The Phoenix Club of Philadelphia will honor the nation’s best guard in women’s Division I basketball with the Dawn Staley Award. The award will be given to a player who exemplifies the skills that Dawn Staley possessed during her playing career such as “ballhandling, scoring, her ability to distribute the basketball and her will to win.”
The Phoenix Club of Philadelphia was established in 2008 to recognize each year the achievements of the most outstanding male and female high school and collegiate basketball players from the Philadelphia Public League. The awards are given in the names of former Public League high school coaches and player legends.
Staley, a former Dobbins Tech All-American, led the Mustangs to three Public League championships. She was an All-American at the University of Virginia. Staley played in the ABL and WNBA. She was a member of three Olympic gold medal basketball teams. Staley was the head women’s basketball coach at Temple for eight years. She is currently the head women’s basketball coach at the University of South Carolina.
“The Dawn Staley Award will allow for the consistent recognition of athletic achievement tied to one of the most decorated women’s basketball players from the Philadelphia Public League,” said Michael G. Horsey, CPA and founder of the Phoenix Club of Philadelphia.
The selection will be made by selected sports writers and broadcasters who cover women’s college basketball. The award will be announced during Final Four weekend and the award ceremony will be held subsequently at the Union League of Philadelphia.
Philadelphia Freestylers take second at Greater Philly Invite
Antonio Chandler put together a third place all-around performance and the Philadelphia Freestylers opened their season with a second place team finish in the Level 4 Division at the Greater Philly Invite, a USA Gymnastics sanctioned event, hosted by the Hatboro YMCA.
The Freestylers began the competition on pommel horse and had three strong routines from Calvin Purely 10.3, Antonio Chandler 10.1 & Christian Clay 10.0. Riding the momentum from the pommel horse, the Freestylers nailed the floor exercise with Calvin Purely leading the way with a team-high score of 10.3.
The Freestylers finished the competition on the high bar with consistent routines from every team member. Up next for the Freestylers will be The John Pancott Invitational March 2-3, which will feature some of the best gymnasts in the state.
Cheyney hosts lecture on Negro Leagues
Dr. Terry Rodenberg, a retired professor of sociology and Director of International Programs at Western Illinois University and University of Central Missouri, will present a lecture on “The Negro Leagues and the Desegregation of Baseball – The Rest of the Story.” The 1:30 p.m. lecture in Logan Auditorium on Cheyney University’s campus is free and open to the public.
Penn’s Keiera Ray named National Player of the Week
Keiera Ray, a freshman guard from the University of Pennsylvania, was named the Ann Meyers Drysdale Women’s National Player of the Week by the U.S. Basketball Writers Association (USBWA). Ray is the first Ivy League player man or woman – ever selected for the award.
Ray scored 50 points last weekend, including the first 30-point performance by an Ivy player this year, to help propel Penn women’s basketball team to its first sweep of Harvard and Dartmouth since 2004.
For the week, Ray, a native of Aurora, Ill. was 12-for-26 from the field, 6-for-10 from three and 20-of-26 from the free throw line. She averaged 25.0 points per game, 5.5 rebounds and 2.0 assists a game. In 68 minutes last weekend, she had just five turnovers. Her career-high 31 points in a 77-72 win over Harvard – breaking a 17-game and nine-year losing streak to the Crimson – were the most by a league player this season and her 14 free throws in the game were the second most in school history. She added 19 points in a 63-40 win over Dartmouth, the most lopsided Penn win in series history.
Chester High’s Hollis-Jefferson to play in All American Game
Rondae Hollis-Jefferson, Chester High’s basketball standout, joins the ranks of the high school basketball elite with his selection to the McDonald’s All American team. Hollis-Jefferson will play for the East team.
The 36th annual boys game will tip-off on April 3 from Chicago’s United Center and will be broadcast on ESPN. The 12th annual girls’ game will precede the boys’ game at 7 p.m.
Hollis-Jefferson will join 23 other top high school players throughout the country. He is set to attend the University of Arizona next season.