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March 3, 2014 | By Rick O'Brien, Inquirer Staff Writer
Church Farm captured its fourth consecutive PIAA District 1 Class A boys' basketball championship Saturday, but there was only a low-key celebration afterward. That's because the Griffins looked as if they were, as coach Marc Turner put it afterward, "going through the motions" for most of their 68-60 triumph over Phil-Mont Christian at Villanova's Pavilion. In beating its Bicentennial Athletic League rival, Church Farm committed 12 turnovers in the first three quarters and led by only three points early in the fourth.
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March 16, 2014 | By Rick O'Brien, Inquirer Staff Writer
Danny Jackson stepped into Archbishop Ryan's gym with 0.6 seconds remaining, then glanced at the scoreboard to see his Math, Civics and Sciences boys' basketball squad ahead of Church Farm by one point. Because of the funeral of his beloved uncle James, Jackson turned the coaching reins over to athletic director Lonnie Diggs on Friday night. "Everything I am as a man I owe to my uncle," said Jackson, whose Mighty Elephants rallied late to nip the Griffins, 47-46, in a PIAA Class A state quarterfinal.
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January 31, 2014 | By Rick O, Inquirer Columnist
With a guard-dominated lineup, Church Farm is prepping to make another strong run in the PIAA Class A district and state playoffs. Tuesday night, in moving closer to a second straight Bicentennial Athletic League Independence Division title, the visiting Griffins edged Holy Ghost Prep, 50-49, in Bensalem. "We struggled a bit early this season, but we're finding our groove now," Church Farm coach Marc Turner said. The Griffins, who improved to 11-4 overall and 8-1 in BAL action, are spurred by Aondofa Anyam, Tyler Ofray, Michael Mohammed, and Joey Shelton.
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March 16, 2013 | By Rick O’Brien, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
With St. John's coach Steve Lavin watching from behind the Vaux bench, Rysheed Jordan opted to be more of a facilitator than a scorer. "He was playing off us more than anything," Cougars senior swingman Lester Mattox said. "That's nothing new. He does that all the time. " With the 6-foot-4 senior phenom looking for Mattox and others, Vaux fought past Church Farm, 68-64, Friday night in a PIAA Class A boys' quarterfinal at La Salle High. Jordan, who also is considering Temple and UCLA, settled for nine points.
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March 3, 2013 | THE INQUIRER STAFF
Playing for Church Farm coach Marc Turner requires sacrificing yourself for your teammates, your coaches, and your program. Saturday at Villanova, yet another class of Griffins did just that, winning their third straight District 1 Class A boys' basketball championship, 52-33, over Gospel of Grace Christian. "This team once again has shown that you cease to exist as an individual," Turner said. "You need to turn into a team before you can win. " Juniors Aondofa Anyam and Jan Bohm broke out as team leaders this season and scored 12 points apiece in the title game.
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October 24, 2006 | By Mike Jensen INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Addressing its greatest need, Temple got an oral commitment yesterday from Michael Eric, a 6-foot-10 center who will be a senior this season at the School at Church Farm. According to his coach, Marc Turner, Eric chose Temple over St. Joseph's and George Washington. Big East schools Pittsburgh, Rutgers and Seton Hall also had tried to get in the mix, Turner said, but Eric wanted to go somewhere he could play right away, as a starter or in the rotation. "He's a terrific shot-blocker, and you won't find a more athletic player," Turner said.
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March 3, 2013 | The Inquirer Staff
Playing for Church Farm coach Marc Turner requires sacrificing yourself for your teammates, your coaches, and your program. Saturday at Villanova, yet another class of Griffins did just that, winning their third straight District 1 Class A boys' basketball championship, 52-33, over Gospel of Grace Christian. "This team once again has shown that you cease to exist as an individual," Turner said. "You need to turn into a team before you can win. " Juniors Aondofa Anyam and Jan Bohm broke out as team leaders this season and scored 12 points apiece in the title game.
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March 17, 2013 | By Rick O'Brien, Inquirer Staff Writer
With St. John's coach Steve Lavin watching from behind the Vaux bench, Rysheed Jordan opted to be more of a facilitator than a scorer. "He was playing off us more than anything," Cougars senior swingman Lester Mattox said. "That's nothing new. He does that all the time. " With the 6-foot-4 senior phenom looking for Mattox and others, Vaux fought past Church Farm, 68-64, Friday night in a PIAA Class A boys' quarterfinal at La Salle High. Jordan, who also is considering Temple and UCLA, settled for nine points.
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March 2, 2012 | By Rick O’Brien, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
It was early in the third quarter of Friday's PIAA District 1 Class A boys' basketball final when Church Farm erased any chance that Faith Christian had of making a comeback. With three straight buckets, the top-seeded Griffins extended their lead to 16, and easily defended their championship with a 61-34 romp over the third-seeded Lions at Villanova's Pavilion. "That's a statement win," sophomore guard Aondofa Anyam said. "We wanted to show that we're capable of winning it year after year.
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March 3, 2015 | By Evan Cross, Inquirer Staff Writer
Sam Ritz of Germantown Academy set a state record in the boys' one- mile run at the Pennsylvania Track & Field Coaches' Association indoor state championships Sunday at Penn State. Ritz won the race in 4 minutes, 9.56 seconds, breaking his own record of 4:10.50 that was set three weeks ago. He beat the previous meet record of 4:12.61, set by Unionville's Paul Springer in 2007, by more than three seconds. Cardinal O'Hara's Kevin James also broke the old meet record and placed second with a time of 4:12.57.
