February 17, 2014 |
While many of her classmates at Central Bucks East were enjoying a day off from school Friday because of the weather, Courtney Webster was on the couch, doing homework. The senior center for the girls' basketball team wasn't studying calculus or biology, but rather, game film. And instead of throwing snowballs or going sledding, Webster looked at notes provided by coach Liz Potash. She focused on what the Patriots had to do to win their first-round game in the District 1 Class AAAA tournament, how to stop Harriton, and whom to look out for on the opposing squad.
February 13, 2014 |
Hamisi Tarrant was in middle school the last time the Cherry Hill West boys' basketball team won a division title. He has been connected to the program one way or another for most of the 19 years since. So no one needed to explain to him what Cherry Hill West's 65-45 win over visiting Shawnee meant Tuesday night. The Lions clinched the Olympic Conference Patriot Division title. "For all of us who have been around the program for a long time, this is a milestone," Tarrant said.
February 9, 2014 |
The contest was about a minute and a half old when Margaret Anne Hubbell gave the first indication of what kind of basketball game it was going to be. A senior forward for Germantown Academy, Hubbell posted up a Penn Charter defender, received a pass, and muscled her way to the basket, getting fouled in the process. Hubbell plays the game in an undeniably physical way, and her body takes a beating over 32 minutes. She used her grit to the Patriots' advantage on Friday, as GA defeated the host Quakers, 51-36, in an Inter-Ac League matchup.
January 30, 2014 |
The NFL and New Jersey tourism boosters are preaching the gospel of money. Specifically, they're preaching that the Garden State's first Super Bowl is going to hail money, $550 million, in East Rutherford, Jersey City, and beyond - like Manhattan, which surely doesn't need the money even in the Bill De Blasio new world order. But why would you believe the NFL or Jersey politicians about anything? Nine years ago, the league forced folks to head to Jacksonville, the stripper-and-sirloin capital of North Florida, to watch the Patriots beat the Eagles, 24-21, not that we're still bitter.
January 8, 2014 |
Given the fortuitous circumstances of their 45-44 comeback win over the Kansas City Chiefs, you have to figure that the Indianapolis Colts are big believers in luck (hey, they have a horseshoe on their helmets). So it make sense that they would add an extra lucky charm to help their postseason run - and maybe put a jinx on their next opponent, the New England Patriots. On Monday, the Colts signed former Super Bowl MVP Deion Branch, just days before playing the wide receiver's ex-team in the divisional round.
January 3, 2014 |
FAIRFAX, Va. - Penn's inability to take care of the basketball proved costly last night in a 80-77 loss to George Mason at the Patriot Center. The Quakers (2-9) turned the ball over 15 times, leading to 15 points for the Patriots (7-6), negating their 10-point first-half lead. Penn shot 63 percent in the first half but just 32 percent in the second. "You can't turn the ball over and you have to hold the team to one shot every defensive possession and that is something that we didn't do as well as we did in the second half," Penn coach Jerome Allen said.
December 17, 2013 |
Looks like the Miami Dolphins have found the secret to stopping New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady. Sign a reserve safety off the San Francisco 49ers' practice squad and give him his first NFL start against the future Hall-of-Famer. (It's so simple, you wonder why nobody ever tried it before.) After Michael Thomas stepped in front of Austin Collie to intercept Brady's fourth-down pass in the end zone with two seconds left on Sunday, sealing a seesaw, 24-20 victory over the Pats, he flopped to his back and was swarmed by his new teammates.
December 10, 2013 |
It's been a rough year for New England's Rob Gronkowski. The Patriots tight end missed the first six games recovering from offseason forearm and back surgeries. Now, Gronkowski's season appears to be over after he hurt his right knee on a hit by Browns safety T.J. Ward after a reception in New England's 27-26 win over Cleveland on Sunday. Coach Bill Belichick said Gronkowski is expected to undergo an MRI on Monday. It is believed that he suffered a torn anterior cruciate ligament "We've sustained some pretty big injuries this year with really important, critical players," said Patriots QB Tom Brady.
November 25, 2013 |
In the 149th meeting of college football's most-played rivalry, Lafayette (5-6, 4-1) routed No. 17 Lehigh, 50-28, in Bethlehem, Pa., on Saturday to claim the Patriot League title. Lafayette, which opened the season by losing five of its first six games but has since won four of its last five, captured its first league title since 2006 and seventh overall. The Leopards also gained the league's automatic bid to the FCS playoffs, where they will be the first sub-.500 qualifier since the playoffs began in 1978.
November 13, 2013 |
Paul Eisold can't quite put his finger on it. The Central Bucks East girls' soccer coach knows that this team, especially the senior class, is special. As for what makes the Patriots tick? That question leaves Eisold mostly stumped. "They just have a magical piece to them," Eisold said. "I don't know what it is, but it definitely is a magical piece that keeps them playing. Is it the will, the desire? I don't know what it is, but there is something about them. " Senior forward Shaun Kane, a four-year starter, remembers what it was like when the team won only three games in her freshman year.