August 17, 2016 |
Before defensive back John Reid even enrolled at Penn State last summer, he quickly had impressed his coaches with his focus and commitment to football. "You spend a handful of minutes with him, and this kid has got maturity beyond his years," then-defensive coordinator Bob Shoop said in September. "The first time, we just started talking football and every time he'd come up, he really embraced the process. We became very, very close. " That description of Reid by Shoop, who left the Nittany Lions after the season to take the same job at Tennessee, isn't the least bit surprising to Gabe Infante, who coached Reid at St. Joseph's Prep.
June 24, 2016 |
LAST THURSDAY, DeAndre' Bembry was at his brother's funeral. This Thursday, Bembry was drafted 21st overall in the NBA draft by the Atlanta Hawks. A huge party had been planned for Bembry's North Jersey home. It was scaled way back as the Saint Joseph's junior just tried to get through the toughest time of his life. DeAndre' and his brother, Adrian Potts, grew up in Charlotte. Potts was back home visiting family and friends on June 11 when, in the early morning, he was in the wrong place at the wrong time, an innocent victim of shots sprayed into a crowd near the UNC Charlotte campus, dead at 20. Their mother, Essence Bembry, said the plan was for Adrian to go with DeAndre' to his NBA city.
June 14, 2016 |
A FEW MONTHS ago, Essence Bembry said how much she missed her younger son, away at college in North Carolina, wishing he was closer to their North Jersey home. When Adrian Potts was living in New Jersey or home from college, he would often spend time at Saint Joseph's, hanging with his brother, Hawks basketball star DeAndre' Bembry. Sunday, Essence and DeAndre' went to Charlotte, where sometime early Saturday, Adrian Potts was shot and killed at an apartment near the UNC-Charlotte campus.
April 24, 2016 |
Quaker City Night Hawks. Don't let the band name fool you: This quartet that specializes in raucous rock and blues hails not from Philadelphia but Fort Worth, Texas, which explains its affinity for the guitar boogie of Lone Star State beardos ZZ Top. Sunday at Dawson Street Pub. "Fela Ransome Kuti and His Koola Lobitos. " This three-disc set on the Partisan label traces the early career of the Nigerian Afrobeat founder, when he returned to Lagos from music school in London in the 1960s and fronted a freewheeling band while playing trumpet, not saxophone.
April 8, 2016 |
By his own admission, St. Joseph's Prep junior Daniel Fisher can't play a lick of basketball. He is, however, familiar with a certain facet of pickup ball, which on Wednesday he astutely pointed out actually applies to his position as faceoff man for the Hawks' lacrosse team. "I never realized how important it was," Fisher said after the Hawks bested host Archbishop Ryan, 14-6. "You're basically playing make-it-take-it if you have a faceoff guy who can keep winning. " Fisher, who will play lacrosse at Villanova, won all six of the faceoffs he saw in limited first-half action.
March 22, 2016 |
SPOKANE, Wash. - There were just 17 teams left in the NCAA Tournament as Saint Joseph's and Oregon played out the second half of their second-round game Sunday night at the Spokane Arena. The winner was going to get a West Regional date with Duke on Thursday in Anaheim. It was an opportunity. It looked like a lost cause for the longest time for the Hawks. Nothing really was going right or according to plan. What you have to do then is stay in the moment until the moment becomes yours.
March 20, 2016 |
SPOKANE, Wash. - Isaiah Miles saw the replays that kept running on the big video screens inside Spokane Arena, as game officials looked at the same sequence on a monitor at the scorer's table. His thought: Let's start the celebration. "I knew . . . His fingertips were still on it," the St. Joseph's Hawks senior said later. His own catch-and-shoot three-pointer, the one Miles will look back to his whole life, was going to stand up as a game-winner over Cincinnati, 78-76, for the first St. Joe's NCAA victory in a dozen years.
March 20, 2016 |
SPOKANE, Wash. - While the St. Joseph's team and head coach Phil Martelli were on the bus home from Brooklyn last Sunday night after winning the Atlantic Ten championship, the Hawks assistants were getting assigned opponents to scout. Dave Duda was given Cincinnati, Mark Bass took Oregon. Bass and Geoff Arnold were driving home separately when Arnold texted Martelli and the coach told him to forget the team Oregon would be playing in the 1-16 game Friday. "Why don't you just help Mark," was the text from Martelli.
March 19, 2016 |
St. Joseph's keys The Hawks need to press their advantage by spreading the floor, forcing Cincinnati's post defenders away from the basket, and then hitting from the outside. But St. Joe's doesn't depend on the outside shot. Look for all of the Hawks to also be driving to the hoop. A bigger key is usually at the other end, where an opponent heating up from the outside gives the Hawks problems. St. Joe's isn't afraid to use some zone, but too much of it can be dangerous since sometimes it can allow opponents to get in a rhythm.
March 18, 2016 |
SPOKANE, Wash. - The Spokane Arena overlooks what, decades ago, the locals termed the "fast water" of Spokane Falls, formed 15,000 or so years ago when Glacial Lake Missoula flowed down into the valley and slowly began to cut through the rocks. These days, suspension bridges overlook the majesty of the raging waters, the largest in-city waterfall in America. If there is one thing Saint Joseph's would like to do in Friday night's NCAA game against glacial Cincinnati, it is play fast, like that water headed over the falls, play in the open court, play as few times as possible against the Bearcats' set defense.