From the rifle championships of the early 1900s to 17 boys’ basketball crowns, South Philadelphia High has collected cases full of Public League athletic titles.
If everything goes according to plan, future Southern teams — and Public League squads across the city — could have the chance to compete for more prestigious honors.READ MORE
Southern’s football players walk into the locker room with their heads down after taking a 24-minute beating from St. John Neumann High. They were on their way to a 68-0 defeat, but at halftime, the 42-0 score was reason enough to feel dejected.
What was there to be positive about? They had no first downs, as most of their plays went for a loss or no gain. At that point, the Rams could’ve just taken off their uniforms and handed the win to Neumann.READ MORE
When St. John Neumann High teachers take roll, they automatically check off Jack Hatty’s name. The senior hasn’t missed a day of school in his life. Not at Sacred Heart of Jesus or Neumann.
“My parents urged me to go every day,” said the 17-year-old athlete. “They do everything for me, and I had to pay them back somehow.READ MORE
The locker-room doors are closed to the public. As the sky darkens, Bok football players and coaches remain inside, trying to deal with the frustration of a playoff defeat. Coach Tom DeFelice paces the room, offering words of encouragement.
This was, after all, a year with plenty of positives.READ MORE