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April 13, 2012
By TED SILARY Daily News Staff Writer The high schools are perched along Hunting Park Avenue and separated, maybe, by the length of four football fields. Come baseball season, their teams might as well be joined at the batting rack. Everyone speaks Spanish and most of These Guys know many of Those Guys. "Let me see," said Ralphy Ramos, a senior leftfielder for Esperanza (charter) Academy. "I know all their outfield guys, their catcher and their shortstop. "The centerfielder [Joshua Fontanez]
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February 13, 2014 | BY AARON CARTER, Daily News Staff Writer cartera@phillynews.com
AS FAR AS anyone knows, a basketball rim has never done anything wrong to Philadelphia Electrical and Technology guard Devante Truitt, but when the junior gets out in the open court his intentions are certainly malicious. "Everybody says I can jump high," Truitt said, "so I just try to finish real strong with a hard dunk and try to bring down the rim. " Against visiting Esperanza yesterday, the unsuspecting rims at PET's gym on Moore Street were victimized twice by authoritative Truitt throw-downs during a third-quarter spurt that eventually yielded a 66-29 Public League Class AAA semifinal landslide.
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May 28, 2011 | By TED SILARY, silaryt@phillynews.com
Tom Marano's brother, Scott, is a mechanic for a prominent local car dealership and Tom thinks that's a pretty cool job, and could even see himself following suit. "I like the idea," he said, "of taking something apart and putting it back together. " Funny he should mention that . . . Marano's right shoulder might be in the on-deck circle. "Oh, I do not want that at all ," he said, chuckling. "I'd be really mad if that happened. The doctor doesn't think there'll be a need for an operation.
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April 17, 2016 | By Mark Whited, Staff Writer
Esperanza baseball coach Kyle Riley wanted to instill a championship feel at the beginning of the season. So after every game, the longtime Franklin Towne Charter coach names two "champions. " The coach presents two standouts a replica belt: a WWE world heavyweight championship and a WWE intercontinental championship. After a 15-4 rout at Public League rival Prep Charter on Friday, Guillermo Castillo was crowned the world heavyweight champion and John Rodriguez was given the lesser intercontinental title.
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January 31, 2012 | BY TED SILARY, silaryt@phillynews.com
THERE ARE TIMES when Gerald Scott cannot be found in the classrooms at Martin Luther King High. But there are no worries about facing detention. As he puts it, he's very ahead on credits and thus does not have to tackle a full academic load. "I've always been more of a slasher, a guy who goes hard to the hole," said the 6-foot, 180-pound Scott, a senior point guard. "But my dad [also Gerald] has been after me about improving my jumper, so I've been shooting a couple hundred extra per day. "King has two gyms, and the second one's usually empty.
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May 26, 2011 | By TED SILARY, silaryt@phillynews.com
Felix Torraca-Dedos had to laugh to keep from . . . not crying. From snapping out. In the second inning of yesterday's Public League Class AA baseball final, Esperanza (charter) Academy's infielders committed one, two, three, four, five, six errors. As the circus continued, it was a wonder Torraca-Dedos, a 5-9, 160-pound senior righthander, didn't dig up the pitching rubber and start clubbing guys on the head. "Well, I did think, 'These guys are killin' me,' " Torraca-Dedos said, laughing.
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September 15, 2014 | By Amy S. Rosenberg, Inquirer Staff Writer
EGG HARBOR TOWNSHIP, N.J. - Walfa Caceres was the first of the sisters to make the journey to Atlantic City. It was 1992 and she was 26. New York City, where they had moved to join their father, Toribio Caceres, a former police officer at the U.S. Embassy in the Dominican Republic who now owned a fried-chicken restaurant on 168th Street, had never really suited the Caceres siblings. "Too loud," said Fanny Caceres, five years younger than Walfa. "Too busy. " But in Atlantic City, something clicked for Walfa - particularly when she saw the line of customers stretching for the new French Quarter buffet at Showboat, willing to wait two hours to get inside.
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June 8, 2010
Girard Academic Music Program built leads of 1-0 and 3-2, but the end result wasn't too pretty yesterday in a PIAA Class A first-round playoff at Montgomery County Community College. The Pioneers wound up falling to Christopher Dock, 15-5, in six innings. Anthony DiVincenzo, who took the loss but also homered, and Dom Raia pitched three innings apiece for GAMP. Sal Giafaglione, Joe Coppola, Tyler Criniti and Jimmy Coin all doubled, while the first two managed two hits apiece. Great Valley 4, Bonner 1: In AAAA, at Richie Ashburn Field in South Philly, Matt Ruggieri's RBI single gave Bonner a 1-0 lead in the second inning.
