March 21, 2014 |
BUFFALO - Halil Kanacevic could only sit and watch as Saint Joseph's season was swinging in the balance. A fifth personal foul had deprived the Hawks' senior leader and most valuable player of the game's final 3 minutes and 47 seconds, which he spent nestled into a seat on the bench between teammates Daryus Quarles and Isaiah Miles. "It's tough," Kanacevic said afterward. "You don't want to go out like that. I definitely don't want to go out like that. " St. Joe's most accomplished season in 10 years came to an end last night in an 89-81 overtime loss to seventh-seeded Connecticut in a second-round NCAA Tournament game at the First Niagara Center.
March 19, 2014 |
THE SAINT JOSEPH'S women had waited long enough. It had been 10 days since they lost to George Washington in the Atlantic 10 Tournament. Anxiety had become a part of life, with their name squarely on the NCAA Tournament bubble. The selection committee did not make them wait long last night, announcing their first-round game against Georgia within the first 2 minutes of the 7 o'clock selection show. It was the Hawks' first at-large bid since 2001, and the first under coach Cindy Griffin.
March 14, 2014 |
BIG PEOPLE beat up little people? Not always, new Eagles special-teamer and safety Chris Maragos said yesterday, when asked about another new Eagle - returner, running back and receiver Darren Sproles. Sproles is 5-6, 190, and he'll be 31 in June, two strong negatives, given what coach Chip Kelly is trying to build. But there are other considerations, said Maragos, who had to try to tackle Sproles, the Saints' return man, when the Seahawks beat New Orleans in the divisional round of the playoffs a few months back.
March 11, 2014 |
BY NOW, after 60 college basketball games in every sort of arena and setting, identities usually are set. And then, there are this season's editions at Saint Joseph's and La Salle. Each was outplayed by a lesser team on their home court on Senior Day; most recently, St. Joe's, by La Salle, yesterday, 71-63. It was La Salle's third win in its last four games, but a Senior Day loss to George Mason on Thursday laid barer than ever its most damning shortcomings: lack of scoring and an unproductive perimeter defense, fatal flaws on a guard-heavy team.
February 26, 2014 |
CIANI CRYOR hugged Shanni Martin and A.J. Timbers near midcourt. Her teammates looked at her and smiled. They knew they had the Catholic League title wrapped up for Ss. Neumann-Goretti for the first time in 36 years. The Saints' 55-46 win over Archbishop Wood sealed what was a magical season for them. They won their 24th straight game, in front of a few thousand at the Palestra, but none was as sweet as last night's. All the hours they put in throughout the season paid off when they cut down the nets.
February 22, 2014 |
There's little about the Neumann-Goretti girls' basketball team that doesn't attract attention. It starts with the sneakers they wear: a rainbow that runs from a loud shade of lime green to a hue of hot pink that is tame only in comparison. Then there's the height: The Saints have so much of it, their tallest player, at 6-foot-9, is a little-used reserve. But all of that flash is secondary to the main reason the Saints have become a must-watch team: They won't stop winning.
February 21, 2014 |
THE MATCHUP that some anticipated when the season began will determine the Catholic League champion when Ss. Neumann-Goretti meets Roman Catholic on Monday at the Palestra. The Saints (20-4, 12-1) knocked off Archbishop Carroll, 67-62, in the second of two semifinal games played last night at the Palestra. Roman Catholic held off La Salle, 52-45, in the first game. Junior guard Lamarr "Fresh" Kimble led the Saints with 17 points (6-for-10, 4-for-5 free throws). Senior wing Ja'Quan Newton finished with 15 points (6-for-12, two threes)
February 20, 2014 |
THE SCENE at Archbishop Carroll High when visiting Ss. Neumann-Goretti came to town in late January had an all-time feel. The student section was chockablock with white-T-shirt-wearing fans straight up to the summit of the bleachers - and that was for the JV game! Students at the top even opened a few windows to avoid overheating, which benefited fans, media members and an N-G assistant coach, who were all denied admission about 30 minutes before varsity tipoff due to overcrowding.
February 11, 2014 |
HER GRANDKIDS called Maria Elisa Mirarchi "Grandmom Bella. " Bella is Italian for beautiful, and this woman by all accounts was beautiful inside and out. "All my life, my mom was an angel by my side," said her daughter Caterina Romani. "The most selfless, beautiful, kind, considerate woman you could ever meet. " The former Maria Elisa Varano, who was passionate about passing on her knowledge of Italy and Italian saints, a devoted mother and grandmother, died Jan. 30. She was 86 and was living in Springfield, Delaware County, but had lived most of her life in South Philadelphia.
February 7, 2014 |
SAINT LOUIS arrived on Hawk Hill with one of the country's very best defenses, three 1,000-point scorers, a school-record-tying 14-game winning streak, a 7-0 road record and a coach who was 48-9 in his two seasons. Saint Joseph's had won 11 of 13, had its own trio of 1,000-point scorers, the best field-goal percentage and three-point percentage in Atlantic 10 games and an opportunity to beat ranked opponents consecutively for the first time since 1966. The crowd at Hagan Arena was kept down by the brutal ice storm, but the students were there early, and they were loud.