Philadelphia High School Basketball

A Look at Mark Heimerdinger's 36-Year Coaching Career
At Cardinal Dougherty (1983-2009) and Samuel Fels (2010-18)
Note: Mark is still active. He also coached in the
'81 and '82 seasons at Neshaminy Maple Point.

  This page includes stories, special lists, record breakdown and (at the bottom) the names of all varsity
players during Coach Heimerdinger's 36 seasons. . . .
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Mark Heimerdinger, third from left and the coach for the previous 27 seasons, could not help but get emotional
when Cardinal Dougherty honored him before playing its final home game in 2010. The school closed that June.
Also in pic, L to R -- Doug Sauder, Bill Day, Shawn Smith, Mike Patterson, John Mauro.

Coach Heimerdingers's
All-Stars 

ALL-CATHOLIC HONOREES
19
83-2009
*-Played in NBA

FIRST TEAM
1984 Lou Stevens
1986 Nick Horne
1986 John Jones
1987 Bob Coppolino
1989 Chris Williams
1989 Marc Southerland
1991 Shawn Newman
1992 *Cuttino "Cat" Mobley
1995 Carlos Sanders
1996 Donnell Sutton
1996 Bob Pembleton
1997 Donnell Sutton
2000 Robert Carter
2000 Jonathan Davenport
2002 Shane Clark
2002 Tim Smink
2003 *Kyle Lowry
2003 DeSean White
2004 DeSean White
2004 *Kyle Lowry
2004 Shane Clark
2005 Josh "Scrap" Martin
2006 Kahlil Mumford
2006 Vinny Simpson
2007 Kahlil Mumford
2007 Roberto Townsend
2009 Brandyn Wims
SECOND TEAM
1985 Mike Neher
1986 John Przybylinski
1987 Rodger Tabb
1987 Elliott DeVan
1988 Chris Williams
1993 Elson DeVan
1995 Bob Pembleton
1995 Donnell Sutton
1996 Eddie Leber
1997 Eddie Leber
1999 Jonathan Davenport
2001 Tim Smink
2002 Isaac Greer
2003 Shane Clark
2003 Isaac Greer
2005 Roberto Townsend
2007 Justin Minter
2007 Tim Gates
2008 Zaahir Allen
THIRD TEAM
1984 Mike Neher
1985 Kevin Short
1988 Rodger Tabb
1990 Shawn Newman
1992 Elson DeVan
1994 Bob Pembleton
1994 Carlos Sanders
1996 Deotis Carolina
1999 Greg Mayo
1999 Robert Carter
2000 Mark Goetz
2000 Khavaughn Shannon
2001 Isaac Greer
2002 DeSean White
2003 Bilal Benn
2004 Tim Smith
2005 Dwight Lyons
2006 Roberto Townsend
2008 Isiah Mason
2008 Brandon Savage

ALL-PUBLIC HONOREES
2010-18

FIRST TEAM
2012 Nijay Kelly
2013 Danil Mateo
2017 Matt McFarlane
SECOND TEAM
2015 Devon Adams
2016 Allen Betrand
2017 Jahmir Bohannan
2018 Chris Brown
THIRD TEAM
2010 Devon Perrin
2011 Nijay Kelly
2012 TJ Scott
2016 JJ Snead
   
DAILY NEWS ALL-CITY
(All Dougherty Players)
FIRST TEAM
1989 Chris Williams
1992 *Cuttino "Cat" Mobley
2004 *Kyle Lowry
SECOND TEAM
2003 *Kyle Lowry
2004 DeSean White
THIRD TEAM
1991 Shawn Newman
2004 Shane Clark
Mark Heimerdinger
Tribute
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  Mark Heimerdinger has coached city basketball teams for 36 seasons through 2018 -- 27 at Cardinal Dougherty (1983-09) and nine at Samuel Fels (2010-18). He has won 522 games while coaching two long-time NBA players and the record-holder for most points scored by a Catholic League player. The story on that accomplishment -- in Dec. 1990 by Shawn Newman -- is here . . .

