May 16, 2015 |
Whether it was kickball in the backyard, races by bonfire or all-you-can-eat free-for-alls at the dinner table, Maggie Balint has always been extremely competitive. Perhaps that's why the junior pitcher for Avon Grove had second thoughts after committing to Delaware during her sophomore year. "I'm a person who wants to play the most competitive softball I can play," the righthanded slinger said. After backing out of her commitment earlier this season, Balint is contemplating offers from Ohio State and James Madison while also fielding interest from Kentucky, Missouri and Penn State.
February 18, 2015 |
KYLE MOLOCK, just 16 days after his 17th birthday, was in Anaheim, Calif., a long, productive summer of AAU ball down to one final tournament. He had been playing up one age group. He had committed to Purdue the previous fall. He was about to head back to his home in suburban Columbus, Ohio, to gear up for his junior year of high school, his basketball future jammed with possibilities as the winter of 2011 beckoned. So why exactly was Kyle Molock, 4 1/2 years later and now 21, seated on a winter's day in what used to be the press room at Alumni Memorial Fieldhouse before it became Hagan Arena on the Saint Joseph's University campus?
February 6, 2015
Here is how the recruiting classes in the Big Ten were ranked nationally by scouting websites Rivals.com, 247sports.com, and Scout.com: Team Rivals 247sports Scout Avg. Ohio State 9 6 9 8 Penn State 15 14 12 13.7 Michigan St. 22 22 17 20.3 Nebraska 31 31 33 31.7 Wisconsin 37 34 30 33.7 ...
February 5, 2015 |
STATE COLLEGE - On Jan. 11, 2014, James Franklin made a promise. "We are going to dominate the state," the coach said without blinking an eye. "Dominate the state" - it's been hashtagged on Twitter and printed on T-shirts since Franklin's introductory news conference as the Nittany Lions' football coach, and, while many have overused or overblown the motto, it wasn't an empty claim. Franklin put himself and his staff out on a limb, but, as long as there aren't any surprises today on National Signing Day, he'll have the results to back up that promise.
February 1, 2015 |
St. Joseph's football team will play Maryland state power Mount St. Joseph on Oct. 10 in Baltimore, Wildcats coach Paul Sacco said Friday. Mount St. Joseph, an all-boys private school with an enrollment of around 1,000 students, was 8-3 last season. "It should be a good experience," Sacco said. "We'll go down a day early, maybe go to the Inner Harbor, go out to dinner. "They're a good team. Playing a game like this will help us. " This will mark the second season in a row that St. Joseph will play a road game against an out-of-state team.
January 22, 2015 |
MOBILE, Ala. - If the Eagles were to draft Ohio State wide receiver Devin Smith, known for his capabilities as a vertical threat, they might evoke some comparisons to DeSean Jackson. But Smith said yesterday he's more interested in emulating Jackson's successor as the Birds' top receiver. "I watched Jeremy Maclin a lot, especially when he was at Missouri," Smith said after yesterday's North team Senior Bowl practice at Ladd-Peebles Stadium. "He's a very smooth, smooth runner - just sassy when he runs.
January 19, 2015 |
Sometimes, trying to return to sleep in those unsettling hours before dawn, I'll walk my mind through vanished sports landscapes. The mental exercise required to dredge up details of once-familiar locales can induce sleep as effectively as any pill. I might enter Connie Mack Stadium beneath the 21st and Lehigh portico, and walk through the clacking turnstiles and down the dank concourse, passing program vendors and dimly lit concession stands, until finally I am climbing a ramp to the lonely left-field bleachers.
January 18, 2015 |
Isiah Perkins became Williamstown High School's quarterback as a senior and learned on the fly as the orchestrator of the Braves' new no-huddle, spread offense. He became an expert in making quick decisions. Except when it comes to his college destination. "I'm keeping my options open," Perkins said Friday. A senior who has been recruited mostly as a defensive back, Perkins has offers from five colleges: Villanova, Bucknell, Marist, New Hampshire and Sacred Heart. The 6-0, 180-pound Perkins made a recruiting visit to Sacred Heart last weekend and was scheduled to travel this weekend to New Hampshire.
January 15, 2015 |
THEY'RE GENIUSES, those guys. No, not Ohio State's Urban Meyer or Oregon's Mark Helfrich, or even our own Chip Kelly, who turned one of them into a sports science guru and the other into a successful head coach and then watched his influence play against itself in a wonderfully entertaining and surprising national championship game Monday night. (Wonder what that Widener football coach thought about that!) No, the geniuses were those 12 people who picked the right four teams back on Dec. 7, shaking off the shaking heads of many, myself included, who had drank the Kool-Aid about the Southeastern Conference's superiority and the relative strength of the two Big 12 teams and bought lock, stock and barrel that the Big Ten was a conference filled with pinky toes.
January 15, 2015 |
ARLINGTON, Texas - What might be the final pass of Marcus Mariota's storied college career finished in the hands of Ohio State cornerback Eli Apple, a Voorhees native who enjoyed his ultimate experience Monday night. The interception sealed the Buckeyes' 42-20 upset of Oregon in the national championship, a resounding victory that gave Apple a title to bring back home. "This is something I dreamed of since I was 11, 12 years old," Apple said in an emotional postgame locker room. "This is something I told my friends about, and they all laughed at me. . . . I'm sure everybody's very proud.