November 23, 2015 |
Luke White didn't want to end his high school football career without at least one championship. The senior for Simon Gratz had already tasted defeat twice in Public League championship games, so on Saturday at Northeast, the 5-foot-8, 175-pound speedster wouldn't be denied. Thanks in part to White's 221 rushing yards and four touchdowns, Gratz dominated previously unbeaten Northeast, 54-18, in the Public League Class AAAA title game. "This is my last year," said White, smiling.
November 15, 2015 |
Survival is the key in the playoffs. So perhaps it doesn't matter what a victory looks like as long as it's eventually secured. Just don't tell that to Luke White or Simon Gratz. The top-seeded Bulldogs outlasted shorthanded Central, 19-6, at home Friday night in a Public League Class AAAA semifinal. "I'm glad we won, but it wasn't a good win, so I'm not happy about it," said White, a senior running back. "We worked hard in practice and we should have played harder than this.
October 25, 2015 |
Simon Gratz junior running back Amir Lewis carried his prize with him as he walked back to the sideline Friday afternoon after rushing for a 27-yard touchdown. The 5-foot-10, 185-pounder had just powered over, around, and through the Central defense during the second quarter of the Bulldogs' 34-6 takedown of the host Lancers. His reward for the hard-nosed run, however, wasn't the game ball. It was his cleat, which had been ripped off near the 18-yard line. "I had a hole but the defender had my leg," Lewis said.
September 26, 2015 |
Charly Timite must have been really lost as a freshman at Engineering and Science. Timite, a senior two-way lineman at Simon Gratz, spent his first three years of high school at E&S, where he once searched the North Philadelphia campus in vain for something it didn't have. "I was new to the area, and I didn't know anything about North Philly," said Timite, who lives in Southwest Philadelphia. "So I went to Engineering and Science and I was looking for the football team. " On Thursday afternoon, the 6-foot-4, 270-pounder had no trouble finding footballs, as Gratz overwhelmed Bartram, 52-0, at the Marcus Foster Super Site.
September 10, 2015 |
Lynard Stewart, a former Simon Gratz standout who went on to play at Temple and in Europe, has been named the next boys' basketball coach at Gratz. Stewart will replace another former Bulldog, Andre Griffin, who went 36-21 overall and 23-9 in league play in two seasons. Gratz athletic director Erik Zipay said he made the move for the chance to get Stewart as the coach and move in a different direction. "It's actually surreal in a sense," said Stewart, who grew up near 33rd and Allegheny in North Philadelphia, "because I would never have imagined eventually being the head of the team that gave me so much.
September 6, 2015 |
Tyliek Raynor said he and his Imhotep Charter teammates gained extra motivation from the "trash talking" the Simon Gratz players did in the weeks leading up to Friday night's highly anticipated season opener. "They were talking a lot," Raynor said. "Things like, 'We're going to blow you out' and 'You can't beat us.' They even wrote our obituary and put it online. So we were really hyped to play them. " Raynor set the tone early, breaking free for a 58-yard touchdown run on the first play from scrimmage and going 57 yards on his next attempt, and the visiting Panthers cruised past the Bulldogs, 36-6, at Marcus Foster Memorial Stadium.
September 4, 2015 |
Simon Gratz made the jump from Class AAA to AAAA last season and more than held its own, going 11-2 and advancing to the Public League Class AAAA final before falling to Ben Franklin. With a boatload of returning talent, including two-way linemen Raquan Thomas and Charly Timite, the Bulldogs are favored to take home top honors this year. "We have a lot of senior leadership," coach Erik Zipay said. The 6-foot-4, 340-pound Thomas has a scholarship offer from Temple. He also has drawn interest from Georgia, Michigan State, Penn State, and South Carolina.
July 10, 2015 |
WHEN DAISY REAVES walked the crowded halls of Simon Gratz High School, the students made way for her. A slightly built woman, Daisy nevertheless exuded a quiet authority that commanded respect even from the toughest kids in a tough school. Daisy was the principal of Simon Gratz in the 1970s and '80s, and she faced daily challenges trying to run an inner-city school with predominantly poor students in a school building that was falling apart. Thievery, vandalism and violence were endemic.
March 17, 2015 |
Students, alumni, and staff of the Wyncote Academy, a private school in Cheltenham for grades six through 12, were mourning the loss of their school after a ferocious fire destroyed it Saturday morning. "The school, in and of itself, is a total loss," principal Kerry Leraris said Sunday. "But Wyncote will continue to exist, as it has for 41 years. " She said classes for the school's 65 students would be canceled until Wednesday, when they will be held in space to be leased through the end of the year at Gratz College in Elkins Park.
January 21, 2015 |
Some legends of Philadelphia's basketball past gathered Monday at Martin Luther King to honor longtime Simon Gratz coach Bill Elerbee. But in the fourth quarter, the focus shifted to an undeniable star of the area's basketball present. Jonathan Lawton scored 10 of his 26 points in the final frame to help Friends' Central rally past Simon Gratz, 50-49, at the MLK Day Showcase. De'Andre Hunter added 14 points and 14 rebounds for the Phoenix, who trailed by four with 2 minutes, 30 seconds remaining.