When Danielle Vittitow took over the highly-successful Nazareth Academy softball program, she had a simple message for her team: new team, new season, same old tradition.
Sophomore forward Natalie Kucowski, a Mayfair native, scored seven points, grabbed 10 rebounds, blocked five shots and dished four assists in an opening-round state playoff win over Philadelphia Academy Charter.
Darci Borski knows what it’s like to rack up accolades and championships as a high school soccer star. Now, thanks to the experience she gained and is now paying forward as a head coach, so too do a new generation of student-athletes at Penn Charter.
Fractured shins, a torn ACL and multiple shoulder surgeries. Sprained ankles, a broken foot and mononucleosis. Suffice to say, the six senior captains for the Nazareth Academy soccer team have experienced it all together, from the highest peaks to the lowest valleys.
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.
As tends to be the case this time of year, excitement is abound amongst the area high school girls parochial basketball programs.
— An injury ended Samantha Gibson's pitching career; now she's at first base, and she also helps in her community.