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SPORTS
December 31, 2013 | By Tim McManus, Inquirer Staff Writer
Philadelphia Electrical made its free throws when it counted Sunday, and it led to a win in the Scholastic Play-by-Play Classic at Chestnut Hill College. The Chargers used a big advantage from the line to put away a 68-64 victory over West Chester Rustin. Philadelphia Electrical made 13 free throws in the fourth quarter. Rustin missed its four attempts. Anthony Harris scored all 10 of his points in the fourth quarter for the Chargers. Devante Truitt netted 17 points, and Jihad Barnes had 10 points and five steals.
BUSINESS
December 26, 2013 | By Harold Brubaker, Inquirer Staff Writer
Since opening nearly seven years ago, Harrah's Philadelphia Casino in Chester has had a financial leg up on other gambling halls in the state. Harrah's was built in a Keystone Opportunity Zone, which means it hasn't had to pay most state and local taxes. The goal of the tax-relief program is to spur development in blighted areas. But those lucrative benefits end Dec. 31. So how much additional money will Harrah's - it already turns over more than $10 million of its annual winnings to Chester City under state law - start kicking in to help the city and the financially beleaguered Chester-Upland School District?
SPORTS
December 23, 2013 | By Benjamin R. Grant, Inquirer Staff Writer
Mahir Johnson took a pass from Tyrell Sturdivant, dribbled up the left wing and drilled a leaning 15-footer at the buzzer to give host Chester a 62-61 boys' basketball victory over Math, Civics and Sciences in the first Fred Pickett Classic. Chester trailed from the second quarter until Johnson's buzzer beater. Tyrell Sturdivant led the way with 21 points, 10 rebounds, three blocks and a steal. The Mighty Elephants were led by Terquin Mott's 21 points. Samir Doughty added 11 points, seven rebounds and seven assists.
NEWS
December 21, 2013 | By Kathy Boccella, Inquirer Staff Writer
CHESTER Over the last 15 years, Chester Community Charter School has grown so rapidly that it educates more students - about 3,000 - than the cash-strapped traditional classrooms in the surrounding Chester Upland School District. But a group of residents troubled by the charter's rapid growth are questioning whether the privately managed, taxpayer-funded school, which runs from kindergarten through eighth grade, has the legal authority to teach children beyond fourth grade. The seeds of the dispute emerged in August, when the state auditor general reported that there was no evidence that Chester Community's original charter had been updated since being authorized in 1998 for grades K-4. The school and the district dispute the assertion.
NEWS
December 20, 2013 | By Samantha Melamed, Inquirer Staff Writer
Marianne Cozzolino, co-owner of Jenny & Frank's Artisan Gelato, recently found herself short three dozen eggs - just as eggnog gelato season was getting into full swing. Fortunately, she shares her production space with a half-dozen bakers, one of whom had eggs to spare. That kind of neighborly assist is an everyday occurrence at Artisan Exchange, a year-old artisanal food hub hidden within a nondescript industrial park in West Chester. This bland backdrop is the unlikely testing ground for an innovative new model for incubating gourmet food producers: Offer them affordable, flexible work spaces; provide a wholesale distribution network to get their products to market; and add retail opportunities to stimulate early cash flow.
SPORTS
December 17, 2013 | BY MIKE KERN, Daily News Staff Writer kernm@phillynews.com
AN HISTORIC run for West Chester's football team finally ended Saturday in Hickory, N.C. The Golden Rams (13-2), who already had set a program record for victories in a season, lost to Lenoir-Rhyne (13-1) in the Division II semifinals, 42-14. The Bears, who haven't lost since their opener, will now play Northwest Missouri State (14-0) in the title game on Saturday in Florence, Ala. Northwest Missouri beat visiting Grand Valley State (12-3), 27-13. Lenoir-Rhyne has never been to the NCAA final, though it did win an NAIA championship just over 5 decades ago. The Rams scored first and led 14-12 early in the second quarter.
SPORTS
December 17, 2013 | By Marc Narducci, Inquirer Staff Writer
Notre Dame defender Andrew O'Malley is among the most quotable players on the soccer team, but he says he was almost speechless in describing his emotions after scoring the winning goal to lift the Fighting Irish to the first NCAA title in school history. Not only did he have the game-winner in Sunday's 2-1 championship win over Maryland, but it came at PPL Park, not far from his family's West Chester home. "Obviously winning a national championship [is great], but being able to score a goal is so huge," said O'Malley, who attended the Salesianum School in Delaware.
SPORTS
December 16, 2013 | By Jim Utter, For The Inquirer
HICKORY, N.C. - It was certainly not the result and definitely not the conditions with which West Chester wanted to end its football season. The Golden Rams' high-powered offense was slowed by a tough Lenoir-Rhyne defense and hampered by terrible weather conditions as the Bears won the NCAA Division II football national semifinal matchup, 42-14, at Moretz Stadium. For more than three quarters, a driving rain and temperatures in the 30s wreaked havoc on the grassy field and all but eliminated any chance West Chester had to battle back from a 26-14 halftime deficit with its passing game.
SPORTS
December 16, 2013 | By Mark Macyk, Inquirer Staff Writer
In 2010, Delaware power Sanford provided the lone blemish on Chester's otherwise perfect boys' basketball season. Saturday afternoon, at the PA/DE Coaches vs. Cancer Challenge hosted by Cheltenham, the Warriors were eight minutes away from downing the unbeaten Clippers again. But thanks to fourth-quarter heroics by Mahir Johnson and Tyrell Sturdivant, Chester rallied and edged Sanford, 69-64. The Clippers (4-0) entered the final period down by 50-44, but opened with 10 straight points and did not trail again.
SPORTS
December 15, 2013 | By Tim McManus, Inquirer Staff Writer
A few minutes past seven Wednesday night, the West Chester football players filed into the fieldhouse at the NovaCare Complex. They dropped their bags against a wall, tossed aside the sweatshirts and coats they'd worn on the bus ride from campus to ward off the December chill, and pulled out their cell phones. They snapped photos of the practice field that usually belongs to the Eagles, but for a night, was all theirs. Such are the perks of being one of only four teams left playing in Division II football.
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