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    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.

    Public struggle

    The Public League’s misfortunes in the Carpenter Cup continued on Sunday, dropping its 24th straight decision. The league’s only win came in 1990.

    The old adage states that the only two guarantees in life are death and taxes. If there was room to add a third proclamation, it might state, “Death, taxes and, come early June, the Public League will lose its first and only Carpenter Cup contest.”

    Ryan’s remarkable softball ride comes to an end

    The days leading up to Feb. 16 were business as usual for Vince Capizzi and the Archbishop Ryan softball program.

    A Major Step

    Parkwood native Brian O’Grady, who played baseball at Archbishop Wood from 2007-10, was drafted by the Cincinnati Reds last week in the MLB Draft.

    Unlike many recent college graduates, Brian O’Grady will have no problem finding his first real-world job. He’ll also have a strong head start in racking up more frequent flyer miles than his peers.

    A proud salute

    Archbishop Ryan’s Joe Hansbury is bound for Army.

    Joe Hansbury already had a college scholarship locked up, but he wanted something more.

    Holding court

    In seven years as a multi-sport coach at George Washington, Chris Reid has won six league titles, including the last four in boys volleyball.

    With all of the supporters he has, having an uninterrupted conversation with Chris Reid is no easy task.

    Heaven sent

    The Ragdolls won the PCL championship for former coach Andy Hafele, who succumbed to cancer after guiding Ryan’s softball program for 19 years.

    Archbishop Ryan had just captured the Catholic League championship with a convincing 5-0 victory over Lansdale Catholic Thursday afternoon at Arcadia University.

    Ryan, Towne softball advance to league title games

    In their quest for a Catholic League title, the Archbishop Ryan softball players know Andy Hafele is out there somewhere, looking down on them. 

    Encore presentation

    With graduation looming, local players from the Catholic and Public League suited up one more time for the high school football City All-Star Game.

    When the high school football City All-Star Game rolls through town, there are no shortages of things to play for.

    Seniority rules

    As tantalizing as the prospect of potentially winning in extra innings on Senior Day was, Brittany Smith wasn’t having it. 

    Namnun wins 100th before reigning champ Frankford falls in first round

    Even when Juan Namnun expects to lose, he still wins.

    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):

    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.

    Little Flower swimming celebrates banner year

    It was a season for the record books for Little Flower swimming.

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