Sunday, February 25, 2018

Chester Clippers Boys Basketball advances to Semi-Finals

By Terry Thomas

The Chester Clippers (18-6) moves on to the District-1 Semi-finals with a 69-56 victory over the visiting Sun Valley Vanguards. Tonight marked the 41st consecutive time the Clippers have beaten the Vanguards dating back to 1987. Chester will face #2 seeded Bishop Shanahan with a 6:00 pm tip-off on Wednesday, February 28th at Temple University.

Senior Timothy Johnston spearheaded the Clippers charge in the 3rd quarter with 11 of his 13 points. Chester pushed their 1 point halftime lead to 12 point, 51-39, at the end of the 3rd quarter. Johnston matched his career high of 4 assist and established a new career high with 4 steals.

While the Vanguards Vinny DiAngelo was putting in a game high 29 points, the Clippers Michael Smith was just behind him with his team high 27 points. The Clippers junior point guard also matched his career high with 7 rebounds. He also went 6 of 7 from the free throw line in the 4th quarter to seal the victory. Sun Valley's Marvin Freeman scored 11 points in the first half but was held to just a trey in the 4th to finish with 14 points.

The Clippers 6'4" freshman Karell Watkins made his presence felt in the first half with 10 points including two old-fashioned three point plays. He also hauled in 8 rebounds and finished with 12 points. Senior Brian Randolph III was the focus of the Vanguards defense but still managed to score 6 first quarter points and 9 for the game. Rahmaad DeJarnette and Kylair Blackston each contributed 4 points apiece to complete the Clippers scoring.

Chester's team concept was on display once again with 17 assists on 25 made baskets.

Thursday, February 22, 2018

Chester Clippers Boys Basketball wins opening round game of District-1 Tournament

By Terry Thomas

The Clippers (17-6) wiped off the rust and breezed to a a 72-54 victory over the Academy Park Knights at the Clip Joint. With the win Chester advances to the Quarter-Finals and will host the visiting Sun Valley Vanguards on Saturday, February 24th. After both temas went scoreless the first 2:10, Coach Taylor called for a timeout and his troupes responded with an 8-2 run and control of the contest. Junior Michael Smith led with 5 first quarter points. The quarter ended with the Clippers ahead 15-9. With increased defensive pressure in the 2nd quarter, the Knights were forced into several turnovers which resulted in easy buckets for the Clippers. Smith added 5 more of his 12 points. Junior Rahmaad DeJarnette and freshman Karell Watkins came off the bench to score 5 and 4 points respectively. Timothy Johnston added 3 of his 5 and Javan Graham and Kylair Blackston each contributed buckets as the Clippers sailed pass the Knights with a 25-8 quarter. At the half it was Chester - 40, Academy Park - 17. The Clippers uncharacteristically went to sleep defensively in the third quarter giving the Knights open looks which allowed them to score 17 points. However, Brian Randolph III had a hot hand which produced 15 of his career/team high of 25 points. Baskets by Smith and sophomore Rahmee Gilbert allowed the Clippers to increase their lead to 59-34 at the end of the quarter. With the game under control Coach Taylor injected the reserves to finish the contest. Watkins led the charge with 6 of his 12 points just missing his young career high of 13 points. Junior Rahnell Sparks added a mid-range jumper from the baseline and Malik Langley and Isaiah Schmidt each connected on 1 of 2 free throws to close out the scoring. Although he didn't score JV call-up Ishaad Maultsby saw his first Varsity action in the 4th quarter.

The team finished with 18 assists on 30 made baskets led by Smith's career high of 7. Gilbert added 4, Blackston and Randolph each had 2 with DeJarnette, Johnston and Langley added 1 each.

With a win on Saturday, the Clippers advance to the Semi-Finals and a spot in the State Tournament. A loss puts the Clippers in the Consolation Bracket fighting for one of the final 3 spots in the State Tournament.

Saturday, February 17, 2018

Widener students host dinner series with flavors from around the world

Widener Press Release

Students from the Widener University Center for Hospitality Management have kicked off the popular “Spring 2018 Themed Dinner Series – A Fine Dining Experience.” Throughout the semester, members of the public are invited to experience fine dining and vibrant flavors from around the world.

Guests will enjoy a four-course, fixed-price meal prepared and served by the Center for Hospitality Management students as part of their Restaurant Operations Management Course.

The student management teams are assigned a theme and each team plans, develops and executes the meal from pre- to post-production to create an elegant and formal dining experience. The students – many of whom are pursuing careers in event planning and restaurant/hotel management – are responsible for service, operations and financial management all while managing their fellow students that are producing and serving these meals.

Dinner is served in the J. Willard & Alice S. Marriott Dining Room located in Academic Center North on the Main Campus of Widener University in Chester.

The dinners are prepared on select Wednesday evenings from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. and reservations are required. For reservations, please call 610-499-1127 or e-mail Reservations for parties of six or more must confirm the Friday before the reservation date. Any unconfirmed reservations will be canceled.

Menus and prices for each meal will be available online at

Themed meals will be held on the following Wednesdays:
  • Feb. 28 – A Hawaiian Luau
  • March 14 – Cuban Fusion
  • March 21 – The Rustic Southwest
  • March 28 – A Sample of the United Kingdom
  • April 4 – A California Adventure
  • April 11 – A Mexican Fiesta
  • April 18 – Disney Dining
  • April 25 – A Middle Eastern Sampler

Monday, February 12, 2018

High School Partnerships with Chester City Work Force Development

By Cortney Loucks

Internships are available for CHS students!

Did you know the City of Chester is partnering with CHS to offer us internships? I spoke with Mr. Eric Bayne at the Office of Work Force Development to find out more about this opportunity. Which, by the way, juniors, any of these internships would be an amazing senior project. More on that in a later article. But for now, here are the work options we have through this partnership.

Chester High School students have the opportunity to take on internships over the summer. As of right now there are two available. The first one is called the “School To Career” program which is ran by the Chester Education Foundation. The second internship is called the “WorkReady” program which is run by the City of Chester.
If you are of the age of 16 to 18 years old you are eligible to apply to the “School To Career” program. It is run usually from July 10th-August 17th and students will earn $10-15 per hour. Students will work Mon-Thurs, 7 hour shifts. If you are interested and would like an application or if you have any questions, feel free to contact Ms. Greene at the Chester Education Foundation, 610-364-1212.

The second program is the “Work Ready Program and is available to students of the age between 16 and 21 during the summer. In order to apply for this you will need the following items: A resume, Photo ID, and Social Security Card. Both of these programs are great opportunities for you to learn what the working life is like.

*Articles obtained from CHS Clippers News with permission from Journalism Instructor Susan Thomas. Articles were written by student reporters.