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Basketball 2016-17, February 

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  To all scorekeepers: PLEASE try to make sure that correct info on scoring is called into the Score Service -- 215-854-4570. Generally, it's better when the winning team calls in the results. That way the papers receive info to explain HOW the game was won because representatives of the winning team will usually be in a better mood (just human nature) to provide extra details such as rebounds, assists, etc., or the identity of someone who maybe hit a winning shot. Thank you.


FEB. 28
If you're going to do something for the first time ever, might as well do it in noteworthy fashion, right? In its 51st season of CL basketball competition, Wood last night captured its first championship by beating Neumann-Goretti, 65-58. Eighteen times in 80 finals the champ has overcome a halftime deficit. The Vikings own this mark: overcoming the largest deficit. The score after 16 minutes was 31-18. The 20-point swing is the largest on the list below. Wood asserted itself in major fashion in the third quarter, winning that one by 25-10 thanks to Matt Cerruti (10 points), Tyree Pickron (nine, three treys) and regular season MVP Collin Gillespie (six). Gillespie paced the 22-17 fourth quarter with 16 of his 24 points (8-for-9 at line). Congrats to coach John Mosco and the Vikings for posting this stirring victory. . . This must be noted. Toward the bottom of the list is the 1968 final between O'Hara and Judge. Though O'Hara trailed by only one at halftime, it was down by 13 with 2:18 left. The Lions scored the final 13 points of regulation, then triumphed in overtime, 53-52.  

Catholic League Champs That Trailed at Halftime
Year Winner Loser Final
Down at
Half by
Point Swing
2017 Wood Neumann-Goretti 65-58 7 13 20
1997 Neumann  Carroll 54-46 8 8 16
1990 Roman La Salle 64-62 12 7 19
1979 Roman Ryan 61-47 14 5 19
2008 North Catholic Ryan 51-45 6 5 11
1962 SJ Prep Dougherty 53-47 6 4 10
1955 West Catholic La Salle 63-55 8 3 11
1957 North Catholic La Salle 37-32 5 3 8
1959 West Catholic Judge 59-58 1 3 4
1964 Dougherty Egan 69-59 10 3 13
2000 Roman Neumann  58-55 3 3 6
1947 SJ Prep La Salle 33-29 4 2 6
1967 North Catholic Bonner 58-56 2 2 4
1971 SJ Prep O'Hara 64-58 6 2 8
2014 Neumann-Goretti Roman 53-48 5 2 7
1968 O'Hara Judge 53-52 1 1 2
1982 Roman Judge 47-41 6 1 7
2006 Neumann-Goretti Roman 44-41 3 1 4

FEB. 27
Website loyalists take a shot at predicting tonight's winner and the final score. These guesses were received by 11:15. (Others will be posted tonight). Thanks to all participants!
  UPDATE: Wood won, 65-58. Two people predicted a seven-point win for the Vikings -- Mike Frain (79-72) and . . . The Wonderful Mrs. Silary (49-42), the woman who calls a full-court press a full-press court (ha ha, and she's proud of that). The teams combined for 123 points. Mike came closest to the total points with 151; missed by 28). The Wife had 91; missed by 32. Congrats to Mike! And thanks to all who participated!

Predictions for Tonight's Catholic League Final
Name Pick Score Margin
Dan DiBerardinis Wood 72-67 5
Big Willie McGonigle Wood 72-68 4
Bill "Not Speedy" Morris Wood 72-68 4
Gerry Sasse N-G 66-61 5
Fran Costello N-G 79-71 8
Woody Burke N-G 66-62 4
Jerry Greenberg N-G 73-67 6
Joe Mason N-G 62-56 6
Craig Conlin N-G 76-72 4
Jon "Duck" Gray N-G 69-65 4
Frank "5" McArdle N-G 68-65 3
Jim "Dege" DiGuiseppe Wood 77-74 3
Blair Klumpp Wood 76-71 5
Keith Hines N-G 70-57 13
Mike Drumm Wood 70-66 4
Ernie Gallagher Wood 71-66 5
Ed "Huck" Palmer N-G 73-68 5
Amauro "Amar" Austin N-G 77-73 4
Mark "Frog" Carfagno N-G 69-62 7
Matt "Cauls" McCauley N-G 78-65 13
Joe Parisi Wood 57-53 4
Jack Concannon Wood 67-63 4
Bill Wright N-G 69-63 6
Bill Koch N-G 74-69 5
Eric DiPentima N-G 67-62 5
Matt Griffin N-G 75-72 3
Colin Leach N-G 83-77 6
Tom Salmon N-G 61-59 2
Mitch Cohen N-G 63-61 2
Tom "Hockey Puck" McKenna Wood 67-65 2
Chris Stoffere N-G 80-74 6
Andrew Kearney N-G 74-70 4
Jim McBride N-G 72-63 9
Bobby Hill Wood 66-64 2
Mike Casey Wood 79-75 4
John Knebels Wood 67-64 3
Mike Scola Sr. N-G 84-70 14
Bill Cooke N-G 63-58 5
Pat McLoone Wood 60-59 1
Fred Clough N-G 73-66 7
The Wife Wood 49-42 7
Jim Boligitz Wood 82-70 12
Dan Solis-Cohen Wood 75-71 4
Mick Barrett Wood 79-71 8
Tom Bachinger Wood 74-72 2
Terence Casey N-G 76-65 11
Marty Weiss Wood 70-67 3
Bernie Rogers N-G 75-67 8
Joe Dunn N-G 73-69 4
Tom Moore Wood 80-78 2
Kevin Lauer N-G 82-67 15
Bryan Dooley Wood 78-73 5
Joe Maguire Wood 73-65 8
Dennis Sokolek N-G 62-54 8
Ken Woodring Wood 75-70 5
Mike Frain Wood 79-72 7
George Orsino Wood 75-71 4
Brendan Dougherty Wood 72-68 4
Paul Hoffman N-G 65-56 9
Bob Dillon Wood 67-64 3
Stephen Muni N-G 74-66 8
Henry Smith Wood 78-68 10
Michael Scola Jr. N-G 85-75 10
Steve Senko Wood 61-57 4
Chris Rodgers N-G 66-62 4
Jim O'Connor N-G 72-63 9
Ted Rauch N-G 67-62 5
Mike McBride Wood 69-67 2
Mike O'Neill Wood 73-68 5
Paul "Chuk" Valcukas N-G 58-57 1
Bill McNichols N-G 73-69 4
Jake Conaboy Wood 62-59 3
Ed Barkowitz Wood 61-58 3
Bill Zeits Wood 72-67 5

