Charlie Concannon says one of the keys to his stellar batting average this season is a short memory. "A big thing has been my mental approach at the plate," the West Chester Rustin senior first baseman said. "I'm focusing on the next pitch instead of worrying about the last pitch or at-bat."
Roman Catholic made two huge breakthroughs this season. The Cahillites beat Neumann-Goretti to claim the program's first Catholic League championship since 2007 and 29th overall. Their 64-59 win at the Palestra also denied the Saints a record seventh straight league title.
Let the madness begin. The PIAA state boys' basketball playoffs begin this weekend with 29 local teams trying to reach Hershey and earn gold medals. Neumann-Goretti (Class AAA) and Constitution, which won in Class AA last year and is now in A, are out to repeat as champs.
In Downingtown, where football is usually king, Downingtown West is drawing considerable attention for its play on the hardwood. The Whippets are experienced and hungry after barely missing last season's PIAA District 1 Class AAAA basketball playoffs. They entered Saturday 13-1 overall and 6-0 in the Ches-Mont League National Division.
Rick O'Brien has been on our staff 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.