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Friday, August 10, 2001

BASEBALL: Lafayette Hall of Famer Charlie Berry Recalled In Philadelphia Inquirer Story
The Philadelphia Inquirer/ By Frank Fitzpatrick
On the steamy afternoon of June 15, 1925, a day when the 93-degree heat would kill three Philadelphians, Connie Mack, wearing his customary three-piece suit, tie and high collar, was as hot as he was bothered. Perspiration produced by the heat and stifling humidity made the suit of the Philadelphia Athletics' owner/manager like a washcloth as he stood near the edge of Shibe Park's home dugout. The straw-hatted crowd scattered around the ballpark at 21st and Lehigh was small and irritated, too. Mack's first-place A's were trailing the Cleveland Indians by 14-2 in the sixth inning.

Tuesday, August 7, 2001

FOOTBALL: It's been tough for Lafayette's senior class
The Morning Call/ By Paul Reinhard
Andrew May arrived at Lafayette College in 1997 with a bit of a swagger. Excellent speed, sure hands and good size. All the ingredients for a successful career at wide receiver. "I felt I knew everything," May said recently. "I was a little cocky, young guy ... come into practice saying you're going to do this, going to do that. You forget that everybody on the team used to be their high school star as well." It was a humbling experience for the kid who brought an impressive set of credentials with him from Ketcham High School in Poughkeepsie, N.Y.

Thursday, August 2, 2001

BASEBALL: Outfielder has bat, will travel, Lafayette's and UMB Bank's Tye Gonser '02 piles up the miles to play baseball
The Kansas City Star/ By Stuart Goldman
KANSAS CITY, Mo. - From Oregon to Pennsylvania to Kansas City, Tye Gonser traveled many miles before landing in the Ban Johnson League to play summer baseball. Gonser is a left-handed-hitting outfielder for UMB Bank, which lost 7-5 to the BJ Raiders on Wednesday night in the first game of the best-of-five league championship series at Mid-America Sports Complex. Gonser went zero for five in the game. Nick Zicarelli and Josh Hydeman each had three hits, and Brad Nelson had a two-run homer for the BJ Raiders. Gonser helped UMB advance to the series with his performance last week in the B Division playoffs. In two wins over Milgram, Gonser was five for eight with four RBIs and four runs scored.

Saturday, June 30, 2001

FIELD HOCKEY: Leopards enjoy their 'field' trip
The Express-Times/ By Corky Blake
EASTON - The stick work. The passion. The facilities. The Lafayette College field hockey team experienced first-hand how its sport is treated in Holland, a country where little girls literally grow up with sticks in their hands. "I knew they would be awesome, and they were good," said Lafayette's Meredith Hahn, a right wing from Saucon Valley High School. "I was thrilled to go, it was exciting." Hahn was one of 16 Leopard players who made the 10-day trip to Holland late last month to sharpen their skills. The traveling party also included three coaches, a trainer and an administrator.

Tuesday, June 26, 2001

Bright taking a leading role
The Express-Times/ By Corky Blake
Conforming to the equity issues laid out by Title IX in the early 1970s has paved the way for women's athletics to flourish in the United States. But not everyone has come along for the ride in this land of opportunity. The National Collegiate Athletic Association, by its own admission, realizes there is a shortage of minority males in athletics administrative roles. The NCAA determined by its own study of race demographics in intercollegiate athletics that "minority males held only about 7 percent of the positions in athletics administration." That means whenever college athletics administrators convene, 93 out of 100 faces belong to either women or white men. George Bright, a College Hill resident, Easton Area School Board member and Lafayette College assistant director of athletics, lives this statistic every day.

Tuesday, June 19, 2001

BASKETBALL & FOOTBALL: Patriot tourney facing changes
The Express-Times/ By Corky Blake
Although nothing's official, look for the Patriot League to alter the setup for its 2002 postseason basketball tournaments. In the past, the women played three quarterfinal games on Friday and semifinal games the next night. The men contested their quarterfinal games earlier that Saturday, followed by the semifinals on Tuesday. The addition of American University now gives the league eight teams and one more quarterfinal contest. Consequently, the league most likely will play the women's quarters on Friday, the men's quarters on Saturday and all the semis on Sunday.

