Top 5 stories to watch for in NW Philly

 After winning the title game 32-7 on Saturday afternoon, the MLK High Cougars football players get their first look at the Public League AAA Championship plaque. Check back Monday for a recap of tomorrow's playoff game. (Brad Larrison/for NewsWorks)

After winning the title game 32-7 on Saturday afternoon, the MLK High Cougars football players get their first look at the Public League AAA Championship plaque. Check back Monday for a recap of tomorrow's playoff game. (Brad Larrison/for NewsWorks)

Here’s a look at what’s to come:

1. A member of the East Falls community will hit a major milestone next week. The Falls of Schuylkill Branch of the Free Library of Philadelphia is turning 100 years old. On Monday, residents will gather at the Midvale Avenue locale to celebrate. Check back next week to learn more.

2. Imhotep Institute Charter High School and Martin Luther King High School both cruised to victory last weekend, setting up two more do-or-die games. Imhotep is seeking to get one step closer to the state AA championship. MLK is looking to earn its first-ever birth in the state’s AAA playoffs. Check back next week for a full recap of both matchups.

3. Two education-focused groundbreaking ceremonies are scheduled for this weekend in Northwest Philadelphia. The Waldorf School of Philadelphia is moving into St. Peter’s Episcopal Church in Germantown. The Wissahickon Charter School is opening a second campus not far away. Check back next week for more details.

4. Morale among the seniors at W.B. Saul High School was noticeably low at the start of the school year. The impacts of the School District of Philadelphia’s financial crisis took a bit of the air out of their final school year. As part of an effort to lift their spirits, teachers teamed up with students to organize the school’s first-ever agriculture Olympics. Check back next week to learn more.

5. Season in and season out, residents across Northwest Philadelphia volunteer their time to coach recreational baseball teams, basketball teams, cheerleading squads and more. During an upcoming series, NewsWorks will profile the folks who have made a real difference from the sidelines. But first, we’ll need a little help from you. Send your top coach nominations to NewsWorks’ Northwest Philly editors Brian Hickey (bhickey@whyy.org) and Neema Roshania (nroshania@whyy.org).

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