February 25, 2000 |
There might have been some dry eyes in the house, but those belonging to Hanif "Julio" Styles were among the moist. Before the Ben Franklin High Electrons yesterday met visiting University City in a Public League round-of-16 playoff, they were visited by John Merlino, whose twin brother, Pete, coached Franklin this season for one game before dying of heart problems. Pete for many years coached at Franklin Learning Center, where John is the girls' coach. "John was crying," said Styles, a 5-6, 140-pound senior point guard.
October 5, 1999 |
A 16-year-old high school student died yesterday afternoon after collapsing during a junior-varsity football game. Jared Bentley, a junior at Pottstown High School, was complaining of shortness of breath all day, said Trudy Babel, a nursing supervisor at Pottstown Memorial Medical Center, where Bentley was pronounced dead at 4:50 p.m. "Apparently, he was telling his peers but did not tell his parents or the school," she said. During the game against the team from Upper Perkiomen, Bentley told the certified athletic trainer on duty that he was having trouble breathing.
August 31, 1999 |
Hollywood tough guy Arnold Schwarzenegger was hitting Philadelphia yesterday to celebrate the completion of an Inner-City Games summer camp, and camper Soloman Isom wanted to see him first. Isom, 13, peered around a doorway at Vaux Middle School, toying with a golf putter as he awaited the actor's entrance. Suddenly, he broke into a wide grin. "I can see his sneakers," Isom said authoritatively. Schwarzenegger - the Games' national chairman - strode through the door amid popping flashes and spotted Isom with friend Lynnette Bishop, 12, who was holding a soccer ball.
April 24, 1999 |
Ebonye White collapsed to the all-weather surface and needed attendants to lift both arms to get back to her feet. She was wet, cold and exhausted, but more than that, she was frustrated. White is only a 15-year-old sophomore at Simon Gratz High, but already she knows everything must click in perfect fashion for any quartet that hopes to win a Penn Relays title. For Gratz early last night at rainswept Franklin Field in the 4 x 400-meter championship - an event pushed back 90-odd minutes by two different stoppages caused by lightning - it flat-out didn't.
April 9, 1999 |
Jamillah Wade took a seat, smiled nervously and glanced down at the two typewritten, paper-clipped pages on a library table. "Do I have to read this whole thing?" she said, softly. For four years, Wade had been making a statement - as one of the best in America - with her running and jumping for the track team at Simon Gratz High. And yesterday, with still cameras clicking and TV lights burning, and with friends, family and school personnel beaming, it was time for Wade to make a statement concerning her college decision.
December 18, 1998 |
The regimen never gets tedious for Blake Morgan. One hundred, two hundred, five hundred, or, sometimes, a thousand times a day, Morgan will practice his outside shot. Then again, when you are chasing a local basketball icon, no amount of workout time seems too much. The hours of practice over the last decade have paid off handsomely for Morgan, Holy Spirit's 6-foot senior shooting guard who has one of the sweetest shots in South Jersey. This season, Morgan is on the verge of surpassing one of the most storied basketball players in South Jersey history.
December 23, 1997 |
The Health Network of Chester County Hospital in West Chester has promoted Richard Donze to corporate vice president for medical affairs. Because many services have moved beyond the acute-care institution's campus, the hospital formed the network about two years ago, according to spokeswoman Colleen Leyden. Its subsidiaries include the Occupational Health Center, Neighborhood Health Agencies, the Center for Physical Therapy and Sports Medicine, and the Center for Health and Fitness.
September 21, 1997 |
OK, your 10- or 12-year-old son or daughter sees Michael Jordan or Sheryl Swoopes work all these wonderful, breathtaking moves on a basketball court. Wow! Now they want to be just like Mike and Sheryl. So they join a team, maybe two teams, perhaps three, to build their skills and become a star. And they play in three, four, maybe five leagues. Not good, according to Philip Alburger, a pediatric orthopedic specialist at Temple University's Center for Sports Medicine. "Too many kids are playing too many games in too many leagues," he says.
September 20, 1997 |
Darryl Williams knew all along he wanted some career connected with sports. Two years ago, he found out which one. Williams broke his left foot playing basketball with buddies in his Mount Airy neighborhood and was treated by Dr. Eric Mitchell, an orthopedist who played hoops for St. Joseph's University into the early 1970s. "He had a lot of trophies in his office," Williams said. Mitchell, a senior vice president for North Philadelphia Health Systems, also had a wall filled with degrees and a desire to light kids' fires.
April 26, 1997 |
Trecia Smith will long remember her first trip to the Penn Relays, and not because she was awed and overwhelmed by the huge Franklin Field crowds and the big city after flying here from her native Jamaica. She was, well, freezing. "All three days were horrible," she said of that first trip, in 1992. "It was really cold. I had been out of Jamaica before, but never out in the cold. I wasn't used to that kind of climate. " Strangely enough, Smith chose Pittsburgh to continue her career in college.