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�Tacony LAB Community Arts Center helped keep the community united during shutdown and has adapted to the “new normal” with virtual classes and community projects. By Logan Krum Northeast Times

Joyce Eckert was never much of an artist until March 2019, when she became a frequent visitor to Tacony LAB Community Arts Center. Having previously only colored and drawn in her childhood as much as a typical kid would, Eckert quickly found an escape in sketches and watercolors with her friends at the center. “I used to quilt and embroider but I can no longer do that easily, but my doctor said I can still do my art,” said Eckert, who has leukemia. Her routine was disrupted a year later by the COVID-19 pan-


Left to right: Current resident artist Sarah Hunter, Lucia Alber, former resident artist Leah Reynolds and Barbara Baur stand in front of the community quilt made during shutdown. The quilt is meant to represent how shutdown has impacted the community. demic, and though the center has opened and closed several times in the year since, Eckert has been unable to return to

her favorite place due to her sickness. But that doesn’t mean she’s put down the pencil, still creating art and giving it

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➤ Cont. from Page 1 She also was able to participate in the Lab’s latest community project, a community quilt with squares submitted by community members depicting how COVID has impacted them run by resident artist Leah Reynolds. Despite the difficulties, Eckert was able to submit six of the 40 squares, including squares that represents the time she died for three minutes in September before coming back and her in the ER. “Thank God I found the Tacony Lab,” she said. During these unprecedented times, many have turned to art as a form of comfort. The arts center began hosting virtual classes at the beginning of shutdown, which Barb Baur, coordinator of the center, said attracted a brand-new audience. “We’ve gotten people from all over the world,” Baur said, saying people from as far as London and Ireland have tuned in to the online classes. Baur launched the virtual courses last spring complete with grab-and-go supply kits that taught viewers how to create their own masks or other projects. Kids were able to attend summer camp when the center was able to semi-reopen over the summer, and some in-person classes and events were held until they had to shut down again at the end of November. Recently, the center launched a new hybrid model that will allow for in-person and virtual classes and events. For those attending in-person, there are temperature checks and hand sanitizing stations, and art stations are scrubbed down after use. Popular events such as kid’s club, which used to be first come first serve, are now registration only and split into two time slots so they can maintain the same capacity.


Artist Lucia Alber will be “yarn bombing” the 6900 block of Torresdale Avenue every Friday night during April to decorate the trees in creative and colorful crochet. Upcoming classes include eclectic topics such as creating 3D lamps (layering plastic sheet-

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art to the community, too. The community quilt will be on display through April 24, including its first week outdoors for individuals to admire from the sidewalk. The next resident artist, Sarah Hunter, is currently preparing for the community to come together and create a collage themed around the concept of home. The project, which will also explore the architecture in the surrounding neighborhood, will be complete around June. On Fridays in April, artist Lucia Alber will be decking the 6900 block of Torresdale Avenue out with colorful “yarn bombings,” which will decorate the trees with creative crochet. The community can join Friday evenings from 4 to 8 p.m. no matter their skill level. Walking tours celebrating the completion will happen May 7 and 8. The pandemic forced people to adapt to a new normal, but places such as the arts center have learned to not only adapt but grow from it. To keep up with classes, events and everything else happening at the center, visit Facebook. com/taconyLAB. ••

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The Northeast Times provides an overview of crimes reported to the four police districts in the Northeast. The details are based on reports compiled by the Northeast Detectives division of the Philadelphia Police Department. (March 19) and a retail location at 1800 Cottman Ave. (March 19). There were 55 thefts, which targeted 28 businesses, 22 vehicles (including two stolen vehicle tags), four street thefts and a public housing site. Six arrests were made.

There were no reported burglaries. There were 41 thefts, which targeted 21 vehicles (including two stolen car phones and two stolen vehicle tags), 16 businesses, two street thefts, a private residence and a doctor’s office. Two arrests were made.

