Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Chester High School Basketball Coach Taylor Captures First Win

By Terry Thomas

The Chester Clippers traveled to Lancaster on Monday evening and delivered Coach Taylor his 1st win as Head Coach after defeating the J.P. McCaskey Red Tornadoes 78-56. The host showed their respect and sportsmanship by presenting him with the game ball.

Junior Michael Smith led the way for the Clippers in the first quarter scoring 6 of 15 points as Chester held a slim 12-11 lead at the end of the quarter. Sophomore Zahmir Carroll came off the bench and made his presence felt in the paint with 7 of his 8 points in the 2nd quarter. A McCaskey three pointer at the end of the quarter kept Chester's lead at two points, 32-30 at the half. The Clippers came out of the locker room and played more aggressive on both offensively and defensively. The starting five scored 25 of 27 third quarter points with Brian Randolph (6 of his 15), Rahmaad DeJarnette (6 of his 9), Smith (5), sophomore Rahmee Gilbert and senior Timothy Johnston dropping in 4 apiece. Johnston joined Smith and Randolph in double digits with a career high 13 points. Senior Kylair Blackston layed in the final two points. The Red Tornadoes could only manage 12 points as the Clippers pushed their lead to 59-42. Unfortunately for the host they had no answer for the Clippers on this evening as Chester sailed away in the fourth quarter for the win.

Ten of the thirteen Chester players put their name in the scoring column including Gilbert (6), Blackston (5), junior Javan Graham (4), senior Kavon Spells (2) and sophomore Malik Langley (1). Chester finished the contest with 22 steals led by Randolph's career high of 6.

The team will once against travel into District 3 on Tuesday evening, December 19th when the take on the Reading Knights. The JV game tips off at 6:30 with the Varsity to follow.

Sunday, December 10, 2017

Clippers Boys Basketball Fall in Opener

By Terry Thomas

The Chester Clippers opened the 2017-18 season with the introduction of their new Head Coach, Keith Taylor Sr and showcasing the brand new gym floor in honor of legendary Coach Fred Pickett Jr. The Clippers welcomed the Lower Merion Aces under the leadership of Coach Greg Downer, a well respected competitor of Coach Pickett, as their opponent in the 5th Annual Fred Pickett Jr Classic. The Clippers (0-1) fourth quarter charge fell short and the Aces (2-0) held on for the 57- 52 win.

The Clippers trailed by four, 9-13, at the end of the 1st quarter with junior forward Rahmaad DeJarnette leading the way with 4 of his 8 points. The Clippers inability to put the ball in the basket allowed the Aces to stretch their lead to 11 points at the half, 16-27. Chester put on a better defensive posture in the 3rd quarter but their ineffective foul shooting, 4 of 11, enabled Lower Merion to increase their lead to 15 points for a 24-39 advantage. As the Clippers upped the defensive pressure forcing Aces turnovers, junior point guard Michael Smith led the charge offensively with 10 of his team high 16 points and speedy sophomore guard Rahmee Gilbert joined him in the backcourt and added his 6 points. Brian Randolph III hit on 4 of 6 free throws to finish with 9 points. DeJarnette added 4 fourth quarter points before fouling out of the contest. The Clippers were able to cut the margin to 7 points, 43-50, with 1:45 remaining. A couple unsuccessful trips to the foul line allowed valuable time to run off the clock and the Aces left the Clip Joint as the victors.

Although Coach Taylor may not have been successful in the "Win Column", his team continued to fight until the closing seconds. With 11 of the 13 players on the roster seeing action in the game, practices will become a lot more competitive now that they have one game under their belt and a better understanding of what "Varsity" basketball is all about.

Chester put eight players in the scoring column: Smith (16), Randolph (9), DeJarnette (8), Gilbert (6), sophomore Zahmir Carroll and junior Timothy Johnston (4), senior Kylair Blackston (3) and sophomore Malik Langley (2). Junior Rahnel Sparks led the way with a career high 6 rebounds.

Chester will return to action on Monday, December 11th with they travel to Lancaster to take on the J.P. McCaskey Red Tornadoes.

Saturday, December 9, 2017

Chester Clippers 2017-18 Varsity Boys Basketball Preview/Schedule/Roster

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By Terry Thomas
The 2017-18 edition of the Chester High Boys Basketball Team will be heading in a new direction under the leadership of their new Head Coach, Keith Taylor. At the end of last season Coach Yarbray was informed his services were no longer desired based on the School Board's decision to go in another direction. Coach Taylor served 13 successful years as Chester's JV Coach under Coach Fred Pickett and is looking forward to the challenge of taking the helm of the Clipper ship. Coach Taylor is not setting a ceiling on how high his team will soar.

Coach Taylor's roster will consists of just five returning varsity players, junior Michael Smith, senior Brian Randolph III, junior Rahmaad DeJarnette, senior Timothy Johnson and junior Rahnel Sparks. The roster will be filled by sophomores Rahmee Gilbert, Zahmir Carroll & Malik Langley, junior Javan Graham and seniors Zhaid Ferguson, Isaiah Schmidt, Kavon Spells and Kylair Blackston.

