From sitting next to him at Sunday breakfast, I learned everything I know about sports and sports writing. We’d sit together and read a profile on an up-and-coming pitcher or a big feature on the college football bowl games. He taught me how to read box scores and stat sheets, and when breakfast was over and the weather was nice, we’d all go to the park with a wiffle ball and bat or a frisbee.
The Quakers made a strong statement in their opening weekend of Ivy play, sweeping Dartmouth and splitting with Harvard. This weekend, they have the chance to start pulling away in the race.
This season, Penn baseball’s freshmen have been impressive contributors and have filled some holes left by last year’s graduating class. But much of their success has been due to the upperclassmen leadership, particularly from senior captains and offensive powerhouses Ryan Deitrich and Spencer Branigan.
The Quakers spent the time off from academics on a three-team, nine-game tour of the South, making stops at Williamsburg, Va. to take on William & Mary, Durham, N.C. to play Duke and Rock Hill, S.C. to square off with Winthrop.
Back when college football players didn’t wear shoulder pads and the most popular national sports were boxing and horse racing, Notre Dame and Penn were both competitive gridiron programs.
Van Roten, who graduated from Penn in the spring of 2012, is now more than halfway through his rookie NFL season with the Green Bay Packers and serving as a backup center.
Renovations of Hutchinson Gym have displaced the women’s rowing team from its normal indoor practice facility, forcing the squad to split time with the men’s programs in Hollenback and Franklin Field.
The Ivy League has a history of leadership in education and ground-breaking research, but this year it’s being recognized for its innovation in another category: student-athlete safety. “So what?” you might say.
For better or worse, every single game Penn has played this season has been hard-fought from start to finish, and fourth-quarter scoring drives have become quarterback Billy Ragone’s specialty.
The Quakers are locked in a three-way tie for first place in the league with Princeton and Harvard, and the outcome of Saturday’s game will determine how the final stretch of the season plays out.
Let’s just say this up front: The first four games of the Penn football schedule were rough.But here’s the good news: Columbia and Yale are up next.
What the Penn football team needs is to start a game strong, finish a game strong and keep up the momentum in between.
Harvard will be without Kyle Casey and Brandyn Curry, the school’s senior co-captain stars, for the upcoming basketball season. These are colossal, potentially season-ruining losses for the Crimson.
Penn’s last win against Vilanova was a 22-0 victory at Franklin Field in October 1911. Still, the Quakers have what it takes to unseat the Wildcats this year.
Last season, Penn’s offensive line consisted of one returning star and four question marks. This year, the line returns four starters, all but eliminating the lack of game-time experience problem.
Many recent Penn graduates have continued their athletic careers at a professional level by following ‘Plan A’ and fully committing to their dreams.
Van Roten, a 2012 graduate, recently signed a deal with the Green Bay Packers’ practice squad after participating in the team’s training camp.
Susan Francia became the first female Penn alum to ever win two gold medals in a single event.
Penn doesn’t have a varsity figure skating team. But maybe now that 2012 graduate Ami Parekh is looking to become the first figure skater to go to the Olympics from the University, they may look to promote the club sport.
Like Voiro and Van Roten, Barreiro said that while it’s not easy to go from Penn to the big leagues, persistence is the key to making it.