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Germantown Academy 57, Penn Charter 51
To look at page 112 in Penn Charter's 1932 yearbook is to wonder, "Why were those yearbook reporters/editors so lazy? Why didn't they do a better job of detailing a championship season?" Among other things, page 112 includes the game-by-game results and only seven are listed. Seven?! Where are the rest? Would it have killed these guys to list the results of non-league and tournament games? Then you decide to check out page 111 and the season recap begins with this: Adopting an entirely new system of basketball development . . . Hmm, what have we here? Samuel "Duke" Taylor, who would go on to enjoy wild success over two-plus decades, was in his second season as the Quakers' coach. For this one he dedicated the entire preseason to intramural basketball. Guys interested in playing varsity or "second team" (now known as JV) hoops were split into multiple teams (the exact amount wasn't reported) and played a bunch of games (again, amount not reported) so Taylor could decide which guys deserved spots in the program. Pretty amazing, right? A team captained by Bob Haag and led in scoring by Alan McFarland won the intramural championship. Tom Cook was the league's top scorer overall while Jim Stewart placed second and led the league in assists. In Inter-Ac play, PC finished in a first-place tie with Chestnut Hill Academy at 6-1. The Quakers stormed to a 6-0 mark and the disappointing loss to CHA ended the season. Remember, in this era scores were often VERY low. PC racked up more than 30 points just once (59-12 over long-gone Montgomery School -- man, how bad was THAT team?) and surrendered more than 30 also just once (41-23 in that CHA loss -- that squad must have been very decent). Overall, PC scored 195 points and gave up 146. Below you'll see PC's individual scoring totals for the season. One question has to be asked -- what happened to Tom Cook? He led the intramural league in scoring, yet didn't make the team? The yearbook doesn't address that issue. Maybe he played another winter sport? Nope, basketball was the school's only winter sport in the 1931-32 school year. Maybe he declined the opportunity for whatever reason? Maybe he scored so much because he pumped non-stop and The Dukester figured the Quakers would be better off without him? Maybe he broke an ankle, or something, late in the intramural campaign? Can't give you an answer, folks. Come springtime, Cook, a senior and Navy Yard resident, competed for the track team, but winter track wasn't anything close to an official sport back then. One more thing: The team also played ONLY Inter-Ac games in the 1932-33 season and placed second behind co-champs CHA and Episcopal. The program returned to normal-schedule mode in the 1933-34 season and won an outright title.
|Scoring for Penn Charter's 1931-32 Co-Champs|
Because they joined the Catholic League in the 1967-68 and 1968-69 seasons, respectively, Ryan and Carroll are pretty much tied at the hip. However, before the CL scrapped divisions for the 2010-11 season, thus making all schools play each other every winter, and since their locations are not exactly one block apart, they'd met in less than half (18) of the 42 seasons from '69 through '10. All time, Ryan owns nine wins in 26 meetings and the latest was posted yesterday in the Far Northeast by a 71-56 score. Sr. F Matiss Kulackovskis led the way with 29 points and classmate G Izaiah Brockington hit a late free throw to raise his career total to exactly 1,000. Below are details from the teams' 26 meetings with major help from long-time scoring guru Tom Taylor. Two of Ryan's leading scorers have been current football coach Frank "5" McArdle and Gage Galeone, the son of former coach Glen Galeone. Frank's dad, Frank "4" McArdle, was the coach at Neumann in '94 and at Dougherty from '95 from '97. I sent "5" a text last night to let him know this nugget would be posted this morning and when he asked how many points he'd scored vs. Carroll, I responded, "Thousands! . . . or maybe 10. ha ha" He texted this back. "Haha. Don't forget my 17-point explosion vs. Dougherty and my 26 vs. Souderton. Haha, Frankie McBuckets." Gotta love it!
