Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Chester Clippers Boys Basketball streak lives on

By Terry Thomas

Chester continues their roll in 2018 with a 57-51 decision over the Glen Mills Battlin' Bulls. In doing so the Clippers move to 3-0 in Del Val League play and 7-5 overall. The win streak is now at 6 games. The dynamic duo of junior Michael Smith and senior Brian Randolph III was too much for the Bulls to handle. The pair combined to score 44 points. Randolph got the Clippers started scoring 9 of his 11 points in the opening quarter from a variety of spots. He connected on two treys, 1 of 2 from the free throw line and he knocked down amid range jumper. The first quarter ended deadlocked at 13. With the game pace slowed, the Clippers went to the bench where Isaiah Schmidt, Zahmir Carroll and Javan Graham added their names to the scoring column with 3, 2 and 1 point respectively. Four points from Smith allowed the Clippers to hold a slim 23-22 lead at intermission. Smith began to take control in the 3rd quarter with 10 of the team's 14 points. Randolph and Timothy Johnston each contributed a bucket to give Chester a 37-35 margin going into the final quarter. The Clippers increased their defensive pressure and opened the 4th quarter with a 8-1 run forcing Glen Mills into their 2nd timeout of the quarter at 4:05. It was also their last timeout. The run consisted of a bucket from Carroll and three buckets from Smith. The Bulls failed to score out of the timeout and Carroll completed an old-fashioned three-point play to give the Clippers their biggest lead of the night 48-36. Carroll finished with 7 points on the afternoon. From here Chester spread the floor and put the ball in the hands of Smith who connected of 9 of 10 free throws for the final Chester points and sealed the victory. Smith finished with 15 of the team's 20 4th quarter points in route to a new career high of 33 points.

The team finished with 11 assists on 19 made baskets.

The Clippers continue league play on Thursday, January 18th when they travel to the 'Shoebox on Essex Ave' to take on the Penn Wood Patriots.

Monday, January 15, 2018

Chester Clippers Boys Basketball keeps the streak alive

By Terry Thomas

A buzzer beater by senior Brian Randolph III gave the Clippers a 55-52 decision over the visiting Newark Yellowjackets. With the win, Chester improves to 6-5 and remains undefeated in the new year with a 5 game winning streak. The Clippers ended the first quarter strong with 17 by scoring on their last four possessions. Senior Kylair Blackston started the run in the paint with a layup followed by two free throws from Michael Smith. On their next possession, senior Isaiah Schmidt scored on a four point play knocking down the free throw after being foul on a three-pointer. Smith completed the scoring also hitting a trey off a feed from Schmidt. Chester - 17, Newark - 11. Smith connected on 5 of 7 free throws scoring the Clippers first 5 points of the 2nd quarter before his back-court mate sophomore Rahmee Gilbert took over. He would score 8 of the Clippers next 10 points including 4 of 4 from the foul line enroute to a new career high of 16 points. Junior Rahnel Sparks short baseline jumper completed the scoring for the Clippers. At the break, Chester - 32, Newark - 23. The third quarter saw Randolph connect on two treys and Gilbert connect on a trey to close the quarter as the Yellowjackets drew closer going into the final stanza. Chester - 43, Newark - 41. After opening the 4th with a turnover and a missed shot; the Clippers now trailed for the first since the 1st quarter, 43-44. A free throw from Gilbert tied the score at 44 with 6:40 remaining. After trailing 44-45, Gilbert would give the Clippers the lead once again at 46-45. The Yellowjackets would produce a 5-0 run before a Randolph assisted bucket by Blackston reduced the Chester deficit to 48-50 with 2:50 on the clock. The Clippers would then turn consecutive Newark turnovers into baskets. First Blackston would return the favor and gave an assist to Randolph and then a steal by Blackston led to another Randolph bucket at the 2:00 mark. Chester - 52, Newark - 50. The Yellowjackets turned a Clippers turnover into points to tie the game at 52. Chester would milk the clock over the next 45 seconds setting up the final play. With about 6 seconds on the clock and the Newark coach yelling "Watch #2, he's the shooter", (by the way Randolph wears #2) Gilbert begins to penetrate on the left lane line with Randolph trailing him behind the arc on his left. As the defenders close to stop the penetration, Gilbert kicked out to Randolph who calmly knocked down the trey with 0:01.8 seconds remaining giving the Clippers the lead 55-52. Newark called for a timeout and their inbound pass was stolen by sophomore Malik Langley to start the celebration.

