1944, at Convention Hall
Bartram 36, South Catholic 27
Before 12,506, the largest
basketball crowd in state history, Bob "Ace" McCann and Norm Tener
scored nine points apiece and Bill Nelson started a 14-point surge.
Prior to the game, Nelson received word he'd been inducted into the U.S.
Army Air Force Aviation Cadets. Joe McDonald (11) topped SC.
1950, at Franklin Field
Bok 13, North Catholic 0
Just two seasons after going winless in their first
PL season, the Wildcats of coach Anthony "Mex" Siani stunned the experts
by halting North's 25-game winning streak. Bok scored twice in the first
minutes of the second half as Charlie Guida (5-for-8, 74)
passed 11 yards to Bill Jennings and Bob Percell (15-49) ran in from the
3 after a fumble on the kickoff. Frank Ventrola rushed 14 times for 55
yards and made a 76-yard kickoff return to set up the first score. For
North, John McDonnell caught three passes for 64 yards.
1970, at Franklin Field
Central 13, Egan 6
Ken Anderson (24-116) and Marty Israel (18-51) ran
for TDs as Central, coached by Ed Veith, became the first PL school to
win the city title since 1958 and only the third since 1947. Warren
McAllister set up
Israel's TD with a fumble recovery. Joe Younge recovered
a fumble to thwart Egan's next-to-last possession, then combined with
Greg Pittman to sack QB Dick Bedesem Jr. and end Egan's last possession.
Mike Fogarty rushed 10 times for 51 yards and a TD.
2012, Class 2A, at SJ Prep
Communications Tech 55, McDevitt 53
Markeise Chandler (15 points) hit the right side of the rim on a
leaping push shot from just beyond halfcourt as McDevitt came close to
posting what would have been its second postseason win in 49 years of
Catholic League membership. The Lancers had gone 3-10 in CL play,
qualifying for this contest but not earning one of 10 playoff berths.
Frosh Samir Doughty (14), Tony Parker and Terrence Brown (11 apiece)
paced CT. Parker snagged 12 rebounds and his identical twin, Terrell,
mixed eight points with five boards despite missing a quarter's worth of
playing time with an ankle injury. They were the first twins to start
for a City champion.
2014, Class 2A, at Saint Joseph's University
Constitution 68, West Catholic 49
Kimar Williams was terrific throughout, earning game MVP laurels by
shooting 7-for-10 (4-for-6 on treys) and 6-for-9 for 24 points. Ahmad
Gilbert added 11 points and eight boards. Floyd Preito dealt four
assists. Best for West was Jahmil Harris (11 points, 12 boards, five
1969, at the Palestra
Edison 57, Roman 54
(16) and sub Lynn Greer (12) scored in double figures while center Bob
Peterson totaled eight points, eight boards and nine assists. Greer had
consecutive baskets to spark a 10-0 run that lifted the Inventors into a
50-44 lead. Jim O'Brien (18) and Mike Bantom (12 rebounds) led Roman,
which shot 15-for-75 from the floor and 24-for-42 at the line.
1978, at Kennedy Stadium
Frankford 27, Wood 7
In a driving rainstorm, which turned the natural
surface at Kennedy Stadium into a mud-covered mess, Frankford relied
almost exclusively on the straight-ahead running of fullback Joe Galasso,
responded with 155 yards and two TDs on 30 carries. The
Pioneers were just the PL's third winner since 1951. Coach Al Angelo had
been 0-8-1 in city title appearances as a player, assistant and head
coach. Chris Yurkow ran for one TD and completed his only pass for
another. Walt Parrish made four tackles for losses and recovered an
errant pitchout. For Wood, John Kafel returned the second half kickoff
80 yards for a TD.
1964, at the Palestra
77, Dougherty 62
its hopes of a 25-0 season dashed as Lou Gambrell shot 13-for-22 for 26
points, Charlie Orme added 16 points and Bob Reid and Leroy Lark claimed
14 and 13 rebounds, respectively. Bill Nelson became the first man to
play in the City Title game for a champion (Bartram '44) and then
produce a champion as a coach. For Dougherty, Mike Kempski scored 18
points while Earl Williams (14, 13 rebounds) and Maurice Savage (13, 15)
were productive in two categories.
1939, at Convention Hall
South Catholic 13
Edwin "Pete" Lorenc (eight) and Marion Sawicki (seven) led
in scoring for Gratz, which posted 13 of the game's final 15 points.
Sawicki provided the spark with back-to-back rebound baskets. John
"Tubby" Curran (five) was the only SC player to score more than two
points. With three minutes left and his team down, 20-13, Pirate coach
John "Jocko" McGarry yanked all of his starters except for captain John
1958, at Franklin Field
Lincoln 28, La Salle 20
Though La Salle's Vic Gittens returned the opening
kickoff 88 yards for a TD, Lincoln persevered behind the running of Ed
Silverberg, who gained 193 yards on 21 carries and reeled off an 85-yard
TD of his own. Silverberg, who'd played tackle as a junior, added
another TD and two conversion runs. Bill Humenuk passed for two scores
to Frank Scornaienchi. Coach Ben "Moe" Weinstein's Railsplitters were
the PL's first city titlists since 1950. For La Salle, Scott Maxwell
(15-89) and Gerry Woltemate (18-77, TD) were the leading rushers.
