May 10, 2016 |
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.
April 14, 2016 |
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.
February 24, 2016 |
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.
September 18, 2015 |
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.
April 17, 2015 |
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)
March 28, 2015 |
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.
February 23, 2015 |
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.
November 12, 2014 |
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.
October 15, 2014 |
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.
September 25, 2014 |
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.