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February 24, 2015 | By Aaron Carter, Inquirer Staff Writer
Before Sunday, if there were a metaphoric Imhotep Charter basketball party, Daron Russell would not have been invited. The sophomore guard did not have the proper credentials. Although he would know everybody inside, Russell would have to stand outside the velvet ropes. Only those with a Public League title would be welcome. However, Russell turned in an MVP performance Sunday in the Panthers' thrilling, 77-75 championship victory against Constitution. That would earn him a ticket.
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February 21, 2015 | By Rick O'Brien, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Archbishop Wood girls' basketball team, understandably, is trying to move past the recent resignation of head coach John Gallagher and concentrate on achieving its postseason goals. "We're just focused on basketball and playing for each other," senior Aubree Brown said after the Vikings bested Archbishop Ryan, 39-34, in a Catholic League playoff semifinal Thursday night at Philadelphia University. Gallagher resigned early last week over allegations that he sent anonymous e-mails to college coaches in hopes of jeopardizing the NCAA eligibility of three Nigerian players at Catholic League rival Neumann-Goretti.
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February 20, 2015 | By Aaron Carter, Inquirer Staff Writer
There are several reasons you can make a case that Tony Carr is one of the best point guards, if not the best, in the city. The 6-foot-4 junior certainly showcased his entire arsenal Wednesday night in Roman Catholic's 61-58 victory against Archbishop Carroll at the Palestra in the Catholic League semifinals. Carr led the Cahillites with 17 points while also grabbing seven rebounds, dishing four assists, and making three steals. It was his trademark cool under pressure that keyed the come-from-behind triumph that gave the Cahillites another title chance.
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February 17, 2015 | BY FRANK SERAVALLI, Daily News Staff Writer seravaf@phillynews.com
BUFFALO - Michael Raffl wheeled around the net and hugged a wraparound between the post, his goal providing a win and cover for an inexplicable outing for the Flyers. Too often this season, the Flyers have played down to their opposition. Last night was no different. The only thing more brutal than the coldest day in Buffalo since Jan. 19, 1994, was the Flyers' second period, in which they were thoroughly outplayed and outchanced by the last-place Sabres. The fiery chatter in the Flyers' locker room during the second intermission was not from the lips of coach Craig Berube, but rather from the players themselves.
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February 16, 2015 | By Jake Kaplan, Inquirer Staff Writer
In hotels and country clubs and event centers across Pennsylvania one week last month, members of the Phillies brass outlined an objective - to identify the team's next core of players. On his current career trajectory, Maikel Franco is a potential middle-of-the-order mainstay. Only 22, he has displayed soft hands, a cannon arm at third base, and streaky power at the plate. But it remains to be seen when the organization's most major-league-ready prospect will stick with the Phillies.
NEWS
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.
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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.
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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.
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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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