A spe­cial day of lacrosse at Manor Field

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The In­ter­boro Mid­dle School girls lacrosse team played host to the play­ers from An­der­son Mid­dle School in Philadel­phia and their coaches last week. The An­der­son play­ers are part of the Har­lem Lacrosse Pro­gram, which helps in­ner-city youth get their first ex­pe­ri­ence with the game.

An­der­son coach Jody Mayer brought her team to Manor Field in Ess­ing­ton to prac­tice and scrim­mage with the In­ter­boro team at the in­vi­ta­tion of Bucs head coach Dr. Chris Goldberg.

“They’re used to prac­tic­ing on black­top or in Cobbs Creek Park,” Goldberg said. “This was the first time they’ve played on a lined field.”

Many of the In­ter­boro girls wel­comed the chance to help the An­der­son girls learn more about lacrosse.

“We’ve all ex­pe­ri­enced what they’re go­ing through try­ing to learn the game,” said Dani Linker, an eighth-grader who plays cen­ter for the Bucs. “One of their girls came up to me and asked about what she should do, and I was happy to talk to her about learn­ing to bend down to pick up the ball and cradling.

“It made me happy the times they could run down the field and ac­tu­ally score goals.”

Mayer, is a for­mer field hockey and lacrosse cap­tain at Haver­ford Col­lege who was an as­sis­tant coach at Haver­ford last year.

“Har­lem Lacrosse is very in­volved with teach­ing atrisk youth the game, and also with pro­vid­ing them with aca­demic sup­port,” she said. “So many of these kids live in un­safe ar­eas, so their times at school and with lacrosse are some of the best times they have.

“There are Har­lem Lacrosse pro­grams in New York City, Philadel­phia, Bal­ti­more, Bos­ton, and Los Angeles, and they have helped have an in­flu­ence on the lives of more than 1,000 young peo­ple. (Our girls) are learn­ing ev­ery day.”

Aniyah Rogers, a sev­enth grader who plays de­fense, is among Mayer’s play­ers who be­gan prac­tic­ing last Septem­ber.

“I could see to­day how you have to keep run­ning af­ter them if they get past you,” she said of scrim­mag­ing against an­other team. “Some of us are as fast as them, but we have a lot of things we still have to learn.”

Fifth-grader Ni­lah Thomp­son has turned into an en­thu­si­as­tic learner, ac­cord­ing to her coach.

“I’m just happy I can be part of a team,” Thomp­son said.

The Sports Leg­ends of Delaware County Mu­seum on Iven Road in Rad­nor con­tin­ues prepa­ra­tions for its June 2 ded­i­ca­tion of a statue of Emlen Tun­nell, the Rad­nor High grad­u­ate who saved two lives while serv­ing with the Coast Guard dur­ing World War II, played for two NFL cham­pi­onship teams — the 1956 New York Giants and 1961 Green Bay Pack­ers — and was the first AfricanAmer­i­can elected to the Pro Foot­ball Hall of Fame.

The statue will be lo­cated out­side the Rad­nor Township Mu­nic­i­pal Build­ing on Iven Road.

For­mer Ch­ester High stand­out Ted Cot­trell will be among those at­tend­ing the statue un­veil­ing.

Cot­trell, who played at Delaware Val­ley Col­lege, was a sev­enth-round draft pick of the NFL’s At­lanta Fal­cons in 1969. He played line­backer in At­lanta for two sea­sons, then spent one year with the Win­nipeg Blue Bombers of the Cana­dian Foot­ball League.

He coached at Rut­gers Univer­sity for eight sea­sons be­fore be­com­ing lineback­ers coach with the Kansas City Chiefs. He also coached with the Buffalo Bills, New York Jets, Min­nesota Vik­ings and San Diego Charg­ers.

The Sports Leg­ends Mu­seum is hold­ing a year-long com­mem­o­ra­tion of the 100th an­niver­sary of the birth of Mickey Ver­non, the Mar­cus Hook na­tive who won two Amer­i­can League bat­ting cham­pi­onships.

