Tuesday, April 30, 2013
Runners are being encouraged to bring as little as possible with them this year.
Following the backpack bombings at the Boston Marathon two weeks ago, runners in this year's Broad Street Run in Philadelphia won't be able to tote their gear in a backpack, race organizers announced in a mass email to participants Monday. Taking a page from the Transportation Safety Administration's playbook, race organizers are mandating runners use clear plastic drawstring bags, which will be handed out at the expo Friday and Saturday, to stow their gear this year. “You are strongly encouraged to bring as little as possible with you to the start of the race,” race organizers said in the email to runners. “All items brought into the start area are subject to search and/or confiscation.” Race organizers only indicated backpacks would be …
Saturday, April 27, 2013
Council Rock South grad Justin Pugh selected as the 19th pick of the NFL Draft on Thursday.
Justin Pugh, a lineman from Syracuse, has been drafted by the New York Giants. Pugh, a Council Rock South graduate, was the 19th pick in the NFL draft. "He’s a terrific football player—big, smart, high test scores and a team captain,” General Manager Jerry Reese said of Pugh, quoted in a New York Times article. “He’s our type of guy—clean. No warts, no off-field issues and a good athlete. He’s a solid football player, and I think you win with solid football players.” Pugh is a 6-foot-6-inch offensive tackle from Northampton Township. He decided to forgo his final season at Syracuse and enter the NFL draft, the Syracuse Post Standard reported earlier this year. Pugh posted his decision to enter the draft on Twitter in January. In a Jan. 3 …
Monday, April 22, 2013
Which of these area runs will fit your aptitude and schedule?
May is a busy month for runners in the Philadelphia area, highlighted by the 10-mile Broad Street Run at 8:30 a.m. May 5. Read on for some of the other races scheduled for May, and post in the comments about any we've missed. (And check out April's race schedule, too, before its final weekend.) 21st Annual University City 5K Run Black Sheep Run 2013 Colby Umbrell Memorial Walk & 5K Broad Street ReRun 5-Mile Run 4th Annual Danny Mac 5K Run/1-Mile Walk CURE FA 5K Race for Christina 5K For Mother's Day (female runners only) 5th Annual Mayfair Fallen Heroes 5K Run Honoring Officer Chuck Cassidy Doylestown 5K Teal Ribbon 5K
Wednesday, April 10, 2013
Yankees farm team returns for another exciting season.
Through the first week of the season the Trenton Thunder have shown their bats can explode on their Eastern League rivals. Starting tomorrow the team will be back at Arm & Hammer Park for their first home action of the new year So far this year the Thunder have played three games against the Portland Sea Dogs and three games against the New Hampshire Fisher Cats on the road. The local team started the season with a 13-5 win over the Sea Dogs last Thursday and also picked up wins on Sunday and Tuesday. The action returns to Mercer County Thursday night with a game against the Richmond Flying Squirrels. The first 3000 fans 6 and over who come out to the 7:05 game on Thursday, April 11 will also get an Arm & Hammer Park Logo baseball. It is …
Monday, April 1, 2013
Open practice set for Tuesday night.
The stadium they play in has a new name but fans of the Trenton Thunder can rejoice knowing that professional baseball is returning to Mercer County this week. On Tuesday, starting at 3 p.m. the team will hold a "Welcome North Open House," at Arm & Hammer Park. The team will hold an open practice after which fans will have a chance to meet the new crop of future Yankees and get their autographs. The concession stands at the former Waterfront Park will also be open for the first time this season. General Manager Will Smith said tomorrow night's event is the first in a series of exciting nights fans can expect at the ballpark. "As we head into year twenty in Mercer County, we're excited to continue the tradition of opening the stadium and …
Wednesday, March 27, 2013
Parents and coaches helped clear the fields at Falls Community Park last Saturday to prepare for the season's April 6 opening.
The list of chores to prepare the fields at Falls Community Park for the spring soccer season might look a little different from other places around Bucks. There's painting the lines, clearing leaves, and, oh yes, one more thing, picking up discarded chicken bones. Tim Gulich, one of the volunteers who came out to the park on a chilly Saturday morning, had gathered an impressive pile of the bones found in one of the eight soccer fields. "Seagulls pick them up from the dump, pick the meat off and drop them here," said Gulich. The Falls Township Soccer Club begins the spring season on April 6, with almost 350 kids expected to participate in the intramural league. Tryouts for the travel teams will be held April 24 and May 8, from 6 p.m. to 7…
Tuesday, March 19, 2013
The squad placed first during the Battle at the Capitol tournament in Fairfax, Va.
Pennsbury's high school cheerleading team earned the Grand Champion title last weekend during the 2013 Battle at the Capitol National Cheerleading competition in Fairfax, Va. The squad overcame second place Mechanicsburg, Pa.'s Cumberland Valley High School by less than four-tenths of a point to win the title. The junior varsity team also scored a first place finish in the Advanced Junior Varsity Cheer Division. The squads are coach by the husband and wife team of Nicole and Mike Roberts, both teachers at Pennsbury High School. As an added bonus, Pennsbury also earned the Best Fans award in recognition of the sportsmanship behaviors and attitudes of the teams supporters.
Friday, March 15, 2013
The Philadelphia Eagles announced Friday that they will no longer hold training camp at Lehigh University.
The Philadelphia Eagles are flying the Lehigh Valley coop. After 17 years, training camp will no longer be held at Lehigh University, the team announced on its website Friday. "There are so many people at Lehigh University who went above and beyond to accommodate us and to make Training Camp a special place for fans to travel each summer to get an up-close look at the team," Team President Don Smolenski said. "The city of Bethlehem has been part of our lives every summer for the past 17 years," Smolenski added. He said that the team will hold Training Camp in Philadelphia this summer both at the NovaCare Complex and at Lincoln Financial Field after staging the team’s annual preseason practices at Lehigh University for the last 17 years, a …
Thursday, March 14, 2013
The ruling takes effect this fall for Philadelphia-area Catholic Youth Organization teams, the archdiocese announced Thursday.
Philadelphia Archbishop Charles J. Chaput has directed the archdiocese's Catholic Youth Organization (CYO) football league to begin allowing girls to play, the archdiocese announced Thursday. The league previously had a written policy to exclude girls from full-contact sports. Most people on a panel that recently studied the issue at Chaput's direction recommended preserving the policy, but Chaput decided otherwise, according to the archdiocese's announcement. An 11-year-old Bucks County girl played last fall before archdiocese officials told her she couldn't anymore. Caroline Pla, of Doylestown, and her parents launched a massive petition drive to lobby to change the policy, Doylestown Patch reported. The full statement from the …
Friday, March 1, 2013
The Catholic high school held its inaugural Sports Hall of Fame ceremony Thursday night, honoring athletic achievements dating back to before the schools merged.
The feeling of nostalgia swept through the banquet hall of King's Caterers Thursday night as the inductees of Conwell-Egan Catholic High School's Sports Hall of Fame gathered for the program's inaugural banquet. Each of the honored alumni took the podium and recounted their days representing their school on the field, court, wrestling mat and bowling alley. One by one, they described the pride and camaraderie they felt while playing alongside their teammates, and the values they held onto after they graduated. The Archdiocese of Philadelphia spared Conwell-Egan High School from closure in February 2012. To celebrate the reprieve and inspire renewed interest in the school's achievements, the Conwell-Egan Sports Hall of Fame was formed to …