August 17, 2016 |
No one ever told the 11th man in Phillies history to reach 30 saves that he was the closer. It was April 9, and Jeanmar Gomez stretched in the fifth inning with the rest of his bullpen mates. He prepared for a phone call in the middle innings, just as it had come in the first six seasons of his nondescript major-league career, but three other Phillies relievers were summoned before Gomez. So he saved that game with six casual pitches. Then, he converted 30 of his next 33 chances.
June 12, 2016 |
WEST LONG BRANCH, N.J. - After the game, the crowd stood and chanted in unison. "EHT! EHT! EHT!" It was a final nod to the Egg Harbor Township softball team - a fiery, fearless group of girls that captivated an entire community. The team gathered in the outfield. And before the coaches could address them, the seniors - well-spoken and poised beyond their years - stood up, wiped away a few tears, and tried to put a wild, once-in-a-lifetime ride in perspective. "We finished this season 24-1.
May 24, 2016 |
Eileen Hennessy needed to go for a run. Hours before, her Penn Charter softball team suffered its first loss of the season, a heartbreaking 1-0 defeat that Episcopal Academy won in walk-off fashion. The loss ruined the Quakers' chance at a perfect season and the opportunity to be the first team in league history to finish 12-0 in Inter-Ac play. And so, after "snapping" on her mother, Denise, during the car ride home and then talking about the game with her father, Jamie, the senior third baseman decided it would be best for her to go into her Chalfont neighborhood in Northeast Philadelphia and jog a couple of miles.
November 23, 2015 |
HERSHEY - The chant rang out enthusiastically from the Central Bucks East student section with four minutes remaining in the PIAA Class AAA boys' soccer championship. East . . . East! One . . . One! Champs . . . Champs! It may have been a little early to declare the game over, but the cheering wasn't at all premature. From the moment the Patriots walked onto the turf Saturday at Hersheypark Stadium they looked like the undefeated juggernaut that has rolled through opponents this season.
November 23, 2015 |
HERSHEY - Amid all the white jerseys, there was Emma Loving, her navy blue No. 8 jersey surrounded by players from Upper St. Clair. The senior for the Central Bucks East girls' soccer team spent the majority of the PIAA Class AAA final Saturday in that fashion. The Panthers defenders never left the explosive forward alone. Some plays, three players flanked her on both sides and behind. On other sequences, a fourth player would come over just to keep tabs on the Penn recruit. Loving remained relentless in her pursuit of perfection and a state title as she powered the attack.
November 22, 2015 |
After blowing through the first two rounds of the PIAA Class AA field hockey tournament, District 1 champion Villa Maria walked into a semifinal matchup Tuesday with District 3 powerhouse Donegal ready for a fight, and got one. But Daan Polders' team topped Donegal, 4-3, setting up a chance to repeat as state champions when Villa Maria faces another District 3 squad, Twin Valley, noon Saturday at Zephyr Sports Complex in Whitehall. Villa Maria beat Crestwood, 2-1, in last year's final.
March 22, 2015 |
HERSHEY,Pa. - There was only one word to describe the performance of the Neumann-Goretti girls' basketball team as soon as they stepped on the floor of the Giant Center in Hershey: Dominant. From the opening tip to the final buzzer, there was no doubt as the nation's top-ranked team avenged last year's loss in the state final by defeating the defending champions, Seton-LaSalle, 79-34, in the PIAA Class AA title game. Powered by A.J. Timbers' 20 points in a spectacular shooting afternoon from three-point land, Goretti finished the perfect season, going 30-0.
March 17, 2015 |
The top-ranked Kentucky Wildcats are taking a 34-game winning streak into the NCAA tournament in their quest for title. Willie Cauley-Stein scored 15 points and grabbed 10 rebounds, and Kentucky never trailed in beating Arkansas, 78-63, Sunday in the Southeastern Conference tournament championship game in Nashville. Atlantic Ten. Treveon Graham scored 20 points and Doug Brooks made a huge steal in the final minute to help Virginia Commonwealth beat Dayton, 71-65, and win its first A-10 tournament championship.
December 8, 2014 |
Dick Eastwick remembers his twin brother helping him with the plays. Bob Eastwick remembers his twin brother helping him in other ways. "It would be hot at practice, say in September," Bob Eastwick recalled. "They didn't let you drink water back then. You would be feeling sorry for yourself and I'd see my brother looking at me like, 'What the hell is the matter with you?' " Bob Eastwick would tough it out, thanks to his brother, Dick, thanks to legendary Haddonfield coach Russ Spicer and his assistants, and thanks to the sense of responsibility and camaraderie that swirled around that special football team.