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June 10
  Click 
here for a special photo/stats breakdown for Dick Allen, as created by Drew Davis. This photo is also posted on the  Facebook Group Page: 
DICK ALLEN BELONGS IN THE HALL OF FAME. If you're not a member, hit REQUEST TO JOIN and Mark "Frog" Carfagno will accept you. Thanks!
  
**Click here for a list of the Top 50 "Our Guys" in NFL, NBA and MLB, 1966 grads-forward. Also a Top 15, in order.**
  
Story Time . . . Click 
here for: By the end of the 2004 season, Malvern's Brian Grandieri owned a spot way up his school's basketball ladder.
  Bok Tech was the first Public League school to compete in a PIAA football playoff. Click here to see how the Wildcats prepared.
  North Carolina reliever Joey Lancellotti (Penn Charter)
 is on a list of possible MLB draftees. Click here.

June 9
  
Check back tomorrow for a list of the Top 50 "Our Guys" in NFL, NBA and MLB, 1966 grads-forward. Also a Top 15, in order.
  Story Time . . . Click 
here for: In 1987, thanks exclusively to players who'd been snubbed by others, Tom "Many Nicknames" McKenna put together a team that won the prestigious Donofrio basketball tournament. He even did some coaching down the stretch of the championship game.
  In 2011, 
this covered a wide stretch along the edge of Ben Franklin's field. And late in the game, we all got our wish. Click here
  Click here for Joe Mason's story on Judge SS Shawn LeVan, who never got o play his senior season. (Shawn's grandfather, Bob Dillon, was  long a prominent football official.
  Click here for the latest story that supports Dick Allen
 for the HOF. Special bonus: Audio calls of many of his famous home runs.

June 8
  
Best wishes going forward to retiring Inter-Ac League athletic directors 
Ginny Hofmann (Germantown Academy) and Gina Buggy (Episcopal).
  Your favorite statistician EVER, Thomas "Hockey Puck" McKenna, has completed his chemo/radiation treatments for esophageal cancer. A follow-up will take place in roughly a month. "Just tell people thanks for all the support," Tom said. "I really appreciate everything people have done for me. Hard to believe . . . I can swallow easy now, so they said I can eat food again."

  **Click 
here for a list of all "Our Guys" in the NFL, NBA and MLB, listed year by year for graduation, 1966-forward. (Corrected version now posted . . . hopefully. Sorry.)**
  Story Time . . . Click 
here for: William Penn's Eric Horsey could play hoops, but earned his "Mr. Tuxedo" nickname for how he looked on the TV dance floor.
  Click 
here for pics from a 2010 ceremony that honored Frankford grad Jahri Evans, star lineman for the New Orleans Saints.
  The AOP's Steve Haug is doing a Spotlight Series. Today's episode features 1993 Roman grad Marc Jackson
. Click here.

June 7
 
 Our thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends of Merv Jones Jr. Merv, who participated in football/track at Central High and became a great PA announcer at Temple games, passed away recently. RIP, Merv. Merv's dad, Merv, coached football/track at Overbrook. Click here for Donald Hunt's story.
  
**Check back tomorrow for a list of all "Our Guys" in the NFL, NBA and MLB, listed year by year for graduation, 1966-forward.**
  Story Time . . . Click here for: Though he gained 50 pounds through his first three seasons playing football for Peen, 
La Salle product Tom Gizzi could still accomplish his favorite basketball feat.
  In 2015, Penn Charter played its first varsity football game on the new turf field. Pics are 
here
.

June 6
  Tedbit -- You could say that Jason Harrigan,, hired yesterday by SJ Prep, has become the ninth black man to head a Catholic League basketball program. However, that would be wrong. This will be the ninth time a black man has been in hoop charge, but Jason was No. 6 in 2017 when he began a two-year stint at Cardinal O'Hara. Now he's No. 2 on the two-schools list, following Guy Moore (North Catholic's final season in '10, West Catholic from '11 through '13). Much of me wishes we were heading into the 2021-22 season. That way Jason could be part of a 50th anniversary at Prep and overall. Former Overbrook star Fred Douglas ('51), a class act through and through, became the CL's first black coach for the 1971-72 season. Best of luck, Jason!

Catholic League's Black Basketball Coaches
School School Years When
Fred Douglas SJ Prep 3 1972-74
Marc Turner Kennedy-Kenrick 1 2001
Guy Moore North Catholic 1 2010
Guy Moore West Catholic 3 2011-13
Jazz Williams West Catholic 3 2014-16
Jason Harrigan O'Hara 2 2017-18
Bryan Caver Conwell-Egan 1 2018 
Will Chavis McDevitt 4 2018-21
Jason Harrigan` SJ Prep 1 2021

  Story Time . . . Click here for: In the late 1970s. Roman basketball player Ralph Mack was the alllllllllllll-time character.
  La Salle product Jimmy Herron has been named 
The Reporter/Times Herald/Montgomery Media baseball player for the decade. Click here.
  Click 
here for: It's a Bird, It's a Plane, It's a Basketball Player.
  Atlanta Falcons QB Matt Ryan (Penn Charter)
 is stepping up, BIG time. Click here.
  It's possible July will bring us a "high school" baseball tournament in New Jesey. Click here.
  Quite the strange subject matter for a baseball podcast. Click here.

June 5
  Congrats to Jason Harrigan, who's now the basketball coach at 
St. Joseph's Prep. He formerly headed the programs at Del-Val Charter and Cardinal O'Hara. Press release is here.
  **Click 
here for a list of all "Basement Guys" (scoring averages under 10.0) in Catholic League basketball, 1971-2020.**
  Story Time . . . Click 
here for: In 2008, West Catholic QB Curtis Drake directed an offense that was so productive, it earned the nickname "Enjoy the Show."
  In 2009, something big was happening at Cardinal O'Hara. Click 
here
.

June 4
  Our thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends of Dave Riddick. Mr. Riddick, an All-Public basketball player (20.3 average) for Bok Tech in 1956, and then a star at Maryland State and long-time stalwart in the Charles Baker Summer League, passed away recently, RIP, sir.
  
Check back tomorrow for a list of all the leading "Basement Guys" (explanation to come - smile) in Catholic League basketball, 1971-2020.
  Story Time . . . Click 
here
 for: Penn Charter's Chris Rodgers is a basketball assistant at his alma mater. Was a quality player, also.
  Click 
here for a photo set from 2014, when West Phillly honored its Gene Banks-led,, 30-0 hoops powerhouse.
  Click 
here for: Never Know Where You'll See Bishop Kenrick grads Pat Beacham and Greg Grant
; first team All-Catholic basketball honorees in 1991.
  New Jersey's version of the PIAA now has its first female director, Colleen Maguire.

June 3
    
**Click here for a page that details the Neumann/N-G Roman basketball series over Carl Arrigale's 22 seasons as coach of the Pirates/Saints.**
  Story Time . . . Click here for: In 1998, Northeast's Dante Poole provided an all-time ending to a football playoff game.
  From Steve Haug . . Almost 300 senior student athletes from AOP schools are planning to play college sports. Click here for the list.
  Click 
here for a pic from the 2013 Haverford School-Episcopal football game.
  Basketball players Sam Sessoms Jr. (Shipley, Binghamton, transferring to Penn State) and Dhamir Cosby-Roundtree (N-G, Villanova), among many others, yesterday made a peaceful George Floyd march through West Phila. Click 
here. Sam's dad, also Sam, was an All-Public guard for University City in 1990.
  Pat McLoone (La Salle)
, executive sports editor of the DAILY NEWS/Inky, was the guest on a podcast hosted by former website stalwart Kevin "Sparky" Cooney (Judge) and former DN sports writer "Michael Jack" Kern. (Lincoln). Click here.

June 2
  
Check back tomorrow for a page that details the Neumann/N-G Roman basketball series over Carl Arrigale's 22 seasons as coach of the Pirates/Saints.

   
**Click here  to see details of all outbursts of at least 90 points by Catholic League basketball teams (CL regular season and playoffs, City Titles, state playoffs) over the last 20 seasons.**.  
  Story Time . . . Click 
here for: You may know Cardinal O'Hara grad Ed/Eddie Malloy for his 18 seasons of reffing in the NBA. Well, in 1989 he was also a first team All-City selection and reached 1,000 points with the Daily News in the house.
  Carroll product Derrick Jones might be waving bye-bye to the Miami Heat. Click here.
  Click here to see details on a special football day for Gratz in 2009.
  This year's Notre Dame-Navy football game will not be played in Ireland. Click here.


June 
 1
  
Check back tomorrow to see details of all outbursts of at least 90 points by Catholic League basketball teams (CL regular season and playoffs, City Titles, state playoffs) over the last 20 seasons.

  
**Click here for 50-year All-City Football Teams by Geography (four in city, two in suburbs.**
  Story Time . . . Click 
here for: If there's a Willis (Neil, of Malvern Prep), there 's a way to win the Inter-Ac League football championship.
  In 2006, the heroics of three Overbrook football players became national news. Click here. The photos mentioned on that page are 
here
.

May 31
  Our thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends of Bobby Devine. Mr. Devine, a starter for West Catholic's 1953 basketball city champs (beat Wilt Chemberlain and Overbrook for that honor) and the leading vote-getter on the 1954 All-Catholic team (also won the CL Markward Award),  passed away recently. RIP, sir. Obit here.
  Check back tomorrow for 50-year All-City Football Teams by Geography (four in city, two in suburbs.
  Story Time . . . Click
here for: In 1985, Neumann hoopster Steve Benton was scorching hot in a game at Frostburg State (Md.).
  Click here to read about Carroll's unusual basketball feat in 2014, and how much it differed from one in 1983.
  Click here for a story on Malvern Prep baseball star Jarod Wade, who missed one last chance to impress high school spectators.

May 30
  Story Time . . . Click 
here for: In the early1980s, La Salle's Chip Greenberg was so impressive, coach Les Burke mentioned him in the same sentence with Tom Gola.
  Click here for a page that celebrates the special feat by Frankford QB Tim DiGiorgio in 2011.
  Click here for a story on Eastern Regional
 sr. RHP Cole Boyan.
  New Jersey might go with a different kind of "Last Dance" baseball tournament. Click here.
  Click here for Joe Mason's story on Dr. Hank DeVincent (RIP).
  Delran sr. R.J. Moten was hoping to get drafted. Now? The son of former Eagles LB Ron Moten is intending to play football AND baseball at Michigan. Click here for Ryan Lawrence's story.

May 29
  
Our thoughts and prayers are wit the family and friends of Anthony Robinson. Anthony, a star basketball player for Edison High in 1983 (second team All-City; later played at Cheyney),  passed away recently. RIP, Anthony.
  
**Click here for 50-year All-City Basketball Teams by Geography (four in city, two in suburbs**
 
 Story Time . . . Click here for: In 1989, Dougherty's Dave Distel was quite the pistol. He routinely fired away from so far out, with permission, that foul shots felt like layups.
   The AOP's Steve Haug is doing a Spotlight Series. Today's episode features 1990 Ryan grad Chris Mooney. Click here.
  Fifty years ago,  as coached by Bob Shoudt, four track sophomores from Norristown High accomplished quite the national feat in the Penn Relays. Click here for Ed Morlock's story.
  Click here for a podcast that addresses Dick Allen's
 career and his HOF chances. Also, website legend Mark "Frog" Carfagno was the guest on a podcast. Click here. He appears at the 24:12 mark.

May 28
  Check back tomorrow for 50-year All-City Basketball Teams by Geography (four in city, two in suburbs.
  Story Time . . . Click here for: Basketball buddies Adon El and Antwain Wynn were the heroes for Neumann in a 2003 quarterfinal in over Roman.
  Click 
here in case you experienced frustration yesterday trying to view details of a classic "Hockey Puck" moment.
  Click here for a page that celebrates a special feat by future NFLer Will Fuller (Roman) in 2011.
  Click here for another story on the upcoming Dick Allen
 documentary by "The Last Dance" guy.  

May 27
  The most entertaining man, by far. in this world, Thomas "Hockey Puck" McKenna, has entered the stretch run of his cancer treatments. Chemo is over. Another 10 days of radiation. He remains overwhelmed by all the support and sends thanks/best wishes to everyone. . . . Click 
here
 for an all-time Puckster moment from the late 1990s (now on flickr with a two-part caption).
  
**Click here for each Public League school's (non-charters only) most memorable win in a football, basketball or baseball City Title.**
  Story Time . . . Click here for: In 1986, Southern's Robert "World" Stokes helped his school halt a 40-year hoops drought. (Dawn Staley nugget also on page.)
  Click here to see details on a monumental football win by La Salle
 in 2008.

May 2
6
  **Check back tomorrow for each Public League school's (non-charters only) most memorable win in a football, basketball or baseball City Title.**
  Story Time . . . Click here for: West Catholic's Dave Bertoline much preferred being special to specialization. 
  In 2006, Olney's football team broke a serious drought. Click here.
  Tiiiiime for a Chuck Langerman Chuckbit . . . Click here for: A prominent politician with the initials
J.B. accomplished a special feat in high school football.
  Click here for another story about what Dick Allen
 had to endure in Philly.
  Ex-Phillies player/coach Milt Thompson has found a new calling. Click here.

