February 6, 2015 |
There was a peaceful air and some polite conversation in the Kingsway television studio before Denzel Polk's football teammates showed up. But once those guys cut out of lunch and arrived to see their buddy sign a national letter of intent with the Naval Academy, things got loud and boisterous. "See that?" Kingsway coach Tony Barchuk said as Polk exchanged hugs and high fives with his friends. "He's a magnet. " The 6-foot-3, 218-pound Polk was recruited by Navy in large part because of athletic ability and football talent.
July 27, 2014 |
When he was growing up in Moorestown, Bob Flynn often pondered a military career. He attended Army-Navy games, asked questions about the service, and later entered the Naval Academy in Annapolis, Md. But Flynn never imagined the life that lay ahead - the rush of flying S-3B Viking twin-engine jets, deploying on three aircraft carriers, then serving in Iraq, where he cleared IEDs around Basra. Now, after years as a professor at the U.S. Naval War College in Newport, R.I., he has received another surprise.
December 14, 2013 |
ANNAPOLIS, Md. - It will all look familiar Saturday afternoon, when, whether in football uniforms or dress hats and brass-buttoned overcoats, the seniors at Army and Navy enter Lincoln Financial Field for the last time. But for those graduating "firsties," the splendid spectacle of this year's 114th Army-Navy Game will mask a reality far different than their post-9/11 predecessors faced. For the Class of 2014, both here and at West Point, the future has been befogged by the end of U.S. involvement in Iraq, the fade-out in Afghanistan, steep defense-budget cuts, and the constant reimagining of America's 21st-century military mission.
December 13, 2013 |
MEAKA RICHIE will find her tranquil spot again tomorrow, some place safe around Lincoln Financial Field, a quiet area, where no one can see her. Richie will definitely make sure her son, Lonnie Richardson, doesn't see her. Then again, Richardson, the Naval Academy's 5-11, 188-pound junior defensive back out of Chester, will probably have more immediate concerns - like extending the Midshipmen's current all-time record winning streak against Army...
October 3, 2013 |
TO PARAPHRASE Mel Brooks and Sharon Stone, the Phillies' attendance is like sex - it's good even when it's bad. Of course, they were talking about pizza not fans, but you get the idea. This season - for the seventh consecutive year - the Phillies surpassed the three million mark at the gate, drawing 3,012,403 fans, an average of 37,910 per game. That was eighth best in the baseball. Still, that was 553,315 less than last season when they were first overall with a figure of 3,565,718, or 44,021 per game.
November 19, 2012 |
Joseph C. Eliot, 96, of Havertown, a decorated Navy captain, college instructor, and tennis coach, died Wednesday, Oct. 31, of heart disease at the hospice at Taylor Hospital in Ridley Park. A graduate of the Naval Academy, Mr. Eliot served aboard the light antiaircraft cruiser San Diego during World War II. As the ship's gunnery officer, he earned a Bronze Star for valor for outstanding performance of duty while directing fire against Japanese aircraft off Okinawa. The San Diego took part in 34 major conflicts in the Pacific, earning 18 battle stars.
September 3, 2012 |
Why would the nation's foremost expert on counterinsurgency choose in his mid-40s to begin mentoring boys at an exclusive prep school on Philadelphia's Main Line? For one elemental reason: the future. "I get to work with a whole lot of smart people doing something that matters for the future of the country," said John A. Nagl. "We can affect education across America from the ideas that are developed here. " Last week's news that Nagl, 46, an Army officer for two decades, had been plucked from a field of 65 to be Haverford School's ninth headmaster, starting July 2013, surprised many; a former colleague guessed he would head up a university.
July 21, 2012 |
Tom McGrath, owner of the Black Sheep Pub in Manhattan, is an ultra-marathoner of some repute. A native of Ireland who first came to the United States in 1969 to play Gaelic football, he has, among other astonishing accomplishments, run across the United States in 53 days, run 24 hours nonstop numerous times, and completed several 1,000-mile solo runs. Many of his runs are dedicated to charity, such as raising money for the pediatrics unit at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center. On Friday, McGrath, 61, will embark on another long jaunt on behalf of a worthy cause.
May 30, 2012 |
IN ANOTHER example of the new era at Penn State, the school posted a video message from new coach Bill O'Brien on Facebook on Memorial Day. O'Brien announced that Penn State's home game against Navy on Sept. 15 will be Military Appreciation Day. "We think it's a great time to come out with your family and friends to honor our military, and especially the Naval Academy, and see some great football at Beaver Stadium," O'Brien said in the message. n
March 27, 2012 |
Brenden Delmonte has committed to attend the Naval Academy, but that might not even be his best water story. Delmonte is a star pitcher and outfielder for Cherry Hill West. He is a top student, a member of the National Honor Society, a two-time president of his class. He plans to study engineering. He is interested in Marine Corps aviation, with an eye toward becoming one of those Top Gun-type fighter pilots. But he's no swimmer. "From five years old, I was all baseball," Delmonte said of avoiding the pervasive swim-club scene in Cherry Hill.