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December 7, 2015 | By Allison Steele, Inquirer Staff Writer
Last in an occasional series Eight-year-old Zahmiere Grimes and his best friend, Mehki Hopkins, sat in the auditorium of North Camden's Pyne Poynt Middle School building, taking in the rows of children around them. They were quiet until their baseball coach passed by. Then they called out, "Hi, Coach!" and giggled wildly. Months after the end of the North Camden Little League's season, the boys still talk about baseball all the time, said Zahmiere's mother, Charlene Norman. "All summer, all they wanted to do was go to practice," she said.
SPORTS
December 5, 2015 | By Rick O'Brien, Inquirer Staff Writer
Catholic League athletic directors passed a proposal for football realignment by a 10-3 vote Thursday. The move came after the PIAA voted in October to expand football and other sports to six classifications. The league will be split into two seven-team divisions, based on classification, beginning next year. There will be regular-season champions in each division, but no crossover game to decide an overall titlist. Teams will move on to playoffs in their respective classifications.
SPORTS
December 3, 2015 | By Jake Kaplan, Inquirer Staff Writer
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. - Arizona Fall League rosters are filled with major-league prospects, and the managers of the six teams must somehow afford playing time to each. The nature of the league ensures that talented young players accustomed to everyday roles are relegated to watching from the dugout much more than usual. Catcher Andrew Knapp, the Phillies' breakout minor-leaguer of 2015, was no exception. But in Knapp's case, that's not necessarily a detriment. The six-week extension to his already marathon season provided more time outside of games to work on his defense, the aspect of his game that likely will dictate when he reaches the major leagues.
SPORTS
November 28, 2015 | By Rick O'Brien, Inquirer Staff Writer
All season long, Haverford High coach Joe Gallagher brought his black-and-red Central League championship football jacket from 1995 to practices. "It was to remind the kids of what we wanted to accomplish this season," Gallagher said. "We had come close several times recently, but didn't get there. It was time not to just come close. " The Fords achieved their goal of winning the program's first league crown in two decades by beating neighboring Upper Darby, 49-42, in a wild and thrilling Thanksgiving Day contest before 5,000-plus at A.G. Cornog Field.
SPORTS
November 26, 2015 | By the Inquirer Staff
Ray Priore's Penn Quakers captured a share of the Ivy League football title in his first season at the helm. On Tuesday, Priore was named coach of the year in voting by the league's eight head coaches. In his 29th season on the Quakers' staff, Priore became the seventh first-year head coach to win an Ancient Eight title. He was the seventh Ivy League head coach to do so. Penn shared the crown with Dartmouth and Harvard. Priore guided the Quakers to a 7-3 record and a 6-1 mark in the league to claim the program's 17th Ivy championship.
SPORTS
November 25, 2015 | By Ladd Biro, For The Inquirer
You made it. You soldiered through the gauntlet of bye-week absences, undoubtedly with the additional burden of replacing injured stars along the way. Hopefully your postseason aspirations are still intact, and you can now get back to the business of managing your roster without the random nuisance of starting backups in lieu of perfectly healthy players that just happen to have the week off. And none too soon, with yet another week of mass...
SPORTS
November 23, 2015 | By John N. Mitchell, Inquirer Staff Writer
Pennsylvania, in its first year under coach Ray Priore, completed an unlikely season Saturday at Franklin Field, dominating overmatched Cornell, 34-21, to win a share of the 2015 Ivy League championship. The Quakers (7-3, 6-1 Ivy) will share the title with Dartmouth (9-1, 6-1) and Harvard (9-1, 6-1). Dartmouth rallied late to defeat Princeton, 17-10, and Harvard beat Yale, 38-19. The title, Penn's 17th, marks the first time the Quakers have captured the Ivy League crown since 2012.
SPORTS
November 22, 2015 | By Aaron Carter, Inquirer Staff Writer
Archbishop Wood won its eighth consecutive Catholic League Class AAA title with a 35-7 victory against Archbishop Ryan on Friday night at William Tennent. The Vikings defense, led by senior linebacker Ryan Barrett, was the early key to victory. Barrett sacked Ryan quarterback Matt Romano three times by the eight-minute mark of the second quarter. "Last game, I didn't play too well against [Ryan]," said Barrett, 5-foot-11, 185-pounder. "Coaches went nuts, saying I had to play my best game and be a leader, and that's what I did. " Raheem "Speedy" Blackshear and the Wood offense weren't far behind.
SPORTS
November 21, 2015 | By John N. Mitchell, Inquirer Staff Writer
When the 2014 football season ended with Penn going 2-8, tight end Ryan O'Malley didn't know what to expect in his final season as a Quaker. "There was a lot of uncertainty, especially after the season ended with all the changes and with us not knowing what the future was going to be like," said O'Malley, a fifth-year senior who has two receiving touchdowns this seasons. O'Malley and his teammates had to adjust to longtime defensive coordinator Ray Priore replacing Al Bagnoli (23 seasons)
SPORTS
November 20, 2015 | By Jake Kaplan, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
The Phillies on Wednesday announced the signings of three pitchers and two infielders to minor-league contracts. Righthanders Frank Herrmann, Chris Leroux and Reiner Roibal and infielders Emmanuel Burriss and Ryan Jackson will come to the team's major-league spring training as non-roster invitees. Leroux, 31, and Roibal, 26, were in the Phillies' organization last season. Burriss, 30, is a second baseman and shortstop who spent last season in the Washington Nationals system, appearing in five games at the major-league level.
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