High School graduate, Dan Quinn, is coaching in his second consecutive Super Bowl with the Seattle Seahawks as their defensive coordinator.
Quinn played offensive and defensive tackle at Morristown, where he was also a thrower for the indoor and outdoor track and field programs. A rare two-year captain who had started as a sophomore, Quinn quickly earned his teammates’ loyalty — as well as that of hundreds of players along the way. Majoring in Elementary Education, he had his sights set on returning home to teach and coach. Unfortunately, teaching jobs were hard to come by locally, so he began work with the defensive line at William & Mary and then Virginia Military Institute.
He spent the next five years as the defensive line coach and defensive coordinator at Hofstra. In 2001, he had a big break into the NFL with San Francisco. He’s had stints as an NFL assistant with the San Francisco 49ers, Miami Dolphins and New York Jets. He coached the defensive line in Seattle in 2009-2010 before leaving for two seasons spent as defensive coordinator at the University of Florida. He returned to Seattle in 2012 as defensive coordinator, succeeding Gus Bradley, who left to become coach of the Jacksonville Jaguars.
Shortly after Seattle takes on the New England Patriots in Sunday’s game, Quinn will be taking on a new role as Head Coach of the Atlanta Falcons. NFL rules dictate that Quinn cannot take the job until his team finishes its playoff run; but, he is relishing each moment he has with the Seahawks. “I am having an absolute blast with these guys,” said Quinn. “If I didn’t enjoy the moment of this experience, that would be crazy. … they (his players) are some of the most relentless competitors. Can you imagine being on the practice field with them? In the meetings, they are always trying to find an edge.’’
The Seahawks have won 11 of their past 12 games following a 3-3 start. Seattle is the first team to lead the NFL in fewest points allowed for three straight years since the 1969-71 Vikings.]]>
Council Rock South’s team was down four starters and trailing by 8 against Pennsbury Wednesday night. Joe Doyle was behind in the third period of the 170-pound bout. With only four bouts to go, Joe knew he needed a big hit. Doyle made the hit he needed to bring the CR South team to victory. He took Alex Cwenar down. He pinned him in 4:45. The pin gave the Golden Hawks a confidence boost as the Hawks won the final 5 bouts and pulled away the victory 40-27.
South (10-1 overall, 6-0 Suburban One League National Conference) was missing Joe Little, Luke Martoccio, Igor Kobzarenko and nationally ranked Riley Palmer. Pennsbury (15-7, 4-2 SOL) was a little shorthanded, too, missing a couple of starters. Pennsbury used four pins and a decision to take a 27-19 lead. Antonio Martoccio (106 pounds) and Spencer Hickman (145) pinned their opponents in the first period. Eric Mongiello (138) and Luke Kowal (160) added pins, and Connor Joyce (120) earned a decision. South stayed in it with pins by Ben Radner (113) and Zack Trampe (132), a major decision by Dylan Schwartz (152) and a decision by Robbie Fasciocco (126). Joe Doyle saved the match with his amazing hit.
The Golden Hawks play Friday night against Council Rock North in the District One Class AAA Dual Meet Tournament quarterfinals. If they beat CR North, Spring-Ford, and Boyertown they have a chance of winning the title! Good Luck, Golden Hawks!]]>
Former Northview baseball star, Shawn McCorkel, is excited to see players take part in an event so near to his heart. McCorkel participated in the event when it first began. The 20th Annual Wiregrass High School Home Run Derby has grown to something that has caught a lot of interest. “The buzz in the locker rooms right now is the home run derby,” McCorkel said. “That’s cool. They’re excited about it.”
Now, a coach with Dothan Post, McCorkel thinks back with fond memories of the times he competed in the derby. He even got to swing against Chipper Jones, who was an invited pro at the event during his early years with the Atlanta Braves. “Everybody plays home run derby in their yard, and they play video games and what not, but to be a part of the first one ever around here is neat,” McCorkel said.
The plans are to move the event around to different schools in the coming years, says Jon McLain, head coach with Dolthan Post 12, an American Legion baseball program. This year’s event will be held at Northside Methodist Academy. “They have done a really good job of upgrading their facilities,” McLain said. “One year we had it at Northcutt Field (Westgate Complex in Dothan) and nobody hit one over. This one (field) really gives everyone a chance. Even the smaller guys can get in a groove and win it.” Admission is $5 and benefits the Dothan Post 12.
