Sports fans can get a copy of the commemorative DVD on the 50th anniversary luncheon last year of Wilt Chamberlain’s 100-point game. The DVD is now available for $12.00 on a new website www.wiltchamberlain100points.com. It recognizes Chamberlain’s outstanding effort on March 2, 1962, when he scored an NBArecord 100 points in leading the Philadelphia Warriors to a 169-147 win over the New York Knicks in Hershey. In that contest, Chamberlain, a former Overbrook High All-American, shot 36-for-63 from the field and 28-for-32 from the free throw line.
Fans can send a check to the Wilton Norman Chamberlain Postal Stamp Committee, Post Office Box 32323, Philadelphia, Pa. 19146. The website also has plenty of information on his career. Chamberlain, a 7-1, 275-pound center, scored 31,419 points and grabbed 23,924 rebounds during his NBA career. He won two NBA championships - leading the 1966-67 Philadelphia 76ers and the 1971-72 Los Angeles Lakers to league crowns.
As a college basketball player, he was an All-American at the University of Kansas. He had a brilliant scholastic career at Overbrook High School. He guided Overbrook to three Public League and two city championships.
Free physicals for prep athletes
On June 1 at 440 North Broad St., from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., the Office of Athletics, under the direction of Robert B. Coleman, excecutive director and PIAA District XII chairman, through the Athletic Health Organization (AHO), will be conducting the annual free sports physicals event for high school athletes in grades 9-11 and rising 8th graders planning to participate in PIAA sports.
The Office of Athletics and AHO have provided free sports physicals to student athletes for eight consecutive years and continues to provide this important service not only to public school students in Philadelphia, but also to charter and Catholic schools. These free physical exams are significantly more comprehensive than what traditionally occurs in a general practitioner’s office, and include assessments by cardiology, pulmonary orthopedic specialists.
Volunteers need to go to www.athletehealth.org to register. Student-athletes should contact their athletic directors.
Tony Chennault to remain a Wildcat
Tony Chennault, former Neumann-Goretti basketball star, has elected to remain at Villanova and will play his senior season for the Wildcats. Last month, Chennault had announced his intention to seek a transfer to another university.
“Our basketball family is happy that Tony has had a change of heart and decided that he wants to complete his college career and graduate from Villanova,” stated Jay Wright, Villanova head coach.
Chennault appeared in all 34 of Villanova’s games as a reserve last season, averaging 3.6 points and 18.5 minutes a game. He came to Villanova after spending two years at Wake Forest where he started 31 games for the Demon Deacons during the 2011-12 season.
Temple’s Wayne Hardin selected to College Football Hall of Fame
Wayne Hardin, former Temple football coach (1970-82) has been selected to the 2013 Football Bowl Subdivision College Football Hall of Fame. The hall of fame class will be inducted at the 56th NFF Annual Awards Dinner on Dec. 10 at the landmark Waldorf-Astoria Hotel in New York City.
The winningest coach in Temple football history, Hardin had an 80-52-3 record in 13 seasons. He led the 1979 team to the Garden State Bowl where the Owls defeated California for their first bowl win and finished 10-2 for the school’s most wins ever in a season. That team was ranked No. 17 in both the AP and UPI polls, the first time the Owls were in the national wire service polls.
Hardin’s teams set a Temple record of 14 straight wins (eight in 1973 and six in 1974). He was honored as the 1974 Kodak District II Coach of the Year. He produced a number of All-Americans and NCAA statistical leaders at Temple. Hardin was inducted into Temple’s Hall of Fame in 1994.
When Earl Wolff was taken by the Philadelphia Eagles in the fifth round of the NFL draft two weeks ago, he was very happy. Wolff, a former North Carolina State defensive standout, has a lot of family members in Philadelphia. In fact, his mother, Sharon, was born and raised in North Philadelphia, went to Girls High, and served 29 years in the National Guard. He also has a grandmother, uncles, and cousins who still reside in the city.
“I was extremely excited,” Wolff said. “My family is from there. I’m a family guy. All my family lives up north. I’ve always been in touch with my closest cousins, uncles and aunts. I never seen them as much as I wanted to because I live in North Carolina. I used to come [up] to Philly all the time from kindergarten to about eighth grade. I used to come [up for] Thanksgiving every year.