May 25
 
 
It's Memorial Day . . . Remember those who have sacrificed
  Our thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends of Ed Magliocco. Mr. Magliocco, the principal at Murrell Dobbins Tech during the school's best stretch for sports (1971-93), passed away May 6. RIP, sir. Obit here.

  **Click 
here for each Catholic League school's most memorable win in a football, basketball or baseball City Title.**
  Story Time . . . Click here for: The Penn Charter-Germantown Academy football series began in 1887 and 
Eddie Bambino almost certainly  provided the most dramatic finish.
  Meanwhile . . . check out this page from 2012, when West Catholic staged an all-time football reversal, in extremely short order.
  A Florida high school football coach is in trouble for ignoring the COVID-19 rules. Click here.

May 24
  **Check back tomorrow for each Catholic League school's most memorable win in a football, basketball or baseball City Title.**
   Story Time . . . Click
here for: In 1986 how tough/important was Bartram LB Billy Dunfee
? Well, coach Tom Bazis said of him,
"If I had six Billy Dunfees and five tackling dummies, I could still win ballgames."
  Click here for a goofy moment from the 2005 football season.
  You won't believe what happened to Millville's Mike Trout in a game vs. Cherry Hill East in 2008. Click here.
  Could the coronavirus pandemic actually help the PIAA, at least in one area? Click here.

May 23
  Story Time . . . Click
here for: In a 1989 game, West Catholic's Chris McShane was able to collect 21 rebounds despite his stick-figure frame.
  Two teams from La Salle and one from Germantown Academy
are still alive in a best-of-decade baseball battle. Click here.
  Are you hoping to be recruited for baseball or softball? These webinars will provide great insights on the new normal. Click here.
  Click here to see how high school sports in Pennsylvania will go forward.

Myy 22
  
**Click here for a breakdown of All-Time Most Memorable Playoff Wins for each Catholic League school in football, basketball and baseball.** 
  Story Time . .  .Click
here for: Who says a kid can't be a Starr at football and singing?
  West Philly all-timer Gene Banks says the GOAT award goes to Wilt
. Click here.
  Click here to see how much $$$$ Notre Dame's coaches were paid in 2018-19.
  Megastar atar RB Johnny Martin, of Highland High in South Jersey (for now, he says he's transferring to a school TBA), will play college football at Temple. Click here. Via Chuck Langerman:
He enters his senior year with 4,321 yards, which is 22nd best all-time in South Jersey history. With another 1,000-yard season, he can become the first area back to rush for over 1,000 yards in four different seasons.
  A new book about the Phillies dedicates a whole chapter to
Dick Allen. Click here.
  Can you picture the football and baseball seasons being reversed next school year? Click
here.

 

May 21
  Check back tomorrow for a breakdown of All-Time Most Memorable Playoff Wins for each Catholic League school in football, basketball and baseball.
  Story Time . . . Click
here for: In a 2010 baseball game vs. E&S, Germantown's O'Shane Black played well and coach Joe Fite made a visit to he--.
  Eastern Regioal
grad Tom Flaccco is hoping to make some NFL QBing history. Click here for a video interview that includes Tom and big bro Joe.
  The debate continues . .  .When/how will high school sports return? C-E football coach Jack Techtmann
is among those quoted. Click here.
  One guy is torching Gov. Wolf for recent comments on sports fans. Click here.

May 20
 
**Click here for recaps of the Top 50 Most Memorable Catholic League Playoffs (football, basketball, baseball) over the last 20 school years.** 
  Story Time . . . Click
here for: In 1986, Penn Charter earned the victory in football game No. 100 vs. Germantown Academy.
  In 1984, Will Bolds helped Franklin win the Pub basketball championship. Now he goes by Bill, is a Philadelphia policeman and still knows how to triumph (vs. COVID-19). Congrats! Click here for a story/video and
here
for a pic taken last year (brother Rich is the basketball coach at Timber Creek, in South Jersey.
  The NHSF won't introduce a shot clock. Click here.
  A New Jersey coach, Bill Bills, is ready to retire after four decades and 1,000 wins over three sports. Click here.
  How will high school sports go forward for fall 2020? Click here.

 

May 19
  **Check back tomorrow for recaps of the Top 50 Most Memorable Catholic League Playoffs (football, basketball, baseball) over the last 20 school years.** 
  Story Time . . . Click
here for: A clock snafu at the end of a PL basketball game kept chairman John Koskinen (among others) trying to untangle the mess until almost 2 a.m.
  Click
here for a rare video of a mid-1950s game involving Wilt Chamberlain and Overbook vs. Farrell, of Western Pa.
  The Chicago Baseball Museum defends Dick Allen
. Click here.

May 18
  Click here for a Youtube video featuring former Gratz basketballl star Jarett Kearse
.
 
**Click here for the Top 10 performances in medium/low enrollment Catholic League football finals, 1999-forward.** 
  Click here
for a short story about a Catholic League baseball mess from 1922 . . . Yes, 1922!

May 17
  Check back tomorrow for the Top 10 performances in medium/low enrollment Catholic League football finals, 1999-forward.

   **Click
here for the Top 25 performances in Catholic League football finals (1970-2019). Only top-enrollment games from 1999 forward.**
  Click here for an obit by Daily News alum Ed Barkowitz on Joe Perrott, who taught and coached lacrosse at
Penn Charter . . . among many things.
  Click here for a recap of great moments from the Catholic League's winter sports season.
  Click here to see a pic/details about a special save, which had nothing to do with pitching, by West Catholic baseball player Tom Sessa
in 2008.

May 16
  Check back tomorrow for the Top 25 performances in Catholic League football finals (1970-2019). Only top-enrollment games from 1999 forward
.
  Our thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends of Jim Fraser.  Mr. Fraser, a 1955 Germantown Academy grad and former pro football player (LB-P), passed away recently. RIP, sir. Obit here.
 
**Click hece for the Top 25 performances (all for winning teams) in Catholic League baseball finals (1970-2019).**
  Click here for Bill Soens' college basketball stats (see May 15.)
  Click here for Joe Mason's story on Judge's Kyle Davis
, who became an unofficial assistant football coach after being unable to play as a senior. 

 

May 15
  
Check back tomorrow for the Top 25 performances (all for winning teams) in Catholic League baseball finals (1970-2019)
.
  
**Click here for the Top 25 performances (15 for winning teams, 10 for losing teams) in Catholic League basketball finals, 1971-2020.**
  Two Penn Charter pics, courtesy of John Burkhart: Click here for a Color Day pic from 1963 (in the foreground is basketball star Bill Soens, who still owns the Inter-Ac record for points in one game, with 63), and here for a pic of  the property that formerly was the baseball field (taken from deep down the rightfield line). To host a new athletic facility.
  The AOP's Steve Haug is doing a Spotlight Series. Today's episode features 1992 O'Hara grad Denise Dillon. Click here.
  In 2007, Germantown Academy's John Barr got the baseball season off to an amazing, though not unprecedented start. Click here.

May 14
  Check back tomorrow for the Top 25 performances (15 for winning teams, 10 for losing teams) in Catholic League basketball finals, 1971-2020.

  
Click here for overall 50-Year All-Star football teams, including players/coaches from the Catholic, Inter-Ac and Public Leagues (bottom of that page).
  Click here for Time Marches On . . . Ed "Huck" Palmer and two of his former students.
  Click here for Ryan Lawrence's story on 2010 Bishop Eustace grad Greg Brodzinski, who is now the bullpen coach for the Phillies. Hi dad, Barry, starred in basketball at 
North Catholic and coached Roman Catholic for five seasons (1982-86).

May 13
  Check back tomorrow for Overall 50-Year All-Star football teams, including players/coaches from the Catholic, Inter-Ac and Public Leagues.
  
**Click here for 50-Year All-Star football teams, by letter (1970-2019) -- Catholic, Inter-Ac and Public players/coaches included.**
  
Penn Charter's seniors received "Prom Boxes" thanks to The Goldbergs and Schooled. Click here for a story by Daily News alum Ellen Gray. Featured are student Anne Flemming and her mom Liz, a teacher/track coach.
  After the 2005-06 basketball season, the Inter-Ac debate -- is this Episcopal team the best? -- kicked into high gear. Click here.
  The Inter-Ac League has named its winners of the Athletic Directors' Award for females and males (multi-sport, dedicated to school, outstanding amounts of dedication/leadership). Click here for profiles of this year's winners. Congarts to all!
  Click here for one story on retiring basketball scout Tom Konchalski (see 5/12) and here for another.
  Click here for a story on Mo'ne Davis'
 cut-short frosh softball season at Hampton University.

May 12
  Check back tomorrow for 50-Year All-Star football teams, by letter (1970-2019) -- Catholic, Inter-Ac and Public players/coaches included.
  
**Click here for 50-Year All-Star football teams (players/coaches) for the Catholic League (three teams), Inter-Ac League (one team) and Public League (three teams).**
  Southern's 1981-82 basketball team had no shortage . . . Click here.
  Ex-NFLer Phil Trautwein, now an assistant at Penn State, is drawing inspiration form former Nittany Lion Adam Taliaferro. Click here. Both are 
Eastern Regional grads.
  Click here for a video, as produced by former West Catholic kicker Pat Taggart, that celebrates Penn Charter's
 700th football win, which opened the 2019 season.
  The 2020 Carpenter Cup Classic has been canceled. Click here.
  Best wishes going forward to Tom Konchalski. Tom, a NYC native and forever a giant among high school basketball scouts, has retired. You can't meet a better person.

May 11
  Check back tomorrow for 50-Year All-Star football teams (players/coaches) for the Catholic League (three teams), Inter-Ac League (one team) and Public League (three teams).

 
** Click here for All-Decade Football Teams, as chosen by Huck (Catholic League) and Ted (Inter-Ac League).**
 
Click here for a story from 2006, when a Public League pitcher (Nueva Esperanza's Mark Oetzel) could relate to what Phillies CF Aaron Rowand was experiencing.
  Click here for a story on
Roman basketball sr. G Lynn Greeer III.
  Click here for a story on Pennsylvania's 10 most dominant hoops programs of the last 10 years.
  In New Jersey, could the coronavirus affect even FALL sports?! Click here.
  At
Eastern Regional, the first girls' golf team had to be put on hold. Click here.

May 10
  Happy Mother's Day! . . . and you know I had to play this one
from Philly's own Intruders.
 
**Click here for the last part of the 50-Year All-Star Basketball Team -- All-Public (60 players, six coaches).**
  In 2009, an "Only in the Cath" basketball scenario ate up just under FIVE hours. Click here.
  Former
Roman basketball star Allen Betrand is transferring from Towson to Rhode Island. Click here.

May 9
  Our thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends of Jim Trainer. Mr. Trainer, a 1954 La Salle High grad and one of the school's most dedicated football fans (sons John '04, Kevin '05, Brian '07 and Kieran '11 all played for the Explorers) and major supporter of this website, passed away recently. RIP, sir. Click here for an obit.
  Check back tomorrow for the last part of the 50-Year All-Star Basketball Team -- All-Public (60 players, six coaches).

  Update on the legend of all legends, Thomas "Hockey Puck" McKenna: He's kicking butt with his treatments, is his ever-entertaining self and appreciates the gigantic outpouring of support.
 
**Click here for 50-Year All-Star Basketball Teams -- All-City, including Catholic, Inter-Ac and Public teams (30 players, three coaches).**
  In 1986, O'Hara basketball coach Buddy Gardler used a diamond-and-one defense while attempting to shut down St. James' best player . . . His son, Chris! Click here.
  Click here and
here
for pics of football ref Ernie Gallagher, as supplied by fellow ref Dan Solis-Cohen,  from the movie Invincible.

May 8
  Click here to see what provided motivation for Wood's strong 2016-17 basketball season.
  Malvern WR Lonnie White will play college football at Penn State.
  Check back tomorrow for the final part of the 50-Year All-Star Basketall Teams - All-City including Catholic, Inter-Ac and Public teams (30 players, three coaches).

  **Click
here for 50-Year All-Star Basketball Teams for players and coaches (overall, 1971-2020). Catholic League (five teams, 50 players) and Inter-Ac League (two teams, 20 players).**
 
In the 1984-85 season, the toast of the basketball team at Father Judge was entertaining guard Ernie "Little Ern" Gallagher. He'd made fans laugh at Judge games for a long spell, and would  go on to become a prominent sports official. Click here. And check out this link at 8 o'clock to see Ernie and other Philly guys (Frank Kosman, Tom McClain, Walter Yost) in the movie Invincible.
  A Dick Allen documentary is on the doorstep. Click here.

 
Rough stretch for three South Jersey teammates. Click here.

May 7
  Check back tomorrow for 50-Year All-Star Basketball Teams for players and coaches (overall, 1971-2020). Catholic League (five teams, 50 players) and Inter-Ac League (two teams, 20 players).

 
**Chick here for 50-Year All-Star Basketball Teams for players and coaches (by school, 1971-2020). Catholic League and Inter-Ac League.**
 
The AOP's Steve Haug is doing a Spotlight Series. Today's episode features Lansdale Catholic grad Ryan Quigley. Click here.
  In 1992, the emotions were swirling, big time, at what St. James, in Chester, correctly feared would be its final Homecoming football game. The school closed in June 1993. Click here.
  Visit No. 2 to the Very Cool Department: Speedy Morris long was acknowledged to be the only coach to guide teams into the men's and women's NCCA tournament (both at La Salle).
Episcopal grad Dave Magarity did so, too. Men at Marist in 1987, women at Army in 2014 and '16. Congrats! His bio is here.

