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GENERAL ANNOUNCEMENTS
 
*Visit gacamp.org for information on Germantown Academy's numerous summer camps.
 
*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 normjpgunn@comcast.net or mail to: Friends of Jim Straub; PO Box 7812; Atlantic City, NJ 08404. Or contact Gerry Sasse at gsasse@penncharter.com.
 
*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
 
*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.
 
*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
http://athletics.delval.edu or e-mail nicholas.brady@delval.edu.
 
*M.L. King's program is seeking donations. Click here. 
 
*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 www.cohs,com/athletics; or contact Danny Algeo at 484 684-4314 or coachalgeo@aol.com.
 
*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 www.cohs.com/athletics; or contact Danny Algeo at 484 684-4314 or coachalgeo@aol.com
  *St. 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 ginfante@sjprep.org or assistant Tom Sugden at tsugden@camdencmo.org. 
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Click here 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 203-980-2626 or matthew.dence@germantownacademy.org
 
*Prep Charter seeks an experienced O-line coach, preferably with knowledge of zone-blocking schemes, for the 2014 season. Contact coach David Hand at dhand220@gmail.com
 
*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 billsytsma@gmail.com.
 
*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 csmc29@yahoo.com.  
 
*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 rnase@ap-schools.org.
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If you are looking for specialty training for a QB or WR, check out www.ace-training.co.  

  *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.**  
 
*Click 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!

 

BASKETBALL
 
*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 here.
 
*Bonner-Prendergast is seeking a varsity coach. Contact athletic director John Hatfield at 610-259-0280, ext. 1264, or by email at hatfield@bonnerprendie.com.
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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 chris.monahan@rtsd.org or 215-317-7733.
 
*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 “Fan”
  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 troache@philasd.org..
 
*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 h.alexander58@yahoo.com.
 
*Baltimore City CC is seeking high-level players from the Philadelphia area. Contact coach Terry Maczko at TMaczko@bccc.edu.
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Click here for info on Germantown Academy's summer camp, headed by coach Jim Fenerty.
 
*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
 
*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.
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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.
 
*Click 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 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.
 
*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 www.playbyplaycamps.com.
  *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.