7th Police District Three vehicles were robbed with handguns, happening at 11500 Roosevelt Blvd. (March 15), 2200 Emerson St. (March 21) and 1600 Emerson St. (March 23). There were four aggravated assaults, which happened on the street at 700 Solly Ave. with a handgun (March 25) and at 1700 Danforth St. with a knife (March 19), and at private residences at 1700 Danforth St. with a knife (March 19) and a domestic assault at 2100 Benson St. (March 19). Gavin Montoya, 23, was arrested March 30 following a burglary at a factory/warehouse at 2100 Hornig Road. An apartment house at 900 Emerson St. was burglarized March 20. There were 33 thefts, which targeted 16 vehicles, 11 businesses, four street thefts (including a pickpocketing), an apartment house and a nursing/retirement home. Four arrests were made.

15th Police District There were 14 robberies, which resulted in five arrests. Robberies on the street happened at 4100 Glenview St. (March 18, Nathaniel Alberto, 32), 7800 Ditman St. (March 17), 5800 Roosevelt Blvd. (March 22), 6800 Torresdale Ave. (March 26, Renaldo Ruiz, 20) and 4800 Tackawanna St. (March 27), all of which involved firearms; 5200 Torresdale Ave. (March 26) with a knife; 4300 Princeton Ave. (March 19) with another weapon; and 1900 Bridge St. (March 16, Dwayne Toler, 35), the intersection of Roosevelt Boulevard and Harbison Avenue (March 25, Dominique Day-Harris, 29) and 6900 Brous Ave. (March 25) with no weapons. Other robberies happened at a food store at 7000 Roosevelt Blvd. (March 24, Yukang You, 33), a private residence at 5700 Frankford Ave. (March 25), a SEPTA elevated station at 5200 Frankford Ave. (March 22) and an unlisted location at 5100 Akron St.

8th Police District There were three robberies. Larry London Jr., 29, was arrested March 27 following a robbery at an apartment house at 3500 Woodhaven Road. A restaurant at 2900 Welsh Road was robbed March 19, and an apartment house at 10900 Helmer Drive was robbed March 20. There were eight aggravated assaults. There were three assaults with handguns on the street at 8900 Roosevelt Blvd. on March 25, and two assaults with other weapons on the street at 1400 Franklin Mills Circle on March 24. Other assaults include a domestic assault at a gas station at 2600 Grant Ave. (March 20), an assault with a knife at a prison facility at 8300 State Road (March 15) and an assault at a prison facility at 8000 State Road (March 24).

(March 15). There were 15 aggravated assaults, which resulted in six arrests. Assaults on the street with handguns happened at 3300 Ashville St. (March 21, Pagan Raymond, 26), 1500 Pratt St. (March 17), 5100 Saul St. (March 18, Ronald Lloyd, 18), 4600 Frankford Ave. (March 18), 1800 Pratt St. (March 20), 2500 Duncan St. (March 20, Kasheema Brunson, 26), 2800 Levick St. (March 26) and 5100 Whitaker Ave. (March 21); an assault with a knife happened at 4200 Longshore Ave. (March 22); an assault with another weapon happened at 3300 Aldine St. (March 21); domestic assaults happened at 4600 Roosevelt Blvd. (March 16) and the intersection of Castor and Adams avenues (March 16); and an assault on police happened at 7000 Roosevelt Blvd. (March 24, Yukang You, 33). Other incidents include a domestic assault at 2000 Granite St. (March 23, Robert Woolford, 64) and an assault with no weapon at a SEPTA elevated station at 5200 Frankford Ave. (March 27, Davine Butler, 20). There were four burglaries, which targeted private residences at 4700 Oxford Ave. (March 23), 2700 Croydon St. (March 20) and 1500 Overington St. (March 16) and an apartment house at 3200 Wellington St. (March 15). There were 78 thefts, which targeted 41 vehicles (including 13 stolen vehicle tags), 18 street thefts, 13 businesses, five private residences and a bicycle. Five arrests were made.

