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August 23, 2014 | By Tim McManus, Inquirer Staff Writer
SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. - The tarp had finally come off the infield at Howard J. Lamade Stadium on Thursday night, and the Taney Dragons were taking a belated session of fielding practice. Manager Alex Rice tossed a baseball in the air and swung. He made contact, and the ball sailed into the outfield, over the head of the waiting Taney player, and past the fence. The crowd cheered. It was a light moment, and one of many. Starting pitcher Erik Lipson danced in front of the dugout.
SPORTS
August 21, 2014 | By the Inquirer Staff
Brooklawn won its second straight American Legion World Series baseball title in emphatic fashion Tuesday night. The team representing Post 72 in the tiny town in Camden County jumped to a 10-0 lead after three innings and cruised to an 18-0 victory over Midland, Mich., in the championship game in Shelby, N.C. Tyler Mondile pitched a five-hitter and Tre Todd and Johnny Malatesta each drove in three runs for Brooklawn (54-7). Pete Farlow added two hits and two RBIs, walked three times and scored three runs for the New Jersey state and Mid-Atlantic Regional champions.
SPORTS
August 20, 2014 | By the Inquirer Staff
Brooklawn is one win away from its second straight American Legion World Series title. Winning pitcher Pete Farlow had two hits and Fran Kinsey knocked in three runs Monday night as Brooklawn beat Waipahu, Hawaii, 7-6, in the semifinals of the World Series in Shelby, N.C. Brooklawn (53-7) will face the Midland, Mich., on Tuesday at 7 p.m. Midland beat Omaha, Neb., 4-3, in the other semifinal. The game will be televised by ESPNU.   Babe Ruth World Series Broomall Newtown will send two teams to the Babe Ruth World Series for the first time in the club's history.
NEWS
August 12, 2014 | By Melissa Dribben, Inquirer Staff Writer
BRISTOL, Conn. - There is, most definitely, crying in baseball. As the players filed past one another for the post-game handshake, both the winners and the losers shed tears. And because many members of the victorious Taney Dragons and their opponents from Delaware had become close friends over the last 10 days, they hugged with surprising affection. But there was no question that the 8-0 win, which will take the Philadelphia upstart team to the Little League World Series, was overwhelmingly, deliriously sweet for the Taney kids, many of whom had been playing ball together since they were 5 or 6 years old. While the final out flashed on the scoreboard, they toppled over one another in a tangled heap on the field.
SPORTS
August 12, 2014 | By Max Cohen, Inquirer Staff Writer
BRISTOL, Conn. - Gloves flew into the air after the final out. The Taney Dragons jumped up and down, pumped their fists and formed a dog pile between the mound and home plate. The joy was justified. The 12- and 13-year-olds are going where no team from Philadelphia has gone before: to Williamsport, Pa., for the Little League World Series. The state champions from Center City captured the Mid-Atlantic Regional Little League championship Sunday with an 8-0 thumping of Newark (Del.)
NEWS
August 12, 2014 | By David O'Reilly, Inquirer Staff Writer
They clapped, they whistled, they stamped their feet and called his name - "Ike! Ike! Ike!" - so loudly that the striped bass in the Delaware surely shuddered. And when crowd favorite Mike Iaconelli of Pittsgrove, N.J., stepped to the scales at Penn's Landing on Sunday to weigh his final catch of the four-day Bassmaster Elite Series fishing competition, they went wild. Iaconelli laughed and waved, and handed over his red catch bag to a judge who flopped it on the scales. It was still wriggling with his five catches of the day. Since the national tournament's start on Thursday, Iaconelli - a 42-year-old Philadelphia native - had caught 37 pounds of stripers by the end of Saturday, putting him in the lead.
NEWS
August 11, 2014 | By Michaelle Bond, Inquirer Staff Writer
A small bowl made its way around an auditorium Saturday at the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University, with a staff member scooping treats out and into the eager hands of kids and their parents. Inside the bowl: crispy, Cajun-spiced crickets. "Are we allowed to have more?" 6-year-old Anya Geynisman of Wyndmoor asked after she'd eaten her handful. It was opening day of the academy's seventh annual Bug Fest, and amid the stuffed deer, the dinosaurs, and the mummies, displays of beetles, tarantulas, and butterflies lined the halls.
NEWS
August 11, 2014 | By Kevin Riordan, Inquirer Columnist
In July, Chris Grova donated stem cells in hopes that a patient with blood cancer would live. He couldn't have known that by giving, he'd end up getting an opportunity to share a song with a musical hero. Grova, 50, was invited onstage at Philadelphia's World Cafe Live on Wednesday to play guitar with the Alarm. The anthemic Welsh band's leader, Mike Peters, is a leukemia survivor who received stem cells through a bone-marrow transplant a decade ago. "I've been a fan for 30 years," Grova says.
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