January 10, 2016 |
Javon Oglesby-Rice was in good spirits as he waited inside his delayed SEPTA train the afternoon of Jan. 2 while on his way home from a job interview that he hoped would help him pay for college. The senior wide receiver for Boys' Latin, however, had no idea that the death of his former teammate, friend and mentor was the reason for the delay. A man, who was later identified as Emmanuel Sloan, 19, reportedly had jumped in front of a Market-Frankford train about 3 p.m. at the 40th Street Station, a SEPTA spokesman said on the day of the incident.
January 9, 2016 |
After a 77-56 Public League victory against host Northeast, perhaps the Boys' Latin team bus should get stuck in traffic more often. On Thursday afternoon, the team left its West Philadelphia campus at about 1:30 p.m. for the scheduled 3:15 p.m. Division B contest. The Warriors didn't enter the gym, however, until about 3:30. Dressed and ready, the Warriors exploded for 28 first-quarter points after a brief warm-up. "We just talked about staying focused and don't let this bus trip throw you off," said senior Cameron Gardner-Nicholson.
December 21, 2015 |
With 3.6 seconds left in overtime, Penn Charter senior Harrison Williams stepped to the free-throw line with the game tied. Boys' Latin's Jibril Noble-Pagese had just made two free throws, so the pressure in the Make-A-Wish Showcase at Germantown Academy fell squarely on Williams. "Basically, I'm a senior, I've been doing this for four years and I just have to knock these down and show everyone else that in big moments like that, you can't let the crowd or the stage get to you," Williams recalled thinking.
October 24, 2015 |
Boys' Latin's Javon Oglesby-Rice was flat on his face on the grass at West Philadelphia with the football at least 35 yards away. It wasn't exactly the most athletic pose a player could strike on a football field, and one of his coaches couldn't help but give him a ribbing. "I thought you were an athlete," Warriors assistant Mario Dattilo joked. Oglesby-Rice had tripped and fallen en route to attempting another punt block. The Boys' Latin players were all smiles Thursday night after they came from behind to defeat Mastery North, 22-13, and earn their first Public League AAA victory this season.
October 10, 2015 |
Brandon Smith tried to speak, but the words didn't come. With his thumb and forefinger, the Dobbins senior pinched the bridge of his nose, perhaps an attempt to dam the emotion that pooled behind his face. His teammates knelt, forming a circle after defeating Boys' Latin, 28-26, in a sloppy but tension-filled Public League AAA contest at West Philadelphia. "I really don't have much to say," the 6-foot, 170-pound quarterback and defensive back said as he addressed his team and coaches.
September 12, 2015 |
Driving rain forced Boys' Latin's offense to keep it simple on Thursday night. But David Williams proved anything but simple to stop. The junior rushed 17 times for 113 yards and a pair of first-half touchdowns as Boys' Latin cruised past KIPP DuBois, 22-0, in a nonleague game at West Philadelphia. Boys' Latin attempted just one pass. Javon Rice made eight tackles for the Warriors, who held KIPP to 41 yards. In other nonleague action, Will Hunter racked up 115 yards and a TD on six carries to lead Olney to a 20-8 victory over Mastbaum at Northeast.
September 10, 2015 |
Tracing her finger across the sheet music for Exultate Justi - "Rejoice in the Lord, O ye just" - alto Angela Navarro is rehearsing in Latin for a once-in-a-lifetime performance. Written in the 16th century, the stately chorale composition is to be chanted during Pope Francis' arrival on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway on Sept. 27 for a massive papal Mass. Navarro, 29, is the Honduran mother who took sanctuary in a West Kensington church last year, challenged immigration authorities to expel her, and won a two-year stay of deportation in January.
August 28, 2015 |
Vegan Latin flavors Nicole Marquis (HipCityVeg, Charlie was a sinner.) has added the similarly vegan Bar Bombón , a Latin themes near her HipCityVeg flagship at 133 S. 18th St. (267-606-6612), the corner store across the alley from a.kitchen. Marquis and crew have not only created an Old San Juan-style, 10-seat barroom and 30-seat dining room out of the snug storefront but also sidewalk seating on the Moravian Street side. Menu includes Puerto Rican empanadas (from her mother's side)
July 5, 2015 |
In the new-Latin alternative-music continuum, Mexican actress/singer Ximena Sariñana is a regal figure, both pop and esoteric, a vocalist and composer whose strange, elegant, and occasionally raucous songs sound like St. Vincent singing John Barry's themes for 1960s James Bond flicks along the shores of Brazil. The tropical sway, the grandeur of epic, arching chords, the angular riffing of fuzztone guitars and synths - magnificent. That's the vibe Sariñana and her opening act, Dominican singer-songwriter Alex Ferreira (whose band backed Sariñana)
May 31, 2015 |
Artsy. Edgy. Transitional. Distinctive tags describing Old City. But Ted Newbold, who owns a rowhouse here with wife Helen Cunningham, called the area home back when descriptions such as warehouse and fashionable weren't commingled. Newbold, 84, an urban pioneer, is a descendant of Nathan Trotter, founder of Nathan Trotter & Co. Inc., a metal-products company established on Front Street in 1789. In the 1950s, he worked for the firm and lived in Society Hill and on Elfreth's Alley.