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SPORTS
December 1, 2014 | The Inquirer Staff
  Widener took a commanding third-quarter lead and held off a comeback attempt from visiting Christopher Newport (8-4) for a 37-27 victory in the second round of the Division III NCAA tournament. The Pride (12-0) will face Linfield Saturday at a site to be determined in the national quarterfinals.   Division II Concord (W.Va.) 51, West Chester 36 - Golden Rams QB Sean McCartney (Archbishop Wood) finished 25 for 43 for 341 yards and three TDs while Brandon Monk (Avon Grove)
NEWS
November 30, 2014 | By Bonnie L. Cook, Inquirer Staff Writer
Robert J. Degnan, 77, of West Chester and North Wildwood, a teacher and lover of all things Irish, died Tuesday, Nov. 18, of cardiac arrest in the emergency room at Chester County Hospital. Mr. Degnan, known as "Degs" or "Bob," was born in Philadelphia. He never married and was devoted to his mother, Marge, until her death in 1998. Mr. Degnan graduated from St. Aloysius Academy in 1951 and Camden Catholic High School in 1955. He studied at various times at St. Charles College, a seminary in Catonsville, Md., and La Salle University, eventually earning a bachelor's degree in education.
NEWS
November 29, 2014 | By Michaelle Bond, Inquirer Staff Writer
Sobriety checkpoints popped up throughout Pennsylvania the day before Thanksgiving to crack down on impaired drivers during the holiday, one of the biggest travel periods of the year. During last year's Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year's holidays, 1,072 of the crashes in the state involved a driver who was under the influence of alcohol or drugs, according to the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation. Thirty-five people died. West Chester is working to make sure servers and sellers of alcohol know their responsibilities under the law during the holidays and throughout the year.
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November 28, 2014 | BY MIKE KERN, Daily News Staff Writer kernm@phillynews.com
A YEAR AGO West Chester did something it hadn't done since 2006, which was win a playoff game on the road. The Rams (11-1) actually did it twice last season - at Bloomsburg and at Shepherd - before finally losing at Lenoir-Rhyne in the Division II semifinals. Now, they're trying to do it again. Last week they beat Slippery Rock (9-3) at home in the opening round by 26. That earned them a trip to Athens, W.Va., to play unbeaten Concord tomorrow. The Mountain Lions, the top seed in Super Region One, have won 11 games for the first time since 1980 and are hosting a postseason game for the first time ever.
NEWS
November 28, 2014 | By Michaelle Bond, Inquirer Staff Writer
Katie O'Brien and her 11/2-year-old son have bounced among family and temporary housing for the last two years. Now she has a permanent home of her own for the holidays. With the help of several agencies in Chester County, O'Brien, who is pregnant with another son, moved into an apartment in West Chester in June. "I live like a normal human being. Before, I didn't even know how I was going to feed my son," said O'Brien, 29, who works at a restaurant on East Market Street. "Me and my children [will]
SPORTS
November 24, 2014 | From Staff and Wire Reports
Junior Ryan O'Hara (Spring-Ford) kicked a 32-yard field goal with 10.2 seconds left to lift No. 10 Widener to a 36-35 victory over 22d-ranked Muhlenberg at Leslie C. Quick Jr. Stadium in Chester Saturday. Widener (11-0) advances to the Division III Sweet 16 for the seventh time in school history. The Pride's next opponent is Christopher Newport, which upset Delaware Valley, 29-26. Nick Palladino's 1-yard run on a QB sneak finished off an 88-yard drive as the 9-2 Mules took the lead, 35-31, with 5 minutes, 23 seconds left in the game.
SPORTS
November 24, 2014 | By Mike Kern, Daily News Columnist
Players of the weekend National - For the second straight week, the FBS record for rushing yards in a game that had stood for 15 years was broken. This time it was Oklahoma freshman Samaje Perine, with 427 against Kansas. Local - Ryan O'Hara kicked a 32-yard field goal with 10 seconds to go to give Widener (11-0) a 36-35 win over visiting Muhlenberg (9-2) in a Division III playoff opener. Around town Villanova 35, Delaware 28 This is what can almost happen in rivalry games.
SPORTS
November 21, 2014 | BY MIKE KERN, Daily News Staff Writer kernm@phillynews.com
FOUR LOCAL teams will be in the NCAA playoffs at two levels tomorrow, including almost 10 percent of the 32-deep Division III field. In D-II, West Chester (10-1) hosts Slippery Rock (9-2), which just beat previously unbeaten Bloomsburg at home in the PSAC title game, 28-26. The Rams, who last year reached the national semifinals, lost at Bloomsburg on Oct. 25, 41-10. After being the third seed in their region for the previous 3 weeks, the Rams somehow were moved to fourth by the selection committee, despite winning at Indiana University of Pennsylvania, 28-17.
NEWS
November 21, 2014 | By Michaelle Bond, Inquirer Staff Writer
An official trust fund has been set up to benefit the 6-year-old brother of Scott McMillan, the 3-year-old Chester County boy police say was beaten to death two weeks ago by his mother and her boyfriend. DNB First, a bank based in Chester County, will handle the details of the trust account for the brother, who also suffered abuse in the household. Donations can be sent to Chester County Angel Trust, DNB First Wealth Management, 410 Exton Square Parkway, Exton, Pa. 19341. The Crime Victims' Center of Chester County and the county's District Attorney's Office made the announcement Thursday.
SPORTS
November 16, 2014 | The Inquirer Staff
Widener scored 21 points in a decisive third quarter and captured its league-record 20th Middle Atlantic Conference title with a 44-28 victory over Delaware Valley at Leslie C. Quick Jr. Stadium. Widener (10-0, 9-0 MAC) is headed to the NCAA tournament for the 14th time in school history. With the score deadlocked 14-14 at halftime, Widener went 62 yards in just over three minutes before Seth Klein connected with Anthony Davis (Chester) on a 20-yard touchdown pass for a 21-14 lead.
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