*The City All-Star Chapter
of the Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame will hold its 23rd annual induction
banquet Tuesday, April 1,
5:30 p.m., at Cannstatter Banquet Facility, 9130 Academy Road., Phila., Pa.,
19114. Cost: $50 per person. This year's inductees: Robert Coleman, Joe
Corbi (deceased), Michael Corbi, Kathy Killian, Jim King, Hubie Marshall,
Brian McCloskey, Bill Mendek, Tim Murphy, Gene Otto, Stanley Parker, Dave
Pauley, Frank Sylvester, Robert Wheeler. For tickets, call Mike Polin at
215-601-7045 or write to PO Box 506, Pipersville, Pa., 18947.
*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
*The Mount Airy Church of God in Christ is seeking players (ages 8
to 18), coaches and administrators for its new Youth Flag Football Program,
set to begin in mid-April at
Simons Rec Center, in West Oak Lane. For more info, contact program director
Eugene Pough at 215-954-5925 or
email@example.com, or visit the program's website at
*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
*Tim Roken, offensive coordinator at St. Joseph's Prep, will hold a
clinic for QBs, grades 5 to 12, on
March 8, 9 a.m. to noon, at the school. Cost is $20. Contact Tim at
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
firstname.lastname@example.org or assistant
Tom Sugden at email@example.com.
Prep is accepting resumes for varsity head coach. Previous coaching
experience and all background checks are required. Resumes can be sent to
Kurt Ruch, Athletic Director, at
firstname.lastname@example.org. Any questions can be directed to Kurt
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
*Delaware Valley Charter High School (PIAA District 12) is seeking
applicants for the position of Head Varsity Football Coach. Please send a
letter of interest and resume to: Delaware Valley Charter High School Attn:
Will Cambria, AD
5201 Old York Road Philadelphia, PA 19144 or call 215-834-0747 for
*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!
*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
for information about an Unsigned Seniors Showcase, set for
*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.
*Archbishop Ryan's first annual Baseball Beef 'n Beer will be held
Saturday, March 8, 8 p.m.
to midnight, in the south cafeteria at the school, 11201 Academy Road,
Phila., Pa., 19154. Cost is $40 per person and $75 per couple. There
will be a DJ, food and beverages. BYOB. For more info, contact Nick at
here for info on Germantown Academy's summer camp, headed
by coach Tyler Stampone.
*Are you looking to be a volunteer assistant for a high school
baseball program in Philadelphia this January through May? This is a
great opportunity to learn and gain experience as a coach. Email
email@example.com for more 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
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.