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October 21, 1996 | By Adam Gusdorff, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
Will Gant knows all about rising to a challenge. After all, he wrestled at last winter's state tournament in the 189-pound class despite weighing only 173. So when his football coach said he wanted to see a better effort from the Norristown seniors in Friday night's Suburban One National game against Harry S Truman, Gant responded. Playing for the final time at Roosevelt Field, the senior running back turned in a career day. He ran nine times for 178 yards and three touchdowns and scored another on a 78-yard pass play as the Eagles (3-5 overall, 2-5 league)
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February 16, 1996 | By Nick Fierro, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
Wrestling is supposedly one of those sports in which competitors need extensive seasoning before they can find success. And once the skills are developed, even the most talented ones must pay some dues. As a young boy growing up in Liberia, Will Gant never knew any of that. After his family came to the United States and Gant began playing football in the Norristown school system, he thought about going out for the high school wrestling team as a sophomore. "He came in during the summer one day after his freshman year and rolled with one of the kids," Norristown coach Steve Harner recalled.
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September 25, 1991 | By Howard Goodman, Inquirer Staff Writer
Inmate BM-1671 is up early, leaving his cell for the Graterford Prison dairy farm. By 7 a.m., the cows for company, he is jogging across the farm's 500 acres outside the walls in rural Montgomery County. Later he attacks bales of hay, picking them up and putting them down, converting energy into muscle. In the afternoon, it's two hours of gym work with a punching bag and jump- rope and overmatched sparring partners. In his head and heart, Jeff "the Spoiler" Gant, 25, of North Philadelphia, is a future junior middleweight champion of the world.
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February 10, 1997 | By Brian Miller, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
Downingtown wrestling coach Glenn Koser could not believe what he had just seen. And most of the fans at Wissahickon joined Koser in shaking their heads after the District 1 dual meet finals. Koser's 189-pound senior, Greg Eynon, had run roughshod over the competition all winter. Eynon was 25-1 going into Saturday's finals, and that one loss was on a controversial slam earlier this season. Simply, no one in his class had been able to handle Eynon. So when he took on Norristown's Will Gant, with his team leading by 26-23 and just needing a decision to capture the championship, Koser thought he had the title in the bag. Gant wrestled a very smart match, never allowing Eynon to work him over up high.
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February 18, 1994 | By Kay Raftery, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
They call him Sergeant Slick. And he smiles. The name is one of respect, not derision. As the Rev. Norman E. Gant walks along the halls of Chester High School, he raises his hand in a "high five" to the boys and the girls, who return the salute. Mr. Gant, pastor of Bethany Baptist Church, was given the nickname because he often goes along with the police as they patrol the streets of Chester. The whole community is his ministry, he says, but he focuses on the students at Chester High.
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June 13, 1995 | Daily News Wire Services
If Ron Gant is operating at only 80 percent, Cincinnati's opponents have no desire to see him at full strength. Gant, still not fully recovered from a broken right leg he suffered in a dirt-bike accident more than a year ago, hit two home runs and drove in four runs last night as the visiting Reds beat the Colorado Rockies, 11-6, for their fifth straight win and ninth in 10 games. Gant's 13th and 14th homers tied Colorado's Larry Walker, who also homered, for the National League lead.
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March 3, 1997 | By Nick Fierro, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
Angels in the Outfield, it wasn't. Angels in the Arena, it was. For the second straight year, Norristown's wrestling team put together a winning Southeast Regional act in front of an overflow crowd in its own gymnasium. For the second straight year, the Eagles found ways to win that nobody could have envisioned. For the second straight year, they are undisputed kings of Southeastern Pennsylvania because they scraped and clawed and jawed for every point, making up for a series of injustices that would have cost a lesser team the title.
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March 4, 1996 | By Nick Fierro, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
The series of challenges began back in December, with the Norristown Eagles pulling out a close dual meet win against Methacton and winning three wrestling tournaments before the new year. The pattern continued throughout the Suburban One League National Conference schedule and into the District 1 duals, with the region's No. 1 team hurdling all the necessary obstacles. Then came the postseason individual tournaments, which meant it was time for the cycle to repeat, only faster.
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December 27, 2012 | BY DAN GERINGER, Daily News Staff Writer geringd@phillynews.com, 215-854-5961
JASON DAWKINS walks down Frankford Avenue from Margaret to Orthodox streets like the mayor of a small village, schmoozing with the barber, the cafe owner and the greengrocer and talking about a rebirth as real as the rumble of the El above. "I'm a Frankford blood," said Dawkins, smiling, tracing his large family back several generations. "Everyone in the community knows my name, knows my parents, so they feel, 'If something's wrong, we're going to call Jason, 'cause we know we can bug him.' "And if I promise to do something and nothing happens, folks are going to see me coming home and say, 'Hey, Jason, you didn't deliver.' " For too many years, Frankford's main drag hovered in decline under the El tracks - dark, dirty, desolate, plagued by drugs and crime and fear.
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October 4, 2014 | By Julie Kayzerman, Inquirer Staff Writer
With 90 seconds left in regulation in a tie game, Doug Gant scored the winner. Gant's dramatic timing netted Delsea its third goal, earning the team a 3-2 home win over Cumberland in a Tri-County Diamond boys' soccer game Thursday. Brett Hughes and Jordan Lawrence also added a goal each for the Crusaders. Delsea goalies Jake Hughes and Nick Henry each recorded five saves. Elsewhere in the conference, Michael D'Orio scored for Schalick off an assist from Tyler Lunsford in its 1-0 win at Glassboro.
