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April 4, 2012 | ASSOCIATED PRESS
DENVER - Brittney Griner and Baylor left no doubt they're head and shoulders above any team in the country. In fact, they are perfect. Griner had 26 points, 13 rebounds and five blocks to lead Baylor to a dominating 80-61 victory over Notre Dame in the NCAA women's basketball championship on Tuesday night, capping a 40-0 season for the Lady Bears. They became the seventh women's team to run through a season unbeaten and the first in NCAA history to win 40 games. It was the second national championship for Baylor, which also won a title in 2005.
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July 1, 2015 | By Joe Juliano, Inquirer Staff Writer
It has been quite a busy season thus far for Rusty Harbold because he happens to work at Lancaster Country Club, the site of next week's U.S. Women's Open. Harbold, an assistant pro at the club, had found it difficult to find some solid practice time because of his duties in helping to get the facility ready. He finally got that chance last week and put in three days of good work at Philadelphia Cricket Club before the PGA Professional National Championship. The practice paid off for Harbold, 33, who shot the lowest round of the event at the Cricket Club's Wissahickon course, a 3-under-par 67 Monday, and jumped 146 spots in the standings, into a tie for 47th place at 3-over-par 145. The 36-hole lead in the national championship for club professionals belonged to 24-year-old Ben Polland, an assistant pro at Deepdale Golf Club in Manhasset, N.Y. Polland fired a 67 at the Wissahickon course for a 7-under 135 total and a 4-stroke lead over Grant Sturgeon of Cave City, Ky., and Charles Frost of Johns Island, S.C. Harbold, the winner of the 2014 Haverford Trust Classic, called the activity at the club "busy" and "crazy" but also "kind of cool.
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January 4, 2013 | BY JAKE KAPLAN, For the Daily News
TWENTY-FOUR YEARS later, it still seems so unlikely. The walk-on placekicker from Kaneohe, Hawaii, standing a mere 5-5 and 135 pounds, with a style as unorthodox as they come, emerging as the hero in a game that jump-started Notre Dame's last national championship season. That remarkable Sept. 10, 1988, night at Notre Dame Stadium has since been deemed "The Reggie Ho Game," a triumph etched in Irish lore. That night, starting his first collegiate game, in front of a national audience, Reggie Ho nailed each of his four field-goal attempts, including a game-winning, 26-yarder with 73 seconds left, to help 13th-ranked Notre Dame knock off No. 9 Michigan, 19-17.
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January 15, 2016 | By Dick Jerardi, Staff Writer
AS ONE of the legendary seasons in Big 5 history was just about to hit its peak 50 years ago, the players had no way of knowing this was the final college run for Jack Ramsay, the coach who transformed little St. Joseph's College from an afterthought when the Big 5 began in the 1955-56 season to early City Series domination to national power, ranked No. 1 by Sports Illustrated before that 1965-66 season began. In the final three games before Ramsay became the head coach in 1955, the Hawks lost to Delaware, Muhlenberg and Lafayette (83-65)
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January 31, 2016 | By Walter F. Naedele, Staff Writer
Nancy Adams Dougherty, 81, of Glassboro, a volunteer coach for the Philadelphia Belles AAU girls' basketball organization, died of complications from a pulmonary embolism, on Tuesday, Jan. 26, at home. "Nancy was one of a kind - 81 and still coaching," said Hope Fuery, the administrator for the Belles organization in Bensalem for the last 12 years. That group fields two girls' teams for each age from 10 to 17 years old, Fuery said, with Mrs. Dougherty's 14-year-old squad based at the RiverWinds Community Center in West Deptford.
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April 15, 2012
Woodbury junior Anthony Averett has committed to attend Alabama on a football scholarship. Averett and his family visited Alabama over the weekend and watched the annual spring game, Woodbury coach Zach Valentine said Sunday night. "They've been after him since two days after the national championship game," Valentine said of Alabama, which won the national championship with a 21-0 victory over LSU in the BCS title game Jan. 9. The 6-foot-1, 180-pound Averett projects as a cornerback in college, Valentine said.
