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June 24, 2015 | By Susan Snyder, Inquirer Staff Writer
When Crystal Delmonico graduated from high school, she had no desire for college. She told her guidance counselor at Pennridge High School that she thought she'd sell cars. Instead, she struggled with mental health issues and addiction, nearly died of a drug overdose, and spent several years homeless. But in May, Delmonico, 37, who has been sober for more than four years, graduated from Community College of Philadelphia, and now she is headed to the University of Pennsylvania.
SPORTS
June 23, 2015 | BY JEFF NEIBURG, Daily News Staff Writer neiburj@phillynews.com
THE BOOS rained down from a good portion of the 30,000 fans in attendance when manager Ryne Sandberg emerged from the Phillies' dugout with his lineup card in hand and two outs in the sixth inning. The Phillies were ahead by four runs, for the first time since May 23, no less, but the faithful let the much-maligned manager hear it. They wanted 25-year-old lefthander Adam Morgan to have a chance to get out of a jam in his first major league appearance, but Sandberg had other ideas.
NEWS
June 22, 2015 | By Allison Steele, Inquirer Staff Writer
First in an occasional series. Anthony Player crossed Erie Street, holding his 5-year-old son's hand as the baseball diamonds at North Camden's Pyne Poynt Park came into view. Giovanni was starting to wilt after walking more than a mile from Camden's City Hall under the hot midday sun, but he perked up at the sight of the field. "You be proud of yourself," Player, 33, urged Giovanni as they walked together amid a sea of children dressed in the brightly colored uniforms of the North Camden Little League for last weekend's opening-day parade.
NEWS
June 12, 2015 | By Phil Anastasia, Inquirer Staff Writer
In February 2013, the 66 members of the West Jersey Football League voted overwhelmingly to deny the Cape-Atlantic League's effort to join the superconference for the 2014 season. The tally was 50-14, with one abstention. On Thursday, the WJFL announced that it will accept the Cape-Atlantic League for the 2016 season. The vote was a landslide again, this time in favor: 55-11. "The climate of football in New Jersey has changed," Ewing athletic director Bud Kowal, the president of the WJFL, said of the almost complete reversal of sentiment in little more than two years.
NEWS
June 6, 2015 | By Bonnie L. Cook, Inquirer Staff Writer
Edwin Rothman of Elkins Park, former director of the Pennsylvania Economy League in Philadelphia, died Thursday, May 28, of heart failure at Abington Memorial Hospital. He had been ill for a short time. His family declined to release his age. As director of the Economy League's Eastern Division from 1972 to 1983, and research director before that, Dr. Rothman was an influential civic leader in Philadelphia. He had joined the nonprofit group in 1955 and wrote numerous reports that influenced government policy.
NEWS
May 28, 2015 | By Aaron Carter, Inquirer Staff Writer
Sometimes even superheroes need pep talks. That's why Franklin Towne Charter sophomore catcher Jason Santiago walked out to the mound in the seventh inning of the Public League championship game Tuesday night at Campbell's Field. His senior ace was one strike away from making history, and Santiago had a question for him. "I asked him, 'How do you want to be remembered?' " Santiago recalled. Steve Callahan didn't need to hear much else. With a man on first and the Coyotes clinging to a 9-7 lead, Callahan's next pitch got Giovanni Ortega to line out, and the Coyotes became the first charter school to win the Public League title.
NEWS
May 25, 2015 | By Rick O'Brien, Inquirer Staff Writer
After a nail-biting conclusion to Catholic League baseball final, Archbishop Wood skipper Jim DiGuiseppe Jr. ripped an imaginary monkey off his father's back during an on-field celebration. Before handing over the reins to his son in 2012 and staying on as an assistant, Jim DiGuiseppe Sr. guided the squad for 17 years without capturing the first-place hardware. After three more seasons of frustration for the father-son duo, the Vikings ended a 22-year drought Saturday afternoon by holding off a late Neumann-Goretti rally and triumphing, 3-2, under sunny skies at Immaculata University.
SPORTS
May 18, 2015 | By Bob Brookover, Inquirer Columnist
The Phillies' double-A Reading affiliate has a rotation of top prospects as well as centerfielder Roman Quinn on the roster, and Inquirer columnist Bob Brookover was on the recently completed road trip with the team. This is the third in a series of stories about the Fightin Phils. ERIE Pa. - Being a baseball lifer in the big leagues is one thing. Being a baseball lifer in the minor leagues is something else entirely. Just ask Dusty Wathan and Dave Lundquist, the primary caretakers of the Phillies' prospects playing this season at double-A Reading.
NEWS
May 9, 2015 | By Mark Macyk, Inquirer Staff Writer
It took until the bottom of the sixth inning Thursday for Gateway's softball team to take the lead for good in its 9-8 victory over Haddon Township. The Gators had waited even longer for what came next. Kennedy Whalen struck out 12 in the victory, which clinched Gateway's first Colonial Patriot title in 22 years. Alex Astorga and Melissa Palmer both finished 2 for 3 with two runs and an RBI. In other Colonial Conference action: Nikki Little drove in a pair of runs to help Sterling secure an 8-0 home win over Overbrook.
SPORTS
May 6, 2015 | By Jake Kaplan, Inquirer Staff Writer
ATLANTA - While he rehabilitated from the Tommy John surgery that ended his 2013 season after just two starts, Chad Billingsley said he could somewhat envision the day of his return to the mound. But when he tore his flexor tendon while he was on the comeback trail, Billingsley questioned whether he would ever get back. "And here I am right now," he said with a big smile Monday afternoon at Turner Field, "taking the field [Tuesday] and pitching on a big-league mound. " More than two years since his last major-league start, Billingsley will officially complete his long road back from consecutive elbow surgeries Tuesday night against the Braves.
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