The Clippers had three players in double figures: Gilbert (16), Randolph (15) and Smith (12). Blackston contributed 6, Schmidt (4) and Sparks completed the scoring with 2 points.

Chester will return to league play on Tuesday, January 16th when they travel to take on the Glen Mills Battlin' Bulls for a 3:30 Varsity tip-off. The JV game will follow.

Chester Clippers Boys Basketball wins in overtime

By Terry Thomas

The Clippers keep their winning streak alive with a 70-62 overtime decision over the visiting Bartram Braves. Having won their 4th consecutive; their record now stands at 5-5. Michael Smith led the way with 6 first quarter points and fellow junior Rahnel Sparks knocked down a couple jumpers in the paints for 4 of his 8 points. However it was not enough to offset the long range shooting of the Braves as the Clippers trailed 12-14 after one. Smith continued to carry the team in the second quarter with 7 of the team's 12 points. Senior Isaiah Schmidt came off the bench to drain a trey and sophomore Rahmee Gilbert hit a floater but Chester still trailed 24-28 at intermission. After doing a good job of protecting the three point line in the 2nd quarter, the Clippers fell asleep in the 3rd allowing Bartram open looks which they drained. Senior Brian Randolph III picked up the scoring for the Clippers in the 3rd connecting on two treys, Sparks added his final 4 points and Smith closed the scoring with a bucket. Leading by a score of 44-37, Bartram called for a timeout with 0:05.6 second remaining in the 3rd. The Braves ended the quarter with a buzzer beater trey and the Clippers were now down by 10 going into the final quarter. Chester 37, Bartram - 47. The final eight minutes were all about the Clippers defensive pressure and the unstoppable Michael Smith. Smith accounted for 11 of the Clippers 23 fourth quarter points including 6 of 6 from the free throw line. After senior Timothy Johnson scored his only 2 points with a baseline jumper, Chester trailed 56-60 when Bartram called for a timeout with 1:59 on the clock. After the Braves missed the front end of a 1 and 1, Smith found himself on the line where he knocked down 2; Chester - 58, Bartram - 60. The Clippers forced another turnover and Brian Randolph fed Zahmir Carroll coming down the lane for his 6th point of the night and the score was tied 60-60 with 37.6 seconds remaining. The Clippers once again gained possession and an untimely turnover with 3.6 on gave the ball back to the Braves. The Clippers didn't allow their opponents to get off a shot. The Clippers were deadly in the 4th from the free throw line going 10 for 10. Overtime Here We Come. The Braves won the tap but the Clippers rebound their missed shot and Brian Randolph III opened the overtime with his third trey to the give Chester the lead for good 63-60. Another forced turnover and Smith was back at the foul line where he knocked down two more; Chester - 65, Bartram - 60. The remainder of the OT was simply time management by the Clippers.

Smith finished with a career high of 31 points including connecting on 13 of 14 free throws. Randolph added another double to his resume with 11 points and 12 rebounds. Smith's backcourt mate, sophomore Rahmee Gilbert added a career high 5 rebounds to go along with his 6 points; Sophomore Malik Langley subbing for defensive purposes in the overtime connecting on 1 free throw.

The Clippers will return to action at the Clip Joint on Monday, January 15th when the Newark Yellowjackets visit. JV will tipoff at 1:00 pm with the Varsity to follow.

