X marks the spot for Del Val football

Posted on March 12, 2021 in Newspaper.

By Matt Smith Spring football has arrived in Delaware County. The Del Val League will embark on a six-week campaign beginning Friday night. In September, the Del Val announced it would not participate in fall sports due to concerns about the coronavirus pandemic. The league-wide shutdown enabled athletic directors from each school to explore options… Read More

PIAA weighing changes to football schedule

Posted on January 31, 2021 in Newspaper.

By Matt Smith The PIAA is considering major changes to the football schedule. The state’s governing body for interscholastic sports announced last week it is exploring the possibility of beginning the season several weeks earlier this year. According to executive director Dr. Robert Lombardi, the PIAA “learned some lessons” when it was forced to condense… Read More

Numbers indicate Central League did it safely, did it right

Posted on December 1, 2020 in Newspaper.

By Matt Smith This was a football season unlike any other in Delaware County history. The Central League got through five regular season weekends without any hiccups, completing a successful campaign that culminated last weekend with a championship final. The Central received plenty of criticism from parents for not starting sooner, but ultimately, the league… Read More

Adams, Ryder help Haven bowl over Haverford

Posted on November 29, 2020 in Newspaper.

By Matt DeGeorge The realization set in last week for Jaris Adams, that the end of the football season and his Strath Haven career was near. For the less perceptive Panthers, the running back made sure to provide plentiful reminders Saturday, in the huddles, during pregame and at halftime, with a vocal assist from classmate… Read More

No asterisks needed for title teams of unforgettable fall seasons

Posted on November 27, 2020 in Newspaper.

By Terry Toohey There are naysayers out there that will insist any championship won during this pandemic-shortened fall sports season should be accompanied by an asterisk. Don’t tell that to the Garnet Valley football team or the Jaguars volleyball squads, the boys soccer and field hockey teams from Conestoga, the girls soccer and boys cross… Read More

For coaches and players, merely playing was a ‘blessing’

Posted on November 26, 2020 in Newspaper.

By Jack McCaffery The third week of November was approaching, and for Joe Gallagher, that has always meant at least one thing. It meant it was time to be grateful for football. He appreciated it when he was in high school at St. James, when every Thanksgiving morning he would enjoy playing against Chester at… Read More

Football Notebook: Del Val teams look to unite with March start

Posted on November 19, 2020 in Newspaper.

By Matt Smith The Del Val League has a plan in place for its football teams next spring. As other leagues in the area reversed course on COVID-19 restrictions and returned to action, the Del Val stuck to its original decision, deeming it too unsafe to come back in the fall.   There was good news… Read More