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 |
ANTHONY RUSSO didn't have much time to dwell on the loss of his no-hitter yesterday in the sixth inning of the Class AAA city title game at Richie Ashburn Field. Franklin Towne Charter senior Ray Lopez had just slapped the Coyotes' lone single up the middle when freshman Jason Santiago came up next and lined the first pitch he saw right back at Russo. "I always said it looks a lot slower when it's coming right at you," Russo said with a smile, "but that one got on me pretty hot and I just tried to put my glove out. " It was either catch it, or wear it, so Russo plucked the liner near chest level and wheeled toward first, where Lopez had strayed too far. After the doubleplay, Russo responded with a three-pitch strikeout, one of 14 on the day for the 6-4, 215-pound righthander, who led Archbishop Wood to an 8-0 victory over FTC. Just a sophomore in his first year of varsity baseball, Russo didn't get the superstitious silent treatment from teammates as his no-hit bid grew.
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.
May 29, 2014 |
LIKE MOST competitors, Mike Johnson dreamed big things when he was a kid. Yet for much of his athletic career, they had nothing to do with sinking a putt on the last hole to win a major golf tournament. Or even a minor one. When Johnson was younger his game was baseball. So his dreams were mostly about hitting a walk-off home run in Game 7 of the World Series. But by the time he was a sophomore at Hatboro-Horsham High, he started to take another swing more seriously. "I got a lot better at it," he said.
May 23, 2014 |
La Salle's Zach Drake glanced at the Neumann University scoreboard before sprinting behind the net. He saw that just seconds remained in the Catholic League boys' lacrosse final against St. Joseph's Prep on Wednesday night. The score was tied. Someone had to do something, he said afterward. And his winning play - the goal that lifted La Salle to an 8-7 win - "just kind of happened. " The junior attackman came from behind the net, ran his defender into a pick from Stephen Hudak, and fired the ball into the goal with just 8.8 seconds left.
May 20, 2014 |
She had so many true and heartfelt things to say about her school, and Emily Moran's greatest worry, as she prepared to deliver the commencement address Sunday at La Salle University, was that the words would pour out of her into a shapeless pile, like jelly beans from a bag. She has always talked fast, especially among those she knows best and loves most. "They keep telling me, 'You have to slow down,' " she said. It's no wonder why. She has five siblings. Her father is one of 15, and from those 14 aunts and uncles Emily Moran has 86 cousins.
May 18, 2014 |
La Salle won five individual events en route to claiming the District 12 Class AAA track and field championship. The meet was held at the Germantown and Northeast supersites on Wednesday and Thursday. La Salle's Levi Jones swept the 110- and 300-meter hurdles. Freshman Alex Sislo claimed the triple jump. Eddie Losier took the pole vault, and Grant Jones came out on top in the javelin. Simon Gratz's Nydair Rouse was fastest in the 100 and 200. Central's Samuel Reid was also a double winner, taking the discus and shot put. Del-Val Charter rode its relay teams to the boys' AA title.