Articles by Kenny Kasper

04/01/15 11:48pm
Recently hired Penn women’s soccer coach Nicole Van Dyke started from humble beginnings, but she comes to Penn with the ambitious goal of putting the Quakers on a national stage. Taking the program to new heights will be no small feat, as Van Dyke succeeds Darren Ambrose, one of the most successful and prolific coaches in Ivy League history.
02/20/15 11:07pm
Penn men’s basketball started Friday with the announcement that junior captain and leading scorer Tony Hicks was been suspended for the weekend’s games against Harvard and Dartmouth. Matters only became worse from there. The Quakers suffered a 69-46 slaughter at the hands of the four-time defending champion Crimson at Lavietes Pavilion Friday night, as Harvard won its 7th straight contest and Penn coach Jerome Allen recorded his 100th loss at the helm of the program. Wesley Saunders led the way for the Crimson (18-5, 8-1 Ivy) with a game-high 15 points while shooting 77.8 percent from the field, and Steve Moundou-Missi added 14 points to go along with four offensive rebounds. Playing without Hicks, who averages 13.0 points per game, the Quakers (7-15, 2-6) committed just three turnovers in the first half and entered the intermission down, 31-24, in large part due to 14 early second-chance points for the Crimson. The Red and Blue managed to cut the lead down to 31-28 with 17:23 remaining in the second half, but after that point, the tide turned for good.
02/15/15 11:17am
Nobel laureate Elie Wiesel once said that the opposite of love was not hate, but indifference.
01/28/15 11:59pm

Penn basketball looks to keep momentum up with first Ivy doubleheader

If the Quakers are lucky, their youthful squad can force their way into the Ivy race by capitalizing on home court advantage this weekend and sweeping the Big Green and Crimson for the first time in three years.
11/25/14 3:13am
Following the Quakers’ 83-77 loss to Lafayette Saturday night, Penn basketball coach Jerome Allen said the 2013-14 edition of the Quakers are sorting out who they are. 
09/27/14 11:03pm
Behind two unassisted goals from Midge Purce, the Crimson downed the Quakers 3-0 in the season’s conference opener, as the Red and Blue suffered their first loss to an Ivy foe at home since Oct. 8, 2010.
09/01/14 6:17pm
At the end of the day, the box score has no statistic to demonstrate the brilliance of an individual defender’s play, and what isn’t evident in a box score is rarely appreciated by fans. 
12/03/13 6:07pm
Playing on the road, the Quakers (2-4) will take on a 7-0 Villanova squad that made national headlines with wins over then-no. 2 Kansas and then-no. 23 Iowa to capture the Battle 4 Atlantis tournament championship, vaulting the squad from unranked to No. 14 in the Associated Press poll.
11/16/13 7:39pm
Why did Penn look so flat-footed and ill-prepared at the defensive end in the first half? Did it come down to strategy or motivation, head or heart? If you ask Fran Dougherty, it’s the latter.
11/07/13 3:43pm

A must-win for Penn women's soccer with NCAA Tournament in mind

For the first time in four seasons, Penn will play Princeton without a chance at an Ivy League title. But the Quakers still have a lot to play for.
10/19/13 8:39pm
Playing in front of a home crowd at Rhodes Field, Penn avenged last season’s disheartening loss with a 1-0 victory over the Big Green.
10/04/13 10:06pm
The Red and Blue secured their first conference victory of the season, snapped a four-game winless streak and kept their Ivy title hopes alive.
09/18/13 6:04pm
Senior captain Brianna Rano is the only remaining defender from that team’s back line, so she was a natural choice as a leader of the defense — or so it would appear.
09/05/13 5:38pm
Today, the women’s soccer season commences, and thus, it’s time for us sportswriters to get together and make predictions on matters about which we know not.
09/05/13 5:10pm
Counting down the top five moments from a Penn season that ended up just short of Ivy hardware
04/23/13 9:01pm

Kasper | Despite increased security measures, Relays will still triumph

The parallels between the Penn Relays and the Marathon are undeniable. They are each the oldest events of their kind in the United States, dating back to the twilight of the 19th century, when they first captured the imagination of the American public.
04/10/13 11:07pm
Armed with hot bats and a well-rounded pitching rotation, the Quakers (17-13, 0-2 Big 5) will take on Villanova (14-20, 2-2) Thursday night at Penn Park.
04/01/13 9:51pm

Uneven playing field for Penn softball

Due to Ivy League regulations, until this year Ancient Eight squads have been prohibited from starting their seasons before March 1. Across other conferences, many squads start in the second week of February.
03/31/13 6:26pm
In their opening weekend of conference play, the Quakers (13-11, 3-1 Ivy) swept Harvard for the first time since 2003, defeating the defending-champion Crimson on Friday at Penn Park, 6-3 and 7-2.
03/28/13 8:45pm
Charming their teammates with mischief and athleticism alike, seniors and New York natives Stephanie Caso and Samantha Erosa anchor the Quakers’ defense at shortstop and second base, respectively.
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