December 24, 2015
4 Double-doubles for Abington's Lizzie O'Leary this season. 7 Consecutive appearances in the Catholic League championship game for Archbishop Wood. 19 Points per game averaged by Strath Haven's Katie Fisher.
December 24, 2015 |
Six players from Imhotep Charter, which went 15-0 en route to statewide glory, were selected to the Class AAA all-state team by Pennsylvania football writers. Imhotep senior running back Mike Waters, who rushed for nearly 1,900 yards and scored 45 touchdowns, was voted player of the year. Panthers boss Albie Crosby, whose squad outscored foes by 702-104 this season, was named coach of the year. The other Imhotep players, all seniors, earning all-state honors were Florida State-bound tight end Naseir Upshur, offensive linemen Yasir Durant and JohnCarlo Valentin, and defensive ends Andre Mintze and Shaka Toney.
December 22, 2015 |
Imhotep Charter made history by becoming the first public school from Philadelphia to win a state football crown. The school plans to recognize the players and coaches in a ceremony on Tuesday. That's when the accomplishment might sink in for Albie Crosby. "It still feels kind of surreal," the Panthers head coach said Saturday. "Maybe it will be different in a few days. " Racking up 514 yards on offense and overcoming three first-quarter turnovers, Imhotep, with its jaw-dropping speed, size, and physical toughness, overpowered Erie Cathedral Prep, 40-3, Friday night in the PIAA Class 3A final at chilly Hersheypark Stadium.
December 17, 2015
Records are through Tuesday. Previous ranking in parentheses. 1. Roman Catholic (1) 4-0 2. Neumann-Goretti (2) 2-0 3. Westtown (3) 9-0 4. Archbishop Wood (6) 3-0 5. Plymouth Whitemarsh (10) 4-0 6. Archbishop Carroll (NR) 3-0 7. Episcopal Academy (NR) 6-1 8. Imhotep Charter (4) 4-2 9. Coatesville (NR) 5-0 10. Downingtown West (7) 5-1 Under consideration, listed alphabetically: Abington (4-2), Constitution (3-3), Conwell-Egan (3-1), Germantown Academy (4-2)
December 17, 2015 |
Last year, Morgan Lenahan sat in the corner of the gym at Archbishop Wood and took it all in. The crowd. The noise. The pace of the game. The intensity of the rivalry between the Vikings and Neumann-Goretti. Back then, Lenahan was a standout guard for Haddon Township in New Jersey. But she was also an AAU teammate of the Saints' A.J. Timbers, who is now at Towson. Lenahan knew the importance of the game, so she made sure she didn't miss it. She didn't miss Tuesday's battle, either.
December 12, 2015 |
The Coaches vs. Cancer High School Basketball Classic, featuring several of the area's top boys' squads, is scheduled for Saturday afternoon at Archbishop Wood. Proceeds go to the American Cancer Society. The four-game showcase tips at 1:30 p.m., with Plymouth Whitemarsh matched against fellow Suburban One League and perennial power Pennsbury. The Colonials' spark plug is 6-foot-3 senior wing and Rider recruit Xzavier Malone. The Falcons are spurred by guard Rob Daly and pair of junior forwards, 6-7 Mark Flagg and 6-8 Isaiah Carpenter.
December 11, 2015 |
The firing of Rutgers football coach Kyle Flood has left two of the state's top senior players, Archbishop Wood quarterback Anthony Russo and West Catholic defensive end Tymir Oliver, rethinking their recruitment. Russo, a 6-foot-4, 225-pounder who drew rave reviews with his strong arm and poise while advancing to the Elite 11 finals in Oregon last summer, committed to the Scarlet Knights in May. The 6-4, 265-pound Oliver, powerful and quick off the ball, did the same in August. Oliver reopened his recruitment via Twitter last Friday.
December 6, 2015 |
After an emotionally charged victory over Archbishop Wood in the District 12 Class AAA final six days earlier, Imhotep Charter was vulnerable to a possible letdown in Friday night's state quarterfinal against Academy Park. "Beating Wood was huge for us, but we knew we had to get back to work right away," Panthers senior defensive end Shaka Toney said. "You can't let up against anybody at this point in the season. " With Toney helping to contain the edge against the Knights' run-heavy attack, Imhotep, which found the end zone on four of its first five possessions, stayed the course with a 46-16 romp at chilly Plymouth Whitemarsh.
December 1, 2015 |
Imhotep Charter's Andre Mintze missed the bulk of last football season after straining his left anterior cruciate ligament in Week 2 against Trinity (Ky.). So the rising defensive end was a helpless spectator when the squad later fell to eventual PIAA state champion Archbishop Wood, 42-34, in the District 12 Class AAA final. In Saturday's highly anticipated rematch, with Mintze and others applying steady pressure on Vikings quarterback Anthony Russo, the Panthers turned the tables on Wood and triumphed, 20-14, before a packed crowd at Northeast.
November 30, 2015 |
Imhotep Charter coach Albie Crosby prefers to celebrate the whole, as opposed to the individual, when it comes to his football team. However, the fourth-year head Panther singled out Mike Crawford after Imhotep's 20-14 win Saturday night against seven-time defending champ Archbishop Wood in the PIAA District 12 Class AAA title game. "I don't usually do this, I don't usually do this," Crosby said in the Panthers' victorious huddle, which had likely tripled in size as Panthers fans flooded Charles Martin Memorial field at Northeast.