April 19, 2010 |
What is it about Greg Mortenson's story of building schools in remote areas of Pakistan and Afghanistan that seems to resonate so deeply? To be sure, Mortenson's books, Three Cups of Tea and Stones into Schools, which tell the story of Americans working with Pakistani and Afghan villagers to build schools, take the reader on armchair adventures in exotic locations with a colorful cast of characters. But I would suggest that Mortenson's books resonate so deeply for another reason.
March 27, 2010 |
When Keith Griffith found out Florence High School didn't have a cross-country or indoor track team, he was devastated. ?More than a year ago, Griffith - whose personal best in the 400 meters ranks 16th all-time in New Jersey - transferred midway through his junior year to Florence from West Windsor-Plainsboro High School South in Mercer County. He had just completed a successful cross-country season and Griffith was beginning to realize how much running meant to him. ?"I was a little bit devastated because it was the peak of when I was getting interested in the sport," said Griffith, 17, now a senior who is headed for Louisiana State.
October 21, 2009 |
I can sense their pain. The leaves aren't yet off the trees, and parents of high school seniors already are feeling the strain of college admissions. It isn't just that their kid's essays aren't done, or that early-admission deadlines loom. Rather, the pain is because other parents are circling about. I've been there twice as the mom of a high school senior, and I know well the uncomfortable questions and subtle one-upmanship that come with the territory. "How did your son do on the SATs?"
May 8, 2009 |
The Radnor girls' lacrosse team would like to keep moving along without anyone noticing. But, that's becoming increasingly difficult each time they win. It's what success brings. In fact, it's what 2 years of success has brought. The Red Raiders' record shows they've been the best in the state. This year, they finally get to prove it. That's because for the first time in PIAA history, there will be a state tournament in girls' lacrosse, encompassing every team. In the past, area lacrosse started and stopped with District 1 postseason, which was broken down by Class AAA (large schools)
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.