The Mickey Ver­non video on www.sport­sle­gend­sofdelaware­county.com for the month of May is an in­ter­view in which Ver­non talks about a con­fronta­tion in the bat­ter’s box between him­self and pitcher Early Wynn, one of his for­mer roo­mates.

Go to https:// www.youtube.com/ watch?v=AhxFymDhAbm to see the in­ter­view.

Ky McNi­chol of Spring­field High girls bas­ket­ball and Mike DeLeo of Pen­ncrest High’s girls soc­cer ac­cepted Wil­liam McCray Memorial Coach of the Year awards at the Delco Ath­letes Hall of Fame din­ner last week.

“When I was grow­ing up, my par­ents — Mary Beth McNi­chol at The Academy of Notre Dame and Terry McNi­chol, for­merly of Haver­ford High — both were bas­ket­ball coaches,” she said. “My sis­ter (Kacy) and brother (Shane) and I have been around bas­ket­ball all our lives and re­ally learned to love it.

“I know I wouldn’t be here ac­cept­ing this award with the sup­port I got from them, my as­sis­tant coaches and our play­ers.”

DeLeo coached the JV boys soc­cer team at Pen­ncrest be­fore he be­gan coach­ing the girls team.

“You stand on the shoul­ders of those who sur­round you,” he said. “And that’s our play­ers and their par­ents.”

Bill Greto Jr. ac­cepted the Hall of Fame’s Hu­man­i­tar­ian Award on be­half of his fa­ther, Bill “Bugs” Greto, who has been di­rec­tor of char­ity golf tour­na­ments in the area for many years.

“One of my dad’s great­est at­tributes has al­ways been his heart,” Greto Jr. said. “He said that he shares this award with all the won­der­ful donors and golfers who sup­ported him over the years.”

The 1961-62 and 1962-63 Darby-Colwyn High bas­ket­ball teams, who won 50 con­sec­u­tive games on the way to a pair of state cham­pi­onships, re­ceived the Hall’s Team of Ex­cel­lence award.

“It’s great to know the won­der­ful le­gacy we left,” Charles “Pete” Cole­man, whose later brother, Arnold, played for a state cham­pi­onship team at Darby-Colwyn in the 197172 sea­son, said.

Among the other D-C play­ers who at­tended the Hall of Fame awards din­ner were Ron Baldino, Wayne Trent, Harry Collins, Dave Ken­nard, Charles Lans­berry, Adrian Har­mon, Rudy Taylor, Sonny Realer, and Rich Truitt.

Pen­ncrest se­nior Tara Hig­gins ran the sec­ond leg as the Lions placed third in the Cen­tral League 4 x 400 race at the Penn Re­lays Thurs­day af­ter­noon.

She then did a mad dash to get to the throw­ing area in time to get off a best throw of 137 feet, 1 inch to place fifth in the javelin.

“I was re­ally tired, but I knew I needed to trust my train­ing and form and get a good throw out there,” said Hig­gins, who is headed to Cor­nell Univer­sity. “I worked on build­ing my speed up into my crossovers and re­leas­ing at a good an­gle.

“The throw didn’t feel that great leav­ing my hand, but I looked over at the sign and was ec­static to see (137-1). Over­all the day was just a blast, and I’m re­ally happy with my per­for­mance and my team’s per­for­mance.”

Hig­gins has been work­ing with Pen­ncrest as­sis­tant coach An­drea DiFabio, who was a state cham­pion thrower and an All-Delco bas­ket­ball player at Sun Val­ley High.


In­ter­boro Mid­dle School girls lacrosse coach Chris Goldberg, sec­ond from left, and An­der­son Mid­dle School (Philadel­phia) coach Jody Mayer, right, got their teams to­gether for a prac­tice ses­sion and scrim­mage at Manor Av­enue Field in Ess­ing­ton last week.

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