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Recharged and ready

Want to know whether Bok's football team will win its division this year? You might just find out by the league-opener. The Wildcats will play Bartram Oct. 10. In recent years, the...

Eye on the ball

The St. Maria Goretti soccer team is so serious about winning this season, the players practiced throughout August in 90-plus-degree heat. It was a test not only of stamina, but morale. ...

Stayin alive

The Southern football program has a long-standing history that includes undefeated seasons, Public League and city championships and Thanksgiving Day rivalries against St. John Neumann High. But those championship seasons are distant...

Richardson joins Globetrotters

South Philadelphia native and former NBA player Jerome "Pooh" Richardson joined the Harlem Globetrotters' front office this month to assist the basketball team with scouting, coaching and player development. One of his first assignments...

Kicking soccer into gear

When the St. Maria Goretti Lambs open their soccer season next week, a valuable assistant coach will be missing from the sidelines. Marie DiStefano, who coached the Lambs' junior-varsity team for seven years, decided...

Hitting for heroes

In his more active days, Gary Spano played adult softball five nights a week at Capitolo Playground. The South Philly native now stays in the game by umpiring for the Amateur Softball Association. ...

Tackling the top

Ed McDuffie is getting plenty of mail these days from colleges across the country. The letterheads include Penn State, Pittsburgh, North Carolina, Wisconsin, Rutgers and Virginia. At 6-foot-4 and 310 pounds, the St....

X Games

Athletes flew through the air without holding onto their bikes. Others wiped out on their skateboards. Small children demonstrated they could fit in, too, by bungee-jumping through the interactive village. Other youngsters took a...


If a high-school basketball team is serious about winning a championship, there is no offseason. Summers are spent playing Amateur Athletic Union tournaments and pickup games at local recreation courts, and doing individual workouts. The...

Big Wheels

Trailing 5-3 with three minutes left in the Keystone Games' roller-hockey championship, 12-year-old Nick Droszcz tells his coach, "I promise you we will not lose this game." With one second left in regulation,...
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