Cream of Catholic League Red Division eyes up state title prize

In his second fall football preview, John Knebels sizes up challengers in the large-enrollment division to perennial powerhouse St. Joseph's Prep, the marquee program in all of Pennsylvania.

Eight teams of realigned PCL Blue Division ready for some football

Two weeks into the season, several teams and numerous players are off to a great start including Archbishops Carroll, which switches to the smaller-enrollment division this year. John Knebels previews the teams.

Basketball legend Bud Gardler recalled as teacher on court and off

One of the winningest coaches in the Philadelphia area, at Cardinal O'Hara, died Aug. 15 at 72. Friends and family remember the wit, no-compromise style and concern of a man who did things his way.

Dominican sister’s pregame first pitch wows crowd, online world

Sister Mary Jo, an athlete and graduate of Cathedral High School in St. Cloud, Minn., bounced the ball off her arm before coming to a set position and letting loose with a curveball.

In Carpenter Cup, Catholic girls were winless yet still successful

The Philadelphia Catholic League softball team dropped two games June 26 in the annual regional softball tourney but showcased their talents and, more important, built their unique camaraderie.

Travel ball, fatigue, senior week lead reasons for early tourney exit

The Catholic League team is often favored to win the Carpenter Cup. But this year the all-star baseball team lost in the first round. Many top players didn't show up, owing to the hyper busy lives of today's teenagers.

St. Andrew’s, Newtown, captures CYO softball title with 10-3 win

The Crusaders used a five-run fourth inning to break open a tight game and beat Immaculate Heart of Mary, Philadelphia, for the archdiocesan championship. Most of the girls have played together for years, aiming for this goal.

La Salle drops heartbreaker in 5-4 state baseball playoff loss

The Explorers took Bensalem to extra innings June 12 in the PIAA Class 6A semifinals, but a fly ball with the bases loaded in the eighth fell short of the fence and into a glove to end the game and a 23-4 season.

Shanahan boys bring home school’s first-ever state lacrosse crown

The Eagles capped a 22-1 season by beating Strath Haven for the PIAA Class 2A championship on Saturday, June 9. Although the first quarter ended with Bishop Shanahan trailing 4-0, it became a 13-5 rout by the end.

Archbishop Carroll’s season ends in tough 3-2 loss in state semis

From the first inning the Patriots didn't get the bounces, and despite scoreless pitching from junior Tyler Kehoe, the team exited the PIAA baseball playoffs June 11. But hopes are high for better success next year.