FEB. 27
  If Wood wins the Catholic League championship tonight, logic says sr. G Collin Gillespie, who averaged a league-best 24.1 points in regular season action, will lead his team in scoring. Or if Neumann-Goretti wins, sr. G Quade Green (22.8) will lead the way, right? Not necessarily, if we go by five decades worth of history. Twenty-three times over 50 years from 1967 through 2016, the winner in CL finals was led or co-led by someone who did NOT rack up that team's highest average in the regular season. Sometimes, even, the leading scorer was someone who came out of nowhere. In 1977, for instance, Judge's Frank Ciurlino averaged 11.4 points in league play, then dropped a 24-point bomb on Carroll (10-for-14 floor) to spark a championship victory. In 1989, Jim O'Rourke averaged 9.3 points. The final? In a win over La Salle, he hit three treys and went 6-for-6 at the line en route to 25 points. Two names on the list below should ring bells. Roman's Marvin Harrison last summer was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Jack Concannon is in his second stint as the coach at Bonner-Prendie. In the Friars' 73-53 win over Judge in '83, all he did was shoot 7-for-9 and 7-for-8 for 21 points while sweeping 15 rebounds . . . Best wishes to EVERY player tonight.

"Surprise" Leading Scorers in Title Games
For Catholic League Champions, 1967-2016
Year Name Winner Points Loser
2015 Nazeer Bostick Roman 23 N-G
2011 *John Davis N-G 16 Carroll
2010 Tyreek Duren N-G 17 Roman
2009 Tyreek Duren N-G 26 Roman
2008 Woody Redding North 21 Ryan
2006 Rick Jackson N-G 12 Roman
2005 Earl Pettis N-G 15 Roman
  Scoop Jardine   15  
2002 Chris Del Brocco Neumann 20 Ryan
2001 Tabby Cunningham Neumann 19 Roman
2000 Michael Wild Roman 17 Neumann
1997 Devon Fowler Neumann 17 Carroll
1995 Tom Dearborn Carroll 21 Roman
1994 Lari Ketner Roman 20 North
1991 #Marvin Harrison Roman 18 La Salle
1989 Jim O'Rourke Roman 25 La Salle
1987 Dave Mastropietro North 21 Roman
1983 Jack Concannon Bonner 21 Judge
1982 Dallas Comegys Roman 14 Judge
1977 Frank Ciurlino Judge 24 Carroll
1975 Mo Connolly Judge 16 Roman
1974 Mike LaPera Roman 14 La Salle
  Zane Major   14  
1972 Emery Sammons ST More 16 North
1969 John Pindynski Roman 25 North
*-Season leader Lamin Fulton also had 16 points.
#-Season leader Bernard Jones also had 18 points.

FEB. 26
As you likely know, Wood sr. G Collin Gillespie, a Villanova commit, earned MVP honors in voting by the Catholic League coaches. And tomorrow night his team will meet Neumann-Goretti at the Palestra, at 8 o'clock, for the championship. Let's ask these questions . . . How often does the MVP's team win the championship? How often does that guy's team at least advance TO the final? (As Gillespie, of course, has already done.) Those answers can be found below. I was going to limit the list to only those players who've accomplished one feat or the other. Ah, but what the heck. ALL MVPs (or merely leading vote-getters in some years) are below. The list goes back to 1942. The CL has gone from all one league (through 1964), to geographical divisions (1965-2008) to enrollment divisions (2009-10) and back to all one league (2011-now). 

