September 15, 2016 |
A highly anticipated game between two of the most talented teams in the Public League, Northeast and Imhotep, was postponed last week because of excessive heat and now might not be played at all. While several other postponed games were rescheduled for Monday, Imhotep was closed for a Muslim holiday. Mastery North was among other schools closed in observance of the same holiday. A playoff game between Imhotep and Northeast won't occur, either, because Imhotep was reclassified as Class 4A this year, up from 3A last season, and Northeast is now 5A, up from 4A last year.
April 20, 2016 |
Albie Crosby, who guided Imhotep Charter to a 15-0 record and the PIAA Class AAA state football championship last season, has stepped down as the successful program's head coach. "I'm going through some personal things," Crosby said Monday afternoon. "I had been burning the candle at both ends. And, health-wise, I want to focus on getting in better shape. " Last season, in becoming the first Public League school to claim a state football crown, the Panthers outscored foes by 702-104.
March 13, 2016 |
When the PIAA playoff brackets were released weeks ago, Imhotep certainly had Del-Val - and revenge - on the brain. Del-Val, which had won 19 consecutive games entering the Class 3A quarterfinal at Southern, unseated the defending champion Panthers in February en route to claiming the school's first Public League basketball title. Friday night, however, the Panthers sought to send a message. "We saw that they were on our side [of the bracket], so we're like, 'Del-Val, Del-Val, Del-Val,' every day in practice," said Imhotep junior captain Daron Russell.
January 11, 2016 |
More than anything, Imhotep Charter boys' basketball coach Andre Noble has been pleased with Jaekwon Carlyle's maturation as a student. "He comes from a rough neighborhood, and he had some issues in the classroom," Noble said. "But he's been buckling down and applying himself more. " Carlyle agreed. "I had to focus more, stop worrying about things less important, and do my work. " The 6-foot, 170-pound senior guard helped Imhotep take care of business against Friends' Central on Saturday in the second annual All-City Classic, producing 15 points, two assists, and two steals in a 68-42 triumph at Girard College.
February 23, 2015 |
A look at the Public League boys' basketball championship: Who: Imhotep Charter vs. Constitution. When: Sunday, approximately 3:30 p.m. (after the girls' game between Imhotep Charter and Mastery North, which begins at 1 p.m.). Where: St. Joseph's University. Tickets: $10. Records: Imhotep is 18-8 and on a seven-game winning streak. Constitution is 19-7 and won the Division A title. Coaches: Andre Noble, Imhotep, ninth season, 253-66; Rob Moore, Constitution, fifth season, 133-44.
February 21, 2015 |
During a brief break in fourth-quarter action Thursday night, Martin Luther King coach Sean Colson grabbed the attention of his guards. As Imhotep Charter coach Andre Noble conferred with referees about a free-throw discrepancy, Colson, his index finger extended, barked out instructions. "Do not leave him," he ordered. "Don't ever leave him!" On the business end of Colson's finger was a smiling Daron Russell. The 5-foot-10 sophomore guard for Imhotep had been a thorn in the Cougars' paws early on in the Public League semifinal at Southern.
January 19, 2015 |
If Saturday afternoon's showcase effort against perennial power Chester is any indication, Imhotep Charter, with the Public League playoffs about two weeks away, is headed in the right direction. The confident-looking Panthers forced 17 turnovers, flourished on the fastbreak, and rolled to a 69-54 triumph over the sloppy Clippers in the 16th annual Kobe Bryant Philly.com/Rally Play-by-Play Classic at Lower Merion. "A couple of years ago, Chester used to beat up on Imhotep," Panthers sophomore point guard Daron Russell said.
December 18, 2014 |
While Chase Rodgers can sometimes bump heads with Sean Colson, the senior forward says he likes the hard-driving ways of the Martin Luther King coach. "He's harder on me than anybody else" he said. "At the end of the day, I know that's the best thing for me. It's going to make me a better overall player. " Rodgers started on Tuesday for the first time this season. He netted a game-high 18 points to spark King's 66-60 win at Imhotep Charter in both teams' Public League Division A opener.
March 7, 2014 |
SEAN LLOYD knew what happened almost immediately. The pain in his wrist was all too familiar and the swelling confirmed what he already diagnosed. A few choices came to mind: Alert trainers and the Imhotep coaching staff, which may have glued him to the bench; or keep on keepin' on. Last night, he stood, black cast running up his left wrist, just outside the school's gym where his healthier teammates prepared for tonight's first-round playoff game against Susquehanna Valley. The scene of the injury was Southern High, in the Class AAA Public League finale in mid-February.
March 6, 2014 |
It's win-or-go-home time. The PIAA state boys' basketball playoffs will begin this weekend, with 31 local teams bidding to reach Hershey and capture gold medals. Lower Merion (Class AAAA) and Imhotep Charter (AAA) are out to defend titles. Here is a preview of the Class AAA and A tournaments, which will begin Friday, and a predicted champion in each classification. We'll preview the Class AAAA and AA playoffs, which start Saturday, on Friday. Class AAA Imhotep comes in at less than full strength.