Girls Soccer: Dougherty proving its no pushover anymore

By JOHN KNEBELSSpecial to The CS&T PHILADELPHIA — Cardinal Dougherty’s girls’ soccer team doesn’t exactly scare the stronger teams in the Catholic League. But the Cardinals no longer represent a cakewalk to opponents, either. “When you’re able to win games that you usually lose, I think your confidence becomes a lot higher and other teams […]

Cross Country: Wood girls eye CL title

By John KnebelsSpecial to The CS&T Betty Doyle could barely talk. Her laryngitis simply was too overpowering. But like the runners she motivates on a daily basis, the Archbishop Wood girls’ cross-country coach persevered. “There’s a lot to like about our team,” said Doyle, a 1975 Wood graduate who ran track throughout high school. “We’ve […]

McDevitt blanks Neumann-Goretti, 30-0

By Joseph PawlikowskiSpecial to The CS&T McDevitt’s last game against Cheltenham was a disappointment defensively, surrendering 42 points. Friday night, they responded with a shutout. The Lancers’ defense was absolutely dominant against Neumann-Goretti, constantly pressuring quarterback Anthony Mastrando. He was forced to throw mostly short passes with little success, completing 11 of 24 for only […]

Price is right for Malvern Prep’s high-scoring offense

By John KnebelsSpecial to The CS&T When the Philadelphia Eagles wide receivers were playing bombs away with the St. Louis Rams on Sunday, they might have been trying to imitate Malvern Prep senior Joe Price. Two days earlier, Price had been the recipient of two long touchdown passes from senior quarterback Billy Conners. When the […]

Msgr. Bonner snaps 24-game losing streak

By John Knebels UPPER DARBY – Refrain from saying things like “It’s about time.” Don’t mention that the margin was only one point. In fact, unless you have something positive to say about Monsignor Bonner’s 7-6 non-league victory over Interboro on Friday night, don’t say anything at all. “Sweet,” said Bonner senior quarterback/wide receiver Brendan […]

High school football begins: Week 1 roundup

By John Knebels That sound you heard throughout the area this past weekend was Catholic League football teams opening their respective seasons against non-league opponents. Each of the 17 teams participated, and the end result was a composite 8-9 record, although two of those losses occurred in Catholic vs. Catholic contests. In what is typical […]

St. Michael’s CYO dominates diamonds

By John Knebels LEVITTOWN – Whatever it was that they fed the parish softball players at St. Michael the Archangel in Levittown, it must have been pretty nutritious. After recent pedestrian success at the CYO level, St. Michael’s fielded six different teams – two each at the novice, junior varsity and varsity levels – and […]

Bonner alum Teti rows in his third Olympics

By John Knebels If Paul Teti had been told at this time last year that he would be a couple of steps away from winning an Olympic gold medal, he probably would have offered his typical gentle smile and politely said, “Ain’t happening.” When you are 30 years old – he has since turned 31 […]

Carroll’s 8th lacrosse title a credit to coach

By John Knebels Of all the significant accomplishments engineered by Catholic League high school teams over the years – and there have been plenty – Archbishop Carroll’s girls’ lacrosse squad’s eight-year winning streak might be the most impressive. Critics might say that Carroll has established itself as an elite program in a sport that continues […]

Ryan’s new girls basketball coach ready for ’08 season

Ever since she was a grade school basketball player at St. Bernard’s, Jackie Hartzell knew she eventually wanted to coach.A lot of that, she said, was influenced by her father, Rich, then a St. Bernard’s assistant to Joe Kelly.“It was a special time,” said Hartzell. “We had a lot of really good players on that […]