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November 29, 1988 | By Dave Caldwell, Inquirer Staff Writer
Jack Stanczak, La Salle High football, basketball and baseball star, firmly believes a vacation is something you take in the summer. Preferably down at the shore. Preferably with a cold drink, a bottle of suntan lotion and a chaise longue. Last year, Stanczak received a suggestion from Explorers basketball coach Marty Jackson: Take a two-week breather between La Salle's final football game of the year and Stanczak's first basketball practice of the year. Stanczak accepted.
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July 25, 2009 | By Don Beideman INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
The PIAA board yesterday voted against proprosals that would reduce the length of the football season by a week and increase the number of classifications for schools to as many as six following recommendations from its planning committee, but the two issues may not be dead. In going to a 15-week football season instead of 16, PIAA officials had hoped to eliminate an overlap with the winter sports season. The PIAA football championships are set for Dec. 18 and 19. The winter sports season starts Dec. 11. That could cause some football players to miss time with their winter sports teams.
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May 6, 2004 | By Sam Carchidi INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
The NJSIAA, which governs high school sports in the state, had a record-setting winter sports tournament. After expenses were deducted, the association made $639,362.06 - its highest total ever - for its wrestling and boys' and girls' basketball tournaments. That is $313,430.34 more than it made in 2003, when its profit was $325,931.72, said Boyd Sands, the NJSIAA's executive director during the association's monthly meeting yesterday. Poor weather hindered attendance at last year's state tournaments, Sands said.
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May 13, 1999 | By John Manasso and Brian Miller, INQUIRER SUBURBAN STAFF
If you think the high school football season is long now, there are some national television people who disagree. FOX Sports Net has announced that it is planning a mythical national high school championship game for late December of next year. The two competing teams will be chosen from the also-new FOX Sports Net Fab 50, a national ranking that the network hopes to update weekly with the nation's supposed top 50 high school teams. No date or location of the game has been chosen, but FOX seems determined to move ahead with the project, even though several high school athletic associations have been already either voiced their displeasure or vowed to forbid any of their member teams from participating.
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February 20, 2006 | By Frank Fitzpatrick INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
It was a lump-in-the-throat moment that appeared to showcase all those altruistic Olympic ideals, such as international harmony and universal brotherhood. The 2,500 athletes at these 2006 Winter Games, beneath the flags of 85 nations, marched into Olympic Stadium for the opening ceremonies. As they gathered in the stadium's infield, the colorfully attired men and women formed a gigantic human quilt. But as sweet and sentimental as the image was, it also was slightly deceptive. In truth, because of various cultural, economic and geographical reasons, the Winter Olympics are an extremely exclusive competition.
SPORTS
May 2, 2001 | By Marc Narducci INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
McCorristin High, located in Hamilton Township, Mercer County, will join the Burlington County League for the 2002-2003 school year. The school's entrance was approved last week by the league. A Parochial B school with 318 students in grades 10 to 12, McCorristin is leaving the Colonial Valley Conference after 17 years. The conference voted last week to allow McCorristin to leave. According to McCorristin athletic director Will McKee, the Iron Mikes will join the small-school Burlington County Freedom Division with New Egypt, Florence, Medford Tech, Westampton Tech and Maple Shade.
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February 1, 2010 | Daily News Wire Services
U.S. Olympic freestyle skier Daron Rahlves dislocated his right hip after a nasty wreck in his opening skicross race yesterday at the Winter X Games in Aspen, Colo., an injury that could hurt his chances of going to the Vancouver Winter Games. But a doctor who checked him out at the scene was optimistic about Rahlves' prognosis after the crash that resulted in the 36-year-old's fourth hip dislocation. A few hours after the accident, X Games officials said the hip had been popped back into place.
NEWS
February 24, 2002 | By Annette John-Hall INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Ever since she was 7 years old, Crystal Roberts has dreamed of skiing to a podium finish in the Olympics. But until she saw bobsledder Vonetta Flowers become the first black athlete to win a gold medal in the Winter Games last week, Roberts wondered how African Americans could triumph at sports in which they historically did not compete. She doesn't wonder anymore. "I was in shock," said Roberts, 17, an African American from West Philadelphia who lives and trains at the exclusive Burke Mountain Academy in East Burke, Vt. "It just shows that we can do it as well as anybody else.
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January 22, 1989 | By Burr Van Atta, Inquirer Staff Writer
The fact that it's been a warmer than usual winter has displeased no one, except for fans of winter sports and a scattering of business people who were counting on the usual after-Christmas rush on skis, ski clothing and equipment. And then there are the tire dealers. Collectively, they're not too happy. A salesman for Pearson Sporting Goods on Krewstown Road glanced toward the sky, shook his head and forced a smile. The inventory has depth, he conceded, and at the moment there's no overwhelming demand for the merchandise.
SPORTS
May 24, 1988 | By Don McKee, Inquirer Staff Writer
The future of the proposed basketball "Tournament of Champions" is in the hands of the individual schools of New Jersey. The executive committee of the New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association decided yesterday that the association's 441 schools would vote on the tournament at the annual membership meeting Dec. 5. If approved by a simple majority of the members, the tournament would become a reality in March. The association's executive director, Bob Kanaby, said he had secured a commitment from the Brendan Byrne Arena in the Meadowlands to hold next year's final games - for boys and girls - at the 18,000-seat home of the New Jersey Nets and Devils.
