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.
September 5, 2014 |
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.
June 13, 2014 |
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.
June 12, 2014 |
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.
June 9, 2014 |
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.
May 25, 2014 |
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.
May 24, 2014 |
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.
May 20, 2014 |
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.
April 3, 2014 |
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.
March 23, 2014 |
HERSHEY - Their song echoed through the corridors of the Hershey Giant Center, as they danced and skipped along, locked arm in arm with each other. If Seton-La Salle was walking toward an execution, the Rebels didn't look the part yesterday morning, as they approached the court for their PIAA Class AA girls state final against Neumann-Goretti. On the other side of the Giant Center, the walk through the halls was much different. The Neumann-Goretti girls were emotionless. Quiet.