How MVPs Have Fared in Pursuit of Titles
Year Name School Champ? Final?
*advanced to NBA
All One League
1942 Ed Burns La S yes  
  Charles Hannan South     
1943 Joe Rogers Roman yes  
1944 Anthony Skivo West   yes
1945 *Larry Foust South yes  
  John Kane North    
  Matt Fanning Prep    
1946 *Larry Foust South   yes
1947 John Gillespie Prep yes  
  Fran McMenamin Roman    
1948 *Ernie Beck West   yes
1949 *Ernie Beck West yes  
1950 *Tom Gola La S yes  
1951 *Tom Gola La S    
1952 Bill Lynch St. J    
  John "Misty" Fannon More   yes
1953 Bill Lindsay West yes  
1954 Bob Devine West   yes
1955 Joe Ryan Prep    
1956 *Bobby McNeill North yes  
1957 Bob Dickey West    
1958 Billy Hoy More    
1959 Billy Hoy More    
  John Andreoli Judge   yes
1960 Mike Steele More    
1961 George Sutor Judge    
1962 Tom Duff Prep yes  
1963 George Paull Dough   yes
1964 Richie Berberian West    
Northern Division      
Year Name School    
1965 Maurice Savage Dough    
1966 Dan Kelly McD    
1967 Hank Siemiontkowski North yes  
1968 Hank Siemiontkowski North    
1969 Bob Haas McD    
1970 Jim Boylan North   yes
1971 Bill Magarity Dough    
1972 Mike Cataline Ryan    
1973 Barry Brodzinski North    
1974 Guy Stevens Ryan    
1975 Al Clancy Judge yes  
1976 Jim "Mo" Connolly Judge    
1977 Fran McCaffery La S    
  Joe Schoen North    
1978 Neil Collins Wood    
1979 Steve Senko Ryan   yes
1980 Ed Mostak Ryan    
1981 Jim Bolger Ken    
1982 Chip Greenberg La S    
1983 Brian Leahy Ken    
1984 Brian Leahy Ken    
1985 Craig Conlin La S   yes
1986 Jim Giedemann North    
1987 Bob Coppolino Dough    
1988 Jim Schultice North   yes
1989 Chris Williams Dough    
1990 Chris Mooney Ryan    
1991 Shawn Newman Dough    
1992 *Cuttino "Cat" Mobley Dough   yes
1993 Matt Comey North   yes
1994 Dennis Comey North   yes
1995 Sean Tait Judge    
1996 Donnell Sutton Dough    
1997 Joe Meade La S    
1998 Anthony Starace Ryan    
1999 Tim Whalen Wood    
2000 Wayne Bishop McD    
2001 John Capella Ryan    
2002 Mike Spadafora Wood    
2003 *Kyle Lowry Dough   yes
2004 DeSean White Dough   yes
2005 Matt Spadafora Wood    
2006 James "J.J." Franklin Judge    
2007 Kahlil Mumford Dough    
2008 Andrew Rogers Ryan   yes
Southern Division      
Year Name School    
1965 Jack Stanczak Roman    
1966 Mike Hauer Bonn    
1967 Joe Hazinsky OH    
1968 Ron Billingslea West    
1969 *Tom Ingelsby OH    
1970 Jim OBrien Roman    
1971 *Maurice "Mo" Howard Prep yes  
1972 Mike Stack Bonn    
1973 Jim "Chico" Singleton Roman yes  
1974 Lloyd Ranson Neum    
1975 Zane Major Roman   yes
1976 *Michael Brooks West   yes
1977 Reggie Jackson Roman    
1978 Reggie Jackson Roman yes  
1979 Lonnie McFarlan Roman yes  
1980 Lonnie McFarlan Roman yes  
1981 Randy Monroe Roman    
1982 Walt Fuller Bonn    
1983 *Dallas Comegys Roman    
1984 Rodney Blake Bonn yes  
1985 Mark Stevenson Roman    
1986 Barry Bekkedam Carr    
1987 Mike OHara OH    
1988 Brian Daly Bonn yes  
1989 Eddie Malloy OH    
1990 Steve Cloran OH    
  Damon Reid Neum    
1991 Marvin Harrison Roman yes  
1992 *Adonal Foyle OH    
1993 Mike Roberts Carr    
1994 Rafal Bigus Carr    
1995 *Lari Ketner Roman   yes
1996 Donnie Carr Roman yes  
1997 Martin Ingelsby Carr   yes
1998 *Rasual Butler Roman    
1999 *Eddie Griffin Roman yes  
2000 *Eddie Griffin Roman yes  
2001 Tamal Forchion Roman   yes
2002 Kashif Payne Carr    
2003 Mark Zoller Prep yes  
2004 Charron Fisher Roman    
2005 Reggie Redding Prep   yes
2006 Mike Ringgold Roman   yes
2007 Jeff Jones Bonn    
2008 *Maalik Wayns Roman    
Red Division      
Year Name School    
2009 *Maalik Wayns Roman   yes
2010 Rakeem Brookins Roman    
Blue Division      
2009 Tony Chennault N-G yes  
2010 Tony Chennault N-G yes  
One League      
2011 Lamin Fulton N-G yes  
  Juan'ya Green Carr   yes
2012 Stephen Vasturia Prep   yes
2013 Stephen Vasturia Prep   yes
2014 Ja'Quan Newton N-G yes  
2015 Chris Clover Prep    
2016 Ryan Daly Carr    
2017 Collin Gillespie Wood ?? yes

