May 21, 2014 |
Edgar Friedrichs quietly left the Interboro School District 41 years ago, and his principal wrote him a recommendation that was cryptic at best. The fifth-grade teacher at Prospect Park Elementary had "fulfilled his teaching responsibilities" and had "a good rapport" with peers and parents, Robert Castle wrote. The letter concluded: "I would be happy to discuss any further observations with a prospective employer. " But none called. Friedrichs had been allowed to quietly resign from the Delaware County school amid allegations that he molested some of his students, including a boy who said the teacher raped him in a book closet.
May 10, 2014 |
National Signing Day came and went on Feb. 7. Glenn Garrison, a standout senior linebacker at Gloucester Catholic, didn't have a scholarship offer. But he had a dream. An old one, as it turns out. "For as long as I can remember, I always wanted to play at West Virginia," Garrison said this week. Garrison will get his chance to play for his dream team. He will attend West Virginia as a preferred walk-on, with a chance to earn a scholarship after redshirting as a freshman.
April 7, 2014 |
John Reid never bit on the gadget play. He was too seasoned for that. The St. Joseph's Prep cornerback reached behind him and snatched the interception with his right hand. La Salle picked the wrong guy last season to trick with a flea flicker. He was just a junior, but Reid was already a captain for the football power. And plays such as that have grabbed the attention of premier college programs. The 5-foot-10, 180-pounder has scholarship offers from Alabama, Notre Dame, Michigan, Michigan State, Miami, Penn State, and many others.
March 30, 2014 |
If Brandon McIlwain has his way, he's going to have a busy few months ahead of him. The Council Rock North quarterback is one of the area's hottest recruits. He has received scholarship offers from major programs across the country. And he said he wants to visit each of those colleges before the end of the summer. "I'm going to try to," he said. Each day makes that task harder, as McIlwain seems to gain suitors daily. Nebraska added an offer Thursday. Two days earlier, it was California.
March 12, 2014 |
Kamal Yard conceded Monday that perhaps he is a bit biased. After all, he is the director of Philly Pride, one of the area's premier AAU boys' basketball program. But Yard said he would put Chris Clover, Samir Doughty and Sammy Foreman, the core trio of his 17-and-under team, up against anyone in the country. "I don't care if the game is being played on the moon," Yard said. The three players, some of the area's most recruited juniors, will play together next month when Philly Pride kicks off its season.
March 5, 2014 |
IN A PERFECT world, every college athlete would get to go out on his terms. Unfortunately, the world we live in is hardly without its imperfections. Fifth-year Temple guard Dalton Pepper can identify with that. The team's lone senior, he averages 17.2 points, fourth in the American Athletic Conference, just ahead of teammate Will Cummings. The only guys ahead of them are Cincinnati's Sean Kilpatrick, Connecticut's Shabazz Napier and Louisville's Russ Smith. The difference: Those three play for Top 25 teams.
February 18, 2014 |
At first, Albie Crosby said, his football players would get excited. "If I said, 'Miami is coming tomorrow,' they would say, 'No way, they're not,' " the Imhotep Charter coach said. And as more and more coaches came to the school - including, yes, Miami - Crosby said the visits became "second nature" for the players. "Now they ask me, 'Well, when's Florida coming? When's South Carolina coming?' " Crosby said. Those schools came, too, and they continue to as Crosby has built the Northwest Philadelphia school into one of the area's premier stops for college coaches since he took over in 2012.
February 18, 2014 |
Offensive tackle Ryan Bates of Archbishop Wood, who helped lead his team to the state PIAA Class AAA championship last fall, was one of three players who gave oral commitments to Penn State coach James Franklin after participating in the Nittany Lions' "Junior Day" on campus. The 6-foot-5, 280-pound Bates was joined in Penn State's prospective Class of 2015 by 6-4, 230-pound defensive end Kamonte Carter of Gaithersburg, Md., and 6-2, 185-pound safety Jarvis Miller of Suffield, Conn.
February 12, 2014 |
Remi Dibo scored a career-high 20 points to lead host West Virginia to a 102-77 victory over No. 11 Iowa State on Monday night in the Cyclones' most lopsided loss of the season. Juwan Staten added 19 points for the Mountaineers (15-10, 7-5 Big 12). The Cyclones (18-5, 6-5) trailed by as many as 32. Cabrini 103, Cairn 96 - In Langhorne, the Cavaliers' high-powered offense was on display in a shootout with the Highlanders (2-20 2-13 Colonial States). Junior Vinny Walls (Camden)
February 7, 2014 |
Before opening up Wednesday's national-signing-day news conference to reporters' questions, Illinois football coach Tim Beckman said he had a story to tell. It was about Jihad Ward, a former football standout at now-closed Bok Tech, who took a long trip before signing a letter of intent with the Illini. After leaving Bok, Ward played two seasons at Globe Institute of Technology, a junior college in New York City. Beckman said Ward traveled more than an hour each day by train from his house outside the city to Globe's Manhattan campus.