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November 26, 2013 | By Suzette Parmley, Inquirer Staff Writer
CAMDEN COUNTY To the delight of the rowing community, dredging of the Cooper River - now home to a number of national and collegiate rowing championships - is expected to begin in early 2014. The project should be completed within a year, in time for most of the 2015 rowing season, county officials said. The 2014 season will be severely disrupted. Dredging "was contemplated about five years ago, but we did not know then what we were going to do," Camden County Freeholder Jeffrey L. Nash, liaison to the county Parks Department, said on Friday.
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November 12, 2012
LOWELL, Mass. - Top-ranked West Chester scored three goals in the first half and two more in the second and successfully defended its NCAA Division II field hockey championship with a 5-0 shutout of host UMass-Lowell Sunday at Cushing Field. West Chester (20-2) tied the school record for wins in a season while securing its second straight NCAA title and the sixth national championship in program history. Both of West Chester's titles in the last two years have come at the expense of UMass-Lowell (19-4)
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April 25, 2014 | By John N. Mitchell, Inquirer Staff Writer
When Jordan Wolf was earning all-American honors as a senior at Lower Merion High School, the Duke senior attack thought good things were in store for him. But this good? "I've always had high expectations," said Wolf, a candidate for national player of the year. This weekend Wolf will attempt to lead defending national champion Duke to the ACC men's lacrosse championship at PPL Park. The Blue Devils (12-2) will face Syracuse (9-3) in one semifinal; and regular-season champion Maryland (10-2)
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October 11, 2012 | By Marc Narducci, Inquirer Staff Writer
Bob Callahan wasn't planning to play squash at Princeton until a former Episcopal Academy teammate, David Page, suggested he come out for the team his freshman year. Page, a junior at the time, was the Princeton captain. Callahan, who had planned to play only tennis at Princeton, gave squash a try. Since then, he has become one of the most successful participants in the sport as both a player and a coach. The current head coach of Princeton, Callahan was inducted into the U.S. Squash Hall of Fame on Wednesday between matches at the U.S. Open Squash Championships taking place at Drexel through Friday.
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January 31, 2016 | By Walter F. Naedele, Staff Writer
Nancy Adams Dougherty, 81, of Glassboro, a volunteer coach for the Philadelphia Belles AAU girls' basketball organization, died of complications from a pulmonary embolism, on Tuesday, Jan. 26, at home. "Nancy was one of a kind - 81 and still coaching," said Hope Fuery, the administrator for the Belles organization in Bensalem for the last 12 years. That group fields two girls' teams for each age from 10 to 17 years old, Fuery said, with Mrs. Dougherty's 14-year-old squad based at the RiverWinds Community Center in West Deptford.
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January 15, 2016 | By Dick Jerardi, Staff Writer
AS ONE of the legendary seasons in Big 5 history was just about to hit its peak 50 years ago, the players had no way of knowing this was the final college run for Jack Ramsay, the coach who transformed little St. Joseph's College from an afterthought when the Big 5 began in the 1955-56 season to early City Series domination to national power, ranked No. 1 by Sports Illustrated before that 1965-66 season began. In the final three games before Ramsay became the head coach in 1955, the Hawks lost to Delaware, Muhlenberg and Lafayette (83-65)
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November 14, 2015 | By Joe Juliano, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Preseason Top 10 1. Maryland - The return of sharpshooter Melo Trimble and addition of 6-foot-11 freshman Diamond Stone will have the deep and talented Terrapins challenging for a national championship. 2. North Carolina - The Tar Heels will excel with mostly upperclassmen although star guard Marcus Paige, a senior, will miss the first 3-4 weeks with a broken bone in his hand. 3. Kentucky - The star-studded Wildcats have gone three years without a national championship, but the expectations remain the same with a nice mix of rookies and veterans.
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August 12, 2015 | By Joe Juliano, Inquirer Staff Writer
EGG HARBOR TOWNSHIP, N.J. - When he opened Hidden Creek Golf Club in 2002, owner Roger Hansen recalled, he had no thoughts about holding a big event there, never mind hosting a championship of the United States Golf Association. But the more he saw how the course played, the more he felt a national championship would be well-suited for his course. That will happen when the course will host the 61st U.S. Senior Amateur starting Sept. 26. "I really felt that if I'm in the business, I should do a national championship," Hansen said Monday.
