May 30, 2014 |
Cheryl O. Irving, 69, of Chestnut Hill, a longtime teacher at the William Penn Charter School, collapsed Wednesday, May 21, and died of heart arrhythmia at her home. Mrs. Irving was a gifted teacher, a faithful churchwoman, and an avid tennis player, according to the school's spokeswoman, Sharon Sextant. During her 29 years at the Quaker school in East Falls, Mrs. Irving taught English and was the founder and director of the school's Writing Center. She also directed its Multicultural Resource Center.
May 18, 2014
A report Friday on a Catholic League girls' lacrosse semifinal game contained incorrect results. Archbishop Wood beat Cardinal O'Hara in overtime, and Archbishop Carroll beat St. Hubert in the other semifinal. A report Friday on an Inter-Ac League softball game contained incomplete information. Episcopal Academy won its first league championship by beating Penn Charter, 3-2.
May 8, 2014 |
Dan Grandieri is enjoying his final days at Malvern Prep, as evidenced by his free-swinging approach at the plate and the long locks flowing out of his cap. "I haven't cut my hair since September," the 18-year-old said. "It's my last year of high school. You have to do something like this at least once in your life, right?" With the laid-back Grandieri contributing two hits, the Friars (20-5 overall) took a big step toward earning their fourth consecutive Inter-Ac League baseball title by defeating Penn Charter, 7-5, Tuesday afternoon in East Falls.
May 8, 2014 |
WHEN THE WEATHER cooperates, an ideal day for Malvern Prep's Matt Maul likely begins on a golf course. The senior shortstop isn't necessarily keen on hacking up the links; he likes the calm and relaxation of fishing. "I'm just a laid-back guy," Maul said. "I don't get too worried. I've always been pretty laid back. I'll get fired up if it comes to that, but I like to keep teammates calm, focused and not all hyped-up and nervous. " Maul, one of three captains for Malvern, helped the Friars stay focused in yesterday's 7-5 triumph against host Penn Charter.
May 1, 2014 |
FRESHMEN are supposed to quake in their cleats in big situations. Not Andrew Singer, yesterday's designated hitter for Springside Chestnut Hill Academy. The only noise likely coming from the batter's box could have been his chattering teeth, because of a biting wind, consistent rain and 40-degree temperature. After Inter-Ac top dog Penn Charter played rude guest and scored six unanswered runs in the fifth (two) and sixth (four) innings, the Blue Devils watched their 6-1 advantage vanish.
April 28, 2014 |
Matt Reed pitched a one-hitter Saturday in Germantown Friends' 3-2 win at Devon Prep in a nonleague baseball game. Reed struck out four and allowed one earned run. At the plate, Reed had the game's only extra-base hit, a double. In other nonleague play: Nick Centeno led an Archbishop Ryan team that had a season-high hit total in a 13-3 home win against Pope John Paul II. Centeno had three of Ryan's 14 hits, including a double and a triple. Father Judge won two home games over Public League schools.
April 27, 2014 |
An hour had passed since Fran McGlinn finished some light drills with his father, but the Archbishop Wood junior's heart was racing wildly. It was not a strenuous workout, just some simple fine-tuning of McGlinn's shot before a summer AAU tournament. McGlinn's mother checked his heart rate. It was more than 100 beats per minute and would not slow down. He was diagnosed days later - Aug. 15, 2005 - with hypertrophic cardiomyopathy. It is the same heart disease that killed Hank Gathers.
April 19, 2014 |
First-year Penn Charter baseball coach David Miller wants his players to take chances. And if someone makes a mistake in doing so, the Quakers, taking a cue from Louisiana State's vaunted program, are supposed to "flush it" and move on. "I think the kids kind of played like robots last season," Miller said. "They played a little too tight. Mistakes are going to happen. You have to learn from it and get better. " Continuing its turnaround from last season, Penn Charter, buoyed by 11 hits and a strong effort from freshman righthander Matt Gorman, easily downed Germantown Academy, 10-4, Thursday in an Inter-Ac League contest in Fort Washington.
April 18, 2014 |
Aside from a couple of games, the Plymouth Whitemarsh baseball team hasn't overwhelmed many teams with runs this season. The Colonials haven't had to. Mike Whalon threw his second consecutive shutout, and Plymouth Whitemarsh topped visiting Upper Dublin, 1-0, in Suburban One American play Wednesday. That has been the M.O. The Colonials, 5-0 in the league and 7-0 overall, have allowed 13 runs this season and five in their last four games. They have won three games by one run and two by two runs.
April 13, 2014 |
The count was two strikes and no balls. But Zach Kurtz, a senior leftfielder for Penn Charter, did not worry about taking a defensive swing. Kurtz saw a fastball he liked and yanked it over the left-field fence for a two-run homer to score the go-ahead runs in the seventh inning of a 5-4 win at Haverford School. It was the first home run of the season for Kurtz, and it delivered the first Inter-Ac League victory for coach Dave Miller. PJ Pagan also hit a home run for Penn Charter.