What The Heck’s Happening in Districts I & XII This Week: Week Zero
Tagged under: District 1, District 12, News
Willie McGonigle | August 25, 2023
Hello and welcome to the 2023 season of What’s Happening in District I & XII! Join us every week as we take a look back at what has happened and look forward to what will happen in Districts I and XII
Strath Haven to Host Field Day: Strath Haven High School invites you to celebrate the reopening of George L. King Field on Friday, August 25 from 1-4 p.m. The famous Strath Haven Marching band along with Silvertones will be performing. There will also be raffle baskets and games. All this takes prior to the Panthers season opener against the Interboro Buccaneers which kicks off at 7 pm.
Helping Others off the Field: On the Wednesday of heat acclimation week the Garnet Valley Jaguars took time away from the field and hosted a toy drive for the children at Nemours Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children. In total, the team and community collected 1,619 toys.
Garnet Valley to host Salute to Service Night: On Thursday, September 14 when the Garnet Valley Jaguars host Haverford they will be honoring all members of the military and all first responders.
New Head Coaches: There are several New Head coaches this season in District 1 they are: Terrence Tolbert(Abington) Dennis Shaw(Chester) Chris Craig(Chichester) Cordaro Newkirk(Harry S. Truman) Tom Butts (Hatboro-Horsham) Dominic Gregorio (Lower Moreland) Kyle Beller (Pennridge) Darrell Dulany (Upper Darby) Tim Murphy (Unionville)and Colin Leach (William Tennent). In District 12 Ryan Nase(Northeast), Dan Skalski(South Philly) Deauntra Thompson Smith(Dobbins) Don Richardson(West Catholic), Gene Faust (Simon Gratz), Mark Ostaszewski (Ryan).
Bonner to Open the Season Overseas: The 2023 season the traditional Monsignor Bonner-Upper Darby season opener won’t happen this season. Thanks to Bonner heading over across the pond to Ireland where the UK’s NFL Academy. You can read more about their once-in-a-lifetime trip Here.
St Joseph Prep to Open Season on National TV: The St. Joseph Prep Hawks will once again this season get to play in front of National Televised audience when they travel to Ocean City High for a match-up with IMG Academy. The game will be broadcast on ESPN 2 with kick-off scheduled for Saturday at 7 pm.
Neutral Site for Coatesville-Pennsbury: Due to construction not being completed on the Pennsbury stadium the Falcons’ home game Friday night will be played at Harry S. Truman High School
Where will PFN Be this Week: For updates on these following games please follow on twitter
Pennridge at Downingtown East: @williepafn
Council Rock North at Wissahickon: @NStomsky
William Tennett at Council Rock South: @ArtisticMayhem1
Interboro at Strath Haven: @BPRicciardi
Downingtown West @ Abraham Lincoln: @afrankl3 Anthony also worked under the late great Ted Silary and will be honoring him at every game this season by carrying a clipboard with Ted’s famous “Only in the Pub” quote written on it.
Life Christian vs Imhotep: @pafootballnews
IMG Academy at St Joe’s Prep: @protime_pfn and @sykotyk
Farewell to a Philly Legend: This summer the Philadelphia High School Sports community lost one of all times great with Philadelphia Daily News Reporter Ted Silary passing away. I want to take some space and offer a farewell and thank you to a great man:
When I think about Philadelphia High School Sports the first name that comes to mind is Ted Silary. I first met Ted Silary during my freshman year at Cardinal O’Hara. It was during my sophomore year that I started to explore the possibility of pursuing a career in journalism. After O’Hara head coach Dan Algeo connected me with Ted I started writing for his site. It was because of Ted that my love of writing continued to flourish and throughout my time at O’Hara I continued to write for Ted and developed a friendship with him. Following my graduation, I continued to be a regular contributor to his site. I am just one of many people who got their start in journalism because of Ted. I know I speak for myself and fellow PAFootballnews reporter Anthony Franklin when I say Ted, thank you for everything you have done for us. Thank you for your mentorship, and friendship. Rest well my friend you are missed by all who ever had the pleasure of meeting you. I’ll never forget you, and I’ll miss you dearly my friend
Games of the Week
Rematch of last season’s District 1 6A Championship on opening night Garnet Valley at Central Bucks West Friday 7 pm
A mere 2.1 Miles separate these two schools: Cardinal O’Hara at Springfield Delco Friday 7 pm
Two Teams potential 6A Playoff teams match up in a early season test: Owen J Roberts at Conestoga Friday 7 pm.
Two Teams that can be considered favorites to win their respective District Championships: Perkiomen Valley at Chester Saturday 11 am
National Powers collide on National TV to open the season: IMG Academy at St Joseph’s Prep at Ocean City High Saturday 7 pm
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