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Powerhouses in unfamiliar positions as SCT begins CBA, SJV enter conference tourney

first_imgPowerhouses in unfamiliar positions as SCT begins CBA, SJV enter conference tourney jerry woLkowitz Monmouth University-bound Chris Kenny, shown here in an earlier game against Freehold Township, and his CBA teammates will need step up their play if they hope to maintain their status as the Shore Conference’s top boys’ basketball team. The Colts will look to begin their defense of their Shore Conference Tournament title on Friday, when they face the winner of tonight’s St. Rose/RBC match-up. as No. 2 seeds By doug mckenzie Staff Writer There’s something different about this year’s Shore Conference basketball tournament. Usually around this time of year the argument is over which teams have the best shot at knocking off the top seeds, usually made up of squads from the local parochial schools who have established themselves as the elite programs of the Shore’s basketball scene. But this year the teams that are normally penciled into the No. 1 spots for the SCT when the season begins are finding themselves in unfamiliar positions. This year the Shore’s perennial top dogs have become underdogs as a pair of talented public school teams have played their way to the top spots in the brackets. On the boys’ side, the Colts of Christian Brothers Academy, Middletown, enter this year’s tournament as the No. 2 seed, despite the fact that they’ve won the last two, and six of the last nine, titles. However, this year it is the Neptune Scarlet Fliers, led by their dynamic backcourt duo of Taquan Dean and Terrance Todd, who have earned the top spot, primarily because they’ve already beaten the Colts twice this season. In their most recent meeting last Thursday in Neptune, it was the Terrance Todd show as the lightning-fast point guard torched CBA for 17 points in front of a raucous hometown crowd, leading his squad to a 57-47 win and the Class A North title. After defeating CBA for a second time, with both wins coming in convincing fashion, Neptune is the favorite to win the title, its first since 1998. Coaches always tell you that it’s difficult to beat a solid team three times in one season. CBA did it to the Fliers last year. Dean and company are looking to return the favor this time around, although they are being careful not to overlook anyone along the way. In order to get to the finals, Neptune will likely have to beat some quality teams. A solid Lakewood team got the No. 5 seed and will likely face fourth-seeded Monmouth Regional in the quarterfinal round. Monmouth is a very dangerous team at 16-3, and it raised eyebrows throughout the Shore when it nearly knocked off the state’s top-ranked team, St. Anthony’s of Jersey City, last month. The Golden Falcons have proven that they can play with anyone in the Shore and are among the leading candidates to pull off an upset of a top team. Another local team that could make some noise is Hazlet’s Raritan Rockets, who have earned the 13th seed and will face 20th-seeded Central Regional in tonight’s preliminary round. A win over Central will earn them a shot at Monmouth in the next round. The 12th-seeded Holmdel Hornets are another team that can be dangerous in SCT play. Holmdel, which faces No. 21 seed Rumson-Fair Haven tonight in its opening round game, is hoping for a shot at Lakewood. Both the Rockets (13-6) and the Hornets (13-7) are in the midst of successful years and are looking for solid showings in the SCT to propel them as they head into state tournament play. On the other side of the bracket, CBA will await the winner of tonight’s St. Rose/Red Bank Catholic game, while seventh-seeded Long Branch, an athletic team that could give CBA a scare, awaits the winner of the Red Bank Regional/Toms River North matchup. Sixth-seeded Middletown North will face the winner of tonight’s Jackson/ Mater Dei game in what could be an interesting second-round game. The Lions are having an excellent season, with four of their five losses coming to Neptune and CBA, and could be a candidate to knock off a top seed. They will meet CBA in the semifinals if they’re able to get by No. 3 seed Manasquan in the quarterfinals. The Lions won’t be looking past their first game, particularly if the 11th-seeded Seraphs get by Jackson. Mater Dei has quietly built a 14-4 record, and has raised some eyebrows with its solid play. When it’s all said and done, nobody would be surprised to see Neptune and CBA meet for a third time with the SCT title on the line. Neptune has been waiting since last season to avenge its SCT final loss to the Colts, and would undoubtedly be disappointed if the Colts were knocked off before the finals. Once in a while, CBA loses an SCT final, but it almost always makes it there. On the girls’ side of play, both St. John Vianney of Holmdel and Red Bank Catholic face a task similar to CBA’s. The two teams, who have become accustomed to battling with each other for the Shore’s top spot, are both battling for a chance to face the No. 1 squad, the Marlboro Mustangs. Marlboro earned the No. 1 seed by virtue of its two-point win over Vianney two weeks ago. However, the close outcome may have brought the high-flying Mustangs back to earth a little in the sense that, entering the game, they were expecting to have an easier time with the Lady Lancers. Vianney head coach Nick Russo’s squad put a scare into the ’Stangs and served notice that if and when these two teams meet again, Marlboro had best not take anything for granted. Marlboro will await the winner of tonight’s Jackson/Monmouth Regional preliminary round game, while Vianney awaits the winner of the Monsignor Donovan/Middletown South matchup. With Marlboro and Vianney securing the top two spots, Chrissy Fisher and the Rumson-Fair Haven Bulldogs crept into the No. 3 seed. Rumson is a very dangerous club and would like nothing more than to get another shot at Marlboro after getting blown out in its first meeting of the year. Rumson will face the winner of tonight’s Raritan/Point Boro game. Meanwhile, RBC earned the No. 4 seed and will face the winner of tonight’s Colts Neck/Shore game. The Caseys have come back to the pack this year with the graduation of both Jessica DePalo and Brooke Tomovich, but remain a dangerous club. With wins in their first two games, they will face the daunting task of knocking off Marlboro in the semifinals. Other local teams who will look to make some noise in SCT play include 11th-seeded Middletown North and seventh-seeded Freehold Township. The Lions will face sixth-seeded St. Rose of Belmar on Friday, while Township faces 10th-seeded Toms River East. The gap between the top three girls’ teams in the Shore and the rest of the pack is big. The Marlboro girls have been nearly unbeatable in Shore Conference play, and have Saturday’s loss to Our Lady of Lourdes, N.Y., fresh on their minds. They are not likely to slip up on their way to the finals. Vianney is also playing its best ball of the year and is eager to get another shot at the Mustangs. The Bulldogs are lying in the wings, waiting for their chance to pull off an upset. With the University of Maryland-bound Fisher in the paint, the Bulldogs are a certain candidate to do just that. Look for Marlboro and Vianney to make their seeds hold true once again. They are the two best girls’ teams in the Shore, and possibly the state. When they played that classic game two weeks ago, they gave the impression that they’d be meeting again. The SCT seems like the inevitable venue for that rematch. Don’t discount the possibility of an upset changing the entire scope of the tournament on either the boys’ or girls’ sides of the bracket. Anything can happen in SCT play, particularly this season, when something felt different from the very beginning.last_img read more

