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.
March 31, 2014 |
Malvern Prep's Hayden Mahoney, a junior offensive lineman, committed to the University of Miami on Saturday while on an unofficial visit to the school. The 6-foot-5, 280-pound tackle, who doubles as a defensive end, also had scholarship offers from Akron, Boston College, Elon, Old Dominion, and Villanova. Baseball Joey Lawall had three hits and knocked in two runs in Friends' Central's 7-4 nonleague win over John Carroll (Md.) at the Cal Ripken Experience in Myrtle Beach, S.C. Boys' Lacrosse Michael Major set up the tying goal with one second left in regulation then scored the overtime winner for Holy Ghost Prep in a 7-6 nonleague victory over Springside Chestnut Hill at St. Joseph's University.
March 18, 2014 |
INSTEAD of taking down the shamrock decorations after March 17, Martin Smyth celebrates his heritage all year 'round with the Lennymobile, his Irish flag-covered, emerald-green 1999 Buick LeSabre. You can find his mobile shrine to the Celtic Football Club outside Old City pub the Plough & the Stars during every game of the season. Inside the Irish pub, you'll hear Smyth cheering his favorite soccer team along with the rest of the 2nd Street Plough Bhoys, Philadelphia's die-hard Celtic F.C. fans.
February 12, 2014 |
Update 9:30 a.m. Tuesday : Peco reports 1,800 customers still without power, half in Chester County. Earlier Story About 99 percent. After days of round-the-clock work, that was how close repair crews had come late Monday to restoring all 715,000 Peco customers who lost power during or after last week's storm. That still meant more than 5,600 customers were waiting for the lights to come on for the first time in many days. "We know it's tough for our customers, but this is a version of Hurricane Sandy," Peco spokesman Ben Armstrong said, warning that some people might endure another day in the dark.