May 23, 2014 |
After suffering a second-round loss to Cardinal O'Hara and being placed in the loser's bracket of the Catholic League baseball playoffs, Neumann-Goretti coach Kevin Schneider sent a text message to his players. "It said, 'It would be pretty special if we could take the championship by winning five straight games,' " senior Charlie Jerla said. Well, four down and one to go. With Pat Doudican starring on the mound and at the plate, the inspired Saints throttled listless Roman Catholic, 11-1, in five innings in a steady drizzle Wednesday afternoon at Widener.
May 20, 2014
IN HIS LAST HOME game at Ss. Neumann-Goretti, senior lefthander Charlie Jerla went out with a bang. The 6-2, 180-pounder was dominant Saturday in the Saints' 1-0 victory against visiting La Salle in the Catholic League playoffs losers bracket. Jerla, who is headed to Marist next season, allowed four hits and struck out five in just the 10th 1-0 game in CL history, according to TedSilary.com. His counterpart, lefty John Scheffey, was nearly as good for the Explorers, scattering six hits and striking out three.
May 15, 2014 |
PHIL BOYLE was stationed wayyyy out in rightfield - on the other side of the fence, in perfect position when O'Hara senior Nolan Cummings stepped to the plate with the bases loaded in the third inning of yesterday's Catholic League quarterfinals matchup with Ss. Neumann-Goretti. With revenge and redemption in mind, Cummings got the pitch he wanted and pulled a deep blast in the direction of Boyle, who didn't need much of a jump after the ball left the bat. Boyle, an O'Hara sophomore infielder who joined the rest of the junior-varsity team in cheering the varsity from behind the fence, caught and procured the grand-slam ball for safekeeping.
April 30, 2014 |
HIS NICKNAME is "Bent Finger Lou. " Philly mobsters call him "Rat Finger Lou" and other unprintable variations. Jurors didn't believe him. One called him a "slimeball. " But if you were in court yesterday, you might have thought that Louis Monacello Jr. and his bent index finger had been canonized over the weekend alongside former popes John Paul II and John XXIII. Monacello, 47, a mob turncoat who once split a guy's head open with a baseball bat and offered cash to have a rival mobster beaten to a pulp, was set free with no additional jail time on racketeering conspiracy and loan-sharking charges.
April 29, 2014
Saints alive John XXIII and John Paul II did not become saints on Sunday with their canonization in Rome ("Saints day," April 28). They were simply added to the official list - the canon - of those whose sanctity has been recognized. Catholics believe that everyone who lives a good life according to gospel values is a saint, a holy person. If the former popes are saints, it is because they did the best they could to lead lives of faithful witness, not due to an elaborate ceremony. Marie Conn, Hatboro, email@example.com Chester's secret On the way to the lacrosse championships at PPL Park, I was amazed that there was no stadium signage at the I-95 or Route 322 exit ("Chester still awaits a big score in soccer," April 27th)
April 25, 2014 |
WANT A POPE story? Vanesse Lloyd-Sgambati has plenty. Like that day her son's first-grade class had a private audience with the pope. Or the times she sneaked past the Swiss Guards to get a better look around the Vatican. Or the day she watched white smoke puff from the Sistine Chapel's chimney in 1978 and heard onlookers' gasps when Karol Jozef Wojtyla became the first non-Italian pope in four centuries. This weekend, the devout Catholic will have another pope story: She's heading to Rome to watch Popes John Paul II (Wojtyla)
April 24, 2014 |
Like a fan trying to sneak past the velvet rope, 15-year-old George Majoros used his connections. He had washed dishes and bused cafeteria tables at the hilltop complex in Bucks County, so he volunteered for extra duty. Maybe, he thought, he could catch a glimpse. Then, the big name Majoros had ditched school to see came into view. The Polish cardinal swept into the National Shrine of Our Lady of Czestochowa in crimson vestments. Cardinal Karol Wojtyla looked at the teen, shook his finger, and said, "Little boy, you should be in school," Majoros recalled.
April 6, 2014
BASEBALL NONLEAGUE Neumann-Goretti 2, Penn Charter 1: The Saints rallied for the go-ahead run in the top of the seventh, and then turned to their ace, Pat Doudican, to lock the game down for the save. He retired the side in order with two strikeouts. Tommy Nardini led off the inning for the Saints by getting hit by a pitch. He reached second on a wild pitch and was bunted to third by Nick D'Amore. Nardini scored on an error. Ethan Pritchett earned the win, allowing three hits in six innings.
April 4, 2014 |
SOMETIMES the journey to the top is easier to navigate than the route you must take to sustain the summit. As a junior last season, Ss. Neumann-Goretti High's Charlie Jerla wanted success so badly he could taste it. After 2 years of understudy duties, Jerla thought he finally arrived last season when he earned a starting spot and was named a co-captain on the Saints baseball squad. A Philadelphia original who moved to Florida as a child, Jerla transferred to N-G a week before freshman year began when his family moved back to Philly.
March 31, 2014 |
The all-Southeastern Pennsylvania boys' basketball first team. Guard / Player of the Year Ja'Quan Newton, Neumann-Goretti Newton is a clutch scorer, strong rebounder, and fastbreak terror. In 31 appearances this season, he averaged 21.6 points, 6.8 rebounds, 4 assists, and 2.2 steals. He also was terrific down the stretch for the Saints. Sparked by the 6-foot-3, 185-pound senior combination guard, who will continue his career at the University of Miami, Neumann-Goretti went 27-4, earned its fourth PIAA Class AAA state championship in five seasons, and claimed its sixth consecutive Catholic League title.