Daily Archive: March 7, 2012


Inside Conditions…Gods of the bling

A few days ago, I fell asleep watching one of the old ‘Lord Of The Rings’ movies. As I drifted off into the darkness of cinema “space” visions of basketball games, hockey games and updates from spring training danced through my head, like bushels of sugar plums. All of a sudden my mind leaped backward to my sports history days. It dawned on my “subconscious” how our present day sports are so different, yet similar to the games of the past. The ancient Greek Olympic Games were a series of athletic competitions held for representatives of various city-states of Ancient Greece in honor of the God Zeus. Now games are being held in cities with names like Cleveland in honor of the God of the Bling.



Scott and Harris step out of familys’ shadows to lead Gateway to back-to-back titles

Tyler Scott is ranked by many as the best all around basketball player in the WPIAL. Scott’s mother Jennifer Bruce Scott, a former women’s basketball All-American at the University of Pittsburgh and his sister Shayla also starred at Pitt. His farther Rod played basketball at Duquesne. Gateway’s 6-foot-10 center Barnett Harris is unselfish, perhaps to a fault. He could probably average 30 points a game if he wanted, but realizes his team would not be as successful. Harris’ father, Barnett Sr., is a former Duquesne basketball player. The Gateway Gators celebrate after defeating Central Catholic 49-39 to win their second consecutive WPIAL Class AAAA championship. Scott and Harris led Gateway (20-6) to a 49-39 victory over Central Catholic (15-11) Saturday night at the Palumbo Center. The Gators are the first team to win back-to-back Class AAAA championships since New Castle won three in a row from 1997-99.


Jeter and the Tigers outrun the Greyhounds

Beaver Falls (24-2) blew out Monessen (23-3), 46-27, to win the Class AA championship Saturday night at Palumbo Center. The victory did not come as easily as the final score would suggest. Beaver Falls struggled throughout the first half with foul trouble. Beaver Falls’ 6-foot-8 senior center Shelden Jeter, a Division I prospect, received two quick fouls in the first quarter and coach Doug Biega sat him on the bench. JALEN MADISON, left, of Monessen and JOE WYNN of Beaver Falls battle for a loose ball in the WPIAL Class AA championship game. (Courier Photos/William McBride) With Jeter on the bench, the referees’ allowed Monessen to camp out in the paint like a group from Occupy Pittsburgh.



Nation of Islam addresses community needs

For decades religion played an intricate role in the Black community. Religion was a vital piece of the dynamic-the family unit was centered around, it was where most social justice campaigns began and it was where most needs were met during hard times, but as society has changed, so has religion’s role. While it may still be a part of the Black community, as a whole, some would say its prominence has faded. JASIRI X In an effort to evaluate the role of the church in the Black community and how it’s addressing the issues that are plaguing the community, such as violence, healthcare, economic disparity and more, the New Pittsburgh Courier has been speaking with leaders of the various religious denominations found within Pittsburgh’s Black community.


Church Circuit

Pastoral Anniversary MARCH 8—Triedstone Baptist Church of Rankin, 18 Harriet St., Rankin, will host its 8th Pastoral Anniversary of Rev. Nathaniel and Rev. Terri Pennybaker. There will be several nights of worship and praise. The service will run through March 10 and will include guest speakers Rev. Richard Wingfield, Rev Earlene Coleman and Rev. Dr. Steven Russell Jr. Also, there will be a celebration service on March 11 at 11 a.m. with Rev. Darryl Grayson and at 5 p.m. with Rev. Dr. William Curtis. For more information, call 412-271-3000.