2019, 4A, at Lincoln
Bonner-Prendergast 59, Imhotep 57 (OT)
After getting ousted from the CL playoffs in the quarterfinals, the
Friars took major pleasure from being able to knock off the winner of
three consecutive Public League overall championships. Isaiah Wong
totaled 17 points, 10 rebounds and four assists and forced a last-second
trey to clang off the rim. Oddly. B-P shot 13-for-25 at the foul line
but 8-for-11 from beyond the arc. Five players scored from seven to 11
points. Tariq Ingraham (11) was the only one to join Wong in double
1971, at Franklin Field
Carroll 15, Frankford 14
In only its third season of CL football, Carroll
rallied from a 14-0 halftime deficit to capture the win under coach Joe
McNichol. Bill Zwaan sparked the comeback by
passing 12-for-22 for 123 yards and TDs to
twin brothers Mike (4-37) and Steve Adelizzi (7-75). Mark
Logue (reception) and Mike Adelizzi (kick) provided the conversion
points. Harold Feiler (fumble recovery) and Paul Gray (interception)
turnovers to set up Carroll's scores. For Frankford,
Steve Ebbecke ran for one TD and passed 36 yards to Mark Townsell (3-60)
1969, at Connie Mack Stadium
Dougherty 10, Olney 0
With Leo Woehlcke being disciplined for missing a practice, junior Paul
Tucker got the call from coach Ray Merkle and pitched no-hit ball until
Charles Sumter singled with two out in the sixth. Woehlcke went the rest
of the way. Ray Devlin went 3-for-3 with three RBI while Stan Krzyston
had two doubles, two RBI. Greg McCorry had a two-run double.
1968, at Connie Mack Stadium
Egan 1, Southern 0 (11 innings)
A pair of lefties, Egan's Dennis Yesenosky and
Southern's Willie Jones, were masterful in this marathon. Yesenosky
allowed two hits and three walks and set strikeout records for seven
innings (12), nine innings (17) and overall (20). Jones allowed eight
hits and fanned 16. In the home 11th, singles by Tony Varacallo, Dan
Connors and Jim Colella loaded the bases. Jim Carpenter sent a sinking
liner to right and Vince DeMeis made the catch. With all three runners
moving a doubleplay was possible, but DeMeis's throw to first was
off-line. Jones then walked Paul Scalzone on four pitches to end it. In
the sixth, Southern had runners thrown out at second and the plate.
1976, at Temple's Erny Field
Judge 14, Central 13
Ten of the game's 28 hits went for extra bases, Judge overcame a 7-0
deficit after 2 1/2 innings and Central created a 13-13 tie with seven
in the visiting fifth. Jim Hockel tripled and scored in the bottom half
to win it. George Turano won with 1 1/3 innings of scoreless relief.
Mike Goida went 5-for-5 and scored twice. For Central, Matt Melone
homered and Bob Santore went 3-for-5 with two triples and three RBI.
2009, Class 2A, at Campbell's Field (Camden)
Kennedy-Kenrick 12, Esperanza 1 (5 inn.)
Joe Harvey went 3-for-3 with a double and five RBI and
picked up the win by pitching a perfect third inning (two strikeouts).
Ed Skilton (three hits) and Brian Custer halved six RBI. Christian Ortiz
bagged Esperanza's RBI.
2017, Class 3A, at South Phila. Super Site
Lansdale Catholic 42, Future 12: Matt
Casee (14-173) and Danny Dutkiewicz (15-137) combined to rush for 310
yards while notching two TDs apiece. The one completion by Michael
Dutkiewicz, Danny's brother, produced a 50-yard score by Jake Doheny.
Brendan Menges went 6-for-5 on PAT. For the
Firebirds, Syree Groce toughed out 101 yards and one TD on 26 carries.
2010, Class 4A, at Lincoln
La Salle 42, Bartram 40
Hockaday scored 15 points and, as part of a box-and-one, helped to hold
Virginia Tech-bound Tyrone Garland, at that point the No. 3 career
scorer in city history (2,184), to eight as the Explorers won a hoops CT
for the first time since a Tom Gola-led team did so in 1950. With
Hockaday defending, Garland missed a late trey and Joe Brown (nine
rebounds) added a free throw at 1.1. Steve Collins shot 4-for-7 and
4-for-4 for 12 points.Bartram's leaders were Quasim Jones in points
(12), and Darrell Lane (10) and Devin Moore (nine) in rebounds. The
Braves were missing two starters due to assorted issues.
2015, Class A, at Northwest Super Site
50, KIPP DuBois 12: With
Max Bryson not quite ready to return from injury, receiver Dontae Mason
remained at quarterback and had a terrific performance. He passed
8-for-13 for 178 yards and three TDs -- two to Jaron Macon (3-85) -- and
turned seven carries into 81 yards and another score. Vincent DiLeo
posted one TD apiece via rushing/receiving along with 109 yards.
Jayvonne Campfield scored on a fumble return. The Lancers were coached
by long-time boss Pat Manzi, who'd missed the 2014 season due to health
issues. Two days earlier, the school had won the Class A City Title in
soccer. For KDB, the highlight was Brian Jones' 62-yard score with an
1945, at Convention Hall
South Catholic 37, Southern 36
scored 11 points and provided the margin of victory with a tap-in at the
buzzer. The crowd was 12,500 and an estimated 5,000 were turned away.
