December 19, 2015 |
Two years ago, Imhotep Charter became the first Philadelphia Public League school to compete for a PIAA state football championship. The Panthers, however, were throttled, 41-0, in the Class AA title game by District 7's South Fayette. Last season, Imhotep fell again, 42-34, in the Class AAA District 12 final against eventual state champion Archbishop Wood. "It's a process," said coach Albie Crosby, who is in his fourth season. "That's the best thing I can say about it. . . . It's just one of those things where that wasn't our time.
December 12, 2015 |
Upper Dublin looks to defy the skeptics again and continue an unprecedented run. Imhotep Charter tries to punch its second ticket to Hershey. And West Catholic seeks to move closer to its first crown since 2010. The upstart Cardinals, talent-filled Panthers, and streaking Burrs are set for PIAA state semifinal playoff games. Upper Dublin, fresh off winning its first District 1 Class AAAA title, takes on District 11's Parkland at 1 p.m. Saturday at Souderton. In Class AAA, Imhotep, which advanced to the AA final in 2013, meets fellow unbeaten Saucon Valley, of District 4, at 7 p.m. Friday at Bethlehem's Frank Banko Field.
October 16, 2015 |
It's no cure-all, but it's a step in the right direction. The PIAA's board of directors voted last week to expand classifications in football and seven other sports beginning with the 2016-17 school year. The PIAA's goal was to create a more even playing field. For football, the proposal for six evenly distributed classifications (576 schools currently play football) passed by a 26-4 vote. Only three Western Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic League (WPIAL) representatives and one from the Pittsburgh City League opposed it. "I think the reaction has been overwhelmingly positive," said Robert Lombardi, executive director of the PIAA.
October 9, 2015 |
The PIAA made some major changes in its two-hour board of directors meeting Wednesday afternoon in Mechanicsburg. By a 26-4 count, it voted to expand the football playoffs from four to six classifications. That is to take effect in the 2016-17 school year. In a second vote, the board voted on suspended protocol to expand to six classifications in boys' and girls' basketball, baseball, and softball. Boys' and girls' soccer and boys' and girls' volleyball will increase to four classes, field hockey to three, and boys' and girls' lacrosse to two. That proposal passed by a 23-7 count.
August 30, 2015 |
The proposal to expand Pennsylvania high school football from four to six classifications by 2016 is still in play. It was discussed again by the PIAA board of directors last month and tabled until the strategic planning and football steering committees meet on Sept. 16. The proposal was developed by Bob Tonkin, a member of District 9's football steering committee, and first revealed in January. The primary goals are to create a more even playing field and reduce the season from 16 to 15 weeks.
July 25, 2015 |
Robert M. Ruoff, 85, who made a major impact on the area high school sports landscape while serving as executive secretary for District 1 of the PIAA for the last 21 years, died Thursday morning at Bryn Mawr Hospital. "He was a great, great guy," said Steve Mescanti, District 1's baseball chairman. "He was a big advocate for District 1. He always tried to do the fair and correct thing. He gained a lot of respect for that. " According to Rod Stone, District 1's treasurer, Mr. Ruoff, a former principal at Lower Merion and Harriton Highs, died from "complications related to some pulmonary issues.
June 14, 2015 |
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.
June 6, 2015 |
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.
June 5, 2015 |
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.
June 5, 2015 |
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.