April 20, 2016 |
When Johnny Shamir walks into the gym, members of the opposing team notice. Shamir is 6-foot-1, with long hair and a beard, so many compare his look to Jesus. It's different. Since the Eastern High School volleyball player brings an intimidating appearance onto the court, opponents often look to stop him first, and that opens up space for the rest of the team. As for his own play, Shamir often takes a subtle approach. "It doesn't really matter how hard you hit the ball as long as it hits the ground," said Shamir, who also is known by his Hebrew name, Tsur.
April 11, 2016 |
When Robert Macauley was a sophomore, he was a member of the Pennsauken High School boys' volleyball practice squad. That's remarkable for a number of reasons, not the least of which is that there is a Pennsauken High School boys' volleyball practice squad. "We have a varsity, a JV, a freshman team, and a practice squad," Pennsauken coach Jack Killion said of one of South Jersey's more remarkable athletic programs. Killion said 65 boys are members of the Indians program, and he can't fit them all on the three official rosters.
April 7, 2016 |
Eastern's boys' volleyball team defeated host Pennsauken, 3-0, Tuesday in an Olympic Conference clash. Jared Jordan led Pennsauken with 15 digs while Tuan Nguyen recorded a game-high 16 assists to accompany three kills. Andy Tran also supplied four kills. Nonleague. Washington Township earned a 3-0 win over host Clearview behind Tyler Dolgos' 24 assists and two kills. Roman Jastrzebski contributed five blocks and five kills for the Minutemen while Mike Gallagher bagged six kills, four digs and two blocks.
February 3, 2016 |
AT ONE POINT, all Gabby Pethokoukis really wanted out of life was to "just start feeling normal again. " Sounds simple enough. But maybe not when you've been diagnosed with a rare form of cancer near the end of your sophomore year at Villanova. A cancer that most often is diagnosed in people from Africa, and people over 40. "When they first told me I looked it up on the Internet and I was kind of shocked," she said. "How did this happen to me? But I try not to dwell on negative things.
November 13, 2015 |
Notre Dame's volleyball team had been there before, but that did not make Wednesday any easier. The second-seeded Irish dug out of two holes before claiming their third straight PAISAA final, 22-25, 25-23, 23-25, 25-19, 15-10, against No. 1 Germantown Academy at Baldwin. Shannon Quigley had 14 kills, Ali Rae added 36 assists, Allison Hendrick had 18 kills, Elise Butler paired 10 aces with 16 digs and Ashley Haas recorded 31 digs for Notre Dame. Germantown Academy's Carly Pruitt had 20 kills, eight digs and one ace. Grace Polisano added 14 kills, eight digs and one ace and Cat Polisano dished out 38 assists and had four aces.
October 16, 2015 |
Lifting her rigidly outstretched arms to the ball, Washington Township's Kyra Bevenour sent the volleyball sailing toward teammate Megan Finucane, who propelled it over the net for a kill. As the ball landed on GCIT's side, it represented more than just another point. For Bevenour, the play in a match last month marked the 500th assist in her career. As the Minutemaids cheered and gathered together for their customary post-point hug, Bevenour smiled. To her surprise, the game stopped.
August 16, 2015 |
Chris Ruder walked onto the set, and he looked a little nervous. But he didn't miss a beat and quickly broke into his pitch. "Spikeball is poised to be the next great American sport," he said. He was on the set of Shark Tank , the reality-TV series where aspiring entrepreneurs make pitches to a team of "shark" investors (with Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban the most notable). The episode featuring Ruder, CEO of Spikeball, ran this year as the Season 6 finale. "Like all great sports, Spikeball is very easy to learn, but really, really difficult to master," he said in his pitch.
July 2, 2015 |
Volleyball is often associated with sand and surf. So why is one of the sport's biggest annual tournaments held in a Philadelphia exurb, 100 miles from the nearest shore? "We never bother to make a big deal out of it. We just kept putting on a great event, and more people kept coming to it," said Seth Kaas, one of about a dozen local players responsible for the Pottstown Rumble. His father, Ken Kaas, and some friends started the Rumble 24 years ago as a small regional tournament.
March 6, 2013 |
RORY MCILROY says he should have finished his second round at the Honda Classic, telling Sports Illustrated that "it was not the right thing to do" to walk out after eight holes of his second round. McIlroy was 7-over for the round and headed toward another missed cut when he hit his second shot into the water on the 18th and abruptly withdrew without finishing the hole. On his way to the parking lot, he told reporters that his head was not in the right place. He later issued a statement that his wisdom tooth was causing pain.
January 16, 2013 |
A FORMER star athlete at Temple has filed a federal suit against the school, claiming that she was kicked off the volleyball team and had her scholarship revoked after she reported that her ex-boyfriend, a Temple football player, assaulted her and threatened to kill her. Emily Frazer was a starting middle blocker and team server as a sophomore on the 2011 Owls volleyball team, according to the school's website. On Jan. 21, 2011, Frazer was visiting a fellow student in the Cecil B. Moore dormitory building when there was a knock on the door.