Summer Olympics: Local Athletes Represented Big in Rio

Sunday night the 2016 Summer Olympic Games came to an end with a three-hour closing ceremony. The baton was officially handed off to Tokyo, Japan who will host the 2020 games.

olympics2The games concluded with the US taking a commanding lead in the medal count. The United States finished out the games with 121 medals, 46 of which were gold. Following behind were China and Great Britain, with 70 and 67 respectively.

Locally we were well represented in the games. Villanova’s Kyle Lowry playing on the U.S. men’s basketball team, while 4 locals represented our area in women’s basketball:
Tamika Catchings of Stratford, Ella Delle Donne of Wilmington, and coaches Dawn Staley of Philadelphia and Geno Auriemma of Morristown.

Maggie Hogan of Philadelphia and Matt Baranoski of Perkasie represented the US in canoeing/kayaking and cycling respectively. Phillip Dutton and Boyd Martin are local equestrians, and Miles Chambray-Watson a PSU student, was representing the U.S. in fencing.

Field Hockey yielded the most local representatives in Rio:
Katie Bam of Blue Bell,
Lauren Crandall of Doylestown
Rachel Dawson of Berlin (who incidentally went to the same high school as my niece and nephew, Eastern H.S. in Voorhees, NJ)
Katelyn Falgowski of Landenberg
Julia Reinprecht of Philadelphia
Katie Reinprecht of Philadelphia
Caitlin Van Sickle of Wilmington)
and Michelle Vittese of Cherry Hill

Rowing saw these local athletes for the men:
Tyler Nase of Phoenixville
Steve Kasprzyk of Cinnaminson
Glenn Ochal of Philadelphia
Sam Ojserkis of Linwood, N.J.

And the women:
Kate Bertko of Philadelphia
Devery Karz of Moorestown
Lauren Schmetterling of Moorestown

Shooting was represented by Matthew Emmons of Browns Mills

Women’s Soccer favorite and local legend Carli Lloyd of Delran was in Rio.

Women’s Swimmers on team USA included Kelsi Worrell of Westhampton and Cierra Runge of West Chester.

Men’s Track and Field events:
High jumper Ricky Robertson of Mount Holly
Shot putters Darrell Hill of Darby and Joe Kovacs of Nazareth

Women’s Track and Field events:
English Gardner of Voorhees also of Eastern H.S.)
Nia Ali of Philadelphia
Taylor Ellis-Watson of Philadelphia
Ajee Wilson of Philadelphia
Marielle Hall of Haddonfield
Priscilla Frederick of Sicklerville competed in track and field on the team for Antigua and Barbuda.

Joe Maloy of Wildwood Crest competed in Triathlon. And rounding out our local Olympians were wrestlers Jordan Burroughs of Winslow and PSU student Frank Molinaro.

Congratulations to all of the amazingly talented local athletes for qualifying, competing, and representing in Rio this year!

This Week in Local Music…

We’ve gone behind the scenes of some of Philly’s local bands. Check out our past interviews with the artists featured this week.

Week of November 17, 2014: Backstage Pass…
Brodi Valos

Backstage Pass: Kevin Kirk (of Kirko)
Kirko

Sunday Spotlight…Stems and Seeds
Stems and Seeds

Sunday Spotlight… Think Pink Floyd
Think Pink Floyd
Spotlight Sunday is Back With…The Dead Leeves
The Dead Leeves

Sunday Spotlight…Great Scott Band
The Great Scott Band

Sunday Spotlight… AJ Slick Band
AJ Slick

Music and Unity: 1. Thief: 0
Paul Keen

Sunday Spotlight… Spinning Straw
Mike Brill of Spinning Straw

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Your Week in Local Music…

Want an inside look at Philly Unified’s featured artists? Check them out..

Week of November 17, 2014: Backstage Pass…
Brodi Valos, Steal Your Face,  Jah People

Backstage Pass: Kevin Kirk (of Kirko)
Kirko

Jade Starling… Continuing to Keep Fans Captive.
Jade Starling of Pretty Poison

Sunday Spotlight…Stems and Seeds
Stems and Seeds

Sunday Spotlight… Think Pink Floyd
Think Pink Floyd

https://oneunifiedproject.com/2016/01/10/spotlight-sunday-is-back-the-dead-leeves/
The Dead Leeves

Sunday Spotlight… AJ Slick Band
AJ Slick

Music and Unity: 1. Thief: 0
Paul Keen

Sunday Spotlight… Spinning Straw
Mike Brill of Spinning Straw

 

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This Weeks Local Music Fix…

Before (or after) checking out one our featured artists, read more about them.

