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Kay’s Rise Continues

Ben Kay is only 28 years old but is already head coach at an area college. Division 3 Penn State Brandywine tabbed him as a coach late in the spring. The former Harriton graduate, and former assistant coach at Immaculata and West Chester University, ascended rapidly to his first head-coaching gig. “I am very enthused about this opportunity at Penn State Brandywine,” he said. “Penn State is such an amazing academic institution and I am looking forward to running the basketball program.” Kay’s biggest accomplishment to date is hiring last year’s Harriton coach Jesse Rappaport and former Overbook and St.Joe’s star N’aim Crenshaw into the fold. “To bring two guys like this into my staff is great,” he said. ”Jesse’s coaching experience is invaluable and Crenshaw is a Philadelphia legend and we are lucky to share his experiences with our group of student-athletes.”

 

STAN LAWS DOES WELL

Stan Laws, Freire Charter’s coach had an idea pop in his head three years ago. In June, he made it happen, inviting players from prominent high school programs to play against each other in the High School Alumni Classic. 

“The idea was birthed in my heart and mind about 3 years ago,” he said. ”The idea was to bridge the gap between players of yesteryear and the modern day new age players. But I didn’t want just any venue. I wanted a place...

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PICKRON COULD BE THIS YEAR’S TOP OVERALL PLAYER

Tyree Pickron, a 6’4” wing from Archbishop Wood may not be as high on the recruitment list as Dixon or others, but many pundits feel at the high school level he can have as much impact as any area player next year. Pickron’s gift is his versatility. He can play all positions but center, will be a senior captain with Andrew Funk, and can score, rebound, defend, and pass.

“I definitely pride myself on both ends of the court,” said Pickron, a key...

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Abington’s Dixon is Stellar

Powerhouse junior expects good things next season

(Photo Left) Abington basketball player Eric Dixon dominated at the annual Temple University team camp. Photo by Sarah J. Glover.

Abington’s Eric Dixon is one of more than a dozen high school...

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TEMPLE TEAM CAMP AND ALUMNI EVENT AT ST. JOSEPHS U

Lots of amazing basketball took place at the Villanova and Temple team camps this past weekend. Smyrna (Del.), Plymouth Whitemarsh, Abington, and West Catholic were among teams who won their fields and continue to have great summers.

“I think we have a chance to be special,” said PW coach Jim Donofrio of his group, who is a pre-season favorite to win a 2018 state championship. “We have kids who really care and work hard in the off-season. We came up short last...

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Ryan Howard Still Going Strong

The former Phillie braves on in baseball and business

Ryan Howard isn’t done playing yet; at least that’s what he says. The slugging former Phillies’ all-star baseman said he still hasn’t given up hope of playing in the Major Leagues, even though the Atlanta Braves cut him after a stint with their Triple-A affiliate in April and May.

“I still think I have something left in the tank,” Howard explained at a business...

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Darryl Reynolds Looking for a Shot at NBA

Possibilities abound for Villanova starter

(Photo Left) Darryl Reynolds meets with Sports Broadcasting campers at Villanova. Photo by Jeremy Treatman.

He celebrated with his college teammate and friend Josh Hart, as the 6-foot-5-inch swingman became a guaranteed...

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CHURCH FARM LOOKING GOOD

Rick Carson, a one-time Lower Merion basketball star, is now an assistant coach for another person with Lower Merion ties, Marc Turner, at Church Farm. The two coach a team who plays in a small league, but has one of the area’s most intriguing prospects in John Bol Ajok, a 6’10” center who has an offer from Dunphy and Temple already. “He’s really developing,” Carson said. “He came in raw as can be. But Marc has coached him up and he’s ready...

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BONNER LOOKS STRONG

The Philadelphia Catholic League may be even stronger this upcoming season for boys’ hoops.

Bonner-Prendergast has added Na’Shan Hyland and Tariq Ingraham, two players with Division I offers already, to a squad that includes 6-8 college prospect Ariji Johnson. Bonner has other strong players, too. Their team won 20 games last year. Roman Catholic has already added Kingsway NJ transfer Hakim Hart to its star-studded team. Archbishop Wood, Neumann-Goretti, Archbishop...

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The Basketball Tournament Jamboree Comes to Philly

Frink shines, laments the closing of St. Anthony

(Photos from Left to Right) Team Champions’ Rashad Bell (#11) makes a layup and (R) Earl Boykins (#1) drives to the hoop at the Jamboree Regional. Photos by Sarah J...

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Joe Banner Speaks

Future sportscasters grill Banner about everything football

(Photo Left) Play By Play Sports Broadcasting campers hang out with Joe Banner (center). Photo by Jeremy Treatman.

Former Eagles president Joe Banner said of the Birds’ decisions, under his tenure, drafting Trent Cole...

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