By Ted Silary

  A good friend has gotten into the habit before every Cardinal Dougherty basketball game of asking Shawn Newman, "How many points are you going to score today?"
  Yesterday, before a non-league affair at West Catholic, Newman answered good-naturedly, "I don't know . . . About 30."
  Thirty?
  Try almost double that.
  Though Dougherty lost to the Burrs by the astronomical score of 118-108, Newman, a 5-11 senior wing guard, blazed his way to 58 points, more than any Catholic League player in history.
  Bishop McDevitt's Bobby Haas, another wing guard, had held the record. On Jan. 28, 1968, Haas scored 51 points against Archbishop Ryan, topping the 49 scored by La Salle's Joe Heyer in 1956. When Haas grabbed the record, Ryan's varsity consisted of sophomores and juniors. The school did not have seniors until the following year.
  Haas, a stockbroker with four children, now lives in Lansdale. He played his college ball at St. Joseph's.
  "My record's down the tubes, huh? " Haas said. "What was that score again? Sounds like a Charles Baker League game.
  "I want to congratulate the kid. I wish him all the success in the world . . . Fifty-eight points. Amazing." 
  Newman's outburst ranks 10th in city history. He shot 21-for-45 from the floor, with four "threes," and 12-for-18 from the line. His by-quarter breakdown was 12-8-12-26.
  There was some question about Newman's total - Dougherty statisticians had him for anywhere from 60 to 63 - so West coach Joe Donahue last night brought the game tape to the Daily News. A play-by-play review confirmed the total as 58.
  Just last Monday, in a 93-73 loss to Chestnut Hill Academy, Newman had snapped Dougherty's school record with 43 points. Lawrence Reid had scored 42 in 1976.
  Yesterday, the Cardinals played without five members of coach Mark Heimerdinger's original top eight. Three were out because of academic deficiencies. Andre Wilson (knee) and Ed Kearney (ankle) missed the game with injuries.
  "It's not very satisfying to score the points like this," Newman said. ''I'd rather have everyone out here and maybe score 25 in a win.
  "We knew how West Catholic played, that they did a lot of running, so we were expecting a high-scoring game. I didn't know too much (about the total) until late in the game. Andre and Rick (Hite, a player at George Washington High and Newman's friend) started yelling, 'You're close to 60! You're close to 60!' "
  Newman, a coaches' third team All-Catholic selection, last year averaged 15.9 points. Through four games this season, his norm is 39.5.
  Newman scored on a variety of shots. Most often, he used his ballhandling skills to shake past defenders for 10- to 12-foot jumpers or layups. Newman, who writes lefthanded, also scored some field goals with lefthanded flip shots. Otherwise, he shoots righthanded.
  The game, obviously, was played at a feverish pace, as Donahue has become a staunch Paul Westhead disciple. West put six players in double figures: David Reilly (28), Chris McShane (19), Rob Wharton (18), Calvin Blackmon (15), Mike Carlin (14) and Marvin Hightower (12).
  Said Heimerdinger: "I don't want people to have the impression we were throwing it long to him then he went in against no one. No way. They covered Shawn. They absolutely covered him. Maybe two or three baskets were uncontested layups. He worked for everything else."
  Added Newman: "We were using a special offense. I'd go to halfcourt. Jay Pierce would get it to (point guard) Elson DeVan, then Elson would get it to me and I'd go from there. West was playing tough. I didn't get too many open shots."
  Newman thus far has received little interest from college recruiters, though he maintains an 85 classroom average and has scored 790 on the Scholastic Aptitude Test.
  "I haven't thought about (lack of attention)," he said, softly. "But I guess I'll get known now."


Coach Mark Heimerdinger

SEASON BY SEASON
League / Overall
1983: 5-11 / 7-17
1984: 7-9 / 11-17
1985: 9-7 / 11-17
1986: 13-3 / 17-13
1987: 12-4 / 18-8
1988: 5-11 / 13-12
1989: 12-4 / 19-8
1990: 4-12 / 6-19
1991: 8-8 / 14-13
1992: 13-3 / 25-6
1993: 4-12 / 10-14
1994: 6-8 / 9-12
1995: 12-2 / 21-5
1996: 13-1 / 19-7
1997: 7-7 / 12-11
1998: 4-10 / 6-19
1999: 8-6 / 13-13
2000: 13-1 / 21-6
2001: 8-6 / 13-13
2002: 13-1 / 22-5
2003: 14-0 / 24-4
2004: 14-0 / 26-6
2005: 11-3 / 17-10
2006: 12-2 / 21-6
2007: 14-0 / 25-3
2008: 9-5 / 14-11
2009: 6-10 / 7-15
League: 256-146
Overall: 421-290

At Samuel Fels
2010: 6-8 / 10-9
2011: 6-7 / 11-10
2012: 9-4 / 18-9
2013: 4-8 / 8-11
2014: 2-11 / 4-16
2015: 4-8 / 8-11
2016: 9-4 / 14-7
2017: 11-2 / 14-7
2018: 9-4 / 14-6
League: 60-56
Overall: 101-86
Totals
League: 316-202
Overall: 522-376 

PLAYOFF BREAKDOWN
Appearances Ended
in  . . .
Quarterfinals (5)
1987, 1989, 1991,
1999, 2008, *2012
(*At Fels)
Semifinals (8)
1995, 1996, 2000, 2001,
2002, 2005, 2006, 2007
Finals (4)
1986, 1992, 2003, 2004

