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For the moment, for the sixth time, at least three Catholic/Inter-Ac players boast overall scoring averages of at least 20 points. Just once, in the 2001-02 season, have more than three CL/I-A guys averaged 20 or more. Six did so that year. This year, Malvern's Will Powers is right on the doorstep at 19.5. For now, Episcopal jr. Nick Alikakos owns the top CL/I-A average in this century at 24.5.
|Years in This Century When at Least Three CL/I-Ac Guys|
|Have Averaged a Minimum of 20 Points Per Game|
|*Matt Walsh||Gtn. Academy||30||626||20.9|
|*Matt Walsh||Gtn. Academy||29||650||22.4|
|Cameron Youngblood||Haver. School||25||528||21.1|
|Rob Sullivan||La Salle||18||365||20.3|
|*Sean Singletary||Penn Charter||27||617||22.9|
|Marshall Taylor||West Catholic||26||520||20.0|
|Chris Clover||SJ Prep||23||503||21.9|
|Devon Goodman||Gtn. Academy||23||476||20.7|
|*-advanced to NBA|
Penn Charter 60, Cristo Rey 45
Lansdale Catholic has not experienced much basketball fun since the school was strong-armed by the Archdiocese -- VERY much against its will -- into joining the Catholic League for the 2008-09 school year. The Crusaders are 23-84 in CL regular season play and have won by more than 15 points just three times. Also, they have captured two consecutive wins just twice. The details are below. The wins in 2012-13 ended the regular season. Three games remain in the 2015-16 season -- at Wood, home with Carroll, at Ryan -- and another win will be extremely difficult to notch. Anyway, congrats to first-year coach Joe Corbett and his players for pulling off this double-win feat.
|Lansdale Catholic's Two-Game CL Winning Streaks|
|2013 (2/8 & 2/10)|
|West Catholic||58-42||Andrew Riviello||17|
|2016 (1/27 & 1/29)|
|McDevitt||58-54 (OT)||Dan Modestine||14|
Malvern 65, Penn Charter 61
In city leagues history, two father-son combos have reached 1,000 career points. Are we on the doorstep of welcoming combo No. 3? As of this morning, Carroll senior Ryan Daly owns 798 points. He is averaging 21.8 and the Patriots have four league games remaining. In the PIAA era, which started in the 2008-09 season (and saw Carroll win the AAA state championship), the Patriots have averaged just under seven postseason games per year, counting CL, City Title and state games. So . . . let's say Carroll plays 11 more games and Daly, a Hartford commit, averages 22 points. Bingo, he finishes with 1,040. In 1988, Ryan's dad, Brian, finished with 1,253 points after leading Bonner to the CL championship. He was also the Daily News City Player of the Year. The other father-son combos are Anthony and Tony Chennault, and Maurice "Mo" and Ashley Howard. Ashley played for SJ Prep, his dad's alma mater, through his junior season, then transferred to Bonner.
Other notable father-son combos, as they come to me: In 1969, Tom Ingelsby (O'Hara) was the Markward Club's top senior. In '97, his son, Martin Ingelsby (Carroll), won that honor . . . In 1987, Doug Overton (Dobbins) was the MC's top senior. In 2013, his son, Miles Overton, was a third team All-City selection for SJ Prep . . . In 1973, Roxborough's John "Chubby" Cox was the MC's top Public League senior. In 1999, his son, John Cox, was the MC's overall winner . . . In 1934, Roman's Matt Guokas was a first team coaches' All-Catholic honoree. In 1962, his son, Matt Guokas was the MC's overall winner for SJ Prep. In 1988, his son, Matt Guokas, was a first team All-Inter-Ac honoree for Penn Charter . . . In 1991, Gratz' Levan Alston was a second team All-City honoree. In 2015, his son, Levan "Shawn" Alston, was the MC's top Inter-Ac League senior . . . In 1976, Overbrook's Mike Blackshear was a second team All-City honoree. In 2002, his son, Micheal Blackshear, was a second team All-City honoree for Gratz . . . In 1974, Roman's John Griffin was a third team All-City honoree for Roman. In 2004, his son, John Griffin, was a second team All-City honoree for SJ Prep. In 2007, another son, Matt Griffin, was a third team All-City honoree for SJ Prep . . In 1986, Southern's Marshall Taylor was a third team All-City honoree. In 2004, his son, Marshall Taylor, was a second team All-City honoree for West Catholic . . . In 1986, Roxborough's Sean Lloyd was a second team coaches' All-Public honoree. In 2014, his son, Sean Lloyd, was a second team All-City honoree for Imhotep . . . In 1988, Franklin Learning Center's Mike Terry was a second team coaches' All-Public honoree. In 2010, his son, Mike Terry, was a third team All-City honoree for North Catholic . . . In 1992, West Philly's Joe Newton was a second team coaches' All-Public honoree. In 2014, his son, Ja'Quan Newton, was the MC's overall winner in 2014 . . . In 1971, Edison's Jim Roundtree was a second team coaches' All-Public honoree. In 2003, his son, Troy Roundtree, was a third team All-City honoree for Northeast . . . In 1943, Roman's Joe Rogers was the leading votegetter on the coaches' All-Catholic team. In 1973, his son, Joe Rogers, was a second team All-City honoree for Carroll . . . In 1941, Bartram's Jerry Rullo was a second team coaches' All-Public honoree. In 1989, his son, Jim Rullo, was the MC's top Inter-Ac League senior for Malvern . . . In 1963, SJ Prep's Vince Curran was a second team coaches' All-Catholic honoree. In 1987, his son, Vince Curran, was the MC's top Catholic League senior for SJ Prep. If you can think of other notable combos (with at least one having earned All-City or Markward Club honors, and the other having earned at least all-league honors), let me know at email@example.com. Thanks!