“My grandmom used to cook. Then, we would come out in the summer months. I would stay with my grandmom for about a month. My mom was in the military. She would have to leave for a couple months. So, she would drop me, my brother and my sister off. I remember going to a little camp up there.”
Speaking of camp, Wolff will be coming to the Eagles rookie camp May 10-12. The 5-foot-11, 209-pound safety, will have a chance to showcase his skills.
Wolff had a brilliant career with the Wolfpack. He is North Carolina State’s all-time leader in career games played with 51 and starts with 43. He had 361 tackles, six interceptions, two sacks, eight forced fumbles, one fumble recovery and 14 pass breakups. Wolff led all active Atlantic Coast Conference players with 211 solo tackles and ranked second with 361 total tackles.
“Coach [Chip] Kelly [Eagles head coach] is a great coach,” Wolff said. “I’m anxious. I feel like this is a great opportunity right in front of me. The thing is god has blessed me with good athleticism. I can run pretty well. I can jump. I can play both safety positions [free and strong]. But even though I’m a pretty good football player. I’m an even better person. That’s what is going to take me a long way. I’m very caring. I plan to help out in the community when I get up there.”
Wolff grew up in Raeford, N.C. where he starred at Hoke County High School as a running back and free safety. After a sensational high school career, he headed to North Carolina State for four years. Wolff has a good background when it comes to the Eagles. He has a good sense of history, too.
“I always had a thing for the Eagles,” he said. “My mom always liked the Eagles. My family loves the Eagles. My uncle is a big time Eagles fan. Brian Dawkins is one of my favorite players. He was my favorite player before I started playing safety. He was most definitely the player I always wanted to be like. Now, I’m going to go up there and hopefully he can teach me a lot. I want to take in all the knowledge. I know he’s one of the best safetys to play the position. I feel like he can give me that knowledge and that can take me very far. I never got to talk to Mike Quick [former Eagles wide receiver who is now a broadcaster]. I hope he takee me under his wing and build a good relationship.”
The University of Maryland Eastern Shore will have two outstanding basketball players from Philadelphia heading down to play for the Hawks this season.
Devon Walker, a former Simon Gratz and Globe Institute of Technology basketball star, will be going to UMES along with another Public League standout, Hakeem Baxter from Philadelphia Electrical and Technology Charter.
“I’m really excited about going to Maryland Eastern Shore,” said Walker, a 6-foot-4, 170-pound shooting guard, who played two seasons for Globe Institute of Technology in New York City. “I like everything about the school. They play in a good conference [Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference]. There’s plenty of competition.”
Mark Morse, the Knights head coach, has seen Walker develop his talents over the last two years.
“Devon was tremendous for our program,” Morse said. “He was one of the top shooters in the conference and the region in terms of his percentage. Devon shot about 34 percent from three [point range]. He really did well for us this past season. He was second team all-region. He played real well. He had a breakout game this season where he scored 36 points against Monroe College. He’s a great kid. He’s very coachable.”
Baxter, a 6-foot-1, 180-pound senior, is looking forward to playing for the Hawks. He feels UMES is a real nice fit for him.
“It’s a good school,” Baxter said. “I really like the coach [Frankie Allen] down there. The school showed a lot of interest in me. I’ll be playing point guard. I have to work on my decision making. They have a good program. My family and friends will be able to see me play.”
UMES is located in Princess Anne, Md. The Hawks will play against member schools such as Delaware State, Morgan State, Howard University, Coppin State and North Carolina A&T.
Baxter averaged 22.6 points a game last season. He led PET to a 16-12 overall record and a spot in the Public League playoffs. He scored 1,377 career points.
Baxter’s teammate, 6-foot-9 forward/center Jai Williams, will stay in the city and play for Saint Joseph’s University.
Don Hackney has been selected as the new chairman of the Cheyney University Athletics Hall of Fame. Hackney, a 2009 inductee into the Cheyney University Athletics Hall of Fame as a contributor, will head the committee to help make the selections for the hall of fame. The committee includes Dr. Eve Atkinson, Elaine Miller, Robert Murray, Gwenettia Toyer, James Washington, Bob Whitaker, Kyle Adams, Leon Bell, Ruffin Bell, Zachary Crawford, Lenn Margolis and Wanda Williams.