Moreno, Glackin, Toto stars of county meet

first_imgCBA wins team title BY TIM MORRIS Staff Writer BY TIM MORRISStaff Writer PHOTOS BY CHRIS KELLY staff Above, Raritan’s Mike Bucceheri looks good on take-off, but has a tough landing while competing in the long jump at Saturday’s Monmouth County Championships in Brick. Below, Middletown South’s Knowshon Moreno wins the 100–meter dash, one of three gold medals he won on the day. Track and field may not be Knowshon Moreno’s No. 1 sport, but don’t tell that to the competition. The Middletown South sprinter/jumper captured three titles at the Monmouth County Track and Field Championships, held Thursday and Saturday at Brick Township High School. Moreno outlasted Monmouth Regional’s Charles Cox in one of the meet’s most anticipated races, the boys 100-meter dash. Cox, a sophomore, had beaten Moreno in a dual meet, and Saturday was the rematch. “I knew he’d push me the whole way,” Moreno said. “I knew he would be there.” With neither sprinter gaining an edge out of the blocks, at 50 meters the runners were side by side. They stayed the way until the final meters, where Moreno’s strength prevailed as Cox tied up ever so slightly, but enough to the give the soaring Eagle the edge on the line. “I got out of the blocks pretty good,” Moreno said. “From there it was a matter of holding the momentum and speed.” Moreno stopped the clock in 11.1 to win his first country sprint crown. Cox was second in the same time. Track and field may help Moreno get faster and stronger for football, but he pointed out that it is still a competition. “Basically, it’s about competition,” he said. “You want to compete and you want to do your best.” Moreno collected his first gold medal on Thursday when he had another athlete push him, Manalapan’s Adam Hegel, in the triple jump. With just one round of jumps remaining, the Brave was in the lead at 42-9. But Moreno rose to the occasion and took the championship away from Hegel with a 43-8 1/2 effort. “I had to do something on my last jump,” he said. After his 100-meter win Saturday, Moreno went to the long jump and picked up his third title of the championship. He won his second straight title with a jump of 21-1 1/2. Moreno wasn’t the only multiwinner at the county championships. Peter Glackin, following in the footsteps of his brother Nat Glackin, helped Christian Brothers Academy (CBA) claim another team championship with a pair of wins. Nat Glackin, who is now running for Georgetown, was a 400 intermediate hurdles and 800 specialist for the Colts. Peter Glackin won both Saturday. He began his big day with a come-from-behind win in the 800 (1:57.27). He came back later to win the demanding 400 hurdles by more than a second in 55.51. Glackin’s day was not done as he teamed up with Brandon Leniart, Brandon Pierson and David McLaughlin to win the 1,600-meter relay in 3:25.03. CBA totaled 76 points to outdistance runner-up Middletown South (46). Matawan’s Matt Bradley won the pole vault at 14-0. The senior took a crack 14-7 to top the conference record of 14-6 set last year by Adam Sarafian, of Ocean Township. Also collecting gold was Middletown North’s Tom Rice, who was the only jumper at 6-6. Ever since the late Bob Roggy put Holmdel on the national map as an NCAA champion and American record holder in the javelin, the spear has been a Hornet tradition. Keven Waldron continued the tradition by winning the javelin with a 171-11 mark. Glackin and Moreno were named the meet’s Most Outstanding Track and Most Outstanding Field performers. On the girls’ side, Middletown South’s Julianne Toto is at the point where she is breaking her own records. The 2005 Penn Relays high school champion cleared 12-0 to break her 2004 meet record of 11-0. Toto, a senior, was the only vault over 10-0. The meet record earned Toto Most Outstanding Field Performer honors. Matawan had a pair of winners in the field. Zakeyan Pitts won the javelin 124-3 and Donna Alexander won the triple jump in a meet record 35-10. She topped by 1 foot the record set last year by Howell’s Devin Barnett. Ocean Township and its fleet sprinters, led by four-time champion Tiffany Grant, was the girls’ team champion with 72 points. Matawan had the best local finish in fourth place (36). The Shore Conference Championships are up next this weekend at Brick Township. The meet will be held on Friday and Saturday.last_img read more

