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SPORTS
February 28, 2014 | By Rick O'Brien, Inquirer Staff Writer
Thanks to freshman Matt Cerruti's increased playing time and maturation over the last two months, Lower Moreland's bid for the District 1 Class AAA boys' basketball title remains alive. Cerruti scored 17 points, including the deciding basket with 5.5 seconds to go, to help the Lions overcome a 12-point deficit late in the third quarter and rally for a 59-58 semifinal victory over stunned Pope John Paul II on Wednesday evening at Colonial Elementary School in Plymouth Meeting. The 6-foot-1, 140-pound Cerruti, a sixth man who netted eight points in the first half and nine in the second, decided matters with a left-side, pull-up jumper.
SPORTS
February 27, 2014 | By Nick Carroll, Inquirer Staff Writer
Just before Merion Mercy's free-throw shooters released their shots in a deathly silent Wissahickon gym, a boy from the Radnor student section sneezed, yelled, or made animal noises on cue to create a distraction. Eventually, the Merion Mercy crowd tried to counter, and as fate would have it, Radnor had the game in the balance at the line in the final seconds. Fifth-seeded Merion Mercy (14-12) ended up missing 8 of 15 free throws a game after making 24 of 30 in the quarterfinals against Chichester, but nothing could distract Myonie Williamson and Nicole Massimino.
NEWS
February 14, 2014 | By Kristin E. Holmes, Inquirer Staff Writer
Thaddeus Basara, 75, of Secane, a retired teacher at Penn Wood High School in Lansdowne who once served as a priest in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, died at home Saturday, Feb. 8, of peritoneal cancer, a rare disease that affects the abdominal tissue lining. Mr. Basara, known as Ted, was so inspired by the religious devotion of his family and the priests and nuns he grew up with that he decided to become a priest. He entered St. Charles Borromeo Seminary in Wynnewood at 16, leaving Roman Catholic High School before earning his diploma.
SPORTS
February 10, 2014 | By Kate Harman, For The Inquirer
Standing 6-foot-1, Jenna Carroll can take over a basketball game. With long arms and a good vertical leap, the senior forward for Methacton is an imposing presence in the paint and a force on the boards. The versatile Carroll is also a hard task for opposing defenders because of her solid ballhandling, quick moves, and ability to post up on the block. Possession after possession in the second half against Pope John Paul II on Saturday, Carroll demonstrated just how dangerous she can be on both ends of the floor.
SPORTS
February 4, 2014 | By Kate Harman, For The Inquirer
Susan Bossler remembers the first time she met Ellen Chernaskey. A junior transfer at Pope John Paul II from Berks Catholic, Bossler was a little bit nervous about meeting her new basketball team when Chernaskey, the only senior on the squad, went right up to her and starting talking. Bossler immediately knew she made the right choice in changing schools after such a warm welcome. That has been Chernaskey's modus operandi: She helps her teammates. The Golden Panthers' coach, Dave Baker, called his leader "unbelievable," adding that she is willing to do whatever it takes to foster a new energy in the program.
SPORTS
November 2, 2013 | The Inquirer Staff
Sammy Stipa scored once and assisted on another goal Thursday, and Spring-Ford cruised past host Strath Haven, 4-1, to earn District 1's fifth and final ticket to next week's PIAA Class AAA girls' soccer tournament. Strath Haven entered the District 1 tournament as the third seed, and Spring-Ford was No. 8. Stipa, a senior, put the Rams ahead, 2-0, in the first half on a header off a cross from Gabrielle Vagnozzi, who had scored the team's first goal. Megan Giannopoulos scored in the second half to put the Rams ahead, 3-1, before Stipa sealed the win by assisting on a goal by Aley Kate McKinley.
NEWS
September 22, 2013
SOCCER CATHOLIC LEAGUE Bonner-Prendergast 1, Conwell-Egan 0: Bonner-Prendergast needed only two shots to get the win at Conwell-Egan on Friday. Sean O'Connell set up Pat Lutes on a set piece, and Lutes scored with 50 minutes left. Conwell-Egan outshot Bonner-Prendergast, 20-2, but Jon Mathis made 10 saves to earn the shutout and the win. Roman Catholic 1, Cardinal O'Hara 0: Mariano Cepeda took advantage of a breakaway in the first half, and Roman Catholic held on for the win at O'Hara.
NEWS
September 15, 2013
FIELD HOCKEY Catholic League Cardinal O'Hara 6, Conwell-Egan 0: The visiting Lions scored four times in the first half Friday and improved to 4-1. It was O'Hara's fourth shutout of the season. Archbishop Carroll 8, Archbishop Ryan 0: Freshman midfielder Samantha Swart scored her first career varsity goal and added an assist in host Carroll's win. Gracie McClatchy and Gabby Sutter scored two goals each. Pioneer Athletic Conference Owen J. Roberts 1, Perkiomen Valley 0: The visiting Wildcats' Maddie Mullen scored on a corner with 4 minutes, 50 seconds remaining in the first half.
NEWS
August 9, 2013
IF HE really had the power, Pope Francis would be a lot more lenient than his predecessors and would seriously shake up things in the Vatican. He reminds me so much of Pope John Paul I (from the reading I've done of the latter). I don't know why it surprises anyone that Pope Francis would do things for himself and not live in opulence while preaching the opposite. Jesuits are not diocesan priests: These dudes actually take a vow of poverty and aren't restricted to mainly working in parishes, as diocesan priests mainly are. The article by Will Bunch seemed to lay much of the blame for the Catholic Church's hardline stances on social issues at the feet of Benedict XVI. While he was certainly far from liberal and was the architect of many of those stances, he probably felt the need to continue the hard-line, rather boorish conservative stance of the Church that was the order of the day during the horrific reign of Karol Wojtyla.
NEWS
August 1, 2013
POPE FRANCIS is a little bit like that chatty friend up the street who gives you his opinion on everything, even when you haven't asked. He is garrulous, joyful, easy to approach (just ask his apoplectic bodyguards who have to keep him from straying off course in crowds) and quite candid about anything and everything. If he were Jewish and did stand-up, he would have made a terrific addition to the old Catskill circuit. You might be saying that this is a rather sacrilegious way to be talking about the Vicar of Christ, but his most recent appearances in public almost invite this type of familiarity.
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