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August 30, 2013 | By Chris Palmer, Inquirer Staff Writer
The increasing number of boys playing on girls' high school teams has altered the competitive balance of some sports, according to recent court filings by the Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association. But this week, a Commonwealth Court judge declined to modify a 38-year-old injunction that barred the PIAA from engaging in gender discrimination. Instead, Judge B. Kevin Brobson said if the PIAA wanted to ban boys from participating in girls' sports and vice versa, it should establish such a policy.
NEWS
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 ...
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October 23, 2014 | By Mark Macyk, Inquirer Staff Writer
For the second time in six years, the top girls' golfer in Pennsylvania is a Radnor student. Junior Brynn Walker birdied the first playoff hole to beat Lauren Waller of Canon-McMillan and claim the PIAA Class AAA golf title Tuesday at Heritage Hills in York. The North Carolina recruit entered the day 2 strokes back, but shot a 1-under-par 71 to tie Weller's two-day total of 146. Radnor's Jackie Calamaro won it all in 2009. Pennsbury's Jackie Rogowicz placed fifth by shooting 153.   Field Hockey Sam Dingler scored with 1 minute, 10 seconds remaining to lift visiting 11th-seeded Upper Perkiomen past No. 6 Upper Moreland, 3-2, in the first round of the District 1 Class AA Tournament.
NEWS
September 10, 2014
ISSUE | MIXED DOUBLES Revisit athletic rules The mixed-gender policy of the Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association supports sexism toward female athletes, shows blatant disrespect toward trans-identifying athletes, and forces schools to ban boys or miss playoffs ("Field hockey player drops suit," Sept. 4). Rushed implementation has taken a devastating toll on individuals and teams. Postseason dreams, not negative play, force out boys. Teammates are forced to choose sides, destroying team morale.
SPORTS
September 5, 2014 | By Matt Breen, Inquirer Staff Writer
A Quakertown field hockey player withdrew his federal lawsuit Wednesday and decided no longer to challenge a school ruling that bans male players, his lawyer said. Joshua Schwarz and his mother, Steffany, filed a lawsuit in Bucks County last week against the PIAA, the Quakertown School District, and the Quakertown School District Board of Directors. The case was moved to federal court Tuesday at the PIAA's request. On Tuesday evening, Quakertown coach Peach Draper and assistants Melinda Lepko and Jim Maiorino told the team after practice that they were resigning immediately.
SPORTS
June 13, 2014 | By Matt Breen, Inquirer Staff Writer
PLAYER OF THE YEAR /ATTACK Haley Warden GARNET VALLEY The senior did it all for the Jaguars and ended her career in impressive fashion with her third PIAA state title in four years. Warden, who will play next season for James Madison, scored a total of 18 goals in Garnet Valley's four state-playoff games. She shined brightest in the championship game, scoring twice in the second half to regain momentum for her team just when it looked to be slipping away. "It's difficult to express," Jaguars coach Jenny Purvis said.
SPORTS
June 12, 2014 | By Matt Breen, Inquirer Staff Writer
DEFENDER Greg Pelton Malvern Prep Pelton was the area's premier defender for the area's premier team. He stabilized Malvern's defense as the Friars completed a 24-0 season. With Pelton at the helm, Malvern allowed an opponent to score more than six goals just seven times this season. He was voted Inter-Ac League's Most Important Player and is one of four area players to be selected to next month's Under Armour All-American game in Towson, Md. The senior will play next season for Duke.
SPORTS
June 9, 2014 | By Matt Breen, Inquirer Staff Writer
HERSHEY, Pa. - Wayne Matsinger ran his hands through his hair as he walked toward the impromptu barber chair behind Penncrest's bench. Ten minutes earlier, the lacrosse lifer had stood at midfield of Hersheypark Stadium and kissed the side of the wood PIAA boys' lacrosse trophy. After 26 years at Penncrest, Matsinger had his title. The 12-7 win Saturday over Avon Grove gave the school its first PIAA championship in any sport. But now it was time to say goodbye to his brown locks.
NEWS
May 25, 2014 | By Matt Breen, Inquirer Staff Writer
SHIPPENSBURG, Pa. - The high-jump bar sprang loose and fell to the mat, placing Shannon Taub's chances on the brink. The Council Rock South junior bounced off the mat in the southwest end of the Shippensburg University infield. Two officials from the PIAA track and field championships replaced the bar Taub had knocked down after failing to clear 5 feet, 7 inches. It was her second straight miss Friday morning. One more would eliminate her. "I knew I had the clearance. It was just the little things," Taub said.
SPORTS
May 24, 2014 | By Rick O'Brien, Inquirer Staff Writer
Pope John Paul II baseball coach John Duffy was suspended for the remainder of the season by the school Thursday for his actions during last week's Pioneer Athletic Conference championship game. Duffy, in his first year with the Golden Panthers, was ejected for arguing with the plate umpire in the seventh inning of a 1-0 loss to Methacton at Spring-Ford's Ram Stadium. He served a one-game suspension, per PIAA rules, in Tuesday's District 1 Class AAA quarterfinal playoff win over Upper Moreland.
SPORTS
May 20, 2014 | By Matt Breen, Inquirer Staff Writer
Coatesville stadium's public address announcer asked the runners to approach the starting line. The boys' Class AAA 1,600-meter final was next, he said. Some of the runners sprinted out of the red tent they were waiting under. Others walked. West Chester Henderson's Tony Russell - the favorite to win at Sunday's District 1 championship meet - was in the middle. He waved to a friend waiting on the infield. He talked to his teammate, who was one of the race's 12 runners. Russell said he used to "get jumpy" before big races.
SPORTS
April 3, 2014 | By Matt Breen, Inquirer Staff Writer
Dan Jackson, boys' basketball coach at Math, Civics and Sciences Charter School, said he was outraged Tuesday when his school's athletic director showed him a post on Twitter. This was not anything he or athletic director Lonnie Diggs had talked about. Jackson said they were blindsided. The news had spread quickly from Harrisburg. The PIAA, the state's governing body of high school sports, wants to limit charter schools' use of city players. Robert Lombardi, the PIAA's executive director, proposed legislation that would require charter-school students to play their sports at neighborhood public schools.
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