February 14, 1987 |
Jerry Krykewycz was among the last of about two dozen workers who trickled out of the Phoenix Steel Corp.'s Paradise Street gateway at the 3 p.m. shift change yesterday. Krykewycz, 58, a pipe straightener, said he had made the long trek from his work station to his car so often in the last 17 years that he could walk it blindfolded. But knowing that the plant will close its doors March 3, idling all of the 175 workers still there, Krykewycz took a long, savoring glance at the place he calls "my work.
February 28, 2001 |
Phoenixville girls' basketball coach Mary Frances Traywick resigned yesterday after the most successful of her four seasons in charge. Traywick told athletic director Cheryl Massaro that she wanted to spend more time with her family, which includes two children who are not yet school age. "She's a great coach, and the girls are really going to miss her," Massaro said. "Whoever takes over isn't getting a rookie team. She didn't want to leave it when it was all over. She wanted to leave it with strength.
September 7, 1998 |
The highlight film belonged to Phoenixville, but the game ball belonged to Harry S Truman. In Friday night's nonleague football opener, the Tigers held off the host Phantoms, 14-7, at Washington Field. Phoenixville was spectacular at times in keeping the game close and competitive. But Truman's steady running game and swarming, opportunistic defense wore down the Phantoms. Truman senior fullback Jon Slemmer rushed for 122 yards and one touchdown on 21 carries, and presented first-year coach Galen Snyder with the game ball following the victory.
February 17, 1997 |
Carlos Garcia, a 1995 graduate of Phoenixville and a former state and national scholastic sprint champion, made an oral commitment Saturday to attend the University of Texas-El Paso on a full athletic scholarship. A native of the Dominican Republic, Garcia has attended Wallace State Junior College in Alabama for the last two years to work on his grades and English skills. He said he chose UTEP over Tennessee, Louisiana State, Southern California and Clemson. "It was really nice," Garcia said of his visit to UTEP.
October 25, 1999 |
Phoenixville coach Hank Coyne was not stunned when his team took a 19-0 first-half lead against previously undefeated Owen J. Roberts. Coyne had no trouble believing that his defense, which had struggled for much of the season, could control one of the biggest rushing threats in Chester County. And Coyne was sure that even though the Phantoms had been haunted by late rallies by the opposition that turned into losses before, this time they would hold on and win. Phoenixville's 22-14 road upset of Roberts came as no surprise to Coyne - but his own reaction to the Phantoms' big win did. "I am actually shaking," Coyne said, standing on the muddy, wind-chilled field after the game, "and it's not from the cold.
October 21, 2012 |
Phoenixville received some unexpected help Saturday in its 40-19 victory over Pope John Paul II in Pioneer Athletic Conference football. Lineman Brian Hyland punched home two touchdowns out of the Phantoms' goal-line formation. "We've been using him as a blocker in short-yardage situations," coach Bill Furlong said. "There, we tried to catch them off guard. " Hyland, typically a two-way tackle, opened the scoring with a 1-yard touchdown run and made the score 26-0 in the third quarter with another 1-yarder.
April 1, 1990 |
Karen Johns hopes that one day Phoenixville will have a semipro baseball team. So when the manager of a team in the Perkiomen Twilight League called her in December and said he'd like to see Phoenixville field a squad, Johns started a recruiting drive. Not for players, but for residents, business owners and politicians to support construction of a 2,500-seat stadium, modeled after the one used by the Boyertown Bears. On March 15, Johns' group, which has gained the backing of State Sen. Earl Baker (R., Chester)
March 29, 2014 |
A Phoenixville doctor has been charged with federal tax fraud for allegedly pocketing millions he earned from online prescription sales but never reported as income. In an indictment unsealed Thursday, the U.S. Attorney's Office in Philadelphia said Elias Karkalas earned about $2.5 million from prescriptions to patients he never met or examined. Karkalas, 64, a primary-care doctor, operates Upper Merion Family Practice in King of Prussia. No attorney was listed for his case, and calls to his practice were not returned Thursday.
September 8, 1997 |
It wasn't St. Pius X's 80-yard touchdown drive in the final minutes that distressed Phoenixville coach Bill Shirk most about his team's 21-17 loss Saturday. It was his players' effort - or lack of it - that left the Phantoms coach hot after his team dropped a seesaw Pioneer Conference game. "We just didn't play to win," Shirk said. "It's something we worked on since the first day of camp. Our attitude today was like, 'Let's show up and see what happens.' " What happened was bad for a team that looked impressive in scrimmages against Upper Merion and Wissahickon before opening its season with a 21-6 win over Harry S Truman.
February 11, 2000 |
Ashley MacLelland could barely find the words to explain what happened last night. Whatever happened, it definitely hurt. The Phoenixville girls' basketball team lost to Pottstown, 61-45, in the Pioneer Athletic Conference Final Four tournament at Spring-Ford. It was a game the Phantoms felt they could have won. "I thought we were prepared," said MacLelland, a junior, who finished with a team-high 16 points and nine rebounds. "We just fell apart. " The Phantoms (14-9)