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October 21, 2011
Written and directed by Tim Chambers. With Carla Gugino, Marley Shelton, and David Boreanaz. Distributed by Freestyle Releasing. Running time: 1 hour, 38 mins. Parent's guide: G. Playing at: area theaters
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January 28, 2008 | By Mel Greenberg INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
The Philadelphia Sports Writers Association will honor Immaculata College's three-time national women's basketball champions of the 1970s at tonight's annual awards banquet in Cherry Hill. Immaculata won titles from 1972 to '74 in the Association for Intercollegiate Athletics for Women. The AIAW predated the arrival of the NCAA women's tournament in 1981-82. Our Lady of Victory, a movie about the first title under Mighty Macs coach Cathy Rush, is in postproduction. A release date has not been set. Theresa Grentz, the star center of the Mighty Macs, will speak tonight on behalf of her former teammates, many of whom will be in attendance.
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November 4, 2003 | By Mel Greenberg INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Three decades ago, little Immaculata College turned on the lights for big-time college women's basketball. By winning the first three national titles of the Association for Intercollegiate Athletics for Women in 1972, '73 and '74, the Mighty Macs assured themselves a place in women's sports history. The Macs brought an intense, passionate approach to the game that became a model for other programs before the NCAA's entry into women's athletics 1981. Three notable stars went on to become successful coaches in their own right and are still active: Theresa (Shank)
SPORTS
August 9, 2014 | By Mel Greenberg, For The Inquirer
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. - For the players and coaches of the women's basketball national championship teams at Immaculata, it's yesterday once more this weekend at the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame. Former star center Theresa Grentz, who always got the last word on the court, also got the last word at Thursday's news conference among the inductees who gave their thoughts about their induction Friday night. "We are looking forward to another chance to party," Grentz said with a smile.
NEWS
August 6, 2004 | By Wendy Ruderman INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Marie L. McGuinness, 81, onetime coach of the Mighty Macs, Immaculata College's championship women's basketball team, died of cancer Wednesday at her Woodbury home. Born in Woodbury, Mrs. McGuinness graduated in 1940 from Woodbury High School, where she met her husband, James A. McGuinness. Ten years later, the couple started the McGuinness Funeral Home in Woodbury. They later opened funeral homes in Runnemede and Washington Township. Mrs. McGuinness earned her bachelor's degree in physical education from Temple University, where she played basketball and field hockey.
NEWS
October 21, 2011 | By B.G. Kelley
Women's basketball was hardly a blip on the sports radar screen until March 19, 1972, when Immaculata College, a tiny, unheralded Catholic school on Philadelphia's Main Line, won the first women's college basketball national championship. That was when the Philadelphia region and the rest of the country realized that, yeah, girls got game. In fact, after the Immaculata girls won the national title, a question was raised: How many men are on Philadelphia's best basketball team?
SPORTS
January 5, 2014 | The Inquirer Staff
In New York, the Cabrini women team improved to 8-2 with a 68-54 win over Juniata (5-5) on Friday in the New York University Holiday Classic. Brittany Sandone (Souderton) led the Cavaliers with 22 points. Cabrini will next face the host Violets (9-0) at 3 p.m. on Saturday. Immaculata 63, Wilkes 55 - Lindsay Cras (Archbishop Prendergast) had 13 points and Mackie Fitzgerald (Archbishop Prendergast) added 11 to lead the Mighty Macs (7-2) over the Colonels (1-7) in the semis of the Moravian Winter Classic in Bethlehem, Pa. DeSales 77, Ursinus 65 - Megan Gallagher (St. Basil Academy)
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August 21, 2012 | ASSOCIATED PRESS
NEW YORK - Four members of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame have been selected as the 2012 recipients of the Lapchick Character Award. Cathy Rush, C.M. Newton, Morgan Wootten and the late Pete Newell were announced Monday as the coaches to be honored this year with the award named after the Hall of Fame coach and that is presented by a group that includes Joe Lapchick biographer and former player Gus Alfieri. It recognizes those who have shown the character traits of Lapchick, who coached at St. John's and with the New York Knicks.
NEWS
April 9, 2014 | By Michaelle Bond, Inquirer Staff Writer
On its picturesque campus on King Road between Malvern and Exton in Chester County, Immaculata University features 19 sports programs. But it's the women's basketball team that for many defines this Catholic school of about 2,500 undergraduates. "We're still celebrating what the women's basketball team did for women's sports," Marie Moughan, university spokeswoman, said, referring to the school's national championship teams of 1972, '73, and '74. "Immaculata was at the beginning of women's basketball the way it is today.
SPORTS
February 1, 1996 | By Chris Morkides, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
There was the time in 1994 when the cancer was particularly bad, when Mary Scharff was particularly weak. If the Immaculata College basketball coach had a future, she wanted it to include one thing. "I just prayed to God and asked if I could coach one more year," Scharff said. Then there was a time when the cancer wasn't so debilitating. Scharff, who wears a scarf to cover the hair loss caused by operations and chemotherapy, was summoned to her office. "It was my 40th birthday," Scharff said.
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November 14, 2014 | By Frank Fitzpatrick, Inquirer Staff Writer
Four decades after their last basketball game, Theresa Grentz and her Immaculata teammates were back in the spotlight Thursday night, posing for pictures, shaking hands, and smiling a lot before their induction into the Philadelphia Sports Hall of Fame. "It's amazing, and it's so nice that all these people still want to remember us," the 62-year-old Grentz said at the reception that preceded the Hall's annual Sheraton Society Hill banquet. First, there was the 2009 film, The Mighty Macs , about their improbable run of three national championships.
