August 29, 2004 |
The crack of mallet on ball and the pounding of horses' hooves were once familiar sounds here, along with the cheers of spectators who flocked to matches at the Philadelphia Polo Club field on the fringes of Fairmount Park. "Polo used to be real gangbusters here," said Lezlie Hiner, of Mount Airy, a player and instructor. "We want to keep it alive - and have fun. " To that end, Hiner is organizing a polo exhibition Sept. 12, giving Philadelphians a rare opportunity to again see the ancient sport played in the city.
August 27, 2004 |
Grabbed, elbowed, clawed at and dunked, U.S. water polo team defender Robin Beauregard expected the Olympic bronze medal match yesterday against Australia to be the roughest of the tournament. Sure, feelings lingered from the 2000 Sydney Games' gold-medal match, when the Australians swam away with what Americans thought should have been their gold. But the more pressing matter yesterday at OAKA Aquatic Centre was that one country would take the bronze and the other would have four years to think about how close it came to winning a medal.
March 21, 2004 |
It was last June when the half-billion-dollar relationship finally unraveled, and a new war broke out - in the women's fashion department. The battle, on display in apple green and cotton-candy pink in department stores this spring, pits two titans of the fashion industry - former allies Jones Apparel Group and Polo Ralph Lauren Corp. - against each other. It is a conflict over market share and money; the results might help Bristol Township-based Jones Apparel continue its yearlong financial recovery.
January 8, 2004 |
Peter Van Buskirk had tried his hand at several sports - squash, tennis, swimming, baseball, football, basketball and lacrosse - early in his athletic career. By his own admission, the 2000 Episcopal Academy graduate was average in most of them. But he found his niche playing water polo for the Churchmen, starting in ninth grade. This past season, Van Buskirk, a junior goaltender for the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, helped spark his team to the top ranking in Division III with a 23-9 record, including a 12-5 mark against Division I opponents.
November 19, 2003 |
Matt Deasey's plan was to give the Virginia basketball team a shot as a walk-on, but thanks to a sprained ankle, the freshman ended up on the water polo team instead. Deasey, a former Episcopal Academy basketball standout, sprained his right ankle playing a pickup game of soccer at Virginia early in the school year. Deasey knew he wasn't going to play basketball with the ankle sprain, so he decided to give water polo a try. He had been a third-team high school all-American playing the sport at Episcopal.
June 4, 2003 |
Clothing-makers Jones Apparel Group Inc. and Polo Ralph Lauren Corp. sued each other yesterday in a war over control of a half-billion-dollar line of women's wear sold under the "Lauren" label. Jones, which has offices in Bristol, Bucks County, and New York City, produces the line of casual but stylish clothing sold by department stores such as Macy's and Nordstrom - for now - under license from Polo. The companies disagree, however, over how much longer that license is valid.
February 28, 2002 |
If Wissahickon swimming standout Pete Reeves dedicated himself to the sport year-round, how good could he be? The three-sport athlete considered the question after winning the 50-yard freestyle and 100 butterfly in the District 1 championship meet on Feb. 16 at West Chester University, boosting the Trojans to sixth place in Class AAA. Even though those performances improved his chances of medaling in those events at the state swimming championships...
December 3, 2000 |
Until recently, the closest I got to the game of polo was getting sprayed with Ralph Lauren's cologne by an overzealous attendant as I walked through an airport duty-free shop. I couldn't have told you how many players there were on a team, how many points you got for a goal, or even if cross-checking was allowed. All I knew for certain was that polo players had names like Sir Dinkus Pattington 3d, were required to compare Rolexes for a least three minutes between games, and send their polo ponies to Swiss health spas for grooming.
November 10, 2000 |
Defending champion Hill School enters the United States Water Polo Association Eastern Championships for prep schools as the No. 1 seed. The Blues (16-8) will be among eight teams competing tomorrow in Lawrenceville, N.J. Episcopal Academy is the No. 2 seed in the prep competition, followed by Erie Cathedral Prep at No. 3, No. 4 Germantown Academy and No. 5 Penn Charter. "I think any team in the top four could potentially win it," Hill School coach Mark Nelson said. "Cathedral Prep is the team I'm worried about, but you can never tell.
September 24, 2000 |
Was this the Olympics at its sportsmanlike best or its nationalistic worst? Was the U.S. women's water polo team jobbed like the American basketball team at Munich in 1972? Or was it merely a wonderfully exciting finish? Did an obviously agitated U.S. coach chase the referee after Australia scored the game-winning goal with one-tenth of a second left to win the gold medal? Or, as he said later, did he just tell him "Good game!"? Did the referee's call with 1.3 seconds left so baffle the Americans that they offered little resistance to Yvette Higgins' deciding shot?