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GENERAL ANNOUNCEMENTS
 
*The 13th annual Athletes Helping Athletes Benefit Golf Outing will be held Sunday, Oct. 19, at Five Ponds Golf Club, 1225 W. Street Road, Warminster, Pa., 18974. Cost: $150 per golfer. Includes: Lunch, green & cart fees, buffet dinner & awards ceremony, silent auction & raffle, team prizes, longest drive, closest to the pin. For more information (participation and/or sponsorship), contact Rick Leonetti at 215-630-3907 or golf@aha-inc.com.
 
*The Montco Chapter of the Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame will induct its 2014 class with a banquet on Friday, Sept. 26, at the Valley Forge Radisson Casino Hotel. Inductees/sport: Gerry Hunsicker, baseball; Glenn Fine, basketball; Tammy Greene, basketball; Craig Littlepage, basketball; John Rienstra, football; Alvin Williams, basketball; Jim Gibbons (deceased), track; Amanda O'Leary, lacrosse; Shelly Chamberlain, soccer; Jim Church (unsung hero), media member; Randy Garber, soccer; Clarence "Scotty" Scott, football. Cocktail reception begins at 6 p.m. Seating starts at 7:30, followed by inductee introductions, dinner, then awards. For information on tickets, tables and ads, click here.
 
*The Brothers Forever Football Classic, matching La Salle vs. DeMatha (Hyattsville, Md.), will be played Friday, Sept. 12, 7 p.m., at Plymouth-Whitemarsh High, and will be televised on Comcast. Foundations honoring deceased former players for both schools -- Travis Manion (La Salle) and Brendan Looney (DeMatha); they were roommates/best friends at Navy before losing their lives in Iraq (2007) and Afghanistan (2010), respectively -- will be recognized in a halftime ceremony. Tom Manion, who has written a book about the special bond between his son and Brendan, will be on hand.   
 
*The Philadelphia Association of Black Sports and Culture will hold its eighth annual Legends Banquet Sunday, Sept. 28, 2 to 6 p.m., at 511 W. Oak Lane, Glenolden, Pa., 19036. Among the honorees: basketball legends Ray Scott (West Philly High, NBA player/coach) and Vince Miller (Overbrook High, 76ers scout, Frankford High coach; posthumously) and long-time sports writer Donald Hunt (Phila. Tribune). For more info/tickets, contact Bernie Chavis at 215-858-8447 or Bill Baggett at 215-696-9313.
  *Tacony Academy Charter High School, in northeast Philadelphia, is looking to hire coaches for coed cross country and coed track and field for the 2014-2015 school year. The right applicant may fill both positions, if interested. Possible teaching positions are available in math, social studies, and special education. If interested, please contact athletic director Ryan Nase rnase@ap-schools.org. 
 
*Visit gacamp.org for information on Germantown Academy's numerous summer camps.
 
*Jim Lannigan, former football star at Father Judge High, has created a LinkedIn group for former All-City honorees in football, basketball and baseball. Post promotions that your company has. Promote a beef and beer that you are having for a charity event, Connect with those that are coaching or involved with the sport that you were involved with during your high school years, network, or just get back in touch, etc. Click here for the group's page. 

SOCCER
 
*Matt Davis, former Bishop McDevitt multisport athlete and student writer for this website, is now the head coach at Mount Aloysius College, a D-III school in Cresson, Pa. (near Altoona). If you've got game and think you'd like to be part of Matt's program, send him an email at mattdavissoccer@gmail.com.

FOOTBALL
 
*The 2014 Pennsylvania Football News Resource Guide, which has 399 pages packed with schedules, all-time lists/records/etc., is now available. Visit www.pafootballnews.com and click on the book's cover to reach the page with complete info on what's in the book, and how to order.
 
*The Brothers Forever Football Classic, matching La Salle vs. DeMatha (Hyattsville, Md.), will be played Friday, Sept. 12, 7 p.m., at Plymouth-Whitemarsh High, and will be televised on Comcast. Foundations honoring deceased former players for both schools -- Travis Manion (La Salle) and Brendan Looney (DeMatha); they were roommates/best friends at Navy before losing their lives in Iraq (2007) and Afghanistan (2010), respectively -- will be recognized in a halftime ceremony. Tom Manion, who has written a book about the special bond between his son and Brendan, will be on hand.   
 
*Videos of the 2014 City All-Star Football Game are now available for purchase. Contact Brian Fluck at brianfluckwc@hotmail.com for info. 
 
 
*Several game films from Bonner's 1984 season (with '83 to come) are available for viewing through Dropbox. For more info, contact Paul Golden at paul.golden@gmail.com.  

  *Bill Wasylenko, La Salle High's football historian, seeks tapes of games involving the Explorers from all eras. He already has many tapes from 1988 to 2012, along with a few from '75 and '76 and some from the early '60s. Bill may be reached at explorerfb@gmail.com.
 
