Family first: Hardships brought Chennault back to Philadelphia, haven’t escaped him since

first_imgWhen Tony Chennault was being recruited out of Ss. Neumann-Goretti High School in Philadelphia, Wake Forest and Villanova topped his list of potential schools.Chennault grew up in the Philadelphia area and knew a lot about the Villanova program. While that made the school an attractive choice, he wanted to experience something else.“I knew a lot about the tradition at Villanova, but I wanted a different scenery than Philadelphia,” Chennault said. “In the end I just wanted to see something different and that led me to Wake.”Chennault decided to leave Philadelphia for Winston-Salem, N.C., to join Wake Forest. He played sparingly his freshman season before seeing more time on the court as a sophomore. Chennault’s collegiate basketball career was going as he envisioned it. The whole time, though, his mother had an ailment that Chennault thought about frequently. It ended up pulling him back to Philadelphia and to Villanova so he could be with his family. Shortly after, though, tragedy struck and Chennault’s life was altered forever.During his freshman season at Wake Forest two years ago, Chennault played 17.5 minutes a game, averaging 4.5 points and 1.9 assists off of the bench. As a sophomore, he took on a bigger role and started in all 31 of Wake Forest’s games. As the Demon Deacons’ point guard, he played 30.2 minutes a game and averaged 9 points with 2.8 assists.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textJust as Chennault was coming into his own at Wake Forest, he faced a difficult decision. When Syracuse travels to Philadelphia Saturday to take on Villanova, Chennault will be suiting up for the team he passed on three years ago. Once in need of a change in scenery, Chennault now finds himself back on Villanova’s bench under circumstances he could have never imagined.“It was very difficult leaving Wake Forest,” Chennault said. “I made a lot of great relationships with students and coaches there, but I wanted to be closer to home.Chennault’s mother, Crystal Morton, struggles with respiratory problems, and while he was at Wake Forest, her illness weighed heavily on his mind. After his sophomore season, he decided his family needed him, and the NCAA made it possible for him to move back home without any penalties.He learned the NCAA would grant him a hardship waiver that would give him eligibility in his first season at Villanova. Typically, a transfer has to sit out for one season. Everything was falling into place for Chennault to make the move he felt he needed to make.But then disaster struck. Chennault’s older brother Michael Jay, one of his biggest influences, was abruptly taken away from him.On May 31, 2012, Jay was shot in the back and head. He was immediately rushed to Albert Einstein Medical Center in North Philadelphia, where he was pronounced dead at 2:47 p.m. the next day.“When Tony’s brother was killed it was just tragic and sudden,” said Carl Arrigale, Chennault’s head coach at Neumann-Goretti. “It was a senseless act of violence that no one could have seen coming.”Jay was a mentor to Chennault, who repeatedly turned to him for advice both on and off the court. Jay’s death was surreal for Chennault and his family, but he is using it as fuel to push himself forward.“It has been a lot to deal with off the court,” Chennault said. “My teammates have been great and my coaches have been great. I’m not getting down, I’m just encouraged to keep working harder.”In his time of internal struggle, Chennault has relied on basketball as a therapeutic tool. During the summer he frequently worked out at his high school and reconnected with coaches and teammates of his past.At Neumann-Goretti, Chennault was a superstar in one of Philadelphia’s premier high school basketball programs. In his senior season, the Saints went 30-1 with a 17-0 record in their league. Chennault finished his high school career by leading his team to a Pennsylvania state championship and a top-20 national ranking by season’s end.“He has been around the program a lot since he has been back,” said John Mosco, an assistant to Arrigale at Neumann-Goretti. “High school was a great time in his life and being close to home, and here, has helped him during the hard times.”Mosco said Chennault has used this time in his life to reshape his priorities both on and off the court.“I see the same Tony, but I also see a more mature side of him that realizes there is life after basketball,” Mosco said. “He has the right focus in school and knows that basketball, and life, could stop at any time.”While Chennault has adapted well to academics at Villanova, his statistics resemble those of his freshman season at Wake Forest, when he averaged 4.5 points and 1.9 assists in 17.5 minutes per game. Not known for his scoring ability or big play factor, Chennault has been noticeably tentative in the limited minutes he’s played for the Wildcats this season.He averages just 17.7 minutes off of the bench per game, less than anyone in Villanova’s nine-man rotation, compared to the 30.2 he averaged a year ago. Freshman point guard Ryan Arcidiacono earned the starting spot as a highly touted recruit, and has been responsible for a bulk of the team’s offensive production.For the entire season, Chennault has been used to spell Arcidiacono and simply manage the game in his absence, which has led to low averages of 3.5 points and 1.6 assists a game, about half of what he averaged last season.“He has handled this all great and is picking up on what we are doing,” said Villanova head coach Jay Wright. “Right now, he allows us to get Ryan Arcidiacono some rest, but I do see him making more of an impact soon.”Chennault is well aware of his role on the team and wants to be a leader above all else. The potential of Villanova’s young team is apparent, yet it hinges on the willingness of upperclassmen like Chennault to mentor the less-experienced players on the roster.Less than a year ago, an inhumane crime took Chennault’s mentor away from him. Moving forward, he plans to turn the adversity he has endured into material that will help his teammates better themselves as basketball players, and as men.“Tony’s got a big heart and has always cared,” Arrigale said. “I think a lot of kids play for the wrong reasons, but Tony, he has always played for the right ones.” Comments Related Stories Carter-Williams fuels Fair in victory against VillanovaColeman makes big plays at both ends of floor in Syracuse’s win over VillanovaDUG OUT: Late run, crucial Cooney 3s lead Syracuse over Villanova in scrappy shorthanded home winFreshman trio of Cooney, Coleman, Grant carries Orange to win against Villanova Facebook Twitter Google+center_img Published on January 23, 2013 at 1:15 am Contact Jesse: [email protected] | @dougherty_jesselast_img read more

Bad Moms playing at Wellington Regent this weekend

first_imgThis week at the Regent Theater: Bad Moms (see trailer below).Schedule: Friday, Saturday and Sunday, 7 p.m.Other movies: Ice Age – Collision Course, Friday, Saturday and Sunday, 2 p.m.This Friday’s feature film: R (for sexual material, full frontal nudity, language throughout, and drug and alcohol content). Time: 1 hour 51 minutes.Movie Synopsis: In this new comedy from the grateful husbands and devoted fathers who wrote The Hangover, Amy has a seemingly perfect life–a great marriage, over-achieving kids, beautiful home and a career. However she’s over-worked, over-committed and exhausted to the point that she’s about to snap. Fed up, she joins forces with two other over-stressed moms on a quest to liberate themselves from conventional responsibilities–going on a wild, un-mom-like binge of long overdue freedom, fun and self-indulgence–putting them on a collision course with PTA Queen Bee Gwendolyn and her clique of devoted perfect moms.Rotten Tomatoes rating (movie critics collective approval ratings): 62%. Audience review: 76% liked it. Critic’s consensus: Bad Momsboasts a terrific cast and a welcome twist on domestic comedy — and they’re often enough to compensate for the movie’s unfortunate inability to take full advantage of its assets.For more information on great movies being played visit the Wellington Regent website at us on Facebook.Follow us on Twitter. Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. There are no comments posted yet. Be the first one! Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new commentslast_img read more