August 26, 2015 |
YOU COULD TELL that the big, shambling man walking the streets of West Philadelphia had been a football player. The slope of his shoulders, the athletic spring in his step even in his 60s. And that voice! It seemed that Paul Robeson could still belt out the kind of operatic aria that had enthralled music lovers around the world. Although he was not in the best of health when he lived the last 10 years of his life in West Philadelphia, Paul Robeson enjoyed walking the neighborhood or sitting on the porch of the rowhouse at 4951 Walnut St. where he lived, greeting neighbors who may or may not have known that this big, friendly guy was an international celebrity.
April 24, 2015 |
In grade school, Markeeta Thomas' family didn't think she would amount to much on the track. The youngest of three girls - all of whom ran track - did not impress early, finishing toward the back of her races. Now, Thomas, a Paul Robeson senior bound for Clemson, makes her last trip to the Penn Relays this week as the school record-holder in the 100-meter hurdles with a time of 14.13 seconds. "[My talent] snuck up on me," said Thomas, who is set to compete in the 400-meter hurdles championship at the Penn Relays on Thursday.
November 23, 2014 |
Charles Wilbert Hilliard McCabe, 72, of Yeadon, a longtime music scholar and teacher in the Philadelphia public schools, died Thursday, Nov. 13, of cardiac amyloidosis at his home. A child prodigy reared in South and then West Philadelphia, Dr. McCabe had memorized the city's major streets by age 6, began to study piano at age 3, and at 6 appeared in a musical program with the singer and actor Paul Robeson, his family said. His uncle Charles A. McCabe, a violinist and trailblazer for musicians of color, was the young Dr. McCabe's role model.
May 25, 2014 |
SHIPPENSBURG, Pa. - Brianna Stratz extended her right hand and reached for the baton. She waved her other hand in a circle, urging Alexa Kwapinski on. The Central Bucks South girls' 4x800 relay team had the state title in reach Saturday with 800 meters to go. Unbeknownst to Stratz, the Titans were nearing the Class AAA state record at the PIAA Track and Field Championships. The baton in her grasp, Stratz broke away from the pack. The public address announcer at Shippensburg University told the crowd that the record had a chance of changing hands.
May 24, 2014 |
For the second time in a few hours, West Chester Henderson's Tony Russell crossed the finish line without peer. He had already cemented himself as the area's premier boys' distance runner. Sunday's performance at the District 1 track and field championships was merely a showcase. He won the 1,600 and 3,200 meters in Class AAA by a combined 6.57 seconds at Coatesville. But the senior said he "can't underestimate any of the guys" entering this weekend's PIAA state championship meet at Shippensburg University.
May 16, 2013 |
Diamond Hodge continued her dominance in the long jump and triple jump Wednesday afternoon as the Girls High senior captured both events at Germantown on the first day of the PIAA District 12 Track and Field Championships. Hodge set a meet record with a 38-foot, 7-inch mark in the Class AAA triple jump. She won the long jump at 18-1. It was eight inches ahead of second place. Hodge won both events last week in the Public League championship meet. Ke'Von Lumb of Bishop McDevitt won the Class AA girls' long jump at 18-11/2, just a quarter of an inch ahead of second-place Tehya Noell of Engineering and Science.
May 9, 2013 |
Diamond Hodge of Girls High turned in a standout performance in the field, and Masterman's Julian Degroot-Lutzner used a late charge to win on the track Wednesday as the Public League wrapped up the second day of its three-day track and field championships at Germantown. Hodge won the girls' triple jump with a mark of 37 feet, 5 inches and captured the long jump with a mark of 17-91/2. Tanise Edwards of Northeast captured the high jump, and Lucy Van Kleunen won the 3,200 meters as Central swept the first three places.
February 16, 2013 |
Khidijah Gardner's 29 points and 17 rebounds on led Communications Tech to the Public League Class A title with a 63-41 win over Paul Robeson at Bartram on Friday afternoon. Bryce Garrett added 11 points and six steals. Micia McBurnette and Ashanty Wallace scored eight points each. Tiffany Then's 21 points led Robeson. Melvene Gainey scored nine. Paul Robeson 11 5 9 16 - 41 Communications Tech 24 8 14 17 - 63 PR: Najama Ali 4, Melvene Gainey 9, Danielle Jones 2, Totiana Myers 4, Nashadaye Taylor 1, Tiffany Then 21. CT: Sydney Barrow 7, Khidijah Gardner 29, Bryce Garrett 11, Micia McBurnette 8, Ashanty Wallace 8. Contact the Rally staff at firstname.lastname@example.org .
May 11, 2012 |
Niager Mathis and Amy Hicks each took three individual gold medals, and the pair guided Swenson to a sweep of the boys' and girls' team titles at the two-day Public League track championships which concluded Thursday at Northeast. The Lions piled up 91 points to beat Northeast by eight points in the boys' competition, and Swenson nearly doubled runner-up Paul Robeson's total (84) in the girls' meet with 167 points. The field events had been held Wednesday at Germantown. Mathis dominated the sprints, winning the 100 meters in 10.76 seconds, the 200 in 21.99, and the 400 in 50.37.
January 29, 2012
With a 15-foot jumper in Friday afternoon's second half, Marquise Richards became the second player in Paul Robeson school history to reach 1,000 career points as the Huskies turned away visiting nonleague foe Hope Charter, 68-62. The senior guard finished with a game-high 23 points and is Robeson's all-time scoring leader with 1,002. Richard Lemon chipped in with 10 rebounds and a pair of blocks. In other nonleague action, Bernard Benjamin and Devon Jackson were called up from junior varsity and made an impact as host West Philadelphia downed World Communications, 63-56.