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May 12, 1988 | By Frank Lawlor, Special to The Inquirer
A hearing of the permanent injunction request filed by the Central League against the Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association has been postponed and may not be heard before September. As a result, student-athletes from the 10 Central League schools can expect to face one another on a regular basis at least through the 1988-89 school year. The PIAA in November ordered the Central League to accept as members four Chester County schools from the Chest-Mont League, which is scheduled to disband in June.
NEWS
March 14, 1989 | By Gwen Knapp, Inquirer Staff Writer
In the imaginations that stoke hot-stove leagues, the sports world is full of rivalries that never existed. Muhammad Ali vs. Joe Louis. The '27 Yankees vs. the '76 Reds. Nadia Comaneci vs. Mary Lou Retton. Then there are Philadelphia high school teams and virtually the rest of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania - separated by tradition, not time. Teams from the Catholic League and the Public League of Philadelphia do cross paths with members of the PIAA, which sponsors statewide title events.
NEWS
May 5, 1988 | By Frank Lawlor, Special to The Inquirer
It isn't going to be a fun summer for the folks at the Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Assocation. As if a precedent-setting court battle with the Central League wasn't trouble enough, PIAA officials now have a Pennsylvania Senate investigation to look forward to. Aides to Sen. William Lincoln of Fayette County said this week that his resolution calling for the investigation had passed 48-0 in the Senate. A three-member subcommittee, to be named by Senate Education Committee Chairman Ralph W. Hess (R., York County)
NEWS
February 14, 1989 | By Frank Lawlor, Special to The Inquirer
The first Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association football playoffs turned out to be something of a bonanza for the organization and for the 16 teams that participated. According to District 1 chairman James Gallagher, a report on the playoffs issued at the PIAA monthly Board of Control meeting Saturday showed that the 12 playoff games had earned a total profit of approximately $100,000. There were eight semifinal games, two each in the A, AA, AAA and AAAA classes, and four subsequent championship games.
SPORTS
December 12, 2006 | By Jeff McLane INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
For years, the question lingered: When will the Philadelphia Catholic League teams be able to compete for a state title? Yesterday, that question was finally answered. Bishop Joseph McFadden, who heads Catholic Education for the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, announced at a news conference that the 17 Catholic League schools under the jurisdiction of the Archdiocese will petition to join the Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association by July 1. During its first year of membership, the Catholic League will transition into the PIAA - abiding by its rules - but will not participate in the state playoffs.
SPORTS
March 5, 2012
UNBEATEN DEFENDING state champion Chester will open the defense of its Class AAAA title at 3 p.m. on Saturday against Lancaster McCaskey at Norristown High in the first round of the PIAA state boys' basketball tournament. St. Joseph's Prep (21-5) faces Central Bucks West (22-5) at 5 p.m. Saturday at Archbishop Ryan. Roman Catholic (16-9) meets District 11's Parkland (21-6) at 4:30 Saturday at Bethlehem Freedom. Boys' Latin (22-6) plays Pope John Paul II (17-10) at 6 Friday at Southern, and Math, Civics & Sciences (16-9)
SPORTS
June 1, 2006 | By Rick O'Brien INQUIRER SUBURBAN STAFF
According to Bob Ruoff, executive secretary of District 1, boys' lacrosse is likely to become a sport sponsored by the Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association. Last week, a proposal was made by District 3 officials at a PIAA meeting in Shippensburg. There were no votes against district playoffs in boys' lacrosse - an opportunity already accorded girls' lacrosse teams. "I think the time has come for it," Ruoff said. "Lacrosse is growing in numbers and popularity every year.
SPORTS
May 29, 1990 | By Dave Caldwell, Inquirer Staff Writer
As he sat in his spacious office at Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association headquarters - a squat, brown brick building just a state high school championship javelin throw from the toll booths of Exit 17 of the Pennsylvania Turnpike - executive director Russell T. Werner leaned forward in his chair and tried to dispel a myth. He is not, he said, the PIAA. "One of the things I do when I go out and talk to groups is that I keep trying to promote that the PIAA is the member schools," he said.
SPORTS
March 24, 2011
At the Bryce Jordan Center, Penn State University; all games televised live on PCN: Friday Girls' State Class AA Championship Dunmore vs. Villa Maria-Erie, 1 Boys' State Class A Championship Math, Civics & Sciences vs. Lincoln Park, 3 Girls' State Class AAAA Championship Archbishop Carroll vs. Mount Lebanon, 6 Boys' State Class AAA Championship Neumann-Goretti vs. Montour, 8 ...
SPORTS
June 8, 2010
Girard Academic Music Program built leads of 1-0 and 3-2, but the end result wasn't too pretty yesterday in a PIAA Class A first-round playoff at Montgomery County Community College. The Pioneers wound up falling to Christopher Dock, 15-5, in six innings. Anthony DiVincenzo, who took the loss but also homered, and Dom Raia pitched three innings apiece for GAMP. Sal Giafaglione, Joe Coppola, Tyler Criniti and Jimmy Coin all doubled, while the first two managed two hits apiece. Great Valley 4, Bonner 1: In AAAA, at Richie Ashburn Field in South Philly, Matt Ruggieri's RBI single gave Bonner a 1-0 lead in the second inning.
