*The friends of baseball & football standout Jimmy Straub (Judge '70) are
hosting "A Night of Magic with an Appearance by Joe Conklin", on Saturday,
April 26, 7 to 11 p.m., at
St. Ephrem's Parish Hall, Bensalem. Also appearing: the Eagles' Jon Dorenbos,
along with other magicians and entertainers. Auctions, raffles, music, food,
dancing, BYOB. Cost $50.00 per ticket. For tickets: Contact Norm Gunn at
or mail to: Friends of Jim
Straub; PO Box 7812; Atlantic City, NJ 08404. Or contact Gerry Sasse at
gacamp.org for information on Germantown Academy's numerous
*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.
*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
*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
*Delaware Valley College will be holding a youth camp July 14-17, 9
a.m. to 3:30 p.m., for ages 8 to 13.
The camp will be coached by the DelVal staff as well as current DelVal
players. To get more information or to register for the camp, please visit
*M.L. King's program is seeking donations. Click
*Cardinal O'Hara's youth camps will feature two sessions this
summer. Session one is June 16-19
and session two is July 14-17.
Registration forms are at
or contact Danny Algeo at 484 684-4314 or
*The 3rd Annual Greater Philly Showcase will take place Monday,
May 19, at Cardinal O'Hara.
College coaches from D-1AA, D-II and D-III schools will be in attendance.
For registration forms go to
or contact Danny Algeo at 484 684-4314 or
Joseph's Prep seeks JV games for weeks 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6 of the 2014 season.
If interested, please contact coach Gabe Infante at
email@example.com or assistant
Tom Sugden at firstname.lastname@example.org.
for info on Germantown Academy's summer camp, headed by coach Matt Dence.
*Germantown Academy seeks a game or scrimmage for Week One and a
game for Week Two (local opponents preferred). Contact coach Matt Dence at
*Prep Charter seeks an experienced O-line coach, preferably with
knowledge of zone-blocking schemes, for the 2014 season. Contact coach David
*Bill Sytsma, previously Neumann-Goretti's head coach, and of a pro
team in Italy, is hoping to again coach high school ball (offensive side) in
2014. He has nine years of high school experience, in addition to three in
Italy. He may be reached at 267-449-6904 or
*Harry Carr, previously a defensive coordinator at Roman, West
Catholic, Dougherty and Boys' Latin, and a coach for 35-plus years, is
hoping to become a defensive coordinator for the 2014 high school season. He
may be reached at 215-200-5313 or
*American Paradigm, a combination of Tacony Charter and First
Philadelphia schools, will make its debut next fall. Coach Ryan Nase seeks
assistants for QBs, LBs and DBs. Contact Nase at
*If you are looking for specialty training
for a QB or WR, check out
*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
*"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
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
*Videos of the 2013 City All-Star Football Game are now available
for purchase. Contact Brian Fluck at
here for a website that details the fight waged by former Neshaminy High football player Marco Dapkey against a form of
leukemia. There are progress reports, and information about
fundraisers and how you can help. Marco, who'd been picked as a
captain for the 2010 season, began his high school years at Bonner
and his mother, Rita, was a strong supporter, through her great
photography, of the Friars' football program. We wish Marco, who's
now at West Chester, and his
family all the best!
*Neumann University coach Jim Rullo will be hosting these camps --
high school teams; summer day; and elite for high schoolers in all
grades looking to play in college. All info can be found
*Bonner-Prendergast is seeking a varsity coach. Contact athletic
director John Hatfield at 610-259-0280, ext. 1264, or by email at
*Radnor High’s boys' team is looking for games for the 2014-15
season, home or away. If interested, please contact coach Chris
Monahan at email@example.com
*A team coached by Wood assistant Fran McGlinn is hoping to join a
tournament -- to be played in June at Philadelphia University --
that will net the winner $500,000. Wood grads Dan Comas and Fran
Dougherty will be part of it, along with Penn Charter products Sean
Singletary and Sammy Zeglinski and ANC's Samme Givens. The assistant
coach is Eric Dethloff, also a Wood assistant. Follow the
instructions below to help these guys get into the tourney. You'll
also be eligible to win prizes. Thanks!
Go to: www.thetournament.com
Click “Play” next to I AM A FAN
Enter your info and click “Create New Account”
You will immediately receive an email with a link that you click and it
will take you to the main tournament page.
Click THE TEAMS" at the top of the web page.
Find PHILLY PATRIOTS, click it and choose "FAN THIS TEAM.".
*Masterman's varsity hopes to enter a spring/summer league that
begins in late May.
Contact coach Tim Roache at
*The Shamir Harper High School League, which will cover the
spring/summer time frame, is set to begin
May 6. Games are
played at the Salvation Army Center, Broad and Fairmount. To enter
your high school's team, contact Harold Alexander at
*Baltimore City CC is seeking high-level players from the
Philadelphia area. Contact coach Terry Maczko at
here for info on Germantown Academy's summer camp,
headed by coach Jim Fenerty.
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.
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
with former Northeast High
baseball star Ari Bluestein as the play-by-play man. Ari's twitter handle is The_SFBN. And click
for SFBN's Facebook page.
here for ISAA's
*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.
*On Friday, May 2,
at 3:15, Washington will honor Jackie Robinson while hosting Lincoln in
a non-league game. The players will wear special T-shirts.
*The Rhawnhurst/NEO American Legion team will hold tryouts, all at
Northeast High, on Friday, April 25, at 6:30; Saturday April 26 at 1:00;
and Friday May 2 at 6:30.
here for info on Germantown Academy's summer camp, headed
by coach Tyler Stampone.
*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
*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
here for info on Germantown Academy's overall summer camp.
*The award-winning Play by Play Sports Broadcasting
Camps will return to Villanova in June 2014. Make real TV anchor and sports
reporting tapes, interview Eagles, 76ers and Villanova players, and do
play-by-play of a live baseball game. Past guests include ESPN's Sal Palantonio and Joe Lunardi; Comcast SportsNet's Leslie Gudel, Neil Hartman,
Michael Barkann, and Gregg Murphy; the Daily News' Dick Jerardi and the
late, great Phil Jasner; Eagles player Jon Runyan; NBAers Jameer Nelson,
Lavoy Allen, and Kyle Lowry; and Big 5 coaches Jay Wright, Fran Dunphy and
Phil Martelli. For more information, please call 215-668-1501 or check out
*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) --
*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 --
*Sluggersville, a year-round training
facility for baseball and softball players, is open in Northeast Philly.
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
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
*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
here is Tom's bio. All the best, Tom!
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,
for a synopsis. And click
for Ed Morrone's story from the Northeast Times.
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
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
here. And Barnes & Noble's NookBook version
*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
additional info, or to schedule a book signing, contact Ted at
*John McQueen, an All-Public
basketball player for Dobbins in 1981 and now a member of Cabrini College's
Hall of Fame
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
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.amazon.com. For more info about Benton's life and book, visit
*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,
*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
*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.