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December 27, 2012 | BY DAN GERINGER, Daily News Staff Writer geringd@phillynews.com, 215-854-5961
JASON DAWKINS walks down Frankford Avenue from Margaret to Orthodox streets like the mayor of a small village, schmoozing with the barber, the cafe owner and the greengrocer and talking about a rebirth as real as the rumble of the El above. "I'm a Frankford blood," said Dawkins, smiling, tracing his large family back several generations. "Everyone in the community knows my name, knows my parents, so they feel, 'If something's wrong, we're going to call Jason, 'cause we know we can bug him.' "And if I promise to do something and nothing happens, folks are going to see me coming home and say, 'Hey, Jason, you didn't deliver.' " For too many years, Frankford's main drag hovered in decline under the El tracks - dark, dirty, desolate, plagued by drugs and crime and fear.
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June 17, 2010 | By JOHN F. MORRISON, morrisj@phillynews.com 215-854-5573
James Maynard Gant Jr., a chemist for Rohm and Haas for 40 years, a Marine veteran of the Korean War and an active member of the Lutheran church who traveled to Africa on a missionary trip, died Saturday. He was three weeks from his 81st birthday and lived in Ambler. Jim Gant, or "Buddy," as he was known to family and friends, was born in Ambler as one of the seven children of James Maynard Gant and Viola Stewart Gant. He was active at Ambler High School, where he belonged to numerous clubs, played sports, was a member of the jazz ensemble and the marching band, of which he was president for three years.
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January 30, 2006 | THE INQUIRER STAFF
Cornell guard Khaliq Gant remained hospitalized yesterday, five days after severely injuring his neck during practice. The sophomore was hurt Tuesday after colliding with several teammates during a scramble for a loose ball. He was airlifted to Arnot Ogden Medical Center in Elmira, N.Y., and had surgery Friday. Arnot Ogden officials said yesterday they could not comment on the extent of Gant's injuries, confirming only that he remained hospitalized. Gant had retained sensation in his extremities, and teammates who visited him before his surgery said his spirits were good despite not being able to move, according to the Ithaca (N.Y.
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August 9, 2002 | By Bob Brookover INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
History was denied during the Phillies' 7-4 loss to the San Diego Padres yesterday at Qualcomm Stadium, and the natural inclination was to blame the bullpen. Given a two-run lead and a chance to extend the Phils' streak on the road to a record-setting 10 straight series victories, the veteran relief combination of Mike Timlin and Terry Adams self-destructed in the late innings. Timlin, acquired in the Scott Rolen trade, came on in the seventh inning and allowed a pinch-hit home run to Brian Buchanan.
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March 13, 2002 | FROM INQUIRER WIRE SERVICES
The San Diego Padres purchased outfielder Ron Gant's contract yesterday and added him to the 40-man roster. The Padres also sent outfielder Todd Donovan to double-A Mobile. Gant, a former Phillie, is batting .350 this spring with five doubles and three RBIs in eight games. The 37-year-old ranks 17th among active players with 302 career home runs. By adding him to the roster, the Padres give Gant a $500,000, one-year contract. Expos hire John. Tommy John was among 37 people hired by the Montreal Expos as they filled out their scouting department and announced their minor-league staff, exactly one month after baseball assumed ownership of the team.
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August 2, 2000 | By Bob Brookover, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
A lot of veteran pitchers change teams and land in pennant races the day after the July 31 trade deadline. Kent Bottenfield, on the other hand, found himself in the Phillies' clubhouse yesterday afternoon at Qualcomm Stadium. He wasn't complaining about working for a team that has been lodged in last place all but seven days this season. His mind has not been poisoned by the nine losses in the last 13 games, including Monday night's 4-1 loss to the San Diego Padres. "I knew you could either go to a contender or a team that might have interest in keeping you around for a couple years," the rotund righthander said two days after the deal that sent leftfielder Ron Gant to Anaheim.
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July 31, 2000 | By Jim Salisbury, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
The Phillies solved part of their four-players-for-two-positions riddle yesterday by trading leftfielder Ron Gant to the Anaheim Angels for a veteran righthander, Kent Bottenfield. By dealing Gant, the Phils opened a spot in the everyday lineup for Travis Lee, a promising 25-year-old hitter who was one of four players acquired from Arizona for Curt Schilling on Wednesday. "I understand the situation," said Gant, 35. "They're trying to get their younger players ready for when the new ballpark opens - in the year 2020.
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July 31, 2000 | by Dana Pennett O'Neil, Daily News Sports Writer
Somewhere Leslie Nielsen is thinking, "Why didn't I think of that?" The Phillies' charter flight that left Philadelphia last night, bound for San Diego and the start of a six-game road swing, was perfect for an "Airplane" movie script. On board was Ron Gant, who was using the Phillies' flight to hitch a ride across the country with his former team in order to join his new team, the Angels, in Anaheim. And then there was Rico Brogna, flying out West with his team, hoping beyond hope that it would be his final flight as a Phillie.
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July 12, 2000 | By Dan Hardy, INQUIRER SUBURBAN STAFF
The Rev. Norman Ellis Gant, 51, pastor of Chester's Victory Baptist Church, the former pastor of Bethany Baptist Church, and an articulate, often-outspoken community activist, died Sunday of complications from diabetes. Mr. Gant grew up in Pittsburgh and was pastor at the Macedonia Baptist Church in nearby Duquesne for 10 years before coming to Chester's Bethany Baptist in 1989. He left Bethany Baptist this year to found Victory Baptist. During his years as the pastor of Bethany Baptist, one of the largest and most influential churches in Chester, Mr. Gant did not hesitate to speak out on issues that affected his adopted city.
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