May 6
  **Check back tomorrow for 50-Year All-Star Basketball Teams (by school, 1971-2020). Catholic League and Inter-Ac League.**
  Wood's new football coach is Matt Walp. Click here.
  In 1992, the transfer of football star Brian Kennedy from Wood to Judge created quite the lengthy/heated stir. Click
here.
  New entry for the Very Cool Department: Episcopal grad Dave Magarity next season will enter his 15th season as the women's basketball coach at Army. Among the other teams in the Patriot League is Holy Cross, where the recently hired coach is . . . his daughter, Maureen! She assisted dad for four years and  was the boss at New Hampshire for 10. 
  With yesterday's trivia question in mind . . . Click
here and here for pics of Connie Mack Stadium. Among those who played there, as a youth all-star: Gerry Sasse, Penn Charter's
longtime assistant to the athletic directors.

May 5
  1:15 p.m. Apologies for earlier visit to Glitchville.
  Pretty cool "Our Guys" Class 5A honors from PA writers . . . Cheltenham's Ryan Nase (Judge) was the football Coach of the Year. Malvern's Deuce Turner was the basketball Player of the Year. 
   In 2009, was La Salle able to win a state football championship? Snow problem! Click here.
   Trivia question: In Philly sports history why are 329, 334 and 447 noteworthy numbers? Send answer to tedteee307@yahoo.com.  Thanks. (Five correct answers: Tom Taylor, Gerry Sasse, Jim King, Dan Solis-Cohen, Bill Dugan. Dimensions of Connie Mack Stadium until CF was reduced in the latter years -- 334 to LF, 447 to CF, 329 to RF. Anyone who watched games there still misses it.)
   Click here for a question/answer session with Episcopal baseball star Brian Virbitsky.


May
4
 
***Click here for 50-Year All-Star Basketball Teams (1971-2020), as broken down by letters of the alphabet. Coaches have been added. - - - Referees have been added.***
  There will be no spring sports in New Jersey. Click here.
  Click
here for two nutty home run nuggets from the Phillies' 15-14 loss to the Toronto Blue Jays  in the 1993 World Series.

May 3
  Think of all the reasons a basketball game could be terminated with 0:16 remaining. Brawl? Serious health issue? Leaky ceiling? Collapsed stands? Power failure? Not even warm (smile). Just click here.
  Penn Charter's Ryan "Pooch" Holmes will play college basketball at West Chester.
  Malvern's Max Iogerst
is among the many missing one more chance to star in lacrosse. Click here.

May 2
  Click here for a page that pays tribute to the Inter-Ac League's eight 3,000-yard career rushers.
  Did you know? . . . In 2011, Chestnut Hill's Cedric Madden scored 16 consecutive TDs over a six-game span. The streak ended
Forrest Rall scored on a reverse . . . after taking a handoff from Madden. Madden finished with 23 of the team's 25 rushing TDs and 24 of 27 overall.
 
Class 6A All-State honorees:

  First team: Jalen Duren, Roman.
  Second team: Lynn Greer, Roman; Justice Williams, Roman; Yassir Stover, Gratz.
  Third team: Shaquil Bender, Lincoln.

May 1
  **Click
here for Bill Wasylenko's all-star teams for La Salle football decade by decade by decade by . . . Amazing job, Bill! Thanks!**
  On Thanksgiving in 1987, in what was already a romp,
Judge's late-game decision to pursue city records (and succeed), caused Lincoln's blood to boil. Click here
  Malvern's Deuce Turner is the Class 5A Player of the Year. Click here. And here for a story on Wood's
four honorees.
  Class 5A All-State honorees:
  First team: Deuce Turner, Malvern (POY), Rahsool Diggins, Wood.
  Second team: Jaylen Stinson, Wood; Daeshon Shepherd, Wood; Aaron Lemon-Warren, Ryan; Gediminas Mokseckas, Ryan.
  Third team: Marcus Randolph, Wood.

April 30
  St. Joe's Ryan Daly (Carroll) and Rhode Island's Daron "Fatts" Russell (Imhotep)  have officially declared for the NBA draft.
  In 1984, Engineering and Science sr. G Michael/Mke Anderson, future Drexel star and NBA player, dropped a 66-point bomb on Edison. Click
here.
  Germantown Academy's Jordan Longino is the Class 4A Player of the Year. Click here.
  Class 4A All-State honorees . . .
  First team: Jordan Longino, Gtn. Acad. (POY), Tyreese Watson, B-P; Elijah Taylor, Imhotep; John  Camden, Carroll.
  Second team: Ibrihim Kane, Palumbo..
  Third team: Donovan Rodriguez, B-P.

April 29
  Penn Charter grad Daryl Worley, a four-year NFL vet, has signed to play cornerback for the Dallas Cowboys.
  Update on the legendary Tom "Hockey Puck" McKenna: He has completed three days of chemo/radiation treatments and is hanging tough. His spirits are good and he thanks one and all for the wonderful support.
  Class 3A All-State honorees . . .
  First team: Jordan Hall, N-G; Jamil Manigo, McD; Robert Smith, McD.
  Second team: Hakim Byrd, N-G; Cameron Young, N-G.
  Third team: Hysier Miller, N-G.
  In 2008, Edison's George Baker
claimed the city record for most three-pointers in one game while  sinking a ya-gotta-love-it number. Click here for part one and here for a short part two.
  From Tom Taylor . . . With Monday's Leroy Reams story in mind, click here to see what outfielder John Paciorek accomplished in his only MLB game for Houston in 1963. At age 18!

April 28
  With yesterday's Leroy Reams story in mind . . . In 1942, at age 21, Olney product Bill Peterman was limited to a one at-bat MLB career with the Phillies. He singled and finished with a 1.000 average. A catcher, he also got to play two innings in the field.
  Joe Conklin has been providing entertainment for not 10, not 20, not 30 . . . but 40 years. Click here for a story from his Cardinal Dougherty days.
  Click
here for a pic of former Penn Charter
teacher/coach Joe Perrott (RIP).

April 27
  Our thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends of Dottie Walton. Dottie, who coached George Washington High's field hockey team for 35 seasons (double digit Pub championships) through 1998, passed away recently. RIP, Dottie.
  Note from Ted: In 1969, I watched the Phillies' Leroy Reams strike out in what would turn out to be his only MLB at-bat. I often wondered through the years how that experience -- a career of just one at-bat; he didn't even get to play in the outfield -- had affected him. The answer was provided on the 25th anniversary. Click here for part one and
here for part two. 
  Michigan tied NFL draft history and two hail from the Philly area. Click here.
  Click here for Joe Mason's story on Ryan athlete Georgie Karusky (RIP).
  Note from Chuck Langerman on his recent trivia question . . . The answer is 127 feet, 3 3/8 inches. Bill McKeever, well respected football referee, came the closest at 127, 1/4 inch.
  If you REALLY have time to waste, click here for a draft story involving Jon Runyan
. Yahoo continues to be a circus.

April 26
  At least twice through the years, the NFL draft's final pick, Mr. Irrelevant, has been local. Click here for a story from 1981 on Delaware TE Phil Nelson and here for a story from 1999 on Penn RB Jim Finn.
  Click here for video of a classic basketball game from 2006 - Episcopal vs. Neumann-Goretti.
  Hollywood movie producer Mike Tollin, a strong Dick Allen
supporter. will appear at 11:30 this morning on 94WIP (click here) to talk about his documentary (The Last Dance) about Michael Jordan and the Bulls.
 
Trivia question from Chuck Langerman: The base paths of a Major League Baseball diamond are 90 feet and form right angles at the bases and home plate. Using the legendary Pythagorean Theorem learned in tenth-grade Geometry class, what is the distance from home plate to second base to the nearest eighth of an inch??? Send guess to chucklang@hotmail,com.

April 25
  Our thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends of Carl Arrigale. Sr. Mr. Arrigale, the father of Neumann-Goretti basketball coach Carl Arrigale, has passed away. RIP, sir. Click
here for a pic.
  Our thoughts and prayers with the family and friends of Joe Perrott. Mr. Perrott, a retired teacher and successful lacrosse coach (three state championships in mid-1970s) at Penn Charter, passed away last night. RIP, sir.
  An obit for Les Burke (RIP) can be found under April 21.
  New Hampshire CB Prince Smith (Judge, Imhotep) has signed a undrafted free agent contract with the Eagles.
  Missouri T Yasir Durant (Imhotep
) has signed an undrafted free agent contract with the Chiefs.
  **Hat trick for the Hawks!! Congrats to Michigan G Jon Runyan (SJ Prep), who was selected in the sixth round (No. 192) of the NFL draft by the Green Bay Packers!  He's now on
this list. At least since 1974, this is the first time three products of the same Philly school have been selected in the same year.**
  **Congrats to Penn State CB John Reid (SJ Prep), who was selected in the fourth round (No. 141) of the NFL draft by the Houston Texans! He's now on
this list.
Over the last 47 years, this is the third time two products of the same Philly high school have been selected in the same year (Imhotep's DJ Moore and David Williams in 2018; Dougherty's Harvey McGee and Mike Dennery in 1974).
  Click
here for a page that pays tribute to Archbishop Ryan's 1998 Catholic League baseball champs.
  Are you a kid with NFL aspirations? Have you been watching the draft? Hopefully, you know this by now . . . Only a FOOL limits himself to one sport.
  Click here for Joe Mason's story on Ryan sr. F Christian Isopi, who's bound for Gwynedd Mercy.
  Two
Eastern Regional girls made a we-miss-ya track list. One here and her sister here

April 24
 
**Congrats to Georgia RB D'Andre Swift (SJ Prep), who was selected in the second round (No. 35) of the NFL draft by the Detroit Lions! He's now on this list.**
  Click
here for a story from 1998 about quite the special Philly pitching performance.
  Click here for a story on Michigan center and Camden native Cesar Ruiz, who overcame a family tragedy to soar to the first round of the NFL draft.

April 23
  VERY best wishes going forward to a first-magnitude Philly treasure, Tom "Hockey Puck" McKenna (click
here). Puck, Ted's stats sidekick at the Daily News for three-plus decades and currently the numbers cruncher for Penn Charter football and Roman basketball, is facing a fight vs. esophageal cancer. Treatments with chemo/radiation are about to begin. Stay strong, Puck. You are loved by everyone who knows you.  Many prayers will be directed your way.
  With the NFL draft on the doorstep . . . Click
here for a page that pays tribute to the SJ Prep portion of D'Andre Swift's career.
 
Congrats on a great career to Muffet McGraw, who has retired from coaching Notre Dame's women's basketball team. Click here.
  Gratz' 1991 team and West Philly's 1977 team are on this special list. Click
here.
  Strong NJ prospects for the NFL draft. Click
here
.

April 22
 
Our thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends of Ernie Prudente. Mr. Prudente, who starred in football at Penn, coached baseball at Haverford/Swarthmore colleges for 44 years and was the all-time room lighter-upper, passed away recently at age 92. RIP, sir.
  Our thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends of Georgie Karusky. Georgie, a senior at Archbishop Ryan, passed away today due to meningitis. He was a second team All-Catholic honoree as the Raiders' kicker and the winner of the Red Division's sportsmanship award. He was also the Raiders' starting second baseman. He was bound for Chestnut Hill College and intended to kick for the sprint team. RIP, Georgie. Click
here for a pic.
  Need a laugh . . . or three? Not even Dr. Fauci would social distance himself from a story about a nutty Public League baseball game from 1987. Click
here.

 
Not even New Jersey's high school FOOTBALL coaches can be sure what the future will bring. Click here.

April 21
 
Our thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends of Les Burke. Les, who coached basketball at La Salle High (1982-86) and beforehand at the old Spring Garden College, passed away Saturday. RIP, Les. Obit is here.
  Click here for Al Thompson's story on new Eagles d-back
Will Parks (Germantown).
 
Click here for a page that pays tribute to the two Catholic League football crowns won by St. James product George Stratts -- 1982 at Dougherty, 2000 at O'Hara.

Apstil 20
  
Mike Schmidt is officially in the 
Dick Allen HOF corner.
  
Click here for a page that pays tribute to Wood's 1993 improbable CL baseball champs (9-7 regular season, five playoffs wins).
  Two Eastern Regional
 players made a we-miss-ya lacrosse list. Click here.

April 19
  
Wood basketball is recognized as a national program on the rise for 2020-21. Click here.
  Click 
here for a page that pays tribute to coach Bill Michuda's basketball championships in different leagues five years apart (La Salle '81, Penn Charter '86).
  Tiiiiime for a Chuck Langerman Chuckbit . . . Click here for: If not for an injury, AA Phillies star Steve Kolinsky would have advanced to the MLB version.
  Click here for Ed Morrone's question/answer session with Penn Charter softball stars Anastasia Lewis and Maddie Solow
.

April 18
  Our thoughts and prayers are with family and friends of Nick Trainer. Mr. Trainer, a product of the old St.  James High (Chester) and a long-time football official at the high school and college levels (among the replay booth pioneers), passed away recently. RIP, sir. Click here for an obit.
  The Jets are thinking about signing DB Logan Ryan (
Eastern Regional). (Click here.
  
