Sunday, February 28, 2016

CHAMP visits the Mentoring to Manhood program in Maryland

CHAMP & Mentoring to Manhood Programs

The Chester High Achievement Mentoring Program (CHAMP) traveled to the Kettering Middle School in Upper Marlboro, Maryland to participate in the Mentoring to Manhood Program where Executive Director Doan Johnson conducts a workshop every Saturday for young men. Johnson said, “The Mentoring for Manhood Program focuses on the three Cs, Character, Communication skills, and Career & College Prep.” The program includes 15 middle and high schools from the Prince George County area and 1 from Montgomery County. The workshop this week was about Financial Literacy, budgeting. Young men in the mentoring programs played an active role in the budgeting workshop. They were given a scenario to act out as adults with different careers. They were given a salary and had to spend the money they earned on housing, transportation, child care, utilities, shopping, cell phones, church offering, and entertainment. Depending on the career, some could budget money easily and others could not make ends meet. Based on the comments from the group, lessons learned: “life isn’t easy,” “kids cost too much,” “you got to invest in the right stuff,” and “if you are spending more than you are making, it’s not going to add up.” They learned how to save money and how to keep out of debt. 
Mentors from CHAMP & Mentoring to Manhood
CHAMP Mentor Mr. Carter helping members to budget
Above: Mentor Darren Laws with an autographed picture and letter from Kevin Durant. Below: CHAMP at a pick up game at Seat Pleasant Activity Center

Saturday, February 27, 2016

Chester Boys Basketball fell short with Plymouth-Whitemarsh

Chester - 57, Plymouth-Whitemarsh - 68

Report by Terry Thomas

The 9th seeded Chester Clippers (20-7) fell short in the quest for the District Championship at the hands of the #2 seeded Plymouth Whitemarsh (25-2) Colonials 68-57. The loss snapped the Clippers 12 game winning streak. Chester could not find their footing in the first quarter both offensively and defensively as they fell behind 7-12. Marquis Collins returned to action after missing 4 week due a shoulder injury to spark the Clippers with 8 of his 12 points in the 2nd quarter. Fellow senior Khaleeq Campbell also got hot with 7 of his 11 points. A trey from Deshawn Hinson and a slam by Jordan Camper enabled Chester to take a 33-31 lead into intermission. Stanley Davis led the way in the 3rd quarter with 7 of his team high 18 points and another trey from Hinson helped the Clippers push their lead to four points at the end of the 3rd quarter, Chester - 48, Plymouth - 44. There was no wind in the sails for the Clippers in the fourth quarter as they could only muster 9 points but allowed the Colonials to score 24 including 11 for 16 from the charity stripe. Chester junior Jamar Sudan who was saddled with foul trouble all evening did manage to score a bucket in the 4th quarter before fouling out of the contest. Khaleeq Campbell joined him shortly thereafter with his 5th foul of the night. Meanwhile the Clippers had another bad night at the line only connecting on 5 of 10. The night ended with the Clippers being awarded the Silver Medal as the 2nd place team in District-1.

Chester Boxscore: Davis (18), Collins (12), Campbell (11), Hinson (6), Henry (3), Camper (2), Sudan (2), Jones (1)

The season is not over for the Clippers. With the loss they will enter the State AAAA Championship Playoff which starts next Saturday, March 5th once classified as the Western half of the bracket. The Chester Clippers will open the State Playoffs against the Hempfield Black Knights from Landesville, Pa and District-3. 

Chester vs. Hempfield Game Time
The State AAAA Tournament 1st Round game, Chester vs. Hempfield, will be played on Saturday, March 5th, 3:00 pm at Interboro H.S. in Glenolden, PA.

Friday, February 26, 2016

Widener Law Day for High Schools

Youth Court Assistant Brian Foster, Youth Court Students: Alexis Lombard, Meya Childs, Daja Naylor, Zakira Hudson, and Tahnijah McBride

Widener Law School in Delaware had a law day for high school students. The four schools that were involved in the law day workshop were Springfield High School, Upper Darby High School, Ballou High School from Washington, DC, and Chester High School. Students from the high schools discussed a real defense of property case in a mock hearing with law Professor Kathleen Turezyn. Students also learned, from Assistant Dean Berkley, about the different law programs that Widener Law School offers.

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Chester Boys Basketball moves on to finals

Report by Terry Thomas

The 9th seeded Chester Clippers (20-6) snapped the 4th seeded Ridley Green Raiders (24-2) 14 game winning streak and move on to the District-1 Championship game with a 74-62 victory at Temple University's Liacouras Center. Chester will take on the #2 seeded Plymouth Whitemarsh Colonials who defeated Lower Merion in the other semi-final contest. The Clippers scored early and often in this contest and after briefly relinquishing the lead in the second quarter 22-23; Deshawn Hinson's sweet finger-roll at 4:43 to put the Clippers back on top to stay. Junior Jamar Sudan scored on two consecutive old fashioned three-point plays in the opening quarter to establish what the Green Raiders were in store for the rest of the evening. Sudan finished with a co-team high of 16 points but added 10 rebounds to add another double double to his resume. Khaleeq Campbell added 5 of his 12 points in the opening quarter and the Clippers had a 20-17 lead. After the Raiders made their brief run, Deshawn Hinson caught fire for the Clippers scoring 8 of his 15 points and Chester pushed their margin to 6 points to end the first half, Chester - 37, Ridley - 31. The Clippers started the 3rd quarter with a 9-2 run sparked by 5 points from Hinson forcing Ridley to call their 3rd timeout at 5:25 and trailing 46-33. Coming out of the time senior Stanley Davis would score 6 of his co-team high 16 points to prevent any thoughts of a Ridley win. Davis also finished with a double double and tying his career high of 11 rebounds. The Clippers increased their lead to 11 points to close the 3rd quarter at 56-45. Senior Maurice Henry added a nice hook shot in the fourth for 2 of his 6 points and the team began to look ahead to Friday's Championship game.

The game on Friday will mark Coach Yarbray's 5th Championship Game appearance. In his previous 4 appearance he brought gold back to 9th & Barclay winning. The game is scheduled to tip-off at 8:00 p.m.

Chester boxscore:  Davis (16), Sudan (16), Hinson (15), Campbell (12), Henry (6), Carter (5), Bailey-Green (2), Jones (2)

Chester Ridley replay on delcohoops at this link with announcer Dave Burman Click Here