The Life dedicated to coaching by: Liam O’Connor

Coach

Pat Cullinan was born to be a lacrosse coach. His coaching career began in 1981 at the high school level. After seven years of coaching at Glen Mills High School, Coach Pat got the job as West Chester University’s coach. During his time at West Chester, he led the Rams to several ECAC titles in 1994, 1998, 1999, 2002, and 2003. Also during his time at West Chester, he earned the NYCAC coach of the year honors for the 2002 and 2003 seasons. In 2005 Coach Pat was named the head coach of the St. Joe’s Hawks, a division one program. While at St. Joe’s Coach Pat lead the team to winning seasons for four straight years and earned the MAAC coach of the year award in 2006. In 2007 Coach Pat led the Hawks to the MAAC championship. After retiring from his college level of coaching, Coach Pat turned his focus back to the high school level. Coach Pat was a volunteer coach at Downingtown East High School. Coach also instructed the Dukes’ lacrosse program. This past summer I played for Dukes’ lacrosse club and I was lucky enough to have him as my coach. The entire summer was packed with awesome memories that I will never forget. With practice several times a week, I got the opportunity to know Coach Pat. He was always cheerful and always in a great mood. But little did I know Coach was battling cancer. After our last tournament of the summer, coach sat us down and told us about his upcoming chemo therapies and that we would be the last team he coaches. The team was shocked at this horrible news. Coach Pat passed away on the morning of October 15th. Coach died at the age of 58.  Coach Pat’s legacy will live on and I will cherish my memories with him.

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Halloween 2015 by: Adam Bittner

With Halloween right around the corner, it’s time decorate and celebrate the holiday. Here are some dessert items to make sure that you have the Halloween party of the year.

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Ingredients

  • 2 packages spice cake mix (regular size)
  •  1 ice cream cake cone (about 3 inches tall)
  • 4 cans (16 ounces each) Pillsbury Happy Birthday Funfetti Orange All Star Vanilla frosting
  • 2 Oreo cookies
  • 1 package (24 ounces) ready-to-use rolled black fondant

 

Directions

  1. Prepare and bake cakes according to the package directions, using two 12-cup fluted tube pans. Cool.
  2. Cut thin slice off bottom of each cake. Spread one cake bottom with frosting; press flat sides together to from a pumpkin shape.
  3. Place a ball of foil in the center of the cake to support the “stem”. Top with an ice cream cone. Frost cake with frosting.
  4. To decorate the face: Roll out fondant to 1/8 -in. thickness; cut into desired shapes for mouth and nose. Remove tops from two Oreo cookies; cut out half circles in filling for eyes. Press cookies and fondant onto cake to make the face. Yields: 12-16 servings.

 

Jack-o’-Lantern Brownies Recipe

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Ingredients

  •  3/4 cup butter, melted
  • 1-1/2 cups sugar
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup baking cocoa
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 can (16 ounces) vanilla frosting
  • Orange paste food coloring
  • Green and black decorating gel
  • Candy corn and milk chocolate M&M’s, optional

 

Directions

  1. In a large bowl, beat butter, sugar, and vanilla until well blended. Beat in eggs. Combine the flour, cocoa, baking powder, and salt; gradually add to butter mixture and mix well.
  2. Line a greased 13 in. x  9 in. baking pan with waxed paper; grease the paper. Spread batter evenly in pan. Bake at 350° for 18-22 minutes or until brownies begin to pull away from the sides of pan. Cool on wire rack.
  3. Run a knife around edge of pan. Invert brownies onto a work surface and remove waxed paper. Cut brownies with a 3-in. pumpkin cookie cutter, leaving at least 1/8 in. between each shape. (Discard scraps or save for another use.)
  4. Tint frosting with orange food coloring; frost brownies. Use green gel to create the pumpkin stems and black gel and candy corn and M&M’s to decorate the faces if desired. Yield: about 1 dozen.
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Homemade Pumpkin Spice Latte By: Carolyn Amereihn

Ingredients

  • 1 cup of milk
  • 2 tablespoons of pure pumpkin puree
  • 1 tablespoon of sugar
  • ¼ teaspoon pumpkin pie spice, and add a little more for sprinkling
  • ¼ teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • ¼ cup hot espresso or strong brewed coffee  
  • sweetened whipped cream, for serving

Directions:

Combine the milk, pumpkin puree, sugar, pumpkin pie spice and vanilla in a medium microwave safe bowl, cover the bowl with plastic wrap and make small holes to vent. Microwave until the milk is hot, 1 to 2 minutes. Whisk quickly until the milk mixture is foamy, about 30 seconds. Pour the espresso or coffee into a large mug and add the foamed milk. Top with whipped cream and a sprinkle of pumpkin pie spice.