Click here for a page that pays tribute to North Catholic's 1987 Catholic League basketball champs (quite the comeback from a 9-11 start overall).
  Click here for a question/answer session with 
 Eastern Regional
 sr. RHP Cole Boyan.
  Never know where you would have seen Dr. Anthony Fauci in the late 1950s. Click here.

April 17
  Sad news for South Jersey, if true . . . It's true. Click here. Via Chuck Langerman: Football coach Paul Sacco (St. Joseph, Hammonton) 
is 335-65-5, tops in the Philadelphia area and sixth all-time in New Jersey.
  
All players on this year's All-City team are African-American. That happened one other time (2009).
  The All-City basketball honorees have been added to these lists . . .
First Names from A to C
First Names from D to G
First Names from H to J
First Names from K to M
First Names from N to R

First Names from S to Z

All-City Honorees, Schools A to L
All-City Honorees, Schools M to Z

  **Check 
here for the 2019-20 All-City Basketball Team, as selected for this website by long-time talent evaluator Norm Eavenson, owner/operator of the Middle Atlantic Recruiting Service. Many thanks for stepping up to do this, Norm! Special congrats to the Player of the Year, Wood's Rahsool Diggins, and the Coach of the Year, Malvern's John Harmatuk.**  The first-teamers have been added to this listMalvern's Deuce Turner now owns a spot on this power points list.
  New Jersey schools are still hopeful for something/anything for spring sports. Click here. And here for the NJSIAA's latest statement.

April 16
  **Check back tomorrow morning for the 2019-20 All-City Basketball Team, as selected for this website by long-time talent evaluator Norm Eavenson.**

 
Click here for the updated tribute page for long-time hoops coach (and Archbishop Ryan grad) Mark Heimerdinger (Cardinal Dougherty 27 seasons, Sanuel Fels 11 seasons).
 
As proven by N-G hoops star Hakim Byrd, a good thing CAN happen under quarantine. Click here.
  Click
here
for a page that pays tribute to Monsignor Bonner's Triple Crown of Catholic League basketball champs in the 1980s ('83, '84, '88).
 
Tiiiiime for a Chuck Langerman Chuckbit . . . Click here for: He never heard people sing his praises, but there were MANY.

April 15
  "Our Guys" on the All-Big 5 Team -- First Team: Villanova's
Collin Gillespie (Wood) and Saint Joseph's Ryan Daly (Carroll). Second Team: Penn's Devon Goodman (Gtn Academy) and La Salle's David Beatty )Imhotep). Their names are now on this all-time list.
  Click
here for a story about the ongoing racism faced by
Dick Allen. And tonight at 7, Mark "Frog" Carfagno will be a guest on this station.
  This really sucks . . .
Roman soph Jalen Duren, who was on track to become one of the very best scholastic basketball players in Philly history, has transferred to Montverde Academy, that star-stealing power in Florida.
  Click here to read a crazy football story from 2011.
  In the "Delco Madness" mythical tournament, Chester 2012 met Chester 1983. Click here.
  By phone, Dick Allen
last night spent a half-hour on a "Bull Session" hosted by Dan Baker and Greg Luzinski on WBCB radio, in Bucks County. Del Unser was the guest for the first half hour, Dick for the last hour hour. Click here and then move down to April 13. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

April 12
 
Happy Easter!!
  Our thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends of Mary Greenberg. Mrs. Greenberg, the wife, mom, aunt and grandmother of numerous basketball players/coaches in the Philadelphia area, passed away today at age 92. RIP, Mrs. Greenberg. Click here for pics from her 90th birthday party in 2018.
  Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of friends of Paul Gripper. Paul, who played at Frankford and was long a major force in AAU basketball, has passed away. RIP, Paul.
  Need some joy in your life? Click here for stories that were written after Public/Catholic football and basketball teams ended loooonnng periods of despair.

April 14
  Our thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends of Herb Stutz. Mr. Stutz, former sports writer and scholastic sports editor for the long-gone Philadelphia Bulletin, passed away recently at age 90. RIP, sir. Click here for an obit.
  Click here for Joe Mason's story on
Joe Maguire (Judge), girls basketball coach at Penn Charter.
 
Click here for a page that pays tribute to Monsignor Bonner's 1994 CL football champs; lone grid crown since 1961.
  Click here for a large, get-the-full-benefit version of a funny quarantine pic, as offered by Gerry Sasse, (and then here for a version with the caption).
  Tiiiiime for a Chuck Langerman Chuckbit . . . Click here for: Eastern Regional perfection by a future sports writer.
  ALL events connected to the Big 33 Football Classic have been cenceled . . .
These public events include the Big 33 Football Classic, East West Game, a first-ever PSFCA High School Combine, USA Football 1st Down Clinic, Military Murph Competition, and the Big 33 Fan Experience.

April 13
  Click here for an obit for Mrs. Mary Greenberg (RIP).
  Click here for a question and answer session with Bob Lombardi, the executive director of the PIAA.
 
Click here for a page that pays tribute to Archbishop Wood's three consecutive Catholic Blue football champions, 2003-05. That first one ended a 25-year drought.
 
Click here for St. Joseph's Prep, the 15th (and final) of Ed "Huck" Palmer's double-decade Catholic League all-star football teams.  Great job, Huck. Thanks for tackling this project.
 
Congrats to former New Orleans Saints G Jahri Evans (Frankford), who earned a spot on the NFL's All-Decade Team.

April 12
 
Click here for Archbishop Wood, the 14th of Ed "Huck" Palmer's double-decade Catholic League all-star football teams. Next up: SJ Prep.
  Click here for 6ABC's video interview with star Georgia RB D'Andre Swift (SJ Prep).
  Steve Vasturia (SJ Prep) and Rob Kurz (Penn Charter) can be found on a special Notre Dame basketball list. Click here.
  Will the coaches of spring sports in New Jersey get paid? Click here.
  Another strong case for Dick Allen. Click here.
  Click here for a video that shows Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (then Lew Alcindor) displaying high school dominance for Power Memorial, in New York City. 

April 11
  Major congrats to
Dobbins grad Dawn Staley, who now stands ALONE -- yes, by herSELF -- in college basketball history!! Click here.
 
Click here for a page that pays tribute to the two 33-game Inter-Ac League winning streaks racked up by Penn Charter's basketball team.

 
Click here for West Catholic, the 13th of Ed "Huck" Palmer's double-decade Catholic League all-star football teams. Next up: Wood.
  Four
Eastern Regional players are on a special  girls lacrosse list. Click here.

April 10
 
Our thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends of Buddy Glemser. Buddy, the baseball coach at Bishop McDevitt for 14 seasons (1998-2011), passed away yesterday. RIP, Buddy.
  Charlie "Chalie" McGeehan,
Penn Charter's wildly popular baseball assistant, today is celebrating his 75th birthday. Click here for some pics from the drive-by salute organized by coach Justin Hanley. Happy birthday, Chalie!!
 
Almost all files on this page have been updated through 2020.
  Bishop Eustace product Greg Brodzinski is now a coach with the Phillies. His dad, Barry, starred in basketball at
North Catholic and coached at Roman. Click here for Ryan Lawrence's story.

  No state championships for New Jersey schools this spring. Click here.
 
Click here for La Salle, the 12th of Ed "Huck" Palmer's double-decade Catholic League all-star football teams. Next up: West Catholic.
  Click here for an interview with baseball lifer Ruben Amaro Jr. (Penn Charter '83).
  Click here for the boxscore from a legendary football playoff in 2002.
  Tiiiiime for a Chuck Langerman Chuckbit . . . Click here for: When a sports legend performed in South Jersey, he didn't horse around.

April 9
  Our thoughts and prayers are with the family ad friends of Dr. Hank DeVincent. Dr. DeVincent, who passed away recently, starred in baseball at La Salle College, played in the minor leaguer, then stormed ahead to become an orthopedic surgeon. La Salle's field is named in his honor. RIP, sir.
  **The PIAA has canceled all winter tournaments and spring sports.**
 
Is it possible sports will disappear for a lonnnng time? Click here.
  Click
here for a page that pays tribute to St. John Neumann's 1996-97 Catholic League basketball champs; bumped off 27-0 Carroll in the final.

 
Click here for Neuamnn/N-G, the 11th of Ed "Huck" Palmer's double-decade Catholic League all-star football teams. Next up: La Salle.
  John Clark catches up with Phillies utility man Phil Gosselin (Malvern). Click here.
  Ryan grad Colin Langan
shares his story. Click here for Joe Mason's story.

April 8
  Ray Fosse is in Dick Allen's corner. Click here.
  Click here for a page that pays tribute to Thomas Edison's 1995-96 Pub basketball champs, who won the most outrageous final (for many reasons) in city history.
 
 Click here for Cardinal Dougherty/North Catholic combo, the 10th of Ed "Huck" Palmer's double-decade Catholic League all-star football teams. Next up:Neumann/N-G.
  Click here for a CBS3 social distancing report that features coaches/athletes from
Malvern and Penn Charter.
  Tiiiiime for a Chuck Langerman Chuckbit . . . Click here for: K was his favorite letter in the alphabet, by far.
  Click here for a website with some neat basketball nuggets.

April 7
 
Our thoughts and prayers are with family and friends of Marty Derer. Marty, a highly respected/liked South Jersey basketball referee and former player at Camden Catholic for coach Jim Crawford, has passed away from the corona virus. RIP, Marty. Click here
  American Legion Baseball has canceled the regional tournaments/world series for 2020. Click here.
  From Chuck Langerman, on the lighter side . . .
Secretariat, the greatest thoroughbred of all-time, was an early adopter of social distancing. He won the 1973 Belmont Stakes by a mere 33 lengths.
 
Click here for a page that pays tribute to Franklin Learning Center's 1991-92 Pub basketball champs.  Only local team to defeat Gratz duiring Rasheed Wallace's four-year career.

 
Click here for Kennedy-Kenrick/Landale Catholic combo, the ninth of Ed "Huck" Palmer's double-decade Catholic League all-star football teams. Next up: Dougherty/Noth Catholic combo.
 

April 6
  Joe Ferry, PR chief of former website legend Mark Carfagno's campaign to get Dick Allen into the HOF, will appear this afternooon, at 2:45, on WCHE radio. Click here.
  Click here for a video, via Charles "Shoob" Monroe's "PA Sports Talk/Players Only" Facebook page, that shows numerous clips of star players.
  Click here for a page that pays tribute to Southern's back-to-back Pub basketball champions in 1985-86 and 1086-87.
  Click here for  Archbishop Carroll, , the eighth  of Ed "Huck" Palmer's double-decade Catholic League all-star football teams. Next up: K-K/Lansdale combo.
  From Chuck Langerman . . .
Dick Allen played varsity basketball at Wampum High in Western Pennsylvania from 1955 to 1959, scoring 1,931 points according to the Lawrence County Historical Society. In addition, brothers Hank Allen scored 1,259 points from 1956 to 1958 and Ron Allen tallied 1,195 points from 1959 to 1961. Three brothers that played roughly at the same time, each scoring over 1,000 points. Quite a rarity!
  Hats off to Ruben Amaro Jr. Back in the day. he convinced Mike Schmidt to . . . Click
here.
 
Eastern Regional sr. G Noah Klinewski received some love from South Jersey's Carino Basketball Club. Click here.

April 5
  Our thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends o Kathy Sullivan. Kathy, the wife of former Judge football coach, John "Whitey" Sullivan, passed away recently. Among her accomplishments: Serving as a
Lieutenant Colonel Army Reserve nurse. A memorial service will be held Aug. 29. RIP, Kathy. Click here.
  Kobe Bryant (RIP) has earned his spot in the Basketball Hall of Fame. Congrats! Click here for a story and here for an emotional video with Kevin Hart.
 
Click here for  Archbishop Ryan, the seventh of Ed "Huck" Palmer's double-decade Catholic League all-star football teams. Next up: Carroll.
  Penn State sr. F
Lamar Stevens (Haverford School, then Roman) has won national hoops honors. Click here. Congrats!
  Towson QB Tom Flacco (Eastern Regional) has the confidence to match his brother, Joe. Click here.
  Former soccer captain Howard C. Story Jr., Germantown Academy's oldest living grad, recently turned 100. Happy Milestone, sir! Click here.
  You Know Who
has been deemed the best rookie 3B of all time. Click here.

April 4
  The 2012-13 basketball season gave us two amazing feats. Click here for Wood's and here for La Salle's.

 
Click here for  Bishop McDevitt, the sixth of Ed "Huck" Palmer's double-decade Catholic League all-star football teams. Next up: Ryan.
  Click here for John Knebels' story on
SJ Prep sr. G Trevor Wall, the top player on Speedy Morris' last team. 

April 3
  Our thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends of George Benson. George, a first team All-City running back (1,530 yards) for Frankford's 1975 Public League champs, passed away yesterday. RIP, George.
  Three newspaper groups, North Penn Reporter/Norrstown Times Herald/Montgomery Media, are having a tournament to decide the best team from 2000 to 2019. Click here.
  Click here for a page that pays tribute to the 31-0 season put together by Simon Graz
in 1992-93.
 
