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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,...

The Perfect Summer

Mike Schmidt, Steve Carlton, Robin Roberts and Richie Ashburn all had their respective weekends in Cooperstown, N.Y., when they were inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame. South Philadelphia's Vito Cianci recently...


The First Union Center parking lot turned into a dump last Thursday morning when 400 truckloads of dirt were hauled into lot "C." By next week, the giant pile will be transformed into the...

On base for competition

Young South Philly baseball players dream about one day starting for their high-school teams, earning All-Public or All-Catholic honors and helping their squads win championships. At age 14, they aren't quite ready to play...

Full Swing

Kurt Gibson Jr. places 30 golf balls in front of him and, one by one, moves a ball closer for target practice. The yellow 150-yard marker is within striking distance, but it's too...
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