Wednesday, May 23, 2001

WOMEN'S BASKETBALL: Smith gets dream job as new Lafayette women's basketball coach
The Express-Times/ By Corky Blake
EASTON - Tammy Smith, Lafayette College's new women's basketball coach, said she's now living her dream. "I remember when I was coaching at North Warren (High School), I'd run home from practice, quick eat and then drive down to Lafayette to watch the women's basketball games. I remember thinking that one day Pat (Fisher) will retire, and when she does I want to apply for her job," Smith recalled. Smith, most recently the successful head women's basketball at Muhlenberg College, was introduced Tuesday afternoon to succeed Fisher, who retired after 21 years at the helm.

WOMEN'S BASKETBALL: Smith succumbs to Lafayette's pull, leaves Muhlenberg
The Morning Call/ By Jeff Schuler
Easton's College Hill has had a pull on Tammy Smith for quite some time. She's lived virtually in its shadow for the past 15 years or so, driving by Lafayette College and Kirby Sports Center on her way to work -- first through the 1980s as the girls basketball coach at New Jersey's North Warren Regional High School, then since 1994 as the women's coach at Muhlenberg College. As a high school coach, Smith could often be found at Kirby Field House, watching Pat Fisher's Lafayette women's team. Such opportunities became fewer after she became a college coach herself, but when her schedule permitted, Smith still found time to take in a few Leopard games. And when she did, she could sometimes see herself in Fisher's place on the bench. "I'd race down here to watch her coach, and I remember saying that I know one day Pat will retire, I know she will," Smith recalled Tuesday afternoon with a smile. "And when she does, I'm going to apply for the position and hopefully it will work out for me as well." That day arrived April 5, when Fisher retired after a 21-year-career with the Leopards. And Tuesday, just over a month later, guess who was introduced as her successor?

Sunday, May 20, 2001

MEN'S BASKETBALL: Lafayette men's basketball team names O'Connor as assistant coach
The Morning Call
Former Villanova and Drexel assistant coach John O'Connor has been named to the staff of Lafayette's men's basketball team. Most recently a top assistant at Drexel (1993-2001), O'Connor helped guide the Dragons to eleven post-season appearances including three NCAA Tournament bids and eight NIT appearances. Prior to Drexel, O'Connor worked as an administrative assistant at Villanova under head coach Steve Lappas.

WOMEN'S BASKETBALL: Myers among incoming Leopards
The Express-Times/ By Corky Blake
EASTON - Whoever the new Lafayette College women's basketball coach is, he or she will have at least three incoming recruits in the program. Pat Fisher, who retired after 21 seasons, said the Leopards secured the services of a point guard, small forward and center. As previously reported in The Express-Times, Lindsay Myers of Dieruff High School is the point guard recruit. The 5-foot-8 Myers averaged 20.5 points and 6.2 rebounds this past season in leading Dieruff to the District 11 playoffs.

Sunday, May 6, 2001

WOMEN'S LACROSSE: Lafayette lacrosse awaits decision on NCAA tourney
The Morning Call/ By Larry O'Rourke
The Lafayette College women's lacrosse team has done just about all it can to make the NCAA Tournament. It won 11 of its final 12 games to produce a 14-4 overall record. It won the Patriot League's regular season and tournament titles. All that's left is for team members to keep working out and keep their fingers crossed until tonight, when the NCAA field of 16 teams will be revealed on a Web cast. "It's tough to wait," junior Heather McClelland said. "We feel we should be in there. We've played teams that are going to be in the tournament and handled them pretty well. But it's not in our hands now." If the Leopards don't make it, many of them will at least be left with some nice parting gifts from the 2001 season.

