April 7, 2010 |
When David M. Rodriguez was a senior at West Chester Henderson High School, one of his teachers wrote in a recommendation letter for West Point: "He has trouble responding to authority in school. But if you can break him of that, he will be an outstanding leader. " On Tuesday, with three stars glistening from each shoulder, the No. 2 American general in Afghanistan returned to his alma mater to be inducted into its hall of fame. Rodriguez, 55, was honored as the superachiever he has become.
April 5, 2010 |
There was a time when Gordon Hayward roamed the halls at Brownsburg (Ind.) High School as a 5-foot-11 freshman and considered whether he should give up basketball to focus on tennis. Then, however, it was as if someone in the great basketball beyond decided he wanted to keep Hayward a hoop guy. Hayward spurted to 6-4 as a sophomore, 6-7 as a junior and 6-8 by the time he was a senior. "It was kind of a weird feeling and you don't really realize it when you're growing," Hayward said Sunday.
February 27, 2010 |
What do goalies Dominik Hasek, Tim Thomas and Craig Anderson have in common with the Flyers' Michael Leighton? All were late bloomers. Hasek, of course, became one of the NHL's elite netminders during a sensational 16-year career. He didn't become a starter until he was 28. Anderson, 28, never became a No. 1 goalie until this season with Colorado, and Boston's Thomas wasn't a full-time No. 1 goalie until he was 32. And, now, along comes Leighton, 28, who has played beyond expectations ever since the Flyers claimed him off reentry waivers from Carolina on Dec. 15. Pressed into action because of two different injuries to Ray Emery, Leighton is 12-3-1 with a 2.19 goals-against average and .925 save percentage with the Flyers.
February 26, 2010 |
Antonio "Scoop" Jardine and Rick Jackson were freshmen at St. John Neumann High when they announced they were going to play basketball at the same college. Jardine said their coach, Carl Arrigale, "looked at us like we were crazy. " That's because Arrigale knew that Jardine's and Jackson's ninth-grade naivete would be replaced by the reality that package deals are a rarity in big-time college basketball. "It was a nice idea, something to shoot for, but I thought finding a team that liked both of them and needed both of them would be a stretch," Arrigale said.
November 26, 2009 |
Nuns tossed Marque Allen out of grade school for misbehavior, and high school teachers told him he wasn't "college material. " But Glassboro State College biology professor Richard Meagher saw something else: a future doctor. "He saw something in me at the time when I did not," said Allen, now the foot and ankle physician for the NBA's San Antonio Spurs. "His vision and the opportunities he presented to me changed my future. " Yesterday, Allen, 43, who grew up in Lindenwold, donated $100,000 to start a scholarship in Meagher's name at the new Cooper Medical School of Rowan University.
September 12, 2008 |
Sam Phillips sings torch songs: Her imagistic lyrics crackle with flames, incinerators and heat, and they tell succinct tales of tortured emotions and of getting burned by love. "I detected fire in myself before the flame that burned it all to the ground," she sings on the recent Don't Do Anything. In the third chapter of her career, Phillips has become a master of resignation and of terse, poetic details. She began recording for Christian labels in the mid-'80s under her given-name, Leslie Phillips; then, with the help of her producer/husband T Bone Burnett, she turned to baroque pop in a series of acclaimed albums, including the aptly titled Omnipop.
November 8, 2006 |
Dave Telep, who runs a college basketball recruiting service, Scout.com, said he spent much of last winter kicking himself over a couple of evaluations he had made several years earlier. He had failed to put an eventual Gonzaga star, Adam Morrison, and a future Louisiana State star, Tyrus Thomas, among the top 100 players of their respective high school classes. In last June's NBA draft, Morrison was selected third and Thomas fourth, but months before, "I was literally getting more and more upset with myself," Telep said.
August 9, 2006 |
Recently I reached the ripe old age of 75, and I found to my surprise that the world continued to turn on its axis. My own little world is spinning a bit more slowly, but then, it has been losing speed for some time. That I continue to move at all is the awesome fact that delights me. I can remember when I was a child of about 8 and my friend's grandmother turned 60. This lady had come to America from Russia with her husband and four children and had made a home in a land whose language she didn't speak and whose customs she didn't comprehend.
June 25, 2005 |
Hakim Warrick said he thought briefly about turning pro after his sophomore season at Syracuse, which ended with an NCAA championship. He thought seriously about entering the NBA draft after his junior season, but pulled back at the last moment. Warrick, who started his high school career at Philadelphia's University City High before playing at Friends' Central his final two years, said he had no regrets about being a rarity in college basketball - a standout who stayed in school for four years.
May 15, 2004 |
St. Joseph's Prep senior Mike Glynn was a slow study when it came to lacrosse. A quick learner in class, Glynn let the stick sport simmer as he watched his younger brother, Pat, play for the Radnor Youth League. Glynn sometimes thought about lacrosse as he raced up and down basketball courts and swam the breaststroke as a grade-school student. Then, one day, he acted on his fantasy. "After four years of watching Pat and going to his games, I wanted to try it myself," Glynn said.