Chesco school districts poised to resume in-person classes

By Mike McGann, Editor, The Times @mikemcgannpa Some Chester County school districts moved this week to bring students and teachers back into county classrooms as early as October — with one school district formally approving a plan this week to reopen school buildings next month. Meanwhile, school districts around the county approved a return to interscholastic sports practices this week and games...

Roadtrip shows why we’re losing the fight against COVID-19

By Mike McGann, Editor, The Times @mikemcgannpa The great thing about a road trip is seeing how amazing America can be. In a pandemic, though, one also sees how foolish, ignorant and careless some Americans can be. A few thoughts from voluntary quarantine (beyond the fact that sleeping on the couch in my home office/detention cell is not super comfortable). My daughter is a sophomore (and a half —...

PSAC, West Chester U: no fall sports due to COVID-19, hopes for spring return

The Board of Directors of the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) voted on Tuesday to suspend all mandated conference athletic events and championships through the fall semester in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Conference has already undertaken a full review of its ability to shift fall sports competition and championships to the spring semester and fully intends to do so if a return...

COVID-19 Update, May 26: Wolf seems to throw cold water on HS graduations, pro sports restart

By Mike McGann, Editor, the Times @mikemcgannpa As Gov. Tom Wolf thanked Pennsylvanians for doing their part to drive down the number of new cases of COVID-19 Tuesday, he seemed to throw cold water on the idea of high schools holding graduation ceremonies and a restart of pro sports in the Keystone state any time soon. Responding to a question during Tuesday’s press conference, referencing moves...

Unionville grounds Springfield; wins 9-0 to advance in playoffs

Unionville’s Nick Schnaars fight both Springfield defenders — and the elements during a downpour during Friday night’s win over Springfield. By Al Tustin, Sports Editor, The Times SPRINGFIELD — Somewhere, the weather gods were smiling down on Pat Clark and his Unionville football team. Clark, the Indians’ head coach,  a long-noted fan of old-school power running football, found his...

Haverford overpowers Unionville, 42-27

By Al Tustin, Sports Editor, The Times F. Scott Fitzgerald famously said “there are no second acts in American lives.” Haverford QB Jake Ruane breaks to the right en route to an 85-yard TD run, Friday night. For the Unionville High School football team, struggling through one of its roughest seasons in recent memory, the problem was that there was no encore to a very solid first half against powerful...

Unionville mascot discussion a worthy topic

By Mike McGann, Editor, The Times Let me be the first to say, good for the students of Unionville High School. Let me also say, some of the adults need to cool it, too. The students created and led an Identity Council to start to have discussions about the school’s Indian name and mascot. As I’ve noted to school officials over the years, it is inevitable that at some point, the name and iconography...

Unionville Rugby signups now underway

Become part of one of America’s fastest growing sports: rugby! Signups for the Spring 2018 season are now underway — with high school age teams for both boys and girls fielded for a season that begins in March. While the boys team — which has won a State Championship in recent years and reached the State Playoffs in 2017 — is always looking for new players, the girls’ team is especially...

Unionville Rugby signups now underway

Become part of one of America’s fastest growing sports: rugby! Signups for the Spring 2018 season are now underway — with high school age teams for both boys and girls fielded for a season that begins in March. While the boys team — which has won a State Championship in recent years and reached the State Playoffs in 2017 — is always looking for new players, the girls’ team is especially...

Sports dental safety: it’s always an option

By Dr. Stephanie McGann, DMD FAGD, Columnist, The Times While summer has just begun it’s time to think about mouth guards for dental safety. Athletic mouth guards are not just for football and hockey. Many sports such as gymnastics, skating, martial arts, basketball just to name a few can put a smile in harm’s way. Mouth protectors can cushion a blow and help protect the teeth as well as reduce...