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.
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 |
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)
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)