Click here for  Bonner/B-P, the fifth of Ed "Huck" Palmer's double-decade Catholic League all-star football teams. Next up: McDevitt.
 
Tiiiiime for a Chuck Langerman Chuckbit . . . Click here for: A tribute to Larry Greene (RIP).
  Click here for Joe Mason's story on St. Hubert basketball star Cassidy Ruk. She's the granddaughter of Bob Dillon, a great guy and former football official in Philly. 

April 2
  In case boys volleyball does take place in South Jersey . . . Click here for a preview that includes Easternn Regional...
 
 
Click here for  Father Judge, the fourth of Ed "Huck" Palmer's double-decade Catholic League all-star football teams. Next up: Bonner/B-P.
  Tiiiiime for a Chuck Langerman Chuckbit . . . Click here for: Cheltenham RB Calvin Christopher; ties to Ted and Mr. October.
  Luke Arpino and Tyler Paxton are a big part of
Ryan basketball. Click here for Joe Mason's story.
  New Jersey still hopes to have spring sports. Click here.

April 1
  The awards keep on coming . . . Easternn Regional soph Tommy Burns is NJ.com's Boys Bowler of the Year. Click here.
  The Pennsylvania Scholastic Football Coaches Association hopes to make s decision on the Big 33 Classic and East-West Game by April 15.
 ** Click here for a page that pays tribute to Neumannn-Goretti's
73-game winning streak in Catholic League basketball play (regular season/playoffs) from '09 to '13.**
  
Click here for  Conwell-Egan, the third of Ed "Huck" Palmer's double-decade Catholic League all-star football teams. Next up: Father Judge.
 
Malvern slapped together quite the baseball decade. Click here.
  Click here for a video that shows Lynn Greer Sr. (Edison) breaking down his wonderful basketball family.
  Congrats to Drexel's Bailey Greenberg (Wood), the Big 5 Co-Player oft he Year, according to phillycollegesports.com. Click here. Her dad, Chip, starred at La Salle High and University.March 31
  Our thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends of Joan Costello. Miss Costello, a long-time teacher/administrator at Penn Charter (she taught Ted in kindergarten), passed away recently. RIP, Miss Costello. Click here.
  Click here for a story from the New York Post about the fight for redemption being waged by Vaux all-timer Rysheed Jordan.
  Mark "Frog" Carfagno will appear here tonight at 6:45 to discuss his Dick Allen campaign.
  Click here for a page that pays tribute to the wonderful career of La Salle High quarterback Brett Gordon (1995-97)
.
  
Click here for  Roman Catholic, the second of Ed "Huck" Palmer's double-decade Catholic League all-star football teams. Next up: Conwell-Egan.
  Forty-five years ago today,
Overbrook product Andre McCarter made sure UCLA coach John Wooden was sent into retirement with one more NCAA crown.  Click here.
  Former Cheltenham basketball star Glenn Fine has a big responsibility these days. Click here.
  One way to kill time . . . Click here for a YouTube channel with all kinds of Phillies telecasts.

March 30
  Message today from the PIAA . . .
"PIAA will continue to receive and assess information from the Governorís office, the Department of Health and the Department of Education before making any decisions regarding re-starting sports activities."
 
Click here for Cardinal O'Hara. the first of Ed "Huck" Palmer's double-decade Catholic League all-star football teams. Next up: Roman.
 
**Click here for pages that detail the football history of St. Augustine Prep, in South Jersey.**
  Click here for a look at the girls brackets for "Delco Madness." And click here for Jack McCaffery's story on former Carroll coach Muffet McGraw, whose '79 team is an underdog.
  Click here for Joe Mason's story on
Penn Charter frosh Aleah Snead, a budding hoops star.
  Click here for a how-he's-dealing-with-it story on Toronto Blue Jays farmhand Davis Schneider  (Easternn Regional 2017).

March 29
  **Check back tomorrow . . . Forever website stalwart Ed "Huck" Palmer, one at a time, is about to pick all-star football teams for each Catholic League school, 2000-19. **
  Click here for a story about a lomg-time stalwart in South Jersey journalism, Bob Shryock (RIP).
  The Delco Times is staging a tournament to determine the best team in Delaware County history. Click here for the Sweet 16.
Bonner, Carroll and Haverford School have one entrant apiece.
  Joe Ferry, PR chief of former website legend Mark Carfagno's campaign to get Dick Allen into the HOF, will appear this afternoon, 3 o'clock, on Rob Charry's WIP show. **Click here to hear the interview.**
  SJ Prep product Jon Runyan
is looking to follow his dad's NFL footsteps. Click here.

March 28
  Remember this? From 1999 to 2007, SJ Prep won 55 consecutive Catholic League regular season games. Click here for a page that celebrates that feat.
  Click here for a career-recap story on all-time Malvern  G Deuce Turner.
  Malvern Prep product Carl Nassib is about to make big NFL coin. Click here.
  Click here for an update on star Georgia RB D'Andre Swift (SJ Prep).
  O'Hara product Denise Dillon is the new women's basketball coach at Villanova. Click here.

March 27
  Note from Ted - Yesterday's Daily News included a story about nine memorable openers in Phillies history. The accompanying graphic, which took up a full page, showed headlines/partial stories only from the Inquirer. Yes, IN the Daily News. Ridiculous. Disgraceful. The company continues to slight the DN non-stop. Thus, this website will no longer link to stories on inquirer.com. Sorry, not sorry.
  Did you hear this? In his team's last game before the PIAA suspended the tournament, Imhotep Charter coach Andre Noble, in just his 16th season, claimed career win No. 400! Congrats, Andre!!!
Click here for an updated Tribute Page.
  In the 1979-80 season. Overbrook posted what remains the best record (34-0) in city history. Click here for a Tribute Page.
  Tiiiime for a Chuck Langerman Chuckbit. Click here for . . . Despite a major injury this year, Zahree Harrison ranks as a Cheltenham all-timer and can claim a major feat.

March 26
  Remember this? Fom 1989 to 1998, Gratz won 107 consecutive PL regular season games. Click here.
  St. Joe's G Ryan Daly (Carroll) plans to test the NBA waters. Click here for Mike Jensen's story.
  Coaches Paul Rodio (St. Augustine Prep, NJ) and Tony Chapman (Holy Ghost Prep, PA) rule the many basketball victories coaching roost. Click here.  

March 25
  During his days at La Salle High and afterward, Jack "In the Box" Crouse ('05) wrote funny reports for this website. Now he teaches at Holy Ghost Prep and, like most of us, finds himself stuck at home. When school resumes, rest assured, the entertainment still be top notch. Click
here for a video. Thanks, Jack! 
  Click here for a note on Division 1 honors for Catholic League products, as provided by Steve Haug.
  Click here for Les Bowen's story on new eagles DB Will Parks *Germantown).
 
**Click here for pages that detail the football history of Camden Catholic High, in South Jersey.**

  Tedbit -- The 1992-93 basketball season, and even beforehand, was the most noteworthy in city history from the standpoint of upper level talent and relentless recruiting. Rasheed Wallace (Gratz), Jason Lawson (Olney), Tyrone Weeks (Franklin Learning Center), Alvin Williams (Germantown Academy) and Marc Jackson (Roman, after beginning at now-gone William Penn) was nicknamed the Fab Five by the Daily News and numerous stories were written about their games and the ins and outs of the stalking process. Anyway, last night I was hit with a thought and decided to find the answer . . How many combined points did they score in high school, college, the NBA and overall. Take a guess on the number, then look below.

JACKSON Pts LAWSON Pts WALLACE Pts
Penn/Roman 869 Olney 1,270 Gratz 1,690
VCU/Temple (3) 1,059 Villanova 1,565 N. Caolina (2) 899
NBA 3,305 NBA 26 NBA 18,390
  Total 5,233   Total 2,861   Total 20,979
WEEKS Pts WILLIAMS Pts TOTALS Pts
Franklin LC 1,379 Gtn. Academy 1,702 High School 6,910
UMass 1,013 Villanova 1,423 College 5,959
NBA 0 NBA 4,386 NBA 26,107
  Total 2,392   Total 7,511   Total 38,976

March 24 
  As posted last night: Message today from the PIAA . . .
"The possible re-start of the winter championships will continue to be on hold."
  Congrats to South Carolina women's basketball coach Dawn Staley (Dobbins), the Associated Press Coach of the Year. Click here.
  Eastern Regional  earned a spot in the Courier-Posy's final rankings for girls basketball. Click here.
  In case high school boys/girls golf takes place this spting, click here for a preview that includes
Eastern Regional. 

March 23
  Our thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends of Steve Marinucci. Steve, formerly a long-time football referee in the Philadelphia area (also the brother of former NFL ref Ron Marinucci, uncle of former Judge basketball star Jim Reeves and grandfather of 2020 La Salle High hoops star Jake Timby), passed away today. RIP, Steve.
  Message today from the PIAA . . .
"The possible re-start of the winter championships will continue to be on hold."

 
**Click here for pages that detail the football history of Moorestown High, in South Jersey.**
  Tiiiiime for a Chuck Langerman Chuckbit . . . Click here for: the updated list of NFL players from South Jersey.
  In case high school boys and girls lacrosse take place this spring, click here for a preview that includes
Eastern Regional

March 22
  Click
here and/or here for stories on new Eagles safety Will Parks from his days at Germantown High. (Note: He changed his mind and went to Arizona). And click here for a jersey-exchange pic with Bok Tech product Jihad Ward from 2016.
  The Olympic Conference has announced its basketball all-stars and
Eastern Regional
registered a hat trick. Click here.
  Click here
for the Top 10 buzzer-beating videos from the 2019-20 season.

March 21
  Major congrats to former Germantown High star Will Parks, who signed today with Eagles!! Primarily at safety, Will played four years for the Denver Broncos. Will was a two-way star for what turned out to be G-town's next-to-last team in 2011. Click here for that TEAM PAGE. 
  In case high school boys and girls track take place this spring, click here for a preview that includes Eastern Regional.
  Thirty years ago this month, Dobbins grad Hank Gathers (RIP) passed away while creating national  basketball waves for Loyola Marymount. Click here for a story on the funeral and
here for one about Hank's positive influence.
  In case high school softball IS played this spring, click here for a preview that includes Eastern Regional.
 
Mrrch 20
  More extremely rough news . . . The City All-Star Football Game has been canceled.
  Exactly 40 years ago, Overbrook and Tony Costner met Roman and Lonnie McFarlan in the final game of the original City Title series. Click here for part one of the story and
here for part two, along with a sidebar.
  Click here for another story on Dick Allen's
HOF credentials.
  Click here for a this-and-that notes story.
  Lower Merion coach Gregg Downer looks back at his Kobe Bryant experience. Click here.

March 19
 
Tedbit -- A quirk from that Phillies-Cobs game. In the first inning, Phillies starter Randy Lerch homered and Cubs reliever Donnie Moore tripled. How common could that be? I reached out to Mike Lynch of sports-reference.com. Here's his response:
Thanks to retrosheet.org, we have play-by-play for all MLB games back to 1973 (and most back to 1918). Thatís the only game I see where both pitchers had an XBH in the 1st inning . . . Thanks for the hustle, Mike!
  MLB Network last night aired the famous 1979 game, in which the Phillies beat the Cubs, 23-22. While watching, website legend Ed "Huck" Palmer found himself wondering, How many guys played shortstop for the Phillies between Larry Bowa and Jimmy Rollins? His research is here.
  In case high baseball IS played this spring, click here for a preview that includes Eastern
Regional.

March 18
  How cool is this? Tom Brady's final pass as a New England Patriot was intercepted by . . . Eastern Regional  grad Logan Ryan!! Click here for a story.
  Conshohocken's Albert C. Donofrio Basketball Classic has been canceled. Click here.
  The Big 33 Football Classic could also be canceled. Click here.
  Tedbit, different version (from Ted Rauch, long-time website loyalist and first team All-Inter-Ac basketball player for Haverford School in 1957) -
About 25-30 years ago at a book signing here downtown, I told Wilt "I was probably the only one in line who actually played against you." He looked at me, shook my hand and asked, "Who won?" It was my 26 seconds of fame in '55 when HS went up against Overbrook. My bench warming sophomore year. A definite highlight of my rather mediocre b-ball career!!" Thanks for this, Ted.   
  Click here for Mike Jensen's story on Greg Wright (RIP), former leader of the Hunting Park Warriors AAU program.

March 17
 
**Click here for a Wilt Chamberlain Tribute Page and thanks to Tom Taylor for providing all results/points-for-Wilt info.**
  This isn't the first team a health issue has affected Catholic League basketball. Click
here for a much-smaller-scale story from 1991.
  Click here for a message from Pat McLoone, the Inquirer's managing editor for sports.

March 16
  The Penn Relays have been canceled. Click here.
 
**Click here for pages that detail the football history of Haddonfield High, in South Jersey. Thanks to Phil Smart for spreading the word!**
  Former website legend Mark "Frog" Carfagno fields 10 question from Matt Veasey, of philliesbell.com, about his spirited HOF campaign for Dick Allen. Click here.
  From Dave Burman . . . Click here for audio/video of the miracle shot that last week gave Chester a playoff win over Gratz.