FEB. 25
The Hill battle has been won, and the uphill battle remains. Last night at Malvern, Episcopal edged Hill School, 59-58, in the semifinal round of the PAISAA Tournament thanks primarily to sr. G Conner Delaney, who scored 18 of the Churchdudes' final 24 points and 26 overall. Sr. F Nick Alikakos (11) also scored in double figures while soph G-F Matt Dade (nine) and sr. F Kyle Virbitsky (eight) came close. EA's opponent in tonight's final (8 o'clock, also at Malvern) will be seriously talented Westtown, which rolled past Germantown Academy, 71-53, in the other semi. EA and GA tied for the Inter-Ac championship at 8-2. Right now the I-A's total record for the season is 90-66, which ranks fifth in this century at .577. A win would up the percentage to .580; still in fifth. A loss would drop it to .573 and sixth. The two best seasons, by a decent amount, were 2000 (.611) and 2004 (.608). 2000's good vibrations came primarily from GA (25-2), Penn Charter (21-5) and Malvern (21-7). The 2004 leaders were PC (21-7), GA (24-8) and EA (22-6). Good luck to coach Craig Conlin and EA.

Records of I-A Teams, 2000-17
Year W L Pct.
2000 102 65 .611
2004 101 65 .608
2010 91 62 .595
2009 94 67 .584
2017 90 66 .577
2012 89 66 .574
2013 92 69 .571
2002 87 67 .565
2016 88 69 .561
2003 90 72 .556
2001 87 70 .554
2014 81 68 .544
2005 85 76 .528
2006 88 79 .527
2011 83 77 .519
2008 85 79 .518
2015 79 79 .500
2007 80 83 .491

FEB. 24
The list below was first posted in 2014 and we thought it would make sense to update it. Sr. PG Quade Green (Kentucky) has scored 32 total points in Neumann-Goretti's first two playoff games this season and that production has moved him from No. 5 to No. 2 on the list. He has also dished 34 assists, so that means he has accounted for at least 244 points. Some of those baskets have been three-pointers, of course, so I'm guessing it's safe to say the total is maybe 255 to 260. Oh, and he has made passes that have led to free throws, too, so maybe we're talkin' 280 to 285? The N-G/Wood final will be played Monday night, 8 o'clock, at the Palestra. Wood sr. G Collin Gillespie (Villanova) owns 54 points in two playoff games this season, along with 10 assists, and 81 points in six total playoffs. N-G's Ja'Quan Newton, the No. 1 scorer on the list below and now a junior starter at Miami, distributed 24 assists in 12 playoff appearances.    

Top 20 Playoff Scorers in CL History
Name School Class Points High
Ja'Quan Newton N-G 2014 211 27
Quade Green N-G 2017 176 31
Lonnie McFarlan Roman 1980 164 26
Juan'ya Green Carroll 2011 160 39
Tony Chennault N-G 2010 158 24
Stephen Vasturia SJ Prep 2013 136 26
Bernard Jones Roman 1991 135 30
Rick Jackson N-G 2007 133 26
Donnie Carr Roman 1996 132 22
Tony Carr Roman 2016 132 24
Miles Overton SJ Prep 2013 131 26
Scoop Jardine N-G 2007 130 22
John Davis N-G 2013 129 25
Martin Ingelsby Carroll 1997 128 24
Tabby Cunningham Neumann 2004 127 21
Alan Watkins Roman 1989 126 24
Derrick Jones Carroll 2015 122 24
Shane Clark Dougherty 2004 120 25
Craig Conlin La Salle 1985 120 23
Eddie Griffin Roman 2000 120 23

FEB. 23
In the second game of last night's CL semifinal doubleheader at the Palestra, Wood's Collin Gillespie (33) and Ryan's Izaiah Brockington (31), with 64, came close to the record for most total points by opponent duos. And since Brockington fouled out with 3:22 remaining, it's likely safe to assume he would have scored at least four more points to assure the record would have been broken. Below are all opponent-duo efforts (hopefully) of at least 50 points. If I missed any, PLEASE speak up. Thanks! tedtee307@yahoo.com

