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June 20, 2000 | By Jay Nagle, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Nazareth coach Bob Keating asked for big things from softball pitcher Kelli Haskins this season. Haskins, a hard-throwing junior righthander, responded in a big way. She finished the year 16-3 with an 0.49 earned-run average as Nazareth captured the Athletic Association of Catholic Academies championship, then made a strong run in the PIAA playoffs. For her role in the Pandas' success, Haskins is The Inquirer's city player of the year. Only players whose schools are within the city limits were eligible for consideration.
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March 3, 1988 | By Pete Schnatz, Special to The Inquirer
Both Nazareth Academy and St. Basil's Academy had their hopes of advancing to the Catholic Academies League finals dashed early this week. Nazareth (9-10 overall) went down in defeat Monday in a one-game playoff for fourth place against Merion Mercy. The winner qualified for the league playoffs but had the unenviable task of facing Villa Maria, the undefeated regular-season champions, in a game Tuesday. Nazareth played its game Monday on a neutral court, at St. Basil's, but Merion Mercy appeared right at home in dumping the Pandas, 58-52.
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March 17, 1996 | By Brian Miller, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
The Nazareth girls' basketball team had unbeaten North Schuylkill on the ropes yesterday. The Pandas seemed a knockout blow away from making the PIAA Class AAA Eastern final. But even without one of their star players, the Spartans (31-0) regained their feet, showed the heart of an undefeated team, and rallied from a 12-point first-half deficit for a 62-51 victory. "That lead just gave us a false sense of security," said Nazareth coach Mary Jo Kelly. "And what I've learned is that against a good team, if you don't put them away, they're going to come back and bite you. " District 1 champion Nazareth had lost to North Schuylkill, 59-51, this season in the West Chester Christmas Tournament.
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May 19, 2003 | Daily News Wire Services
Ron Hornaday beat Brian Vickers by less than half a second yesterday in the Busch Series race at Nazareth (Pa.) Speedway, ending a 63-event winless drought. Hornaday led 148 of the 200 laps in the Goulds Pumps ITT Industries 200, taking the lead for good by passing rookie David Stremme on No. 146. He finished the 200 miles in 1 hour, 57 minutes, 7 seconds. Mike Bliss was third, David Green fourth. The track has been significant for Hornaday. It was the scene of his Busch Series debut in May 1998, and his first series victory in July 2000.
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January 14, 1991 | By Pete Schnatz, Special to The Inquirer
It has become almost a daily routine for Maryjo Kelly. The Nazareth Academy girls' basketball coach checks her morning newspaper for scores from around the Catholic Academies League - and smiles. Kelly's squad is not unbeaten. The Pandas don't even have a .500 overall record. But the coach can smile because Nazareth has won the two games that count the most so far and because her team sits alone atop the league standings. Kelly won't admit it publicly, but a tough nonleague schedule coupled with an abundance of height and experience has prepared the Pandas for perhaps their best shot ever at a league title.
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December 2, 1999 | By Rev. Donna Schaper
A cornerstone has been laid in Nazareth to build a mosque in the front yard of the Basilica of the Annunciation, a famous Christian church. For two days, many of the most famous churches in the Holy Land closed their doors in protest, disrupting the plans of thousands of tourists. The proposed structure will feature a 300-foot minaret with a laser on top. The Israeli government gave the go-ahead for the mosque, possibly with the best of intentions, but now the Vatican has protested - the mosque is yards away from the Basilica, traditionally the site at which the angel Gabriel appeared to Mary - and everybody's mad. When we add ancient religious animosities to contemporary triangulation, throw in a pinch of architectural concerns, stir in a holiday and tourist season, we have plenty of reasons for Christians in Nazareth to close their doors to the public in agonized protest.
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November 4, 1991 | By Beth Onufrak, Special to The Inquirer
Playing in its first Catholic Academies League championship game, Mount St. Joseph's Academy defeated Nazareth, 2-0, to win the title Thursday at La Salle University. "We played the best soccer I've ever seen from us in three years of coaching," Mounties coach Rich Klump said. "Last year's team was probably more talented. This team has a lot more heart. " The Mounties (8-9-1) scored both their goals in the second half. Sophomore Denise Serafin sent a head ball from midfield to junior Ellen Walton.
