January 16, 2015 |
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...
November 13, 2014 |
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.
October 3, 2014 |
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.
September 6, 2014 |
Julie Duncan works fast. That's true in a literal sense - the Shawnee senior has breathtaking speed that allows her to fly past defenders in field hockey. "She just blows past people," Shawnee coach Renee Toliver said. But Duncan is stunningly quick in another way, as well: She has made the jump from field hockey novice to one of the top players in her age group in the country in what seems like the blink of an eye. "It's kind of nuts," Duncan said of her remarkable progress.
May 21, 2014 |
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.
May 19, 2014 |
The hair was grayer; the joints achier. The waistlines? Be polite, now. But what the former high school soccer stars who took the field at Willingboro High School on Saturday lacked in youthful stamina, they made up for in enthusiasm. For many, it was the first time in decades they'd seen old teammates - and taken the field against old rivals. Alumni from Willingboro High faced former students from the now-closed John F. Kennedy High School. For nearly two decades, the two schools - in the same town - nurtured a fierce but friendly rivalry, squaring off against each other in incredibly competitive games, said former Kennedy coach Charlie Ducilli, a onetime professional soccer player and coach of the Rutgers University women's soccer team.
March 10, 2014 |
PLASTERED HIGH on a beige cinderblock wall along the bowels of the Wells Fargo Center, there is an orange basketball rim that strangely blends in. There is no backboard, no glamour of a big stage - though it is positioned down the corridor from where the Sixers' court is kept. It is a few feet from the loading docks, where you might think it was installed so arena workers could shoot a few hoops while on break. You probably wouldn't have guessed that Flyers captain Claude Giroux asked for the hoop to be set up. Shooting hoops is as much a part of his pregame routine as grilled cheese sandwiches - a chance to decompress before taking the ice. Part of that is because he isn't as talented a soccer player as some of the Flyers' European players, as one-touch soccer games are an NHL pregame staple.
February 8, 2014 |
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)
December 13, 2013 |
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?
November 1, 2013 |
HALLOWEEN is the perfect time for bizarre, scary stories. And what happened in Brazil recently certainly qualifies. On Tuesday, the wife of former professional soccer player Joao Rodrigo Silva Santos found her husband's severed head in a bag on the front steps of their Rio de Janeiro home. According to reports, his eyes and tongue had been cut out. The 35-year-old Santos played for professional teams in Brazil, Switzerland and Honduras. No arrests have been made but police believe Santos was kidnapped outside his health food store and murdered by a drug gang that may have wanted to send a message to his wife.