|Results for Ryan Against Carroll|
|1976||L||48||42||Joe Rice/John Diletto||15|
|2000||L||37||50||Frank "5" McArdle||10|
|2004||W||54||43||LB Rebstock/Jim Welsh||17|
We'll see where this goes because five games remain, but for now sr. G Collin Gillespie owns the highest league scoring average in Wood's 51-season Catholic League history . . . by a decent chunk. The Villanova commit has scored 192 points in eight games for a 24-point average and the top norm is 20.5 by Tim Whalen in 1998. As long as Collin averages 15.2 over the final five games, he'll finish at 20.6. Last season he played in 12 league games and scored 162 points for a 13.5 average.
|Wood's Top Scorers in Catholic League Play|
Via texts and emails, the question was being asked shortly after the result of Thursday night's game was final . . . Had Neumann-Goretti ever lost to Wood? Technically, no. Overall, yes. N-G began in the fall of 2004 when St. John Neumann, at 26th and Moore, was shut down and the boys moved east across South Philly to join with St. Maria Goretti at 12th and Mifflin. But in the 1975 and 1981 seasons, when the nickname was Pirates and the school colors were orange and black, Neumann did lose to Wood by respective scores of 41-34 and 54-46. That '81 season was rough for the Pirates. They went 0-14 in Southern Division play and some student fans expressed their displeasure by wearing paper bags with these three words -- Aint John Neumann. They borrowed that idea from fans of the New Orleans Saints, who called the team "The Aints" during a particularly rough stretch. Click here for some pics of those football moments. In Thursday night's game, played at Ryan because Wood's gym is still unusable, Villanova commit Collin Gillespie tied Wood's school record with 42 points.
|Results for Neumann/N-G Against Wood|
|1987||W||50||46||Brian Jones/Terry Williams||11|
Malvern 62, Penn Charter 59
Villanova-bound sr. G Collin Gillespie last night earned a spot in a special club by scoring 42 points as Wood tripped Neumann-Goretti, 82-73, in a Catholic League game played at Archbishop Ryan. In a nice spot within that club, too. Twenty-five times in CL history a player has scored as many as 40 points in league play. This was just the sixth time a lofty total was posted against a "decent opponent." My definition for that . . . a team that finished league play with a record above .500. Neumann-Goretti was perfect at 7-0 prior to last night's game and will finish with a winning record over the 13-game regular season. (Maybe even 12-1.) In 1955, North Catholic was 5-1 when it yielded 45 points to St. Joseph's Prep's Joe Ryan. Both teams were 5-2 after that game and North finished 11-3. In 2010, Conwell-Egan's Ike Robinson scored 42 points vs. Carroll in a league opener. The latter finished 14-2. In 2007, Bonner's Jeff Jones notched 41 vs. Neumann-Goretti late in the regular season. N-G won that game to go to 11-1, then notched W's in its final two contests to finish 13-1. North's Bobby McNeill (46 in '56) and Roman's Glenn Welton (41 in '81) had their outbursts against "barely decent opponents" (a shade above .500). North's Bob Devenny, with 42 vs. St. James in '51, was the first guy to score as many as 40 points in CL play. Oh, check this out: When Germantown Academy's Kyle McCloskey scored 43 points Tuesday in a 100-98, five-OT win over Haverford School in an Inter-Ac all-timer, he did so against an opponent that also entered with a perfect league record (at 5-0). Want more? Kyle's also going to Villanova . . . to play quarterback. Want more? In 1976, Cardinal Dougherty's Lawrence Reid scored 42 points in HIS second sport. He wound up playing running back at Michigan. Reid scored his 42 vs. Egan, the same school he'd scorched for 379 rushing yards the previous fall. Gillespie's 42-point effort tied Wood's school record. Pat Smith notched that many vs. Sacred Heart (Vineland, NJ) in a holiday tournament at St. Augustine Prep (Richland, NJ) in the 2012-13 season. Sacred Heart closed that June. Sadly, a number of the schools below -- St. James, St. Thomas More, Cardinal Dougherty, Kennedy-Kenrick, North Catholic -- are also no longer around.
