February 10, 2012 |
TENSIONS over West Catholic High School's future resulted in the sudden resignation yesterday of its president, Brother Timothy Ahern. His decision to forego the appeals process after the Archdiocese announced last month it would close the school created an "untenable atmosphere for Brother Tim within the school," the Archdiocese said in a statement yesterday. The Office of Catholic Education named Assistant Superintendent of Schools Thomas Rooney, to serve as acting president for the rest of the year.
November 17, 2012 |
Imhotep Charter coach Albie Crosby stopped in the handshake line and tried his best to console tearful West Catholic senior Shaquille James. "It's a bittersweet moment for me," Crosby said after his Panthers romped past the penalty-prone Burrs, 40-8, Friday night in Mount Airy to claim the PIAA District 1-12 Class AA subregional title. "I feel Shaq's pain. Being a graduate of West Catholic and having coached there, part of me will always be a Burr. " Before taking over at Imhotep in January, Crosby was co-offensive coordinator and wide receivers coach at West Catholic.
September 10, 2011 |
The patent yellow cleats shined almost as brightly as their owner, and Nate Smith's loud play matched his fashion sense. The big-play wide receiver's flamboyant shoes danced for 205 yards on five catches and two touchdowns as Archbishop Wood walked off with a 28-0 rout of visiting West Catholic on Saturday night at William Tennent. A week removed from the imposing stage of national television and a difficult loss to state power Pittsburgh Central Catholic, the Vikings got comfortable in their new home digs and opened their Catholic League schedule with an easy win. Smith made three catches for more than 40 yards, two of them for TDs. In the second quarter, the senior hooked up with quarterback Joey Monaghan for two 30-plus catches on the same drive.
December 11, 2011 |
Some late-game indecision proved to be the difference in West Catholic's 23-20 loss to Lancaster Catholic in a PIAA Class AA football semifinal Saturday at Coatesville. After seizing its first lead of the game early in the fourth quarter, the Burrs lined up for a fourth and 1 at their own 29-yard line with a little more than a minute remaining. Go for it, gain the yard, and it's to the state final for the second year in a row, with a chance to defend the title. That was the plan - until it wasn't.
September 30, 2011 |
After struggling in the first four weeks of the season, with its lone win gained in come-from-behind fashion, West Catholic has finally started to show the form that paved the way to last year's PIAA Class AA state championship. Against fellow Catholic League member Archbishop Ryan, the much-sharper Burrs scored three times in the first seven minutes and rolled to a 38-13 nonleague victory Friday night at Northeast's Charlie Martin Memorial Stadium. West started the season with three straight losses, but was toughened by playing the high-powered likes of Roman Catholic, La Salle, and Archbishop Wood.
November 9, 2015 |
West Catholic senior Joshua Evans didn't experience last season's bitter defeat against Neumann-Goretti, but that didn't make the retribution Saturday any less sweet. The Burrs thumped the Saints, 46-0, in the Catholic League AA semifinals at Cardinal O'Hara, thanks in large part to Evans' five touchdown passes. "Last year they beat us in the championship game, so you know we had a little chip on our shoulder," said the transfer from Holy Cross in Queens, N.Y. "We went out there and executed really well.
November 1, 2015 |
Archbishop Ryan was looking for a challenging tune-up before the Catholic League Class AAA playoffs, and speedy and physical West Catholic perfectly fit the bill. The Burrs passed for nearly 300 yards, notched three long touchdowns through the air, and had a 14-point lead early in the second half of a nonleague contest Saturday at George Washington. "That team had a lot of good playmakers," Ryan senior linebacker and running back Jason Wagher said. "Their offense was hard to hold down.
December 4, 2012 |
WEST CATHOLIC High School was the only one of four Catholic high schools slated for closure by the Archdiocese last January that didn't appeal. That decision by former president Brother Timothy Ahern, based on the school's future enrollment projections, led to much acrimony, and Ahern resigned. The Archdiocese then decided on its own to keep the 96-year-old school at 45th and Chestnut streets open. While the school only graduated 106 students last year, officials say enrollment is up and, more importantly, so is fundraising.
September 1, 2014 |
West Catholic's football season started off on the wrong foot. Then Antwain McCollum used his right arm, and both his feet, to rally the Burrs to victory. McCollum threw for 157 yards and rushed for another 110, and West Catholic shook off a rough first quarter to edge Haverford School, 24-19, in a nonleague, top 25 showdown in Wildwood. The Fords led, 14-0, after one, but West Catholic quickly erased that deficit, taking the lead for good just before halftime when McCollum connected with Ahkil Crumpton on a 36-yard touchdown pass that made it 18-14.
February 24, 2012 |
For weeks, Theresa Ta had been unable to sleep, study, or even think of looking for another school. Her school, West Catholic High, with the motto "united by faith, loyalty and knowledge," was slated to close. West was one of 49 schools the Archdiocese of Philadelphia had planned to shut down, and the only high school of four that did not appeal the decision. "It was all happening so fast," Ta, a junior, said Friday, standing in the school's auditorium, ponytailed in her navy uniform.