West Catholic, Archbishop Wood earn victories in state quarterfinals

By John KnebelsSpecial to The CS&T Apologetic. That’s what West Catholic High School’s football team seemed like as it was posting a 49-21 victory Friday night over Dunmore High School in a PIAA Class AA state quarterfinal game that wasn’t even as close as the already-wide margin suggests. It was as though any time West […]

Malvern Prep ends season undefeated

Sports ColumnistJohn Knebels His team was trailing by 21 points, and nothing was going right on either side of the ball. So why was Malvern Prep senior C.J. Mooney still brimming with confidence? “When you have the skill position players that we have, you’re never out of a game,” said Mooney, a two-way starter at […]

La Salle falls in city final, ending strong season

Sports ColumnistJohn Knebels Three-quarters full. That describes the proverbial glass that summarizes La Salle College High School’s football season. After winning the Class AAAA Catholic League championship with an exciting victory over Father Judge, the only major glitch of such an esteemed accomplishment was not having any significant time to celebrate. Next up for La […]

St. Margaret Parish honors dedicated CYO coach

By John KNebelsSpecial to The CS&T Trying to encompass all that Mark “Rep” Siefer has meant to the St. Margaret’s community in a few hundred words is like attempting to pour a gallon of water into a pint-sized glass. This past Saturday, the folks at St. Margaret’s tried to do likewise in a ceremony that […]

West Catholic continues offensive onslaught

By Joseph PawlikowskiSpecial to The CS&T West Catholic pulverized the Catholic League and won the AA City Title with its offense. Their first round state playoff game against Palisades was no different. West trounced Palisades, 63-20, behind one of the best offenses in the history of the city, setting new records and extending records they […]

Merion almost brings home 2 state crowns

By John KnebelsSpecial to The CS&T Winning a state championship is one thing. Winning two about a week apart? That’s almost impossible. Merion Mercy nearly pulled off the double feat this fall. After the Golden Bears captured their second straight PIAA state volleyball title on Nov. 8, the Merion field hockey team advanced all the […]

La Salle beats Judge for Catholic League AAAA title

By John KnebelsSpecial to the CS&T PHILADELPHIA – As Saturday night’s near-freezing winds left gloveless fans searching for cushioned pockets, Father Judge and La Salle College High School took the field at Northeast High School to battle for the Catholic League Class AAAA football championship. While the two teams warmed up, many people were still […]

A priest first, football announcer makes the call

Sports ColumnistJohn Knebels Sacramental moments occur when we least expect them. In preparing to write a story about Father Matt Guckin, an administrator at Bishop Shanahan High School who doubles as the school’s public address announcer during home football games, there was something familiar about his name and picture on Shanahan’s web site. After about […]

Football playoffs roundup: West makes a run for state title

By Joseph PawlikowskiSpecial to The CS&T Last weekend, four Catholic League games produced two new champions and set new city, school and inspanidual records. The Catholic League Class AAAA held its semifinals Saturday, Nov. 8, featuring teams from the former Catholic League red spanision. La Salle College High School defeated its bitter rival, St. Joseph’s […]

North prevails over solid La Salle goaltending

Sports ColumnistJohn Knebels PHILADELPHIA – It might be time to buy a new trophy case. For the 22nd time, North Catholic High School captured the Catholic League boys soccer championship last week by edging La Salle, 1-0. The win also sent the Falcons (16-1-3 overall) into the District 12 championship against George Washington a couple […]