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May 10, 1988 | By Howard Courtney, Special to The Inquirer
After losing the opening game of the season to Villa Maria, Nazareth has been on a five-game tear, defeating every team in the Catholic Academy softball league by such a large margin that not one game has gone past the fifth inning because of the 10-run rule. Last week Nazareth (5-1) had two more lopsided wins, beating St. Basil's, 19-1, May 2 and Cecelian, 32-4, last Tuesday. "We are just hitting the ball very well right now. Everything is dropping in for a hit," Coach MaryJo Kelly said.
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February 17, 1997 | By Brian Miller, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
The championship was always just out of reach of Villa Maria yesterday afternoon at Philadelphia Textile. The Hurricanes would get close, to within five or six points, of Nazareth, but that was all. A missed shot or a turnover would knock them back down again. As a result, Nazareth hung on for a 53-47 victory to claim its second straight Catholic Academies League girls' basketball tournament title. Villa coach Kathy McCartney said she knew how her team would respond after turning the ball over seven times in the second quarter while allowing the Pandas (14-10)
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May 11, 2000 | By Jay Nagle, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
The Catholic Academies softball playoffs open this afternoon for Nazareth. The PIAA District 1 playoffs are just around the corner. Pandas coach Bob Keating can't think of anyone he would rather have on the mound at this time of year than junior pitcher Kelli Haskins. "We've had the chance to play a lot of teams outside our league because we've been trying to play a tougher schedule," Keating said. "We've played teams from Bucks County and Montgomery County. We've seen good pitchers.
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April 30, 2015 | By Mark Macyk, Inquirer Staff Writer
Bethany Liberatore recorded three more hits than she allowed on Tuesday afternoon. The sophomore struck out 10 and threw her first career no-hitter as Nazareth Academy stymied visiting Morrisville, 10-0, in a nonleague softball game. Liberatore also went 3 for 4 with a double and two RBIs. Catholic League. Ashley Seal tossed a three-hitter to lead Lansdale Catholic to a 1-0 triumph at Conwell-Egan. Seal scored the winning run from third on a wild pitch in the sixth. Kerri Dadalski tossed a five-hitter as Archbishop Ryan topped visiting St. Hubert, 8-0 Catholic Academies.
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September 20, 2014 | By Mark Macyk, Inquirer Staff Writer
Ashley Hunter briefly transformed herself from goal-stopper to goal-creator on Thursday afternoon. During the second half of her eight-save shutout, the Nazareth Academy goalie booted a punt all the way downfield to assist on a crucial insurance goal as the Pandas held off visiting Merion Mercy, 2-0, in a Catholic Academies soccer game. Madison Joynes scored both goals for Nazareth. Elsewhere in the Catholic Academies: Erica DeCandido scored off an assist from Maggie Cameron in double overtime to send Gwynedd Mercy to a 2-1 victory at Mount St. Joseph.
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September 18, 2014 | By Mark Macyk, Inquirer Staff Writer
You can stop play, but it won't stop Jules Bradbury. The Villa Maria junior converted a pair of penalty kicks and then scored off a direct kick to lift the Hurricanes over visiting Nazareth Academy, 3-2, in a Catholic Academies girls' soccer game Tuesday afternoon. Bradbury's direct kick went over the wall and dipped between the goalie's hands and the crossbar to make it 3-1 midway through the second half. Kayla McNamee scored both goals for Nazareth. Catholic League.
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May 16, 2014 | By Kate Harman, For The Inquirer
Radnor's Michelle Gorson was standing on third base in the 11th inning, with her team locked in a 2-2 tie with visiting Nazareth Academy on Wednesday. Gorson decided she would try to score if the ball was hit on the ground. She heard the crack of Holly Pachella's bat, but there was a problem. It was a fly ball, not a hard-hit shot up the middle. Gorson scurried back to the bag, tagged up, and raced home to score the decisive run in a 3-2 victory over the Pandas. Afterward, Gorson, a third baseman, called the moment nerve-racking.
