If you want to see the best high school football players from the Public League, Catholic League and Inter-Ac League, the Philadelphia Eagles City High School All-Star Classic football game will give you chance to see them perform on the big stage. The city all-star game will be played at Lincoln Financial Field on Thursday, May 10. The kickoff will be at 7:30 p.m.
This game will allow the fans one last time to see the top seniors before they begin their college football careers. This gridiron contest will have the Public School All-Stars against the Non-Public All-Stars.
The Public School All-Stars have a number of exciting players to watch such as Richard Drayton (Central), Daquan Brown (Dobbins) and Eric Leslie (West Philadelphia). Drayton, an All-Public league wide receiver, had a terrific season for the Lancers. He had 44 receptions for 644 yards and 10 touchdowns.
Brown had a big season for the Mustangs. He was one of the city’s leading rushers. He had 206 carries for 1,261 yards while scoring 10 TDs on the ground.
Leslie was an explosive player for the Speedboys. The team’s brilliant receiver had 26 catches for 366 yards and 11 TDs. He has great moves in the open field.
The Catholic League has some impressive players as well with Jaleel Reed (West Catholic) and Marcus Kelly (Roman Catholic). Reed had a big year as the Burrs’ quarterback. He completed 52 of 115 passes for 899 yards, including 10 touchdown passes. He also had 106 carries for 638 yards.
Kelly had a tremendous season running the football for the Cahillites. He had 237 carries for 1,796 yards and 16 TDs.
Chestnut Hill Academy will have four players in this contest. CHA will be well represented with Brett Flannery (defensive back), Cedric Madden (running back), Chris Howard (offensive lineman) and Tyler Hightower (defensive lineman). Chestnut Hill Academy is a member of the Inter-Ac League.
The all-star game has been played every year since 1975. The inaugural game was played at Northeast High School in front of 14,426 fans. The location of this all-star classic has changed over the years and has included venues like Franklin Field, Charles Martin Memorial Stadium and now, Lincoln Financial Field.
The game has produced several NFL players such as Brent Grimes (Northeast, Atlanta Falcons), Dominique Curry (George Washington, St. Louis Rams) and Jameel McClain (George Washington, Baltimore Ravens). Tickets are on sale now and can be purchased for $10 on philadelphiaeagles.com or by going to Lincoln Financial Field.
Monster Jam brings an all-new event, Path of Destruction, the largest summer stadium event in Philadelphia. This year’s event will be held at Lincoln Financial Field on Saturday, June 9 at 7 p.m.
Monster Jam, sanctioned by the United States Hot Rod Association, is the most popular Monster Truck tour, performing to more than four million fans at big arenas and stadiums throughout the world. Shows consist of three main elements — the all-access pit party, with the main event consisting of racing freestyle phases of competition.
Bari Musawwir will be one of the truck drivers in this event. Musawwir is looking forward to the competition.
“I’m really excited for it,” Musawwir said. “These are some of the elite competitors in the world of Monster Jam.”
2013 men’s lacrosse championship tickets now on sale
Tickets for the 2013 NCAA men’s lacrosse championships, May 25–27, 2013 at Lincoln Financial Field, are currently on sale. Tickets can be purchased by going to www.NCAA.com/tickets. The city of Philadelphia and Drexel University will serve as the hosts for the 2013 lacrosse championships. This will mark the third time overall they will host (2005 and 2006).
Penn names Robin Martin head coach of men’s track and field
Robin Martin has been hired as the new James P. Tuppeny head coach of men’s track and field at the University of Pennsylvania. Martin had been serving as the interim coach since the retirement of Charlie Powell from the position in December.
During Martin’s interim stint, sophomore Maalik Reynolds defended his Heptagonal championships in the indoor and outdoor high jump and earned All-America honors at the NCAA Indoor Championships. Reynolds participated at the NCAA Outdoor Championships last weekend.
One of the finest runners in Penn’s track and field history, Martin has spent the last four years as a coach within the program. He spent 2008–09 and 2009–10 as a volunteer assistant working with the middle distance runners, then came on as the program’s top assistant for 2010–11, working primarily with sprints, middle distance and as an assistant cross country coach. Last year, Martin helped guide James Finucane into the school record book in two events and aided the 4x800-meter relay team that won both the Heptagonal and IC4a titles.
Tony Chennault and Dylan Ennis transfer to Villanova
Villanova men’s basketball has recently announced that Tony Chennault and Dylan Ennis have transferred to the Wildcats’ program. Chennault, a former Neumann-Goretti star, played two seasons at Wake Forest. Ennis played his freshman year at Rice University. Chennault, a 6-foot-2 guard, started all 31 games for the Demon Deacons in 2011-12, averaging 9.0 points and 2.8 assists a game.
Ennis averaged 8.5 points and 4.3 rebounds a game for the Owls. He also established a new school record for assists by a freshman with 144 and was selected to Conference USA’s All-Rookie team.
The Wildcats also announced that 6-foot-9 forward Markus Kennedy, who played during the 2011–12 season, has announced his intention to leave the Wildcats’ basketball program so that he may transfer to another university. Kennedy appeared in 31 games in 2011–12 and earned three starting assignments. He averaged 3.0 points, 4.4 rebounds and 14.8 minutes a game in his first season.
West Chester baseball wins national championship
West Chester University, ranked ninth in the country, shut out second ranked Delta State, 9-0, to claim its first NCAA Division II college baseball national championship. West Chester University (46-10) completed its perfect run through the NCAA tournament with a five-hit shutout from Mike Gunkel. The Golden Rams went 4-0 in the Atlantic Regional and duplicated that performance in Cary, N.C., at the College World Series, knocking off Chico State, Southern New Hampshire, Catawba and Delta State, respectively.