Week of November 17, 2014: Backstage Pass…
Brodi Valos, Steal Your Face, Jah People

Backstage Pass: Kevin Kirk (of Kirko)
Kirko

Mitch Schecter: From Local Philly Bands to A Successful Musical Career.
Mitch Schecter of the Rip Chords

Sunday Spotlight…Stems and Seeds
Stems and Seeds

Sunday Spotlight… Think Pink Floyd
Think Pink Floyd

Spotlight Sunday is Back With…The Dead Leeves
The Dead Leeves

Sunday Spotlight… AJ Slick Band
AJ Slick

Music and Unity: 1. Thief: 0
Paul Keen

Sunday Spotlight… Spinning Straw
Mike Brill of Spinning Straw

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This Week in Sports (Eagles Edition)

EAGLES

I have but one question for you Philly fans. Are YOU ready for some football?

While the 2016 Summer Olympic Games have been live from Rio all week and keeping many a die-hard sports fan satisfied (more on that later with an upcoming Olympic recap), seasoned Philly sports fans have been biding their time in the dog days of summer waiting for one thing and one thing only, the return of football season!

With The Phillies pulling together a season of highs and lows, and an interesting young core of talent, spending the post NHL and NBA days watching the Phils teeter slightly under .500 has been enough to keep some fans satisfied. But let’s face it, the summer time is a rough time for those who are true Philly 4 for 4 and more fans. Well, all if that ends today friends. The birds are back. And as we sports fans know, day one of preseason football only means there is more to come.

Already mired in a host of pesky issues like the unhealthy Jordan Matthews (WR), the impending suspension of Lane Johnson (OT) although at this time it is noted that Johnson is expected to play tonight, the injured Jason Peters (OT), and it wouldn’t be any fun in Philly without the usual Quarterback controversy.
What we will get to see is an Eagles era led by new head coach Doug Pederson  and rookie fist round draft pick Carson Wentz (QB) who is set to take his snaps in the second half of tonight’s game. And we will get our first test of how the Eagles corners will stack up this season as they go up against a talented Bucs receiving corps that includes Mike Evans and Vincent Jackson.
No doubt there will be a lot to talk about tomorrow when we all play Monday Morning (or in this case Friday morning) Quarterback.

What Eagles fans have to look forward to in the coming weeks:
Tonight!
August 11 Preseason Game 7:00 PM vs Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Lincoln Financial Field

August 14 Open Practice Lincoln Financial Field

August 18 Preseason Game 7:00 PM @ Pittsburgh Steelers at Heinz Field

August 27 Preseason Game 7:00 PM @ Indianapolis Colts at Lucas Oil Stadium

September 1 Preseason Game 7:00 PM vs New York Jets at Lincoln Financial Field

 

 

This Weeks Live and Local..

Week of November 17, 2014: Backstage Pass…
Brodi Valos, Steal Your Face, Chowder,  Jah People

Mitch Schecter: From Local Philly Bands to A Successful Musical Career.
Mitch Schecter of the Rip Chords

Sunday Spotlight: Pure Jerry
Pure Jerry

Sunday Spotlight…Stems and Seeds
Stems and Seeds

Sunday Spotlight… Think Pink Floyd
Think Pink Floyd

Sunday Spotlight…Great Scott Band
The Great Scott Band

Sunday Spotlight… AJ Slick Band
AJ Slick

Music and Unity: 1. Thief: 0
Paul Keen

Sunday Spotlight… Spinning Straw
Mike Brill and Spinning Straw

Wednesday Spotlight… No, That’s Not a Typo.
AM Radio

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This Week in Live and Local Music…

Week of November 17, 2014: Backstage Pass…
Brodi Valos, Steal Your Face

Jade Starling… Continuing to Keep Fans Captive.
Jade Starling of Pretty Poison

Sunday Spotlight…Stems and Seeds
Stems and Seeds

Sunday Spotlight… Think Pink Floyd
Think Pink

Sunday Spotlight…Great Scott Band
The Great Scott Band

Sunday Spotlight… AJ Slick Band
AJ Slick

Music and Unity: 1. Thief: 0
Paul Keen

Wednesday Spotlight… No, That’s Not a Typo.
AM Radio

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