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Police last Wednesday arrested Khaleek CooperBaldwin, the man they say fatally shot an 11-year-old boy in the neck March 26 in Oxford Circle. Cooper-Baldwin, 19, allegedly murdered Harley Belance, on the 1500 block of McKinley St. Officers responded to a report of a person with a gun around 7:04 p.m. When officers arrived,


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SCHOLARS The Northeast Times would like to congratulate the following college graduates, students who were named to their school’s dean’s list, and area residents who recently received special honors. Emily Stine was recently initiated into the Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi, the nation's oldest and most selective alldiscipline collegiate honor society. Stine was initiated at Arcadia University. She is among about 30,000 students, faculty, professional staff and alumni to be initiated into Phi Kappa Phi each year. ••

FAMOUS BIRTHDAYS April 7 Jackie Chan, Movie Actor (67) Russell Crowe, Movie Actor (57) April 8 Gennady Golovkin, Boxer (39) JR Bourne, TV Actor (51) State Sen. Tina Tartaglione speaks with a man who received the Pfizer vaccine at a clinic sponsored by the senator and Rep. Jared Solomon.

April 9 Dennis Quaid, Movie Actor (67) Keshia Knight Pulliam, TV Actress (42) April 10 John Madden, Sportscaster (85) Steven Seagal, Movie Actor (69) April 11 Goldust, Wrestler (52) Stephanie Pratt, Reality Star (35) April 12 Ed O’Neill, TV Actor (75) Shannon Doherty, TV Actress (50)

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Individuals who have not been vaccinated may call Tartaglione’s office at 215-533-0440 to sign up for a waiting list for a future pop-up clinic. Tartaglione plans another clinic later this month at the Mayfair Community Center. The lawmaker encourages people to complete the city’s Vaccine Interest Form to become eligible for a city-operated clinic. The form is at https://covid-vaccine-interest.phila.gov/?lang=enUS. ••


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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR Fond memories of growing up in the ‘60s A lot of time this last year to ponder. Recent milestone anniversaries of Woodstock, moon landings, Sgt. Pepper. Baby boomers are old now and that is a big deal. It makes me think back to growing up in Philly in the 1960s. And Kathy. Philly in the ‘60s; more specifically Northeast Philly. It was an exciting time, with hope for the future for my friends and me, in the midst of our teen years. I thought things could only get better. Moving to Philly in 3rd grade from upstate New York, I first went to Thomas Holme Elementary, then Lincoln High in 8th grade. I am forever thankful for the excellent education I received at Thomas Holme. Our teachers were not easy on us. We played double-dutch before school, had science walks in Pennypack Park, after-school softball games (without parents), and traded Beatles cards. But we also had air-raid drills and assassinations. A few days after starting at Thomas Holme, I met Kathy. It was the start of a 60-year friendship. Without Kathy my growing years would have been much different. I was shy and she was the impetus I needed. Over the years she prodded me, sometimes maybe too close to the edge, but certainly made my life more fun. We had a good group of friends throughout grade school that dwindled down to the four of us at Lincoln – Kathy, Chrissy, Connie and me. We had more freedom than my children had -- walking to Korvettes on the Boulevard, sometimes following the railroad tracks at the end of Lilac Lane to right behind Korvettes. Taking the tracks in the other direction, going for a picnic at Pennypack Park off Frankford Avenue. I didn’t like crossing the trestle. Walking to Woolworths in Mayfair. Pennypack Park and the swing over the creek near Holme Avenue. Skating at the fish hatcheries. We walked everywhere. I moved from Academy Gardens to Mayfair at the start of high school. It 14

