saturday, Nov. 14, from cardiac problems at De La Salle Hall, a nursing home for members of the Christian Brothers in Lincroft, N.J. Born in Pittsburgh, he received bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degrees, all in English, from Catholic University of America. He taught English at West Catholic High School and elsewhere before joining the faculty at La Salle, now a university, in 1957 as an assistant professor of English.
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November 19, 2015 | By John N. Mitchell, Inquirer Staff Writer
Tom Gola Arena has been a safe place for the La Salle Explorers when nonconference opponents have visited in recent years. They have held serve more often than not, and Tuesday night was no different. The Explorers deployed a stingy defense - finishing the game with 11 steals - and used a balanced offensive attack to win their 24th home nonconference game in 28 outings. They raced out to a 20-point second-half lead and cruised past Metro Athletic Conference opponent Rider, 73-60. Jordan Price, who opened the season with a 27-point performance in the Explorers' 78-76 win over Towson, scored 28 points Tuesday on 11-of-22 shooting.
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November 16, 2015 | By Aaron Carter, Inquirer Staff Writer
Father Judge senior Yeedee Thaenrat is one of the fastest and most dynamic running backs in Philadelphia. La Salle's Nick Rinella still tracked him down from behind. Rinella made perhaps the game's two biggest defensive plays in the Explorers' 27-6 Catholic League Class AAAA semifinal win against Father Judge Now La Salle (6-3, 2-1) will have a championship date with two-time defending champion St. Joseph's Prep. "I've never beaten the Prep," said Rinella, a 5-foot-9, 190-pound running back and defensive back.
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November 16, 2015 | By Joe Juliano, Inquirer Staff Writer
When La Salle guard Amar Stukes went to the bench Saturday after fouling out, the Explorers were down to their last five scholarship players for the final 8 minutes, 54 seconds of their physical, season-opening game against Towson. With Yevgen Sakhniuk - a 6-foot-7 sophomore from Ukraine who was making his debut - saddled with four personal fouls, it appeared as if the Explorers might have to go to their last available player, popular junior walk-on Hank Davis, who played in just three games a season ago. But Sakhniuk stayed on the court the rest of the way. The Explorers kept grinding, got some big plays from Johnnie Shuler and Jordan Price in the final minute, and defeated the Tigers, 78-76, before an enthusiastic crowd of 3,400 at Tom Gola Arena.
NEWS
November 15, 2015 | By John N. Mitchell, Inquirer Staff Writer
When Jordan Price had career highs of 34 points and 18 rebounds to lift La Salle to a stunning, double- overtime victory at then-No. 20 Virginia Commonwealth Uuniversity in February, Explorers coach John Giannini knew this would become a teachable moment. The 6-foot-5 guard's performance marked just the fourth time since the 1997-97 season a Division I player had 34 points, 18 rebounds and 5 assists. But when he referred to it, all he really focused on were the rebounds and assists.
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November 1, 2015 | By Aaron Carter, Inquirer Staff Writer
La Salle's 41-14 thumping of a depleted Father Judge squad might have been just what the Explorers needed Friday on senior night at Plymouth Whitemarsh High. Senior linebacker Kohler Setley, however, kept the victory in perspective. "It's a great team win," he said. "We've had our ups and downs. We lost to Archbishop Wood on a last-second field goal and lost to St. Joe's Prep. But to come out here, put [Judge] down and stay on them early was good. But in two weeks, this will be a completely different team.
SPORTS
October 22, 2015 | BY DICK JERARDI, Daily News Staff Writer jerardd@phillynews.com
NEW YORK - Saint Joseph's (seventh) and La Salle (ninth) were picked in the middle of the 14-team Atlantic 10 pack by the league's coaches and media covering the league. If, however, you are looking for reasons to be optimistic about the Hawks and Explorers this season, look no further than the preseason first-team all-league team, with SJU's DeAndre' Bembry and La Salle's Jordan Price. One player can change fortunes more in basketball than in any other sport. That two of an almost always solid conference's best reside in the city is cause for hope, as is the shaky history of preseason team prognostications, perfectly exemplified by eventual regular-season champ Davidson's 12th-place tout a year ago. Price is a stone scorer.
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