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GENERAL ANNOUNCEMENTS
 
*Click here for info on the Coaches Vs. Cancer School and Youth Initiative Golf Outing, which will be held in June. That page will also allow you to register.
 
*Philadelphia Area Baseball will hold a showcase event for rising seventh- and eighth-graders interested in drawing attention from quality high school programs and travel teams. The event will be held June 24, 2020, at Philadelphia Energy Field, 3501 Moore Street, Phila. 19146. Players will run sprints, participate in batting practice, infield-outfield drills and pitching sessions, depending on interests. Cost is $100 per player. Register early to reserve a spot. Go to philadelphiaareabaseball.com, click on the sign-up tab to get directed to the registration page, then click "MS Showcase." For description in payment type click "Showcase." Also, checks can be mailed to 3200 Penrose Ferry Road, Phila., 19145.
 
*Click here to see what former website stalwart Mark "Frog" Carfagno is doing now . . . and how he could help YOU!
 
*Paid scorekeepers and/or interns are being sought for games in adult basketball leagues. The leagues run over three time frames through the calendar year and the games -- most are played on Saturday afternoon/evening and Sunday morning -- are held at FiDonce Gym, 3640 G Street (near Erie Avenue), in Philadelphia. If interested, contact Steve Reid at 215-941-0714. Thanks.
 
*The revised second edition of Joe Rapczynski's book on the amazing feat of North Catholic's 1968 basketball junior varsity can now be purchased via Barnes&Noble. Click here
 
*Jimmy Grant just finished his 5th book on football history. Holy Wars chronicles the history of Catholic School football at the high school and collegiate level. There is a short feature on the North Catholic/Frankford Rivalry. The book is available here.
 
*The Narberth Summer Basketball League, for players from seventh grade through 12th, is preparing for its 74th season.  Players/parents: Send an email to administrator Mike Herron at herronm13@gmail.com to receive an application. The draft will take place in mid-April and the league will run from early May through late July.*
  *Ted Taylor, who long lit up this website with columns on baseball cards and other sports memorabilia, is hosting two radio shows each week on www.wrdv.com and www.wrdv.org -- Tuesday, 8 a.m. to noon, big band and swing. Wednesday, 10 p.m. to 1 a.m., old time rock 'n roll. On the radio . . . WRDV FM 89.3 Bucks/Montgomery; 107.3 Philadelphia; 97.1 Bensalem and WLBS FM 91.7 Bristol-Levittown.  
 
*Coaches/league administrators/organization leaders: Click here for info on Modell's Team Weeks program. The Philly area rep is Jake Tarlini - 917-453-3841 or jacob.tarlini@modells.com.
 
*If you have a film of the 1968 Catholic League football championship game, Cardinal Dougherty vs. Monsignor Bonner, please contact Earl "Skip" Ziegenfuss at eziegenfuss@comcast.net. Thanks!
 
*Coaches, education majors, phys ed teachers, student-athletes . . . Would you like to work at Future Stars Day Camps in summer 2020? Start the process now. Click here and submit your application.
 
*David Richman has written a book about the early years of the 76ers . . . His dad, Ike, was the owner and a guy named Wilt was his roommate. "Wilt, Ike, & Me"  may be purchased here.
 
*Robert D. Oberst has written a second book, Renaissance Olympian, about Gene Oberst's very interesting life. Gene played football at Notre Dame for coach/mentor Knute Rockne, medaled in the javelin in the Olympics, coached two championship football teams at Roman and later became a professor and artist. The book may be purchased via Amazon. Please click here. Thank you.
  
*Bill Clausen is selling City Title football programs from 1945 to 1979 (almost all seasons). Cost: $10 apiece. He may be reached at billpclausen@gmail.com.
 
*Cardinal Dougherty grad Shaun Ellis ('04), a former Phillies draftee and pitcher in the minor leagues and independent ball since 2009, is offering pitching lessons. He may be reached at 856-617-3557 or shaunellis08@gmail.com.
  
*John Shiffert, who long entertained readers of this website with columns about baseball history, is looking for freelance writing opportunities. He now lives in the Philly area. If you know of any, please email John at jas2writer@gmail.com. Thank you!*
 
*Click here for a link to the High School Sports Show, which airs every Monday, 7 p.m., on 610-AM.
  
*If you happen to have a copy of the Sept./Oct. 1990 edition of Philly Sports Magazine, please contact Isaiah Montgomery at hbgsharks25@gmail.com. Thank you! 
 
*Jim Lannigan, former football star at Father Judge High, has created a LinkedIn group for former All-City honorees in football, basketball and baseball. Post promotions that your company has. Promote a beef and beer that you are having for a charity event, Connect with those that are coaching or involved with the sport that you were involved with during your high school years, network, or just get back in touch, etc. Click here for the group's page.

SOCCER
 
*Matt Davis, former Bishop McDevitt multisport athlete and student writer for this website, is now the head coach at Mount Aloysius College, a D-III school in Cresson, Pa. (near Altoona). If you've got game and think you'd like to be part of Matt's program, send him an email at mattdavissoccer@gmail.com.

FOOTBALL
 
*Jimmy Grant just finished his 5th book on football history. Holy Wars chronicles the history of Catholic School football at the high school and collegiate level. There is a short feature on the North Catholic/Frankford Rivalry. The book is available here.
 
 *If you have a film of the 1968 Catholic League championship game, Cardinal Dougherty vs. Monsignor Bonner, please contact Earl "Skip" Ziegenfuss at eziegenfuss@comcast.net. Thanks!
 
