January 26, 2015 |
The chair he sat in for an interview, the swimsuit he donned for practice, the Graham Activities Building pool he nearly crossed without surfacing, they all looked too small for Reece Whitley. Though barely 15 - his birthday was earlier this month - Whitley is a 6-foot-8, 235-pound Penn Charter freshman, and when he mingles with swimming teammates, he looks more like their instructor than their peer. In fact, these days the only thing that seems large enough to fit Whitley is his enormous promise.
January 8, 2015 |
IN THE DESERT of defense that has been the first 2 months of this season, there is an oasis of offense up in Easton, overseen by a man who recruits shooters and teaches an offense that has stood the test of time, even this time, when defense, after a one-season homage to scoring, is once again ruling college basketball. Lafayette College's Fran O'Hanlon coaches the nation's second best three-point shooting team. The Leopards' 42.9 percent from the arc is a full 9 percentage points better than the national average.
December 18, 2014
AT JUST 14, swimmer Reece Whitley is making a big splash - so big that the Lafayette Hill native seems poised to become one of America's brightest future Olympic stars. Just shy of 6 feet 8 inches tall (hey, most-decorated Olympic swimmer Michael Phelps is 6 feet 4), the teen told me he's often assumed to be a basketball player. And older. "Is he really 14?" is a question his parents, doctors Kim and Karl Whitley, hear often about their son, a competitive swimmer at his school, Penn Charter, and in the Suburban Swim League.
November 23, 2014 |
There were signs of progress for the Penn Quakers Saturday night at the Palestra. Junior guard Tony Hicks showed the extra time he put in on his passing and ballhandling during the offseason is paying off. Freshmen such as Mike Auger and Antonio Woods gave Penn followers reason to hope for the future. And overall, the Quakers showed resolve and stronger commitment to defense than last season's team. Nonetheless, the night ended with Penn (0-3) still looking for its first win, as Lafayette (3-1)
October 13, 2014 |
Ross Scheuerman rushed for three touchdowns, including the game-winner, to lead Lafayette to a 24-21 win over visiting Georgetown in Easton, Pa. The Hoyas took a 21-17 lead with 8 minutes, 44 seconds left in the game on Justin Hill's 6-yard TD reception. Lafayette responded with a nine-play, 63-yard drive, capped by Scheuerman's 5-yard score with 5:24 remaining. Blake Searfoss completed 17 of 26 passes, with two interceptions, for Lafayette (3-3, 2-1 Patriot). Scheuerman finished with 58 yards on 22 carries.
June 26, 2014
ERIN WALLACE, 36, of Lafayette Hill, owns Devil's Den in South Philadelphia and Old Eagle Tavern in Manayunk. In fall 2013, she opened Barren Hill Tavern & Brewery in the old General Lafayette Inn in Lafayette Hill. Wallace, a native of Baltimore, is one of the few female brewery owners in Philly. Q: How'd you get into the tavern biz? A: I graduated from Moore College of Art & Design and while I was there I waitressed at Cherry Street Tavern. They offered me some bartending shifts, which led to other roles.
April 22, 2014 |
Alison R. Byerly saw on Twitter that a group of Lafayette College alums planned to gather at a Boston sports bar to watch the basketball team take on Bucknell. She had already been named president of the selective liberal arts college in Easton but was a few months away from taking the helm. Byerly, an English scholar, decided to show up unannounced. "I said, 'Hi, I'm Alison Byerly, the new president,' and I sat down and had a couple beers with them," she said. Then she tweeted about the meeting.
April 3, 2014 |
Hello there In the heat of August 2007, Kim gladly accepted her friend Colleen's invitation to a pool and barbecue party at Colleen's then-boyfriend's buddy's house. While playing lawn and pool games, Kim met their host, George. "He was very funny, and made me laugh a lot," she said. George first noticed "the typical things guys go for: She was beautiful. " Kim, who teaches fourth grade at Roxborough's Immaculate Heart of Mary, knew Colleen even before they attended Archbishop Carroll High together.
December 2, 2013 |
EASTON, Pa. - It looked as if Tony Hicks was passing the ball to no one. His team trailing by two points with about five minutes remaining in Penn's 79-76 loss at Lafayette on Saturday, Hicks threw the ball away on a crucial possession. The pass might have been intended for freshman Tony Bagtas, who had slipped open at the top of the key. Instead, it sailed over everyone's heads and banged off the press table. Hicks, who committed five of his team's 17 turnovers, just put his head down and walked down the court.
November 25, 2013 |
In the 149th meeting of college football's most-played rivalry, Lafayette (5-6, 4-1) routed No. 17 Lehigh, 50-28, in Bethlehem, Pa., on Saturday to claim the Patriot League title. Lafayette, which opened the season by losing five of its first six games but has since won four of its last five, captured its first league title since 2006 and seventh overall. The Leopards also gained the league's automatic bid to the FCS playoffs, where they will be the first sub-.500 qualifier since the playoffs began in 1978.