*"When Winning Hurts", a book by player Porfirio Barrera about George Washington High's 1991 Public League football champions, is available for $12.95 at www.amazon.com, www.barnesandnoble.com and www.outskirtspress.com/bookstore. Click here for a synopsis.
 
*If you would like to become a sponsor (or make a donation) for the City All-Star Game, please contact game director Brian Fluck at 215-386-2244, ext. 265, or brianfluckwc@hotmail.com

  *Videos of the 2013 City All-Star Football Game are now available for purchase. Contact Brian Fluck at brianfluckwc@hotmail.com for info.*
 
*If you are looking for specialty training for a QB or WR, check out www.ace-training.co.* 

 

BASKETBALL
 
*Paul Hutter, author of a book detailing Ivy League basketball history, is available to speak to groups interested in that topic. He may be reached at phutt70@gmail.com.

  *Baltimore City CC is seeking high-level players from the Philadelphia area. Contact coach Terry Maczko at TMaczko@bccc.edu.
 
*Click here for info about a book, written by Germantown Academy basketball all-timer Paul Hutter (Princeton alum), that examines the glory era of Ivy League basketball.   
 
*Click here for info/signup sheet on Germantown Academy's ongoing program for kids in grades 1 to 4. 

  *Games involving city-leagues teams are being telecast this season on www.sportsfanbase.com, with former Northeast High baseball star Ari Bluestein as the play-by-play man. Ari's twitter handle is The_SFBN. And click here for SFBN's Facebook page. 

  *Click here for ISAA's assorted offerings. 
  *Joseph DeMayo, son of Joe DeMayo, long-time college basketball referee and the assigner of referees for the Catholic League, is experiencing a health issue (kidney failure) that has left him out of work and facing financial challenges. To help Joseph and his family, referees Wally Rutecki, Michael Chesney and John Hughes have started a tax deductible fund. If you can contribute, please send a check to Joseph DeMayo Kidney Fight Fund, 533 Vernon Road, Springfield, PA 19064. Thank you. 
  *Bill Williams, long-time assistant at Southern, is selling DVDs of Philly high school games going back to 1989. Click
here for his website page and contact info.

BASEBALL
 
*Andre Butler (Roman '08/Eastern '12), now an assistant at the University of Pennsylvania, gives lessons to teams/individuals for reasonable prices. He may be reached at 215-219-0373 or andrebutler242@gmail.com.
  *Former major leaguer pitcher Frank DiMichele, a product of the old Neumann High, has launched a website, Pro Motion Arm Saver (http://promotionarmsaver.com/), that is geared toward pitching development and training based on his years of experience as a professional pitcher, coach and instructor. The website is filled with many helpful videos, photos and eBooks on the proper training techniques for pitchers. Also, check out Frank's Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/ThePitchingPro. Also, Frank may be reached at 610-209-5024 and thepitchingpro@gmail.com.

SPECIAL NOTES
 
*Click here for info on Germantown Academy's overall summer camp.
 
*Please check out a business owned by Ed Kerr, Jr., a 1960 West Catholic grad and long-time supporter of the school's athletic programs (also mover/shaker in alumni association) -- www.SafetyBroadcast.com. Thanks!
  *Harry Palumbo, a Frankford High teacher and the guy who collects admission fees at the school's sporting events, lost his parents to cancer. Click here to see the story of how he's helping to fight this dreaded disease . . . Update:
Harry did complete the 2-day, 66-mile cancer walk from the Fox Chase Cancer Center to the Taj Mahal Casino on the boardwalk in Atlantic City. He did the final 17 miles with a 1 ankle sprain and called ex-football coach Mike Capriotti for some verbal help -- LOL.)
  *Sluggersville, a year-round training facility for baseball and softball players, is open in Northeast Philly. Click here for the facility's website.
  *Marc Baxter, former star quarterback at Mastbaum (Class of '91) and a QB/WR at Temple, is now a behavior specialist and motivational speaker. Among the items available at his website,
www.marcbaxterinspires.com, are links to Internet broadcasts.
 
*The Sports Chatter Guys -- Gene Giello, Paul J. Solari and Kevin Midgette -- are back on Philly airwaves: Mondays, noon to 1 p.m., on WWDB-860 AM. The show can also be heard on the Internet at www.WWDBam.com and by dialing 712-432-6621. That's right. You can access the show via your smart phone. Number to call in and participate: 610-664-4100. (The show is replayed Tuesdays from 7 to 8 p.m. and the podcast is available by going to "programs" and searching for Sports Chatter Show. Also, you can visit www.sportschattertalk.com.)
  *Joseph DeMayo, son of Joe DeMayo, long-time college basketball referee and the assigner of referees for the Catholic League, is experiencing a health issue (kidney failure) that has left him out of work and facing financial challenges. To help Joseph, referees Wally Rutecki, Michael Chesney and John Hughes have started a tax deductible fund. If you can contribute, please send a check to Joseph DeMayo Kidney Fight Fund, 533 Vernon Road, Springfield, PA 19064. Thank you.
  *Tom Zulewski, former website reporting stalwart during his days at Archbishop Wood High, is now enrolled in Penn State's John Curley Center for Sports Journalism. As part of that, he hosts an online show about hockey, The Sin Bin, that can be found Wednesday nights, 10 to 11 p.m., at this
website. And here is Tom's bio. All the best, Tom! 

