August 30, 2014 |
Pat Shurmur recalls the countless pass-and-catch sessions in the backyard, watching his son make surprisingly crisp and accurate throws. The youngster, when it came to organized play, showed more natural ability on offense. "He's never been a good tackler," his father said with a laugh. Jon Runyan remembers the Tuesday afternoons, while at home and recovering from another exhausting NFL game, when he would test his namesake's hand-eye coordination. "I would have him run across the room and wing the ball at him," he said.
August 22, 2014 |
THE LAST TIME La Salle High entered a football season with a title other than "defending Catholic League champions" preceding its name was the start of the 2008 campaign, which sparked the first of five consecutive PCL crowns for the Explorers (Roman Catholic beat St. Joseph's Prep in 2007). Of course, after St. Joseph's Prep unseated La Salle last season, the Explorers are once again title-less. However, revenge isn't their focus, at least not yet. "With our schedule, that's the last thing on our minds right now," La Salle coach Drew Gordon said.
August 13, 2014 |
A midsummer look at the rest of the City Six: Villanova The Wildcats should start this season where they spent much of last season - in the Top 10. Villanova lost Big 5 Player of the Year James Bell and reserve Tony Chennault. Everybody else is back. Whoever the fifth starter is with Jay Vaughn Pinkston, Darrun Hilliard, Ryan Arcidiacono and Daniel Ochefu will join an experienced group that went 29-5. Phil Booth (Mount St. Joe's in Baltimore) and Mikal Bridges (Great Valley)
August 8, 2014 |
GUY RODGERS did not play basketball at Temple as a freshman. Instead, remembered Big 5 historian Jack Scheuer, the longtime Associated Press writer, Rodgers played in five rec leagues around the city. The backcourt on one of those teams was Rodgers and Scheuer. One night, they combined for 57 points - 52 for Rodgers, five for Scheuer. If Rodgers had a fan club, Scheuer would have been its president. He first saw Rodgers at Northeast High, followed him through Temple and a wonderful NBA career, mostly with the Warriors and eventually with the Bulls, Bucks and Cincinnati Royals.
August 5, 2014 |
FORMER Daily News high school sports writer Ted Silary has put together a nifty list of the top pros in basketball, football and baseball to come out of the city leagues. Silary, creator of legendary website, tedsilary.com, considered athletes from the Public, Catholic and Inter-Ac leagues to come up with a list of 15 finalists. He then enlisted the help of 22 friends and colleagues - including Daily News staffers Aaron "Ace" Carter, Ed Barkowitz, Bill Fleischman, Mike Kern, Pat McLoone and Bob "Boop" Vetrone Jr. - to vote for the "Great Eight" and "Still-Special Seven.
July 29, 2014 |
IT'S BEEN 31 years since Robert Ames was one of 63 people killed in a suicide attack on the U.S. Embassy in Beirut, but he's far from forgotten. Ames, who grew up in Roxborough, remains a hero to some in Philadelphia. A 1956 La Salle graduate, he was on the university's NCAA basketball championship team in 1954. But he might be better known around the world for his work as a CIA operative specializing in the Middle East and assisting in the development of President Ronald Reagan's Middle East peace plan.
July 27, 2014
The Temple men's basketball team will face national powers Duke and Kansas during their nonconference schedule, which was released Friday. "This is a tremendous schedule full of high-caliber opponents," Temple coach Fran Dunphy said in a statement. "We are looking forward to the challenges this season presents. " The Owls will host the Jayhawks at the Wells Fargo Center on Dec. 22 and take on the Blue Devils on Nov. 21 at the Barclays Center in the Coaches vs. Cancer Classic. - John N. Mitchell The Schedule Times TBA Nov. 14. . . American Nov. 17. . . Louisiana Tech Nov. 21. . . Duke% Nov. 22. . . Stanford or UNLV% Nov. 25. . . Penn Nov. 30. . . LIU-Brooklyn Dec. 3. . . at St. Joseph's Dec. 6. . . La Salle$ Dec. 10. . . Towson Dec. 14. . . at Villanova Dec. 18. . . at Delaware Dec. 22. . . Kansas# Dec. 28 or 29. . . Delaware State %–Coaches vs. Cancer, Barclays Center, New York; $–at the Palestra; #-at the Wells Fargo Center
July 27, 2014 |
A WELLS FARGO Center matchup against Kansas on Monday, Dec. 22, highlights the Temple nonconference basketball schedule released yesterday. The Owls also will play perennial powerhouse Duke in the Coaches vs. Cancer Classic at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn on Friday, Nov. 21. Temple also will play Stanford or UNLV to conclude the tournament. "This is a tremendous schedule full of high-caliber opponents," Temple coach Fran Dunphy said in a news release. "We are looking forward to the challenges this season presents.
July 17, 2014 |
THERE WAS A time, said Brother Gerry Molyneaux, FSC, that the Negro League all-star showcase drew as many fans last night's All-Star Game. "They used to have 50,000 or so show up at [Chicago's] Comiskey Park," said Molyneaux, who teaches in La Salle University's communication department. Baseball - and sports in general - is one of Molyneaux's favorite pastimes. This summer he has teamed up with 21-year-old communication major Tom MacLeod on a project studying films dealing with racism in sports.
July 16, 2014 |
THE CUBICLES in Sean Burke's office were quiet as the day was ending. You could faintly hear the middle-class Americans punching out after a long day's work, one by one. And as Burke was finishing what was going to be another boring day, in a dreary summer, he heard something. Bzzzzt. Bzzzt. His phone vibrated at his desk at 4:30 p.m. It was the Boston College football team. Burke careened from his workspace and minutes later, he was seen gleefully leaving the building. The Eagles had offered the walk-on junior linebacker-turned-fullback a scholarship.