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June 15, 2002 | By Ira Porter INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
When the "AND1 Mixtape Tour" began three summers ago, no one could be sure it would get as big as it is. Now, people know. They know that whether it's hoops at 16th and Susquehanna in Philadelphia, at the famed Rucker Park in Harlem, or 3,000 miles away in Los Angeles, crowds will be entertained by some of the best street ballers and rappers in the country. They might see "Hot Sauce," a player for the AND1 sneaker and sports attire company, wrap the ball around a defender's head, let it bounce once before he crosses over, and then zip to the basket.
SPORTS
May 7, 2003 | By Don Beideman INQUIRER SUBURBAN STAFF
Brittany Detwiler likes to say that she was born on a softball field. That's not quite true, but Souderton's ace pitcher was certainly raised on one. "I'd take her to my games and put her in a playpen shortly after she was born," said Suzanne Detwiler, Brittany's mother, who was playing in a church softball league. "I'd have older people watch her while I was playing to make sure she didn't get hit with a foul ball. " Suzanne, a 1983 Pennridge graduate who played softball there, was a shortstop.
NEWS
April 14, 2016 | By Mike Jensen, Staff Writer
Running his mouth against Kobe Bryant wasn't the best idea Luke Cunningham ever had. But it was Narberth, outdoor summer ball. Cunningham, a ballplayer himself at Monsignor Bonner High, wondered, what kind of name is Kobe? And so what if his father played in the NBA? Cunningham remembers telling Kobe, off the cuff, how he heard his father wasn't a very good NBA player. Kobe must have heard him. "He blocks my shot," Cunningham said. "He essentially caught the ball and threw it into a jungle gym like 40 feet away, over a fence.
SPORTS
February 24, 2016 | By Mike Sielski, Inquirer Columnist
Growing up in Margate, Fla., Shayne Gostisbehere found himself with few NHL players to model and admire. Ice doesn't last long, even indoors, amid the sultry South Florida heat. Still, the great Russian forward Pavel Bure was playing for the Florida Panthers at the time, and his speed and scoring ability enchanted Gostisbehere. Bure led the NHL in goals in 1999-2000, with 58, and in 2000-01, with 59, doing so despite being just 5-foot-10 and 189 pounds. For his travel team, Gostisbehere wore No. 10 on his jersey - Bure's number, to honor him. "I loved that guy," Gostisbehere said Monday.
NEWS
October 3, 2013 | By Ben Finley, Inquirer Staff Writer
A high school softball coach in Bucks County has been accused of having sex with one of his players. Eric Romig, 36, of Quakertown, was arrested Tuesday afternoon on several felony charges that stem from his time as a softball coach at Pennridge High School this spring and as a coach of the Sellersville Belles travel team this fall. The alleged victim, 16, played for both teams. Romig started coaching her when she was 14, police said. The girl's parents became suspicious Thursday after seeing an increase in text messages in the girl's phone records, prompting them to look through her phone and then call police, authorities said.
SPORTS
October 15, 2014 | By Mike Jensen, Inquirer Columnist
When grade-schoolers begin running CYO cross-country, they don't take the regular course into the woods at Belmont Plateau. The younger ones run about a mile, first up an incline, between two rows of trees, then back down the hill toward the city skyline. For a couple of years there, by the time they started downhill, the race would be over. Moira Putsch would have her insurmountable lead, skimming downhill 20 yards or more ahead of the next runner, way ahead of the jostling pack.
NEWS
August 23, 2007 | By Don Beideman INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Add another laurel for Lincoln University's veteran track and cross-country coach, Cyrus Jones. Jones, 63, the Lions' coach since 1974, will be inducted into the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association's Hall of Fame on Dec. 18 at the organization's annual convention in Phoenix. "I felt numb when reading the [induction] letter," Jones said. "It's something I can't explain. I am more excited for all of the student-athletes who have run for Lincoln, and for all people around me who have helped me over the years and have been my backbone.
