December 21, 2014 |
KEVIN CALDWELL was once a sub-6-foot quarterback who couldn't get on the field as a sophomore. However, now the 5-9, 190-pound Ben Franklin High senior ends his career as one of the most accomplished passers in city football history. As the Daily News presents its 2014 All-City football team, Caldwell, the Public League Player of the Year, is one of four top honorees. This season, the West Philadelphia resident (55th Street and Osage Avenue) led the Electrons to their first Pub title since 1966, claiming single-season city records for passing yards (3,051)
November 20, 2014 |
St John's landed its second Public League boys' basketball star in three years when Samir Doughty committed to the program on Tuesday morning. The 6-foot-3 guard from Math, Civics and Sciences plans to make it official when he signs his letter of intent Wednesday at the Center City school. He led the Mighty Elephants with 16.8 points per game last season, his first after transferring from shuttered Communications Tech. Doughty was voted to last season's Public League first team.
September 19, 2014 |
THE SCHOOL Reform Commission yesterday approved the sale of 11 vacant school buildings for $14.2 million and amended the sale agreement for the former West Philadelphia High School. Ten of the buildings approved for sale yesterday were closed last year because of declining enrollment, including the former Germantown High, Bok Technical High and Vare Elementary. The buyers include the Philadelphia Housing Authority and the Concordia Group, a Washington-based real-estate-development firm.
September 17, 2014 |
KEVIN CALDWELL is too small. He's too slow and his arm isn't big enough. He doesn't have what it takes to play quarterback at the next level. Those are the thoughts that motivate the Ben Franklin High senior. Two years ago, long before Caldwell would become our Daily News Player of the Week, he carried those persistent doubts to 58th and Spruce streets to a workout with the youth football organization "36 Chambers. " It was the summer after his sophomore season at now-closed Communications Tech.
March 9, 2014 |
SAMIR DOUGHTY led a third-quarter fastbreak down the sideline with Mike Watkins in tow, striding toward glory just a few paces behind. It was already clear that Delaware County Christian was in we're-gonna-need-a-bigger-boat territory, but the point was about to be highlighted as Doughty lofted the ball high above the rim. The duo from Math, Civics and Sciences Charter converted the alley-oop after the 6-10 Watkins sprang forth with a two-handed...
February 7, 2014 |
BRIHEAM ANTHONY scored 26 points and led an injury-depleted Nueva Esperanza High to a 58-55 Public League Class AAA quarterfinal upset of Boys' Latin yesterday, and has delivered the Toros two playoff wins in one season for the first time school history. However, the story behind the 6-4 senior guard's performance began nearly a month ago, when Anthony was disciplined for not handling his academic responsibilities. The Toros were stomped by John Bartram High, 68-46, on Jan. 14 with Anthony helpless on the bench.
September 28, 2013 |
His team was behind, Samir Doughty recalled, and it was trailing "by a lot. " The Math, Civics and Sciences junior was just an 11-year-old kid playing in the neighborhood winter league at Southwest Philly's Kingsessing Recreation Center. Then, he said, he scored 40 or 50 points, and the kid was no longer a kid. He became "The Big Ticket. " "That's what everybody around here calls me," said Doughty. "If you don't know me, you call me Samir. But, if you do, then I'm the Big Ticket.
June 5, 2013 |
It looks as if the 76ers are starting the process of looking at potential draft picks. On Tuesday, the Sixers brought in Temple's Scootie Randall, Louisville's Peyton Siva, and Kentucky's Archie Goodwin. The workout was unannounced. Last season as a senior, Randall, who graduated from Communications Tech, averaged 11.3 points and 6.3 rebounds for the Owls. Siva, the starting point guard for national champion Louisville, averaged 10 points, 5.7 assists, and 2.3 steals. In one season at Kentucky, Goodwin averaged 14.1 points, 4.6 rebounds, and 2.7 assists.
March 20, 2013 |
HERE IS A list of players from Public, Catholic and Inter-Ac schools whose teams are competing in the NCAA Tournament: Cameron Ayers, Bucknell 6-5, G, Junior Germantown Academy Contributed nine points, six rebounds and three assists as the Bison topped Lafayette, 64-56, for the Patriot crown. Boasts a great assists-to-turnover ratio (67-31) and is hitting 39 percent of his treys; his scoring average (12.5) is No. 2 on the team. Has retained spidery qualities while adding strength.
March 11, 2013 |
ON NOV. 23, 2011, with Turkey Day 1 day away, David Johnson was not exactly inclined to give thanks. He woke up that morning with numbness in the right side of his mouth and when he took a look in a mirror . . . "It was like I had 20 pieces of bubblegum in there," he said, laughing. Not quite. What he had was a cyst and, boy, did it ever turn his life upside down. "Even now," he said, "I still have to take care of that area every day. I have to wash it out with saltwater.