Thursday, February 23, 2017

Chester Boys Basketball Advances to Quarter-Finals

Report by Terry Thomas

Chester (18-5) advances to the District-1 AAAAA Tournament Quarter-Finals with a 74-59 victory over the visiting Upper Moreland Bears. The Clippers will host the Upper Merion Vikings who defeated Strath Haven in the opening round. The Clippers put four players in double figures led by senior forward Jamar Sudan's game high 16 points. Junior Brian Randolph III matched his career high with 12 points and seniors Ahrod Carter and Jordan Camper dropped in 11 and 10 points respectively. Senior Jah'meir Springfield just missed double figures with 8 points. Sophomore Rahmaad DeJarnette, Michael Smith and Jaimhy Evans contributed 6, 5 and 4 points and junior Timothy Johnston completed Chester's scoring with 2 points. Even after a 12 day layoff, the Clippers were on target in the first quarter connecting on five 3-pointers to jump out to a 18-12 advantage. Their hot shooting continued in the 2nd quarter putting up 19 points including three more 3-pointers to hold a 37-30 lead at the intermission. The Clippers were able to keep the Bears at bay by hitting two more 3-pointers in the 3rd quarter as the teams played even at 18 points. Chester - 55, Upper Merion - 48. The Clippers stayed consistent in the final 8 minutes putting up 19 more points but held the Bears to 11 to sail away for the win.

Chester finished with 14 assists on 29 made baskets.

The Clippers will be playing the final game at the Clip Joint on Saturday evening with the 7:00 tip-off against the visiting Upper Merion Vikings.

Monday, February 20, 2017

Two Trains Running

In honor of Black History Month the Kappa Mainstream Leadership, Inc. and Delta Outreach and Education Center, Inc. presented August Wilson’s play Two Trains Running at the Grand Opera House in Wilmington, Delaware on Sunday, February 19, 2017. August Wilson, the famous playwright, also brought us the renowned Fences. Both award winning plays have won accolades. We all know about the brilliance of the production of Fences because the mainstream had a chance to watch it on the big screen recently. Two Trains Running explores “the social and psychological manifestations of changing attitudes toward race from the perspective of urban blacks in the late 60’s” setting in a Pittsburgh restaurant. Thanks to the Kappa and Delta groups for bring this production to the community. Your efforts show how much the black sororities and fraternities are a benefit throughout the nation.

Saturday, February 18, 2017

HBCU Information at the Boys & Girls Club

Congratulations to the AKA sorority for sharing their annual HBCU event at the Boys & Girls Club. A lot of students interested in going to college attended the event.

Saturday, February 11, 2017

Chester Boys Basketball ended regular season with win

Report by Terry Thomas

Chester - 64, Glen Mills - 47

Chester ended the regular season on a winning note with a 64-47 Del Val League victory over the host Glen Mills Battlin Bulls. With the win the Clippers finish with a 17-5 record overall and 8-2 in the league. The Clippers once again started slow but five first quarter points from senior Jamar Sudan allowed them to hold a slim 13-10 lead. Things got worse for the Clippers in the 2nd quarter as they were held to just 9 points but were unable to stop the aggressive play of the Battlin Bulls which took the lead into intermission. Chester 22, Glen Mills - 26. The Clippers exploded in the 3rd quarter for a 26 point outburst led by senior Ahrod Carter who produced 13 of his game high 17 points including three treys. Sophomore Michael Smith added 4 of his 10 and senior Larry Yarbray Jr knocked down a trey for 3 of his 5. Sophomore Jaimhy Evans and junior Brian Randolph III each contributed a bucket while senior Jordan Camper slammed home 2 points but controlled the lane with 3 of his 6 blocked shots. The end result was a 48-37 Chester lead after three quarters. The Clippers were aggressive driving to the basket in the final 8 minutes resulting in a parade to foul line where they connected on 11 of 15 free throws. Sudan led the way with7 of 8 shooting. Smith was 2 for 2 and Evans went 2 for 4. Senior Jah'meir Springfield connected from long distance for his 3 points and Camper finished with another dunk for this 8th point on the afternoon.

Sudan filled out the stat sheet with 14 points, 9 rebounds, 4 steals, 3 assists and 2 blocked shots. Camper recorded 7 rebounds and 1 steal to go along with his 8 points.

