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GENERAL ANNOUNCEMENTS
 
*Team Stars & Stripes needs football seniors. This year's game will be played in Rome, Italy, on April 8 vs. the Italian National 19 and Under Team. Visits will be made to Pompeii, Naples, Sorrento, the Coliseum and Holy Rome. For more info, contact Bill Gallagher at bgnd72@comcast.net and/or visit this page on www.globalfootball.com
 
*A showcase event for unsigned basketball seniors will be held April 14 at Imhotep Charter. For more info, send an email to rasnasshaj@hotmail.com or call 267-973-3708.
 
 *Germantown Academy has a no-cut policy, so . . . This season the basketball program has enough players for TWO junior varsity squads. The second JV would like to play some high school CYO squads. Contact varsity coach Jim Fenerty at 267-405-7317. 
 
*Archbishop Ryan's varsity baseball team seeks a pitching coach. Contact coach Nick Chichilitti at baseball@archbishopryan.com.
 
*St. Joseph's Prep will host a clinic for football players currently in 7th, 8th and 9th grade on Dec. 28, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., at the school. Cost is $50. Click here for more info.
 
*Bill Clausen is selling City Title football programs from 1945 to 1979 (almost all seasons). Cost: $10 apiece. He may be reached at billpclausen@gmail.com.
 
*The Philadelphia Parks Alliance, in tandem with the Parks & Recreation Department, is working to help revitalize/activate rec centers across the city. It hopes to connect with Philadelphians, past and present (and especially pro athletes), who have been positively impacted by the rec centers, playgrounds and parks, and their employees, and would like to help repair the facilities and grow programs. If interested, please contact George Matysik, executive director, at gmatysik@philaparks.org or 215-879-8159. Thanks!
 
*Cardinal Dougherty grad Shaun Ellis ('04), a former Phillies draftee and pitcher in the minor leagues and independent ball since 2009, is offering pitching lessons. He may be reached at 856-617-3557 or shaunellis08@gmail.com.
  
*Temple alum Zorhab "Zoro" Kazanjian, who took photos of the Owls' athletic events for 50-plus years as a Temple employee, is now in an assisted living facility fighting dementia. His guardian, Peter Kind, is seeking funds to cover expenses for Zoro's continuing care. Checks may be payable to the Zorhab Kazanjian Fund and sent to TD Bank, 2050 Street Road, Warrington, PA, 18976. Thank you.  
 
*Click here for a special pic, as offered by current coach Lynard Stewart, that shows Gratz basketball coaching legend Bill Ellerbee and some of his biggest stars. Lynard is heading an effort to tell Bill's story via a documentary. If you'd like to provide support, please contact him at lstewartbulldogs@gmail.com or 215-753-5080 and/or check out this page and make a donation. Thanks.
 
*John Shiffert, who long entertained readers of this website with columns about baseball history, is planning to open a running store in Lafayette Hill. He is looking for investors. If you're interested, please email John at jas2writer@gmail.com. Thank you! 
 
*John Shiffert, who long entertained readers of this website with columns about baseball history, is looking for freelance writing opportunities. He now lives in the Philly area. If you know of any, please email John at jas2writer@gmail.com. Thank you!*
 
*Popular basketball referee Tim Tirabasso remains in a rehab facility and continues to battle inoperable brain cancer. His family needs help to pay for medical expenses. You may make contributions to a GoFundMe page here. Thank you!
 
*Click here for a link to the High School Sports Show, which airs every Monday, 7 p.m., on 610-AM.
 
*Website stalwart Mark "Frog" Carfagno is still fighting to make sure people know that Dick Allen belongs in the Baseball Hall of Fame. The next chance for election will come in 2017. Please click here to see how YOU can help. Thanks.
 
*Pat DiPilla, Neumann-Goretti's former athletic director and still a part-time trainer there, is starting a scholarship fund to honor Steve Smith's memory. Steve, N-G's football coach for three seasons (2004-06) and a '79 grad of the former Neumann, passed away Dec. 1, 2015. Donations can be made out to . . . "The Millay Club - Steve Smith Memorial Scholarship Fund" and sent to Ss. Neumann-Goretti HS, 1736 South 10th St., Phila., PA, 19148. Thank you.
 
*If you happen to have a copy of the Sept./Oct. 1990 edition of Philly Sports Magazine, please contact Isaiah Montgomery at hbgsharks25@gmail.com. Thank you! 
 
