athletics

TPS Girls at the Palestra

By Bart Jeannoute, Athletic Director

Girls Basketball traveled to the University of Pennsylvania on Wednesday for their end-of-season celebration. The team was greeted at the famous Palestra by the Penn’s women’s basketball team and coaching staff. After observing a portion of Penn’s game day preparation, the TPS Tigers were invited onto the court for a scrimmage themselves. 

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The Tigers were treated to pizza and prizes during a close contest between Penn and Villanova. Although the Quakers led for most the game, they were unable to complete the upset over the Wildcats. 

Many thanks to head coach Mike Bonitatibus, assistant coach Liz McCannell, and team parents for volunteering their time and energy to make this event memorable for all.

Outstanding Play!


The TPS Tigers joined 16 other middle school teams at Archbishop Carroll’s Inaugural Thanksgiving CYO Boys Basketball Tournament.

Although the Tigers did not advance to the championship round, 8th grader Darius had a standout performance. Darius finished averaging 13.5 points per game. He was recognized by Archbishop Carroll’s Varsity Head Coach as being a dynamic scorer, but more importantly an unselfish teammate who is willing to move the ball and a natural leader. As a result of his outstanding play, Darius was selected to the All-Tournament Team.

Congratulations to Darius and the rest of the Tigers Basketball Team!

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Tigers & Beyond Basketball

By Bart Jeannoute, Athletic Director and Boys Basketball Coach

The TPS Boys Basketball Team competed in the second annual Beyond Basketball Tournament hosted by Philadelphia Youth Basketball and Friends' Central School.

The tournament is held on MLK weekend and provides teams with educational breakout sessions to observe and appreciate the life and work of Martin Luther King Jr. 

On Saturday, the Tigers cruised to victory in the first two games. TPS advanced pass Kenderton Elementary School by way of forfeit and went on to defeat St. James School in the next round. 

The Tigers were put to the test by the host team during Sunday's semifinal game. Friends' Central leveraged their home court advantage and jumped out to an early lead. The Tigers found themselves down 4 points with time quickly elapsing. Excellent defense led to a steal and two quick points. With only a few seconds left, TPS was able to force another turnover. The team scrambled, but the ball finally found its way to Ben King, who cooly and calmly knocked down the game-winning 3-pointer. 

Sadly, during the championship game, tired legs took a toll on the Tigers. They were handed their only loss during tournament play by the team from Immaculate Heart of Mary.  Congrats for working hard and earning second place!

Olympian Runs with You Go Girls

A 2016 American Olympian will be joining the You Go Girls club next week on Wednesday, December 6.

Ajeé Wilson is the US Record holder for the fastest women's 800m on the track. She competed in the 2016 Olympics and won the bronze at the 2017 World Championships.

Ajeé lives here in Philly and is very excited to meet the girls. She will share with us some of her medals, and then we'll go for a run at Markward Playground. I've attached a photo of Ajeé here.

8th Grade vs Faculty Soccer Game

On Friday afternoon the 8th grade and the faculty faced off in an exciting soccer game. The game was tied 2-2 at the end of regulation, but the 8th graders won the penalty kick shootout. Congrats to the 8th grade on their 4-3 victory.