|Anthony Chennault||Frankford '81||1,026|
|Tony Chennault||Neumann-Goretti '10||1,621|
|*Maurice "Mo" Howard||SJ Prep '72||#1,296|
|Ashley Howard||SJP/Bonner '99||1,254|
|Brian Daly||Bonner '88||1,253|
|Ryan Daly||Carroll '16||798|
|*-advanced to NBA|
|#-estimate based on several factors|
In today's high school world, many athletes limit themselves to one sport. And then you have what we like to call The Greater Loughery Family. In this century, seven members have attended Penn Charter. Basketball has been a secondary sport for all, but all have played through senior year and many have been primary contributors. John Loughery's dad, also named John, was a quarterback for Penn Charter and Boston College. The other guys are sons of his sisters. Jake McCain is now a senior, but this run is not about to end. There are four more boys in The Greater Loughery Family and it's likely most/all will attend PC. There is only one girl in the clan. Mary Jane McGlinchey, a junior sub, is a first-year member of PC's varsity, and here's hoping she barges her way onto the list below before the end of the season (smile). Matt Ryan is the Atlanta Falcons' quarterback. Mike McGlinchey is a starting offensive lineman for Notre Dame. John Loughery was a backup QB this past season for Temple. John Ryan played QB at Brown. Pat McCain is a freshman at Dickinson while Frank McGlinchey is doing a post-grad year at Hill School. Together, the seven members of TGLF have scored 2,282 points overall and 858 in Inter-Ac play. (The oldest Ryan brother, Mike, was a QB at Malvern in the late '90s. Sam McCain, brother of Pat and Jake, played football at Archbishop Wood.) In this century, as noted in a football Tedbit first posted in October, the seven PC members of TGLF (and Sam) have accounted for 14,777 yards and 124 TDs.
UPDATE: On Feb. 5, in the fourth quarter of a game at Agnes Irwin, junior Mary Jane McGlinchey, sister of Mike and Frank, drilled a three-point shot to score her first varsity points. Her name has been added to the list below and the totals for cousin Jake McCain have been updated. The next bit of research will have to be done WITHIN the family. As in . . . Is Mary Jane the first member of the Greater Loughery family to score her first varsity points via a trey? She's hoping! (smile).
FINAL UPDATE THROUGH 2015-16 SEASON: The numbers for Jake and Mary Jane -- and the overall totals -- have been finalized.
Episcopal Academy 47, Penn Charter 39
Cue the Twilight Zone music . . . again. Three seasons ago, in a 73-41 victory over Lansdale Catholic, seven guys scored for La Salle in numerical order, from 12 points down to six. Last night, the Explorers lost to Carroll, 66-52, and all seven scorers were guys whose names can be found right in a row, alphabetically by surname, on the roster. This time, there were no other scorers. We'll also call this one a city record (until someone proves otherwise -- smile). And maybe athletic director Joe Parisi will take a picture of these guys, too! Click here for the 2013 page. And, yes, Amar and Jarrod Stukes are brothers.
|2013 Game||2016 Game|
|Feb. 4||Jan. 26|
|Lansdale||W, 73-41||Carroll||L, 66-52|
|Malik Janifer||12||Konrad Kiszka||3|
|Steve Smith||11||Ryan McTamney||15|
|Pat Cooney||10||Matt Paulus||8|
|Amar Stukes||9||Allen Powell||2|
|Jon Naji||8||Dan Remolde||4|
|Ryan Winslow||7||Shane Stark||10|
|Alex Cuoci||6||Jarrod Stukes||10|
In yesterday's item, we noted that three guys had scored at least 20 points for Neumann-Goretti in Friday night's win over Carroll. Welllllll . . . something else was quite noteworthy about that victory. It was No. 700 all-time for N-G (originally Southeast Catholic, then Bishop and St. John Neumann before the merger with Goretti) in 81 seasons of Catholic League regular season play! Congrats to coach Carl Arrigale and the Saints (nee Pirates). N-G is averaging 8.6 wins per league season. Judge leads the pack at 9.7, followed by La Salle (9.1) and Roman (8.8).
