June 20, 2014 |
Mark Geiger served as the referee of a marquee World Cup matchup Wednesday as Chile defeated Spain, 2-0, in Rio de Janeiro. Before Geiger was selected to officiate on soccer's biggest stage, the resident of Beachwood, Ocean County, excelled in something else entirely. Geiger was an award-winning math teacher. An instructor at Lacey Township High School, Geiger won a Presidential Award for Excellence in Math and Science Teaching in 2009. He taught at all levels, from basic skills classes to Advanced Placement courses.
May 31, 2014 |
The 20th annual All City Classic, featuring the area's top high school boys' basketball talent, will tip off at 6:30 Friday night at Girard College. The showcase includes three games, organized by grade. The junior game will feature Archbishop Carroll's Derrick Jones and the Math, Civics and Sciences duo of Samir Doughty and Mike Watkins. Jones, a 6-foot-6 forward, averaged 16 points last season. The athletic dunker has scholarship offers from Arizona, Kansas, Kentucky, and others.
May 10, 2014 |
Zac MacMath has suddenly become adept at the most difficult task in soccer - stopping penalty kicks. What is interesting is that the Union keeper says that before this year, this wasn't a strong part of his game. During Saturday's 2-1 loss at Seattle, MacMath stopped his third penalty kick in three tries this season for the 1-4-5 Union. "Until this year, I didn't think I was good in penalty kicks," MacMath said. "This year has been good, and hopefully it can continue throughout my career.
May 9, 2014 |
EVERY TEAM has a player or perhaps a select few it uses on penalty kicks. When Union midfielder Amobi Okugo was whistled for a handball just inside the box Saturday night at Seattle, goalkeeper Zac MacMath figured the Sounders' Clint Dempsey would attempt the ensuing shot. Stepping up instead was Osvaldo Alonso, a midfielder the Union goalkeeper did not have as much of a read on. But just as Alonso's right foot struck the ball, MacMath dived to his left and made just enough contact to push the ball off the goal post.
May 5, 2014 |
In second grade, Josephine Nguyen discovered she loved a game in school - First in Math. She could play it at home, on a computer. But her parents, Vietnamese refugees, didn't own one. So her father, Joseph Nguyen, who works in a nail salon, took her first to the Lawncrest branch of the Free Library. Computer time is limited. After an hour there, he took his daughter to the Cottman Avenue branch. Then the Castor branch. Every day, they went from library to library. First in Math, founded by inventor Robert Sun, is now in 5,000 schools across the nation, played by 1.5 million students, and more than 110,000 students in 320 schools in the Philadelphia area.
April 20, 2014 |
As most of his teammates yanked their ties tight and tucked in their dress shirts after last Saturday's game at PPL Park, Zac MacMath stood in front of his locker in full uniform. It would be easy to understand if he did not have the energy to pull it over his head. The Union are in the midst of a hectic stretch, and the goalkeeper has been one of their busiest players. They play their third game in eight days Saturday when they host the Houston Dynamo at PPL Park at 4 p.m. The Union (1-2-4)
April 20, 2014 |
John Paige Darden, 81, of West Mount Airy, a former math and science teacher and deacon, died Tuesday, April 15, at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania from multiple organ failure. Born in Atlantic City, Mr. Darden graduated from Atlantic City High School in 1950. In 1961, he earned his bachelor's degree from Wilberforce University in Ohio, where he pledged Alpha Phi Alpha. He earned his master's degree in education from Temple University in 1971. Mr. Darden served four years in the Air Force, beginning in 1952, during the Korean War. He was discharged as an airman first class.
March 17, 2014 |
I am reading about graph theory and the pairwise relationships between objects. Very soon, there will be many pairwise relationships scheduled between basketball teams, and it is very important to understand these. Reading about graph theory is not fun - at least not for me - but it will be necessary to understand when it is time to decide if there is a graph that can properly predict whether the fourth representative from the Atlantic Coast Conference is superior in time, space, and three-point percentage to the automatic qualifier from the Sun Belt Conference.
March 12, 2014 |
A plan by the University of Pennsylvania to cut back on two of its branch libraries - one for engineering and the other for math, physics, and astronomy - has yielded an outcry from students and professors who say the books are critical to their studies and research. Both libraries are housed within the same campus buildings as their departments, and are heavily used by undergraduates and graduate students alike. Mathematics students, in particular, said many of the books and materials they need are not available electronically, and they must browse the library to find what they need.
February 1, 2014 |
Zac MacMath played every minute of every game last season for the Union in goal, so he was among the many who didn't see it coming when the team selected University of Connecticut keeper Andre Blake with the first overall pick of the Major League Soccer SuperDraft. Immediately after the selection, team manager John Hackworth maintained that MacMath would still be the starter, but the move certainly brings more competition. "I think I was a little bit surprised, and obviously I understand why they picked him," said MacMath earlier this week during preseason workouts at YSC Sports in Wayne.