Wednesday, May 2, 2001

WOMEN'S LACROSSE: Leopards still among league's best
The Express-Times/ By Robert Volkert III
This was supposed to be a transition year for the Lafayette women's lacrosse program. The Leopards have won nine Patriot League regular-season titles in the past 11 seasons - mounting a 46-3 record in league play during that span. But Lafayette lost eight seniors from last year's Patriot League championship team and entered this season with a rookie head coach. The team wound up 14-4 overall and 7-0 in the Patriot League. It won the inaugural Patriot League Tournament by defeating Holy Cross 4-2 last Sunday at Metzgar Fields.

Sunday, April 29, 2001

FOOTBALL: As planned, Lafayette gets through scrimmage unscathed
The Morning Call/ By Ted Meixell
Make no mistake, Spring drills are important, very important, to Division I football coaches -- be it the I-A or I-AA variety. But 99 44/100th percent of the important work is done by the time the annual "spring game" rolls around for the edification of teams' fans and alums. So the game itself is usually less than a pedal-to-the-medal deal. Lafayette College's Maroon and White game on Saturday was no exception.

FOOTBALL: Werrell, Wildasin catching on with Leopards
The Express-Times/ By Corky Blake
EASTON - A year ago, Jeff Werrell of Salisbury High School and Rob Wildasin were wide receivers in the Lafayette College football program. By the middle of coach Frank Tavani's first season last fall, Werrell and Wildasin were moved to defense to bolster an injury-depleted secondary. Saturday, Werrell and Wildasin showed they can still catch passes.

Thursday, April 26, 2001

FOOTBALL: Lafayette 'backer sees success ahead
The Morning Call/ By Terry Larimer
Nick Boccagno loves being a student at Lafayette College and having the opportunity to play football there, but he wishes the seasons would turn out a little more like they used to in high school. He thinks maybe next year, in his senior season, he might get that wish. "It seems like we won 11 games every year in high school," Boccagno said of his alma mater, DeMatha Catholic, the suburban Washington, D. C., school more noted for producing basketball powerhouses.

Friday, April 20, 2001

MEN'S BASKETBALL: Mugavero makes it official
The Express-Times/ By Bruce Buratti
Phillipsburg High's Eric Mugavero, The 2000-01 Express-Times boys basketball player of the year, officially signed a letter of intent Thursday to enroll at Lafayette College. A 6-foot-5 forward, Mugavero will be part of a Leopard men's program that won the Patriot League title under head coach Fran O'Hanlon in 1999 and 2000. He had given a verbal commitment to Lafayette in January. "I always wanted to go to Lafayette," said Mugavero, a Phillipsburg resident. "It was my No. 1 choice all along. Once they made the commitment to me, I knew I would go there. I think it was after that Franklin game (where Mugavero scored a career-high 43 points) that kind of solidified it for me."

Saturday, April 14, 2001

BASEBALL: Lafayette drops pair of baseball games to Crusaders
The Morning Call
Lafayette's Mike Tambellini took a four-hit shutout into the sixth before Matt McEvoy's RBI double tied the game and Dale Johnson's two-run double put Holy Cross into the lead. In the second game, home runs by Vince D'Angelis and Ian Burley gave Lafayette a 3-2 lead after four but Holy Cross answered with five unearned runs to take a 7-3 lead. Lafayette was the Patriot League's top hitting team.

Friday, April 13, 2001

BASEBALL: Alexander's great homer streak ends at Lafayette, but hitting doesn't
The Morning Call /By Jeff Schuler
After a 48-hour spring tease, April's showers returned Wednesday. The only local team to get its game in that day was Lafayette, which travelled to New York City for a non-conference game at Columbia. And the happiest person on the bus ride across New Jersey might just have been Craig Alexander, the Leopards' freshman catcher from Fairport, N.Y. When you're swinging the bat the way the 6-3, 200-pound Alexander has the last week or so, you want to get your hacks in, no matter the weather. Alexander's streak of five straight games with a home run came to an end in the 6-5 loss to the Lions, but he did extend his hitting streak to six with a single. Alexander is hitting .556 (10-for-18), with five home runs and a double, during his streak, which he carries into today's Patriot League doubleheader with visiting Holy Cross.

