Northeast Times

 Articles by Ed Morrone

High school baseball playoffs are on the horizon

With the end of the regular season nearly upon us, here is a closer look at the state of some of the area’s top baseball programs on the eve of the postseason (records through Monday):


PACS baseball making itself at home in Pub’s ‘A’ Division

Given how far the baseball program has come at Philadelphia Academy Charter School (PACS) in the last decade, it’s going to take more than a bad game or two for panic to set in for Jack Smith.


NE Sports Awards Banquet winners announced

On May 14, the Northeast Times will celebrate its 29th annual Sports Awards Banquet at Cannstatter’s. In next week’s edition, the paper will publish a special banquet pullout section highlighting in detail all of this year’s winners. 


Good vibrations

Following a loss in last year’s Public League title game, Franklin Towne Charter is a team on a mission. They currently sit atop the league’s ‘A’ Division.

Before Franklin Towne Charter’s home baseball game against Nueva Esperanza on Friday, the American Legion field at Devereaux and Hegerman streets more closely resembled a dance floor. 


Everybody hits: Washington baseball finds its stride

Ishmael Bracy said that when his team is hitting, it’s contagious. If so, the rest of the Public League could get very sick.


Pioneer pups

Following a third straight league title, Frankford baseball is left with nothing but freshmen and sophomores. Head coach Juan Namnun isn’t complaining.

In the moments before Monday afternoon’s Public League Division A baseball contest against visiting GAMP, a Frankford player sheepishly approached a visiting reporter while holding some athletic tape in his hands. 


Globetrotting Zeglinski coming back to Philly

Sammy Zeglinski’s career as a professional basketball player has taken him all over the world and back, yet the allure of coming back home to Philadelphia is always inescapable. 


Trending upward

After an 11-0 showing in Division B a season ago, Lincoln baseball has risen back to the Public League’s top division. They plan on staying put.

John Larsen remembers the darker days, so forgive him for not allowing his sky to fall following two consecutive losses.


Ragdolls dedicate season to fallen coach Hafele

While nothing is a given in the Philadelphia Catholic League, this much is certain: the Archbishop Ryan softball team is playing this season with heavy hearts.


What can’t she do?

Little Flower senior Jenna Markocki has mastered the art of multitasking. She’s an All-Catholic on the diamond, an ace student in the classroom and works two after-school jobs.

As coaches across all levels will tell you, some athletes just have “it.” The “it factor” can mean a lot of things, but in most cases it tends to be an amalgam of exemplary leadership on the field and fantastic character displayed off it.