BOOK ANNOUNCEMENTS

  *Click here for info about a book, written by Germantown Academy basketball all-timer Paul Hutter (Princeton alum), that examines the glory era of Ivy League basketball.
  *"When Winning Hurts", a book by player Porfirio Barrera about George Washington High's 1991 Public League football champions, is available for $12.95 at www.amazon.com, www.barnesandnoble.com and www.outskirtspress.com/bookstore. Click here for a synopsis. And click here for Ed Morrone's story from the Northeast Times. 
  *Click here to see information on a book, "They Kept It Quiet", by Dobbins product Cliff Carter, who led the nation in triples while playing for Temple in 1984.
 
  *Jim Smith Jr., a nationally known motivational speaker and prominent three-sport athlete at University City High (Class of '79), has authored a book entitled "The No Excuse Guide to Success". For more info on Jim's book, visit
www.noexcuseguide.com.
  *Click here for general info -- as well as info on how to purchase -- an e-book entitled "The Ultimate Phillies Trivia Quiz, Volume 2," by Lou Orlando. Lou was a great friend/SJ Prep classmate of deceased former basketball coach Eddie Burke (several Catholic League schools & Drexel).
  *Julius Thompson, a sports writer for the ol' Philadelphia Bulletin (early '70s to early '80s), has written a novel based on his experiences here. The prologue is available
here. Amazon's Kindle version of the book is available here. And Barnes & Noble's NookBook version is available here.
  *Longtime website contributor Ted Taylor has completed “The Duke of Milwaukee . . . The Life and Times of Al Simmons, Baseball’s Forgotten Superstar.” It is available by mail from TTA Authentic LLC, PO Box 273, Abington PA 19001. Cost is $15, which includes postage and handling (book store SRP of $11.95). It is also on sale at selected outlets, including the Philadelphia Athletics Historical Society in Hatboro, PA. The book was published by The Educational Publisher, 1313 Chesapeake Ave., Columbus, OH (www.EduPublisher.com). For additional info, or to schedule a book signing, contact Ted at ted@tedtaylor.com or 215-576-7212.
  *John McQueen, an All-Public basketball player for Dobbins in 1981 and now a member of Cabrini College's Hall of Fame for his hoops exploits there, has co-authored "Living Proof . . . The Gifts That Come Wrapped in Sandpaper," which includes
moving stories of triumph will uplift your soul and inspire your spirit. John is a successful entrepreneur with ownership and investments in health & wellness, food manufacturing, entertainment and computer software, and he has more than 25 years experience in sales and marketing with fortune 500 Companies. Click here for info on how to purchase the book. 
 
*Minister Kevin Benton, the Public League's top basketball senior in 1990 for Mastbaum Tech and later a college player at Delaware and Liberty, as well as overseas, has completed a book entitled "Field Trip to Hell," which he describes as autobiographical (chapters 1-3), theological and Christian fiction. The book, which includes anecdotes about such Philly hoops legends as Sonny Hill, Rasheed Wallace and Aaron McKie, is available everywhere, and online at www.barnesandnoble.com and www.amazon.com. For more info about Benton's life and book, visit www.kevinbentonministries.com.

SPECIAL NOTES
  *Clahar34 Films specializes in the capturing, editing, and production of athletic films and events. The films produced by our company have helped high school and junior college players receive scholarships, helped promote athletic apparel, and helped athletes receive professional contracts. Visit our website if you want to stand out from the rest, www.clahar34films.net.
  *Roman Catholic grad Alan Watkins ('89), a first team All-City basketball player, and then a star at Duquesne, needs a kidney transplant. The situation is not yet dire (Jan. '11) and Alan is receiving support from the folks at Einstein Hospital, but he would appreciate hearing from anyone who might be able to help. Alan may be reached at 215-207-4791 or
alwat35@yahoo.com
 
*The family of John Wagner is proud to announce the formation of The Coach Wags Memorial Foundation, which honors the late, beloved former freshman football coach at St. Joseph's Prep. The foundation's sole mission is to raise money for The Cancer Center at Children's Hospital. For more information, email THECOACHWAGSMEMORIALFOUNDATION@yahoo.com and/or check out The Coach Wags Memorial Foundation on Facebook. Please share your favorite memories and thoughts.