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October 27, 1997 | By Nick Fierro, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
To those who have seen Lansdale Catholic's football team over the last couple of seasons, the Crusaders' high-powered offense appears to come from many years of practice. And if you didn't know better, you'd think quarterback Mike deMarteleire diagrams half his team's plays in the dirt for friends he's known since he was 6. It certainly looked that way Saturday night when the Crusaders clobbered Owen J. Roberts, 43-13, in a Pioneer Athletic Conference game at North Penn. But deMarteleire had never met any of his classmates until transferring to Lansdale Catholic after his family moved from New Jersey when he was a freshman.
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September 11, 1995 | By Mike Olshin, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
Led by prolific passer John Algeo, the Lansdale Catholic offense has been grabbing more of the attention in this young football season. But to repeat as District 1 Class AA champions, or even go beyond, the Crusaders know there will be games when the defense will have to carry the load. Luckily for the Crusaders, that unit appears more than capable of doing the job. Just ask Great Valley. Lansdale Catholic held visiting Great Valley to just 120 yards of total offense and earned a 14-0 victory in the Pioneer Athletic Conference opener for both teams Saturday night at North Penn High School.
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September 18, 2000 | By Ira Josephs, INQUIRER SUBURBAN STAFF
Mickey Algeo held her 4-week-old grandson, Ryan Anthony, in a baby blanket and waited patiently for her husband, Jim Algeo Sr., to finish speaking with reporters. Lansdale Catholic had just escaped with a 29-26 win over visiting Phoenixville in a Pioneer Athletic Conference football game Saturday night at Wissahickon High, and Mickey Algeo had every reason to smile. Her husband's team won the game. The victory came at the expense of Jim and Mickey's son, Dan, who is in his first year as Phoenixville coach.
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April 24, 2014 | By Kate Harman, For The Inquirer
Alyssa Messina didn't really have a lot to say about her own performance at the plate for the Lansdale Catholic softball team Tuesday afternoon. The senior third baseman and captain of the Crusaders went 2 for 3 with a double, home run, and four runs batted in, but she responded with a drawn-out "yeah" and a laugh when her stellar offensive output was mentioned. The cleanup hitter's bat was the difference against Conwell-Egan, but what Messina really wanted to talk about was the magnitude of the 5-3 win in the Catholic League matchup.
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September 11, 1997 | By Joe Santoliquito, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
This time last season, Lansdale Catholic was struggling. High expectations evaporated beneath an 0-3 cloud that the Crusaders never were able to crawl from under, and their season ended with a disappointing 6-11 record. So this season's 3-1-1 start (2-1 Pioneer Athletic Conference) has been refreshing. The Crusaders have played well, with a 2-1 nonleague victory Saturday over Upper Darby for the first time in three years and a 2-2 tie in their season opener against North Penn. Lansdale Catholic coach Tom O'Donnell has changed his lineup slightly, moving senior Chris Glinski, the team's leader in assists last season, back to the sweeper position to shore up a porous defense.
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May 27, 2016 | By Rick O'Brien, STAFF WRITER
John Coppola says his late-season tear is not because of extra trips to the batting cage. "I think I've been taking less batting practice, actually," the St. Joseph's Prep senior first baseman said. "I just try to end on a positive note when I do. " With Coppola staying hot, the No. 7-seeded Hawks racked up 13 hits and topped No. 6 Cardinal O'Hara, 14-9, Wednesday afternoon in a Catholic League semifinal at La Salle High. Coppola went 3 for 3 with three RBIs, three runs, two RBIs, and a pair of walks in a contest that dragged on for 2 hours, 42 minutes.
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May 21, 2016 | By Rick O'Brien, STAFF WRITER
Palumbo Academy's Mia Van Wagenen, a native of Denmark, is in the final stages of a foreign-exchange year. She says it's been "quite the experience" moving from a rural town outside of Copenhagen to the lively and eclectic South Street Headhouse District. "It's very, very different," Van Wagenen said. "There's always people out and about and things going on. It's a whole new world. " No longer a wide-eyed sophomore, the 16-year-old set a state qualifying standard with a fourth-place showing in the Class AAA one-mile run at the PIAA District 12 track and field championships Thursday afternoon at Benjamin Johnston Memorial Stadium.
