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April 2, 1994 | By Peter Landry, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Polo coach Jack Gallagher knew he had turned the corner at Valley Forge Military Academy when he asked why one of the school's better polo players hadn't come out for the team. A cadet who did play pulled himself erect and explained: "To be honest, sir, he had some problems with the last coach, sir, but I have talked with him, sir, and I have told him, sir, that you appear to be somewhat cool, sir. " Cool indeed. Since Gallagher first connected with his charges two years ago, the Valley Forge polo program has gone into overdrive, becoming a showpiece - and selling point - for the venerable military school in Wayne.
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May 9, 1999 | By Blair Clarkson, INQUIRER SUBURBAN STAFF
From reveille at 5:45 a.m. until 3:30 p.m., Justin Porter, 17, slogs through drills, meals and classes in a stiff uniform, saluting when necessary and calling every adult "ma'am" or "sir. " By 3:30, the Valley Forge Military Academy and College cadet is tired, his military bearing a little droopy. But that's really when his favorite part of the day begins, down at the barn with a sweet-tempered horse named Princess. Porter is an all-American polo player from Pittsburgh who learned to ride just last year.
BUSINESS
May 20, 1988 | By Linda S. Wallace, Inquirer Staff Writer
Polo/Ralph Lauren will open its first Philadelphia store next spring in the renovated office/hotel and retail complex in the former Bellevue Stratford hotel, the complex's developer announced yesterday, ending a tug of war for the posh retailer. A number of local developers have wooed Polo passionately, including Rouse & Associates, which wanted to land the store for its One Liberty Place, sources said. A Rouse official yesterday said the firm had been focusing more on leasing office space in One Liberty Place, which opened in March, than on attracting retailers.
NEWS
February 20, 1996 | by Barbara Laker and Mary Flannery, Daily News Staff Writers
Prince Charles plays it. Ralph Lauren wannabes wear it. Philadelphia drug users injected it yesterday - and barely lived to talk about it. After taking a brand of heroin called "Polo," at least 25 people ended up in hospital emergency rooms throughout the city. They started to get sick around 9:30 a.m., stumbling out of Kensington "shooting galleries," wandering the streets, shouting at strangers or stopping traffic. Some just lay down on the sidewalk. Poison control experts believe that the heroin was mixed with high amounts of a drug called scopolamine, a "truth serum" drug once used to obliterate a woman's memory of labor and delivery.
NEWS
February 22, 1996 | by William Bunch, Daily News Staff Writer
A lot of consumer products don't always live up to their advertising, but the one called "Death Shot," that was marketed this week on the streets of Philadelphia, came dangerously close. Police said that 14 people were treated on Tuesday for heroin overdoses after injecting themselves with the aptly named product that tests now show was mixed with scopolamine, a powerful anaesthetic that's been used as a truth serum. The "Death Shot" overdoses are the latest twist in a rash of either tainted or too-powerful heroin that may be linked to as many as five deaths in the Philadelphia area.
NEWS
May 29, 2008 | By Vernon Clark INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
When Tasha Harris, a teen from the streets of Southwest Philadelphia, began riding horses at Philadelphia's Work to Ride program in Fairmount Park in 2002, she had some trepidation. "I really had to build my confidence," Harris, 18, said, noting that the horses were a bit intimidating. Six years later, Harris is more than confident as she plans to leave for Nigeria today with three other inner-city youths to compete in her first international polo tournament. The team from the acclaimed equestrian program on Chamounix Drive in Fairmount Park has been sharpening skills in this "sport of kings" for weeks.
NEWS
June 14, 1992 | By Alison F. Orenstein, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
When in South Jersey, do as the British royal family does: Play polo. Or at least watch a good game. The Moorestown Visiting Nurse Association today will sponsor the first of what are expected to become annual Moorestown VNA Cup polo matches. Money raised by the event will support home health-care services provided by the agency. The Hidden Pond polo team, led by John Rosado, owner of the Hidden Pond Polo Center in Winslow, will compete against a team from Maryland. Each team will include four players who will ride 24 ponies.
NEWS
September 16, 1991 | By Jodi Enda, Inquirer Staff Writer
Palm Beach it's not. There was no caviar, no original artwork, no air kissing and no sign whatsoever of Prince Charles. Or the Kennedys. Or even Roxanne Pulitzer. But, hey, this is South Jersey. What do you expect? They don't even call this place a club. It's the Hidden Pond Polo Center. The preferred cuisine is hoagies and beer; the furniture, blankets and beach chairs; the attire, shorts and T-shirts. No pretenses here. That's because here, in Winslow Township, amid the cornfields and the vegetable stands and down the street from a Wawa, a local guy named John Rosado has brought polo, the game of kings, to the masses.
SPORTS
October 23, 2006 | By David Aldridge INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
For years, the young people in Lezlie Hiner's Work to Ride program have worked with horses in order to navigate the mysterious world of polo. Now they're going to be owners. Hiner got the word last week that a 3-year-old racehorse named High Spirited had been donated to her Chamounix Equestrian Center in Fairmount Park, where Hiner and her staff have been teaching kids how to ride and play polo for 12 years. Whatever High Spirited earns on the track will go to the program.
NEWS
May 19, 1994 | Inquirer photographs by Rebecca Barger
Those interested in learning how to wield a mallet while on horseback can take lessons from the Bucks County Polo Club School. The four-lesson course is held at the Bucks County Horse Park in Revere. One lesson is indoors, where students learn how to prepare the horse - wrapping legs, knotting tails, saddling. Then students have three lessons outdoors, where they can get a taste of galloping full tilt after a ball - once they learn the proper polo moves and rules, of course.