Fulfilling the Dream at Neumann University

Saturday, January 13, 2018

Chester Clippers Boys Basketball cruise past the Bucs 67-30

By Terry Thomas

The heat wave that was outside found its way inside the Fred Pickett Gymnasium as the Clippers scorched the Bucs 40-9 in the first half. Michael Smith led the charge in the first quarter scoring 7 of his 11 points. Brian Randolph III and Rahmee Gilbert each knocked down a trey while Timothy Johnston and Kylair Blackston each added put-back buckets. Chester was just as impressive on the defensive end holding their opponents to 4 points. Chester - 17, Interboro - 4. In the second quarter sophomore Rahmee Gilbert took over slicing his way to the basket for 8 of his team/career high 13 points. Sophomore Zahmir Carroll and Randolph both added 4 points, Smith and Isaiah Schmidt followed with 2 and Kavon Spells saw early action and knocked down a trey. Chester's 23 point quarter coupled with another defensive gem limiting the Bucs to 5 points resulted with the Clippers taking a 40-9 lead into intermission. The teams played even in the 3rd quarter and Chester led 51-40 going into the final period. Junior Javan Graham started the 4th quarter and took advantage of the opportunity scoring 6 points. Sophomore Malik Langley and senior Zahid Ferguson came off the bench to contribute 4 points apiece while Carroll completed the scoring with 2 points.

Carroll finished the night with 8 points and a career high 8 rebounds as well as 2 blocked shots. Gilbert's stat sheet included 2 assists, 3 rebounds and a career high of 6 steals. Although he only finished with 9 points, Randolph filled the stat sheet with 4 assists, 5 steals and 6 rebounds. Blackston added 5 points and 5 rebounds to the cause.

Chester kept its 2018 3-game win streak alive and improved its record to 4-5 overall and 2-0 in league play.

Next up for the Clippers will be Philadelphia's Bartram Braves who visit the Clip Joint on Saturday, January 13th. The JV will tipoff at 5:00 pm with the Varsity to follow.

Thursday, January 11, 2018

MLK Day of Service

Chester, Pa. – Widener University will take part in a number of community service and tribute events over the coming days to reflect on the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Since the university is closed Monday, Jan. 15 in observance of the day, students will use the time to mark the occasion throughout Chester.
“King’s connections to Chester are strong, having studied at the former Crozer Theological Seminary,” said Assistant Dean of Civic Engagement Gretchen Mielke. “At Widener, we are honored to carry on his legacy, as our students fan out across Chester for civic engagement projects and to give back to the community we’re proud to call home. There’s really no better place to do MLK Day work than right here.”
Members of the media are invited to cover the events listed below. Please contact Assistant Director of Communications Jessica Reyes at or 908-268-9355 if you plan to attend.
Friday, Jan. 12
  • Physical Therapy Mobility Clinic: Students in the Widener Institute for Physical Therapy Education will host their annual MLK Day of Service Mobility Clinic on Friday, Jan. 12 in various locations throughout Chester. The student-run mobile clinic will visit 10 community partner sites to provide health and equipment checks for individuals in need. Accompanied by a faculty mentor, groups of four or more students will perform blood pressure screenings and mobility device cleanings and assessments for devices, such as wheelchairs, scooters, walkers, crutches and canes.
    • Members of the media are invited to visit Episcopal Place, 421 W. 24th St., Chester from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. on Friday.
Monday, Jan. 15
  • Hoops from the Heart: The university’s men’s and women’s basketball teams are  among four colleges hosting the annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day “Hoops from the Heart” basketball clinic for boys and girls in first through eighth grade. Children will learn the fundamentals of basketball from Widener’s players and coaches. Proceeds from the clinic will benefit the Community Action Agency of Delaware County, a non-profit agency that provides services to needy families and individuals in the community. Since the initiative started in 2002, it has raised over $100,000 for CAADC programs. The athletes will also bring non-perishable food donations for the Life Center of Eastern Delaware County, one of CAADC’s emergency housing programs.
    • Members of the media are invited to visit the clinic from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. on Monday in the Widener University Schwartz Athletic Center, E. 17th Street and Melrose Avenue, Chester.
  • 24th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Commemorative Service: Widener University’s Black Student Union will host the 24th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Commemorative Service. The service will be led by senior Destiny Saunders, president of the Black Student Union, and will include reflections, dance and song.
    • The service is open to all and will be held in Alumni Auditorium on Widener’s Main Campus, One University Place, Chester at 6 p.m. on Monday.
  • Day of Service in Chester: Widener University students will be taking part in a number of service activities in Chester from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Monday. Organized by the Office of Civic Engagement, students will be going to service sites, including The Boys and Girls Club, Cityteam and Third Presbyterian Church, as well as Chester’s Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Commemorative Committee’s celebration at the Chamber Foundation.
    • If you are interested in attending any of the locations, contact Jessica Reyes for details.