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December 2, 1994 | by Ted Silary, Daily News Sports Writer
Coach Pete Merlino will not be on the bench this season when Franklin Learning Center defends the Public League basketball title it won last March. Merlino has been relieved of his duties, pending an appeal, by FLC principal Charles Staniskas. According to sources, Merlino was dismissed for using ineligible players last season. Specifically, sources said, Merlino used at least two players in games on days when they were marked absent from school without an excuse. Public League rules dictate the coach is responsible for making sure his players meet all guidelines regarding eligibility.
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November 19, 1992 | by Ted Silary, Daily News Sports Writer
Franklin Learning Center's basketball team might not get a chance to defend its Public League championship. The team and coach Pete Merlino are facing possible sanctions for violating league rules concerning scrimmages, the Daily News has learned. On Nov. 9, the Bobcats scrimmaged the Community College of Philadelphia. Public League basketball teams are not allowed to scrimmage before the third Monday in November (in this case, the 16th). No competition in any sport is permitted against college teams.
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September 24, 1994 | by Ted Silary, Daily News Sports Writer
After a transfer that never went through, Wilson Washington is again a Public League basketball player. The 6-7, 230-pound Washington, the son of the former 76er of the same name, has enrolled at Franklin Learning Center after opting not to attend St. John Neumann. He played last season at Thomas Edison, where he averaged 9.8 points and nine rebounds and was regarded by the Daily News as the city leagues' top freshman. He became academically ineligible with two games remaining in the season.
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December 28, 1996 | by Ted Silary, Daily News Sports Writer
Pete Merlino has coached basketball at Franklin Learning Center long enough to know to keep things simple whenever possible. "Every time you take some order away from what you do, your regimentation, it becomes a little harder to deal with frustration," he said. Merlino was talking yesterday in The Citadel's McAlister Field House, after FLC was bested by Archbishop Alter, of Kettering, Ohio, 67-55, in the first round of the fourth annual Red Cross-Rotary Round Ball Classic.
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September 30, 1994 | by Ted Silary, Daily News Sports Writer
Joe Brown didn't have to see the campus to know where he wanted to play college basketball. He only had to hear the words of the coach. Brown, a 6-7, 185-pound small forward at defending Public League champion Franklin Learning Center, has made an oral commitment to Hofstra University and first-year coach Jay Wright, a longtime assistant to Rollie Massimino at Villanova and the University of Nevada-Las Vegas. "I love Jay and so does Pete," Brown said, referring to FLC coach Pete Merlino.
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January 14, 1994 | by Ted Silary, Daily News Sports Writer
Joe Brown rifled the dunk through the basket, floated back to floor level, then turned toward the raucous crowd. ESPN's cameras were nowhere in sight (nor were ours), but Brown slowly swayed his hips back and forth, back and forth, back and forth, while grinning from ear to ear. He waited too long to become a featured performer. He's enjoying it. Yesterday, Brown shot 7-for-10 and 7-for-9 for 21 points and snatched nine rebounds to help visiting Franklin Learning Center muffle Martin Luther King, 73-64, in Division B-C of the Public League.
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March 1, 1992 | By Gwen Knapp, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
At a big holiday tournament in Florida last December, a high school boys' basketball team from Philadelphia was introduced to the crowd as "the Franklin Learning Center Bulldogs. " There was, you can be sure, some cringing on the FLC bench. The nickname that should have come over the loudspeaker was the Bobcats. The Bulldogs are that other team from Philadelphia, the one that has overshadowed the Bobcats almost all season and beaten them for the Public League title two years straight.
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January 3, 1995 | by Ted Silary, Daily News Sports Writer
Yes, Franklin Learning Center is still playing basketball. It is also struggling, both on and off the court. The Bobcats, the defending league champ, will drag a 3-7 record into their Public League game today against visiting University City. "What a month," interim coach Bob Fisicaro said. "So much has happened. But at the same time, it feels like we haven't gotten started. We're still trying to get this together. " Fisicaro became FLC's coach right before the season, when Pete Merlino was fired for allegedly using ineligible players.
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March 7, 1994 | by Ted Silary, Daily News Sports Writer
Michael Robinson looked to be out of his neighborhood. No one can feel confident standing 35 feet from the basket, with his back turned away from it, with two defenders pecking furiously, with his attempt to control the ball not going smoothly and with time running out on his team's dream of winning the Public League basketball championship. But Robinson, a 6-7 senior forward who bubbles with talent yet often broods, is nothing if not hard to figure. So, while a capacity crowd at St. Joseph's University's Alumni Memorial Fieldhouse showed that noise alone can raise a roof, Robinson spun to his right, ducked under the long arms of 6-7 Lynard Stewart, launched a 30-foot jump shot and . . . It was Mr. Robinson's neighborhood!
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February 26, 1990 | By Ted Silary, Daily News Sports Writer
The doubleheader had ended, and a drained John Merlino, accompanied by three anxious friends, was talking on a pay phone in a darkened, nearly empty Civic Center. "He wanted to leave and come to the game?" Merlino asked, incredulously. He then breathed a deep, I-can't-believe-this-guy sigh and added, "Just tell him his team won by 14 points. " John Merlino's phone companion was a nursing supervisor at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. Being treated there - for a heart attack suffered a few hours earlier - was John's identical twin brother, Pete.