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opened new worlds for us. Each week Kathy and I would pick what movies we wanted to see at either the Mayfair or Merben theater. At the end of the evening I would walk Kathy to the bus stop across from Jean’s and Lincoln and wait with her for the #88 bus. Then I would run down the block to my house. We met a lot of people, mainly boys, while waiting for that bus. Some became longtime friends, some we dated, some not so good, like the guy who joined us at the stop and then exposed himself. Boulevard Pools in the summer. Friday night the dance. Dark. Packed. St. Matt’s dance on Saturday. Sunday night the Concord for older teens. Riding down the shore giving the peace sign out the window along the way. A classmate of ours, Candy Clothier, disappeared one night when she was on Frankfort Avenue going to see her boyfriend. I was on Frankford Avenue that same night. One of the things I miss most about the ‘60s is the music. Hy Lit, WIBG, WMMR, Jerry Blavat. Underground stations. Getting the latest albums. Concerts. No talk radio. I’d take music any day. Kathy was with me when I met almost every boyfriend I had up until she got married shortly out of high school. She was with me when I met my first love. She was with me when I met my husband. For years we got together once a month with a few other friends, but I was single, working in Center City, making new friends. We drew apart but always kept in touch. After I married I moved to New Jersey and then Maryland. About 20 years ago we started talking more frequently again. Our kids were grown, we were moving on to a new stage of our lives. Sound familiar? We started to get together again. She retired and encouraged me to also. It would be so much easier to get together since she was in Philly and I was in Maryland. We made plans for all the

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things we would do. I finally retired in late 2019. I called Kathy to give her the news. But she had news for me. She was sick. Kathy passed last spring just as the COVID-19 shutdown began. So boomers it was a great run. I loved growing up in Philly. Sometimes I wish my children could have had the childhood I had. But we kind of botched up the last couple decades, don’t you think? We were the generation of love and peace and harmony. Let’s give this new young generation a chance to make it right and trust that they absorbed some of that magic and hope that we had. And not lose it along the way. Thanks Kath, for everything. BarB Haldis (Pion) Frederick, Maryland Lincoln High, Class of '69

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Is state Rep. Martina White from Northeast Philly or southwest Alabama? She’s one of five GOP women co-sponsoring a “Fairness in Women’s Sports” bill that is targeting transgender children. This hateful act of institutional bigotry must be stopped. How she can attack this most vulnerable population — at Easter, no less — is beyond comprehension. Biology can't be legislated. When Rep. White sponsors her next annual Kids Fest, will she greet the young attendees by checking their birth gender? But then, what can we expect from someone who signed a letter asking Congress to overturn our state election results, and has yet to publicly acknowledge President Biden’s victory? Her office number is 717-787-6740.

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Silly CEOs It’s embarrassing that the CEOs of major American companies can be so easily duped by the Democratic Party. They actually are looking and acting like the Democrats when they passed Obamacare and then decided to find out what was in the bill. Ditto for the media. Maybe the CEOs should read the old and new Georgia voting bills. Maybe they will find out that the new far and away out shines the old bill. I guess the Phillies and rest of the Philadelphia sports will have to go around Biden’s home state of Delaware because that state’s voting rights are actually restrictive. After watching the CEOs’ reaction to the Democratic ploy, no wonder the Chinese are running circles around American businesses. ricHard donofry East Torresdale

Hats off to Jefferson Torresdale I would like to commend Jefferson Torresdale on their COVID vaccine clinic. My husband and I received our second shots there on Wednesday, March 31. On both visits, we were checked in within minutes of our arrival. There were no lines. As soon as we were checked in, we were ushered to a room in which we received our shots. The waiting room in which we were observed for 15 minutes was stocked with coffee, drinks and snacks. Every staff member we encountered was pleasant and efficient. Hats off to them for doing a wonderful job.