|(nee S. Cath. & Bish./SN Neum.)|
|John "Jocko" McGarry||1939-45||83-27|
|Jim Usilton Jr.||1960-62||16-26|
While beating Carroll on Friday, 98-75, Neumann-Goretti pulled off a feat that had not been accomplished in a Catholic League game since 2004. What was it? A Triple Twenty. Yes, three guys scored at least 20 points. Zane Martin racked up 22 points while Rasheed Browne and Quade Green posted 20 apiece. (Plus, Dhamir Cosby-Roundtree came oh-so-close with 18. Meanwhile, Ryan Daly poured in 33 points for Carroll.) Early in league play in 2003-04, DeSean White (25), Shane Clark (21) and future NBAer Kyle Lowry (also 21) were part of a Triple Twenty for Dougherty in a win over Ryan. In the interim, there were eight-nine almosts before Friday night. N-G had two alone in the 2005-06 season. In Game No. 3, vs. Bonner, the numbers were 23 (Earl Pettis), 20 (Derrick "DJ" Rivera) and 18 (Rick Jackson). In Game No. 13 vs. Kennedy-Kenrick, they were 25 (Jackson), 24 (Rivera) and 19 (Pettis).
Confirmation time again. If you saw the score of last night's Inter-Ac game between Germantown Academy and Malvern and suspected that an I-A game had not produced that many points in quite a while, you were correct. GA won, 88-84, and the 172-point total ranks No. 1 over the last 17 seasons (2000-16). Could it be the highest ever? Not sure I'll be able to nail that down, but an answer of "yes" would not surprise. Below are the top 10 totals over the last 17 seasons. Penn Charter's Zack and Sammy Zeglinski are brothers (and brother Joe is Ryan's first-year coach). GA's Matt Walsh and PC's Rob Kurz/Sean Singletary advanced to the NBA. And -- drum roll, please -- Kyle McCloskey's dad, Mike, played in the NFL. Oddly, four of the games listed below were part of the I-A's annual opening tripleheader.
UPDATE: On Feb. 5, Haverford School beat Malvern, 93-86, to claim the top spot.. The Fords, who trailed by 20 points in the third quarter, received gigantic efforts from senior Jack Marshall, freshman Gavin Burke (24 points) and soph Kharon Randolph (21). The teams combined for 22 three-pointers. Malvern won that duel, 16-6.
|Inter-Ac's Top 10 Highest Scoring Games, 2000-16|
|Feb. 5||2016||Haver. School||93||Malvern||86||179||#see below||24|
|Jan. 22||2016||Gtn. Academy||88||Malvern||84||172||Kyle McCloskey||28|
|Jan. 18||2002||Penn Charter||92||Haver. School||68||160||Zack Zeglinski||35|
|Feb. 8||2002||Gtn. Academy||90||Haver. School||63||153||Matt Walsh||30|
|Jan. 6||2015||Episcopal||78||Malvern||75||153||*see below||28|
|Jan. 24||2003||Penn Charter||89||Malvern||63||152||Rob Kurz||26|
|Jan. 4||2003||Penn Charter||81||Gtn. Academy||69||150||Sean Singletary||30|
|Jan. 9||2010||Malvern||75||Gtn. Academy||72||147||DeQuann Walker||25|
|Feb. 10||2006||Penn Charter||81||Haver. School||65||146||Sammy Zeglinski||22|
|Jan. 30||2007||Gtn. Academy||74||Penn Charter||71||145||Kyle Griffin||21|
|Jan. 4||2014||Malvern||75||Penn Charter||70||145||Andy Pancoast||14|
|#-Jack Marshall and Gavin Burke scored 24 points apiece|
|*-Nick Alikakos and Mike Jolaoso scored 28 points apiece|
|HAVERFORD SCHOOL-MALVERN BOXSCORE|
|Malvern 22 - 29 - 20 - 15 -- 86|
|Haverford School 20 - 19 - 25 - 29 -- 93|
Some guys wind up in fast company. And then you have Liam Shanahan and Jesse Turkson. They now find themselves in lightning-speed company. Shanahan and Turkson, who play for Julia Masterman, are just the second classmates in city leagues history to reach 1,000 points while still in their junior year. Shanahan reached 1,000 on Jan. 14 and now stands at 1,033. Turkson did so yesterday and his total is 1,002. The other duo to go the 1,000-as-juniors route? Episcopal Academy's Gerald Henderson and Wayne Ellington. Both advanced to the NBA after three college seasons and this is season No. 7. Gerald plays for Portland while Wayne can be found in Brooklyn. Their final totals at Episcopal were 2,059 for Gerald and 1,756 for Wayne. After the 11th grade, they owned 1,392 and 1,099 points, respectively. Below are all combos that graduated together and scored at least 1,000 points at the same school. Some guys listed below did score points at other schools before transferring to the school from which they graduated. Those other points are not included. There are two other NBA classmate combos: Rob Kurz and Sean Singletary (Penn Charter '04) and twins Marcus and Markieff Morris (Prep Charter '07)
UPDATE: Roman's Bernard Jones and Marvin Harrison ('91) have been added. I missed them. Thanks to Tom Taylor!