March 15
  La Salle High grad Joe Mihalich ('74) coached Hofstra into the NCAA Tourney for the first time since 2001, and then . . . Click here for Joe Juliano's story.
  Tedbit - I've done this team a few times through the years, and here we go again -- 2019-2020 all-star team based on uniform number. The competition was fierce with the low numbers because so many players like to wear those these days. High numbers? Hardly anybody and nobody above No. 44.  (Picks were made based on numbers on original rosters.)

No. Name School   No. Name School
0 Hysier Miller N-G   23 Jalen Duren Roman
1 Trevor Wall SJ Prep   24 David Robinson SCH Acad.
2 Robert Smith McDevitt   25 Casey Traina Gtn. Acad.
3 Rahsool Diggin Wood   30 Luke Boyd Ryan
4 Deuce Turner Malvern   31   None  
5 Ke'Shawn Williams SCH Acad.   32 Christian Isopi Ryan
10 Gidiminias Mokseckas Ryan   33 Aaron Lemon-Warren Ryan
11 Justice Williams Roman   34 Eamon Walsh Devon
12 Daeshon Shepherd Wood   35 Anquan Hill Carroll
13 Aaron Reisman Penn Char.   40 Hunter Healy Lansdale
14 Tyshaun Mack Gtn. Acad.   41   None  
15 Jamil Manigo McDevitt   42 Andrew Alikakos Episcopal
20   None     43   None  
21 Matt McKenna Hav. Sch.   44 Ryan "Pooch" Holmes Penn Char.
22 Alex Capitano Episcopal        

  Click here for Mike Jensen's story on what we'll be missing, NCAA tourney-wise, and here for his story on the sudden retirement faced by Villanova women's coach Harry Perretta (Bonner).
  Barbara Dussinger has done everything at Edison
, even football. Click here for Joe Fite's story.
  Click here for Rich Flanagan's tweet about how far the shutdown has gone.

March 14
  Tombit, as provided by forever points-tracker Tom Taylor - 
The number of good underclassmen on the teams that made the state playoffs is interesting.  If my info is accurate the following is the number of underclassmen among the Top 10 scorers for these six teams:  Carroll 7/10; Ryan 8/10; Wood 8/10 (and only 2 seniors on their 16-man roster); Bonner 4/10; N-G 7/10; RC 8/10. We should be in for a very good 2020-21. . . . Thanks for this, Tom.
  
Click here for the Overall Scoring Leaders.
  How teams are dealing with the shutdown. Click here.

March 13
  Update: Small adjustments have been made to non-league and overall scoring totals for some Wood players. Totals for one of the Vikings' games in Hawaii were incorrect. Thanks to Tom Taylor for his hustle on this.
  Tedbit - My hope, around this time, was to offer an updated version of this nugget from 2019. Alas, two teams are still on the doorstep and who know whether they'll get a chance to break through? Three teams have at least 20 wins (N-G 24-4, Wood 21-5, B-P 20-5) and two more could join the club (Ryan 19-9, Roman 18-10).

  Click here for a story on the PIAA's decision and here for another.
  Camden was hoping to win its first state title since 2000. (Repeat: was.) Click here.
  New Jersey has canceled -- not just suspended -- its basketball tournament.
  From Dennis Hill, via Mark "Frog" Carfagno:  The All-Star Labor Classic doubleheader, scheduled for April 19, has also been canceled. Scholarships will still be swarded.
  From Ken Geiser, via Dan Solis-Cohen: The Public League has canceled everything (games/practices in all sports) through April 12.

March 12
  
**It's official . . . The PIAA is suspending the basketball tournament for at least two weeks.**
  The New Jersey basketball tourney is experiencing its own turmoil. Click here.
  Because of you-know-what, Alhambra Catholic Invitational Tournament (MD) has been canceled. Speedy Morris will be honored next year. Thanks to Judge assistant Bill Koch for the info.
  
In case you've never seen this . . . Michael Jordan, Wilt Chamberlain and Bill Russell address the GOAT question. More than 1 million have. Click here.
  
Games in the second round are supposed to be harder than those in the first, correct? Someone forgot to tell the Catholic League. After a 6-2 performance in the first (.750), the CL went 5-1 in the second (.833). The breakdown is below and the all-rime record is 45-12 (.789. 

Results for CL Teams in the Second Round 
Year Class 6A Class 5A Class 4A Class 3A
2020 Roman W Wood W B-P W N-G W
    Ryan W Carroll L  
2019 Roman W Wood W B-P W N-G W
  La Salle  W Ryan L Carroll W McDevitt W
2018 Roman W B-P W Con.-Egan L N-G W
  SJ Prep L Carroll W   McDevitt W
2017 Ryan W Wood W Con.-Egan L N-G W
    Carroll W    
  5-1 7-1 3-3 6-0
Year Class 4A Class 3A Class 2A  
2016 Roman  W N-G  W C-E  W  
    Carroll  L    
2015 Roman  W N-G  W C-E  W  
  La Salle  W Carroll  W    
2014 Roman  L N-G  W West  L  
  La Salle  W Carroll  W    
2013 SJ Prep  W N-G  W    
    Carroll  W    
2012 Roman  L N-G  W McDevitt  W  
    Carroll  W    
2011 La Salle  W N-G  W    
         
2010 La Salle  L N-G  W West  L  
  Roman  W Carroll  W    
2009   N-G  W West  L  
    Carroll  W    
  7-3 14-1 3-3  
Records 24-7 Through '16 -- 21-5 '17 Through '19 -- 45-12 Overall

  Click here for a story on Chester's win over Gratz . . . one day after a Clipper was killed.
  The New Jersey basketball finals are looking for a gym. Click here.
  Click here for a story on Roman's win.
  Click here for a story on Neumann-Goretti's win.

March 11
  In PIAA second round playoffs . . .
 
N-G won, Roman won. Final scores are here.
  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.
  Congrats to former Villanova coach Andy Talley, who will be part of the 2020 class at the College Football Hall of Fame!
  Rutgers is dumping the NJISAA basketball tournament. Click here.
  The 5A-4A playoff schedule is at the bottom of this page. Thanks to Joe Sette for providing it.
 
Tedbit - Every so often through the years, Speedy Morris mentioned that he would have stayed at Roman forever had he not been fired after the 1981 season. Time to break out the calculator -- 347 wins over 14 Roman seasons translates to 1,314 over 53! Morgan Wootten, who passed away in January, won 1,274 in 47 seasons through 2002 at DeMatha Catholic, in Hyattsville, MD, and was inducted into the Naismith Basketball HOF in 2000. Speedy should be there, too. Speedy and his Roman successors -- Barry Brodzinski, Dennis Seddon, Chris McNesby and Matt Griffin --  have won 1,231 games. The only factor that could have kept Speedy from reaching 1,300 is the PIAA's limit on games.
  Sad news: Due to caronavirus concerns, Malvern has withdrawn from the prestigious Alhambra Catholic Invitational Tournament (MD).
  Congrats to
Eastern Regional sr. G Kelli McGroarty! She made the Group 4 (highest enrollment) All-South Jersey basketball team, as selected by the Al Carino Basketball Club. Click here.
  Click here for a story on B-P's win.
  Click here for a story on Ryan's win.
  Click here for a recap on Wood's win.

March 10
  In PIAA second round playoffs . . .
  B-P, Ryan and Wood won (by an average of 29.7 points!). Carroll fell. Scores are here.
  The Ivy League has canceled its men's and women's basketball tournaments. Thus,
Germantown Academy product Devon Goodman finishes his career with 998 points. His GA total was 1,201.
  Congrats to
Eastern Regional sisters Jewel and Jailya Ash, who have earned spots on the All-South Jersey winter track team. Click here.
  Tedbit - The list below shows all Catholic/Inter-Ac players who've averaged at least 20 PPG over the last 10 seasons. The 2020 total stands at four, which is tied with 2017 for second. 2019 is tops with six.

Name School G Pts PPG Year
Deuce Turner Malvern 27 718 26.6 2019
Deuce Turner Malvern 30 757 25.2 2020
Patrick Robinson Conwell-Egan 25 608 24.3 2018
Aaron Lemon-Warren Ryan 16 380 23.8 2020
Evan-Eric Longino Gtn. Academy 29 686 23.7 2017
Christian Ray Haver. School 28 652 23.3 2019
Jordan Longino Gtn. Academy 22 503 22.9 2020
Nick Alikakos Episcopal 26 590 22.7 2016
Jordan Longino Gtn. Academy 27 610 22.6 2019
Isaiah Wong Bonner-Prendie 30 667 22.2 2018
Collin Gillespie Wood 31 682 22.0 2017
Isaiah Wong Bonner-Prendie 28 614 21.9 2019
Chris Clover SJ Prep 23 503 21.9 2014
Jamal Nwaniemeka Conwell-Egan 23 502 21.8 2012
Stephen Vasturia SJ Prep 27 589 21.8 2012
Ryan Daly Carroll 27 586 21.7 2016
Ja'Quan Newton Neum.-Gor. 31 670 21.6 2014
Tyrell Long McDevitt 25 537 21.5 2014
Joe Getz Wood 24 504 21.0 2011
Chris Clover SJ Prep 23 476 20.7 2015
Juan'ya Green Carroll 27 560 20.7 2011
Quade Green Neumann-Goretti 28 578 20.6 2017
Deuce Turner Malvern 26 533 20.5 2018
Kyle McCloskey Gtn. Academy 29 594 20.5 2017
Stephen Vasturia SJ Prep 30 615 20.5 2013
Matt Dade Episcopal 25 511 20.4 2019
Rahsool Diggins Wood 26 525 20.2 2020
Eric Fleming, Ryan Ryan 24 482 20.1 2011
Hakim Hart Roman 29 581 20.0 2019

  Click here for a preview of second round games in 5A and 4A.
 
Ben Franklin grad Rich Bolds guided Timber Creek to the South Jersey 3A hoops crown. Click here for one story and here for another.

March 9
 
Accomplished Timber Creek coach Rob Hinson is joining Rutgers' football staff. Click here.
 
Click here for a profile on Pittsburgh Pirates farmhand
Sammy Siani (Penn Charter).
 
Click here for Frank Fitzpatrick's story on Penn State basketball coach Pat Chambers (Episcopal).

 
PIAA hoops brackets are on this page.

  **Click
here
for pages that detail the football history of Pennsauken High, in South Jersey.** 
 
Tedbit -- Current NBA "Our Guys" have made appearances in 305 games this season, but only 134 have been starts and two guys, Dougherty grad Kyle Lowry and Prep Charter grad Marcus Morris, have combined for 103 of 'em. Who knows how much longer their careers will last? We need some new guys to make NBA dents and we need that now. 

Name School Year G GS
Derrick Jones Carroll 2015 49 13
Kyle Lowry Dougherty 2004 50 50
Wayne Ellington Episcopal 2006 33 1
Marcus Morris Prep Charter 2007 53 53
Markieff Morris Prep Charter 2007 50 16
Bradley Wanamaker Roman 2007 60 1
Charlie Brown Washington 2015 10 0
      305 134

  Click here for Joe Mason's story on injured Ryan star Aaron Lemon-Warren.
 
 
Click here for the updated list of 1,000-point scorers and top contenders.

March 8
 
The second round playoff schedule is at the bottom of this page. Thanks to Joe Sette for providing it.
 
Tedbit - The Catholic League batted only .750 in first-round playoffs this year after perfect performances in ''18 and '19. The all-time mark is now 57-12 (.826).

Results for Catholic League Teams in PIAA First-Round Playoffs 
Year Class 6A Class 5A Class 4A Class 3A
2020 Roman W Wood W B-P W N-G W
  SJ Prep L Ryan W Carroll W McDevitt L
2019 Roman W Wood W B-P W N-G W
  La Salle  W Ryan W Carroll W McDevitt W
2018 Roman W B-P W Con.-Egan W N-G W
  SJ Prep W Carroll W   McDevitt W
2017 Roman L Wood W Con.-Egan W N-G W
  Ryan W Carroll W   West L 
  6-2 8-0 6-0 6-2
Year Class 4A Class 3A Class 2A  
2016 Roman  W N-G  W C-E  W  
    Carroll  W    
2015 Roman  W N-G  W C-E  W  
  La Salle  W Carroll  W    
2014 Roman  W N-G  W West  W  
  La Salle  W Carroll  W    
2013 SJ Prep  W N-G  W C-E  L  
  Roman  L Carroll  W    
2012 Roman  W N-G  W McDevitt  W  
  SJ Prep  L Carroll  W    
2011 La Salle  W N-G  W West  L  
  Roman  L Carroll  L    
2010 La Salle  W N-G  W West  W  
  Roman  W Carroll  W    
2009 Roman  L N-G  W West  W  
  North  L Carroll  W    
  10-5 15-1 6-2  
 Records 31-8 Through '16 -- 26-4 '17 Through '20 -- 57-12 Overall

  Dick Jerardi knows where Speedy belongs. Click here.
 
Click here for a story on Speedy's final game. And here for another.
  Tiiiiime for a Chuckbit. Click here for: The day a high school game crushed the Eagles.
 
Eastern Regional grad Tom Flacco, Joe's brother, is hoping to get an NFL quarterbacking shot. Click here.
  Click here for a story on Roman's win over Coatesville. Ane here for one from the Coatesville viewpoint.

