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.
February 3, 2014 |
To play for the Neumann-Goretti girls' basketball team means to be in a constant state of motion. On defense, the Saints use quick feet to slide and get in help position, while their hands relentlessly badger the opposing player. Those same hands tip countless passes, ensuring that no passing lane is safe. On the offensive end, the Saints move well off the ball and need only a couple of dribbles to get enough space for an open shot. In other words, the Saints are go-go-go right from the tipoff.
January 31, 2014 |
MAYBE JA'QUAN NEWTON hasn't seen everything in his 4 years at Ss. Neumann-Goretti High, but he certainly has witnessed a lot. The atmosphere at Archbishop Carroll yesterday was frenzied, replete with a packed student section decked mostly in white, save for a few holdouts. The Patriots faithful stood, cheered and chanted all night - even the JV game had a raucous, playoff feel. In fact, so many patrons had packed the regular-season Catholic League matchup that one of Neumann-Goretti's assistant coaches initially was denied admission.
January 24, 2014 |
THE EMOTION had faded slightly as the hallway leading to the visitors' locker room emptied. Reporters headed inside to pick coaches' brains, as players from both schools headed for the exits. For a moment, the hall fell silent, its taupe walls and maroon-and-gray carpet no longer absorbing postgame chitchat. That's when Roman Catholic senior Rashann London vocalized how things had changed. "It's a lot different," said the 6-2 guard, who will play at Drexel next season. "Everybody will definitely have a game plan to beat us. We were looking to beat teams, but [now]
January 8, 2014 |
BOY, WHO didn't see this coming? In the least surprising news since the announcement of Lindsay Lohan's last rehab visit, DeSean Jackson said yesterday that he wants to have his 22-month-old contract restructured. There has been no reaction yet from Keenan Lewis. The Eagles wide receiver signed a 5-year, $48.3 million contract in March 2012 that included a $10 million signing bonus. His base salary this season was $6.75 million. It is scheduled to jump to $10.25 million next season.