September 5, 2016 |
In half an hour, the graduating class of Immaculata College would file into Alumnae Hall for their diplomas, but one of the guest speakers - a 65-year-old nun in a thin, cotton sari - was cold. Such are the moments, large and small, that people around the region recall from their encounters with Mother Teresa of Calcutta, whom Pope Francis will proclaim a Roman Catholic saint on Sunday. "She'd left her raggedy sweater in the car," Sister Marie Roseanne Bonfini, who was Immaculata's dean of academic affairs at the time, recalled last week.
June 22, 2016 |
All TV family dramas are not alike, even those kicked off by the return of prodigal sons or daughters to their rich families. That point couldn't be made more clearly than it is in two new shows. One is the Oprah Winfrey-produced Greenleaf , which makes its two-night, three-hour premiere on Winfrey's OWN on Tuesday and Wednesday. It's about a Memphis megachurch, the family who controls it, and the long-estranged daughter who may expose their secrets. The other, CBS's American Gothic , which will premiere Wednesday, is about another influential family, this one in Boston, with a long-estranged son who may be a notorious serial killer (or may just know which one of them is)
June 18, 2016 |
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. - Brian Verratti pretty much summed up Neumann-Goretti's baseball season. "We started out the year as the area's top-ranked team. We got off to a slow start and dropped out of the rankings, and then we came on strong at the end to accomplish our goals," the senior centerfielder and leadoff man said. Verratti and the Saints, written off by some after a 2-5 start, captured the program's first state title with a 3-0 blanking of District 6's Bishop McCort in a rain-delayed PIAA Class 2A final Thursday at Penn State's Medlar Field at Lubrano Park.
June 7, 2016 |
'DO I CONTRADICT myself? "Very well then I contradict myself; "(I am large, I contain multitudes.)" Muhammad Ali did not write or say those words. But he might as well have. Amid the endless flow of obituaries, testimonials and personal accounts that have followed news of his death Friday, this indisputable truth emerged. He was large. He contained multitudes. He was, in so many ways, the personification of Walt Whitman's "Song of Myself. " He was a saint. He was a sinner.
April 8, 2016 |
Joe LaFiora's first start of the baseball season couldn't have gone any better. Well, maybe just a little. The Neumann-Goretti sophomore took the hill in his second career start and tossed a no-hitter, leading the visitors to a 3-0 win over Archbishop Ryan on Wednesday. In the Catholic League tilt, LaFiora threw 79 pitches, striking out six batters. Two walks cost him a perfect game. Nick D'Amore had two RBIs and Brian Verratti went 2 for 4, scoring one run and stealing two bases.
March 29, 2016 |
Quintessence Theatre Group wants to contemporize classic plays? Well, for the first time since its 2010 Measure for Measure , the group has done it with a powerhouse, actor-driven production of George Bernard Shaw's Saint Joan . Like Shakespeare's political drama, like Sophocles' Antigone or Brecht's Mother Courage , Quintessence delivers the full force of and timelessness of Shaw's play in a show that echoes the actions of Edward...
March 20, 2016 |
HERSHEY - Sixteen forced turnovers in the first half. Fifty-six percent shooting from the field in the first 16 minutes of play. Twenty total steals. The numbers for the Neumann-Goretti girls' basketball team start to paint the picture of just how dominant the team was in the PIAA Class 2A state final. But the numbers don't do it justice. The show that the Saints put on at the Giant Center on Friday afternoon was something special, a 65-28 romp over North Star that proved to be the exclamation point for yet another stellar season.
March 17, 2016 |
With just a few seconds remaining in Tuesday's PIAA Class 3A semifinal, a Neumann-Goretti fan said it best. "Hershey, here we come!" he shouted. After a physical contest against Imhotep, the Saints, who had five players score in double figures, knocked off the Panthers, 76-69, and earned a chance for their sixth state title since 2010. In Game 2 of the doubleheader at Philadelphia University, Math, Civics and Sciences held off defending Class A champion Constitution, 79-78, in overtime thanks to Kwahzere Ransom's game-winning three-pointer.
March 10, 2016 |
BETHLEHEM, Pa. - The Neumann-Goretti boys' and girls' basketball teams put on quite a show Tuesday night at Freedom High. The boys regained the swagger they had been missing in their last three games with a 113-71 thumping of Scranton Prep in a PIAA Class AAA second-round contest. The girls opened the doubleheader by whipping previously undefeated Minersville, 71-33, in a Class AA second-round matchup. Against Scranton Prep, the District 2 titlist, the Saints' starters combined for 100 points.
March 6, 2016 |
To three, or not to three: that has been the question for Neumann-Goretti after back-to-back losses in the Catholic League and District 12 championship games. After those two setbacks, the second-seeded Saints entered Friday night's Class 3A first-round matchup with No. 5 seed Eastern Lebanon County of District 3 just 4 of 37 from the three-point line. Despite another poor-shooting game from the perimeter, however, the Saints' second-half defense made the difference in a 69-48 victory at Archbishop Ryan.