SPORTS
August 12, 2014 | BY MARK PERNER, Daily News Staff Writer
LAST WEEKEND, the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame had a Philly flavor with the induction of former Temple and Philadelphia Warriors legendary point guard Guy Rodgers, Immaculata's Mighty Macs and South Jersey's Gary Williams, who won 668 games as a college coach. And Theresa Grentz, in her speech on behalf of her Mighty Mac teammates, added to the Philly feel by mentioning the coverage the team received from former Daily News basketball writer Dick "Hoops" Weiss. It was a weekend to be Philly Proud.
SPORTS
August 11, 2014 | By Frank Fitzpatrick, Inquirer Staff Writer
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. - Throughout the day Guy Rodgers finally entered the Basketball Hall of Fame, his son proudly carried with him a book whose musty contents proved the late Philadelphia legend belonged. "My mother kept this. It's got all my father's clippings. You want to see it?" Tony Rodgers asked a reporter not long before the Friday night induction ceremony at Symphony Hall. "You won't believe the things he did and the numbers he put up. " Earlier on what was also a night of ultimate recognition for the Mighty Macs team that four decades ago put her tiny school on the map, an elderly Immaculata University nun in a Carolina blue habit slowly climbed the downtown building's steps.
SPORTS
August 9, 2014 | By Mel Greenberg, For The Inquirer
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. - For the players and coaches of the women's basketball national championship teams at Immaculata, it's yesterday once more this weekend at the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame. Former star center Theresa Grentz, who always got the last word on the court, also got the last word at Thursday's news conference among the inductees who gave their thoughts about their induction Friday night. "We are looking forward to another chance to party," Grentz said with a smile.
SPORTS
August 8, 2014 | BY DICK JERARDI, Daily News Staff Writer jerardd@phillynews.com
TIM CHAMBERS was 10 years old when a women's college basketball team came to use his grade-school gym because it did not have a gym of its own. He only had to watch for a few minutes to realize "these girls are really, really good. " Fast forward nearly 4 decades and writer/director Tim Chambers told the story of Immaculata College basketball in "The Mighty Macs. " Tonight the story comes full circle when those Immaculata teams from 40 years ago are enshrined in the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield, Mass.
SPORTS
August 6, 2014 | By Mike Jensen, Inquirer Columnist
About an hour in, Theresa Grentz saw the sweat mark on the back of a player's T-shirt. "I want to see if I can get the shirts totally soaked," Grentz said. Renting space from a flooring company in a West Chester industrial park, Grentz and her husband had designed a basketball court, a space to work with small groups. Outside, there's a piece of paper in a window: Grentz Elite Coaching. The logo shows a whistle hanging from a pearl necklace. Nothing fancy about the signage, but there's truth in the advertising.
NEWS
April 9, 2014 | By Michaelle Bond, Inquirer Staff Writer
On its picturesque campus on King Road between Malvern and Exton in Chester County, Immaculata University features 19 sports programs. But it's the women's basketball team that for many defines this Catholic school of about 2,500 undergraduates. "We're still celebrating what the women's basketball team did for women's sports," Marie Moughan, university spokeswoman, said, referring to the school's national championship teams of 1972, '73, and '74. "Immaculata was at the beginning of women's basketball the way it is today.
SPORTS
January 5, 2014 | The Inquirer Staff
In New York, the Cabrini women team improved to 8-2 with a 68-54 win over Juniata (5-5) on Friday in the New York University Holiday Classic. Brittany Sandone (Souderton) led the Cavaliers with 22 points. Cabrini will next face the host Violets (9-0) at 3 p.m. on Saturday. Immaculata 63, Wilkes 55 - Lindsay Cras (Archbishop Prendergast) had 13 points and Mackie Fitzgerald (Archbishop Prendergast) added 11 to lead the Mighty Macs (7-2) over the Colonels (1-7) in the semis of the Moravian Winter Classic in Bethlehem, Pa. DeSales 77, Ursinus 65 - Megan Gallagher (St. Basil Academy)
SPORTS
May 2, 2013 | The Inquirer Staff
Cabrini routed visiting Immaculata, 21-8, in Radnor on Wednesday to advance to the Colonial States Athletic Conference women's lacrosse title game for the 16th time in the program's 17-year history. Melissa Scanzano (Haverford) scored five goals, and Christina Pasquariello (Harriton) added four for the Cavaliers (10-7, 8-0). Katie Lasater (Great Valley) had five assists. Danielle Lopez had a hat trick for the Mighty Macs (11-7, 5-3). In the other league semifinal, Neumann topped visiting Marywood, 20-10, in Aston.
SPORTS
December 27, 2012 | BY JAKE KAPLAN, For the Daily News
ON THE COURT, his presence is undeniable. No, he's not throwing down thunderous dunks - he can't - or dazzling with moves in the post. He simply is putting his all into a game he's often been told he couldn't play, proving people wrong every time he takes the floor. He is Tyreek Peeples, the starting freshman point guard for Division III Immaculata University, and he was not blessed with a key characteristic synonymous with the sport he loves. But giving up on basketball only because he is 5-3 - he acknowledeges his 5-4 listing is generous - has never crossed his mind.
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