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In memory of Mom Barry Kahan and his sister Judy Sander were looking for a special way to honor the memory of their late mother, Pearl Kahan Borten, who passed away last April at age 90. They came up with the idea to donate 350 kosher-forPassover cakes to the KleinLife Home Delivered Meals Program to be delivered to seniors in Philadelphia, Bucks and Montgomery counties with their special holiday meals. Kahan and Sander engaged the services of Savvati Gourmet, a local kosher caterer who prepared the cakes and packaged them with a cover photo of their late mother and an explanation of the donation to the seniors who couldn’t shop or cook for themselves during Passover. ••

Ways to donate blood The American Red Cross will hold a series of blood drives at Cpl. John Loudenslager American Legion Post 366, 7976 Oxford Ave. The next drive is Monday, April 12, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Future drives are April 27, May 11 and May 24, all from 1 to 6 p.m. Sign up by calling 800-RED CROSS or going to www.

White: No biological males in female sports State Rep. Martina White and four other Republican women House members on Monday announced the Fairness in Women’s Sports Act. President Joe Biden, on his first day in office, signed an executive order to require that biological males who become transgender be permitted to compete on women’s sports teams in high school and college. White and the others say biological males have an advantage in strength, speed and endurance when competing in female sports, and hurt the scholarship opportunities of biological females. They note that, in one year, 275 high school boys ran faster times than world champion sprinter Allyson Felix. ••

Hohenstein schedules cleanups State Rep. Joe Hohenstein is looking for volunteers for a series of cleanups on Saturday, April 10. Here is the schedule: Little City, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Meet at the Pennypack Trail parking lot off of Rhawn Street. Bridesburg Recreation Center, 4601 Richmond St.,



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Thrift shop reopens The Classroom Thrift Shop, 4301 Tyson Ave., is reopened and fully restocked with spring and summer merchandise. Hours are weekdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and Sundays from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. The shop is closed Saturdays. Call 215-624-9130. ••

History meeting Wednesday night Northeast Philadelphia History Network will hold a Zoom meeting on Wednesday, April 7, at 7 p.m. The topic will be Holmesburg Prison - Klondike Bake Oven Deaths. The speaker will be author Allen Hornblum. Join at https://us02web.zoom.us/j/85790027399?pw d=bzBtZXFRdWRVc0ttdzlUVGFXVDhZUT09. The meeting ID is 857 9002 7399. The passcode is 284814. ••

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Back to work: After a long layoff, Eddie Alvarez returns to the cage April 7 on TNT.

By Joe Mason Times Sports Editor

Eddie Alvarez wasn’t planning on a vacation. But he certainly did enjoy it. Alvarez, the hall of fame mixed martial artist, last stepped in the cage Aug. 19, 2019, when he choked out Eduard Folayang in Alvarez’s second fight in One Fighting Championship in the semifinals of a grand prix tournament. Alvarez was slated to get back in the cage in the finals, but he suffered an injury that kept him from fighting. Then, he recovered, but before he could return to action, coronavirus shut everything down, and Alvarez was unable to fight for the Singapore-based mixed martial arts, Muay Thai and kickboxing promotion that made a big splash in the fight game by signing top fighters like the North Catholic grad. So like everyone else, Alvarez was sent to the sideline. But he didn’t waste his time, he enjoyed himself. “I had a busy year before, I fought twice and was going to fight a third, but then I got injured, then COVID came,” said Alvarez, a Kensington native who was a star wrestler at 16

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North Catholic before graduating in 2001. “It was unfortunate, but whenever I’ve had a long layoff before, it’s been a positive. You give your body a rest, your mind a rest, and you get a chance to miss the sport. “We did a ton of stuff. Anything we could do, we did. Whenever we could travel, we went to Disney. We traveled a little, I’m not afraid to check something out when we have a chance. And as soon as we could, we opened the pool immediately, so we had a lot of pool days. We made the most of it.” Now, he’s making the most out of his opportunity to get back to doing what he does best. The Underground King (30-7) will take on Iuri Lapicus, who is 14-1, on April 7 on a ONE Championship event that will air during prime time on TNT. Also fighting on the card, which will be held in Singapore, is fellow UFC alum and top fighter Demetrious “Mighty Mouse” Johnson. When ONE signed Alvarez, it was to bring one of the game’s brightest stars to the promotion to gain some momentum. After dropping his first fight, Alvarez recovered for a big win in his second fight, and now he has his sights set on procuring gold in the promotion. So does his opponent. NORTHEASTTIMES.COM