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February 28, 2015 | By Rick O, Inquirer Columnist
The PIAA District 1 Class AAAA boys' basketball championship game features a pair of guard-driven squads. Plymouth Whitemarsh is spurred by the backcourt trio of Andre Mitchell, Xzavier Malone, and Jimmy Murray. Abington counters with a stellar one-two combo in Matt Penecale and Amir Hinton. In an all-Suburban One League contest, the Colonials (23-2) and Ghosts (25-3) clash for top district honors at 8 p.m. Friday at Temple's Liacouras Center. Hinton (990 career points) netted 25 points and 10 boards in Wednesday's 49-40 semifinal win over Pennsbury, while Penecale (1,188)
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October 26, 2014
CROSS-COUNTRY DISTRICT 1 CLASS AAA CHAMPIONSHIP Central Bucks East's Jake Brophy completed the 3.1-mile course at Lehigh University in 15 minutes, 11 seconds to claim the individual title. Andrew Marston of Conestoga finished second in 15:18, and Hatboro-Horsham's Casey Comber was third (15:19).    Pennsbury's Sam Webb (15:26) claimed fourth place, followed by Paul Power (15:31) of Spring-Ford.    Conestoga won the overall team title. West Chester Henderson, Central Bucks West, Council Rock North, and Downingtown West rounded out the top five.
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May 17, 2014 | By Rick O'Brien, Inquirer Staff Writer
Cheltenham, Boyertown, Downingtown East, and Garnet Valley are among the top seeds in the 24-team PIAA District 1 Class AAAA baseball tournament. The seedings were announced Thursday. The top four seeds in the North (No. 1 Cheltenham, No. 2 Boyertown, No. 3 Council Rock South, No. 4 Spring-Ford) and South (No. 1 Downingtown East, No. 2 Garnet Valley, No. 3 Strath Haven, No. 4 Conestoga) received opening-round byes. In the Class AAA tourney, Holy Ghost Prep is the No. 1 seed. At 4 p.m. Friday, No. 9 seed Marple Newtown will visit No. 8 Bishop Shanahan for the right to meet Holy Ghost in a quarterfinal.
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March 16, 2014 | BY AARON CARTER, Daily News Staff Writer cartera@phillynews.com
THE TARDY ONE, the steady one, the injured one, the indomitable one and the perfect one: Those were the main characters during last night's episode of the Math, Civics and Sciences Charter show last night at Archbishop Ryan. And the Mighty Elephants could not have written a more compelling script. Without its head coach Danny Jackson, who missed the game for a family funeral, MC&S authored a 47-46 come-from-behind victory against Church Farm in Class A quarterfinal play. Junior wing Samir Doughty, as he did most of the season, paced the Pachyderms offense with 16 points, while sophomore forward Nazeer Bostick made a bevy of important plays late that added to Mike Watkins' defensive dominance and kept Lonnie Diggs' coaching record unblemished.
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March 16, 2014 | By Rick O'Brien, Inquirer Staff Writer
Danny Jackson stepped into Archbishop Ryan's gym with 0.6 seconds remaining, then glanced at the scoreboard to see his Math, Civics and Sciences boys' basketball squad ahead of Church Farm by one point. Because of the funeral of his beloved uncle James, Jackson turned the coaching reins over to athletic director Lonnie Diggs on Friday night. "Everything I am as a man I owe to my uncle," said Jackson, whose Mighty Elephants rallied late to nip the Griffins, 47-46, in a PIAA Class A state quarterfinal.
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March 15, 2014 | By Rick O, Inquirer Columnist
Philadelphia Electrical and Technology Charter overcame a major scare from Holy Ghost Prep in the second round of the PIAA Class AAA state boys' basketball tournament. Next for the 18-11 Chargers, who escaped in overtime, is a quarterfinal at 7:30 p.m. Friday at Archbishop Ryan against talent-filled Archbishop Carroll (23-4). "We know we're going in as the underdog," PET coach James "Flames" Lewis said Thursday. "We're fine with that. That's usually been the case since I've been here.
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March 13, 2014 | By Nick Carroll, Inquirer Staff Writer
Derrick Jones scored seven straight points late in the fourth quarter to help Archbishop Carroll survive the second round of the Class AAA state boys' basketball playoffs with a 59-55 win vs. Abington Heights at Parkland. Jones, who finished with 17 points, 10 boards, and 6 blocks, started his run after Carroll trailed for the first time all game, 52-49, with three minutes left. Neumann-Goretti 73, Wilkes-Barre GAR 55: Tony Toplyn and Jamal Custis celebrated the warm weather with a block party at Bethlehem Freedom.
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March 3, 2014 | By Rick O'Brien, Inquirer Staff Writer
Church Farm captured its fourth consecutive PIAA District 1 Class A boys' basketball championship Saturday, but there was only a low-key celebration afterward. That's because the Griffins looked as if they were, as coach Marc Turner put it afterward, "going through the motions" for most of their 68-60 triumph over Phil-Mont Christian at Villanova's Pavilion. In beating its Bicentennial Athletic League rival, Church Farm committed 12 turnovers in the first three quarters and led by only three points early in the fourth.
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February 27, 2014 | By Thomas Mahon, Inquirer Staff Writer
It was junior point guard Jimmy Roe's 17th birthday on Tuesday, and he let the entire Haverford High boys' basketball team in on the celebration as the host Fords turned back Wissahickon, 47-37, in a PIAA District 1 Class AAAA playback game. The win vaulted Haverford to its first state playoff berth since 1975. Roe poured in four three-pointers to finish with a team-high 12 points. The Fords clung to a three-point lead entering the fourth quarter, but Chris Lyons took over and netted seven of his 11 points in the final frame.
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