Shafeeq Coleman, Overbrook High’s first baseman, and Shakore Taylor, Engineering and Science outfielder, played for the Public League baseball team in the Carpenter Cup. Coleman and Taylor are two of the league’s best players. The Public League had a tough 9-3 loss to the Delaware County team. The Carpenter Cup features some of the great high school baseball players from Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware.
NCAA winners circle had Penn Relays look
The recent NCAA championship meet at Drake University had some familiar names who stood out at this year’s Penn Relays. At the top of the list has to be Princeton’s Donn Cabral, chosen the outstanding men’s relay performer at Penn with his anchor victories in the distance medley and 4xmile relays. At the NCAA meet, Cabral won the 3,000 meter steeplechase in 8:35.44, after setting a new collegiate record for the event of 8:19.14 at an invitational meet on May 18. He’s among the favorites in the steeplechase at the U.S. Olympic Trials, which get underway this week in Eugene, Ore.
Indiana’s Andrew Bayer won the NCAA 1,500 meter, after he had been chased down by Cabral and finished second in the DMR at Franklin Field. And Illinois’ Andrew Riley was a double-winner of the 100 meters and 110 high hurdles at the NCAAs after winning the 110 hurdles at Penn; the Jamaican sprinter also anchored the Illini to fifth place in the Championship of America 4x100 relay at the Relays.
In women’s individual events, Oregon’s English Gardner won the 100 meter after running on several relays at Penn, while Kimberlyn Duncan of LSU won the 200 meters and anchored the Tigers to first place in the 4x100 (with Takeia Pinckney, Semoy Hackett, Rebecca Alexander). At Penn, Duncan anchored LSU to first place in the 4x200 meter relay and to second place in the 4x100.
NCAA 400 champion Ashley Spencer brought Illinois home in fifth place in the 4x400 meter relay at Franklin Field, and NCAA 5,000 champion Abbey D’Agostino anchored Dartmouth’s fourth place 4x1,500 relay team.
Other newly crowned NCAA women champions who ran on relays at Penn were LSU’s Cassandra Tate (400 hurdles) and Ohio State’s Christina Manning (100 hurdles). And Texas A&M’s Natosha Rogers finished in sixth place in the women’s Olympic Development mile at Penn, but won the 10,000-meter event at the NCAA meet.
And two teams improved from Penn to the NCAA when LSU’s men (Barrett Nugent, Aaron Ernest, Keyth Talley, Shermund Allsop, same order at Penn) won the 4x100 relay after placing third in the Championship of America, and Oregon’s women (new members Gardner, Chizoba Okodogbe, Laura Roseler, Phyllis Francis), second-place finishers at Penn, took home gold as collegiate champs.
And finally, after repeating as men’s and women’s long jump victors at the Penn Relays, Marquise Goodwin of Texas and Whitney Gipson of TCU, won those events at the NCAA championship meet.
Phoenix Club of Philadelphia fifth annual awards program
The Phoenix Club of Philadelphia recently presented its annual basketball awards to high school and college basketball standouts from the Philadelphia area. Kahleah Copper (Prep Charter) and Ciara Andrews (Cheltenham) received the Lurline Jones award. Maurice Watson, Jr. (Boys’ Latin) and Amile Jefferson (Friends’ Central) were given the Kenneth Hamilton award. They were the top high school players.
Gloria Brown (University of Texas, El Paso, Neumann-Goretti) was presented with the Marilyn Stephens award, which goes to the best women’s college basketball player. Ramone Moore (Temple) was honored with the Wali Jones award, which is given to the best men’s college basketball player.
Josh Ockimey recently showcased his ability to hit the long ball in the Carpenter Cup. Ockimey, a sophomore first baseman from Neumann-Goretti, smacked a home run for the Catholic League all-star team in a losing effort to the Chester County all-stars, 13-7, on June 10 at Ashburn Field in South Philadelphia.
Ockimey had a nice game, driving in two runs and scoring two runs. It’s been a big year for him. He also received All-Catholic League honors this season. Ockimey also helped the Saints advanced to the PIAA Class AAA semifinals.
Widener football No. 6 in Lindy’s Sports Magazine Preseason Top 25 Poll
Widener has been voted sixth in the country in Lindy’s Sports Magazine Football Preseason Poll. Widener (9-2 overall, 6-2 MAC) is coming off a standout year in which it closed tied for second in the Middle Atlantic Conference and played for a berth into the NCAA tournament on the final day of the regular season.
The Pride went to the postseason for the 17th season in school history, defeating Waynesburg 48-27 in the ECAC South Atlantic Bowl to move to 3-2 in ECAC Bowls. The team on October 29 became the fourth present Division III school to notch 650 victories with its 60-20 win at Albright.
Junior defensive back Laquan Robinson from Chester High is one of the team’s top players. Widener will open its season at home Sept. 1 against Western Connecticut as a part of the MAC-NJAC (New Jersey Athletic Conference) challenge.
Samuel Ellison garners All-American recognition
Samuel Ellison received All-American honors from the United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association for his exploits in running the 800 meters. He recently finished in the top eight in the 800 meters, earning All-American recognition at the NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships. Ellison clocked a time of 1:47.62 in the 800 meters, which happened to be a personal best. This effort helped him to land a spot among the top eight finishers.
Cyrus Jones track and conditioning camp
Cyrus Jones will hold a track and conditioning camp at Cheyney University. The camp will take place from June 24 to 27. The cost is $199 per camper. For more information, go to www.cyrusjonestrackcamp.com.
Eagles to host Eagles Flight Night at Lincoln Financial Field
The Philadelphia Eagles will be hosting the third Eagles Flight Night! at Lincoln Financial Field on August 26 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets start at $12 for children (12 and under) and $20 for adults and can be purchased at www.philadelphiaeagles.com.
The event will entertain fans of all ages during a full-team practice. Autographed memorabilia, interactive games and thousands of random prizes will be available during the festivities, including the chance to win a jersey right off a player’s back. The evening will also include Eagles cheerleader and mascot SWOOP performances. The celebration will conclude with an all-new laser show.
The first 10,000 kids (12 and under) through the gates will receive a DeSean Jackson mini-bobblehead.