After winning just three football games over the past three seasons, Archbishop Ryan dominated Public League champs George Washington on Thanksgiving Day.
Four Catholic League championships.
“It’s always an exciting opportunity for us to play a great opponent like La Salle, and there’s no shame in losing to such a quality team. That said, it is hard for us to stack up against them.” — Washington coach Ron Cohen
Nazareth Academy senior Melanie Kalesse accepted a full scholarship to attend Siena College next year. She’ll play softball for the D-1 Saints.
The Abraham Lincoln Railsplitters and Father Judge Crusaders both had quick postseason exits and are looking for a bit of redemption on Thanksgiving.
For years, Archbishop Ryan’s football team has been near the bottom of the Catholic League standings. The Raiders haven’t finished with a winning record since 1998.
“I just love all the accomplishments running has gotten me. It’s just my sport. I feel like it’s a part of me.” — Teresa Ortiz
It’s been marinating for the past 115 years.
When North Catholic shut its doors for good last year, it meant the end of one of the oldest traditions in the city. The annual Thanksgiving Day game with Frankford — like all else associated with the school — was reduced to a memory in the minds of the players, coaches and alumni.
In Ron Cohen’s previous 26 seasons as head football coach at George Washington High School, he probably could count on one hand how many times the Eagles had gone into a big Public League showdown as the underdog.