When David Hand assumed the head football coach position at Prep Charter High School, 1928 Point Breeze Ave., in the spring, Curan Simmons knew the former quarterback’s offensive strategies would place players in the best positions to be standouts.
When commenting on a particularly impressive play for ESPN’s SportsCenter, Dan Patrick often lauded its doer by opining “You can’t stop him; you can only hope to contain him.” If he could see Jlon Flippens in action, the sportscaster would not only have to make a pronoun correction but also likely ditch the second sentiment. Thanks to a blend of great anticipation, size and speed, the 15-year-old has become a soccer dynamo, with her 52-goal season helping Penn Charter School to capture two elite titles.
Frank “Roscoe” Natale teaches chemistry classes at South Philadelphia High School, 2101 S. Broad St., but the resident of the 1600 block of South Juniper Street hones an appreciation for history, too. Also the head football coach for the Lower Moyamensing location, he hopes his players will enter their secondary education facility’s athletic annals by claiming their Thanksgiving clash against the Ss. Neumann-Goretti High School Saints, 1736 S. 10th St., at the South Philadelphia super site, 10th and Bigler streets.
If he continues to keep coming through with his promises, Christopher Bernard soon might have relatives and friends persuading him to enter politics. Having vowed to his teammates at The Academy at Palumbo, 1100 Catharine St., that he would emerge as a scholarship victor at Nov. 2’s Seventh Philadelphia Metropolitan Grade/High School Chess Championship, the 17-year-old claimed three victories and a draw to earn a seat at the Drexel University-situated Lebow College of Business Summer Economics Institute and lead his Bella Vista squad to third place at Montgomery County’s The Meadowbrook School.