Brittany Hrynko, former Engineering and Science basketball star, scored 18 points in her first exhibition game for DePaul University. Hrynko shot 8-for-8 from the free throw line, leading No. 19 DePaul to a 92-59 victory over Illinois Wesleyan. The ex-Public League standout is a freshman point guard for the Blue Demons.
Keisha Hampton, an E&S product, tallied 15 points for DePaul in this contest. Hampton and Hrynko led E&S to a Public League championship in 2008. They were both named co-MVPs of the championship game.
Wayne Tribue to compete for Good Works Team Captain
Fans can vote for Wayne Tribue, Temple football standout, for the AFCA Good Works Team. The AFCA is hoping college football fans will vote for a player they think is most deserving of the title Team Captain, and Tribue has a chance of receiving that title. Fans can vote by going to ESPN.com and searching “Good Works,” and vote for the player of your choice. The voting ends on Friday, Nov. 4 and the player with the most votes will be recognized as official Team Captain during the College Football Awards on Dec. 8 on ESPN.
Cheyney, Lincoln to square off at Liacouras Center
Cheyney University and Lincoln University, two of the oldest Black colleges, will play at Temple’s Liacouras Center on Nov. 18. The women will play at 6 p.m. The men will tip-off at 8 p.m. Ticket prices are $20.00 for general admission. Kids 15 and under and students (high school and college with ID) pay $10.00.
HBCU band series “The Battle” returns for 2nd season on ESPNU
“The Battle,” an inside look at the HBCU (Historically Black College and University) marching bands, will be back for its second year with five 30-minute shows over five consecutive weeks, every Thursday from Nov. 10 to Dec. 8, on ESPNU. The focus of this year’s series will be on the training, heart, soul and sweat of the Grambling State marching band.
Basketball legend Wilt Chamberlain is “under consideration” to receive a U.S. postage stamp in his honor, according to the U.S. Postal Service. The Philadelphia Tribune is leading the effort for Chamberlain, former Overbrook High All-American, to have his image on a postage stamp.
Unfortunately, he will not be included in the stamp selections for 2012. However, he is being strongly considered for a stamp in the future. It could happen in 2013. Nevertheless, the campaign could still use plenty of support from his fans and colleagues around the country.
Actually, 2012 will be a big year for Chamberlain. On March 2, 1962, he scored 100 points to lead the Philadelphia Warriors to a 169-147 win against the New York Knicks in Hershey, Pa. This will be the 50th anniversary of his 100-point game.
Chamberlain was a huge star in the NBA from 1959 through 1973 when he played for the Philadelphia Warriors (later became the San Francisco Warriors), Philadelphia 76ers and Los Angeles Lakers. He scored 31,419 points and grabbed 23,924 rebounds in his NBA career.
He won two NBA championships. He guided the 1966-67 76ers to an NBA title and the Lakers to a 1972 NBA crown. The 7-foot-1, 275-pound center, earned four Most Valuable Player awards, one MVP Finals award and was chosen to 13 all-star games and 10 All-NBA first and second teams.
Chamberlain played his college basketball at the University of Kansas. In his first varsity game, he scored 52 points and snared 31 rebounds shattering both all-time college records in an 87-69 win against Northwestern. In 1957, he led Kansas to the NCAA Finals before losing to the University of North Carolina. Chamberlain was triple teamed that game, but still managed to score 23 points and pull down 14 rebounds. He was named the Most Outstanding Player of the Final Four.
At Overbrook, he won three league and two city championships. He scored 90 points against Roxborough High School in 1955. He scored 2,252 points in his scholastic career.
Fans can write to: Citizens’ Stamp Advisory Committee, Stamp Development, U.S. Postal Service, 475 L’Enfant Plaza SW, Room 3300, Washington, D.C. 20260-3501.
Former E&S basketball star Keisha Hampton named to Preseason Wooden Watch List
Keisha Hampton, former Engineering and Science basketball standout, who plays for DePaul University, is one of 30 women’s basketball players named to the Preseason John R. Wooden Women’s Top 30 list, announced by the Los Angeles Athletic Club.
The list is comprised of student-athletes who, based on last year’s individual performance and team records, are the early frontrunners for college basketball’s most prestigious honor. The list is chosen by a preseason poll of national college women’s basketball media members.
Hampton, a senior for the Blue Demons, was also named to the preseason Wade Watch list in August. Hampton led DePaul to the Sweet 16 last season by averaging 16.0 points a game, which ranked fourth in the Big East Conference. Hampton, a former All-Public League star, has started every game since arriving in Lincoln Park and begins her final season with 1,357 points, 513 rebounds and 201 assists. Hampton, a unanimous first-team All-Big East selection, earned honorable mention All-America nods from the Associated Press and Women’s Basketball Coaches Association. She was also a member of the USA World University Games Team and helped the U.S. to a gold medal earlier this summer.