TOP 20 LEAGUE SCORERS
(Fels Players = Bold Type)
Danil Mateo 2013 23.8
Cuttino "Cat" Mobley 1992 22.4
DeSean White 2003 20.1
Chris Williams 1989 19.8
Shawn Newman 1991 19.6
DeSean White 2004 19.5
Brandyn Wims 2009 17.8
Kyle Lowry 2003 17.5
Kyle Lowry 2004 17.2
Nijay Kelly 2012 16.4
Shawn Newman 1990 15.9
Devon Adams 2015 15.3
Shane Clark 2002 15.2
Marc Southerland 1989 15.0
Devon Perrin 2010 15.0
Donnell Sutton 1997 14.9
Nick Horne 1986 14.6
Vinny Simpson 2006 14.5
Donnell Sutton 1996 14.4
Kahlil Mumford 2007 14.3
Tim Smink 2001 14.3
DeSean White 2002 14.3
 
1,000-POINT SCORERS
(All or Part of Career)
*1,638 -- DeSean White
*1,392 -- Kyle Lowry
1,090 -- Shane Clark
1,081 -- Donnell Sutton
1,033 -- Shawn Newman
1,019 -- Chris Williams
1,001 -- Kahlil Mumford
  *transferred from another school







 

  This story about future NBAer Cuttino "Cat" Mobley was written in 1992 . . .

By Ted Silary
  The heel is all that's left of the back-alley rim that helped to launch Cuttino "Cat" Mobley's budding basketball career.
  The hoop lasted for three years and untold numbers of successful jump shots. Then . . .
  "I started dunking as a sophomore," Mobley said. "One day it broke. My stepfather (Ben Thomas) was saying, 'I'm
not buying another one. ' I probably could have talked him into it. But I let it go. I had some other places to play."
  Assuming he meets the requirements of Proposition 48, Mobley next season will do his playing on the Division I level.
For now, the 6-4 Cardinal Dougherty swingman is torching assorted Catholic League defenses.
  Yesterday, Mobley shot 9-for-12 (two three-pointers) and 4-for-5 for 24 points and added 11 rebounds, 3 assists and
9 steals as the Cardinals slapped host Archbishop Wood, 72-55, in a game where the spread soared as high as 27 points.
  And to think. Basketball perhaps would have missed out on all this talent were it not for a conversation Mobley had
with his father, Donald Easley, as an eighth-grader.
  "I was a football player for Incarnation-St. Ambrose," said Mobley, who lives near Third Street and Roosevelt
Boulevard. "Played wide receiver and outside linebacker. I didn't play any basketball. Can't even say why.
  "But then one day I was talking with my pop. He said my mom (Jackie Mobley) had played basketball at William
Penn. When I came home, I talked to her about it. I asked my stepfather to buy a basket. I wanted to try it.
  "We were always out back. There was a guy named Emilio Colon and some guy we called 'Heady. ' My mom even
came out to play. She tried to help me with my defense, which was pretty shabby."
  Mobley, a lefthander, is renowned for being a dead-eye, stand-still shooter with zone-busting ability. But he also
makes quick moves to create his own shots and he has a knack for defensive rebounding. His man-to-man defense
needs work, but his long arms and anticipatory skills make him a master at deflecting passes in zones and trapping
presses.
  St. Joseph's, St. Francis (Pa.), Iona, Duquesne and St. Peter's are keeping tabs on Mobley as a wing guard prospect,
and the interest will probably increase beginning today, when college coaches are again allowed to observe games
and practices.
  Mobley has not yet surpassed 700 on the Scholastic Aptitude Test. But he did score 730 last year on the Preliminary
SAT.
  "I'm consistent in scoring and rebounding right now, but my defense and dribbling have to get better," Mobley said.
"When my confidence level is high, I can pass pretty well. Confidence in your ability to score is so important. It leads
to all the other parts of your game."
  Mobley scored nine points as Dougherty roared to an 18-7 lead at the end of the first quarter. Every Cardinal
performed well through the first 24 minutes. Junior guard Elson DeVan (15) and senior substitute forwards Jerry
Ricca (10) and Jay Pierce (nine) helped Mobley with the scoring, while the 6-5 Kearney twins, Ed and Dan,
combined for eight rebounds. DeVan (six assists) and Dave Black (three) distributed the ball.
  When Mobley is not playing basketball, he can be found shooting pool or bowling.
  "Yeah, bowling. I like it," he said. "I go with Jay Pierce and Jerry Ricca. I can score about 130 . . . Well, that's on
my lucky days."
  His other primary interest is one that he shares with most high-school boys.
  "We go on some little missions," he said, with a laugh, "where we search for girls."

This story about future NBAer Kyle Lowry, then a junior, was written in 2003 . . .

