CCP head coach Joe Rome (center) gives direction to his players, seated from left, Tyreek Johnson (#1), Amir Woods (#3) and Cameron Gardner (#22). — SUBMITTED PHOTO

CCP head coach Joe Rome (center) gives direction to his players, seated from left, Tyreek Johnson (#1), Amir Woods (#3) and Cameron Gardner (#22). — SUBMITTED PHOTO

Villanova head coach Jay Wright named PSWA Good

Villanova head basketball coach Jay Wright will be honored with the Philadelphia Sports Writers Association’s Good Guy Award. Wright will receive his award at the PSWA awards banquet on Monday, Jan. 20, 2020 at the Crowne Plaza in Cherry Hill, New Jersey.

Wright led Villanova to two NCAA championships in 2016 and 2018 and is one of only three active Division I head coaches with multiple national titles. Wright has 191 wins over the last six seasons, averaging 31.8 wins a year.

Temple’s Quincy Roche named AAC Defensive Player

Roche was named the American Athletic Conference Defensive Player of the Year. He had 44 tackles, a conference-leading 18.0 tackles for loss and 13.0 sacks, two fumble recoveries, a forced fumble and a blocked kick.

Seven Temple players were chosen American Athletic Conference All-Conference teams. Linebacker Shaun Bradley, offensive lineman Matt Hennessy, defensive tackle Ifeanyi Maijeh and defensive back Roche made the first team.

The Owls’ wide receiver Jadan Blue, offensive lineman Jovahn Fair and linebacker Sam Franklin were named to the second team.

Several CCP teams garnering recognition

The sports teams at Community College of Philadelphia have been performing at a high level. The Lions’ cross country and the men’s and women’s basketball teams are helping to put the school’s athletic on the local and national map among junior colleges.

CCP won the Women’s EPAC (Eastern Pennsylvania Athletic Conference) Division III Cross Country Championship on Sunday hosted by Luzerne County Community College. The quintette was led by sophomore Elizabeth Chukwuezi who finished sixth overall. She was followed by Sakinah Brice, Shardenai Davis and Tianna Jeffcoat. Lions head cross country coach Robert Taylor was named Coach of the Year.

The men’s basketball team at CCP is ranked 10th nationally in the NCJAA’s (National Junior College Athletic Association) Division III. CCP recently defeated sixth-ranked Northampton Community College 80-69 on the road. The Lions have a sensational 10-1 record.

“We are off to a good start,” said Joe Rome, CCP’s head coach in a statement. “We are pretty talented and athletic which helps us to get off to a pretty good start. The guys seems to be playing well together. They like each other. We are mostly freshmen.”

The team’s leading scorers are Tyreek Johnson (17.7 ppg) and Cameron Gardner (10.5 ppg.).

The women’s team has a 7-3 record. Elan Wali, a Bishop McDevitt product, was named the EPAC Player of the Week. Wali had 19 points, 23 rebounds, 10 assists, 6 steals and a block against Valley Forge Junior College.

The Lions’ top scorers are Cassandra Colon (21.5 ppg) and Cyanie Hull-Smith (19.1 ppg). Colon is third in the division in scoring while Hull-Smith is fourth.

Aminata Gackou leads the division in rebounding (12.5 rpg) and is third in blocked shots (4.3 bpg).

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