Local swimmers react to Phelps controversy

Sports ColumnistJohn Knebels The now-infamous picture in “News of the World” magazine worth 1,000 words – and, as it will probably turn out, millions of dollars in lost revenue – showed Olympic champion swimmer Michael Phelps smoking marijuana from an oversized pipe, known in slang as a “bong,” during a party in South Carolina. At […]

Villa Maria dethrones defending league champs

By John KnebelsSpecial to The CS&T It’s the little things that often turn a runner-up into a champion. Take, for instance, last week’s Catholic Academies League basketball final at Gwynedd-Mercy College. As Mount St. Joseph tried desperately to cut into Villa Maria Academy’s lead down the stretch, the only strategy left for the Magic was […]

Athlete, musician explores talents

By John KnebelsSpecial to The CS&T If swallowing your anger and frustration for the good of the team is considered a worthwhile challenge, then give Kyle DiGiacobbe a high five. In the first-round loss to Boyertown in the PIAA District 12 wrestling tournament, the La Salle senior was defeating his opponent at heavyweight when, after […]

O’Hara’s indoor track teams take PCL titles

By John KnebelsSpecial to The CS&T Cardinal O’Hara’s returning runners remembered the feeling. Suffice to say, it wasn’t pleasant. “We had a bad taste in our mouths,” said O’Hara senior Joe Sacchetti. “We definitely didn’t want to go through that again.” Sacchetti was referring to last year’s Catholic League indoor track and field championship in […]

Faith-filled fun at St. Mary’s

Immediately after walking into the standing-room only gym at St. Mary’s in Schwenksville on Jan. 20, I knew this would be unlike any other CYO basketball game I’ve ever attended. The DJ, dancing, 50/50 raffles, foul shot challenges – oh and the ice cream eating contest – proved this wasn’t just a basketball game; this […]

La Salle takes title, moves on to states

By John KnebelsSpecial to The CS&T WYNDMOOR – Overconfidence has proven to be costly to many teams of every sport. What appears to be a certain victory somehow morphs into a heartbreaking loss. La Salle College High School’s wrestling team talked about that before taking on visiting North Catholic in the Catholic League championship last […]

College’s sports and spirituality program grows

Sports ColumnistJohn Knebels Like dealing with a scorching hot potato, person after person refuses to grab the plaudits and instead tosses them toward someone else. Perhaps that is why Neumann College – soon to be a University, but that’s for another day – has continued to improve its decade-long Center for Sport, Spirituality and Character […]

Flyers Cup favorites hard to predict

By Mike IvcicSpecial to The CS&T With only a month remaining before the Flyers Cup resumes, it’s not out of the question for one to envision six or seven different schools taking the AAA title. Many observers of last year’s final between La Salle and Holy Ghost Prep have called the Explorers’ 4-1 win the […]

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SHANAHAN SENIOR AWARDED MAXWELL AWARD DREXEL HILL – Ryan Alderman, a senior at Bishop Shanahan High School in Downingtown, was awarded the Mini Maxwell Award from the prestigious Maxwell Football Club Jan. 16 at Drexelbrook Banquet Hall. The award grants Alderman a $500 scholarship to the university of his choice. The award is presented to […]

Swim coach reflects on the pool’s lifelong bonds

Sports ColumnistJohn Knebels Jerry McCaffrey doesn’t speak in riddles. So when the 19-year Father Judge swimming coach asks his athletes if they would rather win a race with a poor time or finish sixth while simultaneously smashing their own personal record, he isn’t presenting them with a parable. “Swimming is one of the more unique […]