November 22, 2015 |
After blowing through the first two rounds of the PIAA Class AA field hockey tournament, District 1 champion Villa Maria walked into a semifinal matchup Tuesday with District 3 powerhouse Donegal ready for a fight, and got one. But Daan Polders' team topped Donegal, 4-3, setting up a chance to repeat as state champions when Villa Maria faces another District 3 squad, Twin Valley, noon Saturday at Zephyr Sports Complex in Whitehall. Villa Maria beat Crestwood, 2-1, in last year's final.
November 21, 2015 |
Chris Gicking was a record-setting quarterback at Marple Newtown, throwing for 5,897 yards and 53 touchdowns from 1993 to 1995. After going to Villanova on a scholarship, the Broomall native transferred to Shippensburg and passed for 6,325 yards and 65 touchdowns in three seasons. That was followed by a brief stint in the Arena Football League II. Following in the footsteps of his father, Harry, Gicking spent 13 years as an assistant at Conestoga. Things came full circle when he took over at Marple Newtown last year following Ray Gionta's move to Sun Valley.
November 20, 2015 |
THE LAST TIME Penn was picked to finish sixth in the Ivy League football standings was 1992, in Al Bagnoli's debut, when it was coming off a 2-8 season. That year, the Quakers went 7-3 overall and 5-2 in the league, finishing third. Until this year, they hadn't been out of the top four in any preseason poll since then. Again they had a new coach, in longtime assistant Ray Priore. And once more they'd gone 2-8 the year before. In 1992, they lost their Ivy opener at Dartmouth by 19. In early October, these Quakers dropped their Ivy opener to Dartmouth by 21 at home.
November 20, 2015 |
Seasonal eats in Point Breeze Point Breeze, a slice of South Philadelphia that is seeing all sorts of new developments, is now the home of a neo-bistro. A neo-what? Neo-bistros, a thing now in Paris, are gastropubs specializing in seasonal foods. Buckminster's (1200 S. 21st St., 267-928-3440), replacing the shot-and-beer Burg's at 21st and Federal Streets is a snug, casual spot from Michael and Jeniphur Pasquarello, who own Cafe Lift, Prohibition Taphouse, Bufad, and Kensington Quarters.
November 18, 2015 |
Penn Charter finished this football season an extra point shy of sharing the Inter-Ac title and completing a worst-to-first turnaround. After a 45-17 win against rival Germantown Academy on Saturday, the Quakers' near miss on a title was not lost on its victorious locker room. "I think that was the first thing we said after that win," quarterback Mike Hnatkowsky said. "We were all excited to beat GA. But we got in the locker room and realized that with a couple of breaks, we could be sharing this league.
November 17, 2015 |
SAN ANTONIO - Dion Waiters wants to play for the 76ers next season, says a source close to the Oklahoma City Thunder reserve guard. "He wants to come home," said the source, noting that Waiters is from South Philly. "Plus, he knows that he could be the missing shooting guard they need. And he could possibly get a [very lucrative] contract with the Sixers. " The Sixers will have more cap space than most teams next summer. After Waiters learned of this report online, he issued a denial on Twitter, saying: "Dnt Believe everything y'all hear lol I guess this what the world coming to smh especially if it didn't come from me. " The source said that Waiters won't acknowledge publicly his desire to play for the Sixers because he's still under contract with the Thunder.
November 15, 2015 |
EVERY JOURNEY has to get going somewhere. A year ago, a Villanova basketball team that was ranked No. 12 had to overcome a late deficit to get past pesky Lehigh in the opener at Allentown. And those Wildcats, even though things ended at least a game too early in the NCAA Tournament, wound up winning a program-record 33 times. A new group of Wildcats, one that's 11th in the polls, got their ride underway Friday night at the Pavilion against a Fairleigh Dickinson team that went 8-21 last season and again features almost all freshmen and sophomores, to go with zero seniors.
November 15, 2015 |
Steve Donahue had been away from coaching for 18 months before he took the floor on Friday night at the Palestra. Donahue, who was hired in March as Penn's head coach, said he was "champing at the bit. " His return proved to be worth the wait. Penn delivered in Donahue's debut and held off Robert Morris, 76-75, in the first college basketball game played this season by a Big Five team. Darien Nelson-Henry hit a layup with 31 seconds left to seal the win. Robert Morris blitzed Penn in the second half for a 21-6 run. The Quakers' 17-point second-half lead was gone with three minutes left.
November 13, 2015 |
A NUMBER OF rules changes have been implemented to speed up games, Bo Ryan has a date in April with Donald Driver (of all people), and the local kid on Tobacco Road is on the verge of doing something unprecedented and wonderfully impressive. Here are 50 things to consider ahead of the college basketball season, including why Duke would just LOVE to play here in March. 1. North Carolina is the AP's preseason No. 1 for the ninth time overall and the fourth time under Roy Williams.
November 11, 2015 |
Eagles linebacker Jordan Hicks will miss the remainder of the season with a torn left pectoral tendon, a devastating injury for a rookie who emerged from a reserve role to become one of the most productive players on the team. Hicks was hurt Sunday in the fourth quarter of the Eagles' 33-27 win over the Dallas Cowboys. An MRI exam on Monday afternoon revealed the damage, and the 23-year-old will need to go on injured reserve. The injury comes at a position in which the Eagles have unusual depth, although their top players have struggled to remain healthy.