Highest Point Totals for Opponent Duos in Catholic League Playoffs
Year Round Name, Winner School Pts Name, Loser School Pts Total
1992 Final Kyle Locke Roman 39 *Cuttino Mobley Dougherty 28 67
2011 Qtr Juan'ya Green Carroll 39 Stephen Vasturia Prep 27 66
2017 Semi Collin Gillespie Wood 33 Izaiah Brockington Ryan 31 64
2003 Final Mark Zoller Prep 31 *Kyle Lowry Dougherty 29 60
1995 Pre Jack Horgan La Salle 32 Erik Henrysen Ryan 27 59
2017 Qtr Mat. Kulackovskis Ryan 25 Marc Rodriguez Judge 32 57
1979 Qtr Lonnie McFarlan Roman 24 Marty Campbell Neumann 32 56
1990 Final Bernard Jones Roman 30 Ernie Koschineg La Salle 24 54
1967 First Ron Kurtz North 25 Bob Atene Neumann 28 53
1971 Semi *Mo Howard Prep 27 Barry Brodzinski North 26 53
2006 Semi DJ Rivera N-G 24 Vinny Simpson Dougherty 29 53
1971 Final *Mo Howard Prep 29 Mike Arizin O'Hara 22 51
1992 Qtr *Adonal Foyle O'Hara 26 Scott Galloway West 25 51
1996 Qtr Martin Ingelsby Carroll 24 Mark Del Brocco Neumann 27 51
1998 Semi Jeff Randazzo O'Hara 29 Anthony Starace Ryan 22 51
2008 Qtr Jim Mower Prep 32 *Maalik Wayns Roman 19 51
1988 Qtr Alan Watkins Roman 23 Monroe Blakes West 27 50
2009 Final Tyreek Duren N-G 26 Rakeem Brookins Roman 24 50
2010 Semi Tony Chennault N-G 23 Joe Nardi Prep 27 50
*-advanced to NBA            

FEB. 22
Website loyalists take a shot at predicting tonight's winners and the total victory margin . . . These guesses were received by 6:30. Thanks to all participants!
UPDATED: Names in green highlights tied for best guess. 

  N-G Roman Wood Ryan Total
*-2016 champion          
Keith Hines yes   yes   35
Jon "Duck" Gray yes   yes   21
Joe Parisi yes   yes   23
Willie McGonigle yes   yes   20
Marty Weiss yes   yes   37
Bill "Not Speedy" Morris yes   yes   11
Colin Leach yes   yes   48
Joe Mason yes     yes 18
Craig Conlin yes   yes   18
*Ernie Gallagher yes   yes   29
Amauro "Amar" Austin yes   yes   16
Woody Burke yes   yes   26
Ed "Huck" Palmer yes   yes   23
Pat McLoone yes   yes   13
Chris McNesby   yes yes   10
Jerry Greenberg yes   yes   47
Michael Drumm yes   yes   33
Fran Costello yes   yes   29
Mark "Frog" Carfagno yes   yes   52
Blair Klumpp yes   yes   30
Matt Santoro yes   yes   19
Frank "5" McArdle yes     yes 16
Joe Dunn yes   yes   29
Matt "Cauls" McCauley yes   yes   20
Bill Cassidy Sr. yes     yes 17
Ken Woodring yes   yes   40
Bobby Hill   yes yes   17
Dan Solis-Cohen yes   yes   27
Mike Scola yes   yes   39
Mike Torres yes   yes   18
Dan Greenberg yes   yes   43
Keith Tyer yes     yes 29
Bill Wright yes   yes   30
Ted Rauch   yes yes   14
Mike Mack yes   yes   29
Brendan Dougherty yes   yes   35
Fred Clough yes   yes   41
George Orsino yes   yes   24
Gerry Sasse yes     yes 17
Mick Barrett yes   yes   12
Tom Moore yes   yes   20
Stephen Muni yes   yes   20
Kevin McLaughlin yes   yes   23
Tom Bachinger yes   yes   36
Kevin Lauer yes   yes   16
Mitch Cohen yes   yes   27
Matt McLaughlin yes   yes   21
Jim O'Connor yes   yes   38
Eric DiPentima yes     yes 28
Mike McLaughlin yes   yes   55
Bill Zeits yes     yes 19
Ed Barkowitz yes   yes   20
Bernie Rogers yes     yes 25

FEB. 22
If you're heading to the Palestra tonight, or planning to check out SFBN's webcasts here (I was given incorrect info; SFBN is NOT airing the games), you'll see something pretty uncommon . . . especially over the last three-plus decades. For just the fourth time since 1983, a team making a second consecutive semifinal appearance will be starting five different players. That team will be Roman, which last year started four seniors and a junior who wound up transferring. La Salle was involved in the Five New Guys scenario in the 2003 and 2004 seasons, as were Carroll in 1993 and 1994 and Roman in 1991 and 1992. Now for the shocker. The other four spots on the list, which covers seasons back to 1975, are owned by Judge. And the Crusaders of coach Bill Fox pulled off the feat in consecutive order. Yes, over four years, 20 different 'Saders were starters in semis! And the streak would have been five if not for forward Mike McIntyre. He was the only player to start for Judge's semifinalists in 1978 and '79.
  UPDATE: I missed one! Ugh. Sorry. Judge's 1998 and 1999 lineups are now on the list. Thanks to Mr. Anonymous for speaking up.
  UPDATE: I missed another. Ugh squared! Sorry. North Catholic's 1993 and 1994 lineups are now on the list. Thanks to Kevin McGarry for his help . . . Those two North teams made it to the championship game, as did Judge's '82 and '83 teams and Roman's '91 and '92 teams.