La Salle to play in 2013 Paradise Jam
La Salle will participate in the U.S. Virgin Islands Paradise Jam from Nov. 22-25. The Explorers will open up with Morgan State on Nov. 22. The other teams on La Salle’s side of the bracket are Providence and Vanderbilt. Other teams at the Paradise Jam include Maryland, Northern Iowa, Loyola Marymount and Marist.
Aberdeen Dad Vail Regatta strikes deal with 6ABC
The Dad Vail Regatta Organizing Committee, host of the Aberdeen Dad Vail Regatta, celebrating its 75th anniversary will partner for a third consecutive year with 6ABC to provide coverage of the final afternoon races of the Aberdeen Asset Management Dad Vail Regatta on Saturday, May 11 from 1 to 5 p.m.
More than 3,500 student-athletes from up to 125 colleges and universities in the United States and Canada will compete on Philadelphia’s National Race Course on the Schuylkill River on Friday, May 10 and Saturday, May 11. On Saturday, the qualifiers from the previous day will have the opportunity to compete in the semifinals and finals.
The Saturday afternoon finals will be televised in the Philadelphia region and live streamed worldwide on 6abc.com and ESPN3.
Penn State to host UCF in prime time; three night games in 2013 season
Penn State will play three night football games during the 2013 season, two in Beaver Stadium with today’s announcment of a 6 p.m. kickoff vs. the University of Central Florida on Sept. 14. The Nittany Lions are playing at least one regular season night game for the 14th consecutive season. The contest against UCF will air on BTN, the network’s first primetime telecast from Beaver Stadium.
The Nittany Lions will host the University of Michigan on Oct. 12 in a 5 p.m. game that will air on ESPN or ESPN2. Penn State will visit division rival Ohio State on Oct. 26 for an 8 p.m. kickoff on ABC, ESPN or ESPN2.
When Sharrif Floyd was selected by Minnesota Vikings at No. 23 in the first round of the NFL draft a week ago, this pick brought a lot of attention to Philadelphia, but more importantly to the Public League. Floyd, a 6-foot-3, 303-pound defensive tackle, was a big time player for George Washington High School. In 2008, he led GW to a Public League and a city championship.
It seems just like yesterday he was playing on both sides of football for the Eagles while garnering high school All-America honors before deciding to play major college football at the University of Florida. Now, he’ll be playing on Sundays in the NFL helping to carry the banner for football players coming from the Public League.
“I always thought the Public League had a bunch of talent,” Floyd said. “We can do anything we set our mind to. I’m not the first player to do it a really high level. I have a lot of respect for all the players. Jahri Evans coming out of Frankford being arguably the No. 1 [offensive] guard in the league right now. Jameel McClain on the rise. So, we have some good things going on for the city. It’s not going to stop with me.”
The league is well represented in the NFL. Evans plays for the New Orleans Saints. He has been to four Pro Bowls and has won a Super Bowl. McClain, a George Washington High product like Floyd, plays linebacker for the Ravens, and is a member of this year’s Super Bowl champions. Grimes, a former Northeast High star, is a corneback with the Miami Dolphins. In addition, Earl Watford, a former Simon Gratz star who played offensive tackle for James Madison, was a fourth round pick of the Arizona Cardinals in the NFL draft last week.
Floyd is a great all-around defensive player. He had 46 total tackles, 13.0 tackles for loss and three sacks last season. He can play the run and get to the quarterback. Floyd was the first defensive linemen to receive All-American recognition since 2001.
The Vikings will have OTA [organized team activities] coming up this month. Floyd is looking forward to them as well as training camp and the regular season. He will be playing for Vikings head coach Leslie Frazier, a former assistant with the Philadelphia Eagles. Minnesota has a tremendous offensive player in running back Adrian Peterson. But the Vikings have some great players on the defensive side of the football.
“I’m really happy to be there,” Floyd said. “It’s an honor. I couldn’t have ended up with a better ballclub. I get to learn under Kevin Williams. I get to play with Jared Allen and in my eyes go up against No. 1 run offense in the NFL.”
Floyd seems to be ready to play at the next level.