Philadelphia High School Basketball
Speedy Morris Earns High School Win No. 700
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| Speedy Morris |
On Dec. 30, 2016, with a 67-48 win over St. Georges (DE), in a showcase event at Widener University, William "Speedy" Morris notched his 700th win as high school coach.
By Ted Silary
SEASON BY SEASON
CATHOLIC LEAGUE TITLES
"Lonnie scores 45 points, it must seem silly for me to yell at him. Maybe it's that I'm too much of a perfectionist. He's got
to play defense better, he's got to rebound better. He's an unselfish kid - too much, sometimes. If he had taken all the shots
that were there, he would have scored 'way over 50."
"He can holler at me and jump all over me, if he wants to," Lonnie said. " It's for my own good. If I didn't have someone
of his caliber to lead me, I wouldn't be where I am right now (among best players in country). I have to take what he says
constructively. If he didn't say anything, I'd start to wonder, 'Something must be wrong with Coach Morris.'
"One thing I'd like to say: Lonnie McFarlan didn't get these points all alone. I can't do anything if my teammates don't play
well, also. Say I'm off. They'll be able to pick up the slack. In fact, they might do a better job than me."
BEFORE ROMAN COULD have Speedy's cake and eat it, too, it first had to shake a team that is much better than many
people had realized.
Phil Martelli, the Knights' second-year coach, has a great thing going. Junior Tom Scott mixed 13 points and 10 rebounds,
Pat Hannan pulled off several pretty drives en route to 14 points, and Jim Bolger chipped in with 12 points and four assists.
This team is most assuredly not a spittin' image of the one in '76, which took the title and warmed hearts the area over,
but if Martelli can sustain both the intensity and high level of play, a Northern Division playoff berth could be in the offing.
Meanwhile, Morris was asked to recall his early days at Broad and Vine, when a job coaching basketball at Roman was
tantamount to leaping from the third-floor fire escape.
When Speedy took over, the Cahillites had not reached the playoffs since about the time that David beat Goliath. Or so it
seemed. However, that first squad in 1967-'68 invaded the Palestra, as have all the others since but one ('70). Roman owns
five league titles and one City Title ('74) under Morris.
"No one thought Roman basketball would come to this, including myself, " Morris said. "I remember when I took the job,
talking with my best friend, John Hoban. We said that if we could just be .500 after a couple years, people would say we
were doing a great job.
"In fact, if somebody had said, 'We will let you be 50-50 after five seasons,' I would have pinned him down right then
and said, 'Yeah, yeah, I'll take it.'
"THAT FIRST TEAM should get the credit for getting everything going. I like to remind these kids of those kids - how
much they worked, how nobody got on anyone else. They were united in every way."
When pressed, Morris was able to recall that his 100th win came over O'Hara in 1972 and that his 200th win came over
Neumann in 1976. And the first?
"Barry Fisher was my assistant. I can even remember the things we talked about on the bus ride up there (to Wood). He
said I didn't know how to dress, that my socks should match my pants, that instead they matched my sports coat."
These days, Speedy Morris is unmatched when it comes to high school coaches in the area (state?, country?, universe?)
and, as players go, McFarlan's attaining that same stature in a hurry.
Over the summer, Lonnie gave a hint of a dynamite senior season, exploding for 41 points (19-for- 35) as the Venice
Island All-Stars lost to Mrs. Paul's Pals.
"I'm trying to approach each game with the same feeling, that I just go out to do my best," McFarlan said. "There's
nothing to worry about, no pressure at all from anybody. I go out there totally relaxed. I block everything outta my mind.
On the court, I can hear just one person - Coach Morris. And I know what he says is not gonna steer me wrong."
At game's end, McFarlan, Glenn Welton (18 points, 11 rebounds), Gerald Roberts (7 assists), Steve Scheier (6 assists),
Randy Monroe (9 boards) and the rest of the Cahillites steered themselves into the locker room.
Morris' brother, Dave, unveiled a cake that he ordered on behalf of the Morris children. Later, back at Speedy's Drop
in the Bucket tappy in Roxborough, there was another cake, even bigger.
"The thing is," Speedy said, "I don't even eat cake."
But how that man can put away the basketball victories.
Below are the players who helped Speedy Morris accumulate 700 wins at the high school level.