NEWS
May 11, 2014 | By Ben Finley, Inquirer Staff Writer
A former high school softball coach in Bucks County was sentenced to 3 1/2 to 7 years in a state prison on Friday for having sex with a 16-year-old player on his team. Eric Romig, 36, who coached at Pennridge High School as well as a local travel team, must also register as a sex offender for the rest of his life. Married with four children, Romig uttered a brief, tearful apology before a courtroom packed with the victim's relatives and some members of his own family, including his parents but not his wife and children.
NEWS
August 13, 2013 | By Ben Finley, Inquirer Staff Writer
Halfway through the game, the folks who packed the bar and some nearby tables at the Applebee's on Eagleview Boulevard in Exton were counting Joe Janick's pitches. He was up to 49 of the 85 he could throw. "Come on, Joe!" some of them yelled at the television. "Attaboy. " At that point, Chester County's state champion Lionville Little League baseball team trailed the Newark (Del.) National League by six runs. But the crowd remained engaged with every play, steadfast in its positivity.
NEWS
July 13, 2011 | By Kathy Boccella, Inquirer Staff Writer
Just minutes into today’s crucial semifinal win game between the United States and France in the Women’s World Cup, Lauren Cheney buried the ball in the back of the net for the Americans. When she did, 130 pony tails flew up in the air inside an Immaculata University cafeteria. Chants of “USA! USA!,” broke out among the 11 to 17-year-olds gathered around a half dozen TV sets. For a new generation of adolescent girls, the members of the United States Women's Team are once again heroes, especially with today's 3-1 win.  It puts the U.S. in the finals for the first time since 1999.
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May 10, 2016 | By Kate Harman, For The Inquirer
Baserunners kept stealing on the Sting. Megan Kern was 11 or 12 at the time, playing one of her two usual positions in the infield - shortstop or third base - for the Limerick-based softball team. The Sting was her travel team back then - still is, as a matter of fact - and the squad was playing in a tournament behind the Boyertown YMCA. In the middle of the game, her coach, Lee Trythall, decided to do something. He put Kern behind the plate. Five years later, Trythall is still Kern's coach, and he hasn't had to worry about runners trying to advance on his team since.
NEWS
April 14, 2016 | By Mike Jensen, Staff Writer
Running his mouth against Kobe Bryant wasn't the best idea Luke Cunningham ever had. But it was Narberth, outdoor summer ball. Cunningham, a ballplayer himself at Monsignor Bonner High, wondered, what kind of name is Kobe? And so what if his father played in the NBA? Cunningham remembers telling Kobe, off the cuff, how he heard his father wasn't a very good NBA player. Kobe must have heard him. "He blocks my shot," Cunningham said. "He essentially caught the ball and threw it into a jungle gym like 40 feet away, over a fence.
SPORTS
February 24, 2016 | By Mike Sielski, Inquirer Columnist
Growing up in Margate, Fla., Shayne Gostisbehere found himself with few NHL players to model and admire. Ice doesn't last long, even indoors, amid the sultry South Florida heat. Still, the great Russian forward Pavel Bure was playing for the Florida Panthers at the time, and his speed and scoring ability enchanted Gostisbehere. Bure led the NHL in goals in 1999-2000, with 58, and in 2000-01, with 59, doing so despite being just 5-foot-10 and 189 pounds. For his travel team, Gostisbehere wore No. 10 on his jersey - Bure's number, to honor him. "I loved that guy," Gostisbehere said Monday.
SPORTS
September 18, 2015 | By Joe Juliano, Inquirer Staff Writer
Dylan Painter, a 6-foot-10, 215-pound center from Hershey High School, said Wednesday he had given an oral commitment to Villanova and will enroll in the freshman Class of 2016. Painter averaged 17.8 points, 11.1 rebounds and 3.6 blocked shots last season and shot 55 percent from the field for Hershey. He is rated as a four-star prospect by Scout.com and at three stars by Rivals.com and 247Sports. Painter, who had Villanova, St. Joseph's, Penn State, George Washington, Xavier, North Carolina State and Rhode Island as his finalists, said he liked Villanova's program "as a whole.
