July 17, 2014 |
Growing up in West Philadelphia, Betty Leacraft was drawn to the look and feel of fabric and its many creative uses. "I've been sewing since I was a child," said Leacraft. "My maternal grandmother put the first needle and thread in my hand. " At Overbrook High School and Cheyney University, Leacraft developed a keen interest in African culture. Over the years, she combined those passions to create bold and colorful artwork as a fabric mixed-media artist. Later this month, Leacraft will visit South Africa, where one of her works will be part of an exhibit of art quilts in tribute to the late President Nelson Mandela.
February 14, 2014 |
Westtown's Georgios Papagiannis was a shot-blocking machine Tuesday evening against Academy of the New Church. And, understandably, ANC coach Kevin Givens grew frustrated. "When you have someone 7-foot-1 in there, you have to stop and take a pull-up shot," Givens said. "You can't keep doing the same thing and expect a different result. " Papagiannis, a junior center who came to Westtown from Greece in September, rejected nine field-goal attempts as the host Moose stormed past the Lions, 65-39, and captured the Friends Schools League boys' basketball title.
February 13, 2014 |
Sparked by a home-court advantage, a timely defensive switch, and a spectacular performance from its big man, Westtown captured its second Friends Schools League boys' basketball championship in three seasons. Taking full command of things early in the second half, the host Moose buried frigid-shooting Academy of the New Church, 65-39, Tuesday evening before a packed house. Switching from a zone to a man-to-man scheme, Westtown outscored the Lions, 35-13, in the middle two quarters.
January 17, 2014 |
In addition to his goal of leading Westtown to a Friends Schools League championship, Jared Nickens is preparing for his future career at Maryland. "I want to become stronger, find more ways to create my own shot, get better at coming off screens, and get to the foul line more," the 6-foot-6, 180-pound senior wing said. With Nickens making all eight of his free-throw attempts en route to 16 points, the visiting Moose nipped Academy of the New Church, 42-40, in overtime in an FSL showdown Tuesday in Bryn Athyn.
June 14, 2013 |
Listening to reports of Nelson Mandela's failing health, I can't help thinking how different the world would be if the former South African leader could have been cloned. So many times, in countries plagued by sectarian conflicts and bloodshed, I've heard people say: "If only we had a Mandela. " Mandela's genius was his ability to forgive former enemies, along with a charisma that persuaded his black countrymen to do likewise - and convinced his white countrymen that he meant what he said.
December 29, 2012
Malcolm Gilbert , a 6-foot-11 sophomore center planning to redshirt this season, has left the Pitt basketball team for what the university called "family-related reasons" and will transfer to another school. A native of Smyrna, Del., Gilbert played high school basketball at the Academy of the New Church in Bryn Athyn. ICE HOCKEY: Andrei Makarov made 41 saves to help Russia beat the United States, 2-1, at the world junior championships in Ufa, Russia. Jacob Trouba scored a tying, power-play goal on a slapshot from the blue line midway through the second period, but Vladimir Tkachyov scored from close range four minutes into the third.
February 12, 2012 |
It was about halfway through the season when Westtown coach Seth Berger had a heart-to-heart chat with Daniel Ochefu. "He told me that I needed to play with more intensity," the 6-foot-10, 240-pound center said. "As soon as the new year started, I began doing that. " In Friday night's Friends Schools League championship game vs. Academy of the New Church, Ochefu, playing with that renewed passion, sparked the Moose to a 55-46 victory at Haverford College. In helping Westtown secure its first FSL title since the 1985-86 season, Ochefu, a Villanova recruit, delivered 15 points, 16 rebounds (six on offense)
February 10, 2012 |
It was about halfway through the season when Westtown coach Seth Berger had a heart-to-heart chat with Daniel Ochefu. "He told me that I needed to play with more intensity," the 6-foot-10, 240-pound center said. "As soon as the new year started, I began doing that. " In Friday night's Friends Schools League championship game vs. Academy of the New Church, Ochefu, playing with that renewed passion, sparked the Moose to a 55-46 victory at Haverford College. In helping Westtown secure its first FSL title since the 1985-86 season, the Villanova recruit delivered 15 points, 16 rebounds (six on offense)
January 15, 2012 |
After experiencing some homesickness in his first year at Academy of the New Church, Ontario native Dinjiyl Walker is flourishing. "It was a little bit hard at first, coming over here and not knowing anyone," Walker said. "But the team really embraced me, made me feel like part of the family. I'm thankful for that. " Walker, who arrived in Bryn Athyn in 2010, is equally comfortable on the hardwood, as he showed in Friday night's Friends Schools League showdown against Westtown.