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February 15, 2015
BASKETBALL FRIENDS SCHOOLS LEAGUE FINAL Friends' Central 36, Shipley 30: Mikayla Vaughan went 7 for 10 from the foul line in the fourth quarter at Haverford College, where the Phoenix handed Shipley its first league loss since 2010.    "Shipley has set the standard for the league for the last four years," said Friends' Central coach Phillip Annas. "To be able to beat them in the championship is amazing. I'm extremely proud of our school and program. "    Martine Fortune scored four points, including the 1,000th of her career, for Shipley.
NEWS
February 15, 2015 | By Aaron Carter, Inquirer Staff Writer
Two thoughts refused to leave Sammy Foreman's mind on Friday. The first concerned the mortality of his high school basketball career, while the other helped him stave off its unwelcome end. The Martin Luther King High senior guard was important in helping the Cougars fend off George Washington, 59-46, in the Public Leauge Class AAAA final. "Today was either: win, or lose and I'll never play another high school basketball game again," Foreman said. "I just didn't want to lose.
SPORTS
February 13, 2015 | By Tim McManus, Inquirer Staff Writer
Elmange Watson scored 31 points, including five three-pointers, and Washington topped visiting Frankford, 78-63, in the Public League Class AAAA semifinals Wednesday. Jheron Johnson added 12 points, Asanti Ali scored 11 and Jerome Blume and Charles Brown had 10 each. In the other AAAA semifinal, Tyere Marshall's 16 points and 10 rebounds paced host Martin Luther King to a 66-41 win over Bartram. Sammy Foreman added 12 points and eight assists, and Chase Rodgers had 10 points and 10 rebounds.
SPORTS
February 13, 2015 | By Aaron Carter, Inquirer Staff Writer
The first time John Mosco saw Luke Connaghan, the soon-to-be Archbishop Wood basketball coach had no idea he was watching his future forward. It was the summer of Connaghan's sophomore season and Mosco was still a Neumann-Goretti assistant. The Saints and Vikings met in a summer league championship game at the Mayfair Recreation Center. Connaghan, now a senior for the Vikings, evidently made quite an impression. "I didn't know who he was," Mosco said. "I called Ed McCormick, an assistant coach [at Wood]
NEWS
February 12, 2015 | By Matt Gelb, Inquirer Staff Writer
Little League International officials met Tuesday to discuss a recent investigation into Chicago's national championship team amid accusations of ineligible players. Jackie Robinson West, which eliminated Philadelphia's Taney Dragons last summer, may have added top players from neighboring suburban leagues, according to an ESPN report. Little League International's inquiry started late last year. It is unclear whether the Chicago team could be stripped of its title. The Tuesday meeting took place several weeks after the organization announced it had found no violations of residency rules but would reopen its investigation if new evidence was presented.
SPORTS
February 9, 2015 | By E.J. Smith, Inquirer Staff Writer
Ellie Stief didn't waste much time making an impact in the Central League girls' basketball semifinals on Saturday. The Strath Haven senior came off the bench in a tightly contested game during the fourth quarter and promptly sank three jumpers to give the Panthers the lead in a 46-44 win over Radnor at Marple Newtown. Bridget Sherry scored 16 points, and junior Rachel Vresilovic grabbed 12 rebounds. Ches-Mont League semifinals. Downingtown East will head to the league final after beating West Chester Rustin, 57-40, at West Chester East.
SPORTS
February 6, 2015 | BY RYAN LAWRENCE, Daily News Staff Writer rlawrence@phillynews.com
THE PHILLIES' top two prospects won't be reporting to the big-league clubhouse at Bright House Field later this month. Neither righthander Aaron Nola nor shortstop J.P. Crawford received an invitation to major league camp, team officials said yesterday. There had been some speculation that Nola, the team's first-round pick (seventh overall) in last June's draft, could get a big-league audition this spring, regardless of the team's intentions of starting him in the minor leagues in 2015.
NEWS
February 1, 2015 | By Kate Harman, For The Inquirer
The Northern Liberties Recreation Center sits at 321 Fairmount Ave. It's an unassuming building, whose identity is marked by words in forest green and white paint to the right of the door. Walk in and you may not immediatley know it houses a basketball court, but basketball is played there almost every day. On Friday afternoon, the gym was abuzz as Bodine High - which calls the NLRC home - topped Simon Gratz, 55-48, in a Public League girls' game. Junior Tiana Garvin led Bodine (9-7 overall, 7-4 Public League)
SPORTS
January 30, 2015 | By Aaron Carter, Inquirer Staff Writer
When Central High wrestling coach Jeremy Julien stopped Larry Lewis in the hall during his freshman year, the Northeast Philadelphia resident had no idea what the sport was all about. Well, that's not entirely true. "I thought wrestling was like the WWE," said Lewis, a 138-pounder. "But, it's so different. " Now a senior, Lewis played the protagonist on Wednesday night as the host Lancers defeated rival Northeast, 40-25, for the Public League championship. After the Vikings won the first two matches, Lewis pinned his opponent in 5 minutes, 51 seconds as Central won seven of the next eight bouts.
SPORTS
January 30, 2015 | By E.J. Smith, Inquirer Staff Writer
Every day in practice, Luke Ratchford and the La Salle wrestling team entered the gym and saw a newspaper clipping hanging from the door. The story from last season's loss in the Catholic League Championship has served as a constant reminder of the night Father Judge snapped the Explorers' five-year streak as league champs. For the sophomore wrestler, the clipping led to what he said was La Salle's biggest meet of the year: Wednesday night's Catholic League championship at Father Judge.
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