“He’s young, up and coming,” Alvarez said of his foe. “He was undefeated before his last fight, he’s got a grappling background. Coming off the first loss ever. I’m looking at a young, motivated, hungry kid. He’s dangerous. “It’s my obligation to show him he’s going up against a guy who still has a lot. I put in the years and took my losses. It’s time to show my thing or two, and let him know he has to put more time in to beat someone like me.” Lapicus has championship potential, but he’s not fighting Alvarez at an ideal time. Alvarez, who has won championships in Bellator and UFC, knows to get into the title picture, he has to win this fight. And going by his past, he’s always come up big when titles are on the line. He couldn’t be more focused. “I feel really good because when you have so much time off, you start to miss it and you can’t wait to get back,” Alvarez said. “When you’re in it and it’s all that exists, it’s difficult to get excited, but having a little layoff, a relief button, it makes you want it again. My mind and body were ready to get back.” That’s not to say Alvarez’s hiatus was spent away from the sport. As a 20-year veteran of the sport, he’s one of the best social media follows for fight fans because he often breaks down fights, gives predictions and explains things from an insider’s perspective. He’s also helped out other fighters in their fight camps by pointing out things he sees with his expert eye. He loves helping out, but he has no plans of jumping into the coaching game anytime soon. In fact, ever. “I love watching and pointing things out, and I enjoy talking about it,” Alvarez said. “I like helping people, but I could never coach because of the time commitment. Coaching, you spend twice as much time preparing for a fight as a fighter. I like spending my time with my family, and I don’t think I could make that commitment. “I would like to be an analyst. I love breaking down fights and talking about it. I really enjoy it.” He also is happy to have come so far in the fight game. And he’s looking forward to getting back in the cage. He wants to win because it will lead to a championship fight, but just like he always has, he’s in no great rush to fight for the title. He just wants to keep doing what he loves to do. “I was born a fighter and I know I’ll be here for a long time, I’ve never been in a rush for anything,” Alvarez said. “The only rush I ever had was I wanted to stop doing concrete work and fight for a living. When I was 21, 22, I wanted to stop doing that and spend time working on fighting. Once that happened, I knew it was a marathon, not a rush. I knew that time would make me a better fighter.” Alvarez’s fight will be on TNT, and like all of his fights, it will be shown at Malthouse, 704 Huntingdon Pike in Rockledge. The bar is one of his biggest sponsors. “It’s a great place, they’ll be watching me there,” he said. •• WEDNESDAY APRIL 7, 2021

