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January 21, 2009 | By Keith Pompey INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
The Math, Civics and Sciences boys' basketball team resembles a closely knit family. One could even call the Mighty Elephants brothers from other mothers. Sure, they might disagree a bit behind closed doors. But on game days, the Math, Civics and Sciences players are closer than a set of twins. "We just want to come out, have fun and play as a family," senior guard Jose Ortiz said. "Even in practice, we just want to keep it close. " Yesterday, Boys' Latin found out just how close the Math, Civics and Sciences players are. Displaying their trademark team balance, the Mighty Elephants defeated the Warriors, 72-61, in the Public League D Division game at Shepard Recreation Center.
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August 6, 2007 | By Martha Woodall, Inquirer Staff Writer
The hot, hazy sun was baking the sidewalks along Market Street in West Philadelphia. And the 25 teens who gathered late last week in an office building meeting room could have been whiling away their time with myriad summer activities. Instead, the incoming ninth graders at Boys' Latin of Philadelphia Charter School were so determined to get a head start at their new college-prep school that they had volunteered to spend the morning poring over John Steinbeck's Of Mice and Men and the thick novel Troy , about the Trojan War. Many had been showing up twice a week for the sessions since the start of July to read, discuss and write about the books they were assigned to read this summer.
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December 16, 2012 | By Kate Harman, FOR THE INQUIRER
There might be a lot of things that the La Salle basketball team doesn't want to remember about its first game of the season. Missed free throws, giving up a halftime lead, not having that added vigor in the four minutes of extra time. But that overtime loss to State College a little more than a week ago did more than provide the Explorers with regrets - it also was a learning experience. That experience came in handy Saturday, at Cheltenham's Coaches vs. Cancer tournament, as the Explorers defeated Boys' Latin in overtime, 70-64.
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December 16, 2011 | By Evan Burgos, FOR THE INQUIRER
After the way Boys' Latin lost on Thursday, surrendering a six-point lead with less than a minute to play, a letdown seemed likely considering the Warriors faced another game Friday night, against a Penn Wood program that had advanced to, at least, the PIAA state semifinals in each of the last three seasons. But no one told that to Maurice Watson Jr. Watson Jr. led all players with 25 points, including 12 in the fourth quarter, to give Boys' Latin an affirming, 61-57 nonleague victory over Penn Wood.
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September 1, 2011 | By Keith Pompey, Inquirer Staff Writer
Boys' Latin senior Maurice Watson made an oral commitment Wednesday to play basketball at Boston University. The 5-foot-10 point guard, who had 18 scholarship offers, ultimately picked the Terriers over Virginia, La Salle, Niagara, and Hofstra. "The reason I chose BU was because I could see myself going to the university [even] if it wasn't for basketball," Watson said. "I've been out to the city. I love the city. It reminds me of Philly so much. "I have some friends that are already on the team.
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April 27, 2009 | By St. John Barned-Smith, Inquirer Staff Writer
The cheers and shouts rang across the water as the Boys' Latin crew team rounded the bend in the Schuylkill. The four rowers glanced over and ripped their blades through the current, speeding their boat - the 40-foot jet-black Darth Vader - to a second-place finish in the race. It was their first competition. They were the only team of Philadelphia public school students rowing April 19 at the Philadelphia Scholastic Rowing Association's fifth Manny Flick regatta this year.
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March 9, 2012 | By Rick O'Brien, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Boys' Latin put two straight defeats - and three years of state-playoff frustration - behind it on Friday night. Coming off losses in the Public League final and District 12 championship, the Warriors gained their first PIAA Class AAA state victory in four tries with a 70-49 romp over undermanned Pope John Paul II at Southern High. Maurice Watson (23 points), Carlos Taylor (20), and Yahmir Greenlee (15) sparked the historic victory. "We beat them with our speed, fast-break points, and defense," said Greenlee, a 5-foot-9, 150-pound junior point guard.
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January 10, 2016 | By Aaron Carter, STAFF WRITER
Javon Oglesby-Rice was in good spirits as he waited inside his delayed SEPTA train the afternoon of Jan. 2 while on his way home from a job interview that he hoped would help him pay for college. The senior wide receiver for Boys' Latin, however, had no idea that the death of his former teammate, friend and mentor was the reason for the delay. A man, who was later identified as Emmanuel Sloan, 19, reportedly had jumped in front of a Market-Frankford train about 3 p.m. at the 40th Street Station, a SEPTA spokesman said on the day of the incident.
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January 9, 2016 | By Aaron Carter, Staff Writer
After a 77-56 Public League victory against host Northeast, perhaps the Boys' Latin team bus should get stuck in traffic more often. On Thursday afternoon, the team left its West Philadelphia campus at about 1:30 p.m. for the scheduled 3:15 p.m. Division B contest. The Warriors didn't enter the gym, however, until about 3:30. Dressed and ready, the Warriors exploded for 28 first-quarter points after a brief warm-up. "We just talked about staying focused and don't let this bus trip throw you off," said senior Cameron Gardner-Nicholson.
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December 21, 2015 | By Aaron Carter, Staff Writer
With 3.6 seconds left in overtime, Penn Charter senior Harrison Williams stepped to the free-throw line with the game tied. Boys' Latin's Jibril Noble-Pagese had just made two free throws, so the pressure in the Make-A-Wish Showcase at Germantown Academy fell squarely on Williams. "Basically, I'm a senior, I've been doing this for four years and I just have to knock these down and show everyone else that in big moments like that, you can't let the crowd or the stage get to you," Williams recalled thinking.
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October 24, 2015 | By Aaron Carter, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
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October 10, 2015 | By Aaron Carter, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
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September 12, 2015 | By Mark Macyk, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
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January 24, 2015 | By Aaron Carter, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
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December 13, 2014 | By Paul Breen, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
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December 5, 2014 | BY REGINA MEDINA, Daily News Staff Writer medinar@phillynews.com, 215-854-5985
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.
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November 12, 2014 | By Martha Woodall, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
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