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Big Hoops Weekend

Classic powerhouses and new contenders on display at tournaments

(Photo Left) Jayre Davis, 15, of Sanford, Delaware is a 6’6’’ shooting guard and a member of Team USA 16U basketball. Photographed at Black Cager Fall Classic at Girard College. Photo by Sarah J. Glover.

Many pre-season high school basketball events have taken place this fall. On Oct. 14 and 15, at the Black Cager Classic at Girard College Liberty City Press went to see the talent first hand. Top national teams collided with our area’s top teams making for an exceptionally  fun showcase.

Current NBA guard Maalik Wayns (Houston Rockets), and former NBAers: DaJuan...

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PICKRON-WOOD’S TEAM TOGETHER

The Archbishop Wood basketball team won its first championship last year, shocking Neumann-Goretti in the title game. But, it won off the court recently too. The team rallied around its head coach John Mosco, whose wife Diane tragically passed away at 51, in a fight with cancer and complications from chemotherapy. All members of the team were present at the funeral on Sept. 24.

“The team bonded very strongly,” said the senior swingman. “We know coach was going...

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CROSBY IS A WINNER

You won’t hear President Donald Trump call Al Crosby a loser. He can’t. There’s no way. All Crosby does is win. The new Neumann-Goretti coach was part of several championship teams at West Catholic as a coordinator. Then, in a few years at the helm of Imhotep Charter, he built it to a national powerhouse. He led the Panthers to two state championship game appearances, winning one and losing one. He won over 95% of his games there and sent two-dozen players into Division...

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WOOD FOOTBALL SO IMPRESSIVE

Nothing but wins for the rest of the season a possibility

(Photo Left) Archbishop Wood quarterback Jack Colyar (#12) hands off the ball to Nasir Peoples (#5) during a rainy-day game. Photo by Sarah J. Glover.

Steve Devlin has built a powerhouse football program at Archbishop...

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CHANEY HONORED

Hall of Fame basketball coach John Chaney, now 85, was honored Oct. 1 at the 2nd Annual Philadelphia Legacy Awards Dinner in downtown Philadelphia. Chaney was introduced as someone who fought for social causes and who was an ambassador of racial equality, especially when discussing education. But his playing days at Ben Franklin High, Bethune Cookman (Fl.) and the Eastern League were also mentioned fondly. But even those two aspects of his life couldn’t hold a candle to his coaching...

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The Sixers Take the Floor

Coach Brown ready to make good on team-building promises

(Photo Left) Sixers host a public scrimmage at UPENN’s Palestra. Photo by Sarah J. Glover.

76ers fans have patiently waited for a chance to see a winning team in Philadelphia. The team’s beleaguered coach, Brett Brown...

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ABINGTON WILL BE STELLAR IN 2018

Westtown features perhaps the nation’s top player, Cam Reddish, and Imhotep Charter has 10 Division I prospects. Outside of these two, the race for our regional pre-season number three team is wide open. Among suburban schools, it appears Abington will have the edge. “Our summer has been very productive,” said coach Charles Grasty. “Our younger or less experienced guys are getting a lot of reps. The guys have been working hard and are great at open gym. Eric Dixon...

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PLYMOUTH WHITEMARSH STARS REUNITE

Chuck Moore and John Salmons are two all-time great hoopsters from Plymouth Whitemarsh. In 1997, the duo led the team to a PIAA 4A state championship. Salmons went on to have an illustrious NBA career. Moore played in college and, after a brief career overseas, he is now head coach at Coatesville.

The two recently appeared at a city forum hosted by area coach Jazz Williams’  Post and Pivot company. They discussed the differences 20 years makes to a high school...

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Coaches Clinic Comes to Philly

The past, present and future of the job by those who’ve lived it

(Photos from Left to Right) Perry Clark of the University of South Carolina (left) and Delgreco Wilson at the Philadelphia...

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McDevitt is the Surprise Team in Area

Bantam back Peaker is a football powerhouse

(Photo Left) Cardinal O’Hara linemen try to stop Robert Laurie-Clark (#6) as he runs the ball down the middle of the field. Photo by Sarah J. Glover.

Bishop...

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Dr. J Makes His Mark

Reggie Jackson and Joe Carter celebrate iconic athlete/philanthropist

(Photo Left) Basketball legend Julius Erving mugs for the press before his golf classic fundraiser at the Logan hotel. Photo by Sarah J. Glover.

Reggie Jackson relates to Julius Erving. That’s one of the reasons...

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