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SPORTS
August 11, 2012 | Associated Press
LONDON - The United States won its first gold medal in women's water polo, getting five goals from Maggie Steffens and a sterling performance from goalkeeper Betsey Armstrong to cruise to an 8-5 win over Spain on Thursday. The Americans overpowered a young Spanish team at both ends of the pool to lead, 5-2, by halftime and never looked back. "I am speechless. It still hasn't sunk in," captain Brenda Villa said. "I can't describe it. It's the end of a journey, and I got my fairy-tale ending.
SPORTS
August 9, 2012 | Associated Press
LONDON - Adam Krikorian made a terrible blunder, and it almost cost the United States a spot in the women's Olympic water-polo final. Lucky for him, Maggie Steffens and Kami Craig were there to pick up their beleaguered coach. Steffens and Craig scored in overtime Tuesday after Krikorian handed a last-second penalty to Australia, and the Americans held on to win, 11-9, and advance to Thursday's final against unbeaten Spain. In a bruising match between the favorites coming into the London Games, the Americans appeared to have the win wrapped up in regulation after Australia captain Kate Gynther's shot rattled the crossbar in the closing seconds.
SPORTS
August 4, 2012 | Associated Press
LONDON - Maggie Steffens scored three goals and the U.S. women's water polo team beat China, 7-6, in its final preliminary-stage game to remain undefeated at the London Olympics. The U.S. finished the preliminary round even with Spain at the top of Group A with five points. But Spain earned the top spot because of the tiebreaker, making the Americans the group's second-seeded team for the knockout stage. The U.S. will play 2012 European champion Italy in Sunday's quarterfinals.
SPORTS
July 31, 2012 | Associated Press
LONDON - Maggie Steffens made sure her first touch of the ball at the Olympics counted. And nearly every other one after that, too. In her Olympic debut, the 19-year-old Californian scored seven goals - six in the first half alone - and the U.S. women's water polo team survived a pesky Hungarian squad to win its opening match Monday in the London Games, 14-13. "It's awesome. My heartbeat is still pounding. I'm walking through here and just kind of taking a deep breath and letting it sink in," Steffens said.
SPORTS
March 14, 2012 | By Phil Anastasia, Inquirer Staff Writer
The second time was even better for the Cowtown/Work To Ride polo team. The team, based at Chamounix Equestrian Center in Fairmount Park, won the United States Polo Association's national interscholastic championship for the second year in a row Sunday in Charlottesville, Va. If anything, this victory was even more exciting for coach Lezlie Hiner's team. "It was crazy," Hiner said Tuesday. "This probably was more of a thrill than winning it last year because of the way we won. " Cowtown/Work To Ride beat two California-based teams at the tournament at the University of Virginia.
NEWS
March 13, 2012 | By Phil Anastasia, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
The second time was even better for the Cowtown/Work To Ride polo team. The team, based at Chamounix Equestrian Center in Fairmount Park, won the United States Polo Association's national interscholastic championship for the second year in a row Sunday in Charlottesville, Va. If anything, this victory was even more exciting for coach Lezlie Hiner's team. "It was crazy," Hiner said Tuesday. "This probably was more of a thrill than winning it last year because of the way we won. " Cowtown/Work To Ride beat two California-based teams at the tournament at the University of Virginia.
NEWS
November 25, 2011
OVER THE PAST several weeks PennDOT has begun a project along I-95 in the Pennsport community in which they are redoing the drainage coming off of I-95 down into the community. The problem is that the water/runoff that is coming out of these drains is not just rainwater: There is trash and debris floating amid the water runoff - the water is just spewing out all over the open public space. The downspout pipes are extremely large and are no longer attached to a receiving drain.
NEWS
September 9, 2011 | By Tirdad Derakhshani, Inquirer Staff Writer
French fashion house Lacoste, whose alligator logo-stamped short-sleeve piqué polo shirt has for decades defined preppyhood, yuppiehood - if not the 'hood - is enraged at Norwegian terrorist Anders Behring Breivik for wearing its signature shirt whenever he is in public. London's The Telegraph says Breivik, 32, who killed 77 people July 22 in Utøya and Oslo, demands that he wear no other shirt. He writes in his manifesto that "refined people like [Breivik] should wear brands like Lacoste.
NEWS
July 25, 2011 | By Michael Vitez, Inquirer Staff Writer
Every Monday evening, the pioneers of bike polo ride to a weary urban rink at Aramingo and Lehigh Avenues in Philadelphia. They have been egged by neighborhood kids, heckled for playing sissy "bike golf. " They understand. They are ahead of their time. These men and women are innovators, perfecting and advancing a new global sport. Tucker Waugh rode up Monday night with his broom, because there is no grounds crew as in more established sports. He swept up the broken bottles left by locals who don't respect this rink as the living laboratory it is. Waugh, 30, moved here from Savannah, Ga., a few weeks ago just for bike polo.
SPORTS
June 20, 2011 | Daily News Wire Services
A rising star on Canada's junior water polo team has apologized for his role in the Stanley Cup riot in Vancouver. A sobbing Nathan Kotylak told a local TV station that what he did was "dumb" and he's prepared to face the consequences. He surrendered to police after social media sites posted pictures showing a youth stuffing a burning rag into the gas tank of a police car. The violence in Vancouver followed the Canucks' loss to the Boston Bruins on Wednesday. Water Polo Canada did not identify Kotylak but said it suspended a player facing allegations stemming from the riot.
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