 

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Southern Apple Crumble by: Ian Schlough

Fall is starting to begin and many different desserts are starting to be created to get into the spirit of the season. A great way to start of your fall season is by making a Southern Apple Crumble. Here is what you’ll need:

Ingredients:


Filling

  • 3 Large apples
  • ½ cup of granulated sugar
  • ¼ cup of packed down sugar
  • 1 to 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • ¼ cup of cold butter or margarine, cut into small pieces

Toppings

  • 1 pouch (1 lb 1.5 oz) Betty Crocker™ oatmeal cookie mix
  • ½ cup butter or margarine, melted
  • ½ cup chopped pecans

Directions 

  1. Heat oven to 300°F. Spray bottom and sides of 8-inch square (2-quart) glass baking dish with cooking spray. In large bowl, toss filling ingredients. Spread mixture in baking dish.
  2. In same large bowl, stir cookie mix and melted butter until crumbly. Sprinkle over filling.
  3. Bake 40 minutes. Remove from oven; sprinkle with pecans. Bake 15 to 20 minutes longer or until topping is golden brown. Serve warm or at room temperature.
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Steelers vs Cardinals by: Jason Taylor

On October 18th, the Pittsburgh Steelers played the Arizona Cardinals. The Cardinals dominated the Steelers in the first half statistically, Carson Palmer, the quarterback of the Cardinals having over 200 yards in passing, but not so much in terms of the score. A major development occurred in the second half when Steelers second-string quarterback Michael Vick, who had not played so well due to inexperience with the Steelers playbook, got injured and was replaced by third-string quarterback Landry Jones, whose passes to wide receiver Martavis Bryant allowed the receiver to score two touchdowns. This resulted in the Steelers overtaking the Cardinals 25 to 13.

 

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Pumpkin Pie Recipe By: Rebecca DeMonda

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 can (15 oz.) LIBBY’S® 100% Pure Pumpkin
  • 1 can (12 fl. oz.) NESTLÉ® CARNATION® Evaporated Milk
  • 1 unbaked 9-inch (4-cup volume) deep-dish pie shell
  • Whipped cream (optional)

Directions

  1. Mix sugar, cinnamon, salt, ginger and cloves in small bowl.
  2. Beat eggs in large bowl.
  3. Stir in pumpkin and sugar-spice mixture.
  4. Gradually stir in evaporated milk.
  5. Pour into pie shell.
  6. Bake in preheated 425° F oven for 15 minutes.
  7. Reduce temperature to 350° F; bake for 40 to 50 minutes or until knife inserted near center comes out clean.
  8. Cool on wire rack for 2 hours. Serve immediately or refrigerate.
  9. Top with whipped cream before serving.
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Man The Wall: Orlando City vs New York City FC Trip by Jordan Lesher

As anyone who knows me could tell you, I’m probably the biggest soccer fan at York Catholic. This is something I take great pride in. And my favorite team from this country is a team you probably only know because of me, Orlando City SC. On October 16th 2015, while in town visiting the University of Central Florida, my dad and I went to the final regular season home game versus the other expansion team in MLS this year, New York City FC. This would be my second time seeing each team play, as I went to the game when Orlando played the Columbus Crew in April, and traveled up to Boston to watch NYCFC take on the New England Revolution in July. However, this would be my first game seeing the two expansion teams face off against each other, as well as my first game at the Citrus Bowl in Orlando. And it was different from any other soccer match I’ve been to.

First, Getting There: First of all driving to the Citrus Bowl, like many other soccer arenas I’ve been to, required going through the shadiest part of Orlando. Seriously MLS, get these arenas to nicer areas of town please. Most of the businesses along Route 17 (the road going to the Citrus Bowl) were closed, and the ones opened look like they required some massive face lifts. Adding on to the shadiness, are parking lot had 10ft fences and was guarded by multiple police officers.

