May 10, 2011 |
THESE DAYS, you would never know that just a few years ago Jordan Ellis was a scared, hurt kid. And you can't tell that, as recently as three seasons before, he was an overthinking, frustrated reliever at the bottom of the Phillies' system. These days, Ellis is a composed, 25-year-old righthander at Double A Reading, living at home with his parents in Bryn Mawr, pitching in front of a handful of friendly faces whenever the R-Phils are at home. He has a live fastball, a slider that bites, and a cut fastball that, a year into its development, is coming along nicely as a weapon against lefthanders.
January 31, 1991 |
Some athletes make their college decisions in sealed-off bedrooms, shortly after pulling out their hair. Others do so at the kitchen table, surrounded by friends and family. Last night, star lineman Ray Kane, of Archbishop Carroll, announced his final verdict in a car. "I went down to see the Villanova-Pitt basketball game at the Spectrum," Kane said. "I'd been doing a lot of thinking. On the way home, I turned to my father and said, 'I'm going to Virginia.' " The 6-4, 240-pound Kane, who played full time at defensive tackle and part time at offensive tackle, last month was named Lineman of the Year in connection with the Daily News All-Scholastic Football Team.
November 27, 1991 |
Heather Burge tied her career high with 30 points and had a career-best 14 rebounds last night as second-ranked Virginia pounded winless Canisius, 92-36, in Charlottesville, Va. Virginia (3-0) held a 60-27 rebounding edge over Canisius (0-3), which had no starter taller than 6-foot, 1-inch Rachel Decker. The 6-5 Burge had 11 of her rebounds on the offensive end. Duquesne 87, Penn 78 - Tausha Williams scored 22 points to lift the Dukes (1-1) to the victory at Pittsburgh.
December 8, 2005 |
Already in tune with the future, Trey Womack doesn't think he will have a problem catching up with the college beat. Womack, a Malvern Prep senior wide receiver and cornerback from Springfield, Delaware County, has orally committed to attend Virginia on a football scholarship. Primarily recruited as a defensive back, Womack said last night that, because of his 4.3 speed in the 40-yard dash, the Cavaliers have told him that he might play other positions in the future. "I think I could play some wide receiver there," Womack said.
April 11, 1987 |
In an unusual arrangement, Matt Blundin of Ridley High will play basketball at the University of Virginia next year on a football scholarship. The multi-talented athlete yesterday committed formally to the Cavaliers with the understanding that his first-year tuition will be paid with a scholarship allocated to the university's football program. Blundin, 18, said there was no doubt in his mind that he would suit up in Virginia sneakers and shorts. "It's a big challenge to play basketball at Virginia," said Blundin, who had been heavily recruited in both football and basketball.
March 18, 1991 |
Second-ranked Virginia went down to the wire with No. 14 Stephen F. Austin at University Hall in a second-round NCAA women's Midwest Regional contest yesterday, but unlike some other notable teams that have already fallen, the Cavaliers managed to land on their feet in the final seconds. The play that saved Virginia (28-2) from joining No. 1 Penn State, No. 5 Purdue and No. 8 Louisiana State on the pile of also-rans in this year's event occurred with four seconds to play, when Dobbins High graduate Dawn Staley penetrated and dished off to 6-foot-5 Heather Burge, who made a shot from underneath the basket to give the Cavaliers a 74-72 victory.
November 13, 2001 |
One of the most sought-after swimmers in the country recently picked his pool for the next four years. Fran Crippen, a senior at Germantown Academy, orally committed to swim for the University of Virginia. The 17-year-old is not only a force in high school competition. He also has made an impact on the national scene. He won his first national swimming title this summer with a victory in the 800-meter freestyle at the U.S. national championships in Clovis, Calif. His time was 7 minutes, 59.86 seconds.
October 14, 1996 |
The Golf Association of Philadelphia team won the annual Mason-Dixon matches against the Middle Atlantic Association (Maryland, Virginia and Washington) by one point yesterday at Golden Horseshoe Country Club in Williamsburg, Va. After finishing Saturday's better-ball matches tied at 3, Philadelphia won yesterday's singles by 6 1/2-5 1/2 to win the series, 9 1/2-8 1/2. Bill McGuinness, current Philadelphia amateur champion, won the No. 1 singles by 4 and 3 over Kirk Lombardi.
February 12, 1992 |
Maryland coach Chris Weller has waited 17 years to see Cole Fieldhouse filled to capacity for a women's basketball game, and last night she saw her dream come true. Unfortunately for Weller and most of the standing-room-only crowd of more than 14,500, they didn't get what they wanted, but they came ever so close. The top-ranked Terrapins (20-2 overall, 10-1 conference) were nipped by second-ranked Virginia, 75-74, in an Atlantic Coast Conference game that gave the Cavaliers revenge for Maryland's 67-65 upset of Virginia in Charlottesville last month when the Cavs held the No. 1 ranking.
November 2, 2003 |
Shawnee lefthander Sean Doolittle, The Inquirer's South Jersey baseball player of the year, has made an oral commitment to attend the University of Virginia. Doolittle made his decision last week and plans to sign during the early signing period, Nov. 12-19. "Virginia has a good reputation athletically and academically," Doolittle said yesterday. "It had everything I was looking for. " Doolittle had made an official campus visit the last week of September. He also visited North Carolina, Duke and James Madison.