*Jim Lannigan, former football star at Father Judge High, has created a LinkedIn group for former All-City honorees in football, basketball and baseball. Post promotions that your company has. Promote a beef and beer that you are having for a charity event, Connect with those that are coaching or involved with the sport that you were involved with during your high school years, network, or just get back in touch, etc. Click here for the group's page.

SOCCER
 
*Matt Davis, former Bishop McDevitt multisport athlete and student writer for this website, is now the head coach at Mount Aloysius College, a D-III school in Cresson, Pa. (near Altoona). If you've got game and think you'd like to be part of Matt's program, send him an email at mattdavissoccer@gmail.com.

FOOTBALL
 
*Team Stars & Stripes needs football seniors. This year's game will be played in Rome, Italy, on April 8 vs. the Italian National 19 and Under Team. Visits will be made to Pompeii, Naples, Sorrento, the Coliseum and Holy Rome. For more info, contact Bill Gallagher at bgnd72@comcast.net and/or visit this page on www.globalfootball.com
 
*St. Joseph's Prep will host a clinic for players currently in 7th, 8th and 9th grade on Dec. 28, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., at the school. Cost is $50. Click here for more info. 
 
*Bill Clausen is selling City Title programs from 1945 to 1979 (almost all seasons). Cost: $10 apiece. He may be reached at billpclausen@gmail.com. 
 
*If you have a film of the 1973 Mastbaum-Southern game, please contact Michael Anderson at tandm1214@gmail.com.

 
*To purchase a copy of the DVD for the 42st annual City All-Star Football Game, please contact game director Brian Fluck at brianfluckwc@hotmail.com. Cost of $15 includes shipping. 
 
*Chestnut Hill College has started a sprint team (weight limit: 172 pounds). Would you like to give it a whirl? Contact coach Mike Pearson at PearsonM@chc.edu.
 
*The commemorative book -- "La Salle College High School - 100 Years of Football History" -- has been released. It was written by 1969 grad Bill Wasylenko. Proceeds on book sales will benefit the school's Touchdown Club. The book is on sale at home games and can also be purchased on this eBay page. 
 
*The Sports Fan Base Network (SFBN) is streaming games in 2017. To watch the games, go to www.sportsfanbasenetwork.com and click the "Live and On Demand Events" link in the middle of the screen. Click on the selected game, then the video player will open up on your screen. The game can be viewed on any computer with Internet as well as some video capable smart phones, including but not limited to, iPhones. Also, SFBN will be tweeting live during the game so feel free to follow us @The_SFBN with the #sfbn. The game is FREE OF CHARGE for all viewers so make sure you tune in to SFBN on Saturday night!
 
*Several game films from Bonner's 1984 season (with '83 to come) are available for viewing through Dropbox. For more info, contact Paul Golden at paul.golden@gmail.com.  

  *Bill Wasylenko, La Salle High's football historian, seeks tapes of games involving the Explorers from all eras. He already has many tapes from 1988 to 2012, along with a few from '75 and '76 and some from the early '60s. Bill may be reached at explorerfb@gmail.com.
 
  *If you would like to become a sponsor (or make a donation) for the City All-Star Game, please contact game director Brian Fluck at 215-386-2244, ext. 265, or brianfluckwc@hotmail.com

  *Videos of the 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016 City All-Star Football Games are now available for purchase. Contact Brian Fluck at brianfluckwc@hotmail.com for info.*


BASEBALL
 
*Archbishop Ryan's varsity baseball team seeks a pitching coach. Contact coach Nick Chichilitti at baseball@archbishopryan.com.
 
*Cardinal Dougherty grad Shaun Ellis ('04), a former Phillies draftee and pitcher in the minor leagues and independent ball since 2009, is offering pitching lessons. He may be reached at 856-617-3557 or shaunellis08@gmail.com.
 
*John Shiffert, who long entertained readers of this website with columns about baseball history, is looking for freelance writing opportunities. He now lives in the Philly area. If you know of any, please email John at jas2writer@gmail.com. Thank you!
 
*Website stalwart Mark "Frog" Carfagno is still fighting to make sure people know that Dick Allen belongs in the Baseball Hall of Fame. Please click here to see how YOU can help. Thanks.
 
*Former Episcopal Academy star Dan Williams ('04), now an assistant with the Churchmen, is the director of D-Will Performance, which is based in King of Prussia and helps players reach their potential by taking a cutting-edge approach to baseball development. Pitchers and position players are encouraged to contact Dan at 610-213-1958 or dwillperformance@gmail.com.