By Ted Silary
  It was shaping up as maybe the most distressing walk in his life.
  And then, with no warning and all kinds of surprise, it became the start of his biggest challenge.
  Say hello to Kyle Lowry, a 5-9 junior guard for Cardinal Dougherty High's basketball team and the coaches' MVP
of the Catholic League Northern Division.
  Last night at La Salle University, with 1 minute, 29 seconds remaining in the third quarter of a sweetheart of a
Catholic League semifinal, Lowry incurred his fourth foul.
  Without hesitation, just knowing he'd have to sit for at least a while, the ultra-aggressive Lowry trudged to the bench.
When Lowry arrived, coach Mark Heimerdinger was there to greet him.
  To say a few words. To turn him around. To push him back toward the action.
  The final score? Dougherty 70, St. John Neumann 60.
  Lowry? He never did foul out.
  In the title game tomorrow, 6:10 p.m., at the same site (and on CN8), the Cardinals will tackle St. Joseph's Prep.
Dougherty last won in 1970; The Prep in '71.
  "Kyle thought he was coming out," Heimerdinger said. "But there was absolutely no way we could take him off the
floor. Not against that opponent. Not in that situation. To win, we needed him out there. He's a smart kid. We thought
he could do it."
  Lowry, whose heart-of-a-lion play last year helped lead Northeast to the Public League final, finished with 17 points,
nine rebounds and four assists.
  It was his steal and three-quarter-court drive for a layup with 4:18 left that pulled the Cardinals - who'd entered the
quarter facing a seven-point deficit (and had trailed by 15 just before halftime) - into a 55-55 tie. It was his
three-point play that ended the scoring at 0:22.
  As time melted away, and Dougherty's fans roared with jet-engine volume, Lowry most showed unbridled excitement.
Five minutes later, as he spoke with the media, he was still thoroughly hyped.
  "I was expecting to come out," he said, gushing. "My coach had an opportunity to show he believed in me. When he
did, I couldn't let him down. After having that kind of faith? No way. When he stopped me and pushed me back, he
said, 'You're still in. You've got four fouls. Play your hardest without getting your fifth.'
  "I wasn't worried about doing it. I knew I could. I've done it before."
  The latter stages of the third quarter were not without further trauma for Dougherty.
  Junior center DeSean White (17 points, nine rebounds) picked up his third foul with 10.5 seconds left, then
immediately tacked on a tech for his fourth. He did sit down and never returned.
  So, this was the scene: In the fourth quarter, Dougherty's best player was inches away from fouling out and its
second-best player never got on the floor. As the session started, memories of semifinal losses in 2000, '01 and '02 -
pretty much of ugly proportions - were undoubtedly bouncing around in the players' heads.
  Yet, the Cardinals stormed to a 25-8 advantage and bumped off the two-time defending champ.
  Not bad.
  Like one of those fast-talkers at the end of car commercials, Lowry ticked off the names of pretty much every person
in uniform.
  "We all did this!" he roared. "All the players! All the coaches! All the fans! " A little kid, pointing to himself in
don't-forget-me fashion, was standing nearby, holding a squirt bottle. "Even the waterboy!"
  He added: "I watched that semifinal last year. I wasn't going to let these coaches go through that again."
  Said assistant Dave Distel: "We expelled some demons tonight."
  Aiding Lowry in the fourth quarter were Shane Clark (eight of his 12 points), Isaac Greer (seven of his 17), Bilal
Benn and Shawn Bolling. In that session, Greer, Benn and Bolling pooled their efforts to hold scoreless Neumann's
outstanding guards, Richard "Tabby" Cunningham and Antwain Wynn.
  If anyone knows Lowry, and is never surprised by what he sees, it's Clark. Clark lives much of the time with
Lowry's family near 20th and Lehigh, in North Philly.
  "I knew Kyle would be OK, and would still be aggressive," said Clark, who added 10 rebounds and five blocks.
"That's him. That's how he is."
  Of his own success, Clark said: "One of our plans at halftime was to get me more shots. I hit my first one, but the
offense was going other ways [through the third quarter]. Once DeSean went out, I had to help my team more."
  Neumann's final points, moving it within 63-60, came with 1:59 left on Todd Johnson's dunk. Dougherty's
clinching basket, making it 67-60, came at 0:33 as Greer got a steal, zoomed downcourt and flipped in a layup after
taking a behind-the-back pass from Bolling.

This column was written in 1993 about one of the weirdest decisions in Catholic
League history . . .