Chester will await the results of the District-1 Committee seeding meeting on Sunday, February 12th. With the PIAA moving to six classes, Chester will participate in the District and State Tournaments in the Class 5-A level and their opponent will be determined based on the Sunday's meeting. The Clippers are projected to be the #1 and will host the opening round on Wednesday, February 22nd.

Thursday, February 9, 2017

Chester Boys Basketball falls to Academy Park

Report by Terry Thomas

Chester - 66, Academy Park - 69

Chester falls to Academy Park 69-66 on a trey with 3.2 seconds left in the contest. The loss means the Clippers (16-5, 7-2) relinquishes control of its destiny in the league title picture. Chester now need a win on Friday against Glen Mills and a loss by Penn Wood in order to share the title. In the opening quarter the Clippers did not match the Knight's intensity as they were celebrating senior night as found themselves in a 7-18 hole. The Clippers seniors found their footing in the 2nd quarter accounting for 22 of the team's 24 points and close the gap to 2 points at the half. Ahrod Carter led the way with 8 points followed by Jamar Sudan (7), Jah'meir Springfield (5) and Jordan Camper's 2 points. Sophomore Jaimhy Evans dropped in the remaining two points. Chester - 31, Academy Park - 33. The teams exchanged bucket for bucket during the 3rd quarter and with the Clippers trailing 46-49, Sudan completed an old-fashioned three-point play with 1:15 remaining to tie the game at 49. The Knight's responded with a trey and Evans answered with a bucket and the Clippers were one point shy at the end of the quarter. Chester - 51, Academy Park - 52. Six Clippers scored in the 20 point third quarter led by sophomore Michael Smith with 5 and Camper rejected 4 shots in the quarter to keep it close. The final 8 minutes were very intense as there were five lead changes and three ties. Trailing by 3, Carter dropped in a bucket at 1:00 to bring the Clippers with one, 64-65. The Knight's only made 1 of 2 free throws after a Chester turnover and on their next possession Carter was fouled knocking down both free throws to tie the game at 66 with 20 seconds remaining. The Clippers played outstanding defense for 16.8 seconds but slipped with 3.2 on the clock. The Clippers called timeout but were unable to force a tie with a score.

Ahrod Carter led the Clippers with 20 points and Jamar Sudan recorded a double-double with 19 points and a career high 15 rebounds. Michael Smith finished with 7 points and Camper, Evans and Springfield each contributed 6. Brian Randolph III had 2 points on the night.

The Clippers will complete the regular season on the road at Glen Mills on Friday, February 10th. The game was rescheduled due to the snow storm on Thursday. The Varsity tips off at 3:30 pm with the JV to follow.

Sunday, February 5, 2017

Chester Boys Basketball defeated Bartram Braves

Report by Terry Thomas

Chester - 63, Bartram - 41

The Chester Clippers defeated the Bartram Braves 63-41 on senior night to move to 16-4 on the season. Playing their final regular season game at the Clip Joint, this year’s crop of senior were sure to make it their best. A senior dominated the scoring in each of the quarters and they accounted for 9 of the team's 10 made 3-points. Senior Ahrod Carter led the way in the first quarter with 6 points and senior Jamar Sudan drained a trey as the Clippers led 13-11 at the end of the quarter. In typical Chester fashion they increased their defense in the 2nd quarter holding the Braves to 8 points as senior Jah'meir Springfield took control producing his 7 points with 2 treys and senior Larry Yarbray Jr also connected on a trey. Chester went to intermission with a 29-19 lead. Chester used their inside presence with senior Jordan Camper patrolling the paint with 6 points and continued to knock down shots from distance with Carter draining two more treys. Sudan completed his scoring by adding 4 points to his 7 for the game. The Clippers stretched their lead to 15 points at the end of the quarter. Chester - 45, Bartram - 30. Sophomore Michael Smith opened the 4th quarter with a trey followed by three consecutive treys from Carter that erased any thoughts of a comeback by the Braves. Bartram called timeout at 4:21 trailing 57-35. Smith added another bucket to finish with 7 points and Camper slammed home a two-handed thunder dunk for this 14th point. Sophomore Jamihy Evans added his name to the scoring column as he stole a pass and threw down a one-hand dunk to end the contest.

Ahrod Carter finished with a career high 21 points. The team dished out 17 assists on 24 made baskets led by Michael Smith, Jamar Sudan and Jah'meir Springfield who all tied season highs with 6, 5 and 3 assists respectively.

Chester will return to league action on Tuesday, February 7th when they travel to Glenolden to take on the Academy Park Knights. The JV will tipoff at 5:30 p.m.