BASKETBALL
 
*A showcase event for unsigned basketball seniors will be held April 14 at Imhotep Charter. For more info, send an email to rasnasshaj@hotmail.com or call 267-973-3708.
 
 *Germantown Academy has a no-cut policy, so . . . This season the basketball program has enough players for TWO junior varsity squads. The second JV would like to play some high school CYO squads. Contact varsity coach Jim Fenerty at 267-405-7317. 
 
*Click here for a special pic, as offered by current coach Lynard Stewart, that shows Gratz basketball coaching legend Bill Ellerbee and some of his biggest stars. Lynard is heading an effort to tell Bill's story via a documentary. If you'd like to provide support, please contact him at lstewartbulldogs@gmail.com or 215-753-5080 and/or check out this page and make a donation. Thanks.
 
*Former University of Pennsylvania star Ugonna Onyekwe, a Big 5 Hall of Famer and former pro overseas, has created a website to help you improve your game. Click here
 
*Bill "Mr. Bill" Williams, long-time assistant at Southern, is selling DVDs of Philly high school games going back to 1989. Click here for his website page and contact info and here for an updated list of available DVDs.
  *If you happen to have a copy of the Sept./Oct. 1990 edition of Philly Sports Magazine, please contact Isaiah Montgomery at hbgsharks25@gmail.com. Thank you! 
 
*Games involving city-leagues teams are being telecast this season on www.sportsfanbase.com, with former Northeast High baseball star Ari Bluestein as the play-by-play man. Ari's twitter handle is The_SFBN. And click here for SFBN's Facebook page. 

  *Click here for ISAA's assorted offerings. 
  *Joseph DeMayo, son of Joe DeMayo, long-time college basketball referee and the assigner of referees for the Catholic League, is experiencing a health issue (kidney failure) that has left him out of work and facing financial challenges. To help Joseph and his family, referees Wally Rutecki, Michael Chesney and John Hughes have started a tax deductible fund. If you can contribute, please send a check to Joseph DeMayo Kidney Fight Fund, 533 Vernon Road, Springfield, PA 19064. Thank you.   

SPECIAL NOTES
 
*Please check out a business owned by Ed Kerr, Jr., a 1960 West Catholic grad and long-time supporter of the school's athletic programs (also mover/shaker in alumni association) -- www.SafetyBroadcast.com. Thanks!  
  *Joseph DeMayo, son of Joe DeMayo, long-time college basketball referee and the assigner of referees for the Catholic League, is experiencing a health issue (kidney failure) that has left him out of work and facing financial challenges. To help Joseph, referees Wally Rutecki, Michael Chesney and John Hughes have started a tax deductible fund. If you can contribute, please send a check to Joseph DeMayo Kidney Fight Fund, 533 Vernon Road, Springfield, PA 19064. Thank you. 

BOOK ANNOUNCEMENTS
  *The commemorative book -- "La Salle College High School - 100 Years of Football History" -- has been released. It was written by 1969 grad Bill Wasylenko. Proceeds on book sales will benefit the school's Touchdown Club. The book is on sale at home games and can also be purchased on this eBay page.
 
*Click here for info about a book, written by Germantown Academy basketball all-timer Paul Hutter (Princeton alum), that examines the glory era of Ivy League basketball.
 
  *Longtime website contributor Ted Taylor has completed “The Duke of Milwaukee . . . The Life and Times of Al Simmons, Baseball’s Forgotten Superstar.” It is available by mail from TTA Authentic LLC, PO Box 273, Abington PA 19001. Cost is $15, which includes postage and handling (book store SRP of $11.95). It is also on sale at selected outlets, including the Philadelphia Athletics Historical Society in Hatboro, PA. The book was published by The Educational Publisher, 1313 Chesapeake Ave., Columbus, OH (www.EduPublisher.com). For additional info, or to schedule a book signing, contact Ted at ted@tedtaylor.com or 215-576-7212. 

SPECIAL NOTES
  
 
*The family of John Wagner is proud to announce the formation of The Coach Wags Memorial Foundation, which honors the late, beloved former freshman football coach at St. Joseph's Prep. The foundation's sole mission is to raise money for The Cancer Center at Children's Hospital. For more information, email THECOACHWAGSMEMORIALFOUNDATION@yahoo.com and/or check out The Coach Wags Memorial Foundation on Facebook. Please share your favorite memories and thoughts.