The restart of high school athletics in Pennsylvania will follow the state government’s coronavirus reopening plan, the PIAA board agreed Wednesday.
The Board of Control elected to use as a guide the state’s reopening instructions, which allow a county-by-county status change during the coronavirus pandemic. Under the Plan for Pennsylvania, many counties have gone from the harshest of the three phases, the “red phase” to the “yellow phase,” though large swathes of the Philadelphia suburbs into the Lehigh Valley remain red. Schools can only reopen when a county or region attains the “green phase,” and sports won’t happen if schools can’t open.
By Matt Smith
The PIAA Board of Directors will hold a video conference Wednesday to discuss, among other items, how to proceed with a fall sports season.
Coming up with a one-size-fits-all strategy won’t be easy.
Pennsylvania’s reopening plan is broken down by three color phases — red, yellow and green. More than 35 counties in the commonwealth have reached the yellow phase, which eases stay-at-home restrictions for many businesses. The state calls this “aggressive mitigation.” Unless you’re living under a rock, you’ll know that Delaware County remains in the red phase, the stay-at-home order, along with several others counties in the eastern part of the state.
The PIAA has been in lockstep with Gov. Tom Wolf and the Pennsylvania Department of Health in terms of handling this crisis and very well could follow the county-by-county strategy when it comes to fall sports.
That will be discussed Wednesday.
By Matt Smith
Dave Barr was perfectly happy in his role at Bonner-Prendergast.
Since 2014, Barr has served in the role of director of campus ministry and was the freshman football coach the last three years.
Today, the Haverford High grad is gearing up for his first season as the new head football coach at Upper Darby.
“If I was going to spend the rest of my time in my role at Bonner-Prendie, I would’ve been 100 percent happy. I wasn’t looking to leave,” Barr told the Daily Times. “That job has been the greatest blessing for me in my life, outside of my family. I’ve loved every day there. I wasn’t looking for any other position.”
When he heard the Upper Darby position was vacant, Barr was intrigued. The school offered him the position prior to Christmas break and he was hired in January.
“I got home one day and talked about it with my wife and I said I’m going to pray about this and see where my spirit leads me,” Barr said. “I decided to apply to just see where it went. I went through the application process to the best of my ability, but if it didn’t work out I was 100 percent OK with it. But I knew if I gave the application process my best shot and it worked out, then great, because I knew then it was meant to be.”
By Havenfootball.net Staff
As we were working on a new project during the lock-down we realized that with all the pages and pages and many years of statistics we published we had no easy way to look up season records (win/loss) for each year. We have now corrected that problem.
Appearing on our Statistics page you will now see a new line item in each “Seasons Stats” box labeled “Win/loss”. Clicking on that link will send you to a page that has a box that will show the total win/loss for the season as well as each game played, the opponent, the score, date of game, the leading passer, receiver, rusher and tackler for each game.
If you scroll down to the Statistical History you will find the same information for each archived year down to 2007. Enjoy!
By Matt Smith
Several of Delaware County’s best football talents made their college decisions official on the second National Signing Day of the 2019-20 school year.
Chester High made the biggest splash as five players from its senior class signed with Division II programs in the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC).
The Langley twins, Malik and Malachi, will play at Bloomsburg University next fall. The multi-purpose athletes were two of the best playmakers in Delaware County last fall and earned All-Delco recognition for their exploits as wide receivers.
Four-year starter and All-Delco defensive back Rafiqe Hilliard is heading to California University of Pa. He led the best defensive secondary in the county with 45 tackles and five interceptions.
Chester is also sending defensive stars Tamir Reese and Hakeem Bacon to the next level. Reese is going to East Stroudsburg, while Reese will join the Langley boys at Bloomsburg.
In the Catholic League, Bonner-Prendergast’s Charles Ingram and Oscar Uduma are heading to Indiana University of Pennsylvania and West Chester, respectively.
Both were standout defensive performers for a Friars team that enjoyed its first winning season since 2014. Uduma was first team All-Delco as a defensive end.
“At Monsignor Bonner, (I have) been through some rough seasons, but that didn’t stop my loyalty or dedication, it only made me stronger,” Ingram posted on Twitter. “After freshman year I started to become more serious about my football career and setting goals for myself.”
Over in the Central League, All-Delco offensive lineman Lance Schwartz signed his NLI with the University of Delaware.
“Thank you to everyone that has helped put me in this position,” Schwartz announced on Twitter last week.
By Landon Stolar
A new PIAA rule may affect as many as eight successful football programs. It’s called the “Success Factor” and over a two-year cycle, schools are now ranked on a points system, based on state tournament success.
All schools will have their success in post-regular season rated by the following scale: one point for participation in an entry level inter-district championship contest, two points for participation in a quarter-final inter-district contest, three points for participation in a semi-final inter-district contest, and four points for participation in a final inter-district contest.
Schools will have to reclassify up a class if they reach six points in two years. The PIAA identified the following eight schools as teams that have met the points requirement (potential new class in parentheses): Farrell (2A), Lackawanna Trail (2A), Southern Columbia (3A), Wilmington (3A), Aliquippa (4A), Cathedral Prep (5A), Imhotep Charter (5A), and Archbishop Wood (6A).
The other requirement for reclassification is “Transfers.” In football, schools must have what the PIAA considers to be be three transfer athletes to be eligible to reclassify. The PIAA reduced that number from five to three in October. These eight schools met the “Success Factor” requirement and have been identified as potentially reaching the “Transfers” requirement as well, according to the PIAA, though many plan to appeal based on the arbitrary transfer policy.
Final decisions will be made at the PIAA’s board meeting in January.
To read and learn more about the PIAA’s new “Success Factor” and “Transfers” policies, see the PIAA’s Competition Classification Formula.
Here are the Panther football players selected for the 2019 All-Delco Team:
Introducing the Strath Haven members of the 2019 All Central League Team –
By Havenfootball.net Staff
Just a quick note to our readers about the articles that appear on our web page. Our home page, the one you are viewing now, can only accommodate a fixed amount of “posts”. As the season gets more involved the articles will appear, move down the page, and then vanish from the home page. All posts, however, are stored in our archives. At the bottom right hand side of this home page is our Archives listing. It is listed by month. Simply click on the month you believe the article originally appeared and a list of the articles posted will appear along with the first few lines. Click on the headline and you’ll get the article, photos and appropriate links. Enjoy!