|40-Point Performances by CL Players, Ranked by Quality of Opponents|
|1956||*Bobby McNeill||North||46||St. James||8-5||.615|
|1977||Fran McCaffery||La Salle||40||Ryan||7-9||.438|
|1956||Joe Heyer||La Salle||49||ST More||5-8||.385|
|2017||Jaye'lyn Peebles||O'Hara||40||La Salle||2-5||.286|
|1969||Mike Jones||ST More||45||St. James||4-12||.250|
|1951||Bob Devenny||North||42||St. James||3-11||.214|
|1951||*Tom Gola||La Salle||40||North||3-11||.214|
|1952||Bill Lynch||St. James||42||Prep||2-12||.143|
|1978||Reggie Jackson||Roman||41||St. James||2-12||.143|
|1986||Barry Bekkedam||Carroll||41||St. James||0-14||.000|
|*-advanced to NBA|
Kyle McCloskey and his sports-playing sisters, Megan (L, Penn State) and Kiernan (R, Lehigh) . . . Photo by Mimi McCloskey.
For many reasons, Germantown Academy's 100-98, five-OT win over Haverford School was quite the memory-maker. Aside from producing the most points for one team and two teams in Inter-Ac history, that tilt enabled one guy to surpass pass 40 points and, as far as we know, break the record for most points (in any kind of game) by an Inter-Ac lefty. Senior F Kyle McCloskey, who's bound for Villanova to play quarterback, poured in 43 points vs. the Fords. The guy whose record he broke? His teammate, sr. G Evan-Eric Longino, whose last-second, left-side bank shot won the game. In a game last season vs. Marat, of Washington, DC, Longino racked up 37 points. Then, early this season on Dec. 9, he hit for 40 vs. Lansdale Catholic (and had 37 again Dec. 27 vs. Millwood, of Virginia, as McCloskey added 32). When Longino dropped his 37-point bomb last season, I made the announcement about the most-points-by-an-Inter-Ac-lefty record and encouraged folks to speak up if someone else deserved that honor. Didn't happen. Still hasn't. Meanwhile, as you'll see below, McCloskey became the seventh player to score at least 40 points IN Inter-Ac play over the last 49 seasons. He's the third GA guy and the others, Alvin Williams (NBA) and Paul Hutter, also posted their outburst vs. the Fords.
UPDATE: Kyle's sisters, GA grads Kiernan (Lehigh) and Megan (Penn State), are college athletes and don't get to come home much. They both wanted to see Kyle play one more time before his basketball career ended and . . . They coordinated their schedules and were witnesses to the 43-point performance! Also, as always, Kyle's dad, Mike (Judge, Penn State, NFL) and mom, Mimi (she takes lots of great pics) were also on hand.
As you've hopefully heard by now, there was an all-timer yesterday in Inter-Ac play. Thanks to a buzzer-beating, 8-foot bank shot by sr. G Evan-Eric Longino, Germantown Academy edged Haverford School, 100-98, in five OTs! The individual points are on the Inter-Ac TEAM PAGE and we'll follow up with a special page in the coming days. But below I've decided to shine some light on some other legendary overtime games . . . Imagine you're in your first year as a sports writer and you wind up covering a game that goes EIGHT overtimes. That happened to me. In the Suburban One League championship game, played at Abington on Feb. 18, 1972, Plymouth-Whitemarsh beat Springfield Montco, 65-63, on a tip-in by Don Flocco. I've always told people that Don was the hero because he still had enough energy to jump two inches off the floor while the other guys could only jump one inch. That game was exhausting for everyone. Scoreboards did not record the number of OT sessions and I just remember how people kept yelling over to the reporters, "Hey, what overtime is this?!" and kept responding to our answers with comments such as, "Six? Man, I thought it was only four?!" I covered that game for a group of weekly newspapers based in Fort Washington . . . Five years later, for the Philadelphia Bulletin, I covered the Wood-North Catholic game in Warminster. It was a Friday night and the game didn't end until a few minutes past 11 o'clock. Regulation ended as Wood's Tom Robinson caught a two-thirds-of-the-court pass from Neil Collins and swished an all-in-one-motion shot to tie the score at 55-55. (Three-pointers were not then part of high school ball). Robinson also broke the final tie with a 17-footer from the right wing at 0:35 and Collins converted a one-and-one at 0:08. Robinson said afterward, "This is beautiful, but I hope it never happens again, even if the results are the same. Let's keep things to regulation." . . . Less than one month later, Chestnut Hill Academy beat Haverford School, 29-28, in six OTs. Tito Nanni, who wound up being a first-round MLB draft choice one year later, won the game by hitting the first of two free throws with 2 seconds left. The lefty was fouled, according to a Bulletin recap, while attempting a hook shot. Guess what? That point was the ONLY one scored beyond regulation . . . In 1988, on a Sunday afternoon at Temple's McGonigle Hall, Frankford outlasted West Philadelphia, 71-64, in four OTs, for its first Public League championship. The Warley brothers, Carlin and Jason, fueled the Pioneers and the latter grabbed 23 rebounds. Each team lost four starters via foulouts. I covered this one for the Daily News and highlighted coach Vince Miller, whose father had just passed away . . . In 1995, Penn Charter beat Chestnut Hill Academy, 18-16, in four OTs, and in that one just two points were scored beyond regulation. They were tallied by Scott Zalben on a follow with 4 seconds left.. PC assistant Chris Rodgers was a sophomore on that team and he's pretty sure the shot preceding Zalben's follow was an airball. If he remembers who shot it, he's not giving up that info (smile). That was the first year the Inter-Ac expanded OT sessions from three to four minutes and since the halftime score was 12-12, that means only 10 total points were tallied in the 32 minutes beyond halftime! No wonder my short recap in the DN called it Sominexball. In yesterday's GA-HS tilt, 74 points were scored in the five OTs as regulation ended 62-62 . . . I'm thinking of one other legendary OT game, but for the moment I can't find the details. Maybe later today?
UPDATE: Now added is the Pub game I was thinking about. It was played in 1998 and involved visiting Washington and West Philadelphia. The former won, 130-127, in four OTs, and 257 is the record for combined points in a city leagues game. The record for one team is 158, as scored by Bartram in 1968 in a 158-89 win over Gratz. Washington's Shannon Bussey shot 20-for-23 at the line, then after the game went to the Christian Street YMCA to . . . work on his foul shooting! Ha, ha.
UPDATE: The latest addition comes courtesy of Judge assistant Mike O'Connell. In the 2006-07 season, he was an assistant at Wood and the Vikings recorded a 73-72 non-league win at O'Hara in SIX OTs. . . We think (smile). Another newspaper reported that the game went four OTs. Hmmmm. Wood guard Eric Loughnane finished with 28 points after having just four going into the fourth quarter. He went 17-for-20 at the line. Mike said he remembers reporting the boxscore to Score Service, so we'll stick with six OTs . . . Received a message this afternoon from Jim King, long a multi-sport official in Philly high school sports. He remembers working this game and that the OT sessions definitely numbered six. "I also remember this distinctly," he said. "Wood trailed by 14 points after the third quarter. It was 33-19. . . I didn't get home to the Far Northeast until about 11:30."
