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July 19, 1992 | By Marc Narducci, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
The Willingboro Strikers girls' soccer club has continued to uphold its outstanding national reputation. Two years ago the group won the 16-and-under national title. Last year, competing in the 17-and-under division, the Strikers finished third in the national tournament. This season, the Strikers have qualified for the national semifinals during the 19-and-under championships to be held at the University of Richmond beginning Wednesday. The Strikers won five games in regional competition to earn the Region I title.
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January 4, 2015 | By Nick Carroll, Inquirer Staff Writer
Archbishop Carroll beat another nationally recognized power Friday. The Patriots topped La Lumiere (Ind.), USA Today's seventh-ranked team in the nation, 72-64, at the Cancer Research Classic in Wheeling, W.Va. Josh Sharkey led Carroll with 26 points and five assists. Derrick Jones, a UNLV recruit, added 21 points and 13 rebounds for the Patriots. Carroll is still without Temple recruit Ernest Aflakpui, who is out with a right-knee injury. The Patriots opened the year with a 76-65 win over Callaway (Miss.)
NEWS
February 7, 2011 | By Rick O’Brien, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Friends' Central took no comfort in threatening but losing to national power St. Anthony (N.J.) in Sunday's Hakim Warrick/Philly.com/Rally Classic at Philadelphia University. Longtime St. Anthony coach Bob Hurley, who earned his 1,000th career victory on Wednesday, was likewise in poor spirits, even though his Friars, ranked No. 2 in the country by USA Today, rallied late for a 59-49 victory and improved to 18-0. Hurley was critical of the three-man officiating crew. After gaining win No. 1,002, the 39th-year coach said he would not return to the annual showcase next season.
NEWS
February 16, 1995 | By Chris Morkides, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
Lower Merion's Jermaine Griffin looked at last night's game against St. Anthony of Jersey City as more than a tune-up for the District 1 boys' basketball playoffs. The forward looked at it as a chance to show the home folks what he could do on a the court. "I felt at home, it was so close to New York," the native of Queens said. "I was pumped. I was right around the corner. " Griffin scored 22 points, but it wasn't enough as St. Anthony beat the Aces, 83-67. Still, the 6-foot-3 junior, who is part of the "A Better Chance" program, which sends inner-city youths to schools in suburban districts, was happy with the team's performance.
NEWS
November 14, 2015 | By Matt Breen, Inquirer Staff Writer
Amile Jefferson said it was a no-brainer. Duke's upperclassmen usually live in off-campus housing. But this spring, the university offered Jefferson and three of his teammates an on-campus apartment. Jefferson, who starred at Friends' Central, jumped at the chance. The new accommodations, Jefferson thought, would help him become an even better captain for the Blue Devils as they defend their national championship. "It's a pretty nice setup," said Jefferson, who is a captain for a second straight season.
SPORTS
June 10, 1992 | By Bill Doherty, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
The Glen Mills football program is going national. The Battling Bulls, who have compiled a 19-1 record the past two seasons, were having a tough time getting tri-state area teams to play them, so they have put together a torturous nonleague schedule. They will play games at national powerhouse Valdosta (Ga.) and Woodson High in Washington. "We've developed a tradition here at Glen Mills, and it was getting to the point where we were having a tough time getting games," Glen Mills coach Joe Ferrainola said yesterday.
SPORTS
May 16, 1995 | Daily News Wire Services
Theresa Grentz played a lot of hunches in building the Rutgers women's basketball program from nothing to a national power. Grentz, 43, played another one yesterday, walking away from the Lady Knights' program after 19 years to take over as coach at the University of Illinois. "I think, as you get older, there are some things you have to do," Grentz said seated at a news conference in a room just 30 feet from the floor where she led Rutgers to a 434-148 record and a recently snapped string of nine straight NCAA Tournament appearances.
SPORTS
October 5, 2008 | By Keith Pompey INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
No one can question the competitiveness of the Germantown Academy girls' soccer team's nonleague schedule. The perennial Inter-Academic League power annually plays the best Southeastern Pennsylvania has to offer. Yesterday, Germantown Academy went a step further in facing the Pennington School, a national power from New Jersey. The Patriots put up a good fight before losing, 3-0, on their home field in Fort Washington. In the Red Raiders, the Patriots battled the nation's top team, at least according to the National Soccer Coaches Association of America/Adidas poll.
SPORTS
March 18, 2012 | Associated Press
GREENSBORO, N.C. - The Lehigh Mountain Hawks insist their work here isn't done. They're not ready to pack up and go home to Bethlehem, Pa., after pulling off one of the biggest upsets in NCAA tournament history by stunning national power and second-seeded Duke, 75-70, in its own backyard Friday night. The Mountain Hawks want to stick around a little longer. After his team's monumental upset, Lehigh coach Brett Reed asked his players in the locker room if they were satisfied and the collective response was no. The 15th-seeded Mountain Hawks, led by speedy guard C.J. McCollum, the nation's fifth-leading scorer, fully believed they could topple Duke - and they said so publicly before the game.
SPORTS
December 30, 2012 | By Marc Narducci, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Amir Maddred heard the theory and simply smiled. The 6-foot-7 Camden senior was told that assistant coach Arthur Barclay and head coach Cetshwayo Byrd said that if there were a flaw in Maddred's game, it was that he was too nice on the court. "I get that a lot," Maddred said. Maddred is a reluctant potential star, one who prefers to blend in, although he can dominate a game and has. A recent instance came when Maddred totaled 23 points and 12 rebounds in a 53-49 win over Bishop Eustace.
