January 16, 2015 |
TWO DAYS BEFORE neighborhood rivals Imhotep Charter and Martin Luther King High met on the basketball court, Tyheem Harmon was asked to sit out of the start of the proceedings. Typically a starter, Harmon, a 5-11 senior guard, was told by head coach Sean Colson he was needed as a spark off the bench. "It was a little . . . " said Harmon, voice trailing as both index fingers circled the sides of his head, "but I could get through it. Whatever is best for the team. " So, with a packed and boisterous home crowd in attendance, Harmon copped a squat on the bench and plotted instead of pouted.
January 9, 2015 |
CANANCHET JORDAN is a good son. Not only does the 5-11 senior guard for Imhotep Charter take care of his mother when she feels ill, he also explicitly follows her basketball instructions. Nicole Sample, who Jordan says battles leukemia, doesn't ask for much at home, but she does make the occasional hoops request. "I really love my mom," Jordan said after host Imhotep defeated Del-Val Charter, 64-51, yesterday. "I love to take care of her and do anything she asks me to do. We joke around a lot. She always texts me and tells me to put up a 'three' for her because that's her favorite number.
January 4, 2015 |
Steel Panther - a pre-New Year's Eve sell-out at TLA on Tuesday - was an impressive, stupid, and perfect way to end 2014. At first glance, the show was but a parody of Hollywood glam-metal circa 1981. The kiddish profanity of its albums (e.g., Hole Patrol ), the rude, oversexed lyrics, the exaggerated, rock-on antics, teased hair, and costumes mirroring the tacky metal lifestyle of the '80s - all something of a joke. Or would be, except for the authenticity of the band's recorded output, and its powerful gigs with the (after all)
January 4, 2015 |
Seeing the parody band Steel Panther - at a pre-New Year's Eve sell-out at the Theater of Living Arts on Tuesday - was an impressive, stupid, and perfect way to end 2014. At first glance, the show was just a pastiche of Hollywood glam-metal, circa 1981. The kiddish profanity of its albums (e.g., 2003's Hole Patrol ), the rude, oversexed lyrics, the exaggerated, rock-on antics, teased hair, and costumes mirroring the tacky metal lifestyle of the 1980s - all something of a joke. Or would be, except for the authenticity of the band's recorded output, and its powerful gigs with the (after all)
December 22, 2014 |
Trai Greer has high expectations for his younger brother, Corey. "He's going to be better than I am," Trai Greer said. Someday, Corey Greer might be a more accomplished player than his older brother and could even approach the level of the siblings' famous father, former Middle Township and Florida State star Lamar Greer. But for now, Middle Township's unquestioned leader is Trai Greer, a senior who sparked the Panthers to an impressive 50-38 victory over Gloucester Catholic in a clash of Top 20 teams on Saturday at the third annual Jimmy V Showcase at Schalick.
December 20, 2014 |
This is not a recording: The Flyers lost in a shootout. The Flyers almost always lose when the game goes into a glorified breakaway contest. This time, they dropped a 2-1 shootout decision to Florida, as the Panthers' Dave Bolland scored the winner at the Wells Fargo Center on Thursday night. It was the Flyers' 10th straight shootout loss, including 0-5 this season. "Some guys are good at shootouts, and some guys aren't," said coach Craig Berube, whose team had four shooters lose control of the puck in the shootout.
November 29, 2014 |
Quakertown couldn't seem to get a touchdown. The Panthers had first and goal from the 2-yard line, second and goal from the 1, and first and goal from the 7. Each of those series ended with no points. But on their fourth try, they got in the end zone. Quarterback Alec Vera scored on a 1-yard run on second and goal to give host Quakertown an 8-7 win over Pennridge on Thursday in the 85th Thanksgiving battle between the rivals. Although this is the first time the Panthers have emerged victorious on Thanksgiving since 2008, it's the second time they've topped the Rams this season.
November 24, 2014 |
Archbishop Wood took an early 21-point lead and, having previously experienced little resistance after building big advantages, might have thought Imhotep Charter was next in line to leave quietly. But the quick-strike Panthers battled back in Saturday's highly anticipated PIAA District 12 Class AAA football final, closing a 22-point, third-quarter gap to eight with 21/2 minutes remaining. The Vikings finally nailed down a 42-34 victory at Northeast - and their seventh straight district championship - with Alex Arcangeli's 2-yard run on a fourth and 1 near midfield.
November 17, 2014 |
THREE WEEKS after Imhotep Charter thrashed West Philadelphia High, 66-6, deja vu was in full effect Saturday afternoon with the Panthers' 62-0 rout over the Speedboys to capture the Public League Class AAA championship at Northeast High field. Despite tallying 62 unanswered points en route to the title, Imhotep coach Albie Crosby delivered a post-game message, firmly reminding his team: "State Champions. Still not done. " Senior quarterback Andre Dreuitt-Parks seems to have that slogan set in his mind.
November 12, 2014 |
The Eagles modeled their 3-4 defense on the great Steelers units from the 1990s and 2000s, and while they aren't quite in that category, the unit has finally started getting pass-rush pressure like an odd-man front should. The 3-4 is designed to feature the linebackers, and the Eagles have been excellent all season, but especially so in the first half against the Panthers. Connor Barwin notched three sacks (he added a half-sack in the third quarter). Trent Cole picked up his fifth sack before the break.