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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]
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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)
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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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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.
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January 30, 2015 | By Bob Ford, Inquirer Columnist
NEWARK, Del. - Even by the standards of the NBA's Development League, Tuesday's game between the Delaware 87ers and the Sioux Falls Skyforce was contested in front of a sparse crowd in the Bob Carpenter Center on the campus of the University of Delaware. The predicted snowstorm meant very few bought advance tickets and, of those who did, many accepted the team's invitation to choose another game ahead of time. So the teams - the 87ers are an owned-and-operated affiliate of the 76ers - played the game in relative solitude, mostly in order to fill in the blank spaces on the box score and to move another day closer to whatever might come next.
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January 29, 2015 | By Mike Jensen, Inquirer Columnist
On the occasion of John Chaney's 83d birthday last week, Matt Vautour, veteran UMass beat writer for the Daily Hampshire Gazette, tweeted, "I miss UMass vs. Temple. " You can share the lament, but let's face it, the rivalry was Chaney vs. Calipari, an artifact of its time. After that was gone, the networks weren't demanding that the game be played. And Massachusetts is still playing St. Joseph's and La Salle. It does get you thinking about what has changed with all the recent conference movement.
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January 18, 2015 | By Marc Narducci, Inquirer Staff Writer
Larry Drew II grew up around the NBA and now he's finally in it himself. The son of Larry Drew, a former NBA player and head coach and current assistant with the Cleveland Cavaliers, the younger Drew signed a 10-day contract with the 76ers on Friday. A graduate of UCLA, Drew II played the last year and a half for the Sioux Falls Skyforce of the NBA Developmental League. The Sixers didn't waste any time using him. He made his NBA debut with three minutes left in the first quarter of Friday's game at the Wells Fargo Center against the New Orleans Pelicans.
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