For most people, playing pool doesn’t venture far beyond horsing around in dimly-lit dive bars and smoke-filled taprooms.
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.
The Greater Northeast Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce Foundation last week granted college scholarships to eight local students.
Officer Daniel Boyle’s legacy grew last month as a scholarship program created in his memory extended benefits to students in two additional schools for the current academic year.
— Thanks to his talents on the football field and in the classroom, Jaye McNeil is headed to Anaheim for the game of his life.
— GW's Frank McFillin has had plenty of football success, but his unusually large family keeps him grounded.
— Doubters said Aaron Wilmer could no longer play quarterback after a storied career at George Washington. They were wrong.
— Bob Peffle and Juan Namnun did nothing but win at Frankford, but their strong bond extends beyond baseball.
Northeast native Jessica Barth has been hard at work building a film career. She’s hopeful that a movie by the creator of TV’s ‘Family Guy’ will be her big break.