Brittany Hrynko, a product of Engineering and Science, will join Hampton at DePaul. Hrynko and Hampton were named co-MVPs of the 2008 Public League championship game.
The Wooden Award ceremony will honor the men’s and women’s Wooden Award winners. It will include the presentation of the Wooden Award All-American Teams and the Legends of Coaching Award, and will take place the weekend of April 9–11, 2012.
Ex-Bodine star Jasmine Elum selected second team All-MEAC
Jasmine Elum, a former Bodine High School for International Affairs basketball star, has been chosen second team preseason All-Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference. Elum averaged 13.4 points and 4.5 rebounds a game for Bethune-Cookman last season. She also led the team at the free throw line at 79.8 percent. The former Public League standout finished sixth in the MEAC in scoring last year.
Temple’s Bernard Pierce named MAC Offensive Player of the Week
Bernard Pierce, Temple junior running back, has been selected as the Mid-American Conference Offensive Player of the Week. The former Glen Mills star from Ardmore broke five school records in Temple’s 34-0 win against Buffalo.
He became Temple’s all-time career leader in touchdowns (rushing and receiving) and broke his own single-season mark for TDs and points scored. He now has 44 touchdowns (43 rush plus 1 reception) in his career. Pierce re-wrote his own season record for TDs and now has 18 touchdowns in a season record for points scored (96, which he shared with Brandon McManus in 2009) and now has 102 points this season. He tied Paul Palmer with 264 career points. Pierce finished the game with 152 yards and two touchdowns on 23 carries.
Pierce eclipsed the 100-yard mark in rushing for the 14th time in his career and fifth time this season.
For the second consecutive week, Pierce and fellow junior running back Matt Brown each rushed for 100 yards. It marked the 11th time in school history that two backs rushed for 100 yards in a game, and they are the only tandem to do it three times. They also did it last week at Ball State and in 2010 at Buffalo.
After seven games, Pierce leads the Owls (and the MAC) with 844 yards and a national-best 17 touchdowns on 164 carries. He is the Owls’ and MAC’s top scorer with 102 points.
In this week’s national statistics, Pierce is No. 1 in rushing touchdowns (17), No. 2 in scoring (14.57 ppg), and No. 8 in rushing (120.57). Over the last three seasons, Temple is 17-1 when Pierce carries the ball at least 18 times per game.
Pierce also earned honorable mention national running back of the week accolades on Sunday from the College Football Performance Awards.
Temple (5-2, 3-1 MAC) travels to Bowling Green (3-4, 1-2 MAC) on October 22 for a 3:30 p.m. contest at Doyt Perry Stadium in Ohio.
Baseball fans from the Philadelphia area will have the opportunity to take swings from home plate at the 15th annual Richie Ashburn Memorial Home Runs for Heart on May 1 and 2 (8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.), making them the first amateur sluggers to take a spot on the soil of the 2011 National League East champions.
The American Heart Association event was designed to give ordinary citizens the chance to live out their major league dreams. It made its debut in 1997, after the sudden passing of Hall of Famer Richie Ashburn, who succumbed to heart disease. In addition, the event also honors long time Phillies announcer Harry Kalas, who also died of heart disease.
Held annually at Citizens Bank Park, Home Runs for Heart is a derby contest (batting only) that enables participants to step up to home plate and swing for the fences. After batting and catching fly balls in the outfield or “shagging,” participants can visit the Phillies clubhouse, take a tour of the facility, pose for pictures with the Phillies Ball Girls and meet the Phillie Phanatic. In addition, the team, individual man and individual woman with the most home runs and the most points (based on distance) will receive prizes and special recognition.
For more information or to register, call (215) 575-5218 or visit www.heart.org/phillywalk and click on Home Runs For Heart. Proceeds from Home Runs for Heart benefit the local research and community education efforts of the American Heart Association of Southeastern Pennsylvania.
Jackie Robinson celebration
Coaches, players and families are invited to a Jackie Robinson Celebration with a movie presentation starring the legend on Saturday, April 21 at 3 p.m. at the Papa Playground Recreation Center, 68th Street and Lansdowne Avenue. The event is presented by the Delaware and Pennsylvania chapters of Metropolitan Junior Baseball league (MJBL) in partnership with The Winning Team Group (TWTG) and Papa Playground Advisory Council/Youth Sports as part of a celebration by other MJBL chapters throughout the country to honor the 65th anniversary of Jackie Robinson breaking the color barrier in Major League Baseball. Advance registration is free with limited admittance for onsite registration at the door for only $5.00. Refreshments are available with a portion of the proceeds benefiting the local state chapters of MJBL. Registration forms and information are available at www.thewinningteamgroup.com or by calling (215) 990-3188.
