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October 9, 1986 | By Marlene A. Prost, Special to The Inquirer
Sunday was a great day for a football game. The sky was blue, the wind nippy, and the bleachers at Cabrini College's athletic field were packed with eager fans ready to cheer on their teams. But the heroes of the gridiron were not football players. They were the boys and girls of the high school marching band, the unsung heroes of high school football, who got their chance to shine at the Tenth Annual Marching Band Festival at the college in Radnor Township. Strutting to the boom of the drums and the blare of the horns, the members of the Garnett Valley Jaguar Marching Band, the Upper Merion Marching Vikings, and the Radnor, Penncrest and Upper Darby high school marching bands performed their routines under the scrutiny of four judges from the Mid- Atlantic Judging Association.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 15, 1986 | By STUART D. BYKOFSKY, Daily News Staff Writer
This is the story of neighbor helping neighbor, of Samaritans reaching out to strangers. It is the story of selfless volunteers who offer their time, their skills, their caring and their efforts to help their fellow man. They know that one person can't rescue all of mankind, but that one sincere person can make a difference. They do not do it for the pay, because there is none. They do not do it for the recognition, because there's little of that. They do not volunteer because they are bored and have nothing else to do. Most have job and family responsibilities, yet still find time to extend a helping hand.
SPORTS
April 16, 2009 | By MIKE PRISUTA, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
Asked before the Penguins and Flyers resumed postseason hostilities about what might decide a series between seemingly evenly-matched teams, former Stanley Cup champion Chris Kunitz dodged the obvious. "It's usually unsung heroes," said Kunitz, a Penguins newcomer who went all the way with the 2006-07 Anaheim Ducks. "It's somebody that comes through in the clutch that maybe isn't expecting to or brings the elevation of their game up. " Kunitz' observation might have been a cue to fellow Penguins winger Tyler Kennedy last night.
NEWS
October 27, 1995 | By Monica Rhor, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Sam Plaza spends many of his nights and weekends patrolling the streets of Camden with his network of CB comrades. They search for missing children, clean up overgrown lots, reach out to sick children in need of care. Plaza does it all on his own. Unpaid. Former Lt. Gilbert "Whip" Wilson, now retired after 26 years with the Camden Police Department, helped rewrite the definition of police work in the city. He was instrumental in developing the Community Oriented Police Unit, which works with residents on a grass-roots level.
NEWS
December 16, 2009 | By Trudy Rubin
In this Christmas season, I want to pay tribute to two unsung heroes who stood up to repressive regimes - and paid with their lives. One was Iranian, one Russian, and I doubt you've heard of either. Yet they represent many other lonely heroes around the globe who have held on to their values in the face of government repression, even though they knew it might cost them their freedom - or their very existence. Just as every country honors its unknown fallen soldiers, we should honor those who died in solitude and pain for upholding universal principles of human rights.
NEWS
November 28, 1994 | By Joe Santoliquito, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
It's been a special season for Monsignor Bonner's football team. The Friars will play for the Catholic League championship for the first time in 26 years when they meet Archbishop Carroll in the league final at Plymouth-Whitemarsh at 7:30 p.m. Friday. Because of Bonner's regular-season success, the Friars dominated the all- Catholic League Southern Division team, placing 10 players on the first team. Two Friars who were not on the list were Brian Oakes and Mike Sweeney, seniors who weren't expected to contribute much for Bonner.
NEWS
May 31, 1993 | By Edward Colimore, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
They were remembered yesterday in the steady thump of marching feet on a macadam lane. In the clopping hooves of a riderless horse. In the haunting bagpipe strains of "Amazing Grace. " And in the crack of musket volleys and a mournful bugle rendition of "Taps. " John H.R. Storey, Robert T. Kelley and Pinkerton R. Vaughn may be unknown to most people - the unsung heroes of another time, whose only monuments are simple headstones in a forest of obelisks and statues at Laurel Hill Cemetery, along Kelly Drive.
SPORTS
November 11, 1994 | By Joe Juliano, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
To stretch its unbeaten streak, Penn has had its share of game-breakers, go-to guys and defensive stoppers. None are named Rob Ginsberg, Michael Juliano or Warren Rosborough. But even though Ivy League accolades will pass them over once the season is complete, Ginsberg, Juliano and Rosborough - all seniors - are special to coach Al Bagnoli. They are the role players, the unsung heroes, the guys who must contribute for the Quakers to succeed. Ginsberg has been near perfect snapping for punts and field goal and extra- point attempts.
NEWS
September 24, 1995 | By Lillian Weis, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
Eastern Camden County Regional inaugurated its Parent Recognition Program last week at the Board of Education meeting, and Noreen Wilson and Patricia Keating were recognized for their work with the school band. Wilson and Keating have volunteered to sew band members' uniforms and to raise large amounts of money for band programs. They have also served as chaperones and officers for several band functions. "Parents are often the unsung heroes," said Suzanne Gongol, principal and assistant superintendent.
SPORTS
May 10, 2008 | By Sam Carchidi INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Twenty six scholar-athletes and 26 unsung heroes were honored at a luncheon yesterday in Glassboro hosted by the South Jersey Baseball Coaches Association. Keynote speaker Joe Galliera, Kingsway's athletic director, praised the heroes. "A team does not win without unsung heroes," said Galliera. "They're the guys that are at practice early, leave late, and are the leaders that make a team a team. " The unsung heroes: Dante Oriente, Bishop Eustace; Gabe Rosario, Collingswood; Ron Raynore and Fran Little, Overbrook; Brett Henning, West Deptford; Mike Ney, Buena; Jimmy Brining, Cherry Hill West; Russ Stupienski, Northern Burlington; Tyler Price, Winslow Township; Justin Ondrejka, Washington Township; Andrew Spinelli, Haddonfield; Mike Shutts, Sterling; Jake Gallagher and John Maldonado, Williamstown.
