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The 2011-2012 Season
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TOP FIVE HIGH SCHOOL GYMS IN DELCO
by Christopher A. Vito Saturday, December 17, 2011
gym, a newly renovated arena that may have vaulted into the short
list of my top-five places to see a game in Delaware County. (More
on that below.)
Here are a few reasons why: Marple Newtown does it right, with its
chorus singing the national anthem, its marching band (yes, the
marching band) playing tunes between quarters and during timeouts,
the west end of the gym bouncing with student fans and a packed
Now, that being said, here are a few of my other favorite places to
take in a boys basketball game in Delaware County (in no particular
Joint, Chester High.
It doesn't get any better. Being that Chester routinely fields the
area's top team, you're in store for solid play, no question. But
don't forget about some of the most animated fans ... and the
cheerleaders doing the Chester Train. The place is a history lesson,
too, and the 1,000-point scorers list is a veritable who's-who in
Gymnasium, Glen Mills.
Just because the student body is obligated to go doesn't mean it's
obligated to be into the game. But the students cheer, and chant,
and sing, and stomp ... all game long. And the P.A. guy often plays
"Apache" by The Sugar Hill Gang. Absolute throwback.
That bandbox of a gym is the epitome of high school hoops. You walk
in on a brisk winter night, you walk out a sweaty mess. That's
because what goes on in the cozy confines along Essex Avenue is
good, fun basketball in the tightest of quarters.
If only for the look of the place, it rates among the best, with an
above-the-court track that provides a top-tier sightline. The
always-involved student section makes this a special place, too.
Dunk of the Year Last Season
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TaVaune Griffin Embarrasses Defender on the Sick Dunk and makes Crowd Runs
Saturday, December 10, 2011
CHESTER ALL-DELCO HOLLIS-JEFFERSON MAKING
DIFFERENCE FOR TEMPLE
Rahlir Hollis-Jefferson was at
the scoring end of a tip-in Saturday. Both buckets ended Villanova spurts.
Both buckets bolstered Temple's advantage over the Wildcats in the Owls'
78-67 Big 5 win.
'Big' doesn't do Hollis-Jefferson justice. The Chester All-Delco has
played bigger than his 6-6 frame for Temple (6-2 overall, 2-0 Big 5),
which is missing 6-10 center Micheal
Eric due to injury.
"Since Rahlir has been here, he's played the four man (position)," said
Temple's Ramone Moore, who had
32 points. "...On any type of big man, he does a good job."
“He had two great tip-ins and they were critical tip-ins at the right time
for us," said Temple coach Fran
Dunphy of Hollis-Jefferson. "If there's a finer human being than
Rahlir Hollis-Jefferson, I haven't met him anyway. Any time you can see
that kind of performance by him, it adds to his way. He's a tremendous guy
and he could care less about himself. It's all about the team and it's
delightful to watch him succeed.
After scoring 11 points (on 5-for-8 shooting) with 14 rebounds and three
assists, Hollis-Jefferson spent some time catching up with me on a variety
of topics ... including his alma mater, Chester High:
Ramone talked about your team needing you to play bigger than you are. Is
that OK with you?
A: I play with my heart, so my
heart makes up for my size. When I play, I'm not 6-6. I'm bigger than
Q: Everyone always called you
Rah-long back in Chester, right?
A: Oh, wow. I haven't heard
that in a while. I still hear it when I go home, but … wow. It don't
really mean anything to me anymore because I have a lot of big guys around
Q: Where do you see this team
a month from now?
A: If we keep working hard, I
see us going far. That's about it, really.
Q: You played for a state
champion (in 2007-08), what some people call the best Chester team ever.
Some people said that about last year's (state championship) team. Where
does this year's team rank with those two?
A: I mean, last year's Chester
team was good. Now they have almost all of their players back. They're
more mature, so they should be able to handle things much better than they
did last year. They should be able to do some damage this year.
Q: Is there anybody in the
state that can beat them?
A: Anybody on any given night.
That's how it is. We didn't feel like we could lose, so we came to play
Q: How do you like how your
brother (Rondae Jefferson, a
Chester junior getting solid Division I looks) is progressing?
