December 18, 1987 |
If you've been too caught up in the trials and tribulations of the Sixers and Flyers to pay much attention to the first month of the college basketball season, tonight offers a good opportunity to shift your focus. The Sixers and Flyers are off, and there's a nice little holiday college basketball tournament going on down at the Palestra. The third annual Jostens Philadelphia Classic begins at 7 p.m., with 0-4 Canisius facing 2-2 Wake Forest. The Canisius Golden Griffiths have a new coach in former Villanova assistant Marty Marbach, and their leading scorer is senior guard Brian Smith, from Franklin High, who averages 19 points per game.
November 28, 1989 |
College basketball fans get a rare treat tonight when the season's first and only men's doubleheader takes place at the Palestra. The twinbill is an endangered species, with the local schools playing on their own campuses, or in La Salle's case, at the Civic Center. The biggest games are played at the Spectrum. All of this makes tonight's twinbill even more nostalgic. Even a couple of the names - Arizin and Guokas - bring back Big 5 memories. Chris Arizin, the son of former Villanova and NBA great Paul Arizin, plays for Drexel.
May 28, 1993 |
The Atlantic 10 men's postseason basketball tournament will be held at the Palestra in March for the sixth consecutive year. Yesterday, at the A-10's annual spring meetings in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., the conference's athletic directors voted to return the tournament to Philadelphia. The dates are March 5 (No. 8 seed vs. No. 9), March 6 (quarterfinals) and March 7 (semis). The championship game will be hosted by the highest remaining seed, on March 10. Last year, a record 32,000-plus fans attended the three Palestra sessions.
March 3, 1998 |
Brother John Kane was hoping not to hear a dreaded "Umm . . . " followed by a long pause and bad news yesterday morning from officials at the University of Pennsylvania. Kane, the athletic director at West Catholic High, is the moderator for boys basketball in the Catholic League and, yes, the boys semifinal doubleheader will still take place tomorrow night at the Palestra. The schedule: Cardinal O'Hara vs. Archbishop Ryan, 6:30; Father Judge vs. Roman Catholic, 8 o'clock.
July 18, 1997 |
Now that the American Basketball League has decided to proceed with moving the Richmond Rage to Philadelphia, there's still the matter of picking a home arena before chief executive officer Gary Cavalli can proclaim the deal done. Cavalli and two other ABL officials spent the last two days touring the Palestra and the nearly completed Apollo. "The visit went very well," said Cavalli, who declined to comment on the relative merits of the two facilities. "It's a great city. We sense a lot of enthusiasm.
January 25, 1999 |
The reaction has been mixed since the announcement was made that the PIAA District 1 Class AAAA semifinals are moving from the Palestra to the Apollo of Temple. There is disappointment that the games are moving from a traditional site, recognized as one of the great basketball arenas in the country, but there is acceptance and the recognition of the immediate need to move to a new neighborhood. "Kids and coaches who know they could have a great team strive to get to the Palestra," said Abington coach Dave Torresani.
March 3, 1999 |
At halftime last night, Dan Harrell started mopping the Palestra floor, just as he does at every Penn Quakers home game. "For the ghosts," Harrell explained as he mopped. "They're here tonight. " In fact, the entire student section was full at the Palestra, watching Penn beat Princeton on a 16-by-20-foot screen. Only a couple of hundred Penn students had gotten tickets to Princeton's Jadwin Gym. And TV wasn't an option for those without the cable station CN8 or Direct TV, a satellite service.
January 17, 2014 |
YOU HAVE to wonder about any place that would have a picture of me hanging on one of its storied walls. A much younger picture of me. Just for doing my job. The truth is, I probably should have paid for the privilege. I didn't really know much about the soul of the Palestra until I started covering college basketball games there. You can only get so much as a kid watching on TV. But to be even a small part of it was totally my pleasure. And honor. I'm sure the many colleagues who share that piece of history with me would heartily concur.
January 20, 2014 |
Digger Phelps walked into an empty Palestra on Friday morning. He called out across the quiet court. Then he waited for the sound of his voice to wash back over him: Number one, Villanova! Number one, St. Joe's! Number one, Notre Dame! "I just listened to the acoustic and the echo. That's what made this place," Phelps said. "Some gyms, it's like . . . nothing. You do it here, and you hear that echo, that vibration. " The Palestra is more than just "some gym," to the longtime Notre Dame coach and cohost of ESPN's College GameDay , which will broadcast live from there Saturday morning.
August 21, 1997 |
The Philadelphia Rage's home opener will take place on Oct. 19 at the Palestra, where Dawn Staley's team will meet the Atlanta Glory at 6 p.m., according to the American Basketball League schedule announced yesterday. Atlanta features two 1996 Olympic stars in Teresa Edwards, a four-time medalist who will make her debut as the team's head coach this season, and Katrina McClain. The season opener for the Rage, who moved here last month from Richmond, Va., will be held on Oct. 17 in Columbus, Ohio.