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May 14, 2014 | BY AARON CARTER, Daily News Staff Writer cartera@phillynews.com, 215-854-5814
AT 5-4 AND 120 pounds, some may say Joe Pagan is too small to dream big. Just don't tell that to the sophomore righthander from Franklin Learning Center. He has his head in the stars. Yesterday, Pagan started on the mound and led the visiting Bobcats to an 11-4 win over Walter B. Saul High. Pagan struck out 10, scattered 12 hits and allowed just two earned runs in seven innings. However, after the victorious Bobcats (9-4) broke their postgame huddle, Pagan had more to say about his future studying the cosmos than his pitching performance.
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December 21, 2013 | By Mark Macyk, Inquirer Staff Writer
Karon Snead drained a running three-pointer from 40 feet to clinch a 75-72 victory for host Franklin Learning Center over Fels in a Public League B boys' basketball game Thursday. Snead scored 20 of his 23 points after halftime. Nonleague. Jibri Loving sank a putback with 10 seconds remaining in overtime to give George School a 63-61 victory over visiting Solebury School. Public A. A PIAA District 12 committee granted former Strawberry Mansion player Donovan Barnes immediate eligibility to compete in games for Math, Civics, and Sciences.
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February 1, 2013 | By Ted Silary, Daily News Staff Writer
'ONLY IN the Pub" has reached new heights, or depths. Malik Smith, a junior point guard, now has played basketball for his third Public League school this season and fourth in the last 14 months. Smith began this season at Delaware Valley Charter (second stint there; also the 2010-11 season), then popped up at Martin Luther King as 2012 wound down. His debut for Franklin Learning Center came Thursday in a 51-48 loss at Southern. Though he had not practiced even 1 minute for the Bobcats, Smith entered the game with 3:15 left in the third quarter and went the rest of the way. He had seven points (all on free throws)
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January 13, 2012 | BY TED SILARY, silaryt@phillynews.com
IT WASN'T that George "Tony" Ellis hated basketball. As a fourth-grader, though, he developed an affection for football and decided to try out for a local youth team. Made it, too. "Then my mom said 'no' to that," Ellis said. "She didn't want me getting hurt. She's known for being overprotective. " Possible theory: Ellis' dad, also known as George "Tony" Ellis, was a frontcourt sub for the 1978-79 Overbrook squad that stormed to a 34-1 mark and Public/City crowns. Maybe Mom (Viola)
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May 5, 2011 | By Joe Fite, FOR THE INQUIRER
Chris Maguire and Harry Beam came through in the clutch Thursday and handed Philadelphia Academy Charter its third straight Public League baseball victory. Maguire singled and scored the winning run on a hit by Beam and the Chargers stunned visiting Franklin Learning Center, 3-2. Maguire singled, stole second and moved to third on a passed ball before scoring the winning run with two outs in the home seventh inning on Beam's single. Brian Walsh held the Bobcats to three hits and struck out eight to earn the win. Israel Diaz scored on a sacrifice fly by Eddie Brito with nobody out in the bottom of the seventh inning and handed Frankford an 11-10 win over visiting Franklin Towne Charter.
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January 26, 2011 | By TED SILARY, silaryt@phillynews.com
Turhan Griffin is receiving cursory interest from a number of lower Division I basketball programs, along with some D-II's. Nibbles aren't hard bites, however, so he finds himself a little unnerved. "I go out there every game and play hard," he said. "I need to find that school that wants me, and I want them. I have that chip on my shoulder. I'm trying to show I deserve a scholarship, too. " Griffin, a 6-1, 175-pound senior, is a combination guard for Franklin Learning Center.
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December 28, 2010 | By VALERIE RUSS, russv@phillynews.com 215-854-5987
THE FRANKLIN Learning Center, tucked away in a tidy corner of Spring Garden, is a school where students huddle together in small groups and show real excitement about learning. A stroll down its hallways takes you to places like Lynn Johnson's biology class, where one day this month 10th-graders were retrieving small cubes of potatoes from different solutions to learn about the process of osmosis. In Anna Hatziandreou's literature class, teenagers vigorously debated the meaning of puzzling pictures of artwork: "Is this a hat or a bird?"
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December 17, 2010 | By TED SILARY, silaryt@phillynews.com
Not only Maurice Watson's nose was broken by late yesterday afternoon. So was his spirit, and he'd been the hero, not the goat, in a Public B basketball game. It was one of those days, folks. And during the latter portion, then for a good 20 minutes thereafter as Fire Department medical personnel cared for Derrick Mitchell before finally transporting him to Hahnemann University Hospital, everyone in the Cunningham Community Center was distraught. Watson is a 5-9, 150-pound guard for Boys' Latin Charter and, after a rough outing, he emerged as the difference-maker in a 58-47 victory over Franklin Learning Center.
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October 1, 2010 | By TED SILARY, silaryt@phillynews.com
THE KID'S first name is Sirea, but during football season, it ought to be Surreal. After all, he's the only member of Horace Furness High's multischool football team who attends World Communications Charter. Yup, the only one. "We did have another kid who was going to play," Sirea Boone said. "He got all his permissions, but then he never came out to put on the pads. "My classmates think it's cool that I'm out here. They always ask me how things are going, and how I played in the games.
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