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 […]

Ragdolls defend title with 2 minutes left in game

By John KnebelsSpecial to The CS&T PHILADELPHIA – Christina Zambito wondered if there was something wrong with the game clock. Well, not really. Deep down, she knew the final two minutes of the Catholic League girls’ soccer championship was winding down in true form. But it sure didn’t seem that way. “They had to be […]

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 […]

Wood’s PCL crown caps undefeated season

By John KnebelsSports Columnist RADNOR – Watch an intense volleyball match and be prepared to wince every now and then. spanes to the floor, arms outstretched to the max. Knees twisting, elbows slamming against the hardwood. It is not a sight for the timid. So after Archbishop Wood had defeated Cardinal O’Hara in Sunday’s Catholic […]

Kennedy-Kenrick stuns Prendie in OT, wins title

By John KnebelsSpecial to The CS&T Sometimes the statistics clearly suggest a winner. Then you look at the scoreboard, and you do a double-take. That describes the situation in the Catholic League field hockey championship Sunday afternoon at Arcadia University. Despite a decided disadvantage in penalty corners, time in the offensive zone and scoring chances, […]

Twins making Merion fans smile

By John KnebelsSpecial to The CS&T Meet a couple of identical twins and sooner or later, the question needs to be asked: Have you ever taken advantage of your indistinguishable looks by playing a trick on someone? “I remember when we were in kindergarten and I think it was April Fools Day,” said Shelbey Manthorpe, […]

O’Hara girls humbly defend PCL title

By John Knebels The talk on the street was that Cardinal O’Hara’s girls cross-country team was about to have its four-year title streak severed. But that talk was trampled – both figuratively and literally – in last week’s cross-country championship at the famed Belmont Plateau. Behind two runners who placed in the top four, and […]

La Salle golf team advances to states

By John Knebels La Salle College High School’s golf team and the Philadelphia Phillies may end up having something in common.While the Phillies have been winning games thanks to contributions from some lesser-known players, the Explorers were faring well similarly in the Catholic League championship at Blue Bell Country Club. The Explorers did their part […]

Running with the boys, and winning

Sports ColumnistJohn Knebels It’s amazing how much can be accomplished when pragmatic, unselfish minds combine their resources and figure out how to make the proverbial square fit into a circle. In this case, John W. Hallahan High School’s Laura Antinucci was the square and Roman Catholic’s cross country team was the circle. When Antinucci, now […]

Coach recalls slain McDonald as warrior on field

By John KnebelsSpecial to The CS&T PHILADELPHIA – Glen Galeone has coached hundreds of players during his 19 years as coach of Archbishop Ryan’s football team. Some stand out more than others, and for positive reasons in the high majority of cases. Among them is 1996 graduate Patrick McDonald, an offensive guard of the 1995 […]