Tuesday, March 21, 2017

The Chester Children's Chorus Spring Concert 2017

Mark your calendar for our upcoming events:
Saturday, April 29 at St. Luke Greek Orthodox Church, Broomall
Friday, May 12 and Saturday, May 13 at Lang Concert Hall,
Swarthmore College

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Chester Boys Basketball season ends in Bethlehem

Report by Terry Thomas

The 2016-2017 Chester Clippers (22-7) season comes to an end after falling 65-61 in double overtime to the Abington Heights Comets at Liberty High School in Bethlehem. The Clippers were not themselves in the first half of the ball game and found them were in a 18-29 hole at intermission. Chester found their defensive footing in the 3rd quarter holding the Comets to just 6 points but offensively would only produce 10 to cut the deficit to seven points 28-35 at the end of the quarter. In the 4th quarter, the Clippers continued their defensive hold on the Comets holding them to 6 points while senior Ahrod Carter knocked down two treys and senior Jamar Sudan dropped in 6 points to tie the game at 41 with 1:45 on the clock. On Chester's next possession, senior Jordan Camper put-back on Brian Randolph III's shot gave the Clippers their first lead at 43-41 with 40 seconds remaining in the contest. Abington Heights called for a timeout with 33.7 remaining and scored to tie the game at 43. Chester called a timeout with 14.5 seconds remaining but Carter's shot fell short - on to Overtime. Carter started the overtime with a trey to give the Clippers the lead 46-43 (3:46). After the Comets tie the game, sophomore Michael Smith answered with a trey to put the Clippers back in front 49-46 (1:59). Abington Heights would counter with bucket but Smith would respond with another trey for a four point Chester lead 52-48 with 1:15 remaining. Sudan would connect on 1 of 2 free throws for a 53-51 Chester lead with 52.6 seconds remaining. After the Comets tied the game at 53, the Clippers called for a timeout at 0:09.8 to setup the last shot. Once again the shot fell short - on to Double Overtime. On the Clippers third possession, Carter knocked down and trey followed by two free throws from Sudan and Chester was in front 58-57 with 2:11 remaining. The Comets would produce a 5-0 run to take the lead 58-62. Carter would get fouled shooting a trey and calmly knocked down all three shots to draw the Clippers with one 61-62 with 31.7 remaining. The Clippers would force a turnover but committed a traveling violation returning the ball to the Comets. At the free throw line the Comets connected on 1 of 2 shots but retrieved the rebound and was fouled. This time they made both shots for a 61-65 lead with 15 second left. The Clippers got a good look at the basket, they missed the shot, recovered the rebound but forced a bad pass and their 2016-1017 season came to an end. This marks the second consecutive year the Chester Clippers reached the State Quarter-Finals only to come up short.

Senior Ahrod Carter had another special afternoon with a team high 23 points including 6 treys. Senior Jamar Sudan ending the season the way he started it with a double double consisting of 19 points and 13 rebounds. He also led the team with 5 assists matching his career high. Senior Jordan Camper finished his Clipper career with 7 points, 10 rebounds and 1 blocked shot. And senior Larry Yarbray Jr. ended his time in the Orange & Black with 3 points. Sophomore Micheal Smith completed the team's scoring with 9 points; he also added 3 assists and 1 rebound to his stat sheet.
*Thank you Terry for all your great reports this season.

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Chester Boys Basketball advances to State Quarter-Finals

Report by Terry Thomas

The Chester Clippers (22-6) continued on their quest to achieve their goal of a State Championship with a 61-51 victory over the Hershey Trojans. With the win Chester awaits the winner of the Abington Heights vs Martin L. King Jr game which will be play on Friday, March 17th. Chester senior Jamar Sudan led the way in the first quarter with 8 of his game high 19 points while the Clippers pressure (not press) defense limited the Trojans to 3 first quarter points. Chester led 13-3 at the end of the quarter. Chester fell asleep in the 2nd quarter but a put-back bucket from junior Brian Randolph III enabled the Clippers to tie the game at 22 at the intermission. The energized Clippers ran out to a 10-0 run to start the 3rd quarter with treys from sophomore Michael Smith and senior Ahrod Carter and buckets from Randolph and Sudan. A dunk from senior Jordan Camper and consecutive baskets from Randolph allowed the Clippers to maintain their 10 point cushion to the end of the 3rd quarter. Chester - 40, Hershey - 30. Chester used baskets from sophomore Jaimhy Evans, senior Larry Yarbray Jr, Sudan and Camper to keep their 10 point lead. Holding a 49-39 lead at the 3:50 mark in the final quarter, Randolph would drop in the final field goal for the Clippers before the parade to the foul line would begin. With only two team fouls at this point, Hershey was forced to foul intentionally (although they weren't called that way) in an attempt to get back in the game. This allow the Clippers to run precious time off the clock. Chester went to the free throw line on 7 of their last 8 possessions knocking down 10 of 13 shots to secure the win.