Former E&S star Keisha Hampton picked 22nd overall in WNBA Draft
Keisha Hampton, former Engineering and Science star, who played her college basketball for DePaul, was the 22nd pick overall in the WNBA Draft. Hampton was selected by the Seattle Storm.
Hampton, who played just 12 games this season due to exploratory knee surgery, finished her DePaul career with 1,574 points, 568 rebounds and 227 assist. Prior to the start of the season, Hampton won a gold medal with the USA World University Games team and was a unanimous preseason All-Big East selection.
Shey Peddy selected as the 23rd pick in the WNBA Draft
Shey Peddy, Temple senior basketball star, was selected with the 23rd pick overall in the WNBA Draft by the Chicago Sky. She becomes just the third-ever player from the program to be drafted by the league, now entering its 16th season. Peddy was the first pick for the Sky in this year’s draft, in the second round.
Juan Fernandez signs professional contract with top Italian team
Juan Fernandez, Temple senior guard, has signed a multi-year contract to play professional basketball for EA7 Olimpia Milano, a top-level Italian team. One of the top Lega Basket Series A teams, Olimpia Milano has won 25 Italian championships, four Italian Cups, and three Euroleague championships.
Fernandez, who just finished playing in the Portsmouth Invitational this past weekend, finished his career at Temple ranked among the all-time leaders in assists with 424 (7th), three-pointers made 207 (7th) and three-point percentage (.402, 2nd). The two-time All-Atlantic 10 Conference and All-Philadelphia Big 5 selection also scored 1,247 points to place 33rd on Temple’s all-time scoring list.
Fernandez, a two-time academic all-conference honoree, will graduate from Temple in the summer with a degree in broadcast journalism.
Every year, Joseph Stevenson is one of more than 30,000 fans watching the Penn Relays at Franklin Field. Stevenson, a big track and field fan, had a big crowd of his own on Sunday, Nov. 6, to help him celebrate his 80th birthday. His daughter, Lisa Woodley, and her husband, Darnell Woodley, invited more than 130 of Stevenson’s closest friends to a surprise birthday party for him at Evviva Restaurant in Narberth.
Stevenson is a graduate of Central High and Howard University. He taught science in the School District of Philadelphia for more than 30 years and is a member of the African Episcopal Church of St. Thomas where he is the head of the Jazz Ensemble and does the audio taping of church services. He has a great love for music. He has written, recorded and produced music for more than 60 years. Track and field is his other love. Stevenson has won several medals in the senior track games.
Keisha Hampton candidate for Lowe’s Senior CLASS Award
Keisha Hampton, DePaul senior forward, was one of 30 NCAA women’s basketball student-athletes who were named a candidate for the 2011–12 Lowe’s Senior CLASS Award. To be eligible for the award, a student-athlete must be classified as an NCAA Division I senior and have notable achievements in four areas of excellence — community, classroom, character and competition.
CLASS is an acronym for Celebrating Loyalty and Achievement for Staying in School, the award focuses on the total student-athlete and encourages students to use their platform in athletics to make a positive impact as leaders in their communities.
Hampton, an Engineering and Science product, was named unanimous All-Big East Conference selection. She enters her senior season with 1,375 points, 513 rebounds and 201 assists. The former Public League standout is a communications major and hopes to pursue a career in broadcasting when her basketball career is over.
College Football Performance Awards honors Owls Coyer, McManus, Rodriguez
The College Football Performance Awards honored sophomore quarterback Chris Coyer, placekicker and punter Brandon McManus and tight end Evan Rodriguez with honorable mention national player of the week. Coyer saw his most action behind center playing three quarters in Temple’s 35-31 loss to Ohio. He finished with career highs of 8-of-14 for 123 yards and a team season-high three passing touchdowns while leading the Owls in rushing for a career-high 184 yards. He was named honorable mention QB of the Week.
McManus made a 27-yard field goal and four points after touchdowns to extend his consecutive streak to 33 makes. McManus kicked off six times for 414 yards (69.0 average.) He also punted five times for 215 yards.
Rodriguez had three receptions for 26 yards and a five-yard touchdown catch.
Temple (5-4 overall, 3-3 MAC) hosts Miami (Ohio) (4-5 overall, 3-2 MAC) on Wednesday, Nov. 9 at 8 p.m. at Lincoln Financial Field. The game will be televised live nationally on ESPN.