April 13, 2015 |
If not for the horrible coincidence, there wouldn't be much in common between the girls' lacrosse programs from Cherokee and Shawnee. Other than proximity and history and rivalry and familiarity and everything else that binds together athletes and coaches from sister schools in the same sport in the same district, that is. But all that stuff was cast in a different light when these teenagers and their coaches paused to consider the deepest connection...
April 10, 2015 |
They aren't all the same: "Rate-shopping" cities may prefer Standard & Poor's rosier credit ratings - but bond buyers trust rivals Moody's Investors Service and Fitch Ratings more to warn investors when towns are less likely to pay what they owe, says municipal bond analyst Tom Kozlik. A majority of municipal-bond analysts, 57 percent, said they had a "very favorable" or "somewhat favorable" opinion of both Moody's and Fitch, compared with just 43 percent for S&P, according to a survey of 162 analysts at bond investment funds, brokerages, bond insurers, and other firms conducted by Kozlik, of Janney Montgomery Scott L.L.C.
March 28, 2015 |
They have been teammates in the past. They will be teammates in the future. Fow now, they are rivals - an ace pitcher and a star hitter for teams that will compete in both the Olympic Conference's American Division and the South Jersey Group 4 sectional tournament. When Cherry Hill East senior Jon Hansen steps to the plate in the first inning of the first game of the Mingo Bay Classic in South Carolina on April 7, he'll likely see Cherokee senior Brian Marconi on the mound. The confrontation will be both good fun between old friends and a renewed battle between fierce competitors.
March 9, 2015 |
There was a running theme uttered frequently in Lenape's gym Saturday night. Referees said it when they stepped between two heated players. Coaches said it they when they felt like a physical, testy game was getting out of hand: "You have to play through it," Lenape girls' basketball coach Rob Hummel said. "Don't get caught up in anything that isn't basketball. "Just keep playing. " The Indians' ability to do just that - to let nothing rattle them - was the difference in a 46-34 win over Cherokee in the South Jersey Group 4 semifinals.
February 28, 2015 |
Jordan Taylor knew this time was going to be different. "Coming into this game, we knew we weren't going to lose," Taylor said. "We said, 'Not today. Not this time.' " It took one last defensive stop at the end of a wildly emotional game, but Holy Spirit emerged with a 61-60 victory over archrival Atlantic City on Friday night in the Cape-Atlantic League tournament semifinals at Absegami. Taylor, a senior forward, scored 21 points with eight rebounds and senior center Tyler Jones added 18 points as third-seeded Holy Spirit (18-6)
February 11, 2015 |
Archbishop Wood girls' basketball coach John Gallagher announced his resignation on Monday afternoon amid allegations that he sent anonymous e-mails to college coaches in an effort to ruin the NCAA eligibility of rival players. Gallagher was called as a witness in a lawsuit in Philadelphia Common Pleas Court filed by former Neumann-Goretti coach Letty Santarelli. Santarelli, who resigned in October, is suing Stephen Skedzielewski, whom she replaced as coach in 2012. Santarelli is seeking more than $50,000 in damages for libel, slander, and misrepresentation of character.
February 6, 2015 |
Glassboro football stars Juwan Johnson and Ronnie James officially parted ways Wednesday. But they probably will see each other again. Johnson, a wide receiver, signed with Penn State during a ceremony Wednesday morning in the hallway outside the Glassboro High School gymnasium. James, a defensive back, signed with Rutgers. It wasn't lost on either athlete that Penn State and Rutgers both are members of the Big Ten Conference and that they could meet again on the football field.
February 5, 2015 |
It may appear that James F. Kenney, who resigned from Philadelphia City Council last week to run for mayor, has the edge on other Democratic candidates when it comes to marijuana policy. But former State Sen. T. Milton Street Sr. got the jump on Kenney by introducing state legislation 32 years ago to decriminalize the cultivation and consumption of the drug. "Maybe we can say I was ahead of my time," Street said Tuesday, laughing about the issue finally sparking up. Kenney's stance and Street's response prompted The Inquirer to poll the half-dozen declared and likely mayoral candidates about their views on decriminalizing pot - and about whether they had ever used the drug.
February 4, 2015 |
One hotly contested Philadelphia City Council race is proving to also be heavily funded. Councilman Kenyatta Johnson and challenger Ori Feibush, vying to represent the Second District, have raked in fund-raising totals fit for this year's mayor's race - more than $300,000 each. The two, who have waged an acrimonious battle for months, rolled out their 2014 contribution totals in finance reports due Monday. While numerous candidates are vying for Council's seven at-large seats, the Second District, which includes a swath of South Philadelphia and many of the city's Southwest neighborhoods, thus far is the only serious contest of the 10 Council districts.
February 1, 2015 |
That sizable chip Lower Moreland carries on its shoulder when it comes to playing Bicentennial Athletic League rival Holy Ghost Prep is understandable. Last season, Holy Ghost won all four meetings, including a 65-47 romp in the PIAA District 1 Class AAA final at Villanova. "They really wiped us off the floor in that one," Lower Moreland sophomore guard Nick Smolda said. "It's something we don't forget. And we use it as motivation. " Clearly. With Smolda producing 15 points off the bench Friday night in an Independence League showdown, the Lions completed a regular-season sweep of the Firebirds with a 69-55 triumph in Huntingdon Valley.