Back-to-Back CL Semifinalists With
Different Starting Lineups, 1975-2017
1979 JUDGE 1980 JUDGE
  Mike McIntyre   George Dick
  Joe Petrone   Fran Walker
  Mike McCloskey   Art Comas
  Chris Farrell   Mike Gallagher
  Rick Marshall   Mike O'Donnell
1980 JUDGE 1981 JUDGE
  George Dick   John Luciano
  Fran Walker   Mark Singer
  Art Comas   Jerry Mayza
  Mike Gallagher   Paul Kubler
  Mike O'Donnell   Mike Tobin
1981 JUDGE 1982 JUDGE
  John Luciano   Tom Conroy
  Mark Singer   Paul McIntyre
  Jerry Mayza   Tom Feeney
  Paul Kubler   Keith Ditsche
  Mike Tobin   Bernie DiBello
1982 JUDGE 1983 JUDGE
  Tom Conroy   John Boyle
  Paul McIntyre   Bob Heck
  Tom Feeney   John Ginley
  Keith Ditsche   Don Rauchut
  Bernie DiBello   Dan Ingersoll
1991 ROMAN 1992 ROMAN
  Bernard Jones   Kyle Locke
  Jeremy Smith   Dennis Bohn
  Mike Watson   Marc Jackson
  Marvin Harrison   Dwayne Hill
  Josh Wagner   James Lewis
  Mike Roberts   Rafal Bigus
  Tom Tobin   Brian Dunn
  Bryan Brennan   Mike Dzik
  Aric Hines   Paul Romanczuk
  Osvaldur Knudsen   Kevin Leighton
1993 NORTH 1994 NORTH
  Matt Comey   Dennis Comey
  Joe Harvey   Chris Heck
  Ryan Bonner   Kevin McGarry
  Mike Hartzell   Brian Logan
  Mark Cunningham   Bill Labb
1998 JUDGE 1999 JUDGE
  Jim Reeves   Mike Pidhirsky
  Brendan Ferns   Chris Roantree
  Kris Dufner   Brian Fox
  Matt McKeever   Dennis Hiller
  Josh Rorer   Brian Bond
  Will Furey   Colin Fitzgerald
  Chris Reedman   Ryan Kirk
  Brian Donohoe   Kevin Moll
  Doug Kelly   Joe Sobocinski
  Matt McGurkin   Mike Stanton
2016 ROMAN 2017 *ROMAN
  Tony Carr   Allen Betrand
  Nazeer Bostick   Da'kQuan Davis
  Lamar Stevens   Lynn Greer
  D'Andre Vilmar   Seth Lundy
  Paul Newman   Jon-Paul Sanders
*-projected, based on quarterfinals

FEB. 21
One thing about Cardinal Dougherty, which closed in 2010: It never went too long without producing a first team All-Catholic honoree. Its longest wait was three years, from 1997 to 2000 and again from '92 to '95. Below are details for all the Catholic League schools going back to 1941. The streaks for Lansdale, O'Hara and West are active. Egan/Conwell-Egan experienced the longest wait at 20 years.

Waits for Catholic League First-Teamers, School by School
School Year Year Wait Ended the Drought
Dougherty 1997 2000 3 Robert Carter/Jonathan Davenport
  Dougherty 1992 1995 3 Carlos Sanders
La Salle 1958 1963 5 Frank Gaidjunas/George Smith
Ryan 1982 1987 5 John Smedley
ST More 1944 1949 5 Joe Kelly
  ST More 1969 1974 5 Chub Edwards
Carroll 2003 2009 6 DJ Irving/Juan'ya Green
Judge 2011 2017 6 Marc Rodriguez
Neumann 1967 1974 7 Lloyd Ranson
SJ Prep 1955 1962 7 Tom Duff/Matt Guokas
Bonner/B-P 2009 2017 8 Ajiri Johnson
North 1977 1985 8 Mike Power
West 2009 2017 8 None  *Active*
Wood 1967 1975 8 Bob Spadafora
Lansdale 2009 2017 8 None *Active*
Roman 1951 1961 10 Tom "Ace" McCann
St. James 1942 1952 10 Bill Lynch
  St. James 1965 1975 10 Bill Kane
  St. James 1983 1993 10 None (Closed in '93)
McDevitt 1969 1980 11 Joe Smart
O'Hara 2001 2017 16 None *Active*
Kenrick/K-K 1992 2010 18 None (Closed in '10)
Egan/C-E 1990 2010 20 Ike Robinson

