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Diamond girls

25598797 One of these days, South Philadelphia softball teams are going to surprise the rest of the city. Some of the local squads believe that day is nearing. But as great as winning...

A run on optimism

25598792 Last month's massive snowfall has finally melted away, but it took some preparation for the Public League baseball season along with it. Opening day had been scheduled for today, but soggy field...


25598797 Todd Johnson walks out of the St. John Neumann locker room with a towel covering his head. With his high-school basketball career ending two days earlier than expected, the forward is too upset...

A long shot no more

25598792 Robert Taylor treats Division I basketball like a job, not an activity. Over the summer, the Rider University sophomore remains on the Lawrenceville, N.J., campus, taking classes and putting in extra hours in...

Neumann, by a nose

25598797 The St. John Neumann Pirates were pushed to the edge of the playoff plank on Friday, and they didn't like the view. The idea of the defending Catholic League boys' basketball champs making...

King pins

25598792 One thing stands between most Catholic League bowling teams and winning a title, and that is the unstoppable St. John Neumann squad. The team added to its legend Saturday with a 3,184-2,824 victory...

Brothers on a roll

25598797 Neumann junior Matt Stankiewicz is 2-for-2 in winning Catholic League titles. That's already more success than most athletes achieve with their high-school teams. But Stankiewicz will help his squad try for three straight...

Tried and new

25598792 As they head into the Catholic League basketball playoffs, the St. John Neumann Pirates know the routine. All they need is three more wins and the Catholic League title will be theirs for the...

Running afoul

The St. John Neumann coaching staff looks stumped, while the players sit on the bench with their heads down. One look at the scoreboard explains the scene. St. Joseph's Prep, 88; St....

Talent to spare

25598797 Prep Charter sophomore Kim Di Tizio recently received a pair of tempting invitations. First, she was asked to go on a two-week vacation to take part in an international bowling competition. Then came...
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