by Jack Mariano
Philly is coming to Parkesburg, get the POINT? On Saturday January 30, the West Philadelphia High School Speedboys basketball team are scheduled to play our Octorara Braves and the game will be held at the Parkesburg Point’s 700 West Main Street location.
Due to a cancellation in the Holiday Tournament in Shippensburg, Octorara’s Coach Gene Lambert contacted the West Philadelphia team and they agreed to play the Braves in the Octorara gym. It was then that Coach Lambert connected with Point Executive Director Dwayne Walton to assess the feasibility of playing this game on the court inside the Point.
Coach Lambert told me that it was a great opportunity to focus attention on the venue which is dedicated to offer safe, engaging and spirit-filled environments that empower youth and families to live victoriously. Through strategic partnerships with churches, schools, businesses, and social organizations we (The Point) aim to develop young people who are then able to positively influence their families, neighborhoods and community.
West Philadelphia High School located at 4901 Chestnut St. opened in 1912 as the first secondary school in Philadelphia west of the Schuylkill (river) and serves 5,500 students according to the school’s web page.
The Speedboys are currently 5-4-0 in the Philadelphia Public League, Division B and are 10-8-0 overall with an average of 56.6 points per game. They have a ranking of 292 in the State according to data obtained from Max preps. The Speedboys feature 6’2” sophomore Tyja Fuller , #23 and J. Shy, a 5’9” center (#3) who is a senior.
The Braves possess a 16-1 overall record and are currently ranked 21st in the State, according to Max preps and are currently leading the Chesmont League American Division.
Parkesburg Point Executive Director Dwayne Walton told Parkesburg Today that “It is good to let the community see exactly what the Point is and what we are offering to the community. We are very excited to host a home game. We are honored.”
Seating for this game will be limited and tickets will be sold at the door on a first come, first served basis. Just like the games at the school, Adults pay $5.00 and Students are charged $3.00. The Junior Varsity game will begin at 1:00 p.m. followed by the Varsity game at 2:30 p.m. A full concession stand will be available.
Why not make Saturday and Octorara “double header”? Support our great boys basketball team along with the Point and then take in the Scott Alexander, Illusionist show at the school Auditorium at 7:00 p.m. General Admission Tickets are $10 and special VIP Experience for $25 which starts at 6 p.m. in the high school cafeteria with light fare (100 guests) and a close up experience with the Illusionist. Proceeds for this event go to the Octorara “Back On Track” high school track renovation project.