From fifth grade through his sophomore year at Strath Haven, John Harrar focused on basketball. "I thought I was going to stick with the sport and play it in college," the 6-foot-8, 230-pound senior said. "But then the coach [longtime Panthers football boss Kevin Clancy] kept bugging me to come out for the team."
North Penn's Reece Udinski prefers not to discuss his passing statistics, possible college destinations, or record-setting performances. The senior captain is as humble and low-key as they come and more comfortable with deflecting praise to his teammates than talking about himself.
Mike Basilii says directing Lansdale Catholic's offense is "all about taking what the defense gives you." The senior quarterback did just that by mostly running the ball Saturday night in a Catholic League Blue Division opener against Bonner-Prendergast at Wissahickon.
Lansdale Catholic's football program now has a wealth of head coaching experience. Drew Gordon, who was in charge at La Salle for nine years, and Chris Felton, who directed Central Bucks West for four seasons, recently joined Tom Kirk's staff as offensive coordinator and defensive coordinator, respectively.
Mark Aquilante appreciates Tony Gallo for his leadership skills just as much as his talent on the diamond. "His work ethic is unbelievable," the Devon Prep skipper said. "He treats every bat like it's his last, hustles all the time. He sets a great example for the rest of the team."
Rick O'Brien has been writing for the Inquirer since 1993, primarily covering high school sports in Southeastern Pennsylvania. He focuses on football and boys' basketball and baseball, with other events (Penn Relays, regattas on the Schuylkill, etc.) and some pro sports mixed in.