Netherlands draw Germany in pick of Euro 2020 qualifying groups

first_imgThe Netherlands and Germany were grouped together in qualification for the 2020 European Championship at Sunday’s draw in Dublin, one of 12 host cities for the finals that will be staged across the continent for the first time.Germany, the team everyone wanted to avoid after their poor showing in UEFA’s new Nations League competition pushed them into the second pot of seeds, will also play Northern Ireland, Estonia and Belarus in Group C when the qualification competition begins in March.The Dutch, European champions in 1988, failed to qualify for the last two major tournaments but have been rejuvenated under new coach Ronald Koeman, beating Germany last month on their way to securing a spot in the final stages of the Nations League.“I wasn’t happy because they are strong, they were the strongest team in the second pot, but Germany are also not happy with Holland, I think,” Koeman, the former Ajax and Everton manager, told reporters.“I think the rest of the draw is acceptable but with the Germans, it will be a good fight. We know it will be tough to beat them. The development of the team is really positive and we look forward.”Holders Portugal must face Ukraine and Serbia in a tricky five-team Group B which also includes Lithuania and Luxemburg while world champions France drew Iceland and Turkey in Group H.Elsewhere three-times champions Spain were drawn in Group F with Sweden, Norway and Romania. England, one of the other in-form teams from the Nations League, face the Czech Republic and Bulgaria in Group A.“AVOID GERMANY”The top two teams from each group qualify automatically. Unlike previous tournaments, the playoffs to decide the four other spots will be contested between the most successful teams from the four divisions of the Nations League who have not already qualified.“I would say it’s a group with three candidates for two places, and Portugal are one of them,” said Portugal coach Fernando Santos.“We escaped playing Germany… or Germany escaped playing us. You could say the group is less difficult because Germany are not there but that would not be true. Ukraine and Serbia are difficult.”Hoping to restore his team’s credibility after they failed to qualify for the World Cup, Italy coach Roberto Mancini was also happy to avoid Germany after his side were drawn in Group J along with teams including Bosnia, Finland and Greece.“A good draw, the aim was to avoid Germany,” he said. “We need to improve and get back to being among the top teams.”The new format offers a potential back door for any top side that struggles in qualifying, while also handing the leading minnows from the lowest Nations League division — Kosovo, Georgia, Belarus and Macedonia — a crack at the last qualification place.The finals will take place in 12 different cities stretching from Bilbao in Spain to Baku in Azerbaijan. For the first time in the competition’s history, the tournament will be hosted by more than two countries to mark its 60th anniversary.No team will qualify automatically as hosts, although every host country that qualifies will be guaranteed two home games in the group phase. A maximum of two host teams were permitted to be grouped together in Sunday’s qualifying draw.That meant that Ireland, to sighs of relief in the Dublin auditorium, had to be moved out of the Germany/Netherlands group they were initially drawn in, dumping neighbouring Northern Ireland in Group C with the former winners instead.Yet new Ireland manager Mick McCarthy was not thanking the “person on the computer with a magic finger” for long when he realised his side would still face the relatively daunting task of getting past either Switzerland or Denmark in Group D.“I don’t see why we should be thinking it’s a damn sight easier,” the returning Ireland manager said.last_img read more