|Maurice "Doo-Wop" Watson||2012||2,356|
|Ahmad "JR" Gilbert||2015||1,491|
|*Greg "Bo" Kimble||1985||1,596|
|Eric "Hank" Gathers||1985||1,251|
|Antonio "Scoop" Jardine||2007||1,299|
|ST. JOSEPH'S PREP|
|*-advanced to NBA|
|#-advanced to NFL|
|#-best estimate based on assorted factors|
Here's guessing Justin Gans will never forget the non-league basketball game played last night by Bonner-Prendergast against visiting Parkway Center City. The length of the game was amazing enough; B-P won, 93-88, in four overtimes. This was even more outrageous: the 6-1 Gans, a junior, scored 26 points, 20 more than he'd ever scored in a varsity game. Assistant Bill Cassidy reports that Gans shot 3-for-5 on threes and 11-for-14 at the line. He also noted that varsity coach Jack Concannon is always asking the JV guys "who/when will somebody step up?" Bill added, "Justin Gans stepped up last night!! Great kid, too!! He got some (early) confidence and took off from there." Christian Lane (19) and Keith Washington (13) also scored in double digits. John Hargraves, Dylan Higgins, Michael Perretta (nine apiece) and Ryan Germany (seven) came close, so the Friars almost placed seven guys in double figures. According to information provided to Score Service, Perretta got fouled launching a trey with 0:00 showing in regulation and hit all three shots to force OT. And Lane went 6-for-6 at the line in OT. Earlier this season, Germantown Academy earned a 77-74, four-OT win over St. Vincent Pallotti (MD). Evan-Eric Longino (20), Devon Goodman (16), Bailey Whitman (14) and Kyle McCloskey (11) fueled that win . . . In case you're wondering, four OTs were played in the highest scoring game in city history. On Feb. 3, 1998, Washington beat West Philadelphia, 130-127, as Shannon Bussey (44) led the way. Derrick Johnson (34) topped West. . . In 1988, Frankford topped West Philly, 71-64, for the Pub title at Temple's McGonigle Hall. Both teams lost four starters to personal fouls. Frankford's ninth man, guard Jeffrey Mack, made a huge steal in the third OT, then made another in the fourth. The Pioneers took the lead for good, at 64-62, on Jason Warley's rebound basket with 2:34 left. Warley had 22 points and 23 rebounds. His brother, Carlin, a sophomore, had 16 points and 15 rebounds. For West, Mik Kilgore had 27 points and 10 rebounds . . . In the 1976-77 season, Chestnut Hill beat Haverford School, 29-28, in SIX overtimes. Quite the snoosefest (smile). No one scored in double figures. Four guys total -- two for each team -- managed to rack up eight points . . . On Jan. 21, 1977, Wood edged visiting North Catholic, 75-71, in FIVE overtimes. I covered that game, which ended just after 11 o'clock, in person for the ol' Philadelphia Bulletin. The Vikings scored the final four points thanks to Tom Robinson's right-wing jumper at 0:35 and Neil Collins' one-and-one conversion at 0:08. Three players for each team went the 47-minute distance (OTs were only three minutes back then). Five guys scored in double figures for Wood -- 20 for Robinson, 14 apiece for Collins, Tom Hanks and Gordy Miller, and 11 for Bernie Lajeunesse. Three did so for North -- 26 for Joe Schoen, 20 for John Regan and 12 for Leon Rysak. Robinson said after the game, "This is beautiful, but I hope it never happens again, even if the results are the same. Let's keep things to regulation."
Penn Charter's 63-33 win over SCH Academy, racked up yesterday, was rather noteworthy. It was the first time the Quakers won by at least 25 points in 10 seasons and the third time they won by at least 30 points over the last 16 seasons. Seven games on the list below were played in the 2003 and '04 seasons, when the Quakers' stars were future NBAers Sean Singletary and Rob Kurz. Chris Kurz is Rob's brother. Sammy Zeglinski's brother, Joe, is Ryan's first-year coach. Brian Teuber's sister, Lindsay, is an assistant to PC's girls coach, Joe Maguire.
UPDATE: The Quakers' 67-41 win over SCH Academy on Feb. 5 has been added.
