On the surface, Ashley Smink and Shannon Glenn act like your typical high school sophomores when obliging a visiting reporter an interview.
Phil Monastra drew up the game plan, and his team executed it to near perfection. When the final buzzer sounded and the Northeast girls basketball team ended up on the wrong side of the scoreboard, the Lady Vikings’ head coach wasn’t angry about the result.
As a basketball coach, part of Mike McCusker wishes life had a fast forward button that he could push, magically making next season appear?
Taking some time to reflect on a successful season, MIke Turchi was not about to rest on his laurels.
For a school that’s been around as long as Northeast has, it gets harder and harder to establish a “first.”
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.
On the surface, the request itself was kind of ludicrous, but Idris White didn’t mind humoring an inquisitive party.
For the Archbishop Ryan girls basketball team, it was a good news/bad news type of scenario.
On paper, an 18-4 basketball team playing one with an 8-15 record seems like a tremendous mismatch.
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.