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SPORTS
January 30, 2015 | BY FRANK SERAVALLI, Daily News Staff Writer seravaf@phillynews.com
UNDER THE television and near where the Flyers' resident DJ selects tunes to be blared in the dressing room, there is a conspicuous sign posted to the right of the smart board where Craig Berube draws up plays. It reads: "No one is bigger than the team. If you can't do things our way, you won't get time here. AND WE DON'T CARE WHO YOU ARE. " In a seemingly lost season, even after the Flyers won their third game in a row last night, few players have embodied that "team" mentality more than Brayden Schenn.
NEWS
June 9, 2014 | By Ronnie Polaneczky, Daily News Columnist
IT HAS BEEN TWO years since the Thomas W. Buck Hosiery factory burned in Kensington, killing firefighters Lt. Robert Neary, 59, and Daniel Sweeney, 25. In February, a grand jury declined to bring criminal charges against Nahman and Michael Lichtenstein, the New York father-and-son investors who owned the empty 19th century building and allowed it to fall prey to squatters and neglect. So the Lichtensteins will never wear orange jumpsuits in punishment for the catastrophe that took the lives of two good men. At least the families of Neary and Sweeney - who have never received so much as an expression of condolence from the Lichtensteins - have civil suits pending against the slumlords.
SPORTS
January 23, 2014 | By Joe Juliano, Inquirer Staff Writer
La Salle coach John Giannini knows that basketball fans love to read about the players who do the brunt of the scoring for their teams and not about those who do the little things, such as Explorers guard D.J. Peterson. But Giannini has as much appreciation for Peterson, a 6-foot-5 junior, as for anyone on his roster. "I can't give him enough credit," Giannini said. "Any coach would love to have a guy who's a high-level defender and who does not turn the ball over and who makes his open shots and doesn't force things.
SPORTS
October 12, 2013 | By Marc Narducci, Inquirer Staff Writer
Midfielder Brian Carroll isn't very flashy and doesn't say too much, but he carries as much respect as any player in the Union's locker room. On Saturday, in the place where it all started for Carroll, he will reach a milestone by competing in his 300th regular-season Major League Soccer game when the Union travel to Washington's RFK Stadium to face D.C. United. The 32-year-old Carroll, who began his career with United, rarely shows emotion - but he admits this won't be an ordinary game.
NEWS
May 13, 2013 | By Stacey Burling, Inquirer Staff Writer
Almost 40 years ago, Susan Rogers came to Philadelphia to kill herself. She never dreamed that she would go on to spend 29 years here, improving opportunities for the mentally ill and showing what recovery can be. She is now being recognized for her work by Mental Health America, which will give her its top honor, the Clifford W. Beers Award, at its annual meeting next month. Rogers, 66, is director of the National Mental Health Consumers' Self-Help Clearinghouse, which helps peer-run programs get started and thrive.
SPORTS
November 28, 2012 | BY TED SILARY, Daily News Staff Writer silaryt@phillynews.com
THE GUYS with the short names are now long on brotherhood. Who would have thought? It wasn't that Mike Eife and Jon Naji were enemies through their first 3 years as star students and budding football players at La Salle High. They just never found themselves interacting too often. A "hi" here and "how you doin'?" there were sufficient. Now, wow, it's like they're long-lost cousins. As luck would have it, the guys share the same lunch period and, look, there they are every day, sitting at the same table and exchanging tidbits while finding even more that their senses of humor are remarkably similar.
NEWS
October 28, 2012
Karen Rile teaches creative writing at the University of Pennsylvania Earlier this month, I got a call about a 13-year-old poet growing up in a chaotic, challenging environment in West Philly. The caller was an eighth-grade math teacher, an algebra and geometry kind of guy. He told me that he didn't know much about poetry, but he was moved by the young girl's expressive words and wanted to support her development as a writer. So I shot out an e-mail to the Kelly Writers House community at Penn, where I teach.
SPORTS
May 1, 2012 | By Frank Seravalli, Daily News Staff Writer
Humble and unassuming, Flyers defenseman Braydon Coburn does not like to talk about himself. Ask him about his confidence, the minutes he chews up nightly in the Stanley Cup playoffs, and the tough assignments he draws, and Coburn is likely to deflect praise to his teammates. Ask Flyers coach Peter Laviolette, though, about Coburn and he will tell you about one of his team's unsung heroes through the Flyers' first five playoff wins this spring. "Since I got here, Braydon Coburn has been a rock," Laviolette said.
SPORTS
February 27, 2012 | By Brian Kotloff, Inquirer Staff Writer
For Prep Charter coach Paul Rieser, there is no secret formula to the way he constructed the team that beat Central, 70-34, to win Saturday's Public League title game for the second consecutive year. There is no easy explanation for how a team rises so high above its competition that it beats league opponents by an average of 44 points, even though it doesn't have a junior-varsity or freshman squad. Part of his program's success, Rieser said, can be attributed to "the luck of the draw.
SPORTS
December 19, 2011 | By Jeff McLane, Inquirer Staff Writer
Here is a look at some of the best and worst in Sunday's Eagles-Jets game that deserve special mention and our award: the Inky. Inky for unsung defensive player of the game: He needs to work on his celebration, but defensive end Phillip Hunt recorded a sack for the second straight week and led the Eagles with six total tackles. Jason Babin's three sacks will get the attention - as they should - but Hunt's play over the last two weeks has softened the unrest over Brandon Graham's ineffectiveness.
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