February 8, 2013 |
I KNOW WE say it every year, and there is a lot of parity in college basketball. Still, when it actually comes to the ultimate "romantic image" of some little school coming out of the pack of giants to cut down the NCAA championship nets, it doesn't happen. The truth is that for as much as we love Cinderella, she never gets to put on the lost glass slipper that makes dreams come true. An evening of fun at the Final Four Ball is the best she gets. The clock always strikes midnight before the final buzzer goes off in the national championship game.
March 19, 2012
A LOT CAN HAPPEN between now and Saturday afternoon, but . . . As in 2011, is it possible District 12 will produce three state basketball champions? This much we know: Friday at Penn State's Bryce Jordan Center, Philly will be represented in the Class A (2 o'clock) and AAA (8 o'clock) state finals. How can we be so confident? Pretty simple. Tomorrow's semis in each classification will feature nothing but D-12 squads. In a doubleheader at Southern, Constitution will meet Math, Civics and Sciences Charter at 6 (A)
March 24, 2011
In 1983-84, a fourth class (AAAA) was added. Boys Class AAAA 2010: Plymouth Whitemarsh 2009: Penn Wood 2008: Chester 2006: Lower Merion 2005: Chester 2001: Coatesville 2000: Chester 1997: Plymouth Whitemarsh 1996: Lower Merion 1994: Chester 1991: Glen Mills 1990: Glen Mills 1989: Chester Class AAA 2010: Neumann-Goretti 2009: Archbishop Carroll...
March 14, 2010 |
The beginning of basketball practice was delayed for nine members of the Woodbury boys' team, but nobody, including coach Kenny Avent, was complaining. Basketball practice began the day after Thanksgiving, Nov. 27, but the nine players, including four starters, were members of the football team, which had an extended season that resulted in a South Jersey Group 1 championship. The Thundering Herd beat rival Paulsboro, 16-0, in the title game on Dec. 5. After having the next day off, the players reported for their first basketball practice on Dec. 7, and played in the first game on Dec. 18. Switching gears and seasons didn't prove to be an easy task as the Thundering Herd began 1-3. This was not the start expected of the 2009 South Jersey Group 1 boys' basketball champions.
May 4, 2009
Name a Philadelphia sports great and there's a good chance he or she has won the John Wanamaker Award. Wilt Chamberlain, Julius Erving, Joe Frazier, Mike Schmidt, Steve Carlton, the Flyers and Bobby Clarke and Bernie Parent, Reggie White, the Eagles and Donovan McNabb, Chuck Bednarik and Dawn Staley are all Wanamaker winners. The last two Wanamaker winners were Ryan Howard (2007) and Jimmy Rollins ('08), both National League Most Valuable Players. The award is presented to "the athlete, team or organization that has done the most to reflect credit upon Philadelphia and to the team or sport in which they excel.
March 27, 2009 |
Harry Middleton 3d, 84, of West Chester, captain of a state champion high school basketball team, died of kidney failure March 20 at the Neighborhood Hospice in West Chester. From 1960 to 1995, Mr. Middleton was a partner in and president of Lighting Associates, a manufacturer's representative in Berwyn. But it was at Lower Merion High School, from which he graduated in 1942, that Mr. Middleton gained lasting fame. A son, Rand, said that Mr. Middleton's basketball teams won back-to-back state championships in 1941 and 1942, and in his senior year he was team captain and a first team all-state selection.
November 21, 2007 |
If Howard University were located in Philadelphia instead of the nation's capital, the Bison would be on the way to becoming Big Five men's basketball champions. Howard made it two straight victories over Big Five squads last night by rallying from a 17-point deficit in the second half to beat La Salle, 69-63. "I feel sorry for my team," La Salle's John Giannini said. "I need to do a better job as a coach of instilling confidence in themselves. "A lot has to go wrong to lose a 17-point lead.
April 10, 2006 |
The United States, Argentina and Russia joined Australia yesterday in reaching the Davis Cup semifinals, but defending champion Croatia was eliminated. Visiting Argentina held on to oust Croatia, 3-2, with Juan Ignacio Chela rallying to beat Sasa Tuksar, 3-6, 6-4, 7-6 (6), 7-6 (5), in the final match in Zagreb. Russia beat host France, 4-1, after Dmitry Tursunov downed Richard Gasquet, 6-1, 3-6, 6-7 (4), 6-3, 7-5, in the deciding match. Andy Roddick took the Americans into the next round by beating Fernando Gonzalez of Chile, 4-6, 7-5, 6-3, 6-2, in Rancho Mirage, Calif.
March 2, 2003 |
When St. Basil coach John Diletto smiled yesterday as he posed for photos with his players and said that he was happy to be here, here meant more than standing on a basketball court with the trophy that goes to the District 1 Class AAA girls' basketball champions. Here also meant alive - competing against basketball rivals and cancer. St. Basil's first district championship came with a 46-42 victory over Nazareth at Plymouth Whitemarsh. It highlighted a courageous and selfless season for Diletto, who in July was discovered to have colon cancer.
March 31, 2000 |
Martina Hingis had no mercy. The crowd had no compassion. Monica Seles had no chance. Seles, playing on a sore ankle, endured the worst beating of her career yesterday, losing to the top-seeded Hingis, 6-0, 6-0, in the semifinals of the Ericsson Open in Key Biscayne, Fla. Seles ended the so-called double-bagel with double-faults on the final two points. The nine-time Grand Slam champion has long been a fan favorite, but the crowd booed as she left the court. Hingis' opponent in the final tomorrow will be second-seeded Lindsay Davenport, who reclaimed the No. 1 ranking by edging 12th-seeded Sandrine Testud 6-1, 6-7 (4)