March 22, 2014 |
When the Spring-Ford girls' basketball team walks into Hershey's Giant Center on Friday evening, things are really going to feel familiar. The site is where the Rams won their first PIAA Class AAAA state championship a season ago. And the opponent, Cumberland Valley, is the squad Spring-Ford beat for the state crown. The Rams also faced the Eagles in a scrimmage and the regular-season finale this year. So, yes, for Sammy Stipa, Shelby Mueller, and Maggie Locke - all players who made significant contributions on the court at Hershey in the past - walking back onto the floor is sure to bring a flood of memories.
March 21, 2014
The Penn women's basketball team (22-6, 12-2 Ivy) will be making its first appearance in the NCAA Tournament in a decade, following this year's Ivy League championship. Senior Courtney Wilson and freshman Sydney Stipanovich are writing a daily diary for the Daily News throughout the team's run in the tournament. Yesterday was the first day of spring, and what better way to spend it than in a gym. But really, our team is exactly where we always wanted to be. Much of the day was spent running around getting last-minute errands accomplished before we leave campus.
March 21, 2014 |
DUNEDIN, Fla. - Cole Hamels will not be pitching in a game in Clearwater before the Phillies leave camp next week. That's not entirely surprising news, given his slow progress this spring. Yesterday morning, with a week and a day remaining until camp breaks, Hamels threw "about 40-45" pitches in his third bullpen session since being temporarily shut down earlier this month. He said it went "really well. " Nearly 2 weeks removed from admitting he wasn't strong enough to face hitters, complaining of fatigue slowing his spring- training progression, Hamels gave himself the green light to do just that this weekend.
March 21, 2014 |
Perhaps, instead of his shadow, Punxsutawney Phil should have gone in search of fava beans. That would be more useful after a relentless winter like this one, the longest stew season of recent memory. "Every time it seemed like it was going to end, it kept going. I could not wait to see the end of this winter," says Brian Ricci, chef of Kennett in Queen Village. "I'm definitely thinking about what's coming from the farms and what we'll do for our spring menu. " Though not all of your favorite spring vegetables may be available yet, there are ways to cook ourselves out of the spiritual haze in the meantime.
March 20, 2014 |
CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - With its second consecutive appearance in the PIAA Class AAAA final in sight, defending state girls' basketball champion Spring-Ford took control in the third quarter and rolled to a 47-32 win over North Allegheny in a semifinal Tuesday night at Chambersburg High. Spring-Ford will play Cumberland Valley in the final at 6 p.m. Friday at the Giant Center in Hershey. The Rams used a 15-0 run over an eight-minute stretch spanning the third and fourth quarters and coasted from there.
March 20, 2014 |
CLEARWATER, Fla. - Ryne Sandberg announced that Cliff Lee would take the mound when the Phillies open the 2014 season in Arlington against the Texas Rangers on March 31. He also said A.J. Burnett and Kyle Kendrick would follow in the team's starting rotation. So we can move forward this spring knowing that trio will be on the 25-man roster when the season starts. Barring injury, you can venture to assume Chase Utley, Jimmy Rollins, Ryan Howard, Carlos Ruiz, Domonic Brown, Ben Revere and Marlon Byrd also will be on that roster.
March 20, 2014 |
Designers pulled a bunch of pretty, petaled patterns from their graphic arsenals this spring, planting them generously all over sheaths and trousers, jumpsuits and shorts. The idea, of course, was to get women so excited about the sweet peony prints that they would start shopping well before the first crocuses of spring. The last time flowers were this fashionable was the early '90s - so most of our closets had nary a bud. And coincidentally, it also helped that we needed a boost after months of snow and ice. "It's so nice that my store is exploding with flowers after such a harsh winter," said Annette Matczak Tymoski, a co-owner of Intrigue Fine Apparel, a designer boutique in Buckingham.
March 19, 2014 |
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. - James Franklin immersed himself in Penn State's football program from the moment he first greeted a young Nittany Lions fan at University Park Airport in January. He has moved past Vanderbilt, rarely referring to the university by name in public anymore. On Monday, he called it "our last institution. " The coach is all about Penn State now, and he moved his commitment to the turf on Monday. The Lions practiced in Holuba Hall for the first time this spring.
March 17, 2014 |
CLEARWATER, Fla. - On March 7, the Phillies rode a bus 55 miles from here to Sarasota for a spring-training game against the Baltimore Orioles. They did not so much play baseball that day as they committed it. They struck out eight times. They were charged with two fielding errors and probably should have been charged with more. Their pitchers allowed 16 hits and walked six batters. They lost, 15-4. A circus calliope would have provided an appropriate soundtrack. A team often chalks up such messy performances to the easygoing nature of spring training, especially a team with as many experienced players as the Phillies have.
March 16, 2014 |
A loose ball bounced around and underneath the Spring-Ford basket. It hit off hands and knees, while players for both the Spring-Ford and Abington teams tried to corral it. Then Sammy Stipa came flying in. The 5-foot-5 senior quickly picked the ball up, took a few dribbles, and laid it up off the glass and into the net. The basket put her Rams up by five with 31/2 minutes remaining in the PIAA Class AAAA state girls' basketball quarterfinal, and...