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May 29, 1992 | By Diane Pucin, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Betty Okino, a 16-year-old gymnast with a beautiful, slender, long-legged body, wrinkles her nose with disgust. "I am told I have the wrong body type for gymnastics," Okino says. And she frowns. Okino is a gymnast, a very good one. She won a silver medal in the 1992 world championships on the uneven bars. She has a move, a triple pirouette on the balance beam, named after her. But in the last year, Okino has grown two inches, to 5-foot-4 - uncommonly tall for a gymnast. And she has a stress fracture in her back.
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November 13, 2015 | By Matt Breen, Inquirer Staff Writer
Another national signing day has brought another nationally ranked basketball recruit to Villanova. Omari Spellman, a mammoth forward from Ohio, signed a national letter of intent on Wednesday to play for coach Jay Wright and the Wildcats. The 6-foot-9, 275-pounder is a five-star recruit according to ESPN and Rivals.com. ESPN ranks Spellman as the nation's 16th-best recruit and grades him at 94 on a scale of one to 100. Spellman is Villanova's highest-graded recruit since 2010. Spellman's commitment marks the eighth straight year that Villanova has earned a commitment from at least one of ESPN's top 100 recruits.
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May 22, 2014 | By Kellie Patrick Gates, For The Inquirer
Hello there   After chatting with several people who seemingly only wanted an online relationship, and meeting others who expected her to pay for both of them, Angela figured she was unlucky in online love. So in fall 2011, she told Match.com not to renew her subscription. Her access to the dating site would end when the month she'd paid for was over. A few days later, she got a message through the site from Kevin. "I see you lived in Baltimore," he said, noting her graduate degree from Johns Hopkins.
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May 5, 2016 | By Michael Matza, Staff Writer
Adding a final jewel to the philanthropic legacy of John and Chara Cooper Haas, their children are donating the family's Stoneleigh Estate in Villanova to the conservation group Natural Lands Trust, which will manage it as a native-plants garden, open free to the public. The 42 acres and Tudor Revival mansion on North Spring Mill Road are to be transferred to the trust at a ceremony and luncheon Wednesday on the Great Lawn behind the house. Emotionally, "it is a passage, for sure," said David Haas, who was 9 when his parents acquired the estate from his grandparents in 1964.
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April 13, 2006
TO Villanova students, my thoughts on the controversy about the pro-life sculpture: Abortion is not the difficult choice; that is the easy way out. The tough choice is being responsible and raising the child. Charlie Jurewicz Hazleton, Pa.
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March 31, 2016 | By Joe Juliano, STAFF WRITER
For much of Jay Wright's first 14 seasons as head coach at Villanova, a zone defense by his team was seen about as often on the basketball court as a unicorn. Despite the fact that former Wildcats coach Rollie Massimino, one of his mentors, urged him to play a zone, as did Hall of Fame coach and longtime 'Nova practice observer Larry Brown and former UCLA and St. John's coach Steve Lavin, Wright resisted. "Even though I coached under Coach Mass, there are certain aspects I don't like," Wright said.
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September 6, 2013
Who: Villanova at Fordham When: Saturday, 6 p.m., Coffey Field, Bronx, N.Y. TV: None. Radio: WIP (610-AM) Records: Villanova 0-1, Fordham 1-0 History: Villanova leads series that began in 1897, 20-4-3. Fordham's last win was in 1920. The Wildcats won last year at home, 28-13. About Villanova: Wildcats lost at FBS Boston College, 24-14, after leading by seven at halftime ... They fell from fifth to ninth in the FCS rankings ... Biggest issue was injuries.
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November 7, 2009 | By Keith Pompey INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Call them mirror images. The only difference between the Villanova and Richmond football teams may be the emblems on the helmets. That's because the two Football Championship Subdivision squads have powerful running games. They score a bunch of points. They have stingy defenses. They're ranked among the nation's top four programs. Those similarities make today's matchup at the University of Richmond Stadium this season's most-anticipated Colonial Athletic Association game.
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March 10, 2016 | By Joe Juliano, Staff Writer
The perception is that Ryan Arcidiacono has been at Villanova for six years, maybe eight. The reality is that he has played basketball on the Main Line for just four years, not missing a single game, and he has done much to restore the culture of the program and make it nationally prominent again. Certainly, the thought that Arcidiacono will be leaving 'Nova shortly after games in the Big East and NCAA tournaments has to worry his coach. After all, aren't he and Jay Wright joined at the hip?
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May 21, 2016 | By Joe Juliano, STAFF WRITER
The national championship team in college basketball is going to get to see some of the world this summer. A source confirmed an ESPN report Thursday that Villanova will be traveling to Spain, practicing and playing in games in Madrid and Barcelona from Aug. 2 through 10. Of course, not all the players from the team that defeated North Carolina in April for the NCAA championship will be heading overseas. Ryan Arcidiacono and Daniel Ochefu are moving on, and Josh Hart has until Wednesday to decide if he is returning to the Wildcats or making himself available for the NBA draft.
