Sports

Gabby Dever squares up on COVID with drive, gratitude

The Little Flower sophomore guard, who comes from a long line of Philadelphia basketball lifers, helps her teammates appreciate the chance to play the game she loves, despite the turmoil of life during a pandemic.

In this hoops season, every game is a playoff game

Between COVID restrictions and snow days hampering practices and with a constricted playoff format, girls' and boys' Catholic League basketball is more intense than ever in the season's homestretch.

Hank Aaron, all-time baseball great who overcame racism, dies at 86

Baseball's long-time home run king, who became a Catholic, fought racism in America and left an enduring legacy -- including all-time career records -- in the game he loved.

Star NFL QB retires on feast of athletes’ patron saint

Philip Rivers ended his 17-year career by announcing his retirement Jan. 20, the feast of St. Sebastian. Rivers, 39, who is fifth on the all time passing yardage list, will coach high school football in Alabama.

Tommy Lasorda, baseball lifer and Hall of Fame manager, dies at 93

The devout Catholic and native parishioner of Holy Savior in Norristown won two World Series titles during his 21-year managerial reign with the Los Angeles Dodgers. He died Jan. 7 in Los Angeles at age 93.

Oft-overlooked kicker key to St. Joe’s Prep’s title-winning ways

The Hawks put up 62 points in a blow-out PIAA football championship win Nov. 28, with eight extra points and two booming field goals contributed by unsung hero Antonio Chadha, who hopes college scouts are paying attention.

One classy sisterhood: St. Hubert’s girls show love for Hallahan players

At the finale of the girls' soccer season, St. Hubert's players gave roses and wore the colors of their opponents from John W. Hallahan, which is set to close, in a gesture that moved everyone.

Pope meets with NBA players’ union delegation at the Vatican

Former 76er Kyle Korver and other players who met Pope Francis Nov. 23 praised his "openness and eagerness" to discuss their work in promoting social justice, and was a reminder that their efforts "must continue moving forward."

Only in 2020: Devon Prep soccer goes from winless to state playoffs

The Tide pushed through an 0-12-1 start and captured three huge wins over formidable Catholic League opponents to advance to the PIAA Class 2A tournament.

Bishops support bills to protect Title IX sports programs for women, girls

The measures prevent policies that "facilitate male competition" by including biologically male transgender female athletes, who should be "welcomed without reservation into appropriate athletic opportunities," said the bishops.