We’ve officially entered the third week of March, and wouldn’t you know it: there’s still snow covering lawns and car windshields throughout the Delaware Valley. While everybody is impatiently waiting for spring to arrive, the (hopeful) final snowstorm of the year is a perfect time to take a final look back on an action-packed basketball season in the Northeast.
As a member of the world-famous Harlem Globetrotters, Handles Franklin has visited 74 countries and counting.
Brian Kuzmick has been the basketball coach at St. Hubert for almost a decade, and the Bambies have been an annual lock to punch their ticket to the Catholic League playoffs. While that’s all well and good, like any coach worth his mettle, Kuzmick wants more.
Herbert and Catherine Schaible found themselves in a Philadelphia courtroom last week because they didn’t get help for their ailing infant when he needed it most. Yet, the Schaibles used their seven surviving children to beg the court for leniency.
Phil Monastra drew up the game plan, and his team executed it to near perfection. When the final buzzer sounded and the Northeast girls basketball team ended up on the wrong side of the scoreboard, the Lady Vikings’ head coach wasn’t angry about the result.
They filed into the tiny office inside the school gymnasium, one by one, until there were six of them inside the cramped room. They rattled off the neighborhoods they hail from and grade schools they attended, from Fox Chase to Somerton to Mayfair; St. Cecilia to St. Matthew to St. Albert the Great.
In any family, minor arguments and disagreements have the tendency to erupt into dramatic histrionics. However, at the end of the day, unconditional love and support usually triumphs, making the previous frustrations seem both silly and unnecessary.
At a Monday evening practice, the Franklin Towne Charter boys basketball team split themselves down the middle and scattered to opposite ends of the court for a shooting competition. Each player had 90 seconds to make as many jumpers as possible from the high posts, and the side with the highest composite score at the end won.
Having both opened their doors in the 19th century, Central and Northeast high schools are about as ancient as it gets when it comes to fierce athletic rivals.