The finals are scheduled to start at noon. That final round brings together the top three high school players who have advanced to slug away for the championship. Two professional players will also join the high school players in the finals. Former Troy University standouts and current minor league players Danny Collins (Pittsburgh Pirates) and Trae Santos (San Diego Padres) are the invited pros who are scheduled to participate. Three of the high school competitors – Reid Agrella of Dothan High, Andrew Benak of Northview and Hunter Lunsford of Northside Methodist Academy – were on hand for a press conference at the field on Monday. Agrella, a senior for the Tigers who has signed with Wallace College, finished fifth in the event as a sophomore when it was held at Rehobeth High School. “If you go up there and try to hit a home run, most likely you’re not going to hit it out,” Agrella said. “I just try to square it up, hit it hard, and if it goes out, it goes out. I think it will gauge me against the other power hitters around the Wiregrass area. If I come in last, if I come in first, I’ll just go out there and have fun.”]]>
The Track & Field Coaches Association of Greater Philadelphia congregated in Lehigh on Saturday to put local athletes to the test. Central Bucks East’s Patriots scooped up four gold medals. Among the winners were Oliver Boucher (400), Ata Shahideh (800), Jake Brophy (mile) and the Distance Medley Relay team of Josh Wood, Luke Harding, Louis Kettelberger and Josh Goetz. For Brophy’s first individual race in the state this season, he had a time of 4:31.19. With a time of 4:32.13, Sam Webb of Pennsbury followed slightly behind Brophy, followed by CB West’s Rock Fortna (4:33.33) and Joe Maguire of Council Rock South (4:33.87). Out of all of the events, the 3,000 meters proved to bring out the competitive spirit in all. Brian Arita of Council Rock North (8:58.09) just scraped past CR South’s Andrew Hanna (8:59.45). Bensalem’s Tyji Mays (9:07.28) and Conner Sands of CB East came in third and fourth respectively.
The 55-meter dash win was claimed by Chris Welde from Council Rock North with a time of 6.71. Sean Conway from Neshaminy took first in the 200, followed by Bobby Gablein of Hatboro-Horsham (23.58), Jason Tate of Bensalem (23.61) was third, and Adam Smoluk of Central Bucks South was fourth (24.48). Abington won the 4×400 relay in 3:34.18, with Neshaminy coming in third and Pennridge fourth. In the field events, Ryan Thomas of William Tennent won the high jump at 5-foot-10.
Returning to the track on Friday, Dasia Pressley made her presence known, but this time with a different team. She won the 60-meter dash at the Delaware Valley Girls Track & Fiels Coaches Associated meet at Lehigh University with a time of 7.78 seconds. Last year Pressley ran for Neshaminy, but now resides with Pennsbury. The Falcons presented Husniyyah Rogers, who won the 200 in a lightning fast 25.87. Meredith Twomey, also from the Falcons, came in second in the mile (5:17.91). Pennsbury junior Olivia Sargent won the 800 in 2:19.62. Amongst the other winners, Taylor Chapman of Pennridge cleaned up in the 400 with a time of 1:00.49.
The field events presented some shining stars as well. Rams’ Ariana Przybylowski was victorious in the long jump with a leap of 17 feet and one-quarter inch. In the shot put, Bensalem senior Amelia Ali was second with a throw of 35-11 while Owls teammate Elayna Arsdale was third in 34-2.5. William Tennent’s Ciera Romero (33-1.25) was fourth. Council Rock South senior, Marissa Johnson won the pole vault at 10 feet, with Pennsbury’s Alexis Mongiello (9-6) second. Shannon Taub retained her first place position in the high jump with 5-4 for CR South. A close second was Villa Joseph Marie’s Michaela Hollister at 5-3, with Souderton’s Moira O’Malley (5-2) third and Abington’s Victoria Collins (5-2) fourth.
Hannah Sexton of CB West won the triple jump at 35-1/4. Coming in third was Pennsbury’s Uche Onuoha (35-0), and CR South’s Emily Yemm (34-9) was fourth. The Distance Medley Relay was a local affair, as CB West (12:40.52) was first, just edging second-place North Penn (12:42.23) and Pennsbury (12:44.39) in third. Coming in fourth was CB East (12:49.53).]]>
“We made some nice plays,” coach Dave Howell said of his defense before switching to the offense. “But we had too many turnovers. I want our defense to make the other team play fast but when we get the ball I want to slow down a little bit.”
