May 22, 2015
By Rob Parent
But in counties in and around Southeastern Pennsylvania, six other locally based all-star football games are scheduled over the last two weeks of May, including what once was a crown jewel of summer sporting events around here, the Delaware County Hero Bowl All-Star Football Game.
Now part of the busy spring mix, but still going strong for its 39th annual run-through May 28 at Cardinal O’Hara High.
“We’ve been practicing for it for two weeks,” said Chester High coach Tony Beaty, head coach of the “West” team. “We’ve got some kids playing lacrosse and baseball, but we’ve still got about 40 kids out for our team.”
The popularity of the event has varied over the years, but the Hero Bowl was always held for a good cause; the Hero Scholarship Fund benefits children of police, firefighting personnel and emergency medical service personnel who have died in the line of duty.
Webmaster’s note: If you can’t make the game you can listen, LIVE, right here on havenfootball.net! To link to our broadcast: Hero Bowl 2015 Broadcast
April 29, 2015
Havenfootball.net, Inc. has, once again, been asked to LIVE audio broadcast the 39th Annual Hero Bowl on May 28th. Kick-off is scheduled for 7:30 PM. Our game broadcast will begin at 7:15 PM.
The game’s venue has been changed to Cardinal O’Hara High School for this game. The school is located at 1701 South Sproul Road, Springfield, PA 19064.
Proceeds from the Hero Bowl will benefit the Hero Scholarship Fund of Delaware County which funds are used to provide scholarship aid for the children of police, fire fighters and emergency medical personnel who have lost their lives in the line of duty. The best players in the high schools in Delaware County are provided a forum in the Hero Bowl to demonstrate their skills. At the same time, an opportunity is provided for residents to make a contribution to a most worthy cause, the Hero Scholarship Fund.
We encourage businesses in Delaware County to help support the Hero Bowl by advertising on our LIVE game broadcast. All fees for advertising will be paid to the Hero Scholarship Fund of Delaware County. For rates and help in producing your 30-second spot please contact us @ email@example.com.
To link to our broadcast: Hero Bowl 2015 Broadcast
For more information on the Hero Bowl please click on this link: Hero Bowl 2015
April 21, 2015
Coach Connor talks about the current state of high school football, Panther football and the PIAA.
Coach Jim Connor has been teaching and coaching for 37 years, most of those years in Nether Providence. He began at the old Swarthmore High School and was the head football coach there. He has made a decision to leave the Strath Haven coaching job as Defensive Coordinator (he will continue his teaching career at Strath Haven as well as coaching middle school sports) and has taken a position as the Defensive Coordinator at Cardinal O’Hara along with his son Mike. We interviewed him in his classroom at Strath Haven High School in mid-April to talk about his career, his future and his feelings about the current state of high school football in Pennsylvania.
HAVENFOOTBALL.NET – Coach, give us a little background on your career.
CONNOR – I was head coach at Swarthmore high school and then I was the head coach here at Strath Haven when the school changed from Nether Providence to Strath Haven High School for the first five years. At the end of the five years I decided to try my hand at college coaching and went to Penn State and then kicked around at some colleges and coached at Widener and Swarthmore College. After that experience I decided I wanted to come back and be a high school coach. Being a college coach is just a tough lifestyle with moving your families all around and my kids were coming up so I wanted to be available to them as well.
March 28, 2015
It’s taken us many, many hours of work and effort since our site shut down in mid-January but we believe the effort has been worth it. What you see on these pages would not have been possible without the assistance of web designer, Paul Nuschke. He worked diligently (and patiently) to teach us the Word Press platform and we look forward to his continued assistance as we find bugs and problems.
While the format has changed the look and feel of the pages is very similar to our former site. We’ve produced a short video (above) as a brief tutorial on our new site and how to navigate around it and some of the new features we can offer in this format. Enjoy!
January 16, 2015
By Matt Smith
Jim Connor Sr., the longtime defensive coordinator for Kevin Clancy at Strath Haven, has been hired for the same position at O’Hara.
Connor is the first big name to join first-year head coach B.J. Hogan’s staff. Hogan was hired Nov. 12.
Connor was the architect of Strath Haven’s District One championship-winning defenses in the 1990s and 2010.
November 29, 2014
It’s been a tough year for Panther fans. Most of us had expected that we could return to the District One playoffs this year……with a little luck. We had luck all right, but it was of the ‘bad luck’ variety. We had trouble staying healthy and in spite of that and a roster of less than 45 players we managed to hang with almost every team we played. As a matter of fact if you go through and check out our Play-of-the-Games for this season you will see that we could have just as easily had a 7-3 season, maybe even an 8-2 which would have put us right in the middle of the District playoffs.
In spite of the problems our team hung in there and finished strong, winning our last four games.
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By Matthew DeGeorge
Following on Twitter in awe as Archbishop Wood racked up one lightning-quick score after another in a 44-7 dispatching of Great Valley in the PIAA Class AAA quarterfinals Friday, it was easy to think of it as an outlier.
Wood is a tremendous program fed by a seemingly endless talent pipeline, so it should be no surprise that the game between the District One and 12 champs got lopsided. It’s an aberration. An anomaly.
In eight PIAA games across Classes A, AA and AAA Friday, the Wood game is remarkably competitive by comparison.