March 28, 2015 |
When Dinjiyl Walker transferred to the Academy of the New Church in 2010, he fit in with the other Division I prospects who filled that team's roster. But his previous two years in his hometown of Vaughan, Ontario, had set him back academically, and as a result he watched his teammates and opponents take Division I opportunities he was seldom offered. "I had just a few schools that were interested and wanted me, but they didn't know if I was going to be eligible," said Walker, a reserve for Oklahoma as the Sooners prepared to face Michigan State on Friday night in the NCAA tournament's Sweet 16. "They were scared to with my grades.
January 15, 2015 |
Clearly, Jonathan Lawton has taken the words of his father, Rob, a solid wing guard for Catholic League powerhouse Roman Catholic in the early 1980s, to heart. "My dad always says to me that point guards have to be able to knock down foul shots at the end of a game," the Friends' Central senior floor general said. "It's something I practice every day. " In the second half of Tuesday's matchup at Academy of the New Church, Lawton calmly went 12 for 12 from the foul line as the visiting Phoenix held off the injury-plagued Lions, 52-47.
December 6, 2014 |
Carnel Harley scored 16 points, and Academy of the New Church edged visiting Perkiomen School, 55-53, Thursday in nonleague boys' basketball. Matt Cotton and Quadir Phillips added 13 points each. The Lions outscored the Panthers, 20-15, in the fourth quarter. Perkiomen's Martynas Simanavicius led all players with 18 points. Paulius Zalys dropped in 11, and Nicholas Posocco had 10. In other nonleague play: Ahmadu Sarnor had a game-high 18 points to lead Collegium Charter to a 64-29 home win over Del-Val Friends.
November 6, 2014 |
How about this for an encore? A day after winning a Friends Schools League championship at the end of overtime, the Academy of the New Church field hockey team worked its extra-time magic once more Wednesday. This time, it was Chelsea Duggan who played hero. Her goal in double overtime gave Academy of the New Church a 2-1 win over visiting Springside Chestnut Hill in the first round of the Independent Schools State Tournament. Rachel Fink also scored for the Lions. Independent Schools Boys' Soccer First Round Mark Forrest's two second-half goals gave fourth-seeded Hill School a 2-0 win over visiting No. 13 Episcopal Academy.
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.