|Details of Some Legendary OT Games|
|Plymouth-Whitemarsh 65, Springfield (M)) 63 (8 OTs)|
|Feb. 18, 1972 -- Regulation 42-42|
|Joe Winiarski||21||Tom Mitchell||23|
|Glenn Salo||15||Barry Morgan||16|
|George Allen||11||Dennis McCarthy||11|
|Flip Ferry||10||Steve Schlachter||9|
|Bruce Anderson||6||Don Flocco||6|
|Wood 75, North Catholic 71 (5 OTs)|
|Jan. 21, 1977 -- Regulation 55-55|
|North Catholic||Pts||Archbishop Wood||Pts|
|Joe Schoen||26||Tom Robinson||20|
|John Regan||20||Paul Hanks||14|
|Leon Rysak||12||Gordie Miller||14|
|Chris Sears||9||Neil Collins||14|
|Tim Ritchie||2||Bernie Lajeunesse||11|
|Jack Rabbitt||2||Mike McGinnis||2|
|Chestnut Hill 29, Haverford School 28 (6 OTs)|
|Feb. 11, 1977 -- Regulation 28-28|
|Haver. School||Pts||Chestnut Hill||Pts|
|Mike Edelman||8||Al Conner||8|
|Charlie Miller||8||Tom Kennedy||8|
|Joe Gorman||8||Tito Nanni||7|
|John Ibbotson||6||Rich Bland||4|
|John Walters||0||Terry McLaughlin||2|
|Frankford 71, West Philadelphia 64 (4 OTs)|
|March 6, 1988 -- Regulation 55-55|
|Mik Kilgore||27||Jason Warley||22|
|Eric Williams||15||Carlin Warley||16|
|Derek Higgins||11||Jamie Ross||13|
|Benny Ball||9||Corey Lewis||8|
|Malcolm Musgrove||2||Nate Emons||4|
|Penn Charter 18, Chestnut Hill 16 (4 OTs)|
|Jan. 20, 1995 -- Regulation 16-16|
|Penn Charter||Pts||Chestnut Hill||Pts|
|Larry Storm||8||Pat Link||7|
|Scott Zalben||5||Steve Belmonte||4|
|Shawn Peterson||3||Nelson Henry||3|
|Quincy Henderson||2||Thacher Goodwin||2|
|Steve Ley||0||Blaik Ross||0|
|Washington 130, West Philadelphia 127 (4 OTs)|
|Feb. 3, 1998 -- Regulation 101-101|
|Shannon Bussey||44||Derrick Johnson||34|
|Omar Latimore||31||Cantrell Fletcher||25|
|Brahiim Williams||17||Michael Savage||22|
|Rich Harris||14||Omar Jackson||17|
|Daron Dickerson||11||Damien King||17|
|Dan Muldrow||8||Mark Wilson||6|
|Karl Safran||3||David Watson||4|
|Nick Dominello||2||Donnie Williams||2|
|Wood 73, O'Hara 72 (6 OTs)|
|Dec. 19, 2006 -- Regulation 45-45|
|Archbishop Wood||Pts||Cardinal O'Hara||Pts|
|Eric Loughnane||28||Zach Tansey||19|
|Joe Huebner||19||Jim Kelleher||15|
|Dan Comas||15||Matt Romano||14|
|Tim Fahy||8||Bill Pondok||7|
|Pat Devlin||2||Mark Wedderburn||6|
|Sean McCartney||1||Eric Hughes||4|
Episcopal Academy 58, Penn Charter 48
At halftime of Friday night's 7 o'clock game with Bonner-Prendergast, Father Judge will honor its 1977 Catholic League championship team. Those Crusaders won the crown for the second time in three seasons under third-year coach Bill Fox, who'd played ball at La Salle High and the college. In the championship game, Frank Ciurlino scored 24 points (10-for-14 from floor) in a 56-53 win over Carroll. One of Carroll's players was Kevin "Butch" Lynam, the brother of now-TV commentator Jim Lynam, former coach of the St. Joe's Hawks and 76ers. One of the refs was Joe Crawford, who recently concluded a long stint in the NBA. Below are scoring totals for the 16-game Northern Division campaign and the three playoff games. Take note: GS means games in which a player scored for the Northern Division games. That approach considerably ups some guys' "averages" (smile). Click here for my game story from the ol' Philadelphia Bulletin and Julius Thompson's column, along with stories from the North semifinal and final.