A: I like the way he's coming
along. He's still got a lot more room to grow, and he's going to continue
to do so. He's going to keep working hard at his craft.
Q: Have you tried to convince
him to come to Temple?
A: No, I can't do that.
Wherever he wants to go, I'll support him. That's how it is.
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state titles they have won
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Fred Pickett visit with Dave Burman
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Pickett coached the Chester Boys
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ATLANTIC SPORTS NEWS/LLHoops.com PIAA BOYS BASKETBALL RATINGS
Philadelphia Neumann-Goretti (7-1) (PCL/District 12 AAA)
Made it to the
final of the Iolani Prep Classic in Honolulu, Hawaii before losing
by a point to highly regarded Houston Yates, Texas. The Saints who
were upset by fellow Catholic foe, Archbishop Carroll came into this
season with four D-1 signees in Tony Chennault 6-2 Sr (Wake
Forest), Danny Stewart 6-6 Sr (Rider), Tyreek Duren 6-2 Sr
(La Salle), and Mustafaa Jones 6-0 Sr (Hartford). Others who will
play a big part are Lamin Fulton 5-9 Jr; Derrick Stewart 6-5
Soph and Billy Shank 5-8 Soph.
Norristown Kennedy-Kenrick 42, 82 Lansdale Catholic 43, In the Iolani
Prep Classic 82 Kaimuki, Hawaii 37, 75 Kingston, North Carolina 72, 72
Montrose Christian, Maryland 65; In the Jameer/Pete Nelson SPBP Classic
82 Philadelphia Conwell-Egan 63, In the Cancer Research Classic @
Wheeling Jesuit, WV 73 Queens Christ the King 65.
the championship game 96 Houston Yates, Texas 97.
2. Plymouth-Whitemarsh (7-0) (District 1 AAAA)
were knocked out of the PIAA AAAA state tournament last year, by state
runner up York High but they are back stronger then ever and still a young
team. 11 players, including four starters, return from that team. The four
starters are C.J. Aiken 6-10 Sr center bound for (St. Joseph's) and
6-7 Jr forward Jaylen Bond another Division I prospect. The other
returning starters are 6-1 Jr wing Sam Pygatt and 5-10 Jr point
guard Brandon Dixon, both of whom started as sophomores. Last years
man, Whis Grant a 6-0 Sr is the fifth starter this year. 6-1 Jr
Stephon Baker, 6-1 Jr Marcus Badger, 6-4 Sr T.J. Clancy
and 6-0 Sr Julian Bond makes this a nine-deep team.
Club, Basketball Tip-Off Tourney & Challenge, 2009 Pairings
Lewistown Holiday Classic
Major Loss for Reading HS Basketball Team (Reading Eagle)
Another Neumann-Goretti (Phila) Hoopster Going D-1 (Phila Inquirer)
Incredible ABC TV Video 1967 East Final-76ers at Celtics game 4
Dave and Coach Don Ross (Harrisburg) in a photo op with the Stellar
girls at the Tournament
(photo by pahoops)
BEYOND THE BOX SCORE . . . PENN WOOD
Here's a closer look at Penn Wood's 57-40
win over Chester Thursday:
***LAUGH IT OFF. Clippers forward
Ronnell Williams experienced the joy and ire of coach
Larry Yarbray in one trip to
the free throw line. When the sophomore banked in a foul shot, Yarbray
laughed and smiled at his young big man. And when Williams clanked the
next one, Yarbray screamed at him to get down the floor and defend.
***COLLEGE ROLL CALL.
Three members of the nationally-ranked Temple Owls' rotation were at the
Clip Joint. Chester All-Delco Rahlir
Jefferson sat beside former Clippers coach
Fred Pickett, while Scootie
Randall and Ramone Moore
(Jefferson's teammates with the No. 19 Owls) were seated in the row in
front of him.
***1,000 POINT CLUB, PART I. Before the game, Chester honored
Maurice Nelson, who scored
his career 1,000th point Tuesday in a road game at Interboro. But
Tyree Johnson got the best of
Nelson. Johnson, who scored his 1,000th point in an earlier meeting with
Chester, had the better game this time around, too. ...And he did so less
than 24 hours after making his college commitment.