By Ted Silary
  Cardinal Dougherty's basketball team achieved its greatest victory of the season yesterday.
  So I'm told.
  According to the head coaches and a player from each team, the Cardinals topped visiting Father Judge, 44-27, in
the Catholic League Northern Division.
  Hopefully, those folks are better at reporting than are the Catholic League athletic directors at decision-making.
In the aftermath of an incident, admittedly ugly, that occurred between fans of both schools last March at the
Palestra after Dougherty dumped Judge, 46-43, in the North playoff final, the athletic directors voted last April to
bar outsiders of all description from yesterday's contest.
  There were no parents, no students, no college recruiters, no media.
  At about 2:50 p.m., 70 minutes prior to game time, Daily News photographer Michael Mercanti and I tried to get
to the gym.
  We walked through the cafeteria and made a left. Near the locker rooms, an iron gate was stretched across the
hallway. A maintenance man said he couldn't unlock it. Not for us, anyway. At least he was pleasant.
  In the gym, so I'm told, a party atmosphere did not prevail.
  "When we came upstairs for warmups, it was like going into church, except you could hear balls bouncing," said
Kevin Cooney, a 1992 Judge grad who kept Judge's scorebook.
  He added, "Judge might have been better off going to church. "
  Bill Fox, Judge's coach, called the atmosphere "as drab as you could possibly picture."
  Mark Heimerdinger, Dougherty's coach, agreed.
  "It was boring," he said. "Judge came out in a zone. We ran about a minute and 40 seconds off the clock before
anybody woke up."
  Said Elson DeVan, Dougherty's point guard and the only member of his team who participated in the playoff
game against Judge: "We didn't let the 'dead' feeling get to us. We kept our heads in it."
  Said Chuck Hiller, a center/forward for Judge: "It was quiet. It was like practicing just against a group of guys."
  Cooney, who attends Temple University and wants to be a journalist, paid attention to the little things.
  Several times, when Heimerdinger yelled to his team, "Patience . . . Patience," Cooney heard Ronnie Zawacki,
10, the son of Judge assistant Ron Zawacki and a mascot/ballboy, blurt out, "It's a virtue . . . It's a virtue."
  Late in the second quarter, Cooney said, as Judge was preparing to inbound the ball, a voice could be heard on
the school's main sound system. (There was no public address announcer.)
  "Sister Mary Something-or-Other was waiting for her ride in the cafeteria," Cooney said.
  Dougherty entered the game at 2-5 in the North. Judge was 5-1. The Cardinals controlled the tempo throughout,
however, and held Judge without a field goal for almost a 16-minute period spanning the first through third quarters.
  "It looked like Judge was going through the motions in the situation they were placed in," Heimerdinger said.
  Said Fox: "I want to give credit to Dougherty's players and coaches. But as good as they were, that's how bad
e were."
  The last week has been trying for all concerned. Me included.
  Three times last week I phoned St. James High and asked to speak with the Rev. Craig Brugger, the principal.
Brugger is the chairman of the Catholic League principals and is supposed to act as that group's spokesman.
  I wanted to protest the fact that reporters were being barred. I also wanted to ask Brugger for his personal opinion
on the matter - off the record, if necessary - and see if he cared to hear the thoughts of a longtime league observer.
  Now, I'd like to ask Brugger why he never returned my calls.
  Last Friday, the Rev. Paul Kennedy, Dougherty's first-year principal, said he could not understand why the
matter had not been brought to the attention of the principals.
  Kennedy called the punishment "one-sided" - Dougherty's fans taunted Judge's from the Palestra floor, then
were pelted by debris, including full soda cans - and said Judge "might be better off having a closed gym, too,"
when the teams meet again on Feb. 26. (I agree.)
  I felt compassion for every parent who was unable to attend. I felt the worst for Maureen Bundschuh, whose
twin sons, Brian and Shawn Simkins, play for Dougherty.
  Bundschuh, a waitress on the middle shift at a diner, asked to have off this weekend, in part so she could
watch yesterday's game. It would have been nice if someone had told her before last week about a decision that
was made last April. Anyway, at about 2:40, Bundschuh dropped off her sons outside the cafeteria and called
after them, "If they change their mind, call me."
  Here's hoping she didn't hold her breath.
  On the trip back to the office, I kept wondering, How did this situation get so bungled?
  A closed gym. Ten months later. After many of the troublemakers, it can reasonably be assumed, have graduated.
Incredible.
  If the ADs felt that Dougherty's fans behaved poorly at the Palestra that night, why didn't they take immediate
action? Two nights later, Dougherty played Roman Catholic for the league championship. It would have taken
loads of work (and guts) to immediately punish Dougherty's students, but it could have been done.
  Twenty-five seasons ago, on the morning of a playoff game, every member of North Catholic's varsity cut
classes. That night at the Palestra, the junior varsity took its place (and defeated Bishop McDevitt). That swiftly,
a message was sent.
  This message, whatever it was, was sent on a turtle's back.
  "The point? . . . No, I don't see what the point was," Elson DeVan said.
  He had company.

This story was written in 2010 when Dougherty played its final home game, ever,
and Mark, in his first season as the coach at Fels, was honored . . .

