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Welcome back, Butler

Exploring Rasual, The fourth in an occasional series following South Philly native Rasual Butler through his NBA career. The Miami Heat's Rasual Butler was eagerly anticipating his debut at the First Union Center....

Fresh for a fight

Thanksgiving week is different than any other week at St. John Neumann High. The school hosts pep rallies, pie-eating contests and the annual student-teacher football game. The sophomores give everyone a good laugh...

A time to heal

The locker-room doors are closed to the public. As the sky darkens, Bok football players and coaches remain inside, trying to deal with the frustration of a playoff defeat. Coach Tom DeFelice paces the...

Showing up

When St. John Neumann High teachers take roll, they automatically check off Jack Hatty's name. The senior hasn't missed a day of school in his life. Not at Sacred Heart of Jesus or Neumann....

Brothers armed for battle

Even after two seasons of having brothers Allen and Kenny Major on his football team, Bok coach Tom DeFelice still gets the pair mixed up. The twins wear different numbers and play...

Speedy recovery

Jimmy Porreca didn't enjoy spending last season as a spectator at Neumann football games. But after tearing his left ACL in the Pirates' opening game, that was about all he could do for...

Good will, good player

Ike Egbukwu exits the South Philadelphia High locker room with apple juice and a small plastic bag of pretzels. He passes the bag around to his fellow athletes. The soccer player is...

Playing for keeps

Adria Vitale's parents watch from the stands as their daughter plays in one of her last regular-season games for the Lock Haven University women's soccer team. With an undefeated record in Pennsylvania...

Backing a winning team

Jordan Hill prefers the big time when it comes to baseball diamonds. The 11-year-old commutes from Media to play with the South Philadelphia Senators travel team. Sure, there are other leagues closer...

Soaring to new heights

Epiphany coaches don't believe in pressuring their group of fifth- and sixth-graders into must-win situations. The soccer players don't go around bragging about how many goals they scored in a game,...
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