Joseph Santoliquito

Joseph Santoliquito

Joseph Santoliquito is an award-winning sportswriter based in the Philadelphia area who has written feature stories for,,,, Deadspin and The Philadelphia Daily News. In 2006, he was nominated for an Emmy Award for a special project piece for called “Love at First Beep.” He is most noted for his award-winning feature on high school wrestler A.J. Detwiler in February 2006, which appeared on SportsCenter. In 2015, he was elected president of the Boxing Writers Association of America.

June 6, 2019


One-on-one: How Andy Ruiz Jr. went from 'Fat Kid' to World Heavyweight Champion

“There are some things you just never forget,” said Ruiz, 29, an hour after he wrested the WBA, IBF, WBO and IBO heavyweight world championship belts away from Joshua at 1:27 of the seventh round, spoiling Joshua’s American debut. “I used to get called ‘fat kid’ when I was younger, and when you’re a kid, words can hurt. This is really a blessing."

May 31, 2019


Beating prostate cancer has given Phillies broadcaster Larry Andersen a new perspective

Larry Andersen picked up the phone that November morning and within seconds he darted a glance across the bedroom at his wife, Kristi. The look said it. It was a frightened, on-the-verge-of-tears mien. He didn’t have to say a word. He just shook his head. Kristi knew. She ran right to him and they both sobbed.

May 29, 2019


Former Eagles CB Troy Vincent truly is the NFL's 'Football Czar'

When Roger Goodell leaves, there a good number of people who wouldn’t mind seeing Troy Vincent inherit the position as NFL Commissioner. He would be the first former player to head the league, and first African-American to be NFL Commissioner.

May 24, 2019

High School Baseball

Bala Cynwyd's Jack Kochanowicz started Major League journey on his couch with an iPad

Jack Kochanowicz was sitting at home on the living room couch one spring Friday night in 2016 when the impulse hit him. 'Why not?', Kochanowicz thought to himself. So, he reached for his iPad and sent a direct message to Houston Banditos’ baseball coach Ray DeLeon, along with some video of himself throwing.

May 9, 2019


Former Penn State offensive lineman Ryan Bates ready to live his dream with Eagles

There is a profile shot on Ryan Bates’ twitter page of a somewhat pudgy kid sitting on a couch with shades on and “Go Birds” embossed in black ink across his bare chest. Bates is quite a bit leaner and a little larger today. It’s an indication right there in that rather grainy pic that he knows the way. The 2015 Archbishop Wood and 2018 Penn State graduate won’t need a GPS to find the Eagles’ NovaCare Complex this week for NFL rookie minicamp. It’s a familiar trek for the former all-Catholic League standout from Warrington, Bucks County.

April 24, 2019


NFL Draft will once again feature some local talent — and Eagles may be interested

They’re all going to be somewhere trying to preoccupy themselves while they wait, some on a golf course, some by working out, others huddled with family and friends in a living room, while still others chase their nieces or nephews around the house. The precautionary warnings have already been issued not to call at certain times on Friday or Saturday.

April 19, 2019


Wes Hills' journey from Wildwood to NFL nearly came to crashing halt in Pa. woods

When Wes Hills found himself trapped in a steel prison, the first thought was to get out. One shoulder thrust was followed by another through the jammed driver’s side door. Once free, he didn’t even look down at what was once his supped-up 2001 black Hyundai Sonata, now a steaming, twisted pile of metal sitting somewhere in the Slippery Rock, Pa. woods after the car hydroplaned and spun off the road.

April 8, 2019


Flyers' players support Scott Gordon staying on as coach, GM Chuck Fletcher isn't so sure

There was something ominous and dark to the right of Flyers’ interim coach Scott Gordon and general manager Chuck Fletcher as they addressed the media Monday morning at the Flyers’ Skate Zone — no one was skating on the dim, abandoned rink to the right.

April 5, 2019

Betting Odds

Sports betting with 'The Philly Godfather': Virginia and Texas Tech are the way to go in Final Four

Throughout the football season, Steve Maltepes, known as “The Philly Godfather,” imparted his gambling wisdom on PhillyVoice readers. Now, with the NCAA Tournament underway, we'll take a look at where the smart money is going in the Final Four. Maltepes is one of the nation’s hottest sports betting experts who appears weekly on national radio and has his own website,

April 4, 2019


Philly area native Kyle Lauletta: 'If I want to start in the NFL someday, I still have to be better'

To the outsider’s eye, even those keenly aware of the inner-workings of the NFL, the third-string quarterback on an NFL team can be the invisible man, someone who seeps into the woodwork, prone to get lost and only arise when summoned by the coaches or yanked into a mundane chore no one else wants to do.


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