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LOWER MERION BOYS MAKING A COMEBACK

It’s rare to see Lower Merion with a losing record but, after a 4-5 start, the Aces have won four straight. The team still trails Conestoga and Penncrest in the Central league standings, a league in which they have won 15 of the last 20 championships. “There’s some good teams this year in the league. It’s very balanced,” said coach Gregg Downer. Wins over Upper Darby, Harriton, and Ridley have instilled confidence in the team. The Aces were to play Carlisle in the 8th Annual Kobe Bryant Classic, a 6-game showcase featuring three girls and three boys games on Jan 21. “There’s a lot of basketball left,” said Downer. “We have had other teams that started poorly and still made the state tournament. We have a lot of young pieces to our puzzle who I think realize this and are getting better every day. I like where we are headed.”

VILLANOVA ADDS GILLESPIE

The day before Coach Jay Wright’s appearance at the classic, he added a new recruit to the Saints lineup. Collin Gillespie, a 20-point-a-night scorer for Archbishop Wood announced he had earned a scholarship to the reigning national champions. He had no other major Division I offers and is the surprise signing of the year so far. Villanova may be in the market for a point guard or a back-up point guard based on Phil Booth’s health and Jalen Brunson’s possible decision to...

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Penn Wood in Transition

New coaching team confident of state run

(Photos from Left to Right) Penn Wood’s #4 Vincent Smalls tries to drive to the hoop. (right) Penn Wood basketball player Pernell Ghee #13 takes the ball to...

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BARRACK MAKING ITS MARK

Barrack Hebrew Academy graduated 12 seniors, many who played in the team’s 77-37 loss to top-ranked Westtown School last February in the Pennsylvania Private School Post-season Tournament. Not much was expected from the Cougars this year. But after a narrow loss to Perkiomen, a team that has beaten top-10 team Martin Luther King, and a two point loss to Collegium Charter on Jan. 9, the squad feels it has been overlooked.

Senior Zach Lipstein is averaging 15 points and...

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HOPE CLASSIC

Lower Merion basketball has appeared in five state championship games since 1996 and won three of them. There have been lots of celebrations and standing ovations over that time. But on Jan. 6, there was a one of a different variety. It was Aces’ assistant coach Kevin Grugan, joined by his daughter Hope, speaking in front of a sellout crowd at the Kobe Bryant gym, which elicited plaudits from the Harriton and Lower Merion community.

Hope was diagnosed six years ago with...

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ALIKAKOS HURT

When Episcopal lost two nail-biters to Martin Luther King and Atlantic City in the Pete and Jameer Nelson Classic over the holidays, it pained the team’s players. But none felt it more than Navy recruit and 6-foot-8-inch star player Nick Alikakos, who is sidelined with a wrist injury. “It hurts so much,” he said. “We were 6-1 and playing great as a team when I got hurt. We lost six of seven games since I have been sidelined, and it hurts so much to not be out there...

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Plymouth Whitemarsh Off to a Great Start

Coach Donofrio Still Enjoying It After 26 years

(Photo Left) Action at the The Coaches vs. Cancer basketball tournament at Archbishop Wood. Plymouth Whitemarsh’s Cheo Houston (#24) is blocked by Constitution’s Maurice Waters (#10), while Ahmad Williams (#25) aticipates recovering the...

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FOOTBALL CHAMPS

St. Joseph’s Prep knocked off Pittsburgh Central Catholic Dec. 10 to win its third football title in four years. The Hawks, led by sensational runner D’Andre Swift, are ranked as high as 13th nationally, in many polls. Coach Gabe Infante stopped by the Hawks basketball game Dec. 11 to raise up the state championship trophy. Archbishop Wood won the AAA title, but Imhotep, which hadn’t lost in two years, was upset by Erie Cathedral Prep in a late comeback, in the AAAA...

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Prep Basketball Pulls One Out

Hawks hold on to last-minute lead

(Photos from Left to Right) Powerhouse team Penn Wood player Kairi Jones (#3) drives the ball down the court at the Fred Pickett Classic. and Powerhouse team...

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St. Joseph’s Prep Plays Another Day

Swift closes out his senior season strong as ever

(Photos from Left to Right) St. Joe’s Prep’s Chris Lowndes (#40)

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Greener Pastures

Quade Green and Neumann-Goretti are number one

(Photo Left) Neumann-Goretti basketball players Mike Millsip (#12), Dhamir Cosby-Roundtree (#10) and Quade Green (#1). Photo by Jeff Richman.

Neumann-Goretti’s star senior point guard Quade Green posed for pictures Nov...

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