Friday, May 27, 2016

Player News - Gilbert Receives Preseason Honors

Senior left tackle and team captain Doug Gilbert has been named second team preseason All-Division II by Lindy’s Sports. Gilbert is a two-time first team All-PSAC East selection and after last season was named first team CCA All-Super Region 1, first team All-ECAC, second team Dan Hansen Football Gazette Super Region 1 and second team USA College Football All-American.

Prior to last season, Lindy's ranked West Chester #16, but this year, the Golden Rams do not appear in their top 25. West Chester's week two opponent, Slippery Rock, is slotted at #9 according to Lindy's.

Event News - Bucks-Montco Lions All-Star Football Classic

At least one future Golden Ram will be participating in the First Annual Bucks-Montco Lions All-Star Football Classic to be held on June 3 at 7:30 pm at Willliam Tennent High School in Warminster. Quarterback Mike Alley of Pennsbury is slated to suit up for the Bucks County team. Running back Nafeese Nasir of Plymouth Whitemarsh who was introduced at the Spring Game will play for Montgomery County, although he is listed as "undecided" regarding his future plans.

Current Golden Ram linebacker Zack Hockman of Pennridge was named MVP of last year's Bucks County Lions Football Classic. That event has merged with the former Montgomery County All-Star Football Classic to form the Bucks-Montco Lions All-Star Football Classic. The event is sponsored by the Bucks County Lions Club with the charitable funds raised by the game going to Lions Club charities.

The game is being dedicated to former Norristown football coach and West Chester University football player Roger Grove.

The game will also be streamed on WBCB 1490.

Thursday, May 26, 2016

Event News - Hero Bowl

A future Golden Ram will be participating in the 40th Annual Delaware County Hero Bowl football game to be held at 7:30 pm on June 2 at Cardinal O'Hara High School. Expected to participate in the contest is kicker George Lambritsios of Marple Newtown who will suit up for Team Red.

The Hero Bowl serves as Delaware County's senior all-star game with all proceeds going to benefit the Hero Scholarship Fund of Delaware County to provide scholarships to the children of police officers, fire fighters and EMS workers who have given their lives in the line of duty.

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Event News - Valor Bowl

A future Golden Ram will be participating in the 18th Annual Valor Bowl to be held at 7:15 pm on Wednesday, June 1 at Bayard Rustin High School. Receiver Dan Neuhaus of Bishop Shanahan will suit up for the West All-Stars.

The Valor Bowl was founded by Scott Allison and former West Chester Golden Ram and Killinger Hall of Fame member Joe Carroll, and serves as Chester County's senior all-star game with all proceeds going to benefit the Chester County Special Olympics.

Several current West Chester University football players have participated in the Valor Bowl including Sean Steinmetz, Josh Ganzelli, Ryan Fay, Ben Smith, Bill Ford, Quinten Cheyney and Dan Murphy. Other notable Valor Bowl alumni include 2001 North Offensive MVP Bob Findora who later led the Golden Rams to the 2004 Division II National semi-final and 2010 East Offensive MVP Rondell White who led the Golden Rams to the Division II National semi-final in 2013.

Monday, May 23, 2016

Player News - Isaiah Bruce Tweets WCU Commitment

Isaiah Bruce (Upper Darby) has tweeted his commitment to play football for the Golden Rams. The 5-7, 182lb running back did not appear on anyone's preseason player watch lists, but had a breakout year by setting the Delaware County single season record for rushing yards (2,450) and touchdowns (37). He led the Royals to a 10-3 record and into the second round of the PIAA Class AAAA playoffs. In the first-round 59-34 win over Council Rock North, Bruce ran for 337 yards and seven touchdowns. The speedster also logged two scores and 316 yards receiving in 2015.

- 2015 First Team Pennsylvania Football Writers' Class AAAA All-State
- 2015 Second Team Pennsylvania Football News Class AAAA All-State
- 2015 First Team Class AAAA
- 2015 First Team All-Southeastern PA
- 2015 First Team All-Delco
- 2015 First Team All-Central
- 2014 Honorable Mention All-Delco
- 2014 Honorable Mention All-Central

Thursday, May 19, 2016

Event News - Philadelphia City All-Star Game

Three future Golden Rams will be participating in the 42nd Annual City All-Star Game to be held on Thursday May 26 at 7:00 pm at Northeast High School. Wide receiver Mike Devlin and defensive lineman Omar Peterkin, both of Archbishop Wood, will play for the Non-Public Team while Ben Franklin wide receiver Rasheem James will suit up for the Public Team.

Several former Golden Rams have participated in this contest including All-American wide receiver Michael Washington (2004), WCU MVP quarterback Mike Mattei (2008), All-American cornerback Al-Hajj Shabazz (2010) and wide receiver Erick Brundidge (2010). Current Golden Rams that played in the game include Byron Cooper, Kevin Malone, Blaise Schieler, Sean Boylan, Nydair Rouse, Steven Denby, Connor Foley, and Paul Dooley.

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Alumni News - Roger Grove Passes Away at 70

Former West Chester football player Roger Grove has passed away. He was 70. Grove played halfback for the the Golden Ram teams that went to the Tangerine Bowl in both 1966 and 1967. After graduating from West Chester, he went on to coach football for 27 years at Norristown Area High School, compiling a record of 209-98-6. He led the Eagles to the Class AAAA playoffs in 1998, 1999 and 2000.

Grove is a member of the Montgomery County Coaches Hall of Fame, the Pennsylvania Scholastic Football Coaches Association Hall of Fame, and the Killinger Hall of Fame.

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Alumni News - Nice Dauphins Fall for First Time

The Nice Dauphins fell for the first time in 2016, dropping a 35-24 decision to the La Courneuve Flash.

Despite the loss, Nice remains in first place in the Elite D1 Standings. The league awards 3 points for a win, 2 points for a tie and 1 point for a loss. At 6-1, Nice has 19 points or 2.71 points per game. Although the Saint-Ouen-l'Aumône Cougars (6-2) have 20 points, they have played eight games, or 2.50 points per game.

With a playoff spot already secured, Nice concludes the regular season on May 29 when they visit Les Argonautes d'Aix-en-provence. Nice defeated the Argonautes by a score of 7-6 in the first week of the season.

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Event News - Spring Calendar

Even though the annual Spring Game is over, Golden Ram fans can still get their fill of foootball this spring and summer. Over the next few months, there are several high school all-star games featuring many West Chester recruits. Hope to see you there!!!

May 26
7:00 pm
City High School All-Star Game
Northeast High School
June 1
7:15 pm
West Chester Rustin
June 2
7:30 pm
Cardinal O'Hara
June 3
7:30 pm
Bucks County All-Star Football Game
William Tennent
June 29
7:00 pm
Adam Taliaferro Blue-White All-Star Classic
Rowan University

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Alumni News - Buccaneers Release Tim Brown

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have reportedly released former Golden Ram tight end Tim Brown. Brown was part of three players that were released to make room for the Bucs to sign three tryout players.

Buccaneers - Buccaneers Sign Three Tryout Players

Tampa Bay Times - Meet the Bucs rookies: West Chester TE Tim Brown