“It definitely feels good, especially to say we are doing well,” junior Denise Sacco said of surpassing last season’s win total. “We are getting our wins and they are deserving. We have worked hard at practice.”
The Lady Bulldogs held the lead the entire game! It looks like with practice and hard work the Lady Bulldogs were able to make improvements from last season. We wish you the best of luck and even more wins!]]>
Prior to November 1st, Bangor Area High School graduate, Robert Naylor, played in all eight Bucknell University games in the season with fifteen tackles, two tackles for loss, and one sack. Unfortunately, during a November 1st Bucknell football game, Naylor suffered a cervical spinal injury. During the fourth quarter of a game against Lafayette in Lewisburg, Pa, Naylor went down awkwardly while assisting with a tackle. He didn’t move a muscle while being placed in the ambulance.
Naylor, a junior defensive lineman from Upper Mount Bethel Township, underwent a successful spinal surgery on November 3rd and 9th. He was then transferred to Kessler Institute to being rehabilitation. On December 23rd, Naylor was able to leave Kessler with only minor assistance and return home for the holidays. He will follow-up with outpatient care for another three to four months. “As a family, we would like to thank everyone for their support and prayers in this difficult time,” said David Naylor, Robert’s father, in a statement released through the school. “Robert will be returning to Bucknell in the summer, which by then he will hopefully be fully recovered.”
“The Bucknell Football Family is grateful for all of the support that many have provided Robert Naylor and his family as he works through his rehabilitation,” head coach Joe Susan said in a statement.. “Our players and staff have kept in constant communication with Robert. His approach to this challenge has been comparable to his approach as a student-athlete on our campus and as a member of our team.” In December, Naylor was awarded the C. Dale Wolfe Recognition Award at the team’s banquet for most inspirational player. “His attitude, dedication and resolve have been exemplary to all of us,” Susan said. “He is an important member of our team and our campus and will return to both as he continues to play a significant role as a leader by example.”]]>
Ever since his premature birth in 1996, Matthew Tohon has had a challenging life. Despite his physical disabilities, he doesn’t make “I can’t” a part of his vocabulary. The Linden High School senior exemplifies courage, strength, and academic and athletic excellence in his community. After only six months of life, Tohon became paralyzed from the waist down after a spinal hemorrhage. He was unable to walk for the first three years of his life. With the assistance of a Physical therapist, leg braces, and forearm crutches, he was able to learn how to walk, starting with areas around the house.
“From the second grade up, I was able to attend public city district schools, but not without some complications concerning the wheelchair accessibility of the schools I went to,” said Matthew, who recalled attending a school for children with special needs from preschool to first grade. “But, all was well with the support of my parents, therapists, and school social workers.” Tohon’s courage and desire to stay involved in athletics put him in the spotlight for organizations that cater special needs athletes. Six years ago, Matthew joined the North Jersey Navigators Paralympic Sports Club, which introduced him to wheelchair track and field, archery, and swimming. “I’ve participated in multiple national and international competitions as well as local marathons,” said Matthew, who competed in July in his fourth National Junior Disability Championships in Iowa. There, he earned first place in 19 of his events. “In August, I represented the United States in my second IWAS (International Wheelchair & Amputee Sports Federation) Junior World Championships games in Stoke Mandeville, England, in which I received a bronze medal for the 1500-meter wheelchair race.”
Just this past September, Matthew participated in his second Westchester Paratriathlon, in Rye, New York. Matthew never stops challenging himself, and in doing so, must be diligent when it comes to training. “I go to training three times a week, with swimming on Wednesday, track on Fridays and archery on Saturdays,” he said. “I also train every day on racing chair simulation except for Sundays. Two upcoming competitions this summer – the National Junior Disability Championships (scheduled to take place in New Jersey) and the next IWAS Junior World Championship games in the Netherlands – will test the extent of his rigorous training. And, he never fails to top his previous records. “Every year, time wise, has to be an improvement against the year before,” he added about what motivates him to push harder with every competition.
This superstar doesn’t just stop at athletic achievement; he pushes himself academically as well. Matthew has participated in the Ivy baccalaureate program, and continues to excel in all of his honors classes. “I just received the Principal’s Honors Award for students earning straight scores over 90,” he said, a scholastic honor bestowed upon him since 2008.Linden High School Principal, Yelena Horre feels that Matthew is a very positive role model and represents the school well. “He shows what hard work and perseverance can accomplish. I am confident that he can accomplish anything he puts his mind to,” says Horre.