|Penn Charter's Inter-Ac Wins by at Least 25 Points, 2001-2016|
|Feb. 3||2004||Penn Charter||94||Chestnut Hill||45||49||Sean Singletary||25|
|Jan. 20||2004||Penn Charter||87||Haver. School||57||30||Sean Singletary||24|
|Jan. 19||2016||Penn Charter||63||SCH Academy||33||30||Mason Williams||18|
|Jan. 31||2006||Penn Charter||81||Gtn. Academy||52||29||Sammy Zeglinski||27|
|Jan. 20||2006||Penn Charter||66||Haver. School||37||29||Chris Kurz||16|
|Jan. 18||2005||Penn Charter||57||Haver. School||29||28||Brian Teuber||12|
|Jan. 24||2003||Penn Charter||89||Malvern||63||26||Rob Kurz||26|
|Feb. 4||2005||Penn Charter||71||Haver. School||45||26||Joe Rauchut||19|
|Feb. 5||2016||Penn Charter||67||SCH Academy||41||16||Harrison Williams||16|
|Jan. 21||2003||Penn Charter||76||Episcopal||51||25||Sean Singletary||25|
|Jan. 23||2004||Penn Charter||69||Episcopal||44||25||Rob Kurz||18|
|Feb. 10||2004||Penn Charter||69||Malvern||44||25||Rob Kurz||25|
|Jan. 16||2004||Penn Charter||64||Chestnut Hill||39||25||Sean Singletary||17|
Penn Charter 63, SCH Academy 33
Just because a guy is good enough in one sport to make the highest pro level doesn't mean he can't perform well in another. Below are top league scoring averages, over the previous 50 seasons, for Public/Catholic/Inter-Ac guys who wound up advancing to the NFL or MLB. The top spot, by far, goes to Roxborough's Walter "Buddy" Harris, who had a short stint in the majors as a righthanded pitcher. His dad, Bucky, coached hoops at Philadelphia Textile (now Philly U.) and then Penn Charter, and his brother, Billy, was a scoring machine at PC (top league average of 28.7 in '71; dad coached him only through the '69 season). Right below Buddy on the list below, five guys averaged 17 ppg. Of course, there were other NFL/MLB guys who also played hoops. If you think other guys deserve to be on this list, based on league scoring average, please let me know at firstname.lastname@example.org. Thanks.
|Top Basketball Scoring Averages for Future NFL/MLB Guys, 1966-2015|
|Walter "Buddy" Harris||Roxborough||MLB||1966||14||475||33.9|
|Uhuru "Joby" Hamiter||Mastbaum||NFL||1991||10||178||17.8|
|Mike Mayock||Haver. School||NFL||1976||10||117||11.7|
|Matt Ryan||Penn Charter||NFL||*2002||10||115||11.5|
|Mark Gubicza||Penn Charter||MLB||*1980||10||62||6.2|
Last Wednesday, the semi-retirement trail led to Penn Charter's Graham Athletic Center for photos of varsity/JV games involving the girls middle school basketball teams. The varsity was to play first and I was standing along the baseline near the gym's entrance, taking some pregame pics of PC's gals in the layup line. Soon, a guy was standing nearby, facing in the other direction and talking to some other people and I happened to notice his right leg was actually a prosthesis. Maybe a minute later, he removed his coat and . . . oh, my goodness, he was wearing a striped shirt! He was going to ref the game! As I learned later, the man was Bill Fahringer. He played multiple sports at Roxborough High ('77) and has long been involved in youth sports as a coach, official and administrator. According to a bio that appeared in the Roxborough Review, a local newspaper, in the fall of 2014, shortly before he was inducted into the Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame by the Lou Cappiella Chapter, Bill suffered a severe work injury in 2006 and lost his leg to amputation in 2009. After a year of rehab, he received the prosthesis and, in time, made a triumphant return to officiating. It was fascinating to watch Bill work. He efficiently moved up and down the floor, never once stumbling or teetering, and was always in position. Plus, he worked well with his partner and displayed friendly interaction with the players. He also provided some entertainment. Each time there was a quick movement of the ball from one spot to another due, say, to a deflected pass, steal or crazy bounce off the rim, Bill would let loose with a low-volume "whoop" . . . kind of like Curly of "The Three Stooges." Ha, ha, ha. After the varsity game ended, Bill and his partner did not leave the gym. They sat down near the scorer's table. Hmmmm. Yes, they wound up working the JV game, as well! So, for roughly two hours, on one leg and one prosthesis, Bill Fahringer went up and down that court again and again and again. Of course, officiating a game is not like running in a 5K. There are all kinds of stops/starts and occasions where a guy has to quickly shuffle out of players' ways. Bill Fahringer did it all in flawless fashion. More than a few times, admittedly, I pointed the camera toward the players and mindlessly snapped away, while instead watching Bill perform his duties. Thanks for providing inspiration, Bill. And congrats on your wonderful comeback from such a difficult moment. Truly amazing.
Another suspicion turned out to be legit. After Episcopal topped Malvern by one point, at 70-69, on Friday night, I had the feeling, This might be the highest-scoring, one-point Inter-Ac game in a long time. It was. Below are details for all one-pointers in the last 15 seasons. This one won by 10 points and Episcopal junior Nick Alikakos notched 27 points to claim winner's-leading-scorer honors over fellow EA player Wayne Ellington (25), who's now in the NBA. There were no one-pointers in 2002, '03, '04, '06, '07, '11, '14 and '15. The most (four) occurred in '12.