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October 24, 2014 | By Phil Anastasia, Inquirer Staff Writer
Basketball, wrestling, and indoor track teams in the Colonial Conference and Cape-Atlantic League will be able to start practice on Nov. 24. The same likely will be true for many teams in the Burlington County Scholastic League. But teams in the Olympic Conference will have to wait a week and won't be able to start the winter season until Dec. 1. That staggered start is a result of a decision made by the Olympic Conference to overrule a pilot program established by the NJSIAA in September to allow boys' and girls' basketball teams to start practice on the Monday before Thanksgiving.
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February 5, 2014 | By Frank Fitzpatrick, Inquirer Staff Writer
Every four years, as the Winter Olympics reenter the atmosphere, Americans are bombarded with quirky stories meant to interest them in obscure sports they'd ordinarily ignore. You know, the bobsledder who supports himself selling artichokes; the biathlete with three ears; the snowboarder raised by Hasidic hippies. But of all the odd story lines to surface in advance of this month's 2014 Winter Games in Sochi, few are as head-scratching as this one: The Veterans Stadium security guard who became USA Luge's CEO. Luge - sledding down mountainsides on one's back at 90 m.p.h.
SPORTS
March 4, 2013
Kyle Busch led 142 laps at Phoenix International Raceway in Avondale, Ariz., on Saturday en route to victory in the Dollar General 200 to end a 24-race winless streak in the Nationwide Series. Brad Keselowski was second. NASCAR will look at the placement of gates at its tracks after a Nationwide Series car crashed through the fence at Daytona.   NASCAR is sending suspended Nationwide Series driver Jeremy Clements , 28, to a sports-diversity expert after MTV News said he made a racially insensitive remark during an interview.
SPORTS
December 31, 2012
FIFA president Sepp Blatter criticized Major League Soccer during an interview with Al Jazeera TV over the weekend, saying league officials have had plenty of time to get the world's most popular sport to take hold in the United States, but MLS has failed to generate much interest among American sports fans, ESPN.com reported. "It is a question of time, I thought - we had the World Cup [in the United States] in 1994," Blatter said. "But it is now 18 years in, so it should have been done now. But they are still struggling.
SPORTS
November 25, 2012
Usain Bolt won the IAAF World Athlete of the Year award for the fourth time over United States hurdler Aries Merritt and Kenyan runner David Rudisha . The Jamaican sprinter, who defended his 100- and 200-meter gold medals at the London Olympic Games, also won the award in 2008, 2009, and 2011. United States sprinter Allyson Felix won the women's World Athlete of the Year award. The other finalists were Valerie Adams and Jessica Ennis . The awards were announced on the final day of the IAAF's 100th-anniversary celebration in Barcelona, Spain.
SPORTS
April 5, 2012
The NCAA Frozen Four is making its first appearance in the Sun Belt, as the four hockey teams will gather in Tampa, Fla., for Thursday's semifinals. And in keeping with the theme of breaking traditions, there are two first-time participants. Union College, a 2,133-student liberal arts school from Schenectady, N.Y., and Ferris State of Big Rapids, Mich., will meet in one semi. The "other" semifinal is a more familiar matchup to college hockey fans: Boston College (31-10-1)
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March 23, 2012
TIGER'S BACK. Say what you will about pig-headed LeBron, fuzzy-headed Sidney, bobble-headed Peyton and big-headed Albert, no first-name figure in sports resonates globally like Tiger Woods. In the month of Madness, with the playoff races tightening for the winter sports, with spring training providing its annual misinformation, and with the preening NFL licking its own, er, fur, Tiger returns. The most dominant athlete in the history of sport this week begins in earnest his reascension to golf's throne, his equinoctial March to the Masters, which begins in a little more than 2 weeks.
SPORTS
March 12, 2012
When Aries Merritt shot out of the blocks to deny Liu Xiang victory in the 60-meter hurdles, he clinched more than just an unlikely victory. The American hurdler, who was thought to have little chance against the Chinese great, won the title and cemented a record gold medal haul for the U.S. team at the world indoor championships in Istanbul. "We psyched up everybody, including myself," said U.S. captain Bernard Lagat , who won his gold in the 3,000. In the women's long jump, Brittney Reese set a championship record of 23 feet, 83/4 inches on her last attempt to push teammate Janay Deloach to silver at 22-103/4.
SPORTS
December 31, 2011
Petr Holik tapped in a goalmouth rebound with less than eight minutes to go in the third period to break a 2-2 tie and Petr Mrazek made 52 saves to lead the Czech Republic to a 5-2 group-play win over the United States at the world junior hockey championship in Edmonton, Alberta, on Friday. Thomas Filippi scored two goals and Tomas Hertl added another for the Czechs, while T.J. Tynan and Bill Arnold scored for the U.S. BASEBALL: The Seattle Mariners signed lefthanded reliever George Sherrill to a one-year contract.
NEWS
November 25, 2011 | By Louise Nordstrom, Associated Press
STOCKHOLM, Sweden - For some reason, Scandinavia is not its frigid self, with unusually warm weather delaying the onset of winter in northern latitudes normally decked in white. The lack of snow has been bad news for winter sports - World Cup ski races have been dropped, or held on artificial snow, and mountain ski resorts are unable to open. There are even reports of bird song and blooming gardens in some places typically entering the winter freeze at this time of year. "Some flowers, like roses, have actually begun to blossom for a second time," said Mats Rosenberg, a biologist in Orebro, south-central Sweden.
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