December 5, 2014 |
BACK IN THE LATE '50s, Stanley H. Lorber, a distinguished Philadelphia physician and a basketball fan, paid a call on Eddie Gottlieb, then the owner of the Philadelphia Warriors. Lorber felt that the Warriors needed a team physician. Gottlieb agreed, and Dr. Lorber became the first team doctor in the NBA. Those were the days of "Jumpin' Joe" Fulks and Paul Arizin, and later the legendary Wilt Chamberlain, who scored his unbeatable 100 points in a game on March 2, 1962, the Warriors' last season in Philly before moving to San Francisco.
November 12, 2014 |
In 1959, Army veteran John Bort came home from serving in Korea and caught a cab from the airport. On Saturday, a mini-motorcycle procession roared in his honor. "Thank you," Bort said softly while standing in the driveway of his home in Norwood, Delaware County, as he was greeted by 25 motorcyclists and 25 others who had come in a procession from a staging area at Interboro High School, about a mile away. More than five decades after serving near the Demilitarized Zone, Bort got the pomp and ceremony that a group of local volunteers believes all troops deserve.
November 8, 2014 |
EVER WONDER what it's like to have speed beyond your wildest imagination? We're not talking about driving fast in a car. We're talking speed as in how fast your legs can carry you. Damere Gilbert, a 5-10, 170-pound track star turned wide receiver and defensive back, can tell you. "It's breathtaking," he said. "I can't believe I'm going that fast, but I know I can always get faster. " Gilbert used his "quicks" last night to propel Boys' Latin (6-5) past Southern High, 24-20, in nonleague action at the South Philadelphia Supersite.
October 18, 2014 |
Immediately, James Wood thought it was going to be a penalty kick. So he waited for the whistle. From the West Chester Henderson goalkeeper's perspective, the senior said, it looked as if a Great Valley defender had grabbed Travis Wilson's arm and pulled him down. With 27 minutes remaining in a tight battle against the Patriots, Wood said he would have been angry if the foul hadn't been called. But before Wood could get heated about a non-call, the ref blew his whistle and motioned to the penalty spot.
July 17, 2014 |
An under-30 basketball superstar returns to his hometown team with an avowed goal of bringing the city the NBA championship it so narrowly missed in his first go-round there. That story line didn't originate last week when LeBron James announced he'd be rejoining the Cleveland Cavaliers. It happened here first, 49 years ago, when Wilt Chamberlain came back to Philadelphia. A look back at that January 1965 return reveals similarities between the two situations, but also enormous differences born of technological advances and the increasing significance of sports in American life.
July 9, 2014 |
IKE REESE played quarterback. Brian Westbrook had a pass hit him in the face, and threw an interception of his own. Their team lost by 28 points. Things like this seldom happen, if ever, but they did on the turf at the Wells Fargo Center Monday night. Westbrook and Reese, along with Gary Cobb, Mike Mamula and Vince Papale played flag football against the Wounded Warrior Amputee Football Team, which came in an undefeated 7-0. The veterans ran all over the NFL alumni, 63-35, but the score is not what mattered.
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.