July 8, 2014
The Joana family lost their 15-month-old daughter, Sabina Rose, in December to Dravet syndrome, a rare form of epilepsy that starts in infancy. Since then, at least 14 other American children have died of Dravet syndrome and other forms of epilepsy. Although medical marijuana is thought to alleviate the symptoms and is legal in New Jersey, where the Joanas live, the state's program is so stringent that the families of Sabina Rose and other children like her have been unable to obtain derivatives of the drug.
June 8, 2014 |
ALLENTOWN - Mike Lalli gestured toward Mary Wallick. The Bristol softball coach had something he wanted to say to his senior pitcher. Lalli extended one of his arms to hug the Warriors ace, and after he made his comment, the two laughed. Smiles quickly turned to happy tears, and Wallick walked away wiping moisture from her eyes. It was a private moment between a player and coach four years in the making, after a win four years in the making, too. Bristol defeated South Williamsport, 5-0, Friday in the quarterfinals of the PIAA Class A tournament at Patriots Park.
June 6, 2014 |
For the second time in its last three baseball playoff games, Methacton is matched against a familiar opponent. After beating Boyertown for its first PIAA District 1 Class AAAA title, the Warriors will face Spring-Ford, another Pioneer Athletic Conference rival, in a state quarterfinal at 4 p.m. Thursday at Neumann University in Aston. "You don't expect to see a team from your league in the district final or an Elite 8 state game," Methacton coach Paul Spiewak said. Spring-Ford won both regular-season meetings against the Warriors, by 2-0 on April 10 and 8-2 on May 2. "That gives you a positive feeling going into the game, but Methacton is a good team and capable of beating anyone," Rams coach Bruce Brobst said.
June 1, 2014 |
Growing up and playing Little League baseball for Audubon and against rival Methacton, Kyle Lowery sensed that the players from both would form a solid unit once they joined forces at Methacton High School. "It's pretty neat what's happened," the senior third baseman said. "A lot of us used to be on opposite sides. Now, we're together and playing for each other. " The union also has resulted in a milestone. Buoyed by Lowery's offensive production and John Wiedmayer's pitching, the Warriors topped Pioneer Athletic Conference foe Boyertown, 7-3, Friday, for their first PIAA District 1 Class AAAA title.
May 17, 2014 |
"What am I supposed to do with this?" an ecstatic Megan Stauffer asked her Methacton softball teammates about the championship plaque she was holding. Although the righthander didn't quite know what the protocol was for handling postgame hardware, she sure knew what to do in the circle and inside the batter's box for the Warriors. She pitched a complete game, allowing only four hits, and went 3 for 3 at the plate, helping the Warriors win the team's first Pioneer Athletic Conference championship in a 5-3 victory over Owen J. Roberts at Spring-Ford High.
February 12, 2014 |
OAKLAND, Calif. - The 76ers have hit rock bottom. How else can you explain their first two performances on this three-game West Coast road trip? One night after losing by 45 points, they suffered a 123-80 setback to the Golden State Warriors on Monday at the Oracle Arena. The Sixers (15-38) joined the franchise's 1993-94squad as the NBA's only teams to lose consecutive games by 40-plus points. That team suffered defeats of 48 and 45 points. This time, the Sixers' combine margin of loss was 88 points.
February 10, 2014 |
Standing 6-foot-1, Jenna Carroll can take over a basketball game. With long arms and a good vertical leap, the senior forward for Methacton is an imposing presence in the paint and a force on the boards. The versatile Carroll is also a hard task for opposing defenders because of her solid ballhandling, quick moves, and ability to post up on the block. Possession after possession in the second half against Pope John Paul II on Saturday, Carroll demonstrated just how dangerous she can be on both ends of the floor.
February 9, 2014 |
Methacton's Eric Straup had seen Isaac Philip before, and he knew what he had to do to notch his third consecutive win over the Wissahickon senior in a 120-pound duel. "Front headlock," Straup said. "I've been using that a lot. " Straup's pin of Philip helped seal a loud win for Methacton as the Warriors downed host Wissahickon, 65-5, in a nonconference bout Friday. "I've wrestled him before, and I did pretty good," Straup said. "It was pretty much the same thing today against him. " Straup was one of the Methacton regulars to post wins, and some of the team's younger guys also had a productive match, as the Warriors' freshmen combined for five wins.
December 29, 2013 |
Senior forward Haley Warden was talking about a metaphoric switch when referring to the intensity with which her Garnet Valley girls' basketball team played during the first half Friday afternoon. But it might as well have been a real one, considering just how the Jaguars turned up their play late in the second quarter and into the final 16 minutes of the contest. Warden had 10 points and 11 rebounds as the host Jaguars rolled over West Chester Henderson, 53-32, in the Garnet Valley Tournament.
December 12, 2013 |
They were women marooned in Philadelphia's poorest precincts, living isolated in chaos and privation. Then, five years ago, Drexel University School of Public Health Professor Mariana Chilton, who runs the Center for Hunger-Free Communities, proposed a compelling idea: Give the women cameras to document their lives, then bring them together to talk about the precious children, decrepit apartments, and empty refrigerators depicted in their photographs....