Brian Randolph III scored a career high 15 points and Ahrod Carter dropped in 10 to join Sudan in double figures. Three Clippers erased the boards with 9 rebounds apiece, Sudan and Randolph and point guard Michael Smith recorded another career high with his 9 rebounds (surpassing his previous high of 7 recorded in the team's 1st round win over Milton Hershey). Camper added 6 rebounds and 1 blocked shot to his totals to go along with his 7 points while Carter and Smith led the team with 3 assists apiece. Jamihy Evans finished the evening with 5 points, 2 assists and 2 rebounds.

Chester's Quarter-finals game is scheduled for Saturday, March 18th at a site and time to be determined.

Chester's Quarter-Finals Game is Set
The Chester Clippers will take on the Abington Heights Comets on Sunday, March 19th. The game will be played at Liberty High School in Bethlehem. Tip-off is slated for 2:00 p.m.

Saturday, March 11, 2017

Chester Boys Basketball advances to round two

Report by Terry Thomas

The Chester Clippers (21-6) moves on to the 2nd Round in the State Tournament with a 72-53 victory over the Milton Hershey Spartans (21-6). Chester will face Hershey who upset District-1 Champion Penncrest; the game will be played on Tuesday at a site and time to be determined.

Senior Ahrod Carter showed no effects of the flu he suffered during the week off exploding with career high of 27 points. Carter connected on his first ten shots ending the game shooting 7/9 from behind the arc and 10/13 overall. His 7 three pointers tied the school record with Noel Wilmore and Darrin Govens. Junior Brian Randolph III scored first for the Clippers and after treys from Jamar Sudan and Carter (2), the timeout from the Spartans at the 5:01 mark was the only way to stop the 11-2 Clipper run. The Clippers would answer the timeout with a free throw from Randolph, a floater from sophomore Jaimhy Evans and four points from Sudan giving them a 21-10 first quarter advantage. Sophomore Michael Smith while performing an outstanding defensive job on Dan'Yae Baylor-Carroll the Spartans leading scorer holding him to just 4 first half points led the way in the 2nd quarter with 5 points including the trey that gave the Clippers their largest lead of the first half at 29-14 forcing another Spartans timeout at the 4:49 mark. Chester took a 35-23 lead into intermission. While Carter and Randolph was scoring from distance (treys), Sudan and Camper who was also out last week due to illness were knocking down shots inside the paint (4 points apiece). Smith meanwhile took a break from his defensive assignment holding Baylor-Carroll scoreless in the 3rd to drop in a mid-range jumper. At the end of the 3rd quarter, Chester - 54, Milton Hershey - 35. The Clippers maintained their focus offensive in the final 8 minutes producing 18 points to secure the victory. Baylor-Carroll did manage to score 5 points in the 4th to finish with 9 points well below his 19.6 average.

The Clippers put four players in double digits; joining Carter was Sudan (15), Smith (10) and Camper (10). Randolph fell just short of double figures with 8 points. Sudan had a double double hauling in 19 rebounds. Smith had a complete game coupling his defensive performance with 5 assists and a career tying 7 rebounds. Randolph filled his stat sheet with 4 assists, 4 rebounds and 3 steals. In addition to his 27 points, Carter contributed 3 assists and 4 rebounds. Camper had a productive evening with 1 assist, 4 rebounds and 3 blocked shots giving him a career total of 128 moving him ahead of Rondae Hollis-Jefferson (127). Although he did not score, junior Timothy Johnston who started in place of Camper contributed 2 rebounds and a steal.

The Chester Clippers will take on the Hershey Trojans out of District 3 in the 2nd Round of the PIAA AAAAA State Tournament. The game is scheduled for Tuesday, March 14th at Pottstown High School. Tip-off is slated for 6:00 p.m.

*Chester Clippers Playoff Game Rescheduled
Due to the inclement weather forecast, the Chester vs. Milton Hershey PIAA State AAAAA Tournament's 2nd Round game originally scheduled for Tuesday, March 14th has been rescheduled for Thursday, March 16th at 5:00 p.m. The game site will remain at Pottstown High School.