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June 14, 2015 | By Aaron Carter, Inquirer Staff Writer
STATE COLLEGE - Brian Verratti was on a knee, his hands on his head, a pained expression on his face as Neumann-Goretti assistant coach Joe Messina approached. Across the diamond, Neshannock jubilantly waited to receive its championship medals after dispatching the Saints, 9-0, in the PIAA Class AA title game at Medlar Field at Lubrano Park. As N-G head coach Kevin Schneider went down the first-base line, wrapping runner-up medals around each player, Messina knelt with Verratti.
NEWS
June 6, 2015 | By Mark Whited, Inquirer Staff Writer
Tommy Nardini drove in two runs in Neumann-Goretti's 5-1 win over Camp Hill in a PIAA Class AA quarterfinal baseball game Thursday in Pine Grove. Gino Tripodi went the distance and struck out nine. Brian Verratti was 1 for 2 with an RBI and a run scored. PIAA Class AAAA Quarterfinals A defensive miscue in the fourth inning helped Wyoming Valley West score both runs in a 2-1 win over St. Joseph's Prep at Easton. Johnny Coppola hit a line drive to center to give the Prep a 1-0 lead in the top of the inning.
NEWS
June 5, 2015 | By Mark Macyk, Inquirer Staff Writer
Logan Buell struck out five in a three-hitter as Pennsbury blanked Hempfield, 2-0, in the first round of the PIAA Class AAAA baseball tournament at Wenger Field in Fredericksburg. D.J. Endler had two hits, a run and an RBI for Pennsbury, which finished fifth in District 1. The Falcons will play North Penn in the next round. Hempfield was the District 3 champion. North Penn 6, Olney 0 - Mason Nadeau and Mike Christy scored two runs each to spark the Knights at Penncrest. North Penn finished second in District 1. Olney was the runner-up in District 12. Council Rock North 1, Govorner Mifflin 0 - Matt Hand struck out five in a three-hitter to lead the District 1 champs past the third seed from District 3 at Owen J. Roberts at Immaculata.
NEWS
June 5, 2015 | By Mark Macyk, Inquirer Staff Writer
Carly Jensen made sure St. Basil's first trip to states would not be a one-and-done proposition. The freshman shortstop connected on a two-out, two-strike, bases-loaded single in the bottom of the eighth Wednesday to send the Panthers to a 1-0 victory in the first round of the PIAA Class AA softball tournament at Plymouth Whitemarsh. Nicole Eberhard struck out four in eight innings of five-hit ball for St. Basil, which captured the District 1 championship last week. St. Basil will play District 3 runner-up Kutztown, which eliminated Conwell-Egan, 1-0, in the quarterfinals.
NEWS
June 4, 2015 | By Mark Whited, Inquirer Staff Writer
Emily Mathewson led Garnet Valley with four goals as the Jaguars edged Quaker Valley, 13-10, at Cumberland Valley in a PIAA girls' lacrosse semifinal on Tuesday. The Jaguars outscored Quaker Valley, 8-2, in the second half to advance. Boys' Lacrosse Mike Shapiro and Kevin Stump each netted four goals as St. Joseph's Prep rolled over Cumberland Valley, 19-7, in a PIAA semifinal game at Exeter Township. mwhited@philly.com @MarkWhited215  
NEWS
June 1, 2015 | By Rick O'Brien, Inquirer Columnist
While a regular-season member of the suburban Bicentennial Athletic League, MaST Community Charter, located on Byberry Road in Northeast Philly, is officially part of the PIAA's District 12. All the other BAL schools fall under District 1's umbrella. "It's been an arrangement over the years for them to play in the Bicentennial," District 1 executive secretary Bob Ruoff said. "They're able to compete against similar sized schools close to them. " Accepted by the Public League to compete in its playoffs in order to qualify for the state tournament, the Panthers made noise in baseball this season by advancing to the semifinals.
NEWS
May 29, 2015 | By Aaron Carter, Inquirer Staff Writer
Hand-eye coordination, lightning-fast reflexes, and knowledge of angles certainly help, but the key to making saves for St. Joseph's Prep goaltender Mike Marchese comes down to something else entirely. "Having a couple screws loose in the head," Marchese said after his six fourth-quarter saves helped the Hawks beat Bishop Shanahan, 9-7, in the first round of the PIAA lacrosse playoffs Wednesday night at Plymouth Whitemarsh. The Prep, which last made the PIAA playoffs in 2011, will play Manheim Township on Saturday in the quarterfinals.
NEWS
May 25, 2015 | By Aaron Carter, Inquirer Staff Writer
If this were a Hollywood production, the scene would have been scored with slow yet inspirational music that built toward a stirring crescendo. This, however, was Shippensburg University. But the PIAA Track and Field Championships still had everything a movie needed Saturday, complete with a slow clap as Saahir Bethea prepared for his final attempt in the long jump. The Cheltenham senior had faulted on his first two tries, so everything was on the line as he strode toward the pit. "It was just 'spotlight on me,' " Bethea said.
NEWS
May 24, 2015 | By Nick Carroll, Inquirer Staff Writer
Downingtown East's Michael Dickson was the lone local boy to advance to the semifinals Friday in the State Class AAA Singles Tournament at the Hershey Racquet Club. Dickson topped Joe DeMarco of Cathedral Prep, 6-3, 1-6, 6-1, in the quarters. The sophomore will face Canon-McMillan's Chris Gladden on Saturday at 9 a.m. The championship is scheduled for 1 p.m. Abington's Dan Tornea, La Salle's Andrew Lutschaunig, and Lower Merion's Simon Vernier each won their first round match before falling in the quarterfinals.
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