1946, at Franklin Field
Northeast 33, West Catholic 20
John Papit ran 29 times for 160 yards and three TDs
and passed 3-for-9 for 56 yards and another score in a game attended by
60,000 and halted by rioting with 10 seconds left. When Northeast's fans
attempted to tear down the goalposts in the final minute, West's fans
ran onto the field to defend them. Elsewhere, two fans connected with
neither school ran toward Northeast's backfield to tackle and slug Papit.
With several thousand fans on the field, officials ended the game.
Soccer-style kicker George "Bertie" Miller booted three PAT and averaged
52 yards on six kickoffs. For West, Charley Albertus passed 8-for-20 for
186 yards and two TDs and Emory McCourt carried 11 times for 91 yards.
2016, Class 4A,
Olney 5, Judge 4
its 85th school year of Public League membership, the Trojans finally
won their second CT in one of the three major sports. The other, also in
baseball, had been claimed in 1951. Olney remained without a Pub title
in football/basketball. Shawn Vega's RBI single capped a five-run
visiting third, and that run wound up making the difference. Joseph
Gomez (4 1/3 innings) and Kenny Cruz handled mound duties. The team's
staff ace, Cesar Loya, had pitched two days earlier in the Pub final.
With the tying run at third in the seventh, Cruz notched his fifth whiff
to end it. Judge, which was able to use its ace, Dan Hammer, received a
4-for-4, two-RBI performance from Christian Lutz. The Pub had last won a
baseball CT in 1975 (Southern by 7-1 over O'Hara). It lost all four from
1976-79 and 19 others over three classifications from 2009-15. CTs were
not contested from 1980-2008. In those 23 losses, the Pub was outscored,
239-37, and more than one third of its runs were scored in 1976 when
Central fell to Judge, 14-13.
1980, at the Palestra
Overbrook 65, Roman 56 (OT)
Overbrook put the
finishing touches on a 34-0 season -- the best record in city-leagues
history -- as Tony Costner collected 23 points and 15 rebounds, Darryl
"World" Brown added 14 points and five assists and John Bryant (12
rebounds) and Steve Black split 20 points. Costner scored eight points
in a 15-6 overtime session. With 0:11 left in regulation, Roman's Randy
Monroe went to the line for a one-and-one. He hit the first shot to
create a 50-50 tie, but then missed the second. William "Vernon"
Hardwick (jumper) and Costner (tap) missed shots for 'Brook to make
necessary the first OT session in the series since 1943. Gerald Roberts
(21) and Lonnie McFarlan (18) led Roman in scoring while Monroe (14) and
McFarlan (13) were tops in rebounds.
1945, At Franklin Field
Southern 18, West Catholic 13
Thanks to three drives covering 175 yards, Southern
scored three TDs in the last 7:40 to erase a 13-0 deficit and earn the
stirring victory before 54,000. The winning score came with 19 seconds
Anthony "Reds" Coletta, the would-be kicker, heaved an
11-yard pass to Al Tulinsky, the would-be holder, out of a field goal
formation. Coletta then halted West's final possession with an
interception. The Rams' first score in the outburst came on Jack Del
Bello's 37-yard screen pass to Joe Carlozo. After Del Bello recovered a
fumble, Coletta ran in from the 2. The highlight of the final drive was
Del Bello's 42-yard pass to Carlozo. For West, Charley Albertus gained
75 yards on 18 carries and passed for a TD to Frank McCartney. Ace
runner Frank "Reds" Bagnell was sidelined early in the second quarter
with a broken collarbone.
2008, Class 4A, at Northeast
Washington 23, La Salle 14
On a bitterly cold day, the Explorers chose to
receive against a very strong wind and Washington rolled to a
21-7 lead in the first 13 minutes, thanks in part to
interceptions by Jamal Williams and Nate Smith. Kyle Glenn's two runs
sandwiched a TD pass from Aaron Wilmer to Omar Hunter. Sharrif Floyd's
produced a safety and a 23-14 lead with 3:16 left. La
Salle junior Drew Loughery passed 12-for-33 for 248 yards and one TD
apiece to Mike Donohoe and Sam Feleccia
(81-yarder; 3-134). He fell 19 yards short of
tying the city record (2,647) belonging to his offensive
coordinator, Brett Gordon, the son of coach Drew Gordon.
1978, at the Palestra
67, Roman 64
Clarence "Eggy" Tillman poured in 31 points, Vincent Ross took
13 rebounds and Kevin "Rock" McCray dished eight assists as West proved
best in the city for a record fourth consecutive time. Tillman shot
11-for-19 and 9-for-10. Reggie Jackson (24, 11 rebounds) and Charlie
Robbins (16) led Roman, which used an 11-0 run to draw within 58-57.
McCray's two free throws with 0:28 left provided comfort at 66-60. The
Speedboys finished the season at 33-1 with 87 wins in their last 89
games and 112 in 115.