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December 31, 2015 | By Mark Whited, Staff Writer
Toeing the foul line with less than 30 seconds remaining, and a win over a national power on the line, is a tall order for any high school basketball player. But on Thursday in Mesa, Ariz., Archbishop Wood's Matt Cerruti never capitulated. The junior connected on a pair of free throws with 20 seconds remaining to lift the Vikings to a 56-54 win over Mountain Ridge (Ariz.) in a Visit Mesa Challenge boys' basketball game. Mountain Ridge is the top-ranked team in Arizona and the 20th-ranked team in the nation, according to Maxpreps.
NEWS
November 14, 2015 | By Matt Breen, Inquirer Staff Writer
Amile Jefferson said it was a no-brainer. Duke's upperclassmen usually live in off-campus housing. But this spring, the university offered Jefferson and three of his teammates an on-campus apartment. Jefferson, who starred at Friends' Central, jumped at the chance. The new accommodations, Jefferson thought, would help him become an even better captain for the Blue Devils as they defend their national championship. "It's a pretty nice setup," said Jefferson, who is a captain for a second straight season.
SPORTS
January 19, 2015 | By Matt Breen, Inquirer Staff Writer
Another trip outside the area brought Archbishop Carroll another win over a nationally ranked opponent. The Patriots knocked off Simeon (Ill.), 77-68, behind the play of Derrick Jones on Saturday afternoon at the HoopHall Classic in Springfield, Mass. Simeon, the alma mater of NBA stars Derrick Rose and Jabari Parker, is ranked No. 19 in the nation by USA Today. The Chicago squad opened the season ranked 12th. Carroll has beaten three teams that have spent time inside the Top 15. Carroll, ranked No. 3 in Southeastern Pennsylvania by The Inquirer, is not ranked by USA Today.
SPORTS
January 9, 2015 | BY JOHN SMALLWOOD, Daily News Sports Columnist
I CAN'T SAY anyone should be surprised that Philadelphia legend and Naismith Basketball Hall of Famer Dawn Staley has the University of South Carolina ranked No. 1 in the nation in women's basketball. Once she finally decided to transition from player to coach, everyone knew she would have the same level of success. Staley might be the greatest point guard in women's basketball history. A straight-A student of the game, she was perfectly groomed and suited to become a leader and a teacher of it. Tonight, when undefeated South Carolina visits Southeastern Conference rival Alabama, it will mark the fifth consecutive week the Gamecocks (14-0)
NEWS
January 4, 2015 | By Nick Carroll, Inquirer Staff Writer
Archbishop Carroll beat another nationally recognized power Friday. The Patriots topped La Lumiere (Ind.), USA Today's seventh-ranked team in the nation, 72-64, at the Cancer Research Classic in Wheeling, W.Va. Josh Sharkey led Carroll with 26 points and five assists. Derrick Jones, a UNLV recruit, added 21 points and 13 rebounds for the Patriots. Carroll is still without Temple recruit Ernest Aflakpui, who is out with a right-knee injury. The Patriots opened the year with a 76-65 win over Callaway (Miss.)
SPORTS
March 4, 2014 | BY ANDREW ALBERT, Daily News Staff Writer alberta@phillynews.com
SIX YEARS AGO when Dawn Staley took over the women's basketball team at South Carolina, she was coming off a year in which her Temple team went 21-13, and 12-2 in the Atlantic 10. The first year as coach was the rough one, with the Gamecocks managing only two wins in the Southeastern Conference. Now, the Gamecocks are a national power. They sit at 26-3 after yesterday's loss to No. 10 Tennessee and are ranked fourth in the nation by the Associated Press . Much of the quick turnaround can be credited to the Philadelphia native Staley, though she will deflect credit to her players.
SPORTS
May 25, 2013 | By Phil Anastasia, Inquirer Columnist
To appreciate fully the wonderful absurdity of the real possibility that John Valore will be the next boys' basketball coach at Camden High School, it's helpful to turn the page back to 1986. That was a long time ago. But that is the point: There's a lot of history between this coach and that team. Valore was the coach at Cherry Hill East from 1976 to 2011. That was 36 seasons. That was time enough to win 500 games and get his name painted on the court and pretty much establish himself as the face of that program.
SPORTS
February 15, 2013 | By Tim McManus, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Few teams in South Jersey have played better basketball in the last month than Camden and Camden Catholic. Someone's momentum was bound to take at least a temporary hit when the teams met Thursday in Olympic National play. Give this round to Camden. The Panthers avenged a loss from earlier in the season, beating visiting Camden Catholic, 65-58. Since losing to national power St. Anthony on Dec. 30, Camden is 10-3. Amir Maddred, who scored 22 points, has reached double figures in all 13 games.
SPORTS
January 18, 2013 | By Marcus Hayes, Daily News Staff Writer
CHIP KELLY'S offensive schemes are predicated on deception. He is a master of misdirection. Is he ever. Kelly apparently parlayed a return to coach the Oregon Ducks into a prime coaching slot in the NFL. Always the Eagles' top choice, 10 days ago Kelly left three teams with the impression that he might never leave Eugene, where he built an also-ran into a national power using a frenetic, if flawed, scheme. Certainly, the Eagles, having just rid themselves of an overpaid, autocratic offensive wunderkind, did not initially offer Kelly enough money or power to entice him to leave his cozy nest hole.
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