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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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SPORTS
June 17, 2016 | By Aaron Carter, STAFF WRITER
It was quite a season for local girls' lacrosse teams. Three of the four teams in the PIAA state playoff semifinals were from Southeastern Pennsylvania, and Conestoga avenged last year's loss in the title game to Garnet Valley with a victory over Radnor. Here is our 2016 all-area girls' lacrosse team: PLAYER OF THE YEAR Monica Borzillo, Conestoga Borzillo led the Pioneers to their first state championship by scoring four goals and dishing eight assists in the championship game against Radnor.
SPORTS
June 13, 2016 | By Aaron Carter, STAFF WRITER
To hear Monica Borzillo tell it, nothing was going to stop Conestoga from winning the PIAA girls' lacrosse championship this time. Saturday morning at West Chester East, the Lady Pioneers, who finished runner-up last season, could not be denied. Conestoga ran away from Radnor, 18-7, to claim its first girls' lacrosse state championship. "We finished the season!" said Borzillo, who coupled four goals with eight assists. "Our whole goal this year was to get back here and win it. Last year, we had it ripped from us by Garnet Valley.
SPORTS
June 8, 2016 | By Kate Harman, For The Inquirer
Pitcher Maggie Balint thought that a coin flip would decide who was the home team for Avon Grove's first-round contest Monday in the PIAA Class 4A state softball tournament. But then the co-captain found out the Red Devils would be the away team against Archbishop Ryan - with no coin toss - for the first time in three weeks. It was no big deal for Balint, an Oregon recruit who said she likes hitting in the top of the inning because she enjoys getting a run right away. And Avon Grove got the jump on Ryan from the start in the game at Arcadia University.
SPORTS
June 3, 2016 | By Aaron Carter, STAFF WRITER
Sometimes all it takes is a look. Quality defense helps, too. La Salle High had it all working Wednesday in a boys' lacrosse thriller against Bishop Shanahan. The PIAA first-round playoff game at Plymouth Whitemarsh needed extra time to decide a winner. Fortunately for the Catholic League champion Explorers, Brett Baskin netted the game-winner with 2 minutes, 29 seconds left in overtime to give La Salle an 8-7 victory. The goal was set up by a defensive deflection by senior long-pole Matt Webster, which allowed fellow senior Jared Walls to scoop the loose ball, find Baskin, and head for glory.
SPORTS
May 30, 2016 | By Aaron Carter, STAFF WRITER
SHIPPENSBURG, Pa. - Chanel Brissett isn't likely to shrink from a challenge. After all, wilting during adversity doesn't help you qualify for the U.S. Olympic track and field trials as a junior in high school. Before Saturday afternoon's PIAA track and field championships at Shippensburg, however, the Cheltenham phenom was tested. After banging her knee on a hurdle during Friday's 100-meter hurdle preliminaries, Brissett was forced to pull out of the 200 dash later that day. All she did on Saturday was win the Class 3A 100 hurdles in record time and anchor Cheltenham's 4x100 relay team while helping set another record.
SPORTS
May 18, 2016 | By Rick O'Brien, STAFF WRITER
Mike Hawkins was voted in as the new PIAA District 12 sports chairman for next school year in a district committee meeting Monday in Northeast Philadelphia. The vote to elevate Hawkins from vice chairman to the top position came after Robert Coleman announced his resignation to the group, effective at the end of next month, according to sources. At the end of March, Coleman was relieved of his duties as the Philadelphia School District's executive director of athletics. Two of Coleman's assistants were also let go. The reason for the terminations was not disclosed.
SPORTS
April 24, 2016 | By Aaron Carter, Staff Writer
The PIAA boys' and girls' lacrosse championships, typically held at Hersheypark Stadium, will move to West Chester East High in June to accommodate a Beyoncé concert, according Melissa Mertz, associate executive director of the PIAA. Beyoncé, the internationally renowned singer and performer, was booked for June 12 in Hershey. The lacrosse finals were slated for June 11. "I just joked around saying, 'What lacrosse isn't as sexy as Beyoncé?' " said Mertz, laughing. As first reported by Lancaster Online, the lacrosse finals will still be held on June 11 in West Chester East's Zimmerman Stadium.
SPORTS
March 24, 2016
Boys Radnor. Now a senior, midfielder Jack Wilson returns after giving the Raiders their first PIAA boys' lacrosse championship with an overtime blast against St. Joseph's Prep last year. The Raiders return hungry for more glory despite losing several key seniors from last year's team. Malvern Prep. The Friars figure to give Haverford School all it can handle in Inter-Ac play. Offensively, Malvern is led by Kyle Anderson, Adam Goldner, and Billy Coyle, a trio that Fords coach John Nostrant said "could be one of the best attacks in the country.
SPORTS
March 20, 2016 | By Jarrad Saffren, Staff Writer
Southeastern Pennsylvania has become a force in PIAA boys' basketball in the last dozen years, and it's no accident. Teams from District 1 or District 12, which represent Southeastern Pennsylvania, have won nine of the last 11 4A state titles, eight straight 3A titles, and four of seven 2A championships. About 10 years ago, shoe companies Nike, Adidas, and Under Armour started sponsoring AAU teams and tournaments across the country, creating a year-round schedule for the area's best players.
SPORTS
March 16, 2016 | By Rick O, Columnist
Jim Donofrio is guaranteeing only one thing heading into his team's showdown with defending state champion Roman Catholic. "We're not going to play scared," the Plymouth Whitemarsh coach said. "We're not just here to give them a good showing. We're not made that way. We're going to throw all we have at them. " The Colonials (28-2) will take on the Cahillites (25-4) in a PIAA Class 4A semifinal at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Council Rock South. Donofrio got a glimpse of Chris McNesby's imposing group last summer at Temple.
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