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Following elimination, Ragdolls already pumped for next hoops season

As a basketball coach, part of Mike McCusker wishes life had a fast forward button that he could push, magically making next season appear?


Northeast wins first-ever Class AAAA girls’ hoops title

For a school that’s been around as long as Northeast has, it gets harder and harder to establish a “first.”


A view from the top

On the surface, the request itself was kind of ludicrous, but Idris White didn’t mind humoring an inquisitive party.


St. Basil finds success with heavy N.E. influence

’Unfinished business’ motivates eight Basil’s seniors, five of whom hail from the area.

They filed into the tiny office inside the school gymnasium, one by one, until there were six of them inside the cramped room. They rattled off the neighborhoods they hail from and grade schools they attended, from Fox Chase to Somerton to Mayfair; St. Cecilia to St. Matthew to St. Albert the Great.


Young players find progress as Judge hoops falls short

Back in early January, in the moments following a 29-point home loss to eventual Catholic League champion Roman Catholic, Sean Tait hoped for two things.


Ryan football trio sign National Letters of Intent

The next step: On Feb. 5, the Archbishop Ryan community celebrated three football players signing National Letters of Intent to continue their football careers in college. From left: school president Michael McArdle, Joe Hansbury (Mercyhurst College), Connor Golden (Bucknell University), Sean Boylan (West Chester University) and head coach Frank McArdle. The trio helped the Raiders to one of their most successful seasons in recent memory; though they did not qualify for the Catholic League playoffs, Ryan went 8-3 overall, including impressive wins over powerhouse programs St. Joseph’s Prep and Archbishop Wood. It was the second straight winning season at Ryan, as the football program is in the midst of an impressive turnaround. Golden played safety and wideout (10 interceptions, five receiving TDs in his senior season); Boylan was a captain and played tight end and defensive end; Hansbury was also a captain and a big part of an offensive line that helped junior running back Samir Bullock rush for 2,055 yards and 21 touchdowns.


Ragdolls leave heartbreaker behind, turn focus to playoffs

For the Archbishop Ryan girls basketball team, it was a good news/bad news type of scenario.


McFarlan puts Frankford back in the playoff win column over Bartram

Playing in the Public League’s top basketball division offers a varying list of pros and cons.


Judge soccer and football duos sign on college’s dotted line

On the road to victory: On Feb. 7, it was a day of celebration at Father Judge, as four student-athletes signed National Letters of Intent. From left: Assistant Principal for Academic Affairs Jim Green; All-American soccer player Joey Hansen (La Salle University); standout soccer midfielder Ryan Nork (also La Salle University); defensive lineman Eric Drains (Villanova University); offensive/defensive lineman Kevin Lang (Millersville University); and Father Jack Kolodziej, Assistant Principal for Student Affairs. Hansen led the Crusaders with 13 assists, and Nork was an integral part of bringing Judge a Catholic League soccer championship. Drains was Second-Team All-Catholic as a defensive tackle and shined as a leader since transferring from Franklin Learning Center as a junior. Lang, a force on both sides of the ball for the football team, also participates in indoor and outdoor track for Judge.


Despite valiant effort, Frankford eliminated by King

On paper, an 18-4 basketball team playing one with an 8-15 record seems like a tremendous mismatch.