The Panthers football team lost its opening game to Harrisburg and then ran the table to win its third state championship. In basketball, coach Andre Noble is hoping to win his 6th state title this year. He has won nine Public League and city titles previously. The Panthers graduated its star backcourt of David Beatty (South Caroina) and Daron Russell (Rhode Island), and yet they are 6-0 and beat Roman Catholic by 20 points in the same event on Dec. 23. “We could be better than last year,” said guard Bernard Lightsey, one of the few seniors on the team. “I think we have more talent, overall, than last year, we just have to put it together but it’s possible by the end of the year we could be better.”

Last year, Imhotep was ranked in the top-5 in the country by every national rating service and only lost one game, to Neumann-Goretti. This season, the team is led by 6-5 junior Donta Scott, a do-everything man-child on the court. “He can play every position on the court,” said Lightsey. “He can guard anyone from the one position to the five position. He can score against anybody. He is a tremendous talent; we love having him on the team.”


Jeremy Treatman - Contributor

Jeremy Treatman is the founder and co-director of the Scholastic Play-by-Play Classics and Sports Broadcasting Camps. Over 50 NBA players, including Lebron James, Kevin Durant, and Rajon Rondo played in his events when they were in high school. Jeremy wrote high school sports for the INQUIRER for 10 years, and was the first TV reporter for the HIgh School Sports Show on Channel 29 from 1994-2001. He currently is Comcast's announcer for all high school games.


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