FEB. 20
Germantown Academy 68, Penn Charter 46

  The Quakers concluded their 13-13 season by giving their archrivals close to half a scare. That wording is used because the score was 25-25 roughly two minutes prior to intermission and PC was hanging tough despite having posted NO steals and having snatched just THREE rebounds. Pretty much every person in the just-short-of-packed house undoubtedly figured GA would slap together an impressive stretch at some point and . . . uh, oh, here it comes. Three-point field goal by sr. SF Kyle McCloskey. Three-point play (off a recovery of a loose ball) by sr. WG Evan-Eric Longino. Left-wing trey by sr. F Josh Brownstein off a feed from McCloskey. (We interrupt this avalanche to give you a PC free throw.) Right-corner trey by McCloskey off a dish from sr. PG Cole Storm. Just like that the score was 37-26 and GA was flexing its muscles. The second half featured little in the way of drama. GA enjoyed domination thanks to hundreds (seemed like it, anyway) of second- and even third-chance opportunities. Brownstein was the primary beneficiary and sometimes did not even have to work too hard to get the ball off the glass. Hustle to a spot. Look up. Hey, no one boxed me out. There's the ball. Why, thank you. PC's first steal did not occur until 7:35 remained in the game. Sr. PF-C Justus Sanders made it an instant after GA had posted a pilfer. Sanders had a nice fourth quarter, also taking a charge and making a block in addition to grabbing two rebounds. GA coach Jim Fenerty removed his starters with 2:08 left and the score at 67-46, right after McCloskey made a layup for his final points in the Patriots' gym. A short time beforehand, he'd made a steal and capped an aggressive rush to the hoop with -- pow! -- a vintage throwdown. Kyle finished with 23 points and Longino added 21. Brownstein also reached double figures with 15. The other starters, Storm and sr. WG Andrew Towne, halved six points and two triples. Jr. WG Mason Williams (12), sr. PG Adam Holland (11, some terrific bulldog drives in the first half) and sr. F Dylan Burnett (eight) led in scoring and soph SF Ryan "Zingy" Maloney drained two fourth quarter treys for six points. The decent start was fueled by a pair of treys -- by Williams and sr. WG Mike "Neeko" Hnatkowsky -- off passes from frosh WG Ryan "Pooch" Holmes. The PAISAA semis will be held Friday night at Malvern: GA vs. Westtown at 6:30, Episcopal vs. Hill School at 8. The final (same site) will be played at 6:45 on Saturday. Six seniors were part of PC's varsity this season: Burnett, Alex Cohen, James Gabor, Hnatkowsky, Holland and Sanders. Here's hoping they'll remember the good times. Take a few deep breaths, guys, before immersing yourself in the spring sports. MANY legends in attendance. Here we go, in alphabetical order: Bill Armstrong, Tom Bachinger, John Burkhart, Jon Cross, Bill Gallagher Sr. and Jr., Chip Greenberg, Jerry Greenberg, Ed Holzer, Joe Magarity, Mike McCloskey, Ed McGettigan, John McVeigh, John Przybylinski, Gerry Sasse, Brett Storm, Larry Storm, Billy Travers, Eddie Turner . . .

FEB. 20
  The 2016-17 season for Penn Charter's girls basketball team is over and so is the high school career of sr. sub Mary Jane McGlinchey. And you know what that means . . . Time to update the hoops numbers for what we like to call the Greater Loughery Family. In this century, eight members have played basketball for PC as a secondary sport. 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. Like Mary Jane, who finished her career with nine points (three as a junior, six this year) and provided terrific support for her teammates, the other members are children of John Lock's sisters. Matt Ryan is the Atlanta Falcons' quarterback and this year led his team to the Super Bowl while winning league MVP honors. Mike McGlinchey is a starting offensive lineman for Notre Dame. John Loughery was a backup QB at Temple in 2016 and spent this past season as a graduate assistant with the Owls. John Ryan played QB at Brown. Pat McCain is a sophomore at Dickinson, Frank McGlinchey is a freshman at Franklin & Marshall (after a post-grad year) and Jake McCain is a freshman at Ursinus; all play football. Together, the eight hoops-playing members of TGLF have scored 2,316 points overall and 886 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 2015, the seven PC members of TGLF (and Sam) have accounted for 14,777 yards and 124 TDs. . . So, where do we go from here? Matt McGlinchey is a PC freshman. He is a lineman in football and has spent the winter giving wrestling a try. Mary Jane reports that her cousin, Michael Hartman (also from the Loughery side), will enter PC next year as a ninth-grader. Will he play basketball? We'll see. Seamus McCain, a seventh grader, might be headed to PC along the way and ditto for MJ's brother, Tom McGlinchey, currently a fourth grader. Oh, and other relatives might join the PC family in time. Let the fun continue!          

Name I-A Over.
Matt Ryan    
2001 59 111
2002 115 287
2003 114 284
  288 682
John Ryan    
2008 11 15
2009 11 31
  22 46
John Loughery  
2010 25 80
2011 19 96
  44 176
Mike McGlinchey  
2010 46 81
2011 47 217
2012 104 289
2013 111 275
  308 862
Pat McCain    
2014 19 54
2015 105 237
  124 291
Frank McGlinchey
2014 2 2
2015 9 21
  11 23
Jake McCain    
2015 38 156
2016 42 71
  80 227
Mary Jane McGlinchey
2016 3 3
2017 6 6
  9 9
Totals 886 2,316


