Andrew Pidgeon has been named Penncrest's new head football coach, pending school board approval Dec. 22.

Pidgeon, who played quarterback at Ridley, was Cardinal O'Hara's offensive coordinator last season and previously served in the same role at Lower Merion.

Pidgeon replaces Rick Stroup, who stepped down after six seasons in charge of the Lions.

Hoops tournament

The six-game Fred Pickett Scholastic Play-by-Play Classic, with three of the area's preseason top 10 basketball squads, is set for this weekend.

Among the five Saturday games at Chester High is No. 2-ranked Neumann-Goretti, the defending PIAA Class 3A state titlist, against No. 7 Constitution at 6:15 p.m. That will be followed by the host Clippers vs. Simon Gratz at 8.

At 1 p.m. Sunday at St. Joseph's Prep's Kelly Fieldhouse, the No. 10 Hawks will host defending District 12 Class 3A champ Del-Val Charter. Del-Val's new coach is James "Flame" Lewis.

Here is the schedule:

Saturday at Chester

Northeast Academy vs. Friendship Academy (Md.), 1 p.m.

West Catholic vs. Penn Wood, 2:45 p.m.

St. Benedict's (N.J.) vs. St. Thomas More (Del.), 4:30 p.m.

Constitution vs. Neumann-Goretti, 6:15 p.m.

Simon Gratz vs. Chester, 8 p.m.

Sunday at St. Joseph's Prep

Del-Val Charter vs. St. Joseph's Prep, 1 p.m.

Scholarship benefit

The death of Carver Engineering and Science freshman Jonathon Briggs last March because of bacterial meningitis cast a pall from which the school is still trying to recover.

The school is hosting the Jonathon Briggs Memorial Showcase to help continue the healing process.

"We've spent a lot of time mourning, and now we really want to take the time to celebrate his life," said athletic director Scott Pitzner.

The junior varsity showcase, which began with two games on Friday, includes Central, Freire, and Masterman high schools. Carver E&S Middle School also was to play Independence Charter Middle School, which Briggs attended.

Saturday's tripleheader begins at 10 a.m.

Pitzner said the school's junior varsity coach, Kristin Jones, came up with the idea. Briggs' parents, Timothy Briggs and Ives Kiah, were also consulted, he added.

Proceeds from the event will support a scholarship fund in Briggs' name that Pitzner said the school hopes to award to a freshman every year.

Briggs was a beloved member of the junior varsity basketball team. The 15-year-old freshman left school feeling ill on a Monday in March and died on Tuesday.

Although Briggs attended E&S for only a few months, Pitzner said, his personality touched the entire school.

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