August 21, 2014 |
The first things customers saw as they walked into the Modell's store on Chestnut Street late Tuesday afternoon were a display counter loaded with blue Taney Dragons T-shirts and the looming presence of Anthony Townsend. "This is crazy, when you've got the security guard selling the shirts," said a chuckling Townsend - the guard. "It's definitely affected the city in a positive way. " The sporting-goods store near 15th Street in Center City received a fresh shipment of 360 T-shirts around 3:30, and general manager Paul Usher said he expected to be sold out before closing.
August 20, 2014 |
SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. - Before the Taney Dragons arrive at their assigned field for practice, Josh Lupacchino is already there, equipment in the back of his golf cart, a Mid-Atlantic team hat on his head. Lupacchino, 30, is one of about three dozen volunteers, most from the Williamsport area, who are assigned to help teams and stick with them throughout their stay in the tourney. The Little League calls them hosts, but their shirts - and the players - call them "uncles. " "Sunup to sundown, we're just here to help them out, whatever they need," Lupacchino said.
August 19, 2014 |
SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. - Scott Bandura sprinted from first to third base and Taney manager Alex Rice sent him home. The speedy catcher from Mount Airy slid safely across the plate with two outs in the sixth inning Sunday night. Philadelphia's Taney Dragons had clawed back from three runs down to tie their Little League World Series game with Pearland, Texas, at Lamade Stadium. And they were not finished. West Philly's Tai Shanahan, the next batter, smacked a deep grounder to the shortstop.
August 12, 2014 |
BRISTOL, Conn. - Gloves flew into the air after the final out. The Taney Dragons jumped up and down, pumped their fists and formed a dog pile between the mound and home plate. The joy was justified. The 12- and 13-year-olds are going where no team from Philadelphia has gone before: to Williamsport, Pa., for the Little League World Series. The state champions from Center City captured the Mid-Atlantic Regional Little League championship Sunday with an 8-0 thumping of Newark (Del.)
August 7, 2014 |
BRISTOL, Conn. - For the first two games of the Mid-Atlantic Regional Little League tournament, the Taney Dragons looked invincible. That ended Tuesday night when the state champions from Center City lost, 5-3, to N.Y. state champ Colonie, at Breen Field. After blowout victories in its first two games, Taney had already clinched a spot in Friday's regional semifinals. Now, Taney manager Alex Rice is focused on helping his players keep things in perspective. They will get a chance to get back on track Wednesday at 5 p.m. against winless Northwest Washington, the D.C. champ.
August 6, 2014 |
BRISTOL, Conn. - Since Mo'ne Davis arrived in Bristol for the Mid-Atlantic Regional, only Little League rules have been able to stop the Taney star. One day after Davis shut down Newark (Del.) National on the mound to help the Dragons improve to 2-0, she had hoped to visit the University of Connecticut on Monday. The 13-year-old from South Philadelphia is not just a baseball star. She views herself as a basketball player and hopes to play for a college such as powerhouse UConn. But the off-day plans had to be put on hold.
August 5, 2014 |
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.
August 4, 2014 |
NFL OFFICIALS worked the part of yesterday's training-camp session where receivers went one-on-one with defensive backs. Snap after snap after snap, yellow flags flew. Sometimes the offender was the receiver, sometimes the defender, but it seemed to happen on just about every play, for more than a dozen plays. "It was [every play], pretty much, wasn't it?" back judge Tony Steratore said when asked about the frequent flagging by a reporter in an information session about new rules emphases for 2014.
August 3, 2014 |
Taney Dragons coach Alex Rice wouldn't commit Friday to a starting pitcher for his team's opener in pool play of the Mid-Atlantic Regional in Bristol, Conn., against West Salisbury (Md.) on Saturday morning. But he might very well send a girl to the mound, one of his star players, Mo'ne Davis. Whether the only girl on his team pitches Saturday or not, Rice said Davis will be on the mound for at least one of the team's four games in pool play, taking place between Saturday and Wednesday.
July 31, 2014 |
Saturday proved brutal for the Taney Dragons, a 7-2 flat tire of a contest. The Dragons had not ceded a single game in the fiercely competitive district and sectional rounds, and now this loss. They were one win away from besting more than 300 teams and being crowned state champs. Amazing Taney, players from across the city and in only its second season of Little League, was not whole. Two boys were in New Hampshire on a long-standing camp scholarship. Parents, unified in the moment, agreed: This is ridiculous.