UPDATE: In its next game, Episcopal won by two points, 58-56, over Germantown Academy. Only one other team listed below did that. In 2005, after beating Chestnut Hill, 43-42, Haverford School won its next game by 33-31 over Malvern.
|One-Point Inter-Ac Games Over the Last 15 Seasons|
|Jan. 15||2016||Episcopal||70||Malvern||69||Nick Alikakos||27|
|Feb. 3||2012||Gtn. Academy||60||Haver. School||59||Nick Lindner||20|
|Feb. 11||2005||Malvern||55||Chestnut Hill||54||Matt Borgerson||17|
|Jan. 16||2009||Penn Charter||54||Episcopal||53||Dylan Moody||14|
|Jan. 14||2005||Episcopal||52||Gtn. Academy||51||Wayne Ellington||25|
|Jan. 13||2012||Malvern||47||Gtn. Academy||46||Steve Perpiglia||18|
|Feb. 9||2010||Chestnut Hill||46||Episcopal||45||Malik Garner||13|
|Jan. 28||2005||Haver. School||43||Chestnut Hill||42||Rory Perner||15|
|Jan. 15||2013||SCH Academy||42||Malvern||41||Drew Dowds||19|
|Feb. 3||2012||Penn Charter||41||Episcopal||40||*see below||12|
|Jan. 25||2013||SCH Academy||39||Penn Charter||38||Drew Dowds||14|
|Jan. 31||2012||SCH Academy||39||Episcopal||38||Malik Garner||14|
|Jan. 9||2009||Chestnut Hill||38||Gtn. Academy||37||#see below||13|
|Jan. 5||2008||Gtn. Academy||36||Malvern||35||Jeff Holton||12|
|*-Mike McGlinchey and John Moderski scored 12 points apiece|
|#-Todd Cramer and Gary Lawrence scored 13 points apiece|
Two unusual circumstances in Catholic League games played yesterday . . .
As SJ Prep downed West Catholic, 77-58, sr. Temi Aiyegbusi scored as many points (26) as he'd scored in the Hawks' previous five CL games. In the others, his totals were 2, 5, 6, 4 and 9.
As O'Hara fell to Bonner-Prendergast, 52-42, just three Lions managed to make an appearance in the scoring column. Zakee Griffin (20) and Jayelyn Peebles (17) were the mainstays while Martin Osayi notched five points. By the way, three scorers is not a CL record. In 1982, just two players scored for Carroll in a 46-41 win at the Prep. That game was played on Jan. 14, 1983, and I was there to see it. Rich Conboy , a senior guard, shot 10-for-20 from the field and 4-for-5 for 24. Manny Carlis, a junior forward-center, shot 9-for-15 and 4-for-6 for 22 . Four other players (including Mark Tassoni, who missed a one-and-one with 17 seconds left to clinch the freak occurrence) combined to shoot 0-for-12 from the floor and 0-for-2 from the line.
Two scorers was not a national record.
Nineteen years earlier, in Birmingham, Ala., a pumpin' fool named Walter Garrett scored all of West End's points in a 97-54 win over Glenn Vocational.
Germantown Academy 64, Penn Charter 48
As of now, seven teams own winning records in Catholic League play and Neumann-Goretti is the least likely to face a junk defense. The 6-0 Saints have been led in scoring by four players. Ryan Daly has led Carroll in all five of its games. No one else has set the pace more than thrice.
|Leading Scorers for Catholic League Teams With Winning Records|
|Team||W-L||Leading Scorers||--- Point Totals ---|
|SJ Prep||5-0||Kyle Thompson||13||18||(16)|
|La Salle||4-1||Ryan McTamney||17||(12)||12|
|( ) = Shared scoring lead|
JAN. 14 (Evening)
Bonner-Prendergast will honor all veterans with a program prior to tip-off between Bonner/Prendie and O'Hara boys’ basketball teams this Friday evening.
During the program Marine Lance Corporal Patrick Concannon (nephew of B-P coach Jack Concannon); Marine Sergeant Matt Sondermann, who served three tours in Iraq and Afghanistan and received the Purple Heart; Vietnam Veteran Dennis J. Murphy, who is a member of the Monsignor Bonner Hall of Fame and received the Purple Heart and Silver Star, will unveil a memorial in the form of “one empty seat.” The event is sponsored by the “POW-MIA National Chair of Honor” Program/’One Empty Seat."
Friday, January 15, 2016
6:30 p.m. (Program)
7:00 p.m. (Tip-Off)
Monsignor Bonner and Archbishop Prendergast Catholic High School (Gymnasium)
403 N. Lansdowne Avenue
Drexel Hill, PA 19026 (Delaware County)
In addition to the presentation of the memorial, the Upper Darby Marine Corps League Detachment #884 will lead a March on the Colors and the invocation and benediction will be given by Reverend John Ames, Dean of the School of Theological Studies at Saint Charles Borromeo Seminary. At the conclusion of the program “Taps” will be played by Anthony M. Montagno of the Vietnam Veterans MC, Chapter E.
Accompanying the chair will be a plaque that reads: “You are not forgotten, since World War I, more than 92,000 American soldiers are unaccounted for.”
