May 6, 2015 |
From the Downingtown High School West marching band to Nashville recording studios, it's been a trajectory of long odds - and long hours - for Liz Longley and Sarah Zimmermann. The Chester County natives met in the marching band as clarinet-playing sophomores, and spent their high school years singing and playing guitar at every gig they could book in the Philadelphia region. But both had bigger dreams after their 2006 graduation. And in March, just days apart, each released albums with Nashville record labels.
February 22, 2015 |
With his team coming off a loss to the league's worst team and preparing to face the best-in-the-NHL Nashville Predators on Saturday afternoon, Flyers coach Craig Berube is making some drastic changes. At practice Friday in Voorhees, Berube split up linemates Claude Giroux and Jake Voracek for the first time since 2012-13. They have been on the ice together for just one even-strength goal since the Christmas break. Giroux smiled when asked how strange it felt to be broken up with his partner.
February 15, 2015 |
COLUMBUS - Technically, it was his 1,001st NHL game - but the Blue Jackets waited until last night to officially honor Scott Hartnell for hitting the millennium milestone against his former team. Before the game, Hartnell was presented with a silver stick, a Tiffany crystal, a shiny watch from his teammates and a commemorative painting depicting the three stops in his career: Nashville, Philadelphia and Columbus. His parents, Bill and Joy, joined him on the ice from Lloydminster, Alberta.
January 10, 2015 |
It was the first Saturday of the new year, and Doug Seegers was eating breakfast at a McDonald's in West Nashville before heading out to his steadiest gig - playing in front of the local Goodwill store. "Whether I'm playing a big show somewhere or whether I'm playing out on the street for little kids walking by, I get the same kind of joy," Seegers says over the phone. "I'm just looking to play my guitar and spread my music to whoever is around at the time. " Seegers, who plays Sunday at the Ardmore Music Hall, may still enjoy busking, but life certainly has changed over the last year for the 63-year-old country artist.
January 6, 2015 |
As if losing the last five games of their road trip wasn't bad enough, the Flyers were fined an undisclosed amount by the NHL on Sunday for violating a league travel policy. In a conference call with reporters, general manager Ron Hextall admitted that he violated the NHL's collective bargaining agreement because the players requested that the team leave earlier on Dec. 26 so they could get to Nashville and be more rested than if they took a Dec. 27 flight. The Flyers played in Nashville on Dec. 27 and dropped a 4-1 decision against former coach Peter Laviolette.
December 30, 2014 |
GLENDALE, Ariz. - The demise of the Flyers' penalty-killing ability is, well, killing them. The Flyers have made a handful of personnel changes from last year's unit, which finished seventh in the NHL, successfully killing 84.8 percent of the team's penalties. Those changes - some caused by Kimmo Timonen's suffering blood clots and being unable to play - have not panned out. This year, the Flyers' penalty killers entered Sunday next to last in the NHL - 29th, with a 74.4 percent success rate.
August 17, 2014 |
SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. - Mo'ne Davis reached into the back pocket of her baseball pants after the game and emptied what was inside. A $5 bill. A pair of ones. A nickel. Pitching with a little money, Davis said, is time-tested good luck. She did it once when she was little, pitched well, and has done it ever since. It worked again Friday afternoon at the Little League World Series at Howard J. Lamade Stadium. The 13-year-old from South Philadelphia allowed two hits, struck out eight, and walked none in a six-inning shutout, sending Taney to a 4-0 victory over Nashville (Tenn.)
May 8, 2014 |
DAVID POILE wanted to take his time and wait until at least June to officially replace the only coach the Predators have ever known. But with four other NHL head coaching vacancies and windows closing fast, it did not take Poile long to realize he'd been working with his top candidate for months. That's why Poile, son of the first Flyers general manager, Bud Poile, hired Peter Laviolette yesterday to be the second coach in the 16-year history of the Predators. Laviolette, 49, was out of work since Oct. 7 after being fired by the Flyers three games into the season.
May 1, 2014 |
HOW HOT is country music in our urbane metropolis? On Monday, Upper Darby's Tower Theater will be honored with just one of four national tour stops for " 'Nashville' in Concert," featuring the singing/strumming cast from the ABC-TV prime-time drama with lotsa music. "We're just getting our feet wet, testing the waters in a few friendly towns," said cast member Chris Carmack, who plays handsome hunk Will Lexington. Five days later, guitar-wailing country popster Hunter Hayes will conclude his record-breaking (he hopes)
April 9, 2014 |
On Tuesday night, Nashville will shimmer like a country singer's wardrobe. Down in Music City, 20,000 fans will fill Bridgestone Arena to see, for the first time in NCAA basketball history, two unbeatens, Connecticut and Notre Dame, vie for the women's national championship. Meanwhile, 684 miles to the northeast, Tuesday night figures to be an unremarkable one in West Chester. The old college town's leafy residential streets will be slumbering. Gay Street's bars and restaurants will be enjoying a midweek calm.