Joe Hannan added 10 points. Charles "Hotsy" Bellak (12) and Tom Sabol
(11) led Southern. With 1:30 left, scoring leader Stan "Loady" Brown was
injured in a collision with SC's Joe Gorman and he was given unlimited
time to regroup. He returned to finish the game, assisting Bellak on two
late field goals.
1956, at the Palestra
North Catholic 68, West Phila. 67
McNeill (29 points), Jim Kenny (16) and John "Josh" Keenan (13) paced
North to the win in its first City Title appearance. Playmaker Jack
McColgan hit a jumper to break the game's 16th and final tie, 57-57, and
McNeill followed 15 seconds later with a three-point play. For West,
which scored the final four points to make things close, Ray "Chink"
Scott shot 11-for-24 en route to 31 points and grabbed 25 rebounds.
1973, at Veterans Stadium
O'Hara 13, Frankford 6
Tom Gallagher, playing with a lightweight cast on his left leg, ran 56
yards for a third-quarter TD to expand O'Hara's 7-6 lead. Dennis
Buchanan rushed 19 times for 152 yards and John Leotta threw a 15-yard
scoring pass to Mark Cordes 6 seconds before halftime; a clock mixup had
resulted in the second quarter lasting 14 seconds longer than it should
have. For Frankford, Anthony Turiano gained 71 yards on 17 carries and
threw a 7-yard scoring pass to Leroy Williams. Rich Geiger gave
Frankford a chance at a tie or win with a late fumble recovery at the
O'Hara 19, but Bill Gargan quickly made a fumble recovery for the Lions.
2014, Class 4A, at St. Joseph's University
Roman 58, King 55
Due to two delays caused by fan misbehavior (plastic soda bottles were
heaved onto the court from high in the stands), the final 21 seconds
required about 20 minutes. After the first stoppage, Rashann London sank
two free throws to give Roman a 56-55 lead. London had been hit in the
head, a ref ruled, right after having his fastbreak layup swatted by
Jahmir Taylor. Thereafter, Roman went 2-for-4 at the line while King
missed two shots and a pair of free throws (one on purpose in
desperation mode). London and game MVP Gemil Holbrook (4-for-4 on treys)
evenly divided 36 points. Manny Taylor (no relation) claimed 10 rebounds
and Shep Garner made six steals. Greg Bennett scored 17 points for King
and received major help from Taylor (13, 14 rebounds, seven blocks).
1962, at Connie Mack Stadium
St. James 2, Lincoln 1
Soph Mike Flanagan fanned a game-record 15 batters
in a six-hitter. Ed Miazza and Flanagan had RBI singles. Flanagan's RBI
broke a 1-1 tie in the home fourth and plated Jack Giampalmi (triple).
Lincoln's Joe Hindelang pitched an eight-hitter with 10 strikeouts.
ST. JOSEPH'S PREP
2012, Class 4A, at Lincoln
SJ Prep 63, Bartram 56
Coach William "Speedy" Morris won his first City Title in 38 years
(1974 with Roman) and star junior guard Steve Vasturia tied the game
record for points, which had stood alone since 1955. The owner? None
other than Overbrook's Wilt "Dippy" Chamberlain, with 35 vs. West
Catholic in 1955. This game took place one day after the 50th
anniversary of Chamberlain's 100-point game with the Philadelphia
Warriors. After shooting 3-for-12 for seven points in the first half,
Vasturia exploded for 28 in the second half (17 in fourth quarter). He
shot 10-for-22 (six treys) and 9-for-9. The Hawks went 13-for-34 beyond
the arc and tried just 11 regulars, hitting six. Gene Williams (four
treys) added 14 points. Tom Stewart, usually the seventh man but not
used in the CL semis and final at the Palestra, accounted for 13 points
with seven of his own and two assists that led to six more. The Hawks
were without star junior swingman Miles Overton (thumb
surgery). For Bartram, which lost the last quarter, 21-12, Terrieck
Williams sniped 8-for-9 for 17 points.
1972, at the Palestra
St. Thomas More 53,
The Golden Bears reaped 15 points from Ron Holmes, 12 from Emery
Sammons and 11 from Carl Kenty and stormed to a 17-2 lead in the first
6:59. Larry Sanders claimed 15 rebounds. Joe "Jelly Bean" Bryant (18)
and Roger Steve (15) paced Bartram, which missed 14 of its first 15
shots and committed six turnovers during that same span.
1953, at the Palestra
West Catholic 54, Overbrook 42
Before 8,461 fans (4,000 were turned away), West Catholic held 6-11 Wilt
Chamberlain to 29 points by surrounding him at all times with four
defenders. Chamberlain shot 9-for-25 from the floor and 11-for-19 at the
line. Bill Lindsay played the "floater" in West's defense and also
scored a game-record 32 points, shooting 12-for-13 and 8-for-11.
2014, Class 3A, at Northeast
Wood 42, Imhotep 34: While
winning their seventh consecutive AAA City Title, the Vikings finally
experienced a challenge. A 20-0 lead notwithstanding, victory wasn't
assured until the waning moments when Alex Arcangeli (20-105, TD) gained
two yards on fourth-and-1. Jarrett McClenton ran 25 times for 157 yards
and four TDs; his 80-yarder capped a back-and-forth, three-TD explosion
in the final 34.7 seconds of the third quarter. For Imhotep, Andre
Dreuit-Parks passed 16-for-26 for 299 yards and four TDs, thanks
mostly to an electric performance by Denniston "DJ" Moore
(7-200, TDs of 88 and 71
yards in the fourth quarter). The Panthers were without
their main rusher, Tyliek Raynor (knee injury).