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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 Bears (27-5) ended up bringing home gold despite having been the sixth seeded team from District 1.

Boyertown defeated North Allegheny 47-35, March 24 in Hershey, after having knocked off favored Cardinal O’Hara 39-37, March 20, on an Abby Kapp last second shot in the semifinals. “This is a huge accomplishment for the basketball team and community,” said coach Jason Bieber. “It is great to see a community of well-deserving young women be this successful.&rdquo...

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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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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...

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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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