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May 21, 2016 | By Susan Snyder, Staff Writer
With the Wildcats' stellar season and buzzer-beating final shot for the national championship, Villanova University officials weren't sure whether they would see a flood of admitted students enroll by the May 1 deadline. In fact, with the team ranked No. 1 nationally for several weeks before admission decisions were to go out, the university decided to make a few hundred fewer offers this year than last year, just to be on the safe side. As it turns out, the Catholic university on the Main Line - where tuition, fees, and room and board topped $62,000 for 2015-16 - expects to be full for the coming fall.
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May 16, 2016 | By Aaron Carter, STAFF WRITER
Matthew Webster comes from exceptional lacrosse stock, but the La Salle High senior defenseman hasn't always believed in his own abilities on the field. Saturday afternoon against visiting Radnor, however, Webster's defensive prowess helped limit one of the nation's top talents and secure a 6-1 victory for the Explorers. The defending PIAA champion Red Raiders were led by senior Jack Wilson, a University of Maryland recruit, who netted the game-winning goal in overtime last season to give Radnor its first state title.
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May 15, 2016 | By Mike Kern, STAFF WRITER
It's been some ride for Villanova senior center Daniel Ochefu. He won a national championship with the Wildcats, rode in a victory parade in Center City, rang the opening bell at the New York Stock Exchange, and got to be a special guest at several pro games. Earlier this week, he was among the Wildcats who represented the team at City Hall as Council honored their accomplishment. And on Friday afternoon, he graduated. So how did he celebrate? Well, as it turns out, CBS3 sports anchor Don Bell was feeling under the weather.
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May 14, 2016 | By Keith Pompey, STAFF WRITER
CHICAGO - DeAndre Bembry will tell you that he isn't trying to accomplish anything. The St. Joseph's guard/forward is just here at the NBA draft combine playing his game. "I feel like if there are teams that really didn't get to see me, they'll get to see me," Bembry said. "They'll see that I can do multiple things on the court. " That's what happened during Thursday's scrimmage at Quest Sports Complex. The 6-foot-6, 210-pounder scored 12 points on 5-for-8 shooting. He also finished with three rebounds, two assists, one steal, and a turnover in 12 minutes, 46 seconds of action.
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May 13, 2016 | By Mike Kern, STAFF WRITER
Former Villanova Athletic Director Vince Nicastro is moving on. The Big East announced on Thursday that Nicastro has taken its newly-created position of Deputy Commissioner and Chief Operating Officer. He will start on June 8 and work out of the conference's headquarters in New York. Last June, Nicastro resigned as AD after 15 years to become Associate Director of the Jeffrey Moorad Center for the Study of Sports Law at the Villanova School of Law. "I am humbled to have the opportunity ... in this new role," Nicastro said in a statement.
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May 5, 2016 | By Michael Matza, Staff Writer
Adding a final jewel to the philanthropic legacy of John and Chara Cooper Haas, their children are donating the family's Stoneleigh Estate in Villanova to the conservation group Natural Lands Trust, which will manage it as a native-plants garden, open free to the public. The 42 acres and Tudor Revival mansion on North Spring Mill Road are to be transferred to the trust at a ceremony and luncheon Wednesday on the Great Lawn behind the house. Emotionally, "it is a passage, for sure," said David Haas, who was 9 when his parents acquired the estate from his grandparents in 1964.
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May 4, 2016 | By the Inquirer Staff
Villanova junior Kris Jenkins has withdrawn his name from the NBA draft and will return for his senior season in 2016-17, the university disclosed Monday night. "It was a great experience for me to go through this process," the 6-foot-6 forward said. "I'm looking forward to concentrating on graduating next year and getting back to work with my teammates at Villanova. " Jenkins and guard Josh Hart said last month that they planned to enter the NBA draft evaluation process. Players are allowed to withdraw from the draft within 10 days after the NBA combine, which is scheduled for May 11-15 in Chicago.
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May 4, 2016 | By Mike Jensen, STAFF WRITER
Yes, Jay Wright said the other day, more recruits are more receptive to calls from Villanova right now. Even the five-star guys who have variations of Kentucky and North Carolina and Kansas and Duke on their lists. Obviously, this is not a bad thing for 'Nova's program to be at the top of the mountain as recruits, mostly from the college class of 2021, mull their savory choices. However, Villanova's coach only has to look back at recruiting after his team made the Final Four in 2009 to know he has to manage it right.
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May 1, 2016 | By Phil Anastasia, STAFF WRITER
Speed was a consideration. This was a race, after all. Strength and stamina were part of the coach's calculus, too. This was a distance race, remember. But when Villanova coach Gina Procaccio cobbled together her lineup for its long shot of winning the 4x1,500-meter Championship of America race on Friday at the 122nd annual Penn Relays, she looked deeper than split times and personal bests. "In the way back in my mind, I always try to win at Penn," Procaccio said after the Wildcats' dramatic victory in one of the featured events of the long day of competition at Franklin Field.
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