As the final scores for last night's Catholic League games rolled in, this thought came to mind: Whoa, look how many points some of these winning teams are racking up. How often does THIS happen in Catholic League games? Eventually, I added up the total points for the four winners with at least 80 -- that came to 345 -- and then checked final scores over the last 15 seasons. That total is the highest for four winners on the same day/night! Of course, as many as four games are not always played. But they often are, so this accomplishment is rather noteworthy. Below are the Top 7 numbers, with breakdowns. In the extra amazing category, we give you this: Two of the seven numbers listed below were posted two days apart -- Jan. 10 and 12 in 2003. (And two more were posted 12 days apart -- Jan. 11 and 23 in 2004). On Jan. 10, 2003, Steve Wolf's 30 points came close to Judge's school record (34, that's still the mark). On Jan. 23, 2004, Jim Welsh's 22 points led Ryan past McDevitt. He's now a Catholic/Inter-Ac ref. One more nugget: On Feb. 16, 2007, Judge beat McDevitt, 74-40, so on that date five winners combined for 409 points. Last night's No. 5 outburst squad was SJ Prep, which beat McDevitt, 70-32. So that total is 415, six points better.
|Jan. 13||2016||N-G||97||B-P||65||Rasheed Browne||29|
|Feb. 16||2007||N-G||89||West||65||Rick Jackson||19|
|SJ Prep||86||K-K||48||Jim Mower||14|
|Jan. 12||2003||Dougherty||116||McDevitt||81||DeSean White||31|
|Roman||65||SJ Prep||59||Charron Fisher||19|
|Jan. 10||2003||Judge||93||McDevitt||56||Steve Wolf||30|
|SJ Prep||92||K-K||35||John Griffin||21|
|Jan. 8||2010||N-G||86||Wood||75||Tyreek Duren||28|
|Jan. 11||2004||Dougherty||87||Ryan||58||DeSean White||25|
|La Salle||77||McDevitt||41||Nick Shattuck||14|
|Jan. 23||2004||Neumann||90||K-K||58||*see below||16|
|La Salle||75||C-E||45||Nick Shattuck||26|
|*-Earl Pettis and Phil Love scored 16 points apiece|
Malvern 70, Penn Charter 50
Never know when something noteworthy is going to take place. In a Catholic League game last night, TWO freshmen scored at least 20 points. McDevitt's Malik Heyward had 22 vs. West Catholic and West's Imere Harris had 21 right back against McDevitt. Below are the performances of at least 20 points by Catholic/Inter-Ac freshmen, in league games, in this century. Only a player's best outing is listed.
UPDATE: On Feb. 5, in a 93-86 win over Malvern, Haverford School's Gavin Burke scored 24 points; he hit five three-pointers. His accomplishment has been added to the list below. Congrats to Gavin!
Best Outputs by
In League Games, 2000-16 (One Per Player)
|Zack Zeglinski||Penn Charter||35||Hav. School||2002|
|Rob Hollomon||W. Catholic||28||Kenn.-Ken.||2006|
|Andrew Pomager||N. Catholic||26||Wood||2004|
|Gavin Burke||Haver. School||24||Malvern||2016|
|Stephen Vasturia||SJ Prep||24||La Salle||2010|
|*Malik Heyward||McDevitt||22||West Catholic||2016|
|Evan-Eric Longino||Gtn. Academy||22||Penn Charter||2014|
|Anthony Cafagna||Chestnut Hill||22||Episcopal||2004|
|@Gerald Henderson||Episcopal||22||Penn Charter||2003|
|*Imere Harris||West Catholic||21||McDevitt||2016|
|Justin Anderson||SCH Academy||21||Penn Charter||2015|
|Travis Robinson||Penn Charter||20||Episcopal||2007|
|Nick Alikakos||Episcopal||20||Hav. School||2014|
|#-played varsity at Penn Charter as an 8th grader (scored 20 vs. GA)|
|@-Inter-Ac's ol' postseason tournament (amusement purposes only)|
Carroll's 54-41 win over Roman, accomplished thanks to Ryan Daly (20), Josh Sharkey (13), Miks Antoms (12) and John Rigsby (10), was rather noteworthy. It was only the second time in this century that Roman (2-2) suffered a second loss within its first four games of the Catholic League season. The Cahillites first fell in game No. 2, 85-68, vs. Neumann-Goretti, as Dhamir "DaDa" Cosby-Roundtree (22), Quade Green (20), Zane Martin (19), Rasheed Browne (15) and Vaughn Covington (nine) did all of the Saints' scoring. In the 2004-05 season, Roman dropped its first and second games, to SJ Prep and N-G. The Prep won, 57-50, on Jan. 4 behind Reggie Redding (20), Corey O'Rourke (14) and Joe Fox (13). N-G won, 66-58, on Jan. 7 thanks to Derrick "DJ" Rivera (20), Earl Pettis (16) and Antonio "Scoop" Jardine (15). So far in this century, Roman has dropped more than two CL games just five times. These two were four days apart (Jan. 6/10). The two in '05 were three days apart (Jan. 4/7). Its worst record (6-8) was posted in '02.
