February 17, 2009 |
James G. McSherry, Roman Catholic High School Class of 1940, helped keep the nation's first free Catholic high school for boys open in the 1980s when it was in danger of closing. Over the years, McSherry helped Roman in many ways. And even in death, he found an avenue to continue assisting his alma mater. Roman is scheduled to announce today that McSherry, who died in 2006 at the age of 84, left $425,000 to fund five scholarships at the school at Broad and Vine Streets. When the bequest is combined with the contributions made in his lifetime, McSherry donated "well over $1 million" to Roman, making him the school's largest benefactor since Thomas E. Cahill, a wealthy coal merchant, founded the school in 1890.
August 31, 2008 |
I was surprised to find Romans roaming the streets of Lugo, my hometown in northwestern Spain, when I returned in June. After living abroad for 20 years, I had come to visit my family and high school friends - and, to my daughter's dismay, to speak my native tongue too fast for her to understand. What I had not anticipated was to find the city ablaze. The reason, I soon discovered, was that the city was celebrating, as it has each June since 2001, a festival aptly named Arde Lucus - Lugo Is Burning - in remembrance of a time long past when Romans lived here.
March 13, 1993 |
Marc Jackson and Mike Tabb had not agreed on preparations. But when it mattered most, they joined forces for perfect execution. As Roman Catholic readied itself for the final two rounds (it hoped) of the Catholic League basketball playoffs earlier this week, Jackson, a 6-9 senior, suggested the shaved-head look to Tabb, a 6-8 junior. "It was just a little thing I thought of," Jackson said. "Mike and I are playing our last year together. I figured it would be good for us to look the same, to show good unity.
February 24, 1997 |
Beating Roman Catholic twice in the regular season was an accomplishment in itself. Now all the St. John Neumann basketball team has to do is beat the Cahillites for a third straight time. Yesterday, the Pirates snapped Roman's nine-year home-court Catholic League winning streak, 77-61, to wrap up second place in the league's Southern Division. Neumann (22-3 overall, 12-2 league), which defeated Roman by 74-61 last month, will play host to the Cahillites (18-6, 10-4) on Friday in a first-round playoff game.
December 30, 1995 |
There are several things Roman Catholic High's Curtis King would rather do in his life than shoot a pressure-packed free throw. Several hundred. Perhaps several thousand. But when the situation called last night for King to tackle an unpleasant task head-on, he didn't shrivel away or whine to someone: "My stomach's upset. Get someone else in there. " With a mere 4/10ths of a second remaining in the second overtime of a wonderfully electric Slam Dunk to the Beach National Invitational Tournament semifinal, King, a 6-6 junior center, absorbed a no-doubt-about-it foul while trying to follow a miss by teammate Donnie Carr.
September 18, 2012
THIS WEEK'S Daily News Pet of the Week is Roman (right), a 2- to 3-year-old pit-bull mix at the Philadelphia Animal Welfare Society. Roman has medium-high energy and enjoys going on jogs. He's friendly and social with people and dogs of his size or larger. To adopt Roman, contact PAWS, 2nd and Arch streets, Old City, at 215-238-9901. Please provide tag #A16667527 when inquiring. A $75 fee includes sterilization, vaccines and microchipping.
February 4, 1995 |
At Roman Catholic, where the basketball team has been winning Catholic League titles for nearly a century, the court is as cramped as a sandbox. The players use a first-floor classroom - No. 54 - to change their clothes and talk about the game, dropping sweaty gold gym shorts onto the floor, hanging out on desktops. The Cahillites haven't lost a league game at home in seven years. Yesterday, Roman (16-2, 7-1 league) kept that streak alive with a 65-61 win against Archbishop Carroll (14-4, 5-3)
October 11, 1993 |
Archbishop Carroll's football team had won its last three games, but it wanted to face a tough opponent to find out where it fit into the Catholic League Southern Division. Against Roman Catholic yesterday, Carroll got its wish. And for the first 30 minutes, the Patriots seemed ready to topple Roman, the defending Southern Division champion. That is, until some of their old habits began haunting them. Two costly fumbles and a pair of Roman touchdowns in the last 8 minutes, 54 seconds resulted in a 14-7 defeat for Carroll at Radnor High's Prevost Field.
November 25, 1994 |
Roman Catholic's James "Bugsy" Martin had much to be thankful for yesterday. One, that he could play football. Two, before that, that he could even walk. Last July 17, Martin was playing American Legion baseball for the Ivy Ridge Panthers when he tried to beat a pickoff throw back into second base. Crack! That sound was not bat against ball. It was Martin's left ankle. "It made a big popping sound," Martin said. "As soon as I heard that, I knew it was bad. When I looked down, my foot was facing inward.
November 20, 1989 |
For Roman Catholic, the waiting is finally over. The Cahillites had not won a Catholic League Southern Division title since 1947, but the long anticipation ended yesterday, when Roman defeated Monsignor Bonner, 19-7, in the division final at Villanova Stadium. With the victory, Roman (9-2) earned the right to play La Salle, the Northern Division champ, for the Catholic League title on Saturday, Dec. 2, at Villanova at 2:30 p.m. "I think our time was way overdue," said Roman quarterback Jim McGeehan, who eclipsed 3,000 yards passing for his high school career with three completions - two for touchdowns - for 144 yards on the day. "It's going to make my Thanksgiving a lot more enjoyable.