Coach Taylor will be depending 5'11" point guard Michael "Man-Man" Smith, 6'3" swingman Rahmaad "Maady" DeJarnette and 6'3" forward Brian Randolph III to guard the perimeter while 6'4" Timothy Johnston and 6'3" Rahnel Sparks will control the boards.

The Clippers will open the season on Saturday, December 9th in the 5th Annual Fred Pickett Classic against the Lower Merion Aces with the dedication of the new gym floor honoring legendary Head Coach Fred Pickett Jr. The young Clippers will be challenged with road games against J.P. McCaskey and defending State Champion Reading Knights. They will return home on December 22nd for the 2nd Annual Rondae Hollis-Jefferson Classic against Delaware power Sanford. The team will face-off against the defending District 1 Champion Penncrest Lions on December 29th at Widener University in the 13th Annual Pete & Jameer Nelson Holiday Classic. There will be no days off for this inexperienced team as the calendar closes on 2017. With the incoming new year the hopes are the lessons learned will carry the team pass Bayard Rustin, Newark and Christiana in the first week of 2018 before they head into league play. Sandwiched into their league schedule will be home games against Bartram. Harrisburg and York.

Let's Play Ball.

Head Coach: Keith E. Taylor Sr.
Assistant to the Head Coach: Derick Spence
Assistant Coaches: Durell Moore (JV), Kenny Tate, Jimmy Dennis (Freshman), Terry Thomas
Team Manager: Jamih Henson, Joseph Miller
Athletic Director: Andre Moore
Trainer: Ken Santello
Principals: Lamonte Popley, Jonas Crenshaw (STEM)
Superintendent: Dr. Juan Baughn

PLAYER                                         POS            GRADE          UNIFORM #        HGTWGT
Michael SMITH                                  G              JR                            1                     5’ 11”  160
Brian RANDOLPH III                        G              SR                           2                     6’ 3”    175
Rahmee GILBERT                              G              SOPH                      4                     5’ 10”   145
Rahmaad DEJARNETTE                    G              JR                            5                     6’ 3”    150
Timothy JOHNSTON                          F               SR                           11                   6’ 4”    180
Zahmir CARROLL                             F               SOPH                      15                   6’ 5”    210
Javan GRAHAM                                 F               JR                            21                   6’ 1”    210
Malik LANGLEY                               G              SOPH                      22                    5’ 11”  170
Zhaid FERGUSON                              F              SR                           30                    6’ 4”    150
Isaiah SCHMIDT                                G              SR                           31                    5’ 10”  150
Rahnel SPARKS                                  F              JR                            32                    6’ 3”    240
Kavon SPELLS                                   G              SR                           35                    5’ 10”  175
Kylair BLACKSTON                          F              SR                           40                    6’ 3”    195

DATE           DAY          TIME        PLACE              OPPONENT                           RESULTS

5th ANNUAL FRED PICKETT CLASSIC, Chester High School, Chester, PA
09 DEC              SAT                 6:15                                                  Simon Gratz (Phila) vs. Grady (NY)
09 DEC              SAT                8:00                Home                         Lower Merion

11 DEC              MON              6:00                Away                         J.P. McCaskey @                                                                                               

19 DEC              TUE                6:30                Away                         Reading @

22 DEC              FRI                 2:45                                                    Mastery North (Phila) vs. St. Thomas More (DE)
22 DEC              FRI                 4:30                                                    Salesianum (DE) vs. Friends Central (Phila)
22 DEC              FRI                 6:15                                                    Smyra (DE) vs. Archbishop Ryan (Phila)
22 DEC              FRI                 8:00                Home                          Sanford (DE) @  

29 DEC              FRI                 5:30                Away                         Coatesville           

13th ANNUAL PETE and JAMEER NELSON HOLIDAY CLASSIC, Widener University, Chester, PA
30 DEC              SAT                8:00                Away                         Penncrest              

02 JAN               TUE               6:00                Home                         Bayard Rustin *@             
04 JAN               THUR            5:00                Home                         Newark (DE) @
06 JAN               SAT                6:00                Home                         Christiana (DE) @              

09 JAN               TUE               5:30                Away                         Academy Park *@
11 JAN               THUR            6:00                Home                         Interboro *@
13 JAN               SAT                5:00                Home                         Bartram @
16 JAN               TUE               3:30                Away                         Glen Mills *@                                                      
18 JAN               THUR            6:00                Away                         Penn Wood *@
20 JAN               SAT                2:00                Home                         Harrisburg @
23 JAN               TUE               6:00                Home                         Chichester *@
25 JAN               THUR            6:00                Home                         Academy Park *@                                             
27 JAN               SAT                6:00                Home                         York @ 
30 JAN               TUE               6:00                Away                         Interboro *@
01 FEB              THUR             6:00                Home                         Glen Mills *@
06 FEB              TUE                6:00                Home                         Penn Wood *@                                   
08 FEB              THUR            3:30                Away                         Chichester *@     

NOTE:              District Tournament – February 21, 24, 28 with Championship on Saturday, March 3, 2018
                            State Tournament – March 9, 13, 16, 19 with Championship on Friday, March 23, 2018