Steinmetz stays afloat after rough winter By Joe Mason Times Sports Editor

Zoe Steinmetz didn’t have an easy freshman year. But it certainly has been a rewarding one. Steinmetz is in her first year at Little Flower High School, and coming into the year, she had high hopes for her academic career and also wanted to perform well in swimming. School has been perfect. She maintains a 99 average in the classroom, has a grade point average of 5.43 on a 4.0 scale and is ranked No. 1 in her class. But swimming posed all sorts of problems. First, the season was set to begin in November, but because of COVID-19 restrictions and decisions by the Catholic League to postpone the start, training didn’t begin until after January. Then, a few weeks into training, Steinmetz had to shut it down because she tested positive for coronavirus. That meant no practice, no working out and resting up for two weeks until she was able to get back. That’s a big deal for anyone, but for a swimmer in the middle of a shortened season, it threw a monkey wrench in what Steinmetz hoped would be a great rookie campaign. “It really hurt my conditioning and my stamina,” said Steinmetz, who lives in Pine Valley and attended Philadelphia Academy Charter for grade school. “On the first night I knew I had it, I started feeling a little bad, my back hurt a little and for two weeks I had some issues with my chest, but nothing too serious. “It was actually my whole family, everyone got it, and I think my mom got it the worst, but we’re all OK now.” Steinmetz returned, but it wasn’t for long. Shortly after she returned, she was near a teammate who tested positive, so she had to shut it down again, though this time just for a few days. Then she got back in the pool, and returned to what she does best. In the end, it was good enough to be among the best in the Catholic League. Steinmetz earned First-Team All-Catholic in the 100yard breaststroke and Second-Team All-Catholic in the 200 freestyle. It’s a huge accomplishment for a freshman, but even a bigger one when you consider all the setbacks she had to overcome with the virus. “I was pleasantly surprised, I had no idea I got it until coach (Sean Clothier) told me,” Steinmetz said. “I was very happy. I didn’t know what to expect, but when I found out I got it, I was very happy.” Steinmetz didn’t just have a crazy season this year, she hasn’t had a typical swimming career. Many swimmers start getting serious in the sport when they’re old enough to walk, but she didn’t really take it seriously until she was 11. That’s when she started working with Anthony Powell of Northeast Swim Club. That’s when she started swimming at an elite level, and while it wasn’t easy, she eventually became one of the best. “He introduced me to the world of USA Swimming,” Steinmetz said. “He’s one of the most amazing coaches and he’s always there for me. He’s a great coach.


Feeling strong: Little Flower freshman overcame corovnavirus to make All-Catholic in two races. “I think I was very determined, even when I wasn’t making any of the intervals. I wasn’t keeping up, but I was really determined and through hard work and vigorous training, I was able to slowly but surely pick it up. In my second year, I made Mid-Atlantic Junior Olympics. “That was fun because I was swimming with all these great swimmers. I learned a lot. It helped a lot.” The improvement has continued since she showed up at Little Flower. Prior to her All-Catholic race, she got a text message from alum Ally McHugh, and right before her big race, she got a text from Gina Cantoral, who swam for Little Flower a year ago. “That meant a lot because they really wanted to help me,” Steinmetz said. “Ally is training for the Olympics, and Gina was a great swimmer (at Little Flower), so it really motivated me.” They’re not the only ones who helped her this year. “I hit the jackpot with my coaches, both Anthony and Sean,” said Steinmetz, who also plays the violin in the orchestra and is in the community service corps. “They’re so amazing, and I really think what they have

done for me has affeted my school work. Through them, I’ve become so disciplined and determined, so I have them to thank.” She also thanks her family for keeping her focused. A proud big sister to Ethan, 13, and Jake, 9, Steinmetz does her best to watch them play baseball. Jake also shares her passion for swimming. She’s also taken advantage of the last year to spend more time with her entire family. “It’s been nice because I see them more,” Steinmetz said. “Usually everyone is so busy with school and sports, but we’ve seen each other more. So that’s been good.” She also spends time hitting the books. She’s proud of her ranking, especially because it’s something she’s earned. “It wasn’t easy, it was very tough,” Steinmetz said. “The workload was a lot more than I expected, but I was able to stay on top of my game. “This is my first year doing the violin, and that’s hard, especially reading the music, but I’m learning. I don’t think I’m very good yet, but I’m working on it.” If it’s anything like swimming, she won’t be good. She’ll be great. ••


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McDonald follows family roots to success By Joe Mason Times Sports Editor

