May 8, 2014 |
Dan Grandieri is enjoying his final days at Malvern Prep, as evidenced by his free-swinging approach at the plate and the long locks flowing out of his cap. "I haven't cut my hair since September," the 18-year-old said. "It's my last year of high school. You have to do something like this at least once in your life, right?" With the laid-back Grandieri contributing two hits, the Friars (20-5 overall) took a big step toward earning their fourth consecutive Inter-Ac League baseball title by defeating Penn Charter, 7-5, Tuesday afternoon in East Falls.
May 3, 2014 |
Traffic congestion and the possibility of losing a small-town feel are among Malvern residents' concerns about the development projects popping up in their one-stoplight town. Added to those long-term fears is an immediate annoyance for residents in a handful of houses behind the new Eastside Flats mixed-use buildings on East King Street. Lights from the parking garage, they say, shine into their homes at night. "It's like somebody having a spotlight on their house," said Mayor David Burton.
April 17, 2014 |
There aren't many easy days on the Inter-Ac League boys' lacrosse schedule. Tuesday proved that again. Unbeaten Malvern Prep was pushed to the limit in a 9-8 overtime victory over visiting Episcopal Academy. Kevin McGeary scored the winner. He had two goals and an assist. Connor Glancy led the Friars (12-0 overall, 4-0 Inter-Ac) with four goals. Adam Goldner, Kyle Anderson, and Jarett Donaghy also scored for Malvern Prep. Ryan Hilburn had two assists, and Charles Kelly won 13 of 20 face-offs.
April 14, 2014 |
John Crowe is the top North American executive for Saint-Gobain , the $55 billion- a-year French construction- materials maker that traces its roots to the group that built Versailles for King Louis XIV. Crowe has been looking for a place to build another palace - in Pennsylvania - as Saint-Gobain's U.S. base and showroom. To replace the company's aging U.S. headquarters near Valley Forge, Crowe scouted sites for "an absolutely spectacular building that will incorporate all aspects of what we know as a building-materials company in terms of energy efficiency and a sustainable, open, collaborative workplace," he tells me. Plus, a research and development center to replace the old labs in Blue Bell.
April 11, 2014 |
Five innings into Malvern Prep's Inter-Ac League baseball opener Wednesday, the only question for the Friars seemed to be whether they would avoid being no-hit. It turns out The Inquirer's No. 1-ranked team in Southeastern Pennsylvania had another idea in mind. Malvern rallied for six runs in the final two innings to stave off the upset bid from visiting Germantown Academy, 6-5. Clay Koniencki hit a liner over the centerfielder's head to score the winning run. Mike Styer's two-run single in the sixth inning had cut the Malvern deficit to one run. Germantown Academy's Ryan DeWalt, who earned a no-decision, went 52/3 innings.
April 10, 2014 |
RYAN HILBURN is built like a battering ram, but on the lacrosse field he is a speedster. Think Denver Broncos slot receiver Wes Welker, but in a fullback's body. And with a nickname like "Sparkplug" you know you won't have to wait long for Hilburn to make his presence felt. Yesterday, the senior attacker from Malvern Prep netted the Friars' first four goals and later added an assist in a 15-6 conquest of host Springside Chestnut Hill. So, just how tall is he? "I'll say 5-8," Hilburn said, smiling, "but I'm barely 5-8. " Add 195 pounds, Popeye-sized forearms and calves and you have a problem for opposing defenses.
April 9, 2014 |
Malvern Prep has named Aaron Brady, who spent the last four seasons in charge at Gonzaga College High in Washington, D.C., as its new head football coach. Brady, 38, was a quarterback and safety at South Western High in Hanover, York County. A first-team all-state selection on defense and Big 33 Football Classic participant, he went on to play linebacker at Rutgers. "A big part of this was deciding to move closer to where I'm originally from," said Brady, who also spent seven years as a college assistant.
April 4, 2014 |
It's no exaggeration to say that Malvern Prep's Gardner Nutter is a true student of the game of baseball. Well, to be exact, pitching. Last summer, the senior righthander spent two months at Ron Wolforth's Texas Baseball Ranch. There, he learned the ins and outs of being a hurler. Warm-up drills, long toss, delivery, command, hip mobility, and accelerated arm recovery were part of the advanced curriculum. "It's really about learning how to be the most dynamic, athletic pitcher you can be," Nutter said.
April 2, 2014 |
HAYDEN MAHONEY had a real-life crib sheet to help him through the sometimes-harrowing process of college-football recruiting. So, when Malvern Prep's 6-5, 270-pound junior lineman committed to the University of Miami on Saturday, he simply followed some family advice. "My brother went through this process and gave me advice on how you have to really connect with your position coach and you have to buy into what they're doing. And I really did," Hayden said via phone from a Florida airport yesterday afternoon just before his flight back to the family's Malvern home.