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July 3, 2013 | BY DAN GERINGER, Daily News Staff Writer geringd@phillynews.com, 215-854-5961
FLYERS IMMORTAL Bobby Clarke blasts the puck past a helpless goalie in the 1973 metal sculpture at the Fishtown Rec Center's roller-hockey rink. After 40 years of exposure to rain, blistering heat and freezing cold, the metallic Clarke remains forever young, frozen in time. Unfortunately, the rink is not. Neglected by the city's Department of Parks and Recreation for too many years, the concrete playing surface is so veined with treacherous cracks that roller hockey gave way to foot hockey (sneakers instead of skates)
NEWS
April 30, 1992 | by Lorenzo Biggs, Daily News Sports Writer
The recent NHL strike sent diehard hockey fans scrambling for a taste of their favorite sport. But strike or no strike, the hockey season was about to end for the Flyers. Fans had to watch the team miss the playoffs for the third consecutive season. Some hockey buffs might have filled the void by watching the NCAA championship game. Others might have boarded the playoff-bound bandwagon of the Hershey Bears, the Flyers' American Hockey League farm club. Then there was Joe Ralston.
NEWS
August 25, 1994 | By Laura Genao, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
They break away for shots on goal on streets, tennis courts, basketball courts and even parking lots, but most have no home of their own. For roller hockey enthusiasts, finding a place to play often means having to postpone a shot until a car drives by, or skating away from tennis players who want their court back. "In Haverford, we have an ongoing battle between the tennis players and hockey players," said Tim Denny, Haverford Township's director of parks and recreation. "The courts are an ideal surface, what with the nice, smooth surface and all, but hockey ruins them.
NEWS
July 24, 1997 | By Deise Leobet, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Three teams from Philadelphia have a chance to win national titles in the street game of roller hockey next month. The success of these teams, from the Lawndale section of the city, could lead to the start of Philadelphia's first citywide roller hockey league. The teams, made up of boys and girls ages 8 to 17, were organized by Charlie Sgrillo, 36, a full-time city firefighter who spends 50 hours a week, 10 months a year as a roller hockey coach at Lawncrest Recreation Center.
SPORTS
July 26, 1995 | By Bob Ford, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
To skate or not to skate. That was the question for aspiring actor Michael Knowles, who had put aside the dream of making the U.S. national roller hockey team to pursue an acting career. "The truth of the matter was that I wanted a team USA jersey, and I decided to go after it," said Knowles, from Gibbsboro. So he changed roles, at least temporarily, made the national team, and competed here at the United States Olympic Festival. The life of an unknown actor and the life of a player in a relatively unknown sport are not dissimilar.
NEWS
March 23, 1995 | By Matt White, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
Woodbury's Nick Grassia made the U.S. roller hockey team as a 14-year-old, but the roller hockey world never quite believed it until last April. Gibbsboro's Mike Knowles, who has been Grassia's teammate for three years and his friend even longer, never doubted it. At the Pan American Championships in Cuba last April, Grassia was wished a happy 18th birthday in as many languages as there were teams in the athletes' cafeteria, then presented with what passed for a birthday cake: A candle in a pile of rice.
NEWS
January 12, 1995 | By Rhonda Goodman INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
The school board voted unanimously Tuesday to turn the four tennis courts at Elkins Park Middle School over to the township for rehabilitation, though no designs were presented and only a vague plan exists. There was no lease for the school board to look over, though the vote gives the township the courts for 25 years, with an option to terminate the lease after 15. Township officials plan to seek a $264,500 state grant, requiring matching funds, to renovate and rehabilitate several spots along Tookany Creek Parkway.
NEWS
December 12, 1997 | By Brian Thevenot, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
As night closed in, unmercifully early, only a pale half moon and distant streetlights helped Andrew Mikus and his four buddies find the puck with their well-worn hockey sticks. Not a minute could be wasted. The five teenagers couldn't get to the tennis courts until after 4 p.m. Barely an hour of light remained, and barely enough boys were there to make two, two-man roller hockey teams with a permanent goalie. They had to play "take backs," like when there is only one basketball goal.
NEWS
July 24, 1998 | By Martin D. Emeno Jr., INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
Alexis DiRico's stomach had had enough. Watching Team Ice Line in the NHL Breakout '98 in-line roller hockey tournament was making her queasy. "I felt nauseous," the coach said. "I kept asking how much time was left. The last three minutes took forever. You can never think a game is in the bag until it's over. " When the game was over, Team Ice Line had provided the perfect remedy. Ice Line iced the Warminster Glaciers, 5-3, for the 14-and-under elite division championship of the tournament held at Moorestown Mall on July 11 and 12. The victory earned a berth in NHL Breakout '98 championships.
NEWS
October 13, 1996 | By Louise Harbach, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
As this rural Pinelands municipality gets ready to open the community's second park, township officials are seeking $150,000 to add a roller hockey rink. The township has applied for the state's Green Acres funds, and if approved, the money would be used to build the rink and to do other work at Prickett's Mill Park, which is nearing completion, said Suzanne Veitengruber, township manager. A new rink would save the surfaces of other recreational courts that are being used by skaters, officials have said.
