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.
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 17, 2014 |
THE CEMETERY in Southwest Philadelphia is an abandoned, tumbledown ruin, overgrown in many places, gravestones knocked on their sides. To attempt to find a grave there, amid tens of thousands of graves, would have been impossible without the help of the Friends of Mount Moriah Cemetery, a volunteer group working to preserve and restore the property. The email was answered within a day or so. Harry Shifren's grave is in Section K, Range 29, Lot 41. With a map, it took only a few minutes to find.
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.
August 5, 1988 |
The Atlantic 10 Conference basketball tournament, which has had trouble attracting crowds in the last few years, will hold its early rounds at the Palestra next season. Atlantic 10 commissioner Ron Bertovich announced yesterday in a telephone conference call that, in an unusual format, the first three rounds of the conference tournament will be played March 4, 5 and 6 at the Palestra, with the championship on Thursday, March 9, at the home court of the tournament's highest-seeded remaining team.
March 3, 1989 |
If you love college basketball, boiled hotdogs - or both - the only place to be this weekend is the Palestra. Starting Saturday, the Pepsi-Atlantic 10 Conference men's tournament will hold preliminary, quarter-final and semifinal games at the Palestra. The basketball will be intensely competitive; at stake is at least one berth in the NCAA tournament. Loyalty also will come into play here. Two local teams - Temple and St. Joe's - have a stake in the weekend games. Spectators will need all the stamina they can muster to keep up with the schedule.
March 7, 1991 |
During the last two years, La Salle players have had a special feeling for the Palestra. The Explorers have made it their own private playground when it comes to Catholic League North championship games. Two years ago La Salle traveled to the Palestra and downed Bishop McDevitt, 56-47, to win the Northern Division championship. Last season the Explorers returned to the Palestra to defeat Father Judge, 53-45, and take their second consecutive title. Tomorrow night they will return to the University of Pennsylvania campus looking for a "three-peat" against Bishop Kenrick, ranked eighth in The Inquirer's Southeastern Pennsylvania Boys Basketball Top 10 and the Northern Division regular-season champ.
February 9, 1987 |
It was once the mecca of high school basketball in Pennsylvania. But it has been 10 years since the Palestra last played host to the Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association (PIAA) boy's basketball playoffs. However, playoff games might soon return to the Penn campus. The PIAA, which includes virtually every high school in the state aside from those in Philadelphia's Public League and Catholic League, is negotiating with Penn officials to bring high school playoffs back to the Palestra.