Mike McDonald grew up in a gym. Now, he finds himself in a big one just about every year in late March. McDonald is the basketball coach of the Archbishop Wood High School girls basketball team, a job he officially took over prior to the 2015-16 season after serving as the interim head coach late the previous year. And since he’s been at the helm, the Vikings have been quite successful, winning two Catholic League championships and three state titles, including one of each this year when Wood won the Class 4A girls championship by besting Villa Maria 44-34 in Hershey. It was the sixth state championship for the Vikings, and McDonald has been the man calling the shots for half of them. “It’s a great feeling,” said McDonald, a 2002 graduate of Cardinal Dougherty. “The losses haunt you more than anything else, and winning is a lot of work, but when you do it, the end feels so special. We are so proud of the work the girls put in. “The season is a grunt. It’s a process. The girls give you everything, you have to do the same. That means game films, scouting, pushing the kids in areas they need to improve. You have ups and downs, but at the end of the season, when you win, it feels great.” McDonald, a former point guard, is a student of the game. He played at St. Cecilia’s, then later at Dougherty and then Chestnut Hill College. And everywhere he’s been, he learned from his coaches. But before he had even learned what a set play was, he was watching his mom, Mary McDonald, who spent 30 years on the bench, including 12 years as the coach at Dougherty. “I definitely get my competitiveness from my mom,” said McDonald, who helped Dougherty reach the Catholic League semifinals during his senior year. “She loves to win. My dad coached, too, he was more of a have-fun guy, but my mom loved to win. I learned a lot from both of them, but definitely learned a lot from my mom. I got my passion from her, the love of winning.” In high school, he learned from one of the best, Mark Heimerdinger. “I use a lot of what I learned from him, different plays,” McDonald said. “But the 18

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Plaque buildup: Mike McDonald has won three state championships and two Catholic League titles at Archbishop Wood. thing I learned from him that I always use of coaching. is the competitiveness in practice. He got It’s obviously worked. us to practice hard. I didn’t understand it “I’m really lucky, Jim Ricci had very high when I was playing, but I definitely do as a standards for the program and I tried to coach, if you don’t do what we need, some- follow that, and John Gallagher shared a one else will.” lot of important advice,” McDonald said. His learning process continued through “If you take over a program that had high college and then when he got out, he got standards and if you put in the time, it’ll be bit by the coaching bug. successful. That’s what I’ve tried to do, they It started when he took over a sub-varsity had a great program when I got here.” program at St. Cecilia’s. His team didn’t McDonald is very modest when it comes win a game during the regular season, but to talking about his accomplishments on the went on to win a playoff game. court or on the bench, but he is very proud He then got connected with former of his charges and credits his players with a lot Ryan coach Jackie Hartzell, and then he of reasons for the success of the Vikings. became an assistant for former Wood Wood players definitely come out of the coach Jim Ricci, and after he took a sabprogram better than they go in, but it is a batical, McDonald coached under John destination school for talent. Gallagher until he resigned. “Obviously as a coach, it’s good as a McDonald took a little bit from everycoach to get girls who want to play and are one he’s worked with, and formed his style not afraid to work for it,” McDonald said. NORTHEASTTIMES.COM

“It’s a process, you have to be willing to work hard. If you want instant gratification it’s hard to come by in our program. But you get a lot of kids practicing and it makes you better and more college ready. I coach 10 potential college prospects and they’re willing to work hard. That’s a huge part of it.” McDonald gets a lot of help from his players, but he also has other people in his corner. He came from a Dougherty family, but since that school closed, they’ve become Wood fans. He also has groomed the perfect stat keeper, his fiancé Julia Pendergast. “My family is very supportive, this year was a little different with everything, but they come out, especially my parents and my older brother and his kids,” McDonald said. “My fiancé is very understanding and she’s become part of the program,” McDonald said. “She loves the girls and she likes to help out. This year she couldn’t be at the games, so she’d watch from home and keep stats, she said it kept her engaged. She is very understanding when I have to watch (film) or scout. She’s great about it, and I’m very happy that we’re getting married soon.” It’s great to have support at home, but he’s happy to have support at his school, too. “Wood is a great school,” said McDonald, who works as an estimator at Degol Commercial Flooring in Bensalem. “Everyone is supportive. This year, especially. It was a hard year, I usually don’t talk to our athletic director that often, but this year I was calling every day. They did a great job allowing us to play. “It was a tough year, but everyone made it work. I’m really thankful to our school, the Catholic League and the PIAA for doing everything they could to make sure we had a season. We all wanted to play, and they made sure we did.” ••

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