Wednesday, April 11, 2001

MEN'S BASKETBALL: Frank Barr only Patriot League basketball player chosen in USBL draft
The Express-Times /By Michael Blouse
In Tuesday evening's 16th annual United States Basketball League 10-team draft, Sweet made what he hopes to be a "sweet" move. Pennsylvania traded its ninth overall pick and fourth-round choice to Oklahoma for the fifth pick, then traded the fifth pick and a player to Lakeland for the second selection. All the wheelin' and dealin' was done so the ValleyDawgs could make La Salle University's Victor Thomas their first-round choice. Lafayette College's Frank Barr was selected with the 50th overall pick by Atlantic City. Barr, a 7-footer, was the only Patriot League player drafted.

Tuesday, April 10, 2001

WOMEN'S BASKETBALL: Legend of Fisher lives on at Lafayette College
The Express-Times /Editorial
Pat Fisher came along at the right time in one sense. She couldn't have foreseen the impending surge in women's scholastic sports, because she played and coached through it. She clung ferociously to it for more than four decades, like a rebounder fiercely hauls in the basketball after a tangle. Lafayette College's longtime women's basketball coach decided last week to retire and leave the bench for good. The 60-year-old Fisher attributed it to two things of which most people can relate - burnout and death. After her mother, Mae, died almost a year to the day before Fisher's announcement, Fisher began worrying about her father, Harrison "Bud" Fisher, with whom she lives. Pat Fisher said the lack of time spent grieving about the death of her mother because of the year-round demands of her job left her emotionally drained.

BASEBALL: Batters have upper hand in twinbill split
The Express-Times /By Corky Blake
FORKS TWP. - Monday was not a day to be a pitcher at Lafayette College's Metzgar Fields baseball facility. The wind was blowing out, the weather was uncharacteristically warm and the sun - remember it? - was shining for most of the Leopards' Patriot League doubleheader against rival Lehigh. Lafayette erased a 7-3 deficit in the first game with seven runs in the fourth inning and a decisive three runs in the sixth to gain a 13-10 victory.

Monday, April 9, 2001

BASEBALL: Leopards finally get a win, split two with Lehigh
The Morning Call /By Jeff Schuler
It's amazing what a little help from some friends can do for a guy. Take the case of Joe Saporetti, Lafayette's sophomore right-hander. To be sure, he had done enough damage on his own in his first four starts, allowing 34 hits in 19f innings, to earn the numbers (0-4, 6.96 ERA) he carried into Sunday's doubleheader at Metzgar Fields with archrival Lehigh. However, the Leopards also committed 17 errors in those four outings, and with a little better defensive help, Saporetti could've turned one, maybe two, of those losses around. But Sunday, the South Jersey native got rock-solid support that helped both him and Lafayette end season-long losing streaks.

Saturday, April 7, 2001

WOMEN'S BASKETBALL: Lafayette's Fisher left a lasting memory
The Express-Times /By Corky Blake
After returning to the office from Pat Fisher's retirement press conference Thursday afternoon at Lafayette College, I was compelled to call Ron Rohn in faraway Hamilton, N.Y. Who better to offer insight into Fisher's influence as a women's college basketball coach than Rohn? Rohn, the current Colgate University women's coach, went against Fisher twice a year in the Patriot League. He is a 1978 Easton Area High School graduate, where Fisher taught physical education for two decades before leaving for Lafayette on a full-time basis in 1980. Rohn progressed up the coaching ladder by serving as one of Fisher's assistants for three seasons after graduating from Fordham in 1982.

Friday, April 6, 2001

WOMEN'S BASKETBALL: Lafayette women's hoops coach Fisher announces retirement /Sportsticker
EASTON, Pa. -- Pat Fisher, the winningest women's basketball coach in Lafayette history, announced her retirement on Thursday after 21 years at the school. Fisher was 295-274 since taking over the Lafayette program in 1980 and was named East Coast Conference or Patriot League Coach of the Year three times. "It's been a very hard decision to come to," said Fisher. "I've been coaching basketball for about 40 years now, including high school programs, so it's very hard to imagine my life without it there. But there comes a time and a place when it's time to move on."

