April 4, 2013 |
Chester's Rondae Jefferson still went out a winner. Despite closing his high school basketball career with a loss in the PIAA finals, Jefferson on Wednesday was named the Associated Press's Class AAAA player of the year in a vote of Pennsylvania sports writers. Chester's passionate 6-foot-7 catalyst won top player honors for the second straight season after averaging a double-double (15.5 points, 11.0 rebounds) for the Clippers. Jefferson, a University of Arizona recruit, also averaged 4.4 assists, 2.8 steals, and 2.4 blocked shots for Larry Yarbray's high-powered Clippers, who fell one victory shy of winning their third straight PIAA title.
April 1, 2013
Now that the U.S. Supreme Court has heard arguments in two same-sex marriage cases, the question is how quickly the court will move to advance the just cause of equality. In reconsidering the very definition of marriage, the justices confronted one of the most divisive social issues of the day last week. Gay-rights advocates hope they will extend the right to marry to all same-sex couples. On that score, they may be disappointed by the eventual ruling, as the country seems to be moving faster than the courts.
March 31, 2013
The Inquirer TOP 10 BOYS' BASKETBALL Team Rec. Final, 2012-13. 1. Lower Merion 30-3 2. Imhotep Charter 28-5 3. Chester 28-4 4. Neumann-Goretti 23-6 5. Vaux 24-8 6. St. Joseph's Prep 24-6 7. Math, Civics & Sci. 26-3 8. Germantown Acad 23-6...
February 28, 2013 |
Children who eat breakfast in school do better in math and miss fewer class days, according to a new national study released Wednesday. "The simple act of feeding kids a healthy school breakfast can have a dramatic impact on their academic, health, and economic futures," the study concluded. The report was created for Share Our Strength, a national nonprofit working to end childhood hunger in America through its No Kid Hungry campaign. The study, called "Ending Childhood Hunger: A Social Impact Analysis," was done pro bono by Deloitte, an accounting consulting firm that also performs community-service work.
February 22, 2013 |
Math, Civics & Sciences boys' basketball player Malik Starkes has been suspended for the rest of the season by District 12 for arguing with an official after Saturday's loss to Vaux in the Public League Class A final at Southern, his coach said. Coach Dan Jackson said that Starkes also was suspended from Public League play for next season by District 12 chairman Robert Coleman. Jackson said school officials met with representatives from District 12 earlier this week. The junior guard started for MC&S and averaged 8.4 points.
February 20, 2013 |
MATH, CIVICS & Sciences Charter lost more than a basketball game Saturday in the Public League quarterfinals. Due to misbehavior, one of its top players has been removed from the squad. Robert Coleman, the Pub sports czar, said he and MC&S' administration reached an agreement on guard Malik Starkes - he'll no longer play for the Mighty Elephants, nor for any school in the PL. The problem began with one-tenth of a second remaining in MC&S' 62-61 loss to Roberts Vaux. Noticing that Starkes was complaining to an official about a call that sent star guard Rysheed Jordan to the foul line, MC&S coaches removed him after the first free throw.
February 18, 2013 |
No representatives from Temple, UCLA, or St. John's were spotted at Southern during Saturday night's Public League Class A championship game. But the three finalists for Rysheed Jordan's services will no doubt hear about his last-minute heroics. With 0.1 second remaining, after missing his first attempt from the free-throw line, the prized recruit calmly buried the second to give Roberts Vaux a 62-61, come-from-behind victory over stunned Math, Civics, and Sciences. With 10.7 seconds to go, the 6-foot-3 phenom hit two foul shots to forge a 61-61 tie. That was followed by his steal in front of the MC&S bench.
February 18, 2013 |
Dan Jackson has "youngest coach" in one of his e-mail addresses. It refers to when he took over the Math, Civics & Sciences boys' basketball program seven seasons ago, at age 19. It doesn't begin to explain what he went through to get there. Except for the year when he started college, Jackson has been at Math, Civics & Sciences in one role or another since the eighth grade. Before that, starting with the fifth grade, he attended three private schools. He got kicked out of all three.
February 12, 2013 |
Do you remember that the secant function has vertical asymptotes? Neither did I, but it came right back to me when I listened to the soothing tones of Robert Ghrist. He is a mathematics professor at the University of Pennsylvania, but since January, his audience has grown exponentially: 48,000 people in more than 62 countries. Ghrist is spreading the gospel of calculus through an online education service called Coursera, and he scored a big vote of confidence last week when a higher-education umbrella group said the course deserved official college credit.
January 28, 2013 |
The Inquirer's No. 1 ranked boys' basketball team found itself in some trouble Sunday at the FamJuice City Classic. But an overtime session turned out to be nothing that undefeated Math, Civics & Sciences couldn't handle. The Mighty Elephants turned away No. 9 Martin Luther King, 80-71, at Ben Franklin High School in the marquee game of the one-day showcase. Raquan Brown Johnson's three-pointer for Martin Luther King with four seconds left in regulation forced overtime. In the extra period, the Mighty Elephants took advantage of being in the double bonus to outscore Martin Luther King, 17-8.