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Betty Givens Gives Back

Betty Givens can’t help being around basketball. Her husband Kevin is West Chester University’s all-time leading scorer and the head coach of The Academy of New Church, where he also was its first African-American student in the 1970s. Their sons Samme and Shannon became hoops stars there in the mid 2000s. Samme is now a professional star on a team in Israel, while Shannon has been making a name for himself as a basketball trainer in the area. Betty has been her family’s cheerleader  for all of these years. She’s been the woman making t-shirts for the players at ANC. She’s the one volunteering at the concession stands. It’s her giving players from all high schools encouraging pats on the back. Over the past two decades, everyone has known her in only these roles, that is, until now.

Mrs. Givens was a one-time track star at Wissahickon High School and last week decided to assume the role of coach. On May 7 and 8 she coached a...

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Zoe Has No Regrets

Friends’ Central Softball Trying to Improve

(Photo Left) Friends’ Central softball player Eva Bartholomew (#11) is out at second base to end the game. Photo by Sarah J. Glover.

Zoe Shoemaker is a Friends’ Central lifer, having started at the private Quaker school in...

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Cameron Reddish Could Be Number One

A short climb to the top for the accomplished player

(Photo Left) Cameron Reddish plays in a Philly AAU basketball game in West Berlin, NJ. Photo by Sarah J. Glover.

Since he was a budding eighth-grader at Haverford School, Cameron Reddish has heard it all. Pundits said...

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ANOTHER ARCIDIACANO

Chris Arcidiacano will be entering his senior year at Neshaminy in the fall. His game isn’t quite to the level of his big brother’s, former Villanova NVAA hero Ryan Arcidiacono, yet. But, it is rising daily. Chris decided to play for Philly Pride AAU under-17 team this year and is improving in all facets. “He’s a player,” said his AAU director Kamal Yard. The younger Arcidiacano said he sees the benefits of playing in the top AAU Circuits — his group is...

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JUSTIN ANDERSON IMPROVING

Justin Anderson is a 6’4” guard at Archbishop Carroll, who scored 15 points per game last year and is developing into a solid Division I college prospect. He is also on Team Final’s top team with Cameron Reddish and other future Division I players, such as Girard College’s Mikeal Jones. After a convincing opening AAU win over Washington D.C.-based Team Takeover, coach Aaron Burt took the team outside for a quick meeting, before they played later that evening...

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Wood, Boyertown Win

Kapp beats the buzzer to win the game

(Photo Left) Boyertown girls basketball team poses for a photo and celebrates after their state championship win. Photo courtesy of Jason Bieber.

Boyertown was a long shot to win a PIAA girls’ 6A basketball championships. But the...

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STEWART OPINES ON TEMPLE

Lynard Stewart, a former Temple great, now coaching at his alma mater Simon Gratz, thinks he knows one of the reasons the Owls and other city universities are not attracting as many area high school stars as in previous years. “I think what has changed from when I played is that city kids are not considering us [Temple, St. Joe’s, Drexel, La Salle, Penn, and Villanova] first,” said Stewart at a conference staged by Black Cager Sports. “I think when we came up...

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PW WILL BE BACK

Like everyone else who played Reading in the PIAA 6A playoffs, Plymouth Whitemarsh saw its state title dreams end in defeat. But coach Jim Donofrio’s team looks like it will be a frontrunner for a state crown in 2018. The Colonials will return with twins Ahmad and Ahmin Williams, promising 7-footer Naheem McLeod, power forward Alan Glover, Ish Horn, Jason Paul, and Danny Cooper. All saw big minutes in the 2017 run that saw the Colonials make it to the Elite Eight of the top state...

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Reading and Plymouth Whitemarsh Slug It Out

Red Knights fans turn out in force, spurring victory

(Photo Left) A jubilant Reading basketball team celebrates their win at Temple University. Photo by Sarah J. Glover.

Reading has never won a state title at any level in boys’ basketball.

After knocking...

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IMHOTEP PANTHERS LOOKING FOR A 5TH STATE TITLE

The Panthers are one game away from winning their fifth state title under the most successful current Public League coach, Andre Noble. Noble’s team is ranked in the top 10 in every major high school poll currently listed. Imhotep had a huge win March 19 and again March 22 in the PIAA 4A quarterfinals and semifinals.

Point guard Daron Russell has been a key for Imhotep, scoring 17 points a game and dishing six assists an outing. He has also had an emotional past two...

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DONTE IS ONE TOUGH GUARD

Villanova’s sudden crash during the first weekend of the NCAA Tournament hit the Nova Nation hard. It is the fourth time in the past five years the Wildcats didn’t make it out of the first weekend. After winning the national title in Houston in 2016, seniors Kris Jenkins, Darryl Reynolds, and Josh Hart, wouldn’t trade any of it away.

Following their March 18 loss to Wisconsin, at a post-game press conference, Reynolds, who also reached the PIAA 4A championship...

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