Each Catholic League School's Most
Memorable Win in a City Title
(Overall Through Basketball in 1980,
By Classification From 2008-09 Forward) 

  Below you'll find my list of the all-time most memorable wins, school by school, by
Philadelphia Catholic League teams in City Titles. One per school (limited to football,
basketball and baseball.
  What makes a game "memorable"? Sometimes it's the sheer quality of the game itself, or a truly

special performance by one or more participants, or the historical context of the game, or the
fact that the result was a gigantic upset, fan involvement during/after the game or high levels
of controversy for assorted reasons.

  Mostly, it's just a feeling. Again, this is one man's opinion and please understand that it was
hard to come up with these decisions. (And harder still to cast aside many other strong

  Thanks for paying attention, and I hope you enjoy the list.
  -- Ted Silary

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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 figures.


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) forced
turnovers to set up Carroll's scores. For Frankford, Steve Ebbecke ran for one TD and passed 36 yards to Mark Townsell (3-60) for another.


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
Troy 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
  McDevitt 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 interception.


1945, at Convention Hall
South Catholic 37, Southern 36
Larry Foust 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
  Bobby 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.


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, Bartram 45
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" Mo
ore (7-200, TDs of 88 and 71 yards in the fourth quarter). The Panthers were without their main rusher, Tyliek Raynor (knee injury).