December 30, 1988 |
The Frankford basketball team viewed this week's eight-team Seagull Classic as the perfect way to show the experts that coach Vince Miller's Pioneers deserve a ranking among the nation's best high school teams. The tournament at St. Joseph's University included nationally acclaimed St. Nicholas of Tolentine (N.Y.) - last year's national champion at 30-1 - imposing Long Island (N.Y.) Lutheran and local powerhouse Chester. Frankford, ranked No. 1 in The Inquirer's Southeastern Pennsylvania Top 10, got past Tolentine in the semifinals Tuesday.
March 17, 2013 |
With the Spring-Ford gym crowded well before tipoff, Rahlir Hollis-Jefferson had little choice of seating when he arrived at halftime of Saturday's PIAA Class AAAA boys' basketball quarterfinal between Chester and Great Valley. The area around his mother, Rylanda Hollis, was full, and Hollis-Jefferson slipped his 6-foot-6 frame behind the basket in an open spot next to the Clippers' cheerleaders and directly behind the team's wigged and platform-booted mascot. From there, Hollis-Jefferson watched as his younger brother, Chester senior forward Rondae Jefferson, dictated the second half with nine of his game-high 16 points and helped the Clippers pull away from Great Valley, 55-42.
February 25, 2012 |
When it comes to defense, the Chester boys' basketball team plays by coach Larry Yarbray's one rule: Do not give up more than 10 points in a quarter. In Friday night's PIAA District 1 Class AAAA quarterfinal against No. 9 seed Norristown, the defending-champion and top-seeded Clippers gave up 10 points in the first half . The No. 4 team in the nation, according to ESPN, bulldozed the Eagles, 81-31, to advance to Tuesday night's semifinals. Riding a 51-game winning streak, Chester (25-0)
March 11, 1988 |
In addition to deciding which team will be District 1's top seed in next week's PIAA Class AAAA state boys' basketball tournament, tonight's game at Villanova (8:30) between Chester and Coatesville also may determine which of the two teams could win a state track championship. Both Chester and Coatesville play basketball at breakneck speed. In Chester's 78-71 win over Abington in the district semifinal Tuesday at the Palestra, the Clippers continually forced the ball down Abington's throat.
June 15, 1991 |
On a Chester city street around noon on Feb. 10, 1990, Chester Police Officer John Goepel Sr. shot MacArthur Brown in the back of the head as he ran from police. Goepel, a 12-year Chester police veteran, and two other officers had confronted Brown as he attempted a robbery at knifepoint on Upland Street, according to police. Goepel knew that Brown, 31, was wanted for firing a shotgun at three Chester officers just days before, and he believed Brown was about to pull a gun as he fled, according to Goepel and his attorney.
March 3, 2013 |
Another dazzling third-quarter surge paved the way for Chester's third consecutive PIAA District 1 Class AAAA championship. Against second-seeded Lower Merion, the top-seeded Clippers seized command after a back-and-forth first half with a 16-3 burst and easily downed the Aces, 60-46, Friday night in the final at Villanova's Pavilion. Chester, which claimed its 10th district boys' basketball crown in the last 12 seasons and 22d overall, did the same to Abington in Tuesday's semifinals.
January 19, 1990 |
Twenty years ago, after Leedom Morrison accepted a job with the city planning office in Chester, his brother, Jack, asked him why. It was a reasonable question. The one-time boom town had gone bust after World War II, and hard times seemed its fate. But when Lee Morrison looked at Chester, he saw beyond poverty to potential. His reply, he recalls: "The only way it can go is up. " Today is Morrison's final day on the job as city planning director, and Chester remains a city perpetually on the brink: It is the nation's 16th most economically depressed city, by the federal government's reckoning.
January 9, 2009 |
Chester still has Penn Wood's number. Because Penn Wood boasted a national ranking, many believed the Patriots would avoid another heartbreaking loss to the Clippers. But Chester's youthful squad isn't intimidated by anyone, including a Penn Wood team that's favored to win the PIAA Class AAAA state title. The Clippers defeated the Patriots, 57-48, last night in a Del-Val League game in front of 1,821 fans at "The Clip Joint. " "They thought they were going to come in our home gym and beat us," Chester guard Maurice Nelson said.
March 24, 1988 |
The artist leaned intently toward a watercolor drawing of Chester's decaying train station and gestured toward the etched figures that wait in the station's shadows. "There is beauty everywhere you go, if you know where to look for it," said Sergio Iaconianni, an Italian artist who has made Chester his home. "These scenes, the mood of them, is much like my town, Roggiano. It's the way I see them. " Iaconianni's The Foreshortenings of Chester is a series of watercolors on exhibit at the Alfred O. Deshong Museum.