The fourth annual Frederick Douglass Oratorical Contest and Andrew
Turner Art Show were held at STEM on Thursday, March 21, 2019. Jean Arnold who
volunteers for the district organized the event. The contest was opened to all
district students from PreK-12th grades. For the oratorical contest
students had to recite an excerpt from one of Frederick Douglass’ speeches.
There were winners from Pre-K-3rd grades, 4-6 grades, and 9-12
grades. There were no entries from 7-8 grades. The amazing artworks were judged
in 5 separate categories and each school had winners. Khoran Grasty from STEM
won top prize and will go on to compete at the national level.
Thanks for the great reports this basketball season by
The Chester Clippers
(21-7) season was cut short after falling 96-82 to the Coatesville (29-2) Red
Raiders before a standing room only crowd at Spring-Ford High School. The Fire
Marshall ordered the doors closed after reaching their capacity of 2,200
leaving several hundred fans with and without tickets on the outside. Those
arriving early enough to gain entry definitely got their money's worth as the
Coatesville back-court of juniors Dapree Bryant and Jhamir Brickus put on a
show combining for 31 of their 32 fourth quarter points and 74 of their 96. Oh,
by the way Brickus put up 52 points which is the most scored against the
Clippers since I've been associated with the program dating back to the 1990-91
Chester stayed close in
the first quarter. With senior Michael Smith going to the bench after picking
up his 2nd person foul at the 4:27 mark, senior Rahmaad DeJarnette's led the
way with 5 points and the Clippers trailing only 13-17. The teams exchanged
baskets to begin the second quarter except it was 3 to 2 in Coatesville's favor
allowing them to pull away slowly. Smith returned in the 2nd quarter and his
basket at the 1:32 mark put Chester down 10, 23-33. Coatesville ending the
quarter with a 10-3 run; having scored on their each of their last four
possession while Chester scored once in their last three. Chester trailed 26-43
at the intermission.
Chester began the 3rd
quarter in typical Clippers fashion, pressure defense and increased offensive
efficiency resulting in a 15-5 run to get within seven at the 4:08 mark, 41-48.
Going scoreless on the next three possessions including two unforced turnovers
enabled Coatesville to increase their lead to 41-56. The Clippers stayed with
the Red Raiders the rest of the quarter not allowing them to pull further
ahead. Senior Javan Graham produced 4 of his 7 points and DeJarnette added 7 of
his 14 points during this stretch. The third quarter ended with Chester behind
The Clippers fought hard
in the final 8 minutes putting up 33 points but it was not enough. Senior point
guard Michael Smith tried hard to bring his team back scoring 12 of his team
high 25 points in his last 8 minutes as a Clipper but it was not enough. Junior
Akeem Taylor Jr joined his teammate with 10 of his 17 and fellow junior Rahmee
Gilbert contributed 7 of his 9 points. Junior Zahmir Caroll finished the season
with 4 of his 9 points in the 4th. The Clippers strategy of fouling in the
quarter to save time did not pan out as Coatesville connected on 14 of 20 free
throw to secure the win.
The Clippers once again
displayed team basketball with three players in double figures - Smith (25),
Taylor (17) and DeJarnette (14), two players with nine points - Gilbert and
Carroll and Javan Graham with seven points. Senior Christian Massena connected
on 1 of 2 free throws for his final point as a Clipper. Carroll produced 10
rebounds falling just short of a double-double.
Michael Smith finishes
his career with 1,065 points placing him 26th on Chester's all-time list behind
Steve "Nurse" Miller (1,074). He surpassed his Coach, Keith Taylor
(1, 048) and brothers Rondae (1,056) and Rahlir (1,060) Jefferson along the
way. Since we've been collecting stats starting with the 1992-93 season,
Michael "Man-Man" Smith's number of points (1065), assists (266),
rebounds (257) and steals (106) makes him just the 5th Clipper player to
produce 1000 points and triple digit numbers in the other categories while
solely wearing the Chester uniform.
Thank you goes out to
this year's senior class of Rahmaad DeJarnette, Javan Graham, Christian Massena
and Michael Smith for their hard work and dedication. It was truly a pleasure
spending time with these young men. I wish them smooth sailing as they journey
Chester (21-6) lives to
play another day after pulling away from the District-3 Champion Harrisburg
Cougars, 76-65, at Reading High's Geigle Complex. The win puts the Clippers in
a Quarter-Finals match-up with the Coatesville Red Raiders on Saturday, March
16th at a site and time to be determined. Tonight marks the 8th consecutive
victory by the Clippers over the Harrisburg Cougars dating back top to January
20, 2007. Chester now leads the series 12-6.
The Clippers started
face jumping out to a 22-11 first quarter lead. The Cougars fought back and
their trey at the end of the second quarter had the game dead even at 41.
Chester's defense came back to life in the third quarter restricting the
Cougars to 6 points to open a 55-47 advantage at the end of the period. Chester
used five players to produce their 21 fourth quarter points to secure the win.
Chester used a well
balanced attack in the contest with four players in double figures led by
junior Akeem Taylor Jr's 19 points tying his career high. Michael Smith and
Zahmir Carroll each tallied 12 points with senior Javan Graham completing the
quad by matching his career high of 10 points. Javan played a complete game by
doing the dirty work of boxing out and getting on the ground for loose balls
and forcing turnover with excellent traps. Rahmee Gilbert and Rahmaad
DeJarnette contributed 9 points a piece and senior Christian Massena helped out
with 5 first half points.
Junior Zahmir Carroll
dominated inside producing a double double by hauling in a career high 14
rebounds to go along with his 12 points. He also matched his career high of 5
monster blocked shots. Lengthy Rahmaad DeJarnette made his presence felt in the
paint by matching his career high of 9 rebounds. Junior Akeem Taylor
continued to give work with a sound 6 rebounds, 3 blocked shots and 2 assists.
