October 24, 2015 |
Boys' Latin's Javon Oglesby-Rice was flat on his face on the grass at West Philadelphia with the football at least 35 yards away. It wasn't exactly the most athletic pose a player could strike on a football field, and one of his coaches couldn't help but give him a ribbing. "I thought you were an athlete," Warriors assistant Mario Dattilo joked. Oglesby-Rice had tripped and fallen en route to attempting another punt block. The Boys' Latin players were all smiles Thursday night after they came from behind to defeat Mastery North, 22-13, and earn their first Public League AAA victory this season.
October 10, 2015 |
Brandon Smith tried to speak, but the words didn't come. With his thumb and forefinger, the Dobbins senior pinched the bridge of his nose, perhaps an attempt to dam the emotion that pooled behind his face. His teammates knelt, forming a circle after defeating Boys' Latin, 28-26, in a sloppy but tension-filled Public League AAA contest at West Philadelphia. "I really don't have much to say," the 6-foot, 170-pound quarterback and defensive back said as he addressed his team and coaches.
September 12, 2015 |
Driving rain forced Boys' Latin's offense to keep it simple on Thursday night. But David Williams proved anything but simple to stop. The junior rushed 17 times for 113 yards and a pair of first-half touchdowns as Boys' Latin cruised past KIPP DuBois, 22-0, in a nonleague game at West Philadelphia. Boys' Latin attempted just one pass. Javon Rice made eight tackles for the Warriors, who held KIPP to 41 yards. In other nonleague action, Will Hunter racked up 115 yards and a TD on six carries to lead Olney to a 20-8 victory over Mastbaum at Northeast.
January 24, 2015 |
If George Washington senior Jerome Blume were a cartoon character, he would probably be running up and down the court with a lightbulb flickering above his head. The 6-foot-5 forward notched his third straight double-double Thursday with 14 points and 14 rebounds in Washington's 67-61 win over visiting Boys' Latin. "I think the lightbulb went on the last couple games," Eagles head coach John Creighton said. "He's a freak athlete, and when he wants to, he can take over a game.
December 13, 2014 |
Jahmir Green sank two free throws with 15 seconds left to lift host Boys' Latin over Frankford, 58-57, in a Public League Division B boys' basketball game. Zafir Smith sealed the win with a block at the other end. Green led the Warriors with 14 points. Jelani Mauge and Umar Saaba each added 11 points. Frankford's Quadire Truesdale scored a game-high 17 points. In other Public League action: Strawberry Mansion clinched its first victory of the season with a 77-61 win against Prep Charter.
December 5, 2014 |
A DATA-DRIVEN opinion piece written by a Temple University law professor led a prominent charter-school leader to fight back on Twitter yesterday, claiming the professor shoots at unarmed boys. Twitterverse was not pleased. "What does Temple law professor Susan DeJarnatt and Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson have in common? They both shoot at unarmed boys," David P. Hardy wrote in a tweet sent out at 5:07 a.m. yesterday. Hardy is the chief executive officer of Boys' Latin of Philadelphia Charter School and a spokesman for PhillySchoolChoice.com, a new group that advocates for charter and parochial schools.
November 12, 2014 |
Four days before the deadline to apply to open new charter schools, hundreds of parents, students, teachers and charter operators gathered outside Philadelphia School District headquarters Tuesday to support proposed new schools. Carrying balloons and wearing bright T-shirts, the upbeat crowd thanked the School Reform Commission for accepting new charter applications for the first time since 2007. The district's administration building on North Broad Street was closed for Veterans' Day. But that did not diminish the cheers for several charters proposed to open in 2016, including a Mastery elementary school in North Philadelphia, a tech-themed high school for Freire charter of Center City and a girls' charter modeled after Boys Latin of Philadelphia.
November 8, 2014 |
EVER WONDER what it's like to have speed beyond your wildest imagination? We're not talking about driving fast in a car. We're talking speed as in how fast your legs can carry you. Damere Gilbert, a 5-10, 170-pound track star turned wide receiver and defensive back, can tell you. "It's breathtaking," he said. "I can't believe I'm going that fast, but I know I can always get faster. " Gilbert used his "quicks" last night to propel Boys' Latin (6-5) past Southern High, 24-20, in nonleague action at the South Philadelphia Supersite.
October 31, 2014
BOYS' LATIN football coach Mike Rufo has chosen to step down at the end of the season, citing conflicts with his work schedule. Rufo has worked as a volunteer during his 7 years as coach (5 in the Public League) and has been the Warriors' only coach. Sean Diviny, a Father Judge grad, will take over as coach. Diviny has served as defensive coordinator and has been with the program since its inception. Rufo led Boys' Latin (4-5, 2-4) into this season with a 14-17 record in league play and 21-27 overall.
September 12, 2014 |
WITH A SIMPLE shrug of his shoulders and his face clad with an ear-to-ear smile, Imhotep senior DJ Moore assured what a stat sheet might never know. Yesterday at the Marcus Foster (Gratz) Supersite, Moore played under center, not at wide receiver, where his skill set has already earned him a scholarship offer from the University of Maryland (he committed this summer). The Panthers' typical tosser, Andre Dreuitt-Parks, was injured and still recovering from concussion-like symptoms suffered the previous week, so Moore was called to action against Boys' Latin.