February 1, 2016 |
Last year Yaseena Ali, now a 16-year-old junior at Upper Merion High School, invested precious weekend hours in a time-honored ritual for the college-bound youth of America: studying flash cards of abstruse vocabulary words - such as abstruse . The hard work helped her ace the PSAT, widely considered a practice round of the college-entrance exam. But now as Ali prepares for her all-important SAT in early March, those flash cards are in storage. In the first overhaul of the nation's best-known college entrance exam in more than a decade, the revamped SAT - Scholastic Aptitude Test - that debuts March 5 will make dramatic changes in how the test is given and scored.
January 10, 2016 |
The holidays are over, you're back at work or school, and you are still enthusiastic about your New Year's resolution to get in better shape. I think most of us commit to some version of that resolution every year: to exercise more, take up a new activity, eat right. Include your pet in that fitness resolution, and you'll improve his health, performance and longevity, says veterinary sports medicine specialist Cindy Otto. My cavalier Harper and I started a little early with this resolution when we attended a working dog fitness class last November, led by Dr. Otto.
November 13, 2015 |
Ryan Wallace picked a good time to record Hill School's first hat trick of the year. Wallace scored every goal Wednesday for the fifth-seeded Blues in a 3-1 victory over visiting No. 12 Germantown Academy. The win moves Hill School into the PAISAA state boys' soccer quarterfinals, where it will face either Penn Charter or Westtown. Wallace scored two of his goals after halftime to break open a 1-1 game. Germantown Academy's Eric Greenwood scored in the first half to knot things up at one. PIAA State Class AAA Soccer First Round Conestoga advanced past Emmaus, 6-5, on penalty kicks in Allentown.
November 4, 2015
I hung out with my son on Halloween. We didn't trick or treat, but he wanted to dress up anyway, because his sister got a Supergirl outfit, and, like any sibling in the midst of a rivalry, he was keeping score to make sure he wasn't shortchanged. Ever the sucker, I took him to Party City just as other kids were hitting the streets to troll for candy. Though the shelves were plucked clean by the time we got there, my son managed to find the last Spider-Man shirt and hat. Then we set out for his real Halloween mission - getting stuffed.
October 25, 2015 |
On the second-half kickoff, North Penn called a trick play against Pennsbury that looked awfully similar to the "Music City Miracle" that the Tennessee Titans used to beat the Buffalo Bills in an AFC playoff game 15 years ago. Spencer Jones threw a lateral pass across the field to Justis Henley, and Henley dashed 77 yards along the sideline. That set up a 14-yard touchdown run by Nick Isabella that proved critical in the Knights' 27-20 road triumph Friday night at Falcon Field. "That's the first time we used it all year," said Henley, a speedy sophomore receiver and free safety.
October 14, 2015 |
Ciara Girouard had a hat trick to lead host West Deptford to a 4-1 win over Haddonfield on Monday in a Colonial Conference field hockey game. Samantha Souder also scored. Jade Freeberg had two assists. Kristina Jakubowski and Christina Petito each registered an assist. In other Colonial Conference action: Anice Henkel scored twice to pace Overbrook in a 3-1 win at Audubon. Deanna Denofa also scored. Sara Waldron had three goals in Collingswood's 5-1 victory over visiting Sterling.
October 2, 2015 |
Senior forward Connor Gregory netted a hat trick as Haverford School downed visiting St. Joseph's Prep, 4-0, in nonleague boys' soccer Wednesday afternoon. Jerry Karalis scored the other goal for the Fords, who are the No. 1-ranked team in Southeastern Pennsylvania by The Inquirer. Public League. Sarval Ltipov scored two goals, including the overtime winner, to lift host Washington over Fels, 4-3. Desmon Asuya collected three assists and Cristian Curtean and Stepan Fytsyk each scored once.
October 1, 2015 |
It's not unusual that Halle Mohr has scored three goals in her short high school career. It's unusual that she scored them all in the same game. Mohr, a freshman, had a hat trick Tuesday to lead New Hope-Solebury past visiting Phil-Mont Christian, 6-0, in a Bicentennial League girls' soccer match. In another Bicentennial game, Bridgette Alexander scored twice as host Lower Moreland topped Delco Christian, 5-0. Catholic Academies. Angela Gervasi scored two goals, including the overtime winner, to help Mount St. Joseph to a 3-2 victory at Villa Maria.
September 6, 2015
SOCCER NONLEAGUE Downingtown East 3, Villa Joseph Marie 0: Lauren Pittman led the visiting Cougars past last year's Class AA state champions with three first-half goals. Aliza Trasatti dished out two assists. Madison Baxter recorded an assist. Katia Mujica made 15 saves. Archbishop Ryan 3, Gwynedd Mercy 1: Jules Blank netted two goals for the Ragdolls, the 10th-ranked team in Southeastern Pennsylvania by The Inquirer, in a win at home. Taylor Woods also scored. Radnor 3, Archbishop Carroll 1: Maura Holst, Allison Lanzone, and Ana Pressman each scored in the Raiders' win at home.
July 27, 2015 |
The mural of William Penn stunned Francis Purcell - its meticulous angles creating a three-dimensional effect that seemingly invited people to waltz into the painted archways surrounding Philadelphia's founder. "It was pretty amazing. No two ways about it," said Purcell, who first spotted the creation of renowned muralist Richard Haas on a four-story wall in Center City when he was a Drexel University student in the 1980s. The trickery of Haas' trompe l'oeil style transformed walls worldwide in the years that followed.