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April 17, 2016 | By Mark Whited, Staff Writer
Esperanza baseball coach Kyle Riley wanted to instill a championship feel at the beginning of the season. So after every game, the longtime Franklin Towne Charter coach names two "champions. " The coach presents two standouts a replica belt: a WWE world heavyweight championship and a WWE intercontinental championship. After a 15-4 rout at Public League rival Prep Charter on Friday, Guillermo Castillo was crowned the world heavyweight champion and John Rodriguez was given the lesser intercontinental title.
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March 20, 2016
Southern Family (Low Country/Elektra **1/2) If there's a unifying figure in the Nashville country-flavored singer-songwriter renaissance, it's Dave Cobb. The producer has helmed projects by Grammy-winners Chris Stapleton and Jason Isbell, as well as Sturgill Simpson and Shooter Jennings, while branching out with the Boston pop quartet Lake Street Dive. The Cobb-assembled Southern Family showcases that Music City community with a set of songs that aim to say something meaningful about blood ties and Southern identity.
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February 19, 2016 | By John Rice
AN INVESTMENT in young Hispanics today will mean a more prosperous future for all Philadelphians. Hispanics represent the fastest growing population in Philadelphia. And the Latino student population here is growing faster than any other group. Leadership across the city has been charged with confronting the nuances of this growth. But with growth comes growing pains . . . for Latinos, that is. The achievement gap between Hispanic and non-Hispanic white students is still hugely problematic, exacerbated by the fact that 44 percent of Latinos in Philadelphia live in poverty.
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August 22, 2015 | By Kristen A. Graham, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Philadelphia School Reform Commission moved Thursday night to block a proposed charter school's new application and to sell two unused buildings. Esperanza Elementary Charter School first came before the SRC in the winter, hoping to open a school in North Philadelphia. It already operates a charter high school and middle school in the area. The SRC turned down the application in February and denied it again Thursday, saying that although Esperanza has excelled at the high school level, its performance has been uneven for middle school.
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May 15, 2015 | By Shaun Brady, For The Inquirer
At a time when most jazz artists can work a lifetime with little more than modest recognition for their efforts, Esperanza Spalding has achieved remarkable success at age 30. The bassist/vocalist has demonstrated her versatility, showing off her acoustic jazz chops on her 2011 release, Chamber Music Society , and her R&B songwriting skills on its 2012 companion piece, Radio Music Society. She's netted four Grammys, including her notorious besting of Justin Bieber for the 2011 best new artist award.
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October 5, 2014 | By Shaun Brady, For The Inquirer
Esperanza Spalding is still a few weeks shy of her 30th birthday, which makes her accomplishments to date all the more remarkable. Over the course of four albums, the bassist and vocalist has confidently balanced her passion for jazz, cultivated at Berklee College of Music, with a love of the R&B and pop music she grew up listening to. She has enjoyed a degree of crossover success rare in the jazz realm, culminating in her 2011 best new artist Grammy...
NEWS
September 15, 2014 | By Amy S. Rosenberg, Inquirer Staff Writer
EGG HARBOR TOWNSHIP, N.J. - Walfa Caceres was the first of the sisters to make the journey to Atlantic City. It was 1992 and she was 26. New York City, where they had moved to join their father, Toribio Caceres, a former police officer at the U.S. Embassy in the Dominican Republic who now owned a fried-chicken restaurant on 168th Street, had never really suited the Caceres siblings. "Too loud," said Fanny Caceres, five years younger than Walfa. "Too busy. " But in Atlantic City, something clicked for Walfa - particularly when she saw the line of customers stretching for the new French Quarter buffet at Showboat, willing to wait two hours to get inside.
SPORTS
February 13, 2014 | BY AARON CARTER, Daily News Staff Writer cartera@phillynews.com
AS FAR AS anyone knows, a basketball rim has never done anything wrong to Philadelphia Electrical and Technology guard Devante Truitt, but when the junior gets out in the open court his intentions are certainly malicious. "Everybody says I can jump high," Truitt said, "so I just try to finish real strong with a hard dunk and try to bring down the rim. " Against visiting Esperanza yesterday, the unsuspecting rims at PET's gym on Moore Street were victimized twice by authoritative Truitt throw-downs during a third-quarter spurt that eventually yielded a 66-29 Public League Class AAA semifinal landslide.
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February 7, 2014 | BY AARON CARTER, Daily News Staff Writer cartera@phillynews.com
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.
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May 7, 2013 | BY TED SILARY, Daily News Staff Writer silaryt@phillynews.com
STEVEN MIRAGLIA finished a lengthy discussion about the ins and outs of his life by making the comment, "Everything's going smoothly. Knock on wood. " Those were not some lighthearted, throw-away lines. The 5-10, 210-pound Miraglia is, thankfully, winding down his final season as an important first baseman for Prep Charter's baseball team. From late September into wintertime, he was worried there'd be no more sports in his life . . . after first getting past the fear that perhaps there'd be no life at all. Because of infections on the inside and outside of his heart, Miraglia spent roughly 2 weeks at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia and was out of school for close to 1 1/2 months.
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