PIAA needs to rethink playoff system

Posted on March 5, 2019 in Newspaper.

By Matt Smith When the PIAA expanded its enrollment classifications from four to six in October 2015, there was a polarizing response. Although proponents of the system cited growing competitive imbalance among “big” and “small” schools, detractors believed that adding two classes was completely unnecessary. The argument remains to this day. There are too many… Read More

Delco Christian to join pioneering 8-man football league

Posted on March 1, 2019 in Newspaper.

By Christopher Vito The bus Nadir Bryant takes to school each day from his King of Prussia home arrived at Delaware County Christian School just as it had the day prior. There was nothing particularly noteworthy, just his morning routine, Bryant said. He de-boarded the bus Thursday, Feb. 6, and within moments was met by… Read More

Proposed legislation could tackle law blocking separate PIAA championships

Posted on February 15, 2019 in Newspaper.

By Matthew DeGeorge Conversations about separate PIAA championships for public and private schools, no matter how vociferous the proponents, have always reached the same dead end. Pennsylvania’s General Assembly, so goes the well-worn logic, would never allow it. The legislature, via Act 219 of 1972, bound together private and public schools under the PIAA; any… Read More

Brice is right for Chichester football’s change in direction

Posted on January 29, 2019 in Homepage, Newspaper.

By Matt Smith Bob Brice has taught social studies at Chichester High School for four years. He knows the students and understands that it’s been a long time since the varsity football team has fielded a winner. He’s looking forward to tackling the task. Pending school board approval Feb. 19, Brice will become the new… Read More

Pa. writers’ Class 5A, 3A, and A all-state football teams:

Posted on December 28, 2018 in Newspaper.

By Rick O’Brien Meet the 2018 Pennsylvania Writers’ All-State Football Team. Local players are in bold. Class 5A Player of the year: Daequan Hardy, Penn Hills Coach of the year: Dr. Jon LeDonne, Penn Hills Offense Quarterback Desman Johnson, Penn Wood, 6-2, 240, junior Evan Simon, Manheim Central, 6-2, 195, junior Hollis Mathis, Penn Hills,… Read More

Upper Darby clearly in the wrong by forcing Gentile to say so long

Posted on December 26, 2018 in Newspaper.

By Matt Smith There was a big high school sports story this month that stood out like a sore thumb thanks to questionable decision-making by adults in power. It was after dinnertime on Dec. 13 when word started getting out that Upper Darby football coach Rich Gentile was being relieved of his duties… eventually. I… Read More

Gentile to coach one more season at Upper Darby

Posted on December 15, 2018 in Newspaper.

By Matt Smith Upper Darby High School is moving on from longtime head football coach Rich Gentile following the 2019 season. In an email sent Thursday night to parents and guardians, Upper Darby athletic director Frank Nunan explained the decision to part ways with Gentile, who has been coach of the Royals since 1994. “After… Read More

All-Delco Football 2018

Posted on December 5, 2018 in Newspaper.

     Congratulations to all the Strath Haven Daily Times All-Delco Football players for 2018!  Zach Hussein First-Team Offense Running Back Ibo Pio Honorable Mention Running Back Sam Burk Honorable Mention Offensive Line     Emmet Young Honorable Mention All Purpose/Specialist Ethan Belville Honorable Mention Defensive Line John Prochniak Honorable Mention Linebacker   Jake Fisher… Read More

Rustin controls clock, ticks away Academy Park’s playoff stay

Posted on November 11, 2018 in Newspaper.

By Matt Smith Will Pileggi couldn’t help but flash a wide smile Saturday night. The West Chester Rustin quarterback completed 10 of 11 attempts for 124 yards and three touchdowns in a 42-6 trouncing of fourth-seeded Academy Park in a District 1 Class 5A quarterfinal at Strath Haven. “It feels pretty good right now,” he… Read More

Garnet Valley defense ‘fills holes,’ shuts down Quakertown

Posted on November 10, 2018 in Newspaper.

By Matt Smith  Nick Gabos and Danny Bradley each tried to avoid taking credit for a pass break-up in the second half of Garnet Valley’s District 1 Class 6A quarterfinal game against Quakertown.“It definitely wasn’t me,” said Gabos, pointing to his teammate. “It was Bradley.” Bradley smiled and nodded in affirmation, then said, “Let’s just… Read More