***SUPER 7 DISCUSSION. Speaking of Pickett, the longtime Clippers coach
asked me why Chester had slipped to No. 4 in the latest Daily Times' Super
7. After giving my explanation, Pickett walked away. He wanted nothing of
it. But he's a good sport. He came back a minute later, smiling. (Like any
good coach, he knows not to take sports too seriously. That's the key.)
***1,000 POINT CLUB, PART II. One of Darby Township's finest was a referee
Thursday. Derick Loury, who
scored 1,137 points in his career with the Eagles, worked the game at the
Delco boys basketball news/notes (revised)
PENNCREST FINISHED another December undefeated - as the Lions did last
year. They're 8-0, and have rolled over five of their opponents by 15 or
Coach Mike Doyle had an idea just how good his team could be this year,
but to start the season winning the first seven and thumping opponents?
Doyle is a little surprised after losing last year's entire frontcourt.
What Penncrest has back is the terrific senior backcourt combination of
Andrew Radomicki and Rodney Duncan. What has been a surprise so far is the
balanced scoring, the strong inside play of 6-9 senior Chris Sell, and added
scoring punch from senior Matt Atkinson and junior Ian Campbell.
Entering the week, Penncrest was one of three undefeated teams in
District 1, with Plymouth-Whitemarsh and Souderton, and this week could tell
a lot. Penncrest nipped Marple Newtown last night, 58-57, has Haverford High
tomorrow night, and closes the week with Conestoga on Saturday.
Much of that credit has to go to Doyle, a 1984 Cardinal O'Hara graduate who
is a former assistant coach at Saint Joseph's University, where he coached
Rap Curry and Jameer Nelson. In the first 6 years under Doyle, Penncrest has
gotten progressively better, increasing its victory total from four, six,
eight, 10 and 13 wins his first 5 years, to 18-4 last year, the best season
at Penncrest since 1968-69. The Lions could surpass that this season.
Campbell leads the team in scoring with an 11.7 average, Radomicki is
scoring 11.5 a game, Duncan is averaging 11.4 and Atkinson is scoring 10
points per game over the Lions' last four.
Glen Mills' first-year coach Tony Bacon has started off well, going 3-1 in
his first month. Every year, it's always something new for the Bulls, with a
collection of new players to organize as a team. But Bacon has created a
Seniors Chris Dickerson and Shakeem Armstead and junior Leonard Singleton
have made Bacon's transition smooth. Plus, Bacon said, input from assistant
coaches Doug Legette, Mike Hendrick and Damian Hangey has been invaluable.
Strath Haven moves on
Strath Haven came into the season with a new coach, Tom Dougherty, and four
of five starters new to the varsity level. After a 1-3 start, the Panthers
entered this week with a five-game winning streak and are 6-3 overall, which
includes Central League victories over Marple Newtown (without Soutiri
Sapnas), Radnor, Springfield and Harriton.
The Panthers have a force in the middle in 6-8 senior center Jack Roberts,
who's already committed to Division III powerhouse Middlebury (Vt.), and
nice play from senior guards Kevin Valentino and Pat Fischer.
