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    With Week 1 of the high school football season kicking off this weekend, here’s a closer look at the seven Northeast-area programs:

    Catch him if you can

    For a guy who ran for 2,055 yards and 21 touchdowns a season ago, Samir Bullock has mastered the art of being humble. That, says his head coach at Archbishop Ryan, is the measure of the man.

    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.

    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.

    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.

    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.

    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.

    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.

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