April 29, 2009 |
Pennsville softball coach Herb Bacon said the answer was on the T-shirts. "We have T-shirts that say: 'Tradition never graduates,' " Bacon said when asked why Pennsville and other small-school softball teams always seem to be among the top 10 ranked by The Inquirer. The tradition about which the veteran coach spoke, of course, is a winning one. Bacon recently celebrated his 550th career victory spanning 28 years at Pennsville. Under his guidance, the Eagles, ranked seventh in South Jersey, have won numerous Tri-County Conference crowns, a half-dozen South Jersey Group 1 championships, and state titles in 2008, 2002 and 1993.
December 5, 2008 |
When it comes to boys' basketball in the Central League, the names of big schools Conestoga, Ridley and Lower Merion are those most frequently mentioned. But because of the expanded league's new format (two divisions), two of the smaller schools - Marple Newtown and Strath Haven - should attract some attention this season. Each has one of the league's premier players. As a sophomore last season, the Tigers' Soutiri Sapnas created a buzz when he became only the second player in school history to score 500 points in a season.
September 25, 2008 |
Several sources confirmed last night that there will be a proposal offered to the Central League principals within the week breaking up the Central League football schedule, but no formal split into two separate divisions based on enrollment will take place next season. The proposal calls for the six small schools to play against the other small schools in the league (Penncrest, Springfield, Marple Newtown, Harriton, Radnor, Strath Haven) five times, with the small schools rotating against four of the large schools (Ridley, Lower Merion, Conestoga, Haverford, Upper Darby, Garnet Valley)
August 30, 2008 |
After being stunned by Appalachian State last year, Michigan had to be asking itself, "And we paid for this?" And yet, when No. 22 Penn State hosts Coastal Carolina today, it's just one example that Football Bowl Subdivision (nee Division I-A) teams are still willing to pay to play Championship Subdivision (Division I-AA) teams despite the risk of becoming the next national punch line. And why not? FBS teams have won close to 90 percent of the time, and the premier programs are guaranteed a nice gate even after doling out close to half a million dollars to lure little guys to their gigantic stadiums.
May 17, 2008
Gay marriage Amazing. The California Supreme Court has decided that gays and lesbians are people, too ("Calif. court legalizes gay marriage," May 16)! That we should be free to make good and bad decisions like other people, that we should be able to assume responsibility for our relationships and enjoy the privileges that come with that responsibility. Of course the religious right is already raving about "activist judges" and "letting the people decide. " Two points need to be made here.
February 28, 2008 |
Kensington High School's enrollment will not reach as high as a student group had feared, the district's interim chief academic officer told students yesterday. The promise came during a meeting, held after students staged two separate rallies to urge the Philadelphia School District to keep three small high schools at Kensington and create two more at Olney. Members of Youth United for Change protested the district's intention to increase the size of three smaller high schools operating at what used to be Kensington High.
October 11, 2007 |
The cross-country course at Brandywine Creek State Park in Wilmington is ranked among the toughest in the country, covering 3.1 miles and featuring a challenging combination of hills and turns. Covering that distance there at the Salesianum Invitational this past Saturday was just the start of a much greater journey for Phil-Mont Christian's Owen Struck. Owen, the son of Phil-Mont head coach Chip Struck, finished 15th overall and was part of Phil-Mont's domination of the Varsity C race, for small schools.
September 30, 2007 |
Jena Peacock still gets funny looks as her bright green and yellow uniform makes its way through the chute at the end of a cross-country race. "Just today, at the finish line, someone was like, 'Where are you from? OLMA? What's that?' " the Our Lady of Mercy Academy senior said. Yesterday morning at the South Jersey Track Coaches Association Hall of Fame Classic, Peacock made sure everyone noticed her and where she is from. Blazing out to a fast start, Peacock blitzed the field, winning the small-schools varsity race in 19 minutes, 30 seconds.
April 22, 2007 |
Sandra Ruffin-Pearson picked up a disturbing rumor last December from her students at Vaux High in North Philadelphia: A local gang was planning some kind of trouble and possibly targeting Vaux. It helped that the veteran principal knew every one of her students by name. " 'Keep it out of my school,' " she remembers telling a group of the housing-project tenants, some former students. " 'Do whatever you need to do, but do not bring it into the building.' They said, 'All right, Ms. Pearson.
March 21, 2007 |
A small but earnest group of student leaders at West Philadelphia High School spoke out yesterday, calling for an end to "an overall culture of disrespect" at their embattled school. At an after-classes news conference in front of the high school, about 15 students announced a petition drive to pledge better behavior among students and to call for other changes to quell the recent unrest at the school. Seven West Philadelphia staffers were assaulted over a two-week period this month, and numerous fires have been set. On March 7, two new principals were installed at the school, one to oversee safety; the other, curriculum.