The year indicates the player's final season. Most were seniors. Some transferred and some were
underclassmen who did not play in the following season. The '81, '84 and '17 teams include
| ROMAN CATHOLIC |
| PENN CHARTER |
| ST. JOSEPH'S PREP |
|Charles DiCicco||1968||Andy Vye||1983||Evan Pierce||2002|
|Dan Avington||1968||Art Duff||1983||Jim Good||2002|
|Dennis Mathews||1968||Dennis Foley||1983||Matt Stefanski||2002|
|John Proud||1968||Joe Doherty||1983||Mike Haubrich||2002|
|Keith Coady||1968||Abe Dunmeyer||1984||Ryan Lynch||2002|
|Larry Avington||1968||Brian Duffy||1984||Brett Novielli||2003|
|Steve Collins||1968||Carl Arrigale||1984||John Oberlies||2003|
|Bill Braunsberg||1969||Drew Meyers||1984||Kyle Eisenmann||2003|
|Bill Medina||1969||Ed Small||1984||Mark Meehan||2003|
|Bob Giballa||1969||Hank Weiss||1984||Mark Zoller||2003|
|John Pindynski||1969||Joe Gleason||1984||T.J. Valerio||2003|
|Larry Storm||1969||Joe McGarvey||1984||Antoine Joseph||2004|
|Lorenzo Hough||1969||Marv Dunmeyer||1984||Chris Clark||2004|
|Mike Bantom||1969||Tom Burke||1984||Jared Black||2004|
|Mike Moody||1969||John Griffin||2004|
|Bob Zakrzewski||1970||Mike Boyle||2004|
|Charles Gardner||1970||Mike Kearney||2004|
|Dennis Carr||1970||Pat O’Toole||2004|
|Jim O'Brien||1970||Paul Lynch||2004|
|Rich Giusti||1970||Corey O'Rourke||2005|
|Ed Hoban||1971||Joe Fox||2005|
|John Beecroft||1971||Oscar Griffin||2005|
|Marty Corcoran||1971||Sean Barker||2005|
|Tony Smith||1971||Charlie Schrier||2006|
|Bob Blumber||1972||Dave Stefanski||2006|
|Charlie Rumsey||1972||James Oberlies||2006|
|Dave Henderson||1972||Kevin Fox||2006|
|Ed Jones||1972||Kevin Funston||2006|
|Fran Sykes||1972||Kevin Gallagher||2006|
|John Murphy||1972||Matt Beck||2006|
|Mike Cannon||1972||Mike Lombardi||2006|
|Mike Foster||1972||Mike McCauley||2006|
|Rich Maguire||1972||Reggie Redding||2006|
|Bob Cahill||1973||Chris Farrell||2007|
|Chico Singleton||1973||Drew Horgan||2007|
|Jim Harrington||1973||Larry Loughery||2007|
|Rocco Piliero||1973||Matt Dolan||2007|
|Adrian Moody||1974||Matt Griffin||2007|
|Donald Kelly||1974||Mike Mifka||2007|
|Jack Kelly||1974||Rob Coney||2007|
|John Griffin||1974||Sean McNulty||2007|
|Marcellus Pringle||1974||Casey Convery||2008|
|Mike LaPera||1974||Jim Mower||2008|
|Ike Robertson||1975||Joe Meehan||2008|
|Ira Brown||1975||Matt Williams||2008|
|Jeff Marcial||1975||Mike Bradley||2008|
|Joe Garrett||1975||Phil Giordano||2008|
|Keith Green||1975||Rich Hofmann||2008|
|Rich Smith||1975||Sean Dooley||2008|
|Terry Christian||1975||Brandon Robinson||2009|
|Tom Griffin||1975||Dan Fitzpatrick||2009|
|Tony Rapone||1975||Drew Valerio||2009|
|Zane Major||1975||Kevin O'Neill||2009|
|Bob Alessio||1976||Mike Leithead||2009|
|Greg Flannery||1976||Pat Stewart||2009|
|Jim Benincasa||1976||Pete Buzby||2009|
|Jim Dougherty||1976||Tom Griffin||2009|
|Mike Morrow||1976||Bryan Bacskai||2010|
|Rich Blasetti||1976||Connor McIntyre||2010|
|Steve Compton||1976||Joe Nardi||2010|
|Frank Ward||1977||Joe Oberlies||2010|
|Fred Braunsberg||1977||John Hrabrick||2010|
|Jim Parson||1977||John Regan||2010|
|Kevin Eagan||1977||Sean Brophy||2010|
|Mark Dugan||1977||James Stewart||2011|
|Ray Finney||1977||Matt Stahl||2011|
|Tyrone Dent||1977||Mike Fee||2011|
|Warren Catlett||1977||Mike Levy||2011|
|Charlie Robbins||1978||Gene Williams||2012|
|Chris Kelley||1978||Joe Kane||2012|
|Greg Hayden||1978||Kevin Oberlies||2012|
|Jim Braunsberg||1978||Matt Gorman||2012|
|John Siorek||1978||Tom Stewart||2012|
|Larry McGill||1978||Trevor Johnson||2012|
|Reggie Jackson||1978||Wes Hackman||2012|
|Roosevelt Prescott||1978||Dan Nedbal||2013|
|Bill Dillard||1979||Dan Sherry||2013|
|Kevin Copes||1979||Kyle MacWilliams||2013|
|Leonard Stubbs||1979||Mark Hueber||2013|
|Mike Lally||1979||Miles Overton||2013|
|Ralph Mack||1979||P.J. Kelly||2013|
|Ray Gorham||1979||Stephen Vasturia||2013|
|Darryl Williams||1979||Alex Stewart||2014|
|Gerald Roberts||1980||Chris Hoffner||2014|
|John Ross||1980||John Luciano||2014|
|Lonnie McFarlan||1980||Kyle W. Thompson||2014|
|Steve Scheier||1980||Malik Macon||2014|
|Alex Staranowicz||1981||Rick Slusarczyk||2014|
|Anthony Abron||1981||Ryan Wall||2014|
|Craig McClellan||1981||Tom Fox||2014|
|Dallas Comegys||1981||Austin Gallagher||2015|
|Glenn Welton||1981||Billy Kramer||2015|
|Jim Capella||1981||Billy Kramer||2015|
|Jim Parrella||1981||Brendan Burns||2015|
|Marc Jones||1981||Chris Clover||2015|
|Marc Jones||1981||Jack Henkels||2015|
|Mike Morris||1981||James Leible||2015|
|Randy Monroe||1981||James McGovern||2015|
|Steve Dangerfield||1981||Mark Scarlett||2015|
|Steve Pettit||1981||Zach Talke||2015|
|M. Kyle Thompson||2017|