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.
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.