WOMEN'S BASKETBALL: Lafayette hoops coach retires after 21 years
The Express-Times /By Corky Blake
EASTON - Pat Fisher announced her retirement as the Lafayette College women's basketball coach Thursday, ending a basketball career that began in the mid 1950s as a standout player at Easton High School. "The decision was hard for me to make. It took a lot of thought and wasn't spur of the moment," said the 60-year-old Fisher, who coached Lafayette to 295 wins and 274 losses over the last 21 seasons. "But it's something I had to go through with, even though it wasn't easy after coaching college and high school teams for 40 years."

WOMEN'S BASKETBALL: Fisher era at Lafayette comes to an end
The Morning Call /By Ted Meixell
An era came to a close on Thursday at Lafayette College. The institution waved goodbye, although not completely, to one of its institutions. Pat Fisher, the winningest coach in Lafayette women's basketball history, announced her retirement after 21 seasons. Fisher, who also served as an assistant athletic director for several years, will remain at the college as an athletic administrator. Insisting that she "reached a concrete decision only within the last two weeks," Fisher told a media gathering that, although the decision to step down was a difficult one and entailed much soul searching, "It wasn't something I did on the spur of the moment.

WOMEN'S BASKETBALL: The recent death of Fisher's mother took its toll
The Morning Call /By Paul Reinhard
It was early in the second half of a Patriot League game on Feb. 4. The site: Lehigh University's Stabler Arena. The Lafayette women, heavy underdogs to a Lehigh team that had registered an easy victory in an earlier meeting at Lafayette, played with such aggressiveness and confidence in the first half that I thought maybe Pat Fisher, the eternal optimist who doubled as their head coach, was not playing hype games with us after all. Sure, the Leopards trailed by 12 at intermission, but they were doing more things right than wrong. Maybe they had really turned the corner and were ready to deliver the promise she had predicted from them way back in November and then again earlier this same week. But now, the game was slipping away. Lehigh scored the first nine points of the second half. The Pat Fisher I was accustomed to seeing in past seasons would have been jumping up and down on the sidelines, screaming instructions, yanking one player in favor of another, looking for something to make a difference. Strangely, she didn't get out of her seat.

Monday, April 2, 2001

BASEBALL: Boyd's 5 hits not enough for Lafayette
The Morning Call
Freshman right-hander Kevin Miller and sophomore right-hander Zach Allen each came out of the bullpen to help Bucknell sweep a Patriot League doubleheader from Lafayette on Sunday at Lewisburg. The 5-3 and 11-4 victories gave the Bison a four-game series sweep. Jason Boyd was the only Leopard with multiple hits in both games. He went 3-for-4, including two doubles, with a run scored in the first game, and was 2-for-3 with an RBI in the second.

FOOTBALL: Lafayette recruit Greg Gibbs mentioned in local story
The Morning Call /By Keith Groller
When Jim Morgans took over the Salisbury High football post two years ago, his goals were to make the Falcons a respectable program capable of competing with every Colonial League foe and to give kids in the program an opportunity to extend their careers at the collegiate level. Morgans, who guided Central Catholic to two state titles before going to Salisbury, seems to be succeeding. Salisbury has put together back-to-back winning seasons, and Morgans, who has also built a state championship powerlifting team with the Falcons, has now sent nine players on to play football at the next level, including four current seniors. Linebacker Greg Gibbs is bound for Easton and Lafayette, quarterback Matt Daley is headed to Wesley College in Dover, Del., running back Mike Kuebler will attend Delaware Valley, and, re-establishing the pipeline he had at CCHS, Morgans is sending offensive guard Mike Yorgey to Susquehanna.

Sunday, April 1, 2001

SB: Lafayette loses and loses and loses to Holy Cross
The Morning Call /By Tim Shoemaker
The Lafayette softball team Saturday learned there is something worse than being swept in a doubleheader -- losing all three games of a tripleheader. Holy Cross took advantage of big innings and big plays in each game to beat Lafayette by scores of 8-3, 3-2 and 5-1 in the beginning of the Patriot League schedule on a cool and breezy afternoon at Metzgar Fields.