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What Others Are Saying about Rysheed Jordan

Rysheed Jordan first flew onto the scene by winning MVP honors at last year’s Reebok camp at Philadelphia University. He entered the selected tourney as a top-100 sophomore. He left as a top-50 junior. Now, he’s moved up to a top-15 senior and is one of the five best point guards in the country. "He's the guy that possesses all the physical tools. He's hard to guard because of his body type and athletic ability,” said ESPN’s top evaluator, Dave Telep. “The final piece of the puzzle will be in place when he grasps the nuances of running a team and providing direction as the guy with the ball."

Added Alex Kline of Yahoo! Sports: “Rysheed is a new-age point guard because he can score in so many ways and is crafty and still likes to distribute the ball first.”

Helping him with his college decision is his Philly Pride AAU director Kamal Yard, Vaux Roberts High School basketball coach Jamie Ross, family...

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The Greatest Game Ever Played

Vaux coach recalls the events of a legendary championship match-up

Jamie Ross has a great pedigree to coach Rysheed Jordan at Vaux Roberts High School. As a star player at Frankford High School, he led his team to the city championship in 1988 at a sold out McGonigle Hall. Those days, the traditional public schools were still king. Ross went to Eastern Kentucky on a scholarship and has been coaching ever since. This is his ninth year at Vaux.

He has...

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Jackson Courts Victory for MC&S

City's younget hoops coach wins title, looks for more

Danny Jackson was 19 in 2005 when Mathematics, Civics and Sciences Charter School (MC&S) founder Veronica Joyner asked him to be the school's head basketball coach. Yes, only 19 years old.

“I started at the school when I was in the eighth grade,” said Jackson, now 26. “Mrs. Joyner always gave me...

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Dominating Public League Hoops

Do charter schools have an unfair advantage on the court?

Prep Charter, Imhotep Charter and Math, Civics & Sciences Charter have won a combined seven state basketball titles in the past seven years. Prep Charter boasted Markieff and Marcus Morris, both NBA property now, while Imhotep has sent more than 10 players to the Division I ranks.

Not everyone is happy about that, though. Those affiliated with public schools such as South Philadelphia, West...

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Worthem Loves MC&S

A promising season ahead for the school with its star on the court

Any school would love to have Jeremiah Worthem: a strong two-way player who seems capable of playing three positions in college.

“This is a guy who is very versatile on the court,” says Allen Rubin, a top national recruiting guru for the Hoop Scoop. “He’ll have an impact for any of the Big Five Schools if he chooses to go there.”

Worthem, though came to...

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Neumann Baseball Overcomes Adversity

With the guidance of Coach Zolk, team wins league and district titles

altIf Penn State’s new football coach Bill O’Brien, wants to lead the Nittany Lions into a seamless, successful transition at State College, maybe he should talk to Neumann-Goretti High School baseball coach Mike Zolk.

Zolk, a private hitting instructor and parent of the Saints’ 2011...

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THE NEXT RYAN HOWARD

Neumann sophomore Josh Ockimey hits it out of the park

altIn each of the past two seasons, Neumann-Goretti High School’s baseball success hinged on senior leadership and production. This year was no exception.  Among the senior stars were: pitcher  Joey Gorman, a St. Joseph’s signee; centerfielder Jimmy  

Kerrigan, a Temple recruit; shortstop...

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SAINTS SENIORS SERVED AS COACHES

Neumann-Goretti’s upperclassmen take charge during the team’s tough time

After the 2011 scandal with their disgraced former head coach, Louis Spadaccini, the seniors on the Neumann-Goretti High School baseball team gathered all team members for an emergency meeting.

“They just were reinforcing the point that, because one man messed up, it wasn’t our fault,” sophomore Josh Ockimey said. “They said we are going to move on as a...

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A Hardy Boy’s Good Deeds

Local high school athlete shows his winning spirit on and off the track

altThe collision was  not huge, but it  was big enough to  cost Swenson Arts  & Technology High School track  star Haneef Hardy first place in  the 800 meters at the Pennsylvania  Track Carnival at Lehigh  University in Bethlehem. But after  being knocked off his stride  by Chambersburg’s...

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Swenson Track Team's Winning Stride

Small Northeast team makes a big impact on city sports

For years, it was easy to identify the top sports teams in Philadelphia’s public leagues. Overbook, West Philadelphia, Ben Franklin and Simon Gratz dominated basketball. Northeast, Frankford and George Washington ruled football. And Northeast, William Penn and Gratz prevailed in track.

However, in the last decade, Swenson Arts & Technology, a tiny high school in the Northeast corridor of Northeast...

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ATHLETE SPOTLIGHT: Amani Nesmith

altAmani Nesmith is one of many talented juniors who led Swenson Arts & Technology’s girls team to within a point of the state championship. She is perhaps most valuable because she scores points where no one on the boys or girls team generally does—in the field events. Nesmith was the Public League and District 12 girls champion in the long jump and triple jump, as well as a member of...

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