March 7
 
**
Click here for a page that celebrates the wonderful career of Speedy Morris.**
 
Tiiiiime for a Chuckbit. Click here for: Paul Wiedeman, son of former Eastern Regional coach Dave Wiedeman, makes serious coaching history.
 
In the first round of the state playoffs . . .
  In 6A, SJ Prep fell to Reading, 57-45, thus ending the wonderful, 52-year coaching career of William "Speedy" Morris. Everyone who knows you wishes you the best, Speedy! Click here for post-game video
. Roman won.
  In 3A, McDevitt lost, N-G win. All scores are here.

 
Click here for 6ABC's video/story on now retired
Eastern Regional field hockey coaching mastermind, Danyle Heilig.
 
Tedbit -- The Klinewskis are a salt-of-the-earth family that knows how to pepper the hoop. Noah, a senior guard for South Jersey's Eastern Regional, on Thursday finished his career with 1,033 points. Brother Matt preceded him by six years and their mom, then Joyce Moffett, was prominent enough at Cherry Hill West to earn the first full scholarship awarded to a female athlete at Drexel. Just last year, she was inducted into the South Jersey basketball HOF. I first met the family in 2014 after the championship game in the Donofrio Classic, in Conshohocken. Matt made the all-tournament team and -- not a surprise -- received the sportsmanship award. Eastern coach Kevin Crawford recently said of Noah, "Noah has been a pleasure to coach. Plays as hard as anyone I have ever coached. He sticks his nose in harm's way for 32 minutes every game. He will be missed." Below is the scoring breakdown for Joyce/Matt/Noah. 7,163 points so far with more to come. Best of luck at Susquehanna, Noah!

Mom Joyce   Son Matt   Son Noah  
C. Hill West 2,085 Eastern 1,576 Eastern 1,033
Drexel 977 Lafayette 1,492 Susquehanna TBA
 Total 3.062  Total 3.068  Total 1,033
    High School 4,694    
    College 2,469    
      TOTAL 7,163    

  Click here for a story on Wood's win over Strath Haven.
 
Click here for a story on Bonner-Prendie's win over Eastern York.
 
Click here for a story on Ryan's win over Penn Wood.
  Click here for a recap on Carroll's win over Bethlehem Catholic.
 
For the second year in a row, 1972 Overbrook High (Pa.) grad Darrell  White has coached the Westampton Tech girls' basketball team to the Central Jersey Group 3 finals with a 53-33 win over Burlington Township. Last season, he coached Westampton to their first-ever sectional title. They host Neptune High on Tuesday for the Group 3 title.

March 6
 
Tonight's results in state playoffs . . . B-P won, Carroll won, Ryan won, Wood won. Scores at bottom of this page,
 
Nugget from Mark "Frog" Carfagno . . .
  Linville Hill Christian, of Lancaster, is missing all seven of its seniors in tonight's state playoff vs. Sankofa, of Philadelphia. Reason? They're on a senior class trip to Kenya. Sankofa won the second quarter, 29-0, en route to a 49-12 halftime lead.

 
Eastern Regional's hoops TEAM PAGE has been finalized. Click here. 
 
Tedbit -- This is year No. 12 for the Catholic League's participation in the PIAA and Neumann-Goretti has a chance to up its title-winning percentage to 75. Pretty amzing. Below are the starters for the Saints' eight crown-capturers so far. Three guys started for three -- Dhamir "DaDa" Cosby-Roundtree, Ja'Quan Newton and Quade Green.

Name Year Name Year
Billy Shank 2011-12 Marcus Littles 2017-18
Chris Ings 2018 Mike Millsip 2017
Danny Stewart 2010 Mustafaa Jones 2010
Derrick Stewart 2011-12 Noah Warren 2017-18
DaDa Cosby-Roundtree 2015-17 Quade Green 2015-17
Dymir Montague 2018 Rasheed Browne 2016
Hanif Sutton 2012 Tony Chennault 2010
Ja'cor Smith 2018 Tony Toplyn 2014
Jamal Custis 2014 Troy Harper 2014
Ja'Quan Newton 2011-12, '14 Tyreek Duren 2010
John Davis 2011-12 Vaughn Covington 2015-16
Fresh Kimble 2014-15 Zane Martin 2015-16

  Click here for a look at the first round of the boys state playoffs.
  Former Phillies chairman David Montgomery (
Penn Charter '64, RIP) will be honored during HOF induction weekend. Click here.
 
Eastern Regional
soph Tommy Burns is NJ's Boys Bowler of the Year. Click here for Ryan Lawrence's story.

March 5
 
In the quarterfinal round of the South Jersey basketball playoffs . . .
  Eastern Regional's boys fell to Cherry Hill East, 66-56.

 
The Archdiocese today held its second 2019-20 school year meeting of the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee. The speaker was '74 Roman grad John Griffin, the father of current Roman basketball coach Matt Griffin. John coached college hoops at Siena and St. Joe's. Click here.
 
Jr. PG Conner Delaney (Episcopal) is having quite the basketball, not lacrosse, career at Johns Hopkins, Click here for Mike Jensen's story.
 
Click here for the updated list of 1,000-point scorers and top contenders.
 
Tedbit -
Today's list has two parts and details the Catholic League's performance in the first 11 years of competition of state playoffs. Last year was something of a failure because no state championships, for just the second time, were captured. Records for wins and losses were notched, but three of the games pitted CL squads against each other -- McDevitt over N-G, B-P over Carroll, La Salle over Roman. The highest possible number of teams, eight, will again do battle.

  W-L B-P Carr. C-E La S McD. NC
2009 8-4   *5-0       0-1
2010 11-4   2-1   1-1    
2011 7-4   0-1   2-1    
2012 10-4   2-1     2-1  
2013 9-5   4-1 0-1      
2014 13-4   13-4   4-1    
2015 21-2   21-2 *5-0 2-1    
2016 13-2   13-2 2-1      
2017 16-5   2-2 1-1      
2018 19-5 3-1 2-1 1-1   2-1  
2019

21-8

4-1 2-1   3-1 3-1  
Total 148-47 7-2 26-10 9-4 12-5 7-3 0-1

--

N-G RC Ryan SJP West Wood
2-1 0-1     1-1  
*5-0 2-1     1-1  
*5-0 0-1     0-1  
*5-0 1-1   0-1    
2-1 0-1   3-1    
*5-0 1-1     1-1  
*5-0 *5-0        
*5-0 *5-0        
*5-0 0-1 3-1   0-1 *5-0
*5-0 *5-0   1-1    
2-1 2-1 1-1     4-1
46-3 21-8 4-1 4-3 3-5 9-1

March 4
 
Joe Rapczynski will be signing his book, The Junior Varsity Team Is Playing, this Saturday, March 7th, from 1 to 3 p.m., at the Willow Grove Barnes & Noble. 
  Schedule note: Being told the City All-Star Football Game has the wrong starting time for this year's May 16 game on its website . . . Game will start at
1, not 5.
 
Tedbit -- These 15 guys are the Catholic League's leading scorers for the regular season AND playoffs. Neumann-Goretti's Quade Green holds the No. 6 spot on this list after not appearing on yesterday's. That's because he scored 194 points in playoff games. **CORRECT LIST NOW POSTED. APOLOGIES FOR EARLIER MISTAKE.**

Name School Year Pts
Jeff Jones Bonner 2007 1,094
Stephen Vasturia SJ Prep 2013 1,063
Ja'Quan Newton Neum.-Goretti 2014 1,042
Barry Brodzinski North Catholic 1973 1,039
Brian Leahy Kenrick 1984 1,019
Quade Green Neum.-Goretti 2017 1,003
Bernard Jones Roman 1991 971
Tony Chennault Neum.-Goretti 2010 948
Craig Conlin La Salle 1985 935
Joe Ryan SJ Prep 1955 933
Lonnie McFarlan Roman 1980 931
Charron Fisher Roman 2004 923
Reggie Jackson Roman 1978 913
Billy Hoy ST More 1959 909
Maurice "Mo" Howard SJ Prep 1972 902
Lynn Greer Roman 2020 902

  Three nice stories from Joe Mason, of the Northeast Times. Ryan basketball soph Luke Boyd is here . . . Holy Family basketball soph Eric Esposito (Conwell-Egan) is here . . . St. Basil Academy coach Terry Mancini (La Salle) is here; his Panthers continue to be inspired my memories of Terry's late wife, Kimberly (RIP).
  Click here for a story on star Army guard Tommy Funk (Wood)
.

March 3
 
Eastern Regional's hoops TEAM PAGE is updated. Click here.
  In the first round of the South Jersey basketball playoffs . . .
  Eastern Regional's boys beat Rancocas Valley, 58-54.
  Eastern Regional's girls fell to Toms River North, 54-53.
 
The 46th annual City All-Star Football Game will be played Saturday, May 16, 5 p.m., at Northeast High.
  Schedule note: Friday's 5A playoff, Wood vs. Strath Haven, at B-P, will now start at 6:30.

  The list below shows the Top 16 (tie for 15th) in Catholic League regular season history. Of course, there have been assorted formats through the years, so guys that played 16 RS games had an edge. The three-point era has provided an edge to others. Anyway, the most amazing aspect of the list: Six guys, including five in the top eight, played for schools that no longer exist. Very sad. St. Thomas More has been outta here the longest (since 1975). Check back tomorrow for the top CL scorers, including playoffs.

Name School Year Points
Jeff Jones Bonner 2007 1,058
Brian Leahy Kenrick 1984 938
Joe Ryan SJ Prep 1955 933
Stephen Vasturia SJ Prep 2013 926
Barry Brodzinski North Catholic 1973 921
Billy Hoy ST More 1959 892
Ron Schott St. James 1972 888
Mike Jones ST More 1969 871
Charron Fisher Roman 2004 862
Bernard Jones Roman 1991 836
Ja'Quan Newton Neum.-Goretti 2014 831
Reggie Jackson Roman 1978 818
Lawrence Reid Dougherty 1976 817
Craig Conlin La Salle 1985 815
Maurice "Mo" Howard SJ Prep 1972 814
Michael Brooks West Catholic 1976 814

  Click here for the latest Southeastern PA rankings.
 
Neumann-Goretti sr. whirlwind Diamond Johnson will be playing in a national-level BOYS all-star game. Click here.
  Click here for the updated list of high-point performances.
 
Click here for Mike Jensen's follow-up story on the miracle shot by Holy Family's Eric Esposito (Conwell-Egan).

March 2
  Click
here for pages that detail the football history of Bishop Eustace Prep, in Pennsauken, NJ.
  Tedbit - If there's one thing you should know by now, it's this: I'm ridiculously obsessed by oddities. So here we go with another . . . Over three seasons with SJ Prep, now-sr. G Trevor Wall scored 10, 20 or 30 points in five of six Catholic League playoff games (83 percent). In 42 CL regular season games, he hit those numbers six times (14 percent). Check out the breakdown below, then return to your normal life (smile).

2018 Reg. Season BM LaS Playoffs BM N-G RC
    10 10   10 11 10
2019 Reg. Season BP AC Playoffs AR RC  
    10 20   10 20  
2020 Reg. Season BP N-G Playoffs AC    
    10 20   30    

  Click here for Kevin Callahan's story on Mike McGarvey and Lycoming (feat mentioned below).
 
Brackets for the PIAA state tournament can be found on this page.

March 1
  Congrats to 2002
Penn Charter grad Mike McGarvey. In just his second season, last night he steered Lycoming to the MAC Commonwealth title with a 68-64 win at Arcadia. Click here.
  Click here (bottom of that page) for the first round state playoff schedule for CL teams -- four games apiece Friday and Saturday.
  Basketball history pages have been updated for these 10 CL teams . . .
B-P - Carr  - McD - O'Hara- Roman - Ryan - SJP - SC/Neum/N-G -  West --Wood.  
 
 Tedbit - Tom Kehoe coached, his alma mater, the old Bishop Kenrick (Norristown), for eight seasons (1986-93; he suceeded his brother-in-law, Phil Martelli) and still pays close attention to Catholic League hoops. And he couldn't help but touch base after seeing a recent Tedbit that mentioned Carroll had placed five players in double figures for the second time this season. Check this out: In the 1990-91 season, EVERY Kenrick starter averaged double figures in CL play with the norms going from 13,6 to 10.2. Since then, just two teams have matched the feat: Neumann-Goretti in 2010 and again in 2016. The details are below. Thanks for checking in, Tom (His son, R.C., was the point guard for Roman's CL champs in '94 and '96). I still miss Friday night games at Kenrick. The atmosphere was unmatched.
 

School/Year/Name G Pts PPG All-Cath
  1990-91 Kenrick        
Pat Beacham 16 217 13.6 1st
Greg Grant 16 209 13.1 1st
David Neeld 16 198 12.4 2nd
Keith Gallagher 16 178 11.1 2nd
Scott Lawler 16 163 10.2  
  2009-10 Neumann-Goretti        
Tony Chennault 15 268 17.9 1st
Danny Stewart 16 221 13.8 1st
Tyreek Duren 16 217 13.6 1st
Lamin Fulton 16 185 11.6 3rd
Mustafaa Jones 16 171 10.7  
  2015-16 Neumann-Goretty        
Zane Martin 13 234 18 1st
Quade Green 13 223 17.2 1st
Dhamir Cosby-Roundtree 13 171 13.2 1st
Rasheed Browne 13 150 11.5 2nd
Vaughn Covington 13 136 10.5 2nd

  Click here for a story on SJ Prep sr. G Trevor Wall.
  A "Holy Cow" shot by soph
Eric Esposito (Conwell-Egan) gave Holy Family a stunning win at Jefferson University. Click here for recap/cideo.
  Click here for Mike Jensen's story on the huge impact "Our Guys" have made on Penn State basketball.

