Wednesday, January 28, 2015 Shevat 8, 5775
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Jared Shelly, Jewish Exponent Feature
Sixty years ago, there was a center on the Overbrook High School basketball team wowing the crowds and breaking Philadelphia scoring records with his dominating play inside. No, it wasn't Wilt Chamberlin, the 7-foot, 1-inch monster who would become one of the greatest players in the National Basketball Association. He came later. A few years earlier, in 1947, one of...
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Jared Shelly, JE Feature
Before professional basketball players squared off inside state-of-the art arenas, earned millions of dollars and had a wide-ranging fan base, Eddie Gottlieb was on a mission to raise the profile of the game in the American consciousness -- and then make it a success. Taking on assorted roles, such as player, coach, owner and promoter, Gottlieb repositioned Philadelphia pro ball...
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Jared Shelly, JE Feature
When next football season rolls around, Andrew Goodman might have to tackle his greatest challenge yet. The 18-year-old senior hopes to go from captain of the George Washington High School football team to earning a spot on the roster at Penn State University. Making such a celebrated squad as a walk-on will take a lot of time in the gym...
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Jared Shelly, JE Feature
The life of an up-and-coming boxer is often filled with weekends that Ran "Sweet Dreams" Nakash is finding all too familiar: traveling to a different city, sleeping at a ragged motor inn, and pummeling an opponent and dazzling the crowd -- all while ultimately losing money. Yes, Nakash, 29, improved his professional record to 11-0 last week with a dominant...
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Jared Shelley, JE Feature
With a seemingly endless line of championship banners hanging high above its court, the Abington Friends School boys basketball team worked out in much the same way past squads have prepared over the last 29 years -- with a tough, physical practice under the watchful eye of coach Steve Chadwin. When two offensive players couldn't seem to score against just...
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