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BERGER KING

Westtown worked hard for the title

For the second time in school history and second year in a row, Westtown (31-3) has won the Pennsylvania Independent State School Tournament.

Even though Westtown was heavily favored, they were trailing in the second and third quarters of their last two games. They ended up winning both, against Inter-Ac powers Germantown Academy on Feb. 23, and Episcopal Academy on Feb. 24, by 15 points each.

The Moose have five Division I players and three of them, center Mo Mamba (uncommitted), Brandon Randolph (Arizona) and Cameron Reddish (top junior guard), are the best in the county.

“Winning the state tournament was amazing,” said Coach Seth Berger. “Our kids fought through two talented, tough and well coached Inter-Ac teams to come through in the decisive fourth quarters. Their talent and composure came through when we needed it the most.”

Berger doesn’t...

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King Plays Tough

Panthers take the trophy in overtime

(Photo Left) Public League champions Imhotep Charter. Photo by Sarah J. Glover.

Jihad Watson, Will McNair and Elijah Kiah-El played a huge role in turning around Martin Luther King’s boys basketball season, this year. And...

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Archbishop Wood and Gillespie: A Great Match

Intrepid junior rises to signed star senior

(Photo Left) Archbishop Wood’s Collin Gillespie (#1) jumps off the bench to cheer on his teammates. Photo by Sarah J. Glover

Collin Gillespie, the 6-foot-2-inch senior point guard from Archbishop Wood, knew that he...

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SURPRISING ROMAN CATHOLIC

This past summer, when Matt Griffin, a 27-year old assistant coach at St. Joseph’s Prep landed the top job at Roman Catholic, many people felt he may have been years away from succeeding as head coach. Those same prognosticators thought that Roman would be at least a year or two away from competing at the same high level it did in 2015 and 2016, when it won back-to-back state championships, as well as Catholic League championships. But the team has overcome graduating four major...

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Upper Dublin Pulls Off Huge Upset

Major talents and teams in girls basketball showcased at Play-by-Play Classic

(Photos Left to Right) Archbishop Wood defends against Ursuline at the Maggie Lucas Classic. (right) Women’s...

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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...

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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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