Breakdown of Roman's Seasons
With One or Two CL Losses, 2000-16
|Year||W-L||1st Loss||No.||2nd Loss||No.|
The Inter-Ac's Opening Tripleheader, named in recent years for former Malvern/Episcopal coach Dan Dougherty, is in the books and Germantown Academy still owns it. Yesterday at Philadelphia University, the Patriots topped Haverford School, 60-50, upping their tripleheader record to 19-3 (.864). Also, with a 52-36 triumph over Episcopal Academy, Penn Charter is no longer alone in last place. Look below for each school's record and a list of the assorted sites. The first tripleheader to open league play would have taken place in January 1994, but a wicked snowstorm intervened.
Records in I-A's
Sites of I-A's
|1995||St. Joseph's Univ.|
|1999-2003||La Salle Univ.|
DAN DOUGHERTY TRIPLEHEADER
Penn Charter 52, Episcopal 36
(At Philadelphia University)
Neumann-Goretti's Wednesday night win over Roman was at least a little noteworthy. Reason: It enabled the Saints to leave behind a losing record vs. Roman in regular season games in this century. The teams are now 12-12. Ah, but N-G (formerly Neumann) is 9-3 in playoffs, so overall it's 21-15. The playoff breakdown: 4-3 in finals, 2-0 in semis and 2-0 in quarters. Below are all individual point performances of at least 20 points. Roman's Charron Fisher, who played his college ball at Niagara before embarking on a still-active pro career overseas, leads the pack with a 32-pointer. Also, he scored at least 25 points six times.
Top Individual Point
In N-G/Roman Series, 2000-16
|Lamarr "Fresh" Kimble||N-G||26||RS||2014|
|Antonio "Scoop" Jardine||N-G||26||RS||2007|
|Derrick "DJ" Rivera||N-G||25||Q||2005|
|Robert "Beattie" Taylor||Neu||22||RS||2001|
|Richard "Tabby" Cunningham||Neu||21||RS||2002|
|Derrick "DJ" Rivera||N-G||20||RS||2005|
|*-advanced to NBA|
As you may remember, O'Hara scored just 16 points in a loss to SJ Prep (39 points) back on Dec. 22. Below is a list of all outputs of 29 or fewer points in CL games in this century. The Prep has done the strangling 19 times . . . all with Speedy Morris as the coach ('02 season onward).
|Low-Scoring Teams in CL Games, 2001-16|
We posted this list two seasons ago and now have added guys who've since earned spots. So far this season, not too many Catholic League games have been played and no sophs have scored as many as 25 points. There's still time, guys. Fire away! (If you have your coach's permission -- smile.)
|Best Outings by Sophs in CL Games (2000-16)|
|John Griffin||SJ Prep||31||Carroll||2002|
|Stephen Vasturia||SJ Prep||28||N-G||2011|
|Gene Williams||SJ Prep||28||Bonner||2010|
|Stephen Vasturia||SJ Prep||27||*Carroll||2011|
|DeSean White||Dougherty||27||La Salle||2002|
|Quade Green||N-G||26||*La Salle||2015|
|Miles Overton||SJ Prep||26||*Carroll||2011|
|Charron Fisher||Roman||26||SJ Prep||2002|
|Stephen Vasturia||SJ Prep||25||McDevitt||2011|
|Stephen Vasturia||SJ Prep||25||O'Hara||2011|
|Lenny Young||North||25||SJ Prep||2008|
|Clay Penecale||La Salle||25||Dougherty||2006|
|Joe Zeglinski||Ryan||25||La Salle||2004|
When a coach is in his 31st season, how can he possibly have a new experience? Well, it might be happening to William "Speedy" Morris. Morris coached Roman Catholic for 14 seasons, Penn Charter for two and he's now in his 15th at St. Joseph's Prep. And . . . It's possible (likely?) that, for the first time, his top two scorers in league play will be sophomores. The Hawks have played just two league games so far, but the top scorers are soph point guard Kyle Thompson (23 points) and soph wing guard Darius Kinnel (18), a transfer from Highland Regional High, in Blackwood, NJ. They are also the Hawks' overall scoring leaders with 144 and 118 points, respectively. Senior Pete Gayhardt is third at 10/83. Just once has one of Speedy's teams been led in scoring by a sophomore. That was Stephen Vasturia (249) in 2011. He's now playing for Notre Dame. Sophs have earned the No. 2 spot five times and the No. 3 spot six times. Vasturia placed third as a frosh in 2010. Not surprisingly, considering that they were so productive so early, all guys listed below wound up having wonderful careers.
Young Bucks Who've Finished
Among Top Three Scorers
In League Play for Teams Coached by Speedy Morris
(All Were Sophs Except for Stephen Vasturia, a Freshman, in 2010)
|----- Roman Catholic (1968-81 Seasons) -----|
|Year||1st Scorer||Pts||2nd Scorer||Pts||3rd Scorer||Pts|
|----- Penn Charter (1983-84 Seasons) -----|
|Year||1st Scorer||Pts||2nd Scorer||Pts||3rd Scorer|
|----- St. Joseph's Prep ----- (2002-16 Seasons)|
|Year||1st Scorer||Pts||2nd Scorer||Pts||3rd Scorer|
|2002||John Griffin||187||Chris Clark|