Carroll girls claim PCL, District 12 swimming titles

By John KnebelsSpecial to The CS&T It was a typical practice session early in the season for Archbishop Carroll’s swim team. Cardiovascular exercise was the main focus, although some swimmers were working on sprints while others focused on technique. And then it happened. Somewhere along the way, a teammate inadvertently kicked Mollie Walsh’s thumb. Jammed […]

Carroll surprises, beats Wood for championship

PCL girls’ basketball By John KnebelsSpecial to The CS&T At one point during the season, Cardinal O’Hara’s girls’ basketball team woke up one morning and was ranked first in the nation. A few miles away, Archbishop Carroll’s girls took notice but went about their business in workmanlike fashion. Then a few days later, O’Hara was […]

Neumann-Goretti proves its power as CL champs

PCL boys’ basketball Sports ColumnistJohn Knebels It had the potential to be considered an all-time classic, but key injuries have a tendency to detract from the overall attraction when two outstanding sports teams meet each other in a mega-important contest. Take, for instance, the Catholic League boys’ basketball championship Monday night at the jam-packed and […]

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 […]