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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 ...
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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SPORTS
December 3, 2014
IT'S official; Saturday will be packed with PIAA playoff football. In the AAAA semifinal, St. Joseph's Prep stays in town at 1 p.m. to "host" top-seeded Pennsbury from District 1 at Charles Martin Memorial Field in the Northeast. In AAA semifinal action, Archbishop Wood treks to Chambersburg High to face District 5 No. 1-seeded Somerset at 1 p.m. Last season, the St. Joseph's Prep Hawks beat the team from Neshaminy, 37-21, in the Northeast, while Wood devoured Berwick, 42-14, at J. Birney Crum Stadium in Allentown.
SPORTS
November 30, 2014 | BY AARON CARTER, Daily News Staff Writer cartera@phillynews.com
JARRETT MCCLENTON was a little too close for comfort as a punt rolled near the Archbishop Wood sideline in the second quarter while the Vikings coaches strongly encouraged their star running back to get away from the loose ball. McClenton, a 5-8, 165-pound speedster, had already scored on a 59-yard punt return - part of his 173-yard, three-touchdown performance (all in the first half). However, with Great Valley defenders crowded around the ball, McClenton likely had nowhere to go even if he had picked up the ball.
NEWS
November 16, 2014 | By Avery Maehrer, Inquirer Staff Writer
Daan Polders' whiteboard has seen better days. Polders trekked the implement, a staple throughout his coaching career, with him to Villa Maria this season from his previous gig at Colorado Academy in Denver. But it has taken a beating. The board has been stepped on, struck by misfired balls, and tripped over throughout the last three months - in addition to being subject to an occasional funny message or two scribbled by players. Nevertheless, the board is still magnetized. It still erases, despite a bit of water damage.
SPORTS
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.
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