March 12, 2015 |
BETHLEHEM, Pa. - A fractured left hand three games into the regular season turned Imhotep Charter senior captain Devin Liggeons from participant to spectator. "It's such a hard thing to go through, especially when it's your last year of high school," the 6-3, 180-pound wing guard said. "You do your best to be patient with the process, but you really want to be out there. " Liggeons has returned for the team's stretch run, and Andre Noble couldn't be happier to have No. 24 back on the hardwood.
March 12, 2015 |
BETHLEHEM, Pa. - A fractured left hand three games into the regular season turned Imhotep Charter senior captain Devin Liggeons from participant to spectator. "It's such a hard thing to go through, especially when it's your last year of high school," the 6-foot-3, 180-pound wing guard said. "You do your best to be patient with the process, but you really want to be out there. " Liggeons has returned for the team's stretch run, and Andre Noble couldn't be happier to have No. 24 back on the hardwood.
March 8, 2015 |
Khalif Tinley stays in his lane on the basketball court. The 6-foot-1 senior for Imhotep Charter isn't flashy, and he typically doesn't score much, but you'd be hard pressed to find someone who works harder. Friday night at Archbishop Carroll, Tinley did the dirty work and helped the Panthers beat Berks Catholic, 74-43, in the first round of the PIAA Class AAA tournament. "I just play defense," Tinley said. "I don't get outside of myself. I just stay in my little area of the game.
March 6, 2015 |
AFTER THE FLYERS' overtime loss to Calgary on Tuesday night, most of the players were huddled around a TV in the team's lounge at Wells Fargo Center. More players started to join the group as word circulated about the Panthers and Maple Leafs game in South Florida. By nature, the Flyers were grabbed by the action: The Panthers are one of two teams in pursuit of a final Stanley Cup playoff spot in the East. But something far more compelling was taking shape on the ice. Panthers starting goaltender Roberto Luongo went down in the first period and now backup Al Montoya was limping toward the bench in need of relief.
March 2, 2015 |
Natalie Kucowski called it a reward. A reward for the practices full of quickness drills to help the St. Basil basketball team keep its legs. A reward for the running sessions to stay in shape. The Panthers stood at midcourt at Upper Dublin to get their District 1 Class AA championship medals and raise the trophy. Their tedious work over the past two weeks had paid off. St. Basil claimed its third straight district title and gave coach Terry Mancini his 300th win by defeating New Hope-Solebury, 45-31.
February 24, 2015 |
Sabrina Allen likes to say that she "bleeds basketball. " "Cut me open," she tells her Imhotep Charter girls' basketball players, "that's all you are going to see is basketball. " The coach of the Panthers, in her sixth year, has turned the program into one of the most intense and consistent in the city. In other words, the Panthers bleed basketball too. And on Sunday afternoon, Imhotep took home its second straight Public League championship, by defeating Mastery Charter North, 61-33, at St. Joseph's Hagan Arena.
February 21, 2015 |
During a brief break in fourth-quarter action Thursday night, Martin Luther King coach Sean Colson grabbed the attention of his guards. As Imhotep Charter coach Andre Noble conferred with referees about a free-throw discrepancy, Colson, his index finger extended, barked out instructions. "Do not leave him," he ordered. "Don't ever leave him!" On the business end of Colson's finger was a smiling Daron Russell. The 5-foot-10 sophomore guard for Imhotep had been a thorn in the Cougars' paws early on in the Public League semifinal at Southern.
February 6, 2015 |
FORMER FLYERS president Peter Luukko, who abruptly resigned 14 months ago, is moving south to join the NHL's Florida Panthers as an executive chairman, the Daily News learned yesterday. Seeking an executive with both a hockey and business acumen, the South Florida franchise was recommended to Luukko by NHL commissioner Gary Bettman. His official title is still being determined, but Luukko is expected to work alongside current Panthers president and CEO Rory A. Babich. An announcement is expected to come today, the Miami Herald reported.
February 2, 2015 |
Another Saturday afternoon. Another capacity-plus crowd. Another state power across the court. Another close loss for the Camden High School boys' basketball team. "It's extremely frustrating," junior forward Jamal Holloway said after Camden fell, 65-58, to Ewing in the ninth annual Jeff Coney Classic on Saturday at Rancocas Valley. Holloway scored 21 points with 21 rebounds and junior guard Brad Hawkins added 16 points for Camden (12-3), the No. 2 team in The Inquirer's South Jersey Top 20 rankings.
February 1, 2015 |
For a team that is 12-2 and has played the No. 1 team in the state to almost even terms, Camden's boys' basketball team understands that it is far from a finished product. Still, there likely are not many teams that would relish facing the defending South Jersey Group 2 champions in this year's tournament, and for good reason. Camden may not have overwhelming size, but there is plenty of experience and some of the area's better talent. So the scary part is that at 12-2, with an opening 51-50 overtime loss to Eastern and last week's 50-46 defeat to NJ.com's No. 1 New Jersey team St. Anthony, Camden is headed in the right direction.