|Division/Playoff Scoring for Judge's 1977 Catholic League Champs|
|Frank Ciurlino||16||183||11.4||Tom Greenfield||3||42||14.0|
|Bob Convey||11||148||13.5||Bob Convey||3||38||12.7|
|Tom Greenfield||13||136||10.5||Frank Ciurlino||3||36||12.0|
|Ed Costello||16||94||5.9||Ed Costello||3||31||10.3|
|Fran Gavaghan||14||87||6.2||Fran Gavaghan||3||16||5.3|
|John McKeown||12||63||5.3||Jim McCaffrey||3||13||4.3|
|Mike McCarrie||11||57||5.2||John McKeown||3||4||1.3|
Unknowingly, website legend Mark "Frog" Carfagno provided the impetus for this nugget when he ran into the great Ernie Beck last night at the Palestra and made sure someone took a picture. Shortly after posting the pic, I began to wonder how many "Our Guys" have played in the NBA/ABA and coached Public/Catholic/Inter-Ac teams? The answer I come up with is six and Mr. Beck, a first team All-American in 1953, is the far-and-away leader in terms of pro career and length of coaching stint. Had he not missed the 1954-55 season (after making his debut in 1953-54) while serving in the Navy, he would have played eight seasons in the NBA - more than the other five men combined. The hoops life of Matt Guokas Sr. was also interesting. At 6-3, he was the center of a famed "Mighty Mites" team at St. Joseph's College in 1938. He then coached his high school alma mater, St. Joseph's Prep, for the '39 and '40 seasons. Later he played for a series of lesser light pro teams and was even a player-coach for an Army team at Fort Lewis, near Tacoma, Washington. Though it was then known as the Basketball Association of America, what's recognized as the NBA's debut season occurred in 1946-47 and Mr. Guokas was the Philadelphia Warriors' first team member. He was signed to a contract on July 31, 1946 . . . at age 30. Chubby Cox -- his sister, Pam, is Kobe Bryant's mother -- and Sean Colson also had to hang tough until they were able to make their NBA debuts. Chubby did so at age 27, Sean at 25. Tom Ingelsby's son, Martin, is now the head coach at Delaware and Fran O'Hanlon is in his 22nd season as the boss at Lafayette. He claimed career win No. 300 earlier this month. . . Meanwhile, the most celebrated NBA player to coach in the Pub/Cath/Int was Hal Greer, who scored 21,586 regular season points in a 15-year career ('59 through '73 seasons). A native of Huntington, West Virginia, he guided Germantown Academy in the '79 and '80 seasons.
|"Our Guys" NBA/ABA Players Who've Also Coached Public/Catholic/Inter-Ac Teams|
|Ernie Beck||West Catholic||1949||1954||7||2,325||Bok||30||1964-93|
|Sean Colson||Franklin LC||1992||2001||1||15||King||5||2013-17|
|John "Chubby" Cox||Roxborough||1973||1983||1||29||Vaux||1||2007|
|Matt Guokas Sr.||SJ Prep||1934||1947||1||82||SJ Prep||2||1939-40|
|Fran O'Hanlon||St. Thomas More||1966||1971||1||22||Bonner||3||1987-89|
Penn Charter 57,
Well, the streak is still alive. Baaaaarely. Last night, before a packed house in Drexel Hill, as detailed by Inquirer/DN reporter Aaron "Ace" Carter, Roman Catholic used a three-pointer by Seth Lundy with 18.4 seconds remaining and a two-hand follow by Allen Betrand at 2.6 to overcome a late four-point deficit and nip Bonner-Prendergast, 54-53. Counting a playoff in 2006, the Cahillites now own 24 consecutive wins over B-P (nee Monsignor Bonner) and the average score has been 68.5 to 49.0. There was one other one-pointer -- 53-52 in 2008. Details on the 24 games are below.
|Roman's Lengthy Streak Over Bonner/B-P|
|Year||RC||MB/B-P||RC's Leading Scorer||Pts|
Haverford School 58, Penn Charter 44
Kyle McCloskey, jumping center for GA. His dad, Mike (NFL), is sitting at the right in the first row.
Off and on, