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September 9, 2015 | By Justine McDaniel, Inquirer Staff Writer
A viewing and Funeral Mass are scheduled for Saturday morning for the 14-year-old soccer player who died at a team sleepover in Sewell over the weekend. By Monday afternoon, donors had raised more than $30,000 for the family of Kara Lemanowicz, a freshman at Eastern Regional High School in Voorhees Township, where classes start Tuesday. "It really just shows how much support there is in our community," said Jamie McGroarty, the high school's soccer coach. He said he and his wife had coached Lemanowicz since she was about 6 years old. Lemanowicz was in a tent Saturday morning at a sleepover with the Eastern girls' soccer team when friends tried to wake her and could not. Paramedics arrived but pronounced Lemanowicz dead, authorities said.
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February 28, 1997 | By Andy Wallace, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Nicholas Paolino, 17, a junior at Bishop McDevitt High School who once was a promising soccer player, died at his home in Bustleton Tuesday of a rare form of brain cancer. The tumor was diagnosed just a few days before his 14th birthday, which was Feb. 5, 1994, and Nick celebrated in intensive care at St. Christopher's Hospital for Children. A stocky athlete, Nick had been an all-star baseball player - at third, short, catcher and pitcher - and an excellent midfielder in soccer.
SPORTS
September 4, 2015 | By Kate Harman, For The Inquirer
It would be impossible to list every boys' soccer player worth watching in Southeastern Pa. this season. But here's a list of 10 players - some established, some up-and-coming - that we think will live up to that label. Players mentioned in this space in previous seasons will not be repeated. Shane Bradley, Haverford School: With the Villanova recruit in charge on the back line, the Fords gave up only seven goals last season. The senior is incredibly difficult to beat, in part due to his stellar soccer IQ. Justin Chapuis, Pennsbury: The senior center back was pivotal to the Falcons' tough defense last season.
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December 13, 2013 | By Chris Melchiorre, For The Inquirer
He scored goals as picturesque and technically difficult as you will see at any level. His assists could have been accompanied by smoke and mirrors. But as eye-popping as those skills are, they're not what Washington Township coach Shane Snyder thinks of first when he thinks of Lou Vilotti. "The way he sees the game is off the charts," Snyder said of Vilotti, this year's Inquirer player of the year in South Jersey boys' soccer. "He's the kind of kid who, when you go into halftime, you go to him and ask him what he sees: Where are we finding space?
SPORTS
October 3, 2014 | By Mike Jensen, Inquirer Columnist
When an NFL or big-time college quarterback leaves a game with a concussion - or doesn't leave it, like Michigan's quarterback last weekend - everyone is watching. Everyone follows his progress. What about the girl who was hit by a soccer ball five years ago and had to stop playing her sport? What's the rest of that story? "I struggled and lost a lot," said Julia Mills, a senior at Central Bucks High School East. Her tale starts when she was in seventh grade, on Oct. 3, 2009.
NEWS
May 21, 2014 | By Tricia L. Nadolny, Inquirer Staff Writer
A West Chester man was sentenced Monday to at least nine years in prison for shooting a former professional soccer player outside a borough bar last summer. Chester County Court Judge Patrick Carmody said Curtis Zebley committed a "pure, idiotic, callous act" when he fired on a man who was running away from him. "Before you even met the victims, you're walking around drinking with a loaded gun," Carmody said. "Guns and booze don't mix. " The August 2013 shooting left 35-year-old Jason Hotchkin, a former player for the Harrisburg City Islanders who had been in West Chester coaching a travel youth soccer team, in critical condition.
SPORTS
December 10, 2015
PLAYER OF THE YEAR Amirah Ali, Eastern, forward, jr.    As gaudy as her final numbers were, they don't come close to telling the whole story.    Thirty-six goals in any division is a rare accomplishment. But scoring 36 goals in the Olympic Conference American Division?    "I can't fathom it," Eastern coach Jamie McGroarty said.    Ali turned in one of the most memorable seasons in South Jersey history, dominating one of the top divisions in the state.    In nearly every game this season, she was swarmed by future college defenders - some high-level Division-1 commits - but she scored in all but four games.
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February 8, 2014 | By Matt Breen, Inquirer Staff Writer
Megan Schafer was already the area's top girls' soccer player, leading Neshaminy to an undefeated season and a state title in the fall. Thursday afternoon, Schafer became the top player in the state when she was named Pennsylvania's Gatorade girls' soccer player of the year. She scored 33 goals as a senior - including the 100th of her career - and recorded 18 assists. The Penn State-bound forward is a three-time all-American by the National Soccer Coaches Association. Schafer scored in the first half of the PIAA Class AAA final, and the Redskins (25-0)
SPORTS
December 21, 2007 | By Keith Pompey INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Almost from the start of the season, there was a debate raging throughout Southeastern Pennsylvania about the premier girls' soccer player. Three months after it started, the last impression - and the lasting impression - was that of a polished 18-year-old leading her team to another PIAA state championship. Meg Verdeur, who burned teams with speed and a competitive streak, led Villa Joseph Marie to the Class AA co-championship title. It was the Jems' eighth Class AA title and ninth overall.
SPORTS
September 14, 2003 | By Marc Narducci INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Viktor Dombrovsky was a professional soccer player in his native Soviet Union for 13 years. He teaches the game full-time when he isn't coaching the girls' team at Cherry Hill East. Dombrovsky knows a good player when he sees one. He gets right to the point when talking about Dana DiBruno, East's senior midfielder-forward and a fourth-year starter. "She can be a future pro," Dombrovsky said. "She can make a pass like nobody else. If she played on the boys' team she would do well.
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December 10, 2015
PLAYER OF THE YEAR Amirah Ali, Eastern, forward, jr.    As gaudy as her final numbers were, they don't come close to telling the whole story.    Thirty-six goals in any division is a rare accomplishment. But scoring 36 goals in the Olympic Conference American Division?    "I can't fathom it," Eastern coach Jamie McGroarty said.    Ali turned in one of the most memorable seasons in South Jersey history, dominating one of the top divisions in the state.    In nearly every game this season, she was swarmed by future college defenders - some high-level Division-1 commits - but she scored in all but four games.
SPORTS
September 11, 2015 | By Chris Melchiorre, For The Inquirer
Eleven players to watch this season: Forwards Justin Curtin, Williamstown, sr. Curtin netted 17 of his 28 career goals in 2014. He also dished six assists as he helped his team to a Tri-County Royal Division title. With seven starters returning at Williamstown, Curtin is poised for another banner season. Harry Inglis, Moorestown, sr. Inglis enjoyed a breakout year last season, netting 16 goals and assuming a leadership role on the Moorestown offense. With a new coach and a number of new faces in his supporting cast, Inglis will be key in ensuring Moorestown remains one of the area's top programs.
NEWS
September 9, 2015 | By Justine McDaniel, Inquirer Staff Writer
A viewing and Funeral Mass are scheduled for Saturday morning for the 14-year-old soccer player who died at a team sleepover in Sewell over the weekend. By Monday afternoon, donors had raised more than $30,000 for the family of Kara Lemanowicz, a freshman at Eastern Regional High School in Voorhees Township, where classes start Tuesday. "It really just shows how much support there is in our community," said Jamie McGroarty, the high school's soccer coach. He said he and his wife had coached Lemanowicz since she was about 6 years old. Lemanowicz was in a tent Saturday morning at a sleepover with the Eastern girls' soccer team when friends tried to wake her and could not. Paramedics arrived but pronounced Lemanowicz dead, authorities said.
SPORTS
August 9, 2015 | By Mike Jensen, Inquirer Columnist
A couple of little guys with some ball skills of their own already traded high fives and fist bumps and hellos with Union players earlier this week as the players strolled off the practice field along the Delaware River. The last Union player off the field, Zach Pfeffer, stopped for a little chat. The little guys sent him toward the locker room with a "Thanks, Mr. Pfeffer. " That may have been the first "Mr. Pfeffer" Zach had received in his life. Pfeffer has always been the young guy, the phenom, a pro as a high school sophomore at age 15. Now he's a seasoned 20, making under six figures in salary but real money.
NEWS
July 3, 2015 | By Justine McDaniel, Inquirer Staff Writer
Her face painted red, white, and blue, Grace Bendon stood, screaming, in the overwhelming sea of U.S. fans. Montreal's Olympic Stadium thundered with chants: "I believe that we will win!" And win the women's soccer team did, led by South Jersey's Carli Lloyd. Bendon watched as the women she grew up idolizing carried their team to a 2-0 victory over Germany in the semifinal match of the FIFA Women's World Cup. Seeing the U.S. women play is like nothing else, said Bendon, who co-captained the Central Bucks High School West girls' varsity soccer team to a state championship this year.
SPORTS
January 16, 2015 | BY JONATHAN TANNENWALD, Philly.com jtannenwald@phillynews.com
MANOLO SANCHEZ could just as easily have been a baseball player instead of a soccer player. The University City native spent as much time on diamonds as on rectangular fields while growing up. But once soccer really took hold of him, it never let go. Over the years, the game has led Sanchez on a path through Germantown Friends School, the prestigious Yardley-Makefield Soccer program, and a college career that started at Louisville and ended...
SPORTS
November 13, 2014 | By Mike Jensen, Inquirer Columnist
The line wound around the funeral home, snaked across the front hall past the Pele photo and out the front door, down the sidewalk to the next block, around a corner. Here's the thing: People in that line outside the Stretch Funeral Home in Havertown last week were pleased it was so long, up to 21/2 hours, to honor George Severini. Not just John Chaney paid his respects but grade school girls wearing matching camp T-shirts. An Immaculata University soccer player was there to explain to the family that if it weren't for George, he wouldn't be playing college soccer.
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