Northeast Philadelphia always has had a reputation of being a blue-collar part of town, and its citizens know they must work painstakingly hard for everything that comes their way.
Shakir Willett has been playing tennis since her days as a middle schooler in Bellport, N.Y., and she’s never seen a student-athlete with more poise and determination than Alex Vo.
Last year, Marquis Seamon flew to Ireland for a football game and returned home with a season-ending fractured wrist as his souvenir.
In 2012, the Archbishop Ryan girls soccer team didn’t lose its first game of the season until Nov. 6. It was the Ragdolls’ only blemish of the season, a 1-0 first round state tournament defeat at the hands of Central Bucks West.
For Frankford football, three lopsided non-league losses to open the 2013 campaign now seem like ancient history.
A Fishtown man's love of soccer is remembered in a memorial game held at Northeast High School.
As the blowout victories continued to mount in the first month of the season, so too did the confidence and expectations of Archbishop Ryan football supporters.
Like anyone recently retired from a career they spent decades in, Sam Feldman found himself looking for something to do. When he couldn’t come up with anything substantial, the former boys soccer coach at Northeast High School reached for the familiar.
Shane Kelly loved good soccer. Even beyond that, he was consumed by the sport’s ability to bring people together.
At 0-3, the sky wasn’t necessarily falling for the George Washington football team. After all, the losses were all at the hands of formidable non-league opponents, and the rest of the Eagles’ division hadn’t fared much better through the first three weeks.