Lower Merion's Yohanny Dalembert, a 6-foot-8, 225-pound senior forward, has committed to play basketball at James Madison.
The half-brother of former Sixers center Sammy Dalembert also considered Drexel, Niagara, and Wagner. Memphis, Temple, and Villanova showed varying degrees of interest.
Last season, while helping Lower Merion to a 30-3 record and the PIAA Class AAAA state championship, Dalembert averaged 11.3 points, 9.4 rebounds, and 4.1 blocks. He was an Inquirer second-team all-Southeastern Pennsylvania selection.
The three-time defending Public League girls’ basketball champions will be barred from postseason play for one season after a vote on Friday by the board of PIAA District 12.
Robert Coleman, the board’s executive director, said the entire athletic program has been placed on probation for two years after an investigation by the School District’s inspector general’s office yielded that the girls’ basketball program used players with false Philadelphia addresses to capture the last two Public League and District 12 titles.
The Huskies will retain those titles, Coleman said, because they had valid transfer forms signed by both Coatesville High and Prep Charter.
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Once an injury-riddled, middle-of-the-pack baseball team, Frankford is now two wins away from its third consecutive Public League title.
"We were slumping in the middle of the season," senior Tim DiGiorgio said after the visiting Pioneers topped George Washington, 7-4, Friday afternoon to claim top Class AAAA honors. "We weren't doing much right. All of that has changed."
Central Bucks East, Neshaminy, Strath Haven, and Unionville were among the top seeds in the 24-team PIAA District 1 Class AAAA baseball tournament. Seedings were announced Thursday.
The top four seeds in the North (No. 1 C.B. East, No. 2 Neshaminy, No. 3 Methacton, No. 4 Perkiomen Valley) and South (No. 1 Strath Haven, No. 2 Unionville, No. 3 West Chester Henderson, and No. 4 Coatesville) received opening-round byes.
Games prior to the semifinal round will be played at the site of the higher seed. The top four finishers will advance to the state tournament. Central Bucks South, the North's No. 5 seed, is the defending champion.
Neshaminy, which won the Suburban One League National Conference title, is the top seed in the PIAA District 1 Class AAAA softball tournament. Seedings were announced Thursday.
In addition to Neshaminy, No. 2 Hatboro-Horsham, No. 3 Pennsbury, No. 4 Central Bucks South, No. 5 Owen J. Roberts, No. 6 West Chester Henderson, No. 7 Central Bucks East, and No. 8 Downingtown East received first-round byes.
Games prior to the semifinal round will be played at the site of the higher seed. The top four finishers will advance to the state tournament.
St. Joseph's Prep retired the No. 32 jersey of senior basketball standout Steve Vasturia in a Thursday afternoon ceremony at the school's Kelly Fieldhouse.
In his career at the Prep, Vasturia, a 6-foot-5 guard who is ticketed for Notre Dame, totaled 1,764 points. Twice selected as the Catholic League's most valuable player, he shot 89.2 percent (378 for 424) from the free-throw line.
Last season, while leading the Hawks to a 24-6 record and the PIAA Class AAAA state semifinals, Vasturia averaged 20.5 points, 7.1 rebounds, 2.4 assists, and 2.1 steals. He shot 49.6 percent from the field (38.3 percent from beyond the arc) and 88.1 percent from the line.
Montana Mayfield, a senior point guard from Abington Friends School, committed Wednesday to play basketball at the New Jersey Institute of Technology.
Last season, while helping the Kangaroos win their first Friends Schools League championship since 2006, the 6-foot, 175-pounder averaged about 13 points and four assists per game. He also received interest from Fairleigh Dickinson and Liberty.
"He's a point guard, but he can also play the wing," AFS coach Steve Chadwin said. "He can shoot the ball really well."
Imhotep Charter's Nasir Bonner received a scholarship offer from West Virginia on Wednesday morning.
As a sophomore, the 5-10 running back/ wide receiver rushed for 590 yards and 11 touchdowns.
2015 RB Nasir Bonner @ WVU earlier this spring twitter.com/Imhotepfootbal…— Imhotep Football (@Imhotepfootball) May 15, 2013
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Jay Harris, one of the area’s top football recruits, was stripped of his scholarship by Michigan State earlier this month after he posted a series of profanity-laced rap videos on YouTube, a source said Tuesday.
Under the name “Jay DatBull,” the Downingtown East senior has uploaded nine videos to YouTube. Using explicit lyrics, Harris raps about drugs, women, and homosexuals.
His first single, “DatBull 4 Life,” surpassed 50,000 views over the weekend and appears to show Harris smoking marijuana while sitting behind the steering wheel of a car.