Matthew doesn’t see his disability as a limitation, rather, a challenge to push further and do better than he previously has. As he reflects on what being a part of the Linden High School community has meant to him, Matthew says, “I will remember how the staff tried really hard to congratulate me during the last couple of years and it’s surprising because they always take the time despite all they juggle that they still take the time out to recognize that.” Leaving us with a piece of this inspiring young man’s word, Matthew adds, “You don’t have to be the millionaire of the future or have a top-paying job to be happy in life. Just set goals for yourself and don’t pay attention to what others are doing because that will only slow you down.”]]>
“It felt amazing to be able to roll my first 300 game ever,” Sullivan said. “As I was rolling the 300 I was shaking like crazy and I did not think my teammates would go crazy and be loud like that, it was pretty cool.”
Sullivan finished the night with a 717 series score. The team finished the night with an 1177 game; this is the second time the team has rolled the high score this season. They have a chance to stay undefeated this season and a run at making it to states.
Congratulations Matt! We hope to see the Manchester Township bowling team make it to states!
On Wednesday, Amanda Smith scored her 1,000th career point during a 63-43 home game at Millville High School. The fans were excited and ready to witness this moment from the stands. Approximately twenty friends and family came to see Smith reach her goal. Even those that did not know Smith personally were cheering her on. The Millville High School senior became the 10th Thunderbolts’ girls’ basketball player to score 1,000 career points.
After she sunk a 3-pointer early on, the game paused for celebration. Her teammates brought out a banner, clad in the school’s colors, and awarded her a basketball, and a bouquet of blue and orange flowers. “It’s just four years of hard work,” Smith said. “I’m excited. It was nerve-wracking at first, I air-balled my first shot I was so nervous.” Sinking that second shot let the weight fall off her shoulders.
Despite their name, Vineland’s Fighting Clan couldn’t fight hard enough to get past the Bolts, who took the lead 41-14 by halftime. Smith received another ovation as she checked out. It was the second in her big evening that started like any other game night. Fighting Clan coach, Will Breese, gave a nod to his opponent after the game. He admitted that he was happy to see her hit the milestone. “No. 1, she’s an awesome kid,” he said. “It’s great to see her do that. She’s had some career games against us. You appreciate that as a coach.” Although Vineland showcased their tenacity at times, Millville took over for the second time this year. The Bolts won 61-30 in a Cumberland County Tournament semifinal on Dec. 27.]]>
On Tuesday, Council Rock North’s Girls basketball started the game against Council Rock South started the game with a lineup not initially anticipated. Missing three of their started, the Indians were set back due to injury, illness, and fouls. Despite the handicap, senior guard Michaela Finneyfrock and help from the end of the bench turned out to be just enough. Finneyfrock scored five points in the second overtime to lead Council Rock North to a 56-53 win over Council Rock South in a Suburban One League National Conference girls’ basketball game. The win moved the Indians to 4-1 in the league, a game behind first-place Abington. The teams face each other on Friday.
The Golden Hawks fell to 3-2 in the league. Finneyfrock finished with 17 points, eight rebounds and eight steals. “The girls stepped up and did an awesome job,” Finneyfrock said. “Not having Jess (Gerber) was definitely a big loss, but the team came up huge. We all just had faith in each other to make shots. It is a great team win.”
With six seconds to go and a two-point lead, the Indians almost won the game in regulation. An off-kilter free throw grabbed by South Senior, Allison Taub led to a layup, sending the game into overtime. “I was yelling at them, ‘Don’t let Taub beat us,’ and she goes in and got a layup,” Indians coach Lou Palkovics said. It appeared as though CR South was going to steal the win with this one, as they took the lead 52-48 with only 2:37 left in the second overtime. Allison Taub was fouled attempting to shoot, and CR North got hit with a technical following the play, leading to four foul shots. The Indians were not going to stand for a loss and pulled out all the stops. Finneyfrock scored a couple of baskets to tie the score, and center, Hailey Burns made two foul shots to push the Indians past their opponents, a score of 55-53 with 42 seconds left. After two missed free throws by the Golden Hawks, freshman Mackenzie Tinner made an aggressive drive to the basket and was fouled with nine seconds left. Tinner made one of two foul shots for a three-point lead and, fittingly, Finneyfrock stole the ball with 2.7 seconds left to sew up the win.]]>