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May 9, 2016 | By Rick O, Columnist
Lansdale Catholic's football program now has a wealth of head coaching experience. Drew Gordon, who was in charge at La Salle for nine years, and Chris Felton, who directed Central Bucks West for four seasons, recently joined Tom Kirk's staff as offensive coordinator and defensive coordinator, respectively. Gordon guided the Explorers to six Catholic League championships, including five straight from 2008 to 2012, and a PIAA Class AAAA state title in 2009. He spent last season as the offensive coordinator at Bishop McDevitt, his alma mater.
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April 29, 2016 | By Matt Cassidy, Staff Writer
Striking out nine, James Kelly moved to 3-1 on the season with a three-hitter in Archbishop Carroll's 4-2 victory over host Cardinal O'Hara in a Catholic League matchup Wednesday. The junior pitcher has 39 strikeouts and has allowed only nine earned runs in 29 innings this season. Kevin Downs went 2 for 4 with a double while Chris Altopiedi went 2 for 3 for the Patriots. Elsewhere in Catholic League baseball action: Joey Lancellotti hit a three-run home run in Archbishop Wood's 11-run third inning in a 12-4 rout of host Lansdale Catholic.
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April 24, 2016 | By Kellie Patrick Gates, Staff Writer
Hello there They met in first grade at Lansdale's St. Stanislaus Elementary in 1981. Assigned to seats across the lunch table four years later, Barb and Bob became friends. That friendship grew through high school at Lansdale Catholic. They went to movies, met each others' families and went to prom together, all as very good friends. Barb, who grew up in Lansdale, earned her nursing degree from Gwynedd Mercy University, and Bob, raised in Hatfield, earned his in pre-law from Villanova.
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April 23, 2016 | By Aaron Carter, Staff Writer
In mid-March, Kevin Lacon's place of refuge was suddenly infiltrated by dread. The La Salle High senior watched as his older brother, Patrick, an assistant coach for the Explorers, walked with purpose toward head coach Bill Leahy during a scrimmage against Upper Dublin. "When Coach Leahy said, 'Kevin,' I looked over, and I knew for some reason it was my dad, and my heart dropped," said Lacon, whose brother, Liam, is also a sophomore defenseman for the Explorers. "My brother said I turned white.
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April 22, 2016 | By Matt Cassidy, Staff Writer
Trailing 4-2, Northeast's Chris Castro was hit by a pitch to begin the bottom of the seventh inning of Wednesday's Public League Division A matchup. The ensuing batter, Jordan Montero, was originally called out by the first-base umpire until a conference at home plate resulted in a reversal of the decision, because the first baseman's foot left the bag on a wide throw. Central's coach argued the call until he was ejected. Following the brief recess, Castro advanced to third on a wild pitch.
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April 16, 2016 | By Jack Goodwillie, Staff Writer
Starting pitcher Maddie McBride lasted all 10 innings of host Hallahan's 1-0 Catholic League victory over Little Flower on Thursday. In doing so, McBride was able to knock in Brigid Stermel to score the go-ahead run in the 10th inning. McBride stifled batters from start to finish and ended the game with 19 strikeouts. Little Flower's Alex Dolan, the hard-luck loser, also pitched 10 innings. In other Catholic League action: Sarah Ostaszewski went 3 for 3 with two doubles and four RBIs as visiting Archbishop Ryan defeated Lansdale Catholic, 7-0. Catholic Academies.
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April 8, 2016 | By Trevor Newcomb, Staff Writer
Joe LaFiora's first start of the baseball season couldn't have gone any better. Well, maybe just a little. The Neumann-Goretti sophomore took the hill in his second career start and tossed a no-hitter, leading the visitors to a 3-0 win over Archbishop Ryan on Wednesday. In the Catholic League tilt, LaFiora threw 79 pitches, striking out six batters. Two walks cost him a perfect game. Nick D'Amore had two RBIs and Brian Verratti went 2 for 4, scoring one run and stealing two bases.
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April 8, 2016 | By Rick O, Columnist
If only Greg Grandelli could bottle the mojo he's had at the plate in the early part of the season. The Roman Catholic senior was batting .818 (9 for 11) with 11 RBIs, seven runs, and three doubles entering Wednesday's matchup against Catholic League rival Lansdale Catholic. He went 4 for 5 with four RBIs as the visiting Cahillites cruised past Archbishop Ryan, 12-2, in Monday's league opener. Grandelli, a second baseman and righthanded pitcher, said he worked on perfecting his swing in the offseason while playing for the Keystone State Bombers and training with teammates at an indoor batting facility in Northeast Philly.
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