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William Penn earns 17th DIAA Sportsmanship Award
By Sean Greene

William Penn football earned praise from the DIAA Executive Director (PHOTO: WDEL File)
William Penn joined 16 other Delaware high schools in being named DIAA State Champions in Sportsmanship for the 2013-2014 season.

The non-competitive award challenges schools to succeed in ten selected areas of sportsmanship including dealing with complaints, altercations that happen on-and-off the field, and organizing campaigns to promote sportsmanship and ethics.

The Colonials claimed their state-record 17th straight Sportsmanship Award, and Athletic Director Sabrina Perialas tells WDEL that everyone in the school has a piece in earning another banner.

"The whole school and the whole community have banded together to try to honor the creed of sportsmanship. Not only on the field or playing arena, but also in the community."

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Executive Director of the DIAA, Kevin Charles, says he's received calls in his office lauding the job William Penn's community competes at games, setting the bar for other schools in the state.

"I've had parents say to me: 'My child plays football as a lineman, and when they play William Penn he gets treated with respect. But when he plays other schools it's all dirty.' It's interesting to me to hear a parent of a student from another school say something about about a school."

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Perialas adds that competing students really are representing more than just themselves when they play.

"We challenge our student-athletes to make sure they honor the jersey they're wearing. We know that way back in 1972 that 'Mr. So-And-So' that might live in Penn Acres wore that number as well. We want them to wear that number with pride and dignity and represent their school."

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Tower Hill claimed their 9th honor, while Christiana, Glasgow, St. Mark's, Charter of Wilmington, and Sussex Central each won their first sportsmanship nods from the state.

The other winners (number of overall titles) were Sussex Tech (8), Concord (8), A.I. duPont (6), Caravel (6), Conrad (5), Woodbridge (4), Appoquinimink (4), Sanford (3), Smyrna (2), and Phillis Wheatly Middle School (6).

28 schools have claimed the award at least once since the award began being handed out 18 years ago.



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Mets rout Phillies 11-2; Wheeler strong again
By Rachel Cohen/AP

David Wright, (5), Curtis Granderson (3) and Ruben Tejada (11) greet Mets Daniel Murphy (28) at the plate after Granderson and Tejada scored on Murphy's fifth-inning, three-run, home run. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)
Daniel Murphy hit a three-run homer to back up Zack Wheeler's sixth straight strong start, and the New York Mets routed the Philadelphia Phillies 11-2 on Wednesday afternoon.

The Mets sent 10 men to the plate in the seventh inning, scoring five insurance runs off the Philadelphia bullpen to take two of three in the series.

Wheeler (6-8) gave up two runs and seven hits with four strikeouts in 6 2-3 innings. The 24-year-old right-hander has allowed two runs or fewer in six outings in a row.

After the Phillies went up 1-0 in the top of the fifth, New York quickly responded - with Wheeler helping himself at the plate.



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Phillies need to rebuild now, not dither
By Paula Wolf, LancasterOnline.com

Updated Wednesday, July 30, 2014 - 2:47pm

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Every couple of hours, I take a peek at MLBTradeRumors.com to see what news there is on the Phillies front.

With the July 31 trade deadline fast approaching, you'd think there'd be a lot to report for a team with numerous veterans who might appeal to contending clubs.

Instead, there's virtually no mention of possible deals - just some names of teams who might be interested in, say, Marlon Byrd (Seattle or Kansas City), Antonio Bastardo (Cincinnati or Pittsburgh) or A.J. Burnett (Kansas City).

Here's the problem: I've read more than once that the Phils don't seem to be fully invested in turning over their roster by trading vets for younger talent.

You have to be kidding.

What is the point of keeping Byrd, Bastardo, Burnett, Jonathan Papelbon, Cliff Lee or even Chase Utley when the Phillies are already a bad team with them? At the absolute bare minimum, Byrd should be dealt. He's the best power-hitting corner outfielder on the market, and some playoff-caliber club could certainly use him.

