Philly bishop combines love for faith, football

John KnebelsSpecial to The CS&T When he was known only as Mike Burbidge, he attended Most Blessed Sacrament School in Southwest Philadelphia before graduating from Cardinal O’Hara High School in Springfield in 1975. During the fall and early winter, he would often accompany his father, a 20-year season ticket holder, to Eagles games. After being […]

The Holy See’s sports hall of fame is revealed

By Carol GlatzCatholic News Service VATICAN CITY (CNS) – No one would ever mistake St. Peter’s Square for Giants Stadium. But for centuries, the Vatican has hosted countless competitions and dozens of high-caliber athletes – most of them lay employees, some of them monsignors and popes. Because so few people know about the sporty side […]

New season serves Merion Mercy challenges

Golden Bears still optimistic after ending two-year unbeaten streak John KnebelsSpecial to The CS&T When a team defends a state championship, it has a proverbial target on its back. When it must defend consecutive state titles, the invisible image becomes twice as cumbersome. So whether they like it or not, the members of Merion Mercy […]

Catholic League football: 2009 preview

Sports ColumnistJohn Knebels When it comes to previewing an upcoming season, conjecture overtakes precision. Although last year’s win-loss records and statistics of returning players are often viewed as a barometer of what to expect in the near future, coaches and players still choose to employ the much-used term “anything can happen” when asked to publicly […]

LC senior preps for final year in 3 sports

By John KnebelsSpecial to The CS&T With three years on his high school resume and a fourth about to begin, Lansdale Catholic senior Pat O’Hara has a simple piece of advice for anyone looking to make the most of his or her scholastic experience. Get involved. And if you happen to be a young man […]

New football coach at N-G learned from the best

Sports ColumnistJohn Knebels PHILADELPHIA – Back when he was a student at Malvern Preparatory School, before graduating in 1982, Rich Carfagno recalls teacher and administrator Jim Stewart being firm but fair. Carfagno said Stewart listened, but he did not accept flimsy excuses. “If you were late, he would tell you to get up earlier,” said […]

Morris to be inducted into Big Five hall

PHILADELPHIA – Roxborough resident Bill “Speedy” Morris, head basketball coach at St. Joseph’s Prep, has been selected for induction into the Philadelphia Big Five hall of fame. Morris, who coached at LaSalle University for 17 years, will be part of the hall’s 2010 class. Morris had a very successful tenure at LaSalle, beginning in 1984 […]

OYYA sponsors local soccer tournament

By John KnebelsSpecial to The CS&T At 9 a.m. on July 25, approximately 100 young men aged 16 to 30 representing seven different parishes attended Mass at Our Lady of Fatima Church in Bensalem, Bucks County, before participating in a soccer tournament sponsored by archdiocesan Hispanic Ministry in the Office of Youth and Young Adults […]

Neumann U. chaplains move athletes to play well, keep faith

By Chaz MuthCatholic News Service ASTON (CNS) – Rachael Sokolovish is a member of Neumann University’s conference-champion volleyball team, and the 22-year-old Catholic from Media believes much of the squad’s success belongs to the persistent prayers of Franciscan Sister Marie Therese Carr, the chaplain assigned to her lineup. “I’ll be getting ready to go out […]

Athletic department at Neumann-Goretti honored says N-G has best program in PennsylvaniaBy John KnebelsSpecial to The CS&T PHILADELPHIA – When John Murawski received a text message from a friend, he had no idea what it was about. “The message said, ‘Did you see it?'” said Murawski. “I was thinking to myself, ‘Did I see what?'” It turns out Murawski’s […]