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    Ryan football trio sign National Letters of Intent

    The next step: On Feb. 5, the Archbishop Ryan community celebrated three football players signing National Letters of Intent to continue their football careers in college. From left: school president Michael McArdle, Joe Hansbury (Mercyhurst College), Connor Golden (Bucknell University), Sean Boylan (West Chester University) and head coach Frank McArdle. The trio helped the Raiders to one of their most successful seasons in recent memory; though they did not qualify for the Catholic League playoffs, Ryan went 8-3 overall, including impressive wins over powerhouse programs St. Joseph’s Prep and Archbishop Wood. It was the second straight winning season at Ryan, as the football program is in the midst of an impressive turnaround. Golden played safety and wideout (10 interceptions, five receiving TDs in his senior season); Boylan was a captain and played tight end and defensive end; Hansbury was also a captain and a big part of an offensive line that helped junior running back Samir Bullock rush for 2,055 yards and 21 touchdowns.

    Record-breaking Bullock eclipses 2,000 yards as Ryan rolls G.W.

    The Archbishop Ryan coaching staff had a strong yet simple message for the Raiders’ football team after their Thanksgiving Day battle with Far Northeast rival George Washington.

    A Golden opportunity

    Ryan football not panicking after loss to La Salle

    As the blowout victories continued to mount in the first month of the season, so too did the confidence and expectations of Archbishop Ryan football supporters.

    High School Football Round-Up: Week 3

    Outlook: The Railsplitters have sandwiched the season’s only win (a 6-2 victory in Week 2 over Overbrook) around two ugly losses, first a 47-21 defeat at Truman to open the year followed by last week’s 31-0 shutout at the hands of Upper Dublin. Lincoln hasn’t seen much develop in its rushing attack (LeRon Strothers leads the way with 56 yards on 20 carries), but QB Devon Thompkins has shown signs of improvement in taking over for the graduated Miguel Sanchez. Though he’s thrown only one TD pass so far, Thompkins has completed 28 of 60 passes for 306 yards, and is developing a nice chemistry with Ryan transfer Travon Williams, who has caught half of Thompkins’ passes for 164 yards. Head coach Ed McGettigan’s team will continue trying to get better when it opens up Class AAAA Silver Division play at South Philadelphia; after two defeats to open their season, the Rams responded last week with a 33-14 win over Valley Forge Military Academy.

    A family affair

    The apple doesn’t fall far from the tree. Mark Ostaszewski Jr. is a two-way senior standout at Archbishop Ryan; in 1990, his father also competed for the Raiders.   

    Sunday’s half marathon will benefit American Brain Tumor Association

    Six-year-old Braeden Most’s mom, Colleen Flood, is running in the Sept. 15 Rock ’n’ Roll Half Marathon in Philadelphia to raise money for the American Brain Tumor Association.

    Off and running

    Ryan running back Samir Bullock, a transfer from rival school Father Judge, ran wild in the Raiders' season-opening victory in Ocean City.

    Ryan armed with experience

    No longer the down-in-the-dumps team from the past, the Raiders appear poised for a promising 2013. 

    Oldtimers honor pair during recent luncheon

    The Oldtimers Bats and Balls Association, a group of former athletes and officials, last week honored two people with the William “Pickles” Kennedy Award.

    ‘Oldtimers’ honor three athletes

    Two former NFL players and a veteran athlete, coach and umpire were honored two weeks ago at the Oldtimers Bats and Balls Association meeting at Randi’s Restaurant & Bar in Bustleton.

    Ready for some football?

    — After too long of a layoff, one of the best times of the year in the Northeast is upon us — football season.

    'Boys of Fall' honor one of their own

    — Kenny Kline, who was killed in a motorcycle accident in March 2011, is remembered at a free football clinic.

    'Boys of Fall' rally to honor one of their own

    Kenny Kline, who was killed in a motorcycle accident in March of 2011, is remembered at a free football clinic.

    Raider revival

    After winning just three football games over the past three seasons, Archbishop Ryan dominated Public League champs George Washington on Thanksgiving Day.

    Thanksgiving Preview: Raiders vs Eagles

    For years, Archbishop Ryan’s football team has been near the bottom of the Catholic League standings. The Raiders haven’t finished with a winning record since 1998.

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