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SPORTS
September 18, 2014 | By Julie Kayzerman, Inquirer Staff Writer
More than a hundred small dents cover the garage door that Jane Donio-Enscoe uses to practice her field hockey shots. The door might have taken a beating over the years, but it's the field hockey career-goals record at Hammonton High that has taken its fair share of shots from Donio-Enscoe - and her family. During a Tri-County Royal matchup against Williamstown last Wednesday, the senior forward scored no ordinary hat trick for the Blue Devils. Her third goal of the game was the 72d of her high school career, breaking the Hammonton record, which her mother, Ann Donio, once held with 55 goals in 1977.
NEWS
February 13, 2014 | BY DAN GERINGER, Daily News Staff Writer geringd@phillynews.com, 215-854-5961
JASON WENTZELL, who has been a Philadelphia police officer for 17 years, grew up playing roller hockey at the Fishtown Rec Rink and firmly believes it saved his life. "There's two paths to go down in this neighborhood," the lifelong Fishtowner said. "As a kid, I hung around with a rough crowd. Some of them went one way. A lot of them went the other way. "I lived two, three blocks away from the rink," Wentzell continued. "As soon as school was out, we'd go right over there. I was a lot better off playing hockey than hanging on the street corner.
NEWS
July 3, 2013 | BY DAN GERINGER, Daily News Staff Writer geringd@phillynews.com, 215-854-5961
FLYERS IMMORTAL Bobby Clarke blasts the puck past a helpless goalie in the 1973 metal sculpture at the Fishtown Rec Center's roller-hockey rink. After 40 years of exposure to rain, blistering heat and freezing cold, the metallic Clarke remains forever young, frozen in time. Unfortunately, the rink is not. Neglected by the city's Department of Parks and Recreation for too many years, the concrete playing surface is so veined with treacherous cracks that roller hockey gave way to foot hockey (sneakers instead of skates)
SPORTS
April 10, 2012 | BY TED SILARY, silaryt@phillynews.com
MIKE CAVALLARO can be forgiven for not being able to remember every pertinent detail of his first noteworthy at-bat for Central High's baseball squad. After all, it was 10 years ago. Just kidding . . . We think. Fiiiinally, the 5-9, 160-pound Cavallaro, who goes mostly by "Cavs" and splits his time between centerfield and the mound, is a senior and his production shows no signs of decreasing. Yesterday, with strong winds swirling throughout, Cavallaro went 3-for-3 with a double and two runs scored as the Lancers, storming back from a 3-0 deficit, edged visiting Julia Masterman, 4-3, in a Public A goody.
SPORTS
September 24, 2011 | By Bill Iezzi, Inquirer Staff Writer
Tara Vittese has a special antique in her garage. It's a field hockey stick that her mother, Patricia (née Kennedy) Vittese, used as a center forward on the Delaware Valley Regional High School team in 1978. And it's one reason why Tara and her two older sisters, Michelle and Carissa, started playing the sport as children. "I probably hit a few balls with them" when they were very young, Patricia Vittese said. "I always expressed my love of the game to them. " The old stick is not made of graphite, fiberglass or Kevlar, as today's models are, and is heavier and not as streamlined.
NEWS
September 23, 2011 | By Bill Iezzi, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Tara Vittese has a special antique in her garage. It's a field hockey stick that her mother, Patricia (née Kennedy) Vittese, used as a center forward on the Delaware Valley Regional High School team in 1978. And it's one reason why Tara and her two older sisters, Michelle and Carissa, started playing the sport as children. "I probably hit a few balls with them" when they were very young, Patricia Vittese said. "I always expressed my love of the game to them. " The old stick is not made of graphite, fiberglass or Kevlar, as today's models are, and is heavier and not as streamlined.
SPORTS
September 20, 2010 | By Don Beideman, Inquirer Staff Writer
It isn't often that a field hockey team finds itself playing shorthanded, but that was the case for Octorara on Tuesday. When an Octorara player received a red card from the officials for throwing her stick, the Braves were forced to play the final 25 minutes of their game against West Chester East with just 10 players on the field. Octorara received key efforts from two players, defensive midfielder Amanda Billig and goalkeeper Ryan Morlando, in beating the Vikings, 2-1. Billig, a sophomore defensive midfielder, scored the winning goal with a little more than nine minutes to play.
SPORTS
March 20, 2007 | By Joe Logan INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Records, of course, are made to be broken. But because it was Joe Mullen's career scoring record of 502 goals by an American in the NHL that got eclipsed Saturday night, you'd think he'd be at least a little bummed out. "Not at all," Mullen, 50, an assistant coach with the Philadelphia Phantoms who spent 16 years in the NHL, said. "I had the record for quite [a while]. I knew this day would come, and I'm happy a guy like Mike broke it. He's a quality guy and a role model for U.S. hockey.
NEWS
December 4, 2005 | By Mary Anne Janco INQUIRER SUBURBAN STAFF
The Neumann Knights roller hockey team opened its season with five straight shut-outs. The Knights scored a total of 57 goals; their opponents - including Drexel, Temple and Cornell - scored zero. The Knights of Neumann College, ranked first in the country in Division II, have shown the same speed, fast thinking and team play that have gotten them to the nationals for the last three years. They're already planning their next trip to the finals. The team from this small liberal arts college in Delaware County is a nationally recognized powerhouse in this fast-growing college sport, which has about 200 college clubs.
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