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Dante Coles’ Ascent

Grateful coach stays on course

When he was a high school football and basketball star, at Conestoga in the mid 1990s, there weren’t too many people who could run, catch, dunk, or block shots like Dante Coles. He even once guarded Kobe Bryant in a Lower Merion-Conestoga basketball game.

Despite his talent, Coles struggled academically and played football at the junior college level at Valley Forge Military Academy nearby his childhood home of Berwyn. He then earned his way onto Temple’s team as a defensive back, but injuries derailed his chance at stardom.

From that point on, Coles knew what he wanted to do: coach. He started coaching high school football and basketball at Conestoga High School while working in its physical education department. Coles’ accomplishments impressed his former coach Jim Burner so much that he soon was hired as the coach of Valley Forge for the last two seasons.

Then, over the...

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Jameer Nelson Gives Back

NBA stalwart is appreciative, but not finished

(Photo Left) NBA star Jameer Nelson (center) with some of the basketball campers, who are among the 12 best area underclassmen.  Photo courtesy of Jeremy Treatman.

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Justin Steers Emerges

Latecomer to the game has his pick of scholarships

(Photo Left) Justin Steers is a rising senior at Friends’ Central and promising division I basketball prospect. Photo by Sarah J. Glover.

Over a decade ago, a young guard transferred from a Philadelphia Public League school...

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CHARLOTTESVILLE EFFECT

Violence in Charlottesville, VA caused Eric Dixon, Abington’s star center, to cancel his official trip to Virginia on August 15. Virginia is one of a dozen schools that the star player is considering. “It was really just for safety reasons because of the rioting,” he said. “I will still consider going there. I still think the coaches, players, and school is great. I am just postponing the trip for my personal safety after discussing with my...

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Rumph Classic Still a Hit

Fewer big names, but plenty of big excitement and great basketball

(Photos Left to Right) DJ Rivera...

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Tim Perry and Nate Blackwell Reminisce About Temple Basketball

Two Chaney-trained alumni thank the coach for lives in basketball

(Photo Left) Play By Play sports camper interviews Nate Blackwell, left and Tim Perry. Photo by Sarah J. Glover.

Tim Perry and Nate Blackwell met on move-in day 1983 at Temple University. They have been inseparable...

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The 76ers Look Ready to Finally Make a Move

Will the long-term team-building be worth the wait?

(Photo Left) New Sixers training facility on the Camden waterfront. Photo by Sarah J. Glover.

In the history of sports, seemingly no team has deliberately lost hundreds of games over a longer period of time while immorally tainting the...

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Stewart and Greer Put on a Show at Temple

Two successful alumni catch overlooked talent

(Photos Left) Lynard Stewart, Co-Founder and Director of the L2 Exposure Camp teaches at his event. Photos courtesy of Lynard...

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Donnie Carr Lands a Dream Job

La Salle alumnus goes back to give back

(Photo Left) La Salle University alumnus Donnie Carr was just hired as a coach at La Salle University. Photo by Sarah J. Glover

Donnie Carr once led Roman Catholic High School to a huge non-league win over a Kobe Bryant-led Lower...

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NEUMANN MAY BE GETTING SOME HELP

Neumann-Goretti has been the top area high school for hoops over the last 15 years, with Chester and Roman Catholic having a say in the matter, too. The Saints may also be adding a transfer from Sterling High School in New Jersey.

Noah Syer says he is seriously contemplating switching states. He has shadowed at the school and enjoys the kids, the academic environment and, of course, the basketball program. “At this point, we are waiting until the transfer is...

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Sessoms Ready to Make His Mark

The Shipley school standout bided his time and is ready to shine

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