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 […]

PCL Girls basketball mid-season review

By John KnebelsSpecial to The CS&T Through Jan. 5, every girls’ basketball team in the Catholic League has garnered at least one win and seven have overall winning records. But while the collective competition is definitely impressive, there is clearly a disparity of the haves and have nots. But then again, that seems to be […]

CYO cross-country: Camaraderie at its best

By John KnebelsSpecial to The CS&T The early favorite for the 2009 “quote of the year” comes from Mary Ellen Malloy. A 1975 graduate of Cardinal O’Hara High School and the long-time CYO cross-country coordinator for the Archdiocese was discussing her favorite sport and how it is particularly unique in that you don’t have to […]

St. Aloysius JV wins Coaches Bowl

BRYN MAWR – St. Aloysius Academy’s junior varsity and varsity football teams were invited to play in the Archdiocesan Coaches’ Bowl for the first time on Saturday, Nov. 15. Although the varsity lost 14-12 to St. Margaret, Narberth, coach Leo Carlin said he was very proud of the boys “even though a lot of our […]

Gwynedd- Mercy College grants wish for boy who is close to soccer team

Gwynedd Valley – Gwynedd-Mercy College’s men’s soccer team helped grant a birthday wish to local boy Luke Ronco, who the team “adopted” in August 2008 through the Friends of Jaclyn Foundation. Luke, 9, has been battling a brain tumor for six years. He attends Gwynedd-Mercy’s soccer games and practices and flips the coin for the […]

Court vision: A look at Catholic boys’ hoops

Sports ColumnistJohn Knebels Wasn’t it just yesterday that last year’s basketball season ended? Time does indeed fly, but despite the fact that defending champion North Catholic hoisted the 2008 plaque high above its head more than nine months ago, it is almost as though last year hasn’t left because the top teams – at least […]

West Catholic suffers heartbreaker in 2OT

By John KnebelsSpecial to The CS&T HERSHEY – All those thousands of yards, and it came down to a few inches. If West Catholic High School’s high-flying, thrill-a-minute football team struggles to accept its deflating 35-34, double-overtime loss to Wilmington in last Saturday afternoon’s AA state championship game at Hersheypark Stadium, perhaps the Burrs can […]

Archbishop Wood’s season ends in state final

By Joseph PawlikowskiSpecial to The CS&T Archbishop Wood High School’s football team manhandled opponents all year with its size and running game. Last Friday in the state final, Thomas Jefferson gave them a taste of their own medicine. Amidst freezing conditions at Hersheypark Stadium, Jefferson’s Jaguars won 34-7, making fewer mistakes than the Vikings, who […]

Wood’s championship drive starts at home

By John KnebelsSpecial to The CS&T In what has become a weekly tradition since the beginning of September, Archbishop Wood’s football team was victorious once again this past Friday night. The Vikings’ 13-7 win over Selinsgrove at Hersheypark Stadium increased their record to 12-2 and advanced them to tomorrow night’s PIAA Class AAA football championship […]

Drake leads West Catholic to state AA final

By Joseph PawlikowskiSpecial to The CS&T PHILADELPHIA – Since the Class AA playoffs began, no team has been a real challenge for West Catholic High School. But that changed when Lancaster Catholic came to town for the state semifinal last Friday night at Northeast field. West Catholic’s balanced running attack usually does not require one […]