NEWS
April 17, 2015 | By Kate Harman, For The Inquirer
Anna Steinmetz and Caela Abadie aren't your typical one-two hitters. Steinmetz, West Chester Rustin's leadoff batter, and Abadie, who hits second, both swing with power. And when they get hold of the ball - something they do often - they effortlessly hit it hard and far. They aren't just trying to bunt to get on base or using small ball to move a runner over to second. No, Steinmetz and Abadie are two of the purest and most pitched-around hitters in the area. The close-knit duo knocked in five runs, collected four hits, and reached base six times Wednesday afternoon as visiting Rustin defeated West Chester Henderson, 7-1. It was the first time Rustin (7-3)
NEWS
March 28, 2015 | By Phil Anastasia, Inquirer Staff Writer
They have been teammates in the past. They will be teammates in the future. Fow now, they are rivals - an ace pitcher and a star hitter for teams that will compete in both the Olympic Conference's American Division and the South Jersey Group 4 sectional tournament. When Cherry Hill East senior Jon Hansen steps to the plate in the first inning of the first game of the Mingo Bay Classic in South Carolina on April 7, he'll likely see Cherokee senior Brian Marconi on the mound. The confrontation will be both good fun between old friends and a renewed battle between fierce competitors.
NEWS
February 23, 2015 | By Frank Fitzpatrick and Michael Matza, Inquirer Staff Writers
A silver staircase gleamed in the bright sunshine behind Neumann-Goretti High School on a recent day. But in the gym, a lighting failure turned afternoon to twilight. Defying the dusk, the nation's No. 1-ranked high school girls' basketball team, including Nigerian stars Felicia Aiyeotan and Christina Aborowa, never relented. For 90 minutes the N-G Saints raced noisily, joyfully, and determinedly through a dimly lit workout. The murk seemed an apt metaphor for the fog that has clouded the accomplishments of this South Philadelphia juggernaut, rolling now toward a possible second straight Catholic League championship title Monday at the Palestra.
SPORTS
November 12, 2014 | By Phil Anastasia, Inquirer Staff Writer
Dante Scafidi will be one of six Gloucester Catholic baseball players to sign national letters of intent on Wednesday. He will be one of dozens of South Jersey athletes who will put pen to paper to commit to playing college sports on scholarship. But he will be unique. Scafidi will sign with Rutgers on a baseball scholarship despite missing almost all of his sophomore season and his entire junior season with arm injuries. "It will mean a lot to me," Scafidi said. "Rutgers stuck by my side.
SPORTS
October 15, 2014 | By Mike Jensen, Inquirer Columnist
When grade-schoolers begin running CYO cross-country, they don't take the regular course into the woods at Belmont Plateau. The younger ones run about a mile, first up an incline, between two rows of trees, then back down the hill toward the city skyline. For a couple of years there, by the time they started downhill, the race would be over. Moira Putsch would have her insurmountable lead, skimming downhill 20 yards or more ahead of the next runner, way ahead of the jostling pack.
SPORTS
September 25, 2014 | BY TOM MAHON, Daily News Staff Writer mahont@phillynews.com
ADD ANOTHER milestone to the still-fledgling career of Mo'ne Davis. The 13-year-old Taney pitcher, who last month appeared on the cover of Sports Illustrated, is headed to the Baseball Hall of Fame where she will donate the jersey she wore while becoming the first female to pitch a complete-game shutout in a Little League World Series game. Tomorrow, she will be in Cooperstown, N.Y., along with teammates from Taney and the Anderson Monarchs, the travel team that she has played for since she was 7. Davis will present her No. 3 jersey - the one she wore during a 4-0 victory over Nashville - to Hall of Fame president, Jeff Idelson.
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