By Ted Silary
  "Gov. Rendell" spoke from the heart to those in attendance at Cardinal Dougherty High's last-ever home
basketball game.
  And from his belly.
  "The school may be closing at the end of the year," he said, via the PA system, "but I hope the snack bar stays
open forever."
  Actually, Rendell was not in da house. His voice was channeled through announcer Joe Conklin, a 1980 Dougherty
graduate who has gained wide acclaim as a comedian and radio personality. Ditto for Charles Barkley, Charlie
Manuel, Mayor Nutter and Cole Hamels.
  Looking ahead to today, "Nutter" told the spectators, "The Friends School is closed. Due to an argument."
  Dougherty is open and everyone who cares about hoops is experiencing the warm and fuzzies. After falling into a
9-1 hole in the first 2 minutes, 31 seconds, the Cardinals roared to 19 of the next 21 points and wound up claiming
a stirring 61-52 Catholic Blue win over Conwell-Egan.
  First, the trivia: Senior Christen Gibbs scored Dougherty's final basket with 0:11 left on a fastbreak layup. The
assist went to fellow guard/classmate Brandyn Wims, who'd grabbed a rebound and pushed the ball upcourt. (C-E's
Mike Payne added an unchallenged dunk at 0:05). Dougherty's JV won, 61-51, as Chris Owens posted his team's
final field goal and free throw.
  A wonderful afternoon was experienced by all. Aside from the levity provided by Conklin, there was the
introduction of all senior players and cheerleaders, with their parents/guardians. And the presentation of a special
award to a teary-eyed Mark Heimerdinger, who coached the Cards for 27 seasons through 2009.
  (When the excitable Heimerdinger, now coaching Samuel Fels, did not immediately walk through the door when
introduced, assistant Mike Patterson, then manning the microphone, quipped, "He's yelling at a ref." Much later,
Heimerdinger's wife, Fran, won the 50-50 drawing. Shenanigans are not suspected.)
  And recognition for the large family of the deceased previous coach, Bob Harrington, for whom the gym is named,
camped out in the northeast corner. And announcements every so often to laud those former players who'd turned
out. And, shortly after the final buzzer sounded, one last belt-out of the alma mater.
  There was also the non-stop energy, and entertainment, provided by the 15-or-so students who stood in the front
row of the Looney Bin, the oversized jury box, constructed in the mid-1970s, that looms above floor level just
beyond the east baseline.
  Beforehand, leader Mike Dowling was told a strong final showing was expected from the Bin Boys (with a couple
girls mixed in).
  "Our numbers have dropped dramatically," he said, "but we'll do our best."
  He was true to his word.
  "They're our sixth man," senior forward Art Comas said. "They give us a big homecourt edge."
  As always, the crew mixed in a few off-color remarks, and its members were smart enough to keep those at low
volume so as not to draw detentions. Mostly they just screamed general cube-busting remarks ("Try steroids!" was
directed at one thin Eagle) and loudly slapped the padding - in syncopated rhythm, of course - that fronts the Bin.
  The Cardinals' 53rd CL season (titles in '64 and '70) isn't over. Tonight they travel to Ss. Neumann-Goretti for a
makeup game and Wednesday will bring a road first-round playoff (likely at Conwell-Egan). Their hope is to create
even better memories, but if this one has to suffice, it's a goodie.
  "This means so much," said senior forward Ryan Colbert. "It was exciting to have the whole school join together
one last time in this gym. I"m happy we got the W.
  "That [early deep hole] happened at their place, too. When coach [Bill] Day called the timeout, it was a reality
check. Last game. Get it together. We had to do the same things we've been doing since coach Mark was here."
  Comas gave some credit to assistant Shawn Smith.
  "He woke me up," Comas said. "He told me, 'Stop being a [wimp]!' "
  Comas, accustomed to starting, finished with seven points. Colbert, who often sees little action, excitedly found
himself in the first five and scored his four points in the swooshing comeback from the early deficit. He also
snatched four total rebounds.
  Colbert was preceded at Dougherty by brothers Ronald ('06) and Deuce ('09, football player). The place holds
a special place in his heart. As does the team.
  "They're my family. My brothers," he said. "We've been through blood, sweat and tears.
  "Coming out I was very nervous. Looking around at coach Mark, my family members, the alumni . . . I was
eeling it. Historical moment."
  Comas' father, Art, played for Father Judge ('80) and is one of Heimerdinger's good buddies. Comas' brother,
Dan, starred for Archbishop Wood, and Art Jr. went there for a year before transferring to Dougherty.
  "I used to come here all the time when I was little," he said. "I always loved it. I always wanted to play for
Dougherty. But we live so far away . . . Wood wasn't working out, though, so after that first year I came down
here. I love this place. The seniors keep saying, 'The last class is the best class.' "
  Brandon Brown led Dougherty in points with 14. He also claimed 10 rebounds. Wims (14, five assists), soph
Jamal Nwaniemeka (11, 15 boards) and Gibbs (10, four steals) also scored in double figures. For C-E, Ike
Robinson and Payne halved 30 points while Devon Thomas managed 13. Payne and Robinson added 14 and
10 rebounds, respectively.
  Conklin used "Hamels' " voice near the end of the game.
  "I have a special place in my heart for all of you," he said, with sugar.
  With the Bin Boys chanting during a timeout, "Manuel's" earlier comment had been impossible to hear. So he made a return.
"Um, er, um, er, uh . . . " he said this time around. Or something like that.
  Everyone cracked up.
  Later, downstairs, in a hallway near Dougherty's locker room, Art Comas had no trouble expressing himself.
  "We had to win this for everybody else," he said. "It wasn't for us."
LASTS
  Lasts by Cardinal Dougherty players in the school's final home basketball game:
  Field Goal: Christen Gibbs, layup (assist by Brandyn Wims).
  Rebound: Wims (rush upcourt and assist to Gibbs followed).
  Made Free Throw: Jamal Nwaniemeka.
  Made Three-Point Shot: Brandon Brown (first quarter).
  Missed Free Throw: Wims.
  Missed Three-Point Shot: Art Comas.
  Missed Two-Point Shot: Gibbs.
  Blocked Shot: Nwaniemeka.