Chester headed to Spring-Ford H.S
The Chester Clippers
(21-6) continue their quest for a State Championship with a Quarterfinals
contest against District 1's 2nd seeded Coatesville (28-2) Red Raiders. The
game will be played on Saturday, March 16th, at Spring-Ford High School, 350 S.
Lewis Rd, Royersford, PA 19468. Tip-off is 1:00 p.m.
The team would love to
see your face in the place. You can stop by the Premium Outlets in Limerick
after the game.
Clippers (20-6) put on a
defensive clinic against the Parkland Trojansin route to their 55-41 victory. The win at Bethlehem Freedom H.S. puts
Chester in a 2nd round matchup against the District 3 Champion Harrisburg
Cougars. The game will be played on Wednesday, March 13th at a site and time to
Chester started strong
in the first quarter limiting the Trojans to 6 points while four different
Clippers contributed to their 15 point total. Senior Rahmaad DeJarnette set the
tone with 3 steals off Trojans first four possessions and dropped in four
points. Michael Smith and Akeem Taylor were recipients of the stolen
merchandise in scoring 5 and 4 points respectively. Junior Zahmir Carroll's put
back finalized the first quarter production.
The game pace slowed in
the 2nd quarter and with only 11 possession, the Clippers unforced errors
(Traveling violations) helped limit their point production to a mere 6 points.
Parkland meanwhile was an outstanding 7 of 8 from the free throw line which
aided in their closing the deficit before intermission. When the buzzer sounded
Chester lead was not three points at 21-18.
The third quarter was
classic Clippers basketball. Press - Score - Press - Score. Chester scored on
11 of their 14 possessions. Back-to-back and-1's from senior Javan Graham
stretched the Clippers lead to 12 points and it was all over from there. Steals
by DeJarnette and Taylor led to easy transition buckets and Carroll strength on
the boards allowed for buckets in the paint. Adding in two three-pointers from
Smith and the Trojans attempt to sit back in a zone was proven to be fruitless.
The end result was a 25-5 quarter for the Clippers and a 46-23 lead into the
final 8 minutes.
The Clippers decided to
milk the clock during the final 8 minutes and thereby limit the number of
possessions for the Trojans and secure the win.
Michael Smith led the
Clippers with 17 points followed by Akeem Tayor's 16 points which establishes a
new Clipper high for him. Taylor displayed a complete game combining 4 steals,
6 rebounds and 3 blocked shots to his stat sheet. Rahmaad DeJarnette chimed in
with 8 points, 4 steals, 5 rebounds and 2 blocked shots. Zahmir Carroll (7),
Javan Graham (5) and Fareed Burton Jr's two free throws completed the team's
The team stepped up big
time with their double-double machine, sophomore Karell Watkins, unavailable
due to a violation of team rules.
The Chester Clippers (20-6) continue
their quest for a State Championship with a second round contest against the
District-3 Champion Harrisburg Cougars (20-6). The game will be played on
Wednesday evening, March 13th, at the Geigle Complex, Reading High School, 801
N. 13th St, Reading, PA 19604. Tip-off is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. following the
William Allen (District 11 Champion) vs LaSalle (District 12 - 4th Seed) game
that tips off at 6:00 p.m.
The Chester Clippers
(19-6) finishes the District Tournament in 6th place after falling to the
Norristown Eagles 67-60 at Norristown. After trailing by 15 entering the final
8 minutes, the Clippers continued to work hard and closed the gap to 65-60 with
21.9 seconds remaining. After forcing a turnover, the Clippers missed their
next shot and the Eagles responded by knocking down two free throws for the
The Clippers could not
find the wind to move their sails in the first half. Tonight's contest was just
the opposite of their last game. In that game they had zero turnovers in the
first half however in this contest they committed 10 first half turnovers
allowing the Eagles to take a 38-23 lead into intermission. Additionally their
free throw shooting was a mirror image of their turnovers. On Tuesday they were
connected on 17 of 18 but tonight they were 10 of 16, while the Eagles,
conversely went 11 of 12.
Norristown opened the
third quarter with an 8-2 run and their lead ballooned to 21 points, 46-25, at
the 4:40 mark. Four possessions later and trailing by 23 points, senior Michael
Smith scored on a layup at 3:10 bringing the score to 48-27. The basket was his
10th point which allow him to join the exclusive 1000 point club. He becomes
just the 31st Clipper to achieve this distinguished goal. He finished the night
with a game high 21 points giving him a career total to date of 1,011. This
places him in 29th place on the list just above Micah Covert (1,010). Each team
totaled 14 points in the quarter.
The Clippers finally
decided to take care of the ball in the fourth quarter and with on two
turnovers were able to put pressure on the Eagles. Sophomore Karell Watkins
produced 8 of his 12 points, senior Javan Graham work hard for 6 of his 10.
Smith added 5, senior Rahmaad DeJarnette helped with 3 of his 5 and junior
Rahmee Gilbert hit 1 of 2 free throws. He'd finish with 3 points. Chester
outscored Norristown 23-15 in the final eight minutes but it was not enough.
Akeem Taylor Jr added 7
first half points and sophomore Fareed Burton Jr put in 2 third quarter points
to complete the team's scoring.
Tonight's loss is the second for Chester in the District Tournament when the
host team used a classroom on the second floor next to the restroom as the
Clippers locker room. At least Lower Merion had the decency to leave the
The Clippers now move on
to the State Tournament which opens on Saturday, March 9th. Their opponent will
be decided on Saturday, March 2nd as they get the runner-up of the District 11
Championship between William Allen and Parkland. The site and time of the
contest is to be determined.