By Terrence Thomas

Coach Keith Taylor Sr. will embark on his 5th season as Head Coach with a very young and inexperienced squad. The defending Del Val League and District-1 Champions enter the season with two returning starters in senior point guard Qadir Lowrie and power-forward Isaiah Freeman. The Clippers will also look to seniors Nasir Madison and Olayinka “Yanks” Itabiyi along with sophomore Larenzo Jerkins returners from last season to be the catalyst for their run to the States. You see at 9th & Barclay or the “Clip Joint” regardless of who dons the “Orange & Black” on the Fred Pickett Gymnasium floor; the ultimate goal remains the same – State Championship. 

Chester’s roster will consist of 1 freshman, 5 sophomores, 3 juniors and 5 seniors. The goal of Coach Taylor is to mold this new mixture into a fine tuned machine as only five of the latter actually played Varsity basketball as a Clipper in the previous season. He understands his opponents will be linking their chops at the opportunity to face such an inexperienced group of Clippers and he expects his young troops to mature quickly. With that being said, the Clippers will open on the road at Lancaster’s J.P. McCaskey on Saturday, December 11th, before returning to the Clip Joint for the “City Championship” on Tuesday, December 14th against Chester Charter Scholars Academy. The schedule includes games against Philadelphia Catholic League’s Archbishop Carroll and Cardinal O’Hara, Delaware’s Newark and Christiana and New Jersey’s Paterson-Kennedy. Mixed within their Del Val opponents will be Coatesville, Downingtown West, York, Bartram and a home date with defending 6A State Champion Reading Red Knights.  

The players have worked hard over the last three weeks preparing for the season knowing they can garner minutes. Sophomores Dante Atkinson and Kevin Rucker who saw significant minutes on the JV squad are expected to be impact players. Juniors Terrence Cobb and Breilyn White are high energy explosive teammates. Sophomore big men Vincent Coleman and Jerry Young look to make their presence felt inside the paint. Senior Lenny Camacho returns bringing his defensive intensity looking to spark the second unit. Rounding out the squad are junior Nazir Berry and freshman Dallas Thompson with contributions expected at both ends of the court Unlike last season where the season opened without fans, this year will be different. The season will open with fans. If you are in the neighborhood, come on out to 9t & Barclay and show your support for C-Pride. Let the Season begin.

CHESTER HIGH 2021-2022 Varsity Boys Basketball Schedule. Coach: Keith Taylor Sr.

DATE           DAY          TIME        PLACE               OPPONENT                                        

11 DEC          SAT            5:30            Away                   J.P. McCaskey   @ 

8th ANNUAL FRED PICKETT CLASSIC, Chester High School – City Championship

14 DEC          TUE            5:00            Home                   Chester Charter Scholars Academy @ – 

16 DEC          THUR         3:30            Away                   Newark (DE) @ 

WILMINGTON PLAY BY PLAY CLASSIC – 76’ers Fieldhouse, Wilmington, DE 76’ers Fieldhouse, Wilmington, DE

19 DEC          SUN           6:15            Away                   Archbishop Carroll (PA)  

WILMINGTON PLAY BY PLAY CLASSIC II, 76’ers Fieldhouse, Wilmington, DE 76’ers Fieldhouse, Wilmington, DE

23 DEC          THUR         1:45            Away                   Downingtown West                                             

16th ANNUAL PETE NELSON HOLIDAY CLASSIC, Widener University, Chester, PA

28 DEC          TUE            8:00            Away                   Cardinal O’Hara (PA)                  

30 DEC          THUR         8:30            Away                   Coatesville                     

08 JAN           SAT            2:00            Home                   Bartram @                                              

11 JAN           TUE            5:30            Home                   Penn Wood *@

12 JAN           WED          5:30            Home                   Reading @                                             

13 JAN           THUR         5:30            Home                   Chichester *@    

3rd  ANNUAL STAND AGAINST VIOLENCE SHOWCASE, Chambersburg, PA

15 JAN           SAT            TBA           Away                   TBA                                         

16 JAN           SUN           4:30            Away                   Cumberland Valley

20 JAN           THUR         5:30            Away                   Interboro *@

22 JAN           SAT            1:00            Home                   York #   

25 JAN           TUE            5:30            Away                   Academy Park *@                                               

27 JAN           THUR         5:30            Away                   Penn Wood *@

29 JAN           SAT            1:00            Home                   Christiana #                                

01 FEB           TUE            5:30            Away                   Chichester *@    

27th  ANNUAL BATTLE BY THE BAY, Atlantic City High School, Atlantic City, NJ

05 FEB           SAT            5:00            Away                   Paterson-Kennedy  (NJ)

08 FEB           TUE            5:30            Home                   Interboro *@

10 FEB  THUR   5:30      Home    Academy Park *@