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April 2, 2014 | By Doug Gausepohl, Inquirer Staff Writer
With just seconds left in Nazareth Academy's nonleague girls' lacrosse showdown with Conwell-Egan on Monday afternoon, Maura Devaney made sure it didn't go on much longer. The senior scored with just six seconds remaining to lift the Pandas over host Conwell-Egan, 8-7. Devaney scored from right outside the goalmouth off a pass from Mary Wilkinson. Wilkinson tallied a pair of goals. Nazareth's scoring barrage was led by Erin Roche, who scored twice in each half. In another nonleague lacrosse contest: Hanna Bogorowski scored three times, but Germantown Academy fell to Stoneridge in Washington D.C., 9-8. Cooper Hall and Jennifer Stack each added a pair of goals.
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July 7, 2013 | BY BILL FLEISCHMAN, For the Daily News fleiscb@phillynews.com
LONG POND, Pa. - There's another racer from Nazareth, Pa., except he is not named Andretti. Sage Karam, 18, is attempting to follow in the fast footsteps of Mario, Michael, Jeff, John and now Marco Andretti. Karam has won the last two Firestone Indy Lights races. He'll race today in the scheduled 4 p.m. Indy Lights event at Pocono Raceway. Karam should be easy to find on the track: His No. 8 car is one of only eight in the 40-lap/100-mile race that supports tomorrow's Pocono IndyCar 400 Fueled by Sunoco.
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June 12, 2013 | By Nick Carroll, Inquirer Staff Writer
ALLENTOWN - After Nazareth Academy lost in the PIAA Class AAA softball semifinals, 6-3, against Valley View on Tuesday, players proceeded off the field after postgame handshakes with their heads down. Nazareth assistant coach Brian Kalesse followed behind the line, looking up and sporting a slight grin. He remained energetic and talkative, proud of the team that had made it farther than any team in school history. "We didn't get blown out," Kalesse said. "For a small academy from Philly that's always underestimated, they just continued to fight.
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June 8, 2013 | By Matt Breen, Inquirer Staff Writer
Two-thirds of Nazareth Academy's softball practices are focused on hitting, assistant coach Ray Keough said. But lately, the Pandas have been fine-tuning their defense, he said, and on Thursday it showed as they used a series of great catches to edge Bethlehem Catholic, 2-1, in the PIAA Class AAA state quarterfinals at Fleetwood. The win sends Nazareth to its first state semifinal. Sophomore centerfielder Tamara Jennings ended the fourth inning with an over-the-shoulder grab with her back to the infield.
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June 1, 2013 | By Nick Carroll, Inquirer Staff Writer
When Nazareth Academy freshman Tricia Kalesse stood on third base to start the sixth inning, she looked more surprised than excited. Kalesse was breathing heavily with wide eyes as her teammates stood against the fence cheering for the hit that eventually sent Nazareth to a 2-1 win Thursday against Chichester in the PIAA District 1 Class AAA softball final at Harriton. "I was a little shocked I had got to third base," Kalesse said. "We were tied, and it was a big deal. " Kalesse, who knocked in the Pandas' first run with a base hit in the third inning, delivered a leadoff single and advanced to third when the Eagles' rightfielder misplayed the ball.
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May 11, 2013 | By Matt Breen, Inquirer Staff Writer
Before the season, Nazareth Academy's softball players told coach Bob Keating that they wanted a certain message on the back of their navy blue practice T-shirts. "Tradition never graduates," they said. Keating made it happen, in yellow print, to match the school colors. Thursday afternoon, the Pandas defined that message as they clinched their seventh straight Catholic Academies crown with an 11-1 win at Merion Mercy. Junior righthander Taylor Lichtenhahn battled a wet pitching circle to strike out four in five innings for the win. Brittany Colombo, a junior third baseman, had a homer and five RBIs.
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