November 14, 1987 |
With the myriad possibilities surrounding the wild-card slot in the Philadelphia Public League football playoffs, Dobbins coach Robert Smith's focus was on one thing yesterday. "Winning," said Smith. "We knew if we won, we were in. We didn't want to back in after losing. " And win Dobbins did. The Mustangs defeated Roxborough, 18-8, to capture their first Mid-City Division title since 1979. The victory puts Dobbins into the playoffs, where it will meet West Division champ Bok, at Northeast High, at 1 p.m. next Saturday.
January 13, 1994 |
Every time Jesse Wenk looks at the quarter-inch-wide cracks in his walls, he's reminded of it. Every time he sees that his front steps have pulled farther away from his Roxborough home, he can't escape it. Wenk's house on Pensdale Street near Freeland Avenue is sinking. Unbeknown to Wenk, his house, which dates from the 1920s, was built on a former pharmaceutical company dump that was covered over with ash. The ash is now shifting, causing his house to sink. Before long he will have to move.
June 14, 1989 |
For the first time since 1985, the Washington Eagles will not be the Public League baseball championship game. On Monday afternoon at Central High, with two outs in the top of the seventh inning, Washington watched a 5-4 lead over Roxborough, and its hopes for a fifth straight title, disappear. "It hurts," Washington coach Joe O'Hara said after Roxborough rallied for a 7-5 semifinal victory. "There's no question it hurts. But to a certain extent, I'm relieved because now we can start all over.
September 22, 1995 |
It's been 10 years and lots of letters, but still no final answer as to whether 202 apartments will be built in Roxborough. Residents and developers have yet to meet, and the planning board won't make a decision until they do. Each side blames the other. "I have never had a problem with meeting with a community," said Carl Primavera, an attorney for the Andorra Group, which wants to build six apartment buildings at Umbria Street and Shawmont Avenue. "Usually they are anxious to hear us and anxious to give input.
May 12, 1988 |
If Larry Kolongowski's latest pitching performance was listed as a lunchtime item at a nearby deli, it would probably be a roast beef sandwich on rye bread. Make that month-old rye. After the senior righthander got much-needed last-out relief from teammate Ken Mulderrig to preserve Washington's 7-4 win over visiting Roxborough (4-3 league) on Monday, all Kolongowski wanted to remember about his outing were innings two through six. Throw away the first and seventh and you're left with some quality filler.
November 9, 1991 |
Gerald "Scotty" Mack left yesterday's Public League Division B showdown at Central with less uniform than he started with, but the Roxborough running back never looked better. The 5-foot-7, 155-pound senior rushed for 232 yards and two touchdowns as Roxborough clinched a playoff berth with a 29-0 thrashing of the Lancers. The victory puts Roxborough (6-2 overall, 4-1 league) into a quarterfinal game at Martin Luther King, the Division C champion, on Friday. Mack began the day with three blue letters (M-A-C)
June 9, 1990 |
The Public League baseball schedule-maker was not exactly kind to Mike Miller's right arm. Humane, yes. But not kind. Before yesterday, when Roxborough bested Central, 12-5, in a semifinal at Northeast, Miller had pitched four innings in the 17 previous days. No wonder he had trouble finding a groove. No wonder his five-inning stint was largely lackluster. "Our last regular-season game, against Edison, was so long ago (May 21)," said Miller, a 6-1, 165-pound senior righthander and Temple signee.
November 24, 2006 |
After last week's loss to La Salle in the Catholic League Red Division semifinals, Roman Catholic was determined to avoid similar frustration in yesterday's Thanksgiving Day clash with Roxborough. Troy Richardson did his part, catching seven passes for 138 yards and two touchdowns as the Cahillites defeated the host Indians, 19-6, on a muddy and puddle-filled field. "We really wanted to end the season on a good note," said Richardson, a senior wide receiver and cornerback.
June 13, 1990 |
Roxborough, with its 4-3 defeat of Washington on Monday afternoon, won its second consecutive Public League baseball title, but what Washington shortstop Tom Honda won at the Frankford site of the game was respect. In the bottom of the seventh inning, with the Indians up by a run and Ray Barnhart - representing the tying run - on second base, Roxborough coach Cliff Hubbard did the unthinkable. He instructed pitcher Mike Miller to walk Honda. Intentionally. This decision put the winning run on first and placed the bat in the hands of Jeff Strunk.
June 20, 1988 |
When I heard the metallic pop of a baseball connecting with an aluminum bat, I was reminded of what Tug McGraw once observed about how baseball had changed over the years. In the old days, and I don't necessarily mean the Ty Cobb era, if a player made solid contact with the ball, he was said to have gotten "good wood. " "What do we say now?" McGraw asked. "He got 'good aluminum?' " Other than that, the scene at John Boyce Memorial Field in Roxborough looked very similar to ones I remembered years ago when I used to watch a lot of amateur baseball.