“It was a great feeling. We finally accomplished our goal. Competing on a national level is nerve-wracking, but a lot of fun. We received a lot of encouragement from our fans and the junior varsity team.” — Cheerleader Megan McGinley, a junior at St. Hubert High School.
“I think this season was a huge step in establishing Fels as a major program in the Public League.” — Samuel Fels basketball coach Mark Heimerdinger
Last year, Frankford ended George Washington’s hopes of championship glory, eliminating them from the playoffs. This time, the Eagles scored some redemption.
The city school district will consolidate recreational use of school buildings in an effort to trim some of a $61 million budget deficit. Plans to cut hours immediately have been postponed until mid-March so that winter sports can complete their seasons.
Friday night’s game with St. Hubert was personal for Jackie Hartzell. The Archbishop Ryan basketball coach is a Hubert grad and former Bambie player.
“I think we’ll get to the championship. It’s going to be rough because some of the teams we play are tough. We definitely have the talent, and I think we’re strong because if one player isn’t doing well, the others will pick her up. We all keep each other positive.” — Danielle Gasperi
Bridesburg resident Anthony Siwek transferred to Father Judge two years ago and has helped the Crusaders pin their first PCL title appearance in school history.
Imire Taylor has been playing with three jammed fingers this season, but that hasn’t stopped him from leading the Pioneers in scoring.
“My dad was my first coach. He was a great coach. He taught me everything I know about basketball.” — Jen Purcell, referring to her father Steve.