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Below are the players who have helped Mark Heimerdinger claim 522 wins in 36 seasons
as the coach at Cardinal Dougherty (1983-2009) and Samuel Fels (2010-18). The year
indicates the player's final season. Most were seniors. Some transferred and some were
underclassmen who did not play in the following season.

Cardinal Dougherty
Chris Goodman 1983
Jim Dagle 1983
Jimmy Kearney 1983
Pat O'Brien 1983
Steve Handy 1983
Andre Collins 1984
Harrison Dabney 1984
Hubie White  1984
John Scurry 1984
Lou Stevens 1984
Mickey Gannon 1984
Sean Burns 1984
Kevin Short 1985
Mark Heller 1985
Mike Neher 1985
Robert King 1985
Roger Smith 1985
Bill Carlin 1986
Bill Horan 1986
Bob Wright 1986
John Baird 1986
John Jones 1986
John Przybylinski 1986
Kurt Von Hartleben 1986
Mark Scardigli 1986
Nick Horne 1986
Anthony Fleming 1987
Bobby Coppolino 1987
Bryan McNamee 1987
Dave McClellan 1987
Doug Sauder 1987
Elliott DeVan 1987
John McErlane 1987
Mike Kennedy 1987
Mike McShane 1987
Mike Stelmach 1987
Sean Bryan 1987
Chris Paul 1988
Doug McClellan 1988
Elvin Birch 1988
Gerald Martin 1988
Louis Wigfall 1988
Mike Kelly 1988
Rodger Tabb 1988
Chris Williams 1989
Dave Beck 1989
Dave Distel 1989
Jim Gaffney 1989
John Donahue 1989
Marc Southerland 1989
Marcus Simmons 1989
Mike Kearney 1989
Mike Keenan 1989
Shawn Scurry 1989
Tim Matthews 1989
Chris Shervin 1990
Dave O'Brien 1990
John Donch 1990
Methuselah Bradley 1990
Mike Whren 1990
Pat Tobler 1990
Rick Moore 1990
Sah-Quaan Singleton 1990
Sean Cummings 1990
Wiley 1990
Andre Wilson 1991
Kevin Spiegler 1991
Mark Springer 1991
Shawn Newman 1991
Tom Shelinsky 1991
Cuttino "Cat" Mobley 1992
Dan Kearney 1992
Dave Black 1992
Ed Kearney 1992
Jay Pierce 1992
Jerry Ricca 1992
Josh Mason 1992
Brian Simkins 1993
Darryl Johnson 1993
Elson DeVan 1993
Gale Hudgins 1993
Shawn Simkins 1993
Tim Handley 1993
Chris Flynn 1994
Jimmie Young 1994
Carlos Sanders 1995
Darius Rouse 1995
Jack Cole 1995
Jim Rossiter 1995
Mark Hanson 1995
Matt Malone 1995
Petillo Jones 1995
Bob Pembleton 1996
Dan Pietrzak 1996
Derek White 1996
Khary Silar 1996
Kyle Lonie 1996
Sean Breslin 1996
Vaughn Pierce 1996
   
   
   
   

Dougherty (continued)