Feb. 29
 
How good has Roman's program been? In the last 35 seasons (and perhaps many more?), this is only the second times it has lost as many as 10 games overall (also 2012).
  Click here for complete boxscore stats for all four Catholic League teams in the City Titles and here for City Title recaps (bottom of that page).
  Gratz beat Roman, 71-60, for the 6A City Title. The Bulldogs' win prevented an 8-0 sweep by the CL in CT/seeding games.
  **Feb. 28, 2020, will long be remembered in
Eastern Regional's basketball history thanks to the feats of seniors Noah Klinewski and Colin Ems. Click here to see why.**
  Click here for a story on Wood's win over King. And click
here for a Wood celebration pic.
 
SJ Prep product Ed Croswell, a soph, has left La Salle University's basketball program and is planning to transfer, according to sources.
 
Tedbit - Here's a list of Inter-Ac duos to graduate together with at least 1,000 points apiece, as scored at that school. Germantown Academy leads the way with six duos. The most recent, Evan-Eric Longino and Kyle McCloskey, are the only double lefties. The cake-takers, as noted by Episcopal assistant Tom Kossuth, who was on hand for all the fun, are Episcopal's Gerald Henderson and Wayne Ellington (3,815).

Year School Player Pts
1985 Gtn. Academy Otis Ellis 1,421
    Rick Williams 1,358
1991 Episcopal Jerome Allen 1,027
    Eric Moore 1,008
1998 Gtn. Academy Brian Burke 1,429
    Chris Krug 1,330
2000 Penn Charter Brett Storm 1,398
    Sean Knitter 1,170
2002 Gtn. Academy Matt Walsh 1,601
    Lee Melchionni 1,261
2004 Penn Charter Rob Kurz 1,258
    Sean Singletary 1,137
2006 Gtn. Academy Ryan Ayers 1,370
    Brian Grimes 1,352
2006 Episcopal Gerald Henderson 2,059
    Wayne Ellington 1,756
2013 Gtn. Academy Nick Lindner 1,234
    Greg Dotson 1,013
2017 Gtn. Academy Evan-Eric Longino 1,658
    Kyle McCloskey 1,421

**Click here for a good-news update on former website legend (and O'Hara football manager) Big Willie McGonigle. Willie is being trained by former O'Hara football player Ryan Cannon. The guys work together at the Delaware County Youth Detention Facility. Keep it rollin', Will!!**
  Click here for a story on Ryan's seeding win Thursday night.

Feb. 28
  Wood beat King, 60-57, for the 5A City Title.
 
Eastern Regional's hoops TEAM PAGE is updated. Click here. The Vikings finished the regular season at 17-9.
 
Girls basketball became an official Catholic League sport in the 1944-45 season. Click here for a list of champs through 1965-66 and recaps for championship games going forward.
 
Unavailable points: N-G, Ryan. RECEIVED
  West Catholic's girls basketball champs made an appearance this morning on Fox29. Click
here.
  Congrats to Father Judge, which last night won the CL ice hockey crown by topping O'Hara, 5-2! Click here.

 
Tedbit - As noted yesterday, for the seventh time in eight seasons, two Catholic League players will graduate together with at least 1,000 points scored at that school. It was also noted that the feat had not been accomplished that much over the previous ears. Below is the proof: Seven times over all seasons up to 2012. Dougherty almost had three in 2004. NBAer Kyle Lowry did score 1,000, but had "only" 999 in two Cardinal seasons after transferring from Northeast. Look who was part of the first grand duo: future NFL Hall of Famer Marvin Harrison. Another argument to avoid sports specialization.

Year School Player Pts
1991 Roman Bernard Jones 1,633
    Marvin Harrison 1,166
2001 Neumann Cantrell Fletcher 1,045
    Brandon Brigman 1,011
2004 Dougherty DeSean White 1,462
    Shane Clark 1,090
2004 SJ Prep John Griffin 1,488
    Chris Clark 1,239
2006 Neum.-Goretti D.J. Rivera 1,122
    Earl Pettis 1,045
2007 Neum.-Goretti Scoop Jardine 1,299
    Rick Jackson 1,239
2010 Neum.-Goretti Tony Chennault 1,621
    Danny Stewart 1,038

  Click here for a story on B-P's win over Imhotep and here for another.
  Click here for a story on the CL title win by West Catholic's girls.

Feb. 27
  N-G beat Future, 69-52, for the 3A City Title.
  B-P beat Imhotep, 64-58, to win the 4A City Title.
  Ryan beat Mastery North, 85-63, to earn D-12's 4th 5A seed in the upcoming state playoffs.
 
Eastern Regional's hoops TEAM PAGE is updated. Click here.
  Click
here for video of an all-time crazy play.
  **Great Tombit from long-time website stalwart Tom Taylor about the NBA boxscore linked below . . . The Celtics' Gene Conley was also a major league pitcher. The Lakers' Steve Hmailton was two years away from pitching in the majors. And in 1951, the Celtics' Bill Sharman was on the Dodgers' bench when the Giants' Bobby Thomson hit his famous "Shot Heard 'Round the World." He'd been called up late in the season, but never made it into a MLB game. Thanks, Tom!**
  Click
here to see which "Our Guy" is leading the NBA in free throw percentage. As noticed by Rick Leinenbach.
 
Two players graduating from the same high school. Each guy scoring at least 1,000 points at that school. Didn't happen very often not too long ago. But here we are in 2020 and the feat has been accomplished seven times in the last eight seasons. McDevitt's Robert Smith (1,193) and Jamil Manigo (1,083) are the new double-granders. N-G's Quade Green and Dhamir "DaDa" Cosby-Roundtree combined for the highest total (3,107). Guess what? Wood's Class of '21 could offer a trio thanks ro Rahsool Diggins, Raeshon Shepherd and Jaylen Stinson.

Year School Name Pts
2013 SJ Prep Steve Vasturia 1,764
    Miles Overton 1,133
2014 Roman Shep Garner 1,437
    Rashann London 1,103
2016 Conwell-Egan LaPri McCray-Pace 1,264
    Vinny Dalessandro 1,014
2017 Neumann-Goretti  Quade Green 1,853
    DaDa Cosby-Roundtree 1,254
2018 SJ Prep Kyle Thompson 1,074
    Darius Kinnel 1,046
2019 Roman Seth Lundy 1,150
    Hakim Hart 1,035
2020 McDevitt Robert Smith 1,193
    Jamil Manigo 1,083

  Inspired by coach Bill Ellerbee, former NBAer Rasheed Wallace (Gratz '93) is now coaching high school hoops in North Carolina. Click here for Mike Jensen's column and here for another column that details Ellerbee's life journey.
  Click here for a story on SJ Prep's win over Olney.
  Click here for a petition calling for the NBA to make Kobe Bryant (RIP) the league's new logo.
  Click here to details of a crazy NBA game played 61 years ago today.

Feb. 26
  SJ Prep beat Olney, 77-59, to earn D-12's 4th 6A seed in the upcoming state playoffs.
  McDevitt beat SLA Beeber, 74-53, to earn D-12's 3rd 3A seed in the upcoming state playoffs.
  Carroll sr. LB Richie Kimmel will play college football at Villanova.
 
Tedbit - By this point in the season, scoring surprises are few and far between. But in last night's seeding win over Bartram, Carroll placed five players in double digits for the second time this season -- thanks to Tom Taylor for the breakdown vs. Gratz -- and 5-10 jr. G Nick Lamey provided 10 markers. Huh? Nick Lamey? He entered the game with FOUR points, two apiece in non-league and CL games. I had to follow up with coach Francis Bowe. Here's his response. "
Nick Lamey had a fantastic last two weeks of practice. Earned some quality minutes, and did great. Really proud of him!" Very nice. Congrats to Nick and here's hoping all deep subs keep working hard to climb the latter.

Carroll's Two Games With Five Double Figure Scorers
Vs. Gratz 1/20 Pts Vs. Bartram 2/25 Pts
Amiri Stewart 14 John Camden 16
John Camden 13 Anquan Hill 14
Anquan Hill 13 Amiri Stewart 14
Dean Coleman-Newsome 13 Dean Coleman-Newsome 13
Tairi Ketner 10 Nick Lamey 10

  Click here for another story on N-G's win over Roman.
  Check out Ed Morrone's stories on great seasons -- Click here for Penn Charter's girls and here for Malvern.
  Click here for a story on
Eastern Regional's star sister track act, Jewel and Jailya Ash.

Feb. 25
  Carroll beat Bartram, 72-58, to earn D-12's 3rd 4A seed in the upcoming state playoffs.
 
Eastern Regional's hoops TEAM PAGE is updated. Click here.
  Click
here for . . . Never Know What You'll See on the Palestra Scoreboard.
  Click here for the N-G/Roman full boxscore and here for the WC/Wood full boxscore (corrected version), as compiled by Amauro "Amar" Austin, Mark "Frog" Carfagno and Keith Hines. Thanks, guys!
 
Tedbit - N-G coach Carl Arrigale now owns the Catholic League record for championships, with 11, and he has claimed that many over 22 seasons for a 50-percent mark. Roman's Dennis Seddon, the previous king with 10 crowns, also coached for 22 seasons so his percentage was 45.5. In head-to-head title showdowns, the result was 2-2 (corrected, thanks to N-G assistant Pat Sorrentino). Below are details for Carl's title wins . . .

Year Defeated . . . Score Top Scorer Pts
2001 Roman 58-55 Tabby Cunningham 19
2002 Ryan 66-53 Chris Del Brocco 20
2005 SJ Prep 57-44 *see below 15
2006 Roman 44-41 Rick Jackson 12
2009 Roman 86-53 Tyreek Duren 26
2010 Carroll 78-59 Tyreek Duren 19
2011 Carroll 59-55 #see below 16
2012 SJ Prep 59-57 Ja'Quan Newton 21
2013 SJ Prep 60-42 Ja'Quan Newton 27
2014 Roman 53-48 Ja'Quan Newton 23
2020 Roman 66-58 Cameron Young 20
*Earl Pettis and Scoop Jardine
#-John Davis and Lamin Fulton

  With 2,145 points, Lamar Stevens (Haverford School/Roman) now ranks No. 2 in Penn State history.
  Click here for a story on N-G's win and here for another and here for another.
  Click here for a story on West Catholic's win and here for another.

Feb. 24
  Full boxscores for both games will be posted tomorrow. By mid-motning, hopefully.
  In the boys CL final  . . Neumann-Goretti beat Roman, 66-58,  and coach Carl Arrigale now owns the league record for most crowns (11). Congrats!
  Meanwhile, in football news . . . Best wishes going forward to Kyle Adkins, who has stepped down as Wood's coach.
  Congrats to
Speedy Morris, who was honored by the CL before the N-G/Roman championship game. Click here.
 
In the girls CL final . . . West Catholic beat Wood, 65-60, in OT, for its first crown since 1998. Gap before that was 21 years (1977).
  Schedule change: The Roman-Gratz 6A City Title will be played Saturday, 1 p.m., at Lincoln.
  Big news!! -- Malvern's season is not over. The Friars will compete in the fabled Alhambra Catholic Invitational Tournament, to be held March 12-14 at Frostburg State (MD). This will be the 60th ACIT. . . And don't be surprised to Speedy Morris at Frostburg and nearby Cumberland. He absolutely LOVES the ACIT and had much success in that tourney.
  The Way Back, a basketball movie starring Ben Affleck, soon will debut in theaters. It was written by former Carroll player Brad Ingelsby ('98). Brad's father, Tom, starred at O'Hara and Villanova, played in the NBA and coached Carroll to the CL championship. Another son, Martin, was one of his stars and is now the coach at the University of Delaware. Click here for Brad's bio.
  Congrats to Bart "Buzzy" Wood, Buzzy, a rotation sub for West Catholic's 1976 CL finalists, is an assistant at Chester Charter, the District 1 Class A champ.
  Bonner grad Harry Perretta notched a big win in his final regular season home game as Villanova's women's basketball coach (42 years). Click here for Mike Jensen's story.
 
Tedbit - The Catholic League championshio will be decided tonight, 8:30, at the fabled Palestra when Neumann-Goretti meets Roman. This will be title clash No. 9 between those rivals in this century and the series is tied, 4-4. Here are the top scoring performances . . .

Name School Pts Year
Tyreek Duren N-G 26 2009
Ja'Quan Newton N-G 23 2014
Nazeer Bostick Roman 23 2015
Rashann London Roman 22 2014
Lamar Stevens Roman 22 2016
Quade Green N-G 21 2015
Tony Carr Roman 21 2016
Rick Jackson N-G 20 2007
Tabby Cunningham Neumann 19 2001
Tony Chennault N-G 19 2009
Bradley Wanamaker Roman 18 2006
Michael Wild Roman 17 2000
Bradley Wanamaker Roman 17 2007