November 24, 2013 |
IT IS THE GOAL of every underclassman to send seniors out with a victory. Under a rainy canopy at Plymouth Whitemarsh last night, Malvern Prep right guard Mike McCarthy helped accomplish that feat. Afterward, the 16-year-old junior was handling his postgame interview beautifully when he effusively repeated praise for the team's elder statesmen. "Sorry," McCarthy said after the Friars' 24-20 triumph against St. Joseph's Prep. "I don't have much practice with interviews. " It didn't show.
November 24, 2013 |
Troy Gallen scored three touchdowns and rushed for 262 yards Friday night to lead host Malvern Prep past annual rival St. Joseph's Prep, 24-20, in a nonleague football game. It was Malvern's first win over the Hawks since 2010. Usually played on Thanksgiving morning, the matchup was moved before the season so it wouldn't interfere with the Hawks' possible participation in the PIAA playoffs. St. Joe's Prep will open state play next week. Gallen, a senior, rushed 31 times and caught two touchdown passes from Alex Hornibrook.
November 23, 2013 |
MALVERN Patricia Dudas wants so much to go next door and apologize to the family of Drew Alan Ferguson. But the time is not yet right, she said. "We just haven't been comfortable enough," Dudas said Thursday afternoon. Later, she added, "They may not want to see our face, but that's the right thing to do. " Dudas is the mother of a Collegeville man arrested in the shooting of a friend last Friday. Merritt Neil Dudas, 24, was arrested Tuesday and charged with shooting Ferguson, 21, in the head at the Miner Street home that Ferguson shared with his grandmother.
November 22, 2013 |
MALVERN They were high school buddies, neighbors for a time, who liked to tinker with cars. They even lived together in this tranquil little town for a few months when one needed a place to crash. Their friends called them "wonderful" and "caring" and "sweet. " Now, one is accused of killing the other, stuffing his body into a sleeping bag, and hiding him behind some junk in a garage. Then he allegedly stole his car, wallet, and phone, and went home. Merritt Neil Dudas, 24, is accused of shooting Drew Alan Ferguson, 21, in the head at Ferguson's home in the 200 block of Miner Street.
November 21, 2013 |
MALVERN In what the Chester County district attorney says may be the first homicide in the borough in at least 15 years, a Malvern man has been charged with fatally shooting a former friend in the head, stuffing his body into a sleeping bag, and hiding it in the victim's garage. Merritt Neil Dudas, 24, is accused of killing Drew Alan Ferguson, 21, at Ferguson's home on the 200 block of Miner Street in Malvern on Friday. Dudas then stole the victim's Honda Civic and drove to the Montgomery County home of his girlfriend, where he was living, authorities said.
November 12, 2013 |
WHEN YOU are a high school football player, senior year comes with the hope that experience will guide a steady hand, but an unsettling air of finality also exists. So, imagine the pressure that builds when one game - for the championship - stands between you and the potential end of your career. Faced with that scenario, Haverford School senior quarterback Brendan Burke went 16-for-19 for 156 yards and three touchdowns. Oh, and the Fords (4-1) beat defending champion Episcopal, 27-7, and halved the Inter-Ac crown with Malvern (4-1)
November 3, 2013 |
MALVERN SENIOR fullback Hunter Paulus is responsible for ensuring that defenders don't hit his starting running back Troy Gallen. He has never felt better about not being needed. Gallen, a senior who is committed to Delaware, rushed for 372 yards and five touchdowns as Malvern dominated Inter-Ac power Episcopal, 49-21, Friday night. After Gallen sprang for a 40-yarder to make it 35-14 with 4:46 left in the third, Paulus came to the sideline and delivered the line of the night.
October 27, 2013 |
WHAT MAKES Malvern Prep's Troy Gallen tick? Why, after already committing to Delaware, would he continue to lug the rock up and down the field with a banged-up shoulder while defenders try to knock him around? Why not just chill? Pack it in? Kick your feet up and call it a high school career? "I just want to be the best player I can be," said Gallen, a 6-foot, 175-pound utility blade who plays a little wide receiver, a little halfback, some slot and some cornerback. "I don't think this little injury is going to stop me from doing what I want to do. " A bruised left shoulder did stop him from finishing against the Haverford School, which beat the Friars, 34-31, in double overtime.
October 23, 2013 |
It's the "Main Street" approach to revitalizing older towns and city neighborhoods. Main Street, as in Manayunk, where a postindustrial resurgence in the 1990s created a vibrant dining, club, and retail scene that's still a draw today. Pick a walkable community in the Philadelphia region - Ambler, Collingswood, Haddon Heights, Lansdowne, to name just a few - and it has traveled a similar road back from the commercial abyss into which shopping malls drove many a downtown district.
October 21, 2013 |
The opening kickoff of the second half clanked off the fingers of Matt Brown. It took a fat hop off the Carey Stadium turf and bounced back into his arms. Seventy-five yards later, untouched, he raced into the end zone. Even when things went wrong for Malvern Prep on Saturday afternoon, they ended up turning out just fine in a 46-21 rout of host Germantown Academy. The pattern began earlier in the week, when Friars running back Troy Gallen, a Delaware recruit averaging more than 100 yards per game, was ruled out with a shoulder injury.