Brett Crespina 1997
Brian O'Hare 1997
Christian Nelson 1997
Deotis Carolina 1997
Donnell Sutton 1997
Duane Lewis 1997
Ed Leber 1997
Jameel McCleary 1997
Matt McDonald 1997
P.J. Jones 1997
Sean Cominsky 1997
Tramaine White 1997
Bill Dever 1998
Gary Ehly 1998
Will Hodge 1998
Aaron Wilson 1999
Brian McNichol 1999
Greg Mayo   1999
Maurice Clark 1999
Aaron Pinckney 2000
Aaron Tate 2000
Brian Campbell 2000
Jon Davenport 2000
Khavaughan Shannon 2000
Mark Goetz 2000
Matt Donnelly 2000
Robert Carter 2000
Tom McGill 2000
Bryan Cole 2001
Bryan Green 2001
Derry McMillin 2001
Donnell Smiley 2001
John King 2001
Mark Seidenburg 2001
Sean Gillespie 2001
Sean McGovern 2001
Andrew Matysik 2002
Chris Binns 2002
Chris Caine 2002
Isaac Greer 2002
Matt Martin 2002
Mike McDonald 2002
Tim Smink 2002
Isaac Greer 2003
Shawn Bolling 2003
Walter Fortson 2003
Alton "Sapp" Williams 2004
Bilal Benn 2004
Bob Yost 2004
Darrien Graham 2004
David Goode 2004
DeSean White 2004
Jamie Stitt 2004
Josh Martin 2004
Josh Martin 2004
Kyle Lowry 2004
Kyle Sample 2004
Shane Clark 2004
Thomas Magnum 2004
Tim Smith 2004
Chris McNicholas 2005
Douglas Mathis 2005
Dwight Lyons 2005
Jim Krieger 2005
Karon Simmons 2005
Maurice Hart 2005
Bryant "B.J." Lennon 2006
Jermaine Avery-DeVan 2006
Rashad Allen 2006
Vinny Simpson 2006
Augustine Kebbie 2007
Christian Smith 2007
Justin Minter 2007
Kahlil Mumford 2007
Karim Wilson 2007
Roberto Townsend 2007
Sam Prescott 2007
Tim Gates 2007
Willis Nicholson 2007
Brandon Savage 2008
Cory Robinson 2008
Edward Droughn 2008
Isiah Mason 2008
Jahkeem Bogans 2008
Jordan Hooks 2008
Kevin Taylor 2008
Ryan Fitch 2008
Sean Williams 2008
Zaahir Allen 2008
Art Comas 2009
Brandon Brown 2009
Brandyn Wims 2009
Christian Gibbs 2009
Dawan Earle 2009
Glen Ferguson 2009
Justin Young 2009
Kairi Suswell 2009
Mike Dowling 2009
Norman Dorsey-Poles 2009
Ryan Colbert 2009
Sahmir Thomas 2009
Shannon Douglas 2009
Victor Graham 2009
Samuel Fels
Clarence Peebles 2010
Devon Perrin 2010
Greg Davis 2010
Kenneith Stewart 2010
Kyron Connor 2010
Raul Rodriguez 2010
Richard Jones 2010
Robert Jones 2010
Sean Morgan 2010
Demario Jones 2011
Dontae Bacon 2011
Hassan Young 2011
Kevin Steed 2011
Kyron Connor 2011
Lester Mattox 2011
Teree Johnson 2011
Terrance Lewis 2011
Walter Thompson 2011
Casey Bell 2012
Cristian Rojas 2012
Devon Wilson 2012
Kyree Westbrooks 2012
Lester Mattox 2012
Nate McIntosh 2012
Nathaniel Pretre 2012
Nijay Kelly 2012
Roman Black 2012
TJ Scott 2012
Aquil Phelps 2013
Berny Vilsaint 2013
Christopher Gee-Allen 2013
Danil Mateo 2013
Daquan Williams 2013
Devon Lloyd-Harris 2013
Gabriel Calhoun 2013
Jacob Smith 2013
James Cottrell 2013
Mike Guillaume 2013
Mike Turnage 2013
Rodney Beatty 2013
Terrell Mason 2013
Tyhir Pitts-Carson 2013
Barry Taylor 2014
Brendon Phasavath 2014
Darrell Robinson 2014
Guillme Martinez 2014
Isiah Speight 2014
Jordan Grant 2014
Joshua Miles 2014
Lamonte Williams 2014
Sami Arrington 2014
Saneef Claude 2014
Tajir Washington 2014
Aasim Campbell 2015
Anthony Joe 2015
Aquil Jones 2015
Dashon Wallace 2015
Devon Adams 2015
Isaih Capers 2015
James Bishop 2015
Jaquann Harrell 2015
Kordell Johnson 2015
Kordell Robinson 2015
Mike McFarlane 2015
Samir Coe 2015
Wanya Johnson 2015
Ahmir Boyd 2016
Allen Betrand 2016
Daniel Tuberville 2016
JJ Snead 2016
Kevin Parker 2016
Tymier Hairston 2016
Derrick Wilson 2017
Jahmir Bohannan 2017
Kareem Drake 2017
Keshaun Nelson 2017
Lamont Bryant 2017
Matt McFarlane 2017
Noah Beaubrun 2017
Sincere Palimore-Shepard 2017
Tracy Robinson 2017
Zaahir Allen 2017
Zamir Alston 2017
Anthony Nazario 2018
Dajuan McBride 2018
DeAngelo Montalvo 2018
Denzel Bernard 2018
Keyan Rivera-Rosario 2018
Marlon Spurell 2018
Tymir Spreul 2018