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.
April 24, 2014 |
Over the years, talking to a Moorestown girls' lacrosse goalie could be an experience unto itself. These players can hold conversations better than most high school coaches. They are outgoing and witty. There's an underlying attitude, and confidence is one of its main ingredients. Footwork and mechanics and hand speed and quickness are essential skills for goalies, but that's not what comes to mind when Quakers coaches talk about what separates the truly great at the position. The coaches will point to that inherent confidence, the ability to be comfortable in any situation, to handle pressure.
March 22, 2014 |
When the Spring-Ford girls' basketball team walks into Hershey's Giant Center on Friday evening, things are really going to feel familiar. The site is where the Rams won their first PIAA Class AAAA state championship a season ago. And the opponent, Cumberland Valley, is the squad Spring-Ford beat for the state crown. The Rams also faced the Eagles in a scrimmage and the regular-season finale this year. So, yes, for Sammy Stipa, Shelby Mueller, and Maggie Locke - all players who made significant contributions on the court at Hershey in the past - walking back onto the floor is sure to bring a flood of memories.
February 25, 2014 |
IT WAS the perfect ending to a perfect Public League season for Imhotep Institute Charter High guard Deja Reynolds. After verbally committing to play at Temple earlier in the season, the 5-9 junior helped the Imhotep Panthers (22-2) earn a 41-38 victory yesterday over Northeast High (17-4) in the Public League girls' title game at the Liacouras Center. For Reynolds, winning the school's first title was even more bittersweet because it was played at Temple. "It means a lot for me to do it here at Temple," Reynolds said.
November 18, 2013 |
HERSHEY, Pa. - They told Rachel Clemens so. Megan Schafer and the rest of the Neshaminy girls' soccer players informed their coach back in August that they wanted to go undefeated this season. Schafer remembers the reaction on Clemens' face, the look emphasizing how hard that goal was to achieve. Saturday, when the Redskins capped their season of perfection with a 2-1 overtime victory over gritty Spring-Ford in the PIAA state Class AAA final at Hersheypark Stadium, Clemens was rendered practically speechless.
October 10, 2013 |
IT WAS ONE of the most memorable moments of the Phillies' half-decade reign in the National League East. On the penultimate day of the 2008 regular season, Brad Lidge finished his perfect season and the team clinched its second consecutive division title when Jimmy Rollins, Chase Utley and Ryan Howard completed a nifty, game-ending doubleplay against the Washington Nationals. Lidge, of course, is long gone. The man on the other end of that battery, catcher Carlos Ruiz, may or may not return in 2014 - he's set to file for free agency in a few weeks.
August 2, 2013 |
IT WAS ONLY fitting that legendary Phillies broadcaster Harry Kalas made the call during the most memorable moment of Brad Lidge's career. " Brad Lidge stretches. The 0-2 pitch . . . swing and a miss! Struck him out! The Philadelphia Phillies are 2008 world champions of baseball! " It was the final pitch of the World Series and the final pitch of a perfect season for Phillies closer Brad Lidge. Now almost 5 years later, "Lights out Lidge" will return to Citizens Bank Park before tonight's game against the Giants to officially call it a career.