Things aren't going to get any better for the Phils, so they might as well acquire whatever pieces they can for these guys while the players still possess some value. And that value declines the older they get and the longer you wait.

It's as if the entire Philadelphia front office - not just General Manager Ruben Amaro Jr. - has failed to adjust to the club's current fortunes, where finishing in last place in the National League East, well out of a playoff spot, is the new norm. Heck, even the Mets and Marlins look to be moving in the right direction, while the Phils sink deeper in quicksand, their inertia making things worse.

The Phillies need to start acting like a rebuilding team, and fast. The Cubs are a good model, having used their ace Jeff Samardzija to snag Oakland's top prospect, shortstop Addison Russell.

We won't know who got the best of this transaction for a while - and if the A's win the 2014 World Series with Samardzija in the rotation, they have to think the loss of Russell was worth it - but Chicago now has the best minor league system in baseball, greatly increasing the franchise's chance for a turnaround in the not-too-distant future.

Of course, the Phillies already have more than $120 million tied up next season in nine players, and that's making it extra hard to find trading partners, because clubs are wary of taking on these inflated contracts.

But if the Phils have to eat some of that money to forge a deal, they should do it. It's high time Amaro and Co. realize the window of opportunity closed a long time ago - something most of us fans have known since 2012.

I also wonder if skipper Ryne Sandberg and his bosses are on the same page. Ryno is known to favor younger players, having managed at AAA Lehigh Valley, and he wasn't afraid to bench slumping first baseman Ryan Howard for three games.

But then Amaro comes out and says Howard will be the Phillies' first baseman in 2015. Was he sending a message to Sandberg, telling him the high-priced veterans should play, no matter how much they're struggling?

It's true Sandberg doesn't have the long history with Howard, Utley and Rollins that Charlie Manuel did, which could lead to friction. But he should be allowed to manage as he sees fit without real or imagined interference - as long as the job is his.



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Gausman sharp as Orioles beat Angels 4-3
By David Ginsburg/AP

Kevin Gausman pitched seven innings of three-hit ball, Adam Jones homered and the Baltimore Orioles beat the Los Angeles Angels 4-3 on Wednesday night for their seventh win in nine games.

Gausman (5-3) retired the first 14 batters he faced. The rookie allowed three runs and three walks in his first career start against the Angels.

Darren O'Day struck out two in a perfect eighth and Zach Britton gave up a single in the ninth before earning his 21st save.

The victory lifted the AL East-leading Orioles to 14 games over .500 (60-46) for the first time July 22, 2013.

Garrett Richards (11-4) gave up four runs and six hits in seven innings. It was his second straight defeat following a seven-game winning streak.



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Orioles say they won't dangle young arms for trade
By David Ginsburg/AP

Orioles vice president Dan Duquette says the team has no intention of trading young pitching talent, and he quelled rumors that Baltimore is close to landing Red Sox lefty Jon Lester.

As Major League Baseball approaches Thursday's non-waiver trade deadline, Duquette said Wednesday that the AL East-leading Orioles "have a couple of active discussions."

But he likely won't trade young pitchers such as Kevin Gausman, Dylan Bundy or Hunter Harvey.

Duquette says the team's pitching prospects "are very valuable to the long-term sustainability of the organization."

Lester is 10-7 with a 2.52 ERA. His contract ends after this season.

Duquette said the Orioles would love to add a solid starting pitcher, but when asked to address rumors of Baltimore chasing Lester, he replied, "That would be news to me."



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Rocks get good bullpen work in win over Hillcats
By Don Voltz

Jack Lopez hit a two-out, bases-clearing double in the second inning to give the Blue Rocks a 3-0 lead en route to a 4-2 win over the Lynchburg Hillcats.

Bubba Starling added a solo home run in the 8th to make it 4-1.

Luis Santos delivered five solid innings of relief in support of starter Jonathan Dziedzic, who lasted just three innings because of control problems.

Santos gave up just a solo home run in his five innings of work.

Tonight is the rubber match of the three game series in Lynchburg.



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