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Here are some basketball players who have committed or signed letters
of intent with Division I colleges:
Natasha Cloud, Cardinal O'Hara (Maryland)
Talia East, Friends' Central (Penn State)
Kristen Fuery, Upper Dublin (Holy Cross)
Ro Gentry, Downingtown East (Rider)
Sarah Kiely, Council Rock North (American)
Jess Koci, Archbishop Ryan (La Salle)
Emily Leer, Abington (Villanova)
Maggie Lucas, Germantown Academy (Penn State)
Meghan McCullough, Notre Dame (Penn)
MyNeshia McKenzie, Springfield-Delco (Rider)
Erin Shields, Archbishop Carroll (St. Joseph's)
Sam Simononis, Pennridge (Vermont)
Tory Thierolf, Germantown Academy (Drexel)
C.J. Aiken, Plymouth Whitemarsh (St. Joseph's)
Cameron Ayers, Germantown Academy (Bucknell)
Rakeem Brookins, Roman Catholic (Tulane)
Tony Chennault, Neumann-Goretti (Wake Forest)
Erik Copes, Imhotep Charter (George Washington)
Tyreek Duren, Neumann-Goretti (La Salle)
Shaquille Duncan, Frankford (Niagara)
Tyrone Garland, Bartram (Virginia Tech)
H.J. Gaskins, Friends' Central (Boston University)
Cameron Gunter, Ridley (Penn)
D.J. Irving, Archbishop Carroll (Boston University)
John Johnson, Girard College (Pittsburgh)
Mustafaa Jones, Neumann-Goretti (Hartford)
Matthew Lee, Westtown Friends (Bryant)
Anthony Mayo, Roman Catholic (Boston University)
Dominic Morris, Friends' Central (Boston University)
Tom Noonan, Penn Charter (Princeton)
Travis Robinson, Friends' Central (Boston University)
Danny Stewart, Neumann-Goretti (Rider)
Mike Terry, North Catholic (Boston University)
Dockery Walker, Westtown Friends (Brown)
- Rick O'Brien
from the Stellar Tournament
with Chester Coach Larry Yarbray
Chester finished (3-2)
Beat St. Piux (Pottstown), 80-56
Beat Glen Falls (NY), 82-33
Lost to league-rival Glen Mills 39-36
Beat Trinity (Camp Hill), 51-47
Lost to Liberty-Bethlehem (2-ot), 42-40
"Stellar" Performances HERE
The championship game of the
Smallwood Summer League was an all Mid-Penn
Keystone boys' basketball affair as Rookies downed
L'Koste Villa 56-49 for the title.
Tajh Turner led with 14 points and JaiShawn Richardson
added 12 for Rookies, made up of the Susquehanna Twp.
Eric Kindler scored a game-high 24 points for L'Koste
Villa, the sponsor for Trinity. (Harrisburg
Evans from Chester, PA
(Article sent by Dave
(Article on Tyreke in Sacramento Newspaper)Tyreke
Evans, the Kings' top choice in the draft Thursday, gets
acquaint ed with NBA Commissioner David Stern after
being picked fourth. The Kings had the opportunity to
grab Ricky Rubio, the much-hyped Spanish point guard,
but let him drop to Minnesota at No. 5.
Last season at the
University of Memphis,
he led his team to 27 consecutive wins after coach
John Calipari moved him
from shooting guard to point guard. Even in defeat,
Evans' play had some scouts predicting he would
eventually be the best player from this draft as he
scored a season-high 33 points against
Missouri in their NCAA
Tournament Sweet 16 game.
(Photo by JIM MCISAAC Getty Images)
St. Joe's dedicate new center
The festive event was all St. Joe's. After Jack
Ramsay and St. Joseph's president, the Rev. Timothy R.
Lannon, cut the ribbon, a five-man Dixieland band of
Jesuits played "When the Hawks Go Flying In." Just as it
does at basketball games, the Hawk mascot flapped its
wings through the entire ceremony, and those in
attendance toured the new building. The St. Joseph's
University's expanded and renovated basketball complex
bears his name and officially
Ramsay coached the Hawks for 11 seasons, from
1955 to 1966, and reached 10 postseason
tourneys, including the Final Four in 1961. His
teams went 234-72 and his winning percentage of
.765 remains the best in school history. He then
coached 20 seasons in the NBA and guided the
Portland Trail Blazers to the championship in
Ramsay led a list of St. Joe's basketball
royalty that included Jameer Nelson, who was
among the benefactors for the $35 million
project. The new locker room is named in honor
of the guard from Chester, who was the
consensus national player of the year in 2004
and is an all-star for the Orlando Magic. The
men's basketball lounge is named after Delonte
West, who teamed with Nelson in the backcourt
to lead the Hawks to a 27-0 regular-season
record and No. 1 ranking, a remarkable feat
for a small Jesuit school in an era dominated
by Division I football universities.