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September 2, 2014 | By Rick O, Inquirer Columnist
It was in the spring, while Mark Schmidt was watching his daughter's softball game, when his cell phone suddenly rang. On the other end was Drew Gordon. The La Salle football boss wanted to know whether Schmidt, who had stepped down as Neshaminy's longtime coach in February, was interested in joining the Explorers' staff for 2014. "He had an opening for an offensive-line coach," Schmidt said. "From there, I went and talked to my wife [Maribeth] about it. We agreed that it would be something worth pursuing.
SPORTS
September 1, 2014 | By Rick O'Brien, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
NEWS
August 31, 2014 | By Rick O'Brien, Inquirer Staff Writer
Even after a stellar opening performance, La Salle's Kyle Shurmur wanted to talk about the things he needed to improve on as a quarterback moving forward. "Numbers are numbers," the 6-foot-4, 215-pound senior said after throwing for 338 yards and four touchdowns in Friday's night's 29-7 triumph over host North Penn in Lansdale. "We can't stall on drives like we did at times. That's on me. " Shurmur, who is ticketed for Vanderbilt, connected on 23 of 36 attempts. In the first half, he was 16 for 22 for 225 yards and a pair of touchdowns.
SPORTS
August 30, 2014 | By Rick O'Brien, Inquirer Staff Writer
In gearing up for a return to the powerful Suburban One League National Conference, North Penn will open the football season Friday night vs. La Salle in the first of three nonleague contests against solid Catholic League opponents. A difficult early-season slate strengthened the Knights last year. After an 0-3 start, including a 34-7 loss to the Explorers, they won 10 straight games in advancing to the PIAA District 1 Class AAAA final. This year, after La Salle, North Penn's schedule will continue with West Catholic, the reigning Catholic League Class AA champ, and Archbishop Wood, the defending AAA state titlist.
NEWS
August 30, 2014 | By Rick O'Brien, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
SPORTS
August 22, 2014 | BY AARON CARTER, Daily News Staff Writer cartera@phillynews.com
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.
SPORTS
August 13, 2014 | BY DICK JERARDI, Daily News Staff Writer jerardd@phillynews.com
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)
SPORTS
August 8, 2014 | BY DICK JERARDI, Daily News Staff Writer jerardd@phillynews.com
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.
SPORTS
August 5, 2014 | BY TOM MAHON, Daily News Staff Writer mahont@phillynews.com
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 29, 2014 | BY PATRICIA MADEJ, Daily News Staff Writer madejp@phillynews.com, 215-854-5938
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.
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