Northeast Times

 Articles by Ed Morrone

Nearly four decades later, McGroarty is still at it

Entering his 39th season as the head soccer coach at St. Hubert, Mick McGroarty insists that not all that much has changed.


Thrice as nice?

A returning roster full of youth and uncertainty hasn’t diminshed Frankford’s hunger for football glory.

If Will Doggett is fretting over the fact that his returning Frankford Pioneers football team is largely young and inexperienced, then he’s doing a fantastic job of masking it.


Ragdolls armed and dangerous entering 2014

Despite winning 21 of its 23 games in 2013, what the Archbishop Ryan girls soccer team remembers most about how last season ended is the quiet dejection.


Youth movement

Despite losing 14 seniors to graduation, Father Judge soccer coach John Dunlop is ready to defend the Crusaders’ PCL crown.

With summer training camp less than a week away, John Dunlop is so fired up for the start of the 2014 soccer season that you’d half expect him to take the field with his players.


Band of brothers

It’s been a summer to remember at Liberty Bell, where chemistry off the field has led to wins — a lot of wins — on the baseball diamond.

When Ken Hoffman was asked what he’ll cherish most about his 16- to 18-year-old Liberty Bell Youth Organization baseball team when the season wraps up soon, his answer had nothing to do with wins and losses.


Washington’s Cohen amped for season No. 30

At age 70, Ron Cohen is excited for his 30th year as the G.W. head football coach; Cohen is coming off his first losing season in 29 years.

Ron Cohen will turn 71 in September, right in the midst of his 30th season as George Washington High School’s head football coach. But ask the coaching legend about key milestones and whether self-reflection leads to thoughts about him calling it a career, and he’ll tell you that much like the statistics compiled for his Eagles, these are just numbers.


At 45, Gies’ love of the game keeps him playing

Chris Gies nearly became the Phillies Opening Night starter in 1995; he’s still playing, passing on his knowledge to his two sons.

Nearly 20 years ago, Chris Gies came this close to being named the Opening Night starter for his beloved Phillies.


Coaches mourn passing of O’Hara’s Algeo

Frank McArdle and Tom Coyle reflect on memories of Danny Algeo, the Cardinal O’Hara football coach who died last Thursday at age 49.

When he was still a little-known assistant football coach at Northeastern University, Frank McArdle remembers the uneasy nervousness on one of his first recruiting trips to the Philadelphia area.


Changing of the guard

Jack Creighton will soon retire as Frankford’s athletic director. Former boys varsity basketball coach Ben Dubin will step into the role.

When the 2014-15 school year begins roughly two months from now, a familiar face in the Frankford High School athletics community will be absent. Luckily for the Pioneers, another well-known individual will be stepping in.


Win one for Greg

Friends, family and strangers flocked to Ramp Playground on Saturday to support the memory of Greg Hennigar, a Judge grad who died in May 2003.

Surveying the packed Ramp Playground football field on Saturday morning, Tommy Coyle remembered a smile with one of his own.