FEB. 19
With 32 points Friday night in a quarterfinal loss to Ryan, Judge sr. G Marc Rodriguez came within three points of breaking the school record for points in one game. That's a Catholic League record and Marc shares it with Carroll grad Juan'ya Green. In a 2011 quarterfinal vs. SJ Prep, Green racked up 39 points to tie the mark for most in a CL playoff (by Roman's Kyle Locke is the '92 final vs. Dougherty; click here for a combo pic) and three more would have enabled him to snap the school record belonging to Barry Bekkedam (41 in '86). I posted the regular version of this last year around this time and decided to alter it slightly by showing how close guys came to breaking overall records. Six of the schools listed below (Dougherty, Kenrick/K-K, North Catholic, Salesianum, St. James and St. Thomas More) are no longer with us. Four others (Camden Catholic, St. John's, Trenton Catholic and Villanova Prep) never made a playoff appearance. The factors involving Salesianum's Lex Gillespie deserve a special mention. In 1923, the Sallies lost to SJ Prep, 22-21, for the CL championship. Gillespie scored 17 of the Sallies' 21 points (81 percent) and shot 15-for-20 at the line. The Prep's John "Jocko" Collins, who went on to lead a wonderful life and remains one of the VERY best men with whom I have ever had interaction (during his time as a baseball scout), shot 12-for-17 at the line en route to 14 points. They were the ONLY guys in that game to shoot free throws. Why? That was the rule! One guy for each team shot all free throws. That was the last year for that rule. The 1968 game involving McDevitt (Bob Haas had 26 points) and North Catholic earned national attention. Click here to see why.

How Close Playoff School Records for Points Have Come to Breaking Overall Records
Year Name School Opponent Round Pts Within
2011 Juan'ya Green Carroll SJ Prep Quarter 39 3
2017 Marc Rodriguez Judge Ryan Quarter 32 3
1992 Kyle Locke Roman Dougherty Final 39 7
2000 Fran Grandieri O'Hara Carroll Pre 31 10
2011 Eric Fleming Ryan C-E Pre 29 10
1984 Rodney Blake Bonner/B-P West Quarter 30 12
1988 Brian Daly Bonner/B-P North Final 30  
1987 Eddie Scott Kenrick/K-K North Semi 26 13
1979 Marty Campbell SC/Neumann/N-G Roman Quarter 32 13
2008 Jim Mower SJ Prep Roman Quarter 32 14
1952 Bill Lynch St. James West Semi 26 17
1995 Jack Horgan La Salle Ryan Pre 32 18
1997 Joe Thompson Wood La Salle Quarter 25 18
2015 Luke Connaghan Wood Ryan Quarter 25  
2006 Chris Edwards North Dougherty Quarter 28 19
1964 Dave Frederick Egan/C-E Dougherty Final 22 21
2013 Andrew Riviello Lansdale C-E Pre 18 21
1968 Mike Jones ST More West Quarter 23 23
1956 John Driscoll West North Semi 25 23
1968 Bob Haas McDevitt North Quarter 26 27
1974 Paul Terrell Dougherty North Quarter 30 29
1923 Lex Gillespie Salesianum SJ Prep Final 17 *
*-overall scoring info for this school unavailable        

FEB. 18
Through 1988, 21 "main" Catholic League playoff games (quarters/semis/finals) had been decided by one points. Ever since, only six have been as close as possible and one of them happened last night as Roman nipped St. Joseph's Prep, 56-55. Details on all "main" one-pointers are below. The most legendary? Dougherty's 44-43 win over North Catholic in a 1974 quarterfinal deserves strong consideration. North had gone 16-0 in the Northern Division. Also, Paul Terrell scored 70 percent of his team's points (30 of 43). Dougherty's John Przybylinski, a co-high scorer in 1986 semi, is now a Catholic League ref. North's Doug Romanczuk, a co-high scorer in a 1972 semi, is the father of Carroll coach Paul Romanczuk. The late Jim Boyle became the coach at St. Joe's University. Herb Magee and Jimmy Lynam were his classmates on that '59 West Catholic team.

One-Point Games in "Main" Catholic League Playoffs (Quarters/Semis/Finals)
Year Round Winner Loser Score Winner's Leader Pts
2017 Quarter Roman SJ Prep 56-55 Allen Betrand 17
2016 Semi Roman Carroll 64-63 Tony Carr 24
2011 Semi Neum.-Goretti Roman 47-46 Lamin Fulton 14
2010 Quarter SJ Prep Roman 42-41 Joe Nardi 20
2001 Final Neumann Roman 60-59 Tabby Cunningham 19
1990 Quarter Judge Kenrick 50-49 Mike Conroy 17
1988 Semi North Catholic Judge 43-42 Marc Alicea 10
1988 Quarter Judge McDevitt 52-51 Chris Fagan 24
1986 Semi Dougherty North Catholic 42-41 *see below 12
1985 Quarter Neumann O'Hara 53-52 Frank Giunta 23
1984 Quarter Ryan Kenrick 42-41 Fran Ciliberti 17
1983 Semi Bonner Roman 43-42 Tom Gormley 15
1978 Quarter SJ Prep West Catholic 63-62 John Staudenmayer 20
1976 Quarter Kenrick La Salle 52-51 Tom Catagnus 16
1974 Quarter Dougherty North Catholic 44-43 Paul Terrell 30
1972 Semi North Catholic Ryan 66-65 #see below 17
1971 Quarter Dougherty Judge 66-65 Bill Magarity 25
1970 Final Dougherty North Catholic 45-44 Paul Tucker 16
1968 Final O'Hara Judge *53-52 Joe Hazinsky 15
1961 Final St. Thomas More Dougherty 48-47 Larry White 13
1959 Final West Catholic