December 21, 2015 |
With 3.6 seconds left in overtime, Penn Charter senior Harrison Williams stepped to the free-throw line with the game tied. Boys' Latin's Jibril Noble-Pagese had just made two free throws, so the pressure in the Make-A-Wish Showcase at Germantown Academy fell squarely on Williams. "Basically, I'm a senior, I've been doing this for four years and I just have to knock these down and show everyone else that in big moments like that, you can't let the crowd or the stage get to you," Williams recalled thinking.
November 25, 2015 |
MARY JONES didn't just practice her religious faith - she lived it. Her membership in the historic Holy Temple Church of God in Christ was her entryway into a life of service to others, especially the sick, the elderly and the incapacitated. Mary Jones, onetime clerk for Saks Fifth Avenue, where she developed her well-known fashion sense, a world traveler, and a loving mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, died Nov. 15. She was 93 and lived in Merion Station, but had lived most of her life in West Philadelphia.
October 24, 2015 |
Boys' Latin's Javon Oglesby-Rice was flat on his face on the grass at West Philadelphia with the football at least 35 yards away. It wasn't exactly the most athletic pose a player could strike on a football field, and one of his coaches couldn't help but give him a ribbing. "I thought you were an athlete," Warriors assistant Mario Dattilo joked. Oglesby-Rice had tripped and fallen en route to attempting another punt block. The Boys' Latin players were all smiles Thursday night after they came from behind to defeat Mastery North, 22-13, and earn their first Public League AAA victory this season.
October 15, 2015 |
IT SEEMS THE Golden State Warriors are facing a bigger battle off the court than on it when it comes to defending their NBA championship. Comments popped up yesterday after the Warriors' Steph Curry and Draymond Green were asked about people discussing whether their team "deserves" its title. The question was in response to Los Angeles Clippers coach Doc River harping on the fact that the Warriors didn't play anybody en route to the title. Green, the Warriors' outspoken forward, said that teams questioning the title is just sour grapes, adding that you don't hear such talk coming from teams like the San Antonio Spurs.
October 8, 2015 |
TEMPLE'S FOOTBALL team has played once at home this season. The unbeaten Owls trailed in that one for a little over 38 1/2 minutes. In their three on the road, they've been behind for a total of just under 7. Nobody ever proclaimed this stuff has to make perfect sense. "I love being on the road, I don't know why," senior linebacker Tyler Matakevich said. "Don't get me wrong. Playing in the Linc is great, but going to another team's stadium and having an opportunity to show them how good of a team we are . . . Of course, to just hop on the bus and go right down to the hotel to relax and get ready for the next day works, too. " Whatever.
September 18, 2015 |
TYREKE EVANS needs a reality check. The Pelicans guard, who grew up in Chester, told The Sporting News that his team has a legitimate chance to win the NBA title this season. Huh? Did he forget that New Orleans was swept by the Warriors - the eventual NBA champions - in the first round of last season's playoffs? What's changed since then? The Pelicans biggest offseason move was hiring Warriors assistant Alvin Gentry to replace Monty Williams as head coach. "I don't see why we can't do it," Evans said.
September 3, 2015 |
There's a maroon-and-white sign mounted to the top of the fence at Schramm Field. Facing away from Garfield Avenue, it itemizes the achievements of the West Chester Henderson girls' soccer program: The years the Warriors were nationally ranked. A list of their state championship seasons. Their three straight District 1 titles. The most recent date on the list - 1999 - celebrates a PIAA Class AAA championship. It also happens to be the year Sydney Zandi, Kailee Coonan, and Olivia Parke were born.
August 2, 2015 |
JASON THOMPSON's stint with the 76ers lasted less than a month. The Lenape High, N.J., product, who was acquired on July 9 from Sacramento in the deal that netted the Sixers Nik Stauskas, was traded yesterday to the Golden State Warriors for forward Gerald Wallace, both teams announced. Thompson, 29, averaged 6.1 points and 6.5 rebounds in 24.6 minutes last season for the only NBA team he had ever played for. He was drafted by Sacramento with the 12th overall pick of the 2008 draft.
August 2, 2015 |
Jason Thompson's tenure as the homegrown 76er lasted 22 days. The Sixers traded the Camden native, who played at Lenape High School, to the Golden State Warriors Friday for Gerald Wallace and a 2016 NBA draft consideration. The Sixers have the right to swap the lesser of the first-round picks from the Miami Heat and Oklahoma City Thunder with Golden State's first-rounder. This transaction came after the Sixers officially acquired Thompson, Nik Stauskas and Carl Landry from the Sacramento Kings on July 10. However, the franchise had stated that it planned to keep Thompson this season when he was acquired.
July 22, 2015 |
COUNTRY'S hottest couple is Splitsville. After years of tabloid gossip claiming marital troubles, Blake Shelton and Miranda Lambert announced their divorce after four years of marriage and at least that many in love prior to marriage. TMZ.com reported that Blake filed for divorce, kept secret from their friends, about two weeks ago. "This is not the future we envisioned," the former couple said in a statement. "And it is with heavy hearts that we move forward separately.