Super Mario saves Seedorf AC debut

first_img0Shares0000GENMILAN, January 20- A late Mario Balotelli spot-kick saved new AC Milan coach Clarence Seedorf’s blushes in a 1-0 win over Verona Sunday, which handed the struggling Serie A giants only their sixth victory of the campaign.Seedorf has been heralded as Milan’s potential saviour since former coach Massimiliano Allegri was sacked after a 4-3 defeat to Sassuolo last week left the Rossoneri 30 points behind leaders Juventus. “We dedicate this win to the new coach,” said Italy striker Balotelli. “Because the first game in charge of a team is always difficult.”For his first game in charge of the side for whom he made 300 appearances in 10 golden years (2002-2012), Seedorf sent out an ultra-offensive 4-2-3-1 formation with Robinho, Kaka and Japan’s Keisuke Honda playing behind Balotelli.But despite a lightning start against Andrea Mandorlini’s high-flying visitors, Seedorf grew increasingly frustrated on the touchline as the hosts failed to convert a series of chances.Brazilian Robinho hit the woodwork in the second half but Milan had to rely on Balotelli’s 82nd minute spot-kick after Kaka was fouled in the area to claim a welcome three points.In the opening minutes Verona goalkeeper Rafael had to scramble to tip away a deflected cross while under pressure from Balotelli as Milan pressed. A minute later Kaka flashed a header wide.Verona were struggling to make any kind of impact and Balotelli was given time to shoot from distance on 20 minutes but his effort sailed a metre over.Milan’s intensity dipped towards the end of the half but when Balotelli was tripped just outside the area he tested Rafael with a dipping freekick that rebounded and was bundled to safety.A promising strike from captain Riccardo Montolivo sailed just wide of the upright in the closing stages of the half.But after the restart Milan were sluggish, Seedorf opting to replace Honda with Valter Birsa on the right.Verona substitute Raphael Martinho, who replaced striker Daniele Cacia, gave the hosts a scare when he burst into the box to force Christian Abbiati into action with a shot from a tight angle.At the other end Birsa delivered for Robinho and while the Brazilian’s shot from inside the area sent Rafael the wrong way, it came back off the keeper’s far post.With 12 minutes remaining Seedorf replaced Robinho with Andrea Petagna, but it was Kaka who helped make the difference when he tumbled in the area under a challenge from Alejandro Gonzalez.The referee pointed to the spot and Balotelli stepped up to send Rafael the wrong way.Milan reclaimed 11th place, having dropped to 12th due to results elsewhere, although they are still 18 points adrift of Napoli, who occupy the third and last Champions League qualifying spot.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Vietnam president visits amid protests

