November 21, 2003 |
All you need to know about Wisconsin basketball coach Bo Ryan is that he still has the black, high-top Chuck Taylors he wore when he played at the Palestra nearly 40 years ago as a senior at Chester High. They are hanging in his home office in Madison, Wis. "I've never worn them since," said Ryan, whose high school team won three games and lost one in the 1965 Pennsylvania state tournament. "The laughs that those get! My players have been to my house, and they say, 'You wore those?
March 8, 1993 |
Chester senior Jamar Milsap had a confession to make after the Clippers' 59-48 victory over Council Rock in the PIAA District 1 Class AAAA quarterfinals Friday night. He had never been to the Palestra before. Two years ago, that's all he heard about. The Palestra. But two years ago (the last time the Clippers qualified for the district semis), Milsap was still a sophomore JV player, struggling to find his game. Then last year, the Clippers made an uncharacteristic early exit from the districts, losing in the second round to Cheltenham.
September 13, 2011 |
LATER THIS month, the glorious old Palestra will host a basketball game featuring the type of action the old building has rarely seen in its 84-year existence. With the NBA season on hold due to the expired collective bargaining agreement, players are balling where, and when, they can. The where is the Palestra. The when is Sunday, Sept. 25. A group led by New York Knicks superstar Carmelo Anthony, will compete against a team made up of players primarily with Philadelphia ties.
February 27, 1987 |
So much for the Public League boys basketball semifinals being played as a Palestra doubleheader on March 8. Almost as quickly as the league's coaches and players got their hopes up, those hopes were squashed. Dr. Rita Altman, the school district's associate superintendent for curriculum, yesterday informed John Koskinen, the Public League boys basketball chairman, that she could not permit the doubleheader to take place at the Palestra. Altman was unavailable for comment last night, but she cited, via district spokesman Bill Jones, "a matter of equity" as the reason for her decision.
January 17, 2014 |
WHEN TIM Legler heard about Saturday's La Salle-Temple ESPN broadcast from the Palestra, he knew he wanted to be part of it. The ESPN NBA analyst, a 1988 La Salle graduate who got his master's at Penn's Wharton School, made a few phone calls and, just like that, he was on board as the color man with John Saunders for the telecast, which will immediately follow "College GameDay" from the Palestra. "It's going to be awesome," Legler said. "The tie-in on both sides, obviously being very close to La Salle to John [Giannini]
October 21, 1998 |
The answer was going to come by the end of September. Now, supposedly, it's going to come by the end of October. John Koskinen, Joe Parisi and Bob Ruoff, among others, still are hoping for a resounding yes!, but the longer they wait, the more they can't help but anticipate the worst. Their fears would appear to be well-founded. According to a source, University of Pennsylvania officials are leaning toward soon announcing that the famed Palestra is out as a site for scholastic basketball playoff games.
August 4, 1988 |
The Atlantic 10 Conference today will announce that it is bringing its 1989 postseason basketball tournament to Philadelphia, the Daily News has learned. Though A-10 commissioner Ron Bertovich declined comment, it was learned that conference athletic directors voted unanimously to bring the tourney to the Palestra after a highly unsuccessful one-year pit stop in Morgantown, W.Va., last season. The surprising news, which will be announced in a morning teleconference, is that only the tournament's first three rounds, March 4, 5 and 6, will be held at the Palestra.
January 18, 2016
B.G. Kelley is a Philadelphia writer Butterflies as big as bats seized my stomach as I sat in the Palestra locker room waiting to lead the Temple Owls onto the court to meet the Villanova Wildcats in a City Series Big Five game. I could hear the nearly 10,000 fans screaming, anxiously anticipating the arrival of both teams to the polished floor of the Palestra. It was Jan. 16, 1965, and it was the most important game of the season for my teammates and our coach, Harry Litwack, a seminal figure in Philly basketball who would later be inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame.
November 2, 1993 |
"Midnight Madness" at the Palestra lived up to its nickname. Penn students, some of whom stood in line for days waiting to purchase season basketball tickets, rushed the box office as midnight approached Friday. Senior Judy Friedman received a concussion and several others were shaken up. Fran Connor, the school's assistant athletic director for marketing and public relations, said he wasn't aware of the incident until he read about it in yesterday's Daily Pennsylvanian. "I was outside periodically, from 10 (p.m.
September 21, 1993 |
College sports used to be king in Philadelphia. Used to be. And the Big 5 used to be the king of kings. It's old news, but, somehow, that was allowed to change as well. Yesterday's first-of-the-new-school-year meeting of the Big 5 athletic directors provided no real substance. But, according to St. Joseph's basketball coach John Griffin, the coaches' representative at the meeting, the issues raised provided a basis for further discussion. One of the issues was the possibility of playing all of the 1994-95 Big 5 basketball games at the Palestra, where it all began.