May 10, 2013 |
EVERYONE HAS heard the extra-rough rumor: Because of budget miseries, sports will not exist during the 2013-14 school year in the School District of Philadelphia. Now comes an offshoot rumor: If the district does save sports, it could order teams to withdraw from the PIAA as one of several potential cost-cutting measures. Two athletic directors told the Daily News they could picture such a scenario. "This is the first time I've heard this," said Robert Coleman, the czar of Pub sports, as well as the District 12 chairman.
May 5, 2013 |
HARRISBURG - A dispute involving a decades-old law that allows boys to play on girls' high school sports teams appears to be headed to court. Lawyers representing the Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association - which says it would like the law changed to make sure girls do not lose athletic opportunities and for safety reasons - and Attorney General Kathleen Kane's office met Friday afternoon in Commonwealth Court. "It looks like we are headed toward an evidentiary hearing of some sort," Pittsburgh lawyer Mary Grenen said after the status conference between the two sides.
April 5, 2013 |
Chester's Rondae Jefferson still went out a winner. Despite closing his high school basketball career with a loss in the PIAA finals, Jefferson on Wednesday was named the Associated Press' Class AAAA player of the year in a vote of Pennsylvania sportswriters. Chester's passionate, 6-foot-7 catalyst won top player honors for the second straight season after averaging a double-double (15.5 points, 11.0 rebounds) for the Clippers. Jefferson, a University of Arizona recruit, also averaged 4.4 assists, 2.8 steals, and 2.4 blocked shots for Larry Yarbray's high-powered Clippers, who fell one victory shy of winning their third straight PIAA title.
April 4, 2013 |
Chester's Rondae Jefferson still went out a winner. Despite closing his high school basketball career with a loss in the PIAA finals, Jefferson on Wednesday was named the Associated Press's Class AAAA player of the year in a vote of Pennsylvania sports writers. Chester's passionate 6-foot-7 catalyst won top player honors for the second straight season after averaging a double-double (15.5 points, 11.0 rebounds) for the Clippers. Jefferson, a University of Arizona recruit, also averaged 4.4 assists, 2.8 steals, and 2.4 blocked shots for Larry Yarbray's high-powered Clippers, who fell one victory shy of winning their third straight PIAA title.
March 21, 2013
All games at the Giant Center, Hershey. Boys Class AAAA: Chester vs. Lower Merion, 8 p.m. Saturday. Class AAA: Imhotep Charter vs. Archbishop Carroll, 8 p.m. Friday. Class AA: Holy Cross (Scranton) vs. Beaver Falls, 2 p.m. Saturday. Class A: Vaux vs. Johnsonburg (Elk County), 2 p.m. Friday. Girls Class AAAA: Spring-Ford vs. Cumberland Valley, 6 p.m. Friday. Class AAA: Bethlehem Catholic vs. South Park, 6 p.m. Saturday. Class AA: York Catholic vs. Bishop Canevin, noon Friday.
March 20, 2013 |
When a team loses four starters from a squad that reached the quarterfinals of the state tournament, it doesn't often enter the next season expecting a lot of success. But the more Villa Maria played this season, the more the Hurricanes accomplished. By the time they captured the District 1 Class AAA title, they found themselves in the state tournament as an underdog and loving every minute of it. They won three straight games in impressive fashion. Their astounding effort continued Tuesday night at William Tennent.
March 19, 2013 |
The top two girls' basketball teams in The Inquirer's Southeastern Pennsylvania rankings will face off Tuesday night. No. 1 Spring-Ford will face No. 2 Cardinal O'Hara at 7:30 in a Class AAAA state semifinal at William Tennent High. The Rams (30-2) and the Lions (23-5) have been dominant in tournament play. Spring-Ford has outscored opponents by 184-130 and O'Hara has outscored foes by 153-90 in the last three games. O'Hara, the District 12 champion, has won 15 straight. The Lions have not lost since Jan. 17. District 1 champion Spring-Ford is on a 22-game winning streak dating to Jan. 5. The game will feature a matchup of post players in Spring-Ford's 5-foot-11 Sarah Payonk and O'Hara's 6-1 Shanice Johnson.
March 18, 2013 |
FOUR GREAT PIAA basketball semifinals involving District 12 teams. You'll only see one. In the early part of the weekend just past, there was talk that two of the games could be played as a doubleheader at Temple's Liacouras Center, or even the Palestra. Rumors also swirled that a girls' semifinal could be mixed in, creating a tripleheader. Then the site/time details were released Sunday morning and . . . No such luck. In past years, the PIAA scheduled Class AAA and A semis for Tuesday of championship week and AAAA/AA for Wednesday.
March 14, 2013 |
Allie Szekely of Gwynedd Mercy and Villa Maria's 200-yard medley relay team set meet records at the PIAA Class AA state swimming championships Wednesday at Bucknell University. Szekely, a freshman, captured the 200 individual medley in 1 minute, 59.66 seconds to top the mark of 2:00.48 set in 2011. Lauren Law of Villa Maria finished third with a time of 2:07.22 Junior Sarah Hitchens anchored Villa's relay team and sealed the 1:45.81 finish, which bested the previous mark of 1:46.89 set in 2012.
March 11, 2013
The Results Championship Finals 106: Nick Suriano, Bergen Catholic dec. Kyle Bierdumpfel, Don Bosco, 3-2. 113: Luis Gonzalez, Don Bosco, dec. Kevin Corrigan, Toms River South, 5-4. 120: Craig De La Cruz, Bound Brook, dec. Brenden Calas, Seton Hall Prep, 3-1, OT. 126: Anthony Giraldo, North Bergen, dec. Corey Stasenko, South Plainfield, 3-1. 132: Scott DelVecchio, South Plainfield, dec. Ronald Gentile, Paulsboro, 5-4. 138: Anthony Ashnault, South...