first_imgA crowd of mostly Vietnamese protesters lined Pacific Coast Highway near the St. Regis Resort in Monarch Beach awaiting Triet’s arrival. They waived American flags and the red-striped yellow flag of the former South Vietnam, as Orange County sheriff’s deputies on horseback watched. The county is home to a huge population of Vietnamese who resettled after the war. About 100 residents of the San Gabriel Valley were set to join protesters in Orange County on Friday night, said Long Nguyen, president of the Rosemead-based Vietnamese Community of Los Angeles County. Nguyen said his goal is to make U.S. politicians aware of their feelings, as well as to pressure President Triet to change his policies at home. Vietnamese citizens do not enjoy freedom of speech, political dissent or religion, he said. “We want to let him know he is not welcome here in the U.S.,” Nguyen said. “If he is already here, he has to learn how freedom is, how democracy is. When he goes back there, he has to keep his promise. If he wants to unite everyone, he has to change everything completely, from A to Z.” • Photo Gallery: Vietman’s President in the U.S. DANA POINT – Hundreds of protesters demonstrated Friday near a resort where the president of Vietnam was scheduled to have an evening reception with business leaders. Vietnamese President Nguyen Minh Triet was expected in Southern California following a meeting earlier in the day with President Bush in Washington, D.C. Triet was the first president from the communist-led nation to visit the White House since the Vietnam War. During his trip, Triet has been criticized by senior U.S. lawmakers for human rights abuse claims. In recent months, Vietnam has arrested or sentenced at least eight pro-democracy activists. Staff writer Patricia Jiayi Ho contributed to this story. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

RPV principal in flap over guns leaves job

first_imgSCHOOL: Leader who drew parents’ anger takes district role to advise new teachers across the South Bay. By Paul Clinton STAFF WRITER The Rancho Palos Verdes principal who asked fifth-graders to remove the plastic rifle tips of 2-inch army men on mortarboard caps has left her post for personal reasons. The opportunity was presented to Leonard, who accepted it after ongoing discussions. Leonard did not return calls to the school or her Torrance home. Paula Boothe, the school’s PTA president, also couldn’t be reached for comment. Leonard drew the ire of a group of fifth-graders’ parents in June, when she forced at least 10 students to cut off the tips of plastic soldiers’ weapons during a promotion ceremony. She said it violated the district’s “zero-tolerance” firearms policy. In August, the district issued a public apology. Todd Mirsky, a retired district principal, took over the school Thursday. On Wednesday, former Cornerstone Principal Jody Pastell will return in an interim role until Leonard’s replacement is found. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Denise Leonard, who has not been on campus at Cornerstone Elementary School for a couple of weeks, accepted a staff position Thursday with the Palos Verdes Peninsula Unified School District. As a principal on special assignment, Leonard will provide support and assessment for first-year teachers, said William Franchini, the district’s director of human resources. “Due to personal and family considerations, Denise Leonard will be moving from her current assignment at Cornerstone Elementary,” Franchini said. “To protect her privacy, that’s all we have to say about it.” In addition to working with teachers in her district, Leonard will also coordinate efforts with a consortium of six local districts providing support to new teachers in Manhattan Beach, Hermosa Beach, El Segundo, Hawthorne and Redondo Beach. District administrators met with teachers and staff members of Cornerstone on Thursday morning to inform them of the move. last_img read more

Coral Daily Download – Wales set for the biggest day in their sporting history

first_imgSimon Clare joins the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast to round up the latest sporting odds.The Coral spokesman reflects on an amazing night for Northern Ireland and previews Republic of Ireland’s trip to Poland on Sunday, with Martin O’Neill’s men 7/2 for a win that would secure their spot at next summer’s finals.He also looks ahead to arguably the biggest sporting day Wales has ever seen, as the rugby side face a World Cup Pool A decider with Australia on Saturday evening before the football team bids to secure a spot at Euro 2016.Coral is the official betting partner of the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfastlast_img read more

For the record

first_imgTo help the Nguyen family featured in Dennis McCarthy’s column on Sunday, please call Lisa Nguyen at (818) 599-8354. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESurfer attacked by shark near Channel Islands calls rescue a ‘Christmas miracle’160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Milford man to lead St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Philadelphia

first_imgIn Delaware County, Pennsylvania, lives “one of Ireland’s treasures”, the Boyce family. And, on March 12, the patriarch, Barney Boyce, will start the journey down Philadelphia’s Broad Street as Grand Marshal of the 2017 St. Patrick’s Day Parade.Barney, son of James and Sarah Boyce, was raised on a farm in Milford. In 2011, the population had reached 1,530. There were five other Boyce siblings: Mary, Jimmy, Sadie, Manus and John.After completing school, Barney tried his hand at several different jobs including bottling Guinness, delivering bread and selling ice cream. He always noticed that when the local lads came home from America on visits, they had plenty of money to throw around. So, at age 21, Barney was off to Philadelphia. He traveled by way of a propellered plane, and after many refueling stops, his 22 hour journey was completed. He thought America would be made of glass and cement, so he was happy to see lots of greenery. In the beginning, he had various jobs but with some luck he landed a job with Curtis Publishing. A year after he started that job, he was drafted and spent from 1958 to 1960 working for Uncle Sam in Germany. Curtis, very generously, sent him vacation pay while he was abroad. He ended up becoming a journeyman and spending 13 years with Curtis.Barney Boyce, being a gregarious, handsome young man, found fun in going to the dance halls on weekends (the Crystal Room and Connelly Hall) with guys and gals he knew from back home: Mike and Mary Henry, Liam Campbell, Nora Ferry, and the Crossans, Mary and Jim. When asked if there were any girlfriends for him, and with a twinkle in his eye, he just smiled.“Well, now,” he explained. “There was one special night.” He noticed this pretty new girl, and as he said, “She stood out in the crowd. I asked her to dance and then we met again and again and again.” Carmel Crossan and Barney Boyce have been married for 52 years and have six children: Brian, John, Jimmy, Colleen, Michael and Karen. They also have 19 grandchildren. Home to the Boyce family is in Upper Darby, where they’ve lived since the beginning of their marriage.Everybody’s favorite Boyce story is the piano one. They had pretty much furnished their home and the only thing still needing furniture was the dining room. They set off to a house sale, and discovered that everything had been sold, except for a piano. So, instead of a dining room table and chairs, they came home with a piano. Very prophetic, since the Boyce family has produced many successful musicians.Barney ended up being a roofer, a career he inherited from a man he had worked for. His daughter-in- law Linda said that her husband, Barney’s son Jimmy, worked with Barney. Besides being strong as an ox, she said he taught his son “to fix, repair, install, paint, hang and change just about any and everything.” It’s because of Barney’s patience and tutelage that Linda believes Jimmy is the man he is today.So, let’s talk about Barney’s other love, the Irish Center in the Mt. Airy section of Philadelphia.It all began when he joined the Donegal Society. He fell in love with the place and has devoted his life to being involved with its many facets: the Board of Directors, the AOH Danny Browne Division 80, the Library, the Ceili Group, the Delaware Valley Hall of Fame, the Donegal Ball, to name just a few. He has worked the maintenance detail of the building, including repairing the roof, painting the ballroom, waxing the floors, and I bet he has even cleaned the bathrooms. This was his way of giving back to the place that provided him with true friends, homeland music, and a space for his children to be close to their heritage.Michael Boyce said his mom and dad, although always generous with their time and talents, are “the quiet workers. They see to the comfort of others yet don’t speak of it. They act out of love for their homeland and the community they have cherished for so many years.” Michael reminded me of some of Barney’s other contributions to organizations within the community: the Irish Immigration Center, the Philadelphia Gaelic Football Clubs, Northern Aid and the Knights of Columbus. He shared a very special comment that Louie Bradley, “a well-respected workhorse in the Irish community” said to him: “Your dad paved the road, we just walk on it.” Barney is retired now, and every morning at 8:00AM, he meets his old neighbors for breakfast. They are called the ROMEOs, an acronym for Retired Old Men Eating Out. Which brings us to the heart of the matter: What does Barney Boyce think about being chosen Grand Marshal? “This is the greatest tribute an Irishman can receive. Not in my wildest dream did I ever think I’d be chosen.” And, of course, Barney being the humble man that he is, is grateful for the recognition this will bring to the Irish Center.But I saved the best for the end. I asked Carmel how she felt about her husband being named Grand Marshal. “I feel honored and humbled that Barney has been named Grand Marshal. We really are so lucky to be part of this community. The highlights of our 50 plus years are the great friends we’ve met along the way, and the countless good memories. We are fortunate to be able to celebrate this special honor with our children, our grandchildren and our friends. We look forward to celebrating…and a few good waltzes along the way!”I predict you will see the biggest, proudest smile from an Irishman who is loved by all.Words by Kathy McGee Burns, the Past President of this parade and also the Donegal Association. Her family are from Derrybeg. Milford man to lead St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Philadelphia was last modified: February 25th, 2017 by Elaine McCalligShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:barney boyceDONEGAL ASSOCIATIONgrand marshalphiladephiasaint patricks day paradelast_img read more