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July 3, 2015 | By Joe Juliano, Inquirer Staff Writer
The final round of the PGA Professional National Championship lacked much drama Wednesday for most of the day, particularly after 24-year-old Ben Polland increased his lead to 5 strokes with six holes to play. However, the tournament ratcheted up the excitement at the tough par-4 18th hole of Philadelphia Cricket Club's Wissahickon course, thanks to a poor decision and poor execution by Polland, and a remarkably clutch approach to the green by Matt Dobyns, a fellow Met Section member in New York.
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July 2, 2015 | By Joe Juliano, Inquirer Staff Writer
All Robby Bruns wanted, in his second career PGA Professional National Championship, was to get by the first two rounds at Philadelphia Cricket Club and then see what he could accomplish. Not only did Bruns, an assistant pro at Merion, climb the leader board Tuesday after making the 36-hole cut, he also gave himself a chance to achieve something special - a berth in his first PGA Championship - over the final 18 holes. The 25-year-old pro fired a 2-under-par 68 on the Wissahickon course for a 54-hole score of 3-over 215 and moved into position to make a run at a top-20 finish, which would get him in next month's PGA at Whistling Straits in Kohler, Wis. He was in a tie for 37th place when he finished just after noon - well before a 1-hour, 33-minute delay imposed because of lightning in the area - but he rose to a tie for 21st place by the end of the day. He jumped 56 spots in the standings.
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July 1, 2015 | By Joe Juliano, Inquirer Staff Writer
It has been quite a busy season thus far for Rusty Harbold because he happens to work at Lancaster Country Club, the site of next week's U.S. Women's Open. Harbold, an assistant pro at the club, had found it difficult to find some solid practice time because of his duties in helping to get the facility ready. He finally got that chance last week and put in three days of good work at Philadelphia Cricket Club before the PGA Professional National Championship. The practice paid off for Harbold, 33, who shot the lowest round of the event at the Cricket Club's Wissahickon course, a 3-under-par 67 Monday, and jumped 146 spots in the standings, into a tie for 47th place at 3-over-par 145. The 36-hole lead in the national championship for club professionals belonged to 24-year-old Ben Polland, an assistant pro at Deepdale Golf Club in Manhasset, N.Y. Polland fired a 67 at the Wissahickon course for a 7-under 135 total and a 4-stroke lead over Grant Sturgeon of Cave City, Ky., and Charles Frost of Johns Island, S.C. Harbold, the winner of the 2014 Haverford Trust Classic, called the activity at the club "busy" and "crazy" but also "kind of cool.
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June 30, 2015 | By Joe Juliano, Inquirer Staff Writer
Josh Rackley earned much recognition within the Philadelphia Section PGA a month ago after winning the Haverford Philadelphia PGA Classic on the second playoff hole and walking off with a check for a cool $100,000. Rackley, 25, an assistant pro at Gulph Mills Golf Club, can work on a national profile this week at the PGA Professional National Championship. He began to do that Sunday with an opening-round 1-over-par 73 at the Militia Hill course of the Philadelphia Cricket Club, the best showing in relation to par of the 13 section members in the field.
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June 28, 2015 | By Joe Juliano, Inquirer Staff Writer
Gene Fieger, one of the top players in the Philadelphia Section PGA for the better part of two decades, left his home area of Delaware County in 1999 to become involved with a new golf club in Naples, Fla. Sixteen years later, while he misses the region's celebrated golf courses, he is happy where he is. "Naples is a great place," Fieger, a former Overbrook Golf Club assistant pro, said Friday. "Don't feel sorry for me. " Fieger, who turns 55 next week, is in town for the 48th annual PGA Professional National Championship, which begins Sunday at the Philadelphia Cricket Club.
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March 24, 2015
ANYONE WHO grew up in the Philadelphia area, no matter when you happened to be born, knows about "the hit. " If you need additional explanation, you must be a newcomer (either that, or you watch the "Godfather" trilogy on a loop). "The hit," the only one truly worth talking about in mythic terms, is the one that Chuck Bednarik put on Frank Gifford in the game between the Eagles and the Giants at Yankee Stadium on Nov. 20, 1960. I was born a year and two weeks later. Yet although biology insists that I wasn't even conceived at the time when Gifford was impersonating a log, I feel that moment as if I'd watched it in real time.
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