*Robert D. Oberst has written a second book, Renaissance Olympian, about Gene Oberst's very interesting life. Gene played football at Notre Dame for coach/mentor Knute Rockne, medaled in the javelin in the Olympics, coached two championship football teams at Roman and later became a professor and artist. The book may be purchased via Amazon. Please click here. Thank you.
 
*Bill Clausen is selling City Title programs from 1945 to 1979 (almost all seasons). Cost: $10 apiece. He may be reached at billpclausen@gmail.com. 
 
*If you have a film of the 1973 Mastbaum-Southern game, please contact Michael Anderson at tandm1214@gmail.com.

 
*Chestnut Hill College has started a sprint team (weight limit: 172 pounds). Would you like to give it a whirl? Contact coach Mike Pearson at PearsonM@chc.edu.
 
*The commemorative book -- "La Salle College High School - 100 Years of Football History" -- has been released. It was written by 1969 grad Bill Wasylenko. Proceeds on book sales will benefit the school's Touchdown Club. The book is on sale at home games and can also be purchased on this eBay page. 
 
*Several game films from Bonner's 1984 season (with '83 to come) are available for viewing through Dropbox. For more info, contact Paul Golden at paul.golden@gmail.com.

  *Bill Wasylenko, La Salle High's football historian, seeks tapes of games involving the Explorers from all eras. He already has many tapes from 1988 to 2012, along with a few from '75 and '76 and some from the early '60s. Bill may be reached at explorerfb@gmail.com.

BASEBALL
 
*Cardinal Dougherty grad Shaun Ellis ('04), a former Phillies draftee and pitcher in the minor leagues and independent ball since 2009, is offering pitching lessons. He may be reached at 856-617-3557 or shaunellis08@gmail.com.
 
*John Shiffert, who long entertained readers of this website with columns about baseball history, is looking for freelance writing opportunities. He now lives in the Philly area. If you know of any, please email John at jas2writer@gmail.com. Thank you!
 
*Former Episcopal Academy star Dan Williams ('04) is the director of D-Will Performance, which is based in King of Prussia and helps players reach their potential by taking a cutting-edge approach to baseball development. Pitchers and position players are encouraged to contact Dan at 610-213-1958 or dwillperformance@gmail.com.

BASKETBALL
 
*Paid scorekeepers and/or interns are being sought for games in adult basketball leagues. The leagues run over three time frames through the calendar year and the games -- most are played on Saturday afternoon/evening and Sunday morning -- are held at FiDonce Gym, 3640 G Street (near Erie Avenue), in Philadelphia. If interested, contact Steve Reid at 215-941-0714. Thanks.
 
*Joe Rapczynski, the only member of North Catholic's 1968 junior varsity AND varsity basketball teams, has written a book about the game that drew national attention . . . the victory by North's JV, filling in for the suspended varsity, over McDevitt in a quarterfinal playoff at the Palestra. All angles are explored; even some new ones! Joe played at La Salle University and coached for 40 years on the high school/college level. Click here for more info and instructions on how to purchase the book. Congrats on this project, Joe! . . .
 
*The Narberth Summer Basketball League, for players from seventh grade through 12th, is preparing for its 74th season.  Players/parents: Send an email to administrator Mike Herron at herronm13@gmail.com to receive an application. The draft will take place in mid-April and the league will run from early May through late July.*
 
*David Richman has written a book about the early years of the 76ers . . . His dad, Ike, was the owner and a guy named Wilt was his roommate. "Wilt, Ike, & Me"  may be purchased here.
 
*Bill "Mr. Bill" Williams, long-time assistant at Southern, is selling DVDs of Philly high school games going back to 1989. Click here for his website page and contact info and here for an updated list of available DVDs.
  *If you happen to have a copy of the Sept./Oct. 1990 edition of Philly Sports Magazine, please contact Isaiah Montgomery at hbgsharks25@gmail.com. Thank you! 
 
*Games involving city-leagues teams are being telecast this season on www.sportsfanbase.com, with former Northeast High baseball star Ari Bluestein as the play-by-play man. Ari's twitter handle is The_SFBN. And click here for SFBN's Facebook page. 

  *Click here for ISAA's assorted offerings. 
  *Joseph DeMayo, son of Joe DeMayo, long-time college basketball referee and the assigner of referees for the Catholic League, is experiencing a health issue (kidney failure) that has left him out of work and facing financial challenges. To help Joseph and his family, referees Wally Rutecki, Michael Chesney and John Hughes have started a tax deductible fund. If you can contribute, please send a check to Joseph DeMayo Kidney Fight Fund, 533 Vernon Road, Springfield, PA 19064. Thank you.   

SPECIAL NOTES
 
*Please check out a business owned by Ed Kerr, Jr., a 1960 West Catholic grad and long-time supporter of the school's athletic programs (also mover/shaker in alumni association) -- www.SafetyBroadcast.com. Thanks!  
  *Joseph DeMayo, son of Joe DeMayo, long-time college basketball referee and the assigner of referees for the Catholic League, is experiencing a health issue (kidney failure) that has left him out of work and facing financial challenges. To help Joseph, referees Wally Rutecki, Michael Chesney and John Hughes have started a tax deductible fund. If you can contribute, please send a check to Joseph DeMayo Kidney Fight Fund, 533 Vernon Road, Springfield, PA 19064. Thank you. 

SPECIAL NOTES  
 
*The family of John Wagner is proud to announce the formation of The Coach Wags Memorial Foundation, which honors the late, beloved former freshman football coach at St. Joseph's Prep. The foundation's sole mission is to raise money for The Cancer Center at Children's Hospital. For more information, email THECOACHWAGSMEMORIALFOUNDATION@yahoo.com and/or check out The Coach Wags Memorial Foundation on Facebook. Please share your favorite memories and thoughts.