*In recognition of its 10th
anniversary, the Ivan "Pick" Brown Memorial Foundation, Inc., will hold an
awards ceremony Sunday, Sept. 28,
2 to 5 p.m., at The Church of the Holy Apostles, 260 S. 51st Street, in
Southwest Philadelphia. Among the sports honorees: Saint Joseph's University
coach Phil Martelli and Drexel coach James "Bruiser" Flint. To
register, contact Pop Brown at
firstname.lastname@example.org. Cost is $25.
*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
*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"
Cocktail reception begins at 6 p.m.
Seating starts at 7:30, followed by inductee introductions, dinner, then
For information on tickets, tables and
*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.
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
is now accepting applications for the position of head varsity football
coach for the 2015 season. Contact athletic Steve Langley at 610-544-3800,
ext. 1822, or via email at
*The commemorative book -- "La Salle College High School - 100 Years
of Football History" -- is about to be released. It was written by 1969 grad
Bill Wasylenko. Proceeds on book sales will benefit the school's Touchdown
Club. For now, you may reserve a copy of the book by visiting
this eBay page.
More options to be posted at a later date.
Fan Base Network (SFBN) is streaming games in 2014. To
watch the games, go to
www.sportsfanbasenetwork.com and click the "Live and On Demand Events"
link in the middle of the screen. Click on the selected game, then the video player will open up on your
screen. The game can be viewed on any computer with Internet as well as some
video capable smart phones, including but not limited to, iPhones. Also,
SFBN will be tweeting live during the game so feel free to follow us
@The_SFBN with the #sfbn. The game is FREE OF CHARGE for all viewers so make
sure you tune in to SFBN on Saturday night!
*Strawberry Mansion High will play its first varsity home game
Saturday, Sept. 20, 1 p.m.,
at 29th and Chalmers, a short distance from the school, vs. KIPP DuBois,
another first-year varsity program. Starting at 11 a.m. will be a tailgating
party with free food and drink as well as school supplies (as long as they
last) for Strawberry Mansion-area students. Also on site will be numerous
organizations with info about the resources they are providing, or will
provide, to area residents/students.
*The 2014 Pennsylvania Football News Resource Guide, which has 399
pages packed with schedules, all-time lists/records/etc., is now available.
and click on the book's cover to reach the page with complete info on what's
in the book, and how to order.
*Videos of the 2014 City All-Star Football Game are now available
for purchase. Contact Brian Fluck 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
*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
*If you are looking for specialty training
for a QB or WR, check out
*Philadelphia University will host a shooting/overall drills
clinic, directed by coach Herb Magee, for players/coaches
Nov. 23, 10 a.m. to 1
p.m., at the school, Henry Ave. & School House Lane, Phila., Pa.,
19144. Click here
for the registration form for players, and
for the form for coaches.
*Germantown Academy seeks one girls' team for a holiday
tournament, set for Dec.
Contact AD Jim Fenerty at
*Neshaminy High seeks one team for a holiday tournament, set
for Dec. 29-30. No
fee to enter. Contact coach Jerry Devine at
*Germantown Academy seeks an assistant coach for the girls'
Contact AD Jim Fenerty at
*Germantown Academy seeks a head coach for the freshman team.
Contact varsity coach/AD Jim Fenerty at
*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
*Baltimore City CC is seeking high-level players from the
Philadelphia area. Contact coach Terry Maczko at
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.
*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
*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
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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
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*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.