Soccer2  Next, The Pregame: Orlando is considered the Soccer Capital   of the South, by their supporters, and they’re tailgates have been   equated to Mardi Gras.  Needless to say, the bar was set rather       high. And Orlando didn’t disappoint. Orlando has two official         supporters groups, the Iron Lion Firm and The Ruckus, and they   take up a majority of a whole parking lot with their massive             tailgate setup. Some of the supporters there were tailgating since   noon, on a Friday. With this being my first game at the Citrus Bowl, I picked up a flag, a scarf from The Ruckus merchandise tent, as well as the official match poster. Orlando City offers for every home game of the season a poster to commemorate the game designed by a local artist. With it being the final game of the season, they offered not only the one for the NYCFC game, but the nine previous posters as well. So for a small donation to the Orlando City Foundation, I got five of the posters. Afterwards, we decided to head over to the players entrance to welcome the players and get some pictures and autographs. Despite the fact these players come in super nice cars and seem all high and mighty, every player who entered took the time to meet up with at least a few fans before heading in to prepare for the game. I met Luke Boden, Harrison Heath, and Tally Hall, just to name a few, and got them to sign my flag and get photos taken with them which eventually made it onto the Orlando City snap story and Twitter feed. After what seemed like most of the players went in, it was time to head in and, as they say in Orlando, “Man The Wall”. Soccer3

Life on The Wall: The Wall is the entire North End of the Citrus Bowl, and is where the supporters groups watch the game from. It’s pretty much a student section on steroids and then some. There are people who take this more seriously than I do, as hard as that is to believe. It’s starts with the March to the Match, a tradition where the supporters walk to the stadium from the tailgate as a group, complete with a drum line and pyrotechnics. From the Jumbotron it looks like a cloud of purple smoke inching closer to the stadium, signifying it’s about to get loud. After everyone makes it into the stadium and the players take the field for warmups, the fun begins. The leaders of the supporters section take the capo stand and lead the masses in various songs, either pro Orlando City or bashing NYCFC and their players, who for two hours become mortal enemies. For example, the chant sang throughout warmups was “NYCFC, You don’t have no history! Plastics!” The players then headed back into the locker room and the starting eleven and subs for both teams were announced. When an NYCFC player was announced, it was proceeded by a loud “who?!” from The Wall, and every Orlando player had their last name yelled from The Wall. Finally upon the conclusion of the National Anthem, The Wall unveiled a giant tifo which spanned the whole supporters section. For those of you that don’t know, a tifo is something a fan base does to show their love for their team. This is usually done through a huge banner, but there was three to accompany this tifo. This took the supporters months to work on, and it was only up for about a minute. Each banner had their own theme. The red banner was a tribute to Orlando City during their time in USL, saying “The Past Is Sacred, Honor It.” and featured many players from the Orlando USL team as well as the old logo. The center banner, which I was under, celebrated the current team painted purple and gold with the current logo, saying “The Present Is Now, Embrace It” and featured the likes of current Orlando City stars Kaka, Tally Hall, and Brek Shea to name a few. The third banner celebrated the future, and was gold and purple with the message of “The Future is Bright, Define It.” with some of Orlando’s rising stars featured, as well as the MLS Cup. After the tifo was taken down, it was time for the game. The guys on the capo stand started the opening chant “La Grande Victoria” and pushed The Wall to give everything they had. They were pretty much personal trainers, telling everyone to get louder, jump around, and wave their flags. Orlando went into the half down 1-0, but the belief was still there. Around the hour mark, we sang “Come On City”, the chant says “put the ball into the net, and we’ll go mental”. And right as we were singing, Cyle Larin put home his first of two which sent The Wall into a frenzy. It gave The Wall a second wind, that would get cranked up to a fever pitch 8 minutes later when Larin would net his second of the day, and 17th of his rookie season, adding on to what was already an MLS record. From there there was a deafening chant of “Can You Hear New York Sing?!” throughout The Wall. The comeback would be completed, as Orlando went on to win 2-1, winning their fifth straight game and pushing for the final spot in the Eastern Conference Playoffs, a feat only done twice before, as the club looks to live up to it’s motto, Defy Expectations.

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Final Papal Mass in Philadelphia by: Jason Taylor

I visited Philadelphia with my mom for Pope Francis’s final mass during his 2015 visit to the United States. We had to take a train into the city because cars were prohibited in the area. After leaving the station, we had to walk about half a mile to get to a security checkpoint, where we waited in line for an hour. There were probably thousands of police officers, hundreds of police cars, several helicopters, and so forth, all concentrated in one area. My mom and I passed security and walked as far as we were allowed without a ticket, approximately a mile away from the mass. There was no way we could have gotten a ticket. All of the tickets sold out in a half hour online and I don’t think my mom and I would’ve wanted to involve ourselves in that epic electronic brawl in order to get tickets. Therefore, we picked a spot right next to the road where the Pope would pass before mass. Then we waited again, for four hours (the mass started at four PM and we arrived at twelve). We had to be there early. In the end, there were probably a million or so people, and it was already crowded when we arrived. Hours later the Pope finally passed by in his pope mobile. Pope Francis then held mass, which could be viewed all over the city on jumbotrons. The mass was two or three hours long, but my mom and I left early in order to avoid the mass exodus of people.

 

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College Football 2015 Preview by: Jordan Lesher and Liam O’Connor

With the return to normal school life comes many things, homework, extracurricular activities, and the increased workload and stress that another year at York Catholic brings. But with the return of school comes the return of what arguably can be considered the best thing to come out of Fall, and that is college football. Yes you pumpkin spice latte lovers and Halloween freaks may argue with us, but what else brings this nation together better than college football? Nothing, exactly. So we have put together a preview that will give you what we expect for the season ahead in a 100% unbiased and objective opinion. Editor’s Note: These predictions were made prior to Week One of the season, but due to not posting the article until a month into the season, some predictions may seem off.

Jordan Lesher- Last year was a big year for the University of Oregon, as they had Marcus Mariota win the Heisman, beating out many other great players for the honor of being named best in the nation, ahead of people like Alabama’s star wide receiver Amari Cooper, which some Bama fans are still a bit salty about. Oregon won’t be able to maintain the offensive firepower that Mariota brought to the table in the passing game or being able to extend plays, but do bring back talented running back Royce Freeman, and highly touted quarterback Vernon Adams Jr. transferring from Eastern Washington. I predict them to absolutely dominate the PAC-12, the joke of a conference that it is, and easily coast into the Rose Bowl, or a possible playoff bid.  But the Ducks could face possible challenges against Michigan State, USC and Arizona State. Ohio State will just pick up right where they left off and just dominate the college football world, with their only possible chance for upset being versus Michigan State in November. If they can handle the Spartans in Columbus, expect the Buckeyes to be a shoe-in to repeat as Big Ten champions, and make it into the playoff. The SEC will have another great year, with mostly everyone thinking they have a chance to play for the title in Atlanta, but both divisions have clear favorites. In the East, expect Georgia and Missouri to be the favorites to contend for the bid for the title game, and if anyone other than Alabama is the representative in the West, expect the college football world to plummet into chaos. Overall I expect TCU, Ohio State, Alabama and Michigan State to make the playoff, with the Ohio State University beating TCU to take home another National Championship

Liam – I have two words that will sum this college football season up, Roll Tide. That’s right Alabama is unarguably the best program in the nation. Here is my top 10 rankings for the season.

  1. Alabama
  2. LSU
  3. Ole Miss
  4. Auburn
  5. Georgia
  6. Arkansas
  7. Mississippi State
  8. Florida
  9. South Carolina
  10. Missouri

Now you are probably wondering why all of these teams are all in the same conference. This conference just so happens to be the SEC, the baby NFL. There are no worthy college programs out there in any conference especially the PAC-12. Since it has been a two year national championship drought for Alabama and the SEC expect big things from the power conference this season.

 

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Powderpuff Game by: Jason Taylor

On September 24th we had our very first school wide powderpuff game. The game was held at the York Catholic football stadium and was played between junior and senior girls and the female teachers. Every grade watched from the stands. While the game was played with women instead of men, many major elements, like coaches, a referee, cheerleaders, the school band, and so forth, stayed the same, giving the audience the impression of a real football game. There were however some differences. The coaches were senior York Catholic football players and the announcers were YC students. At halftime, the band did a movie-based musical performance. At one point, Pope Francis rode past the bleachers in his popemobile. Also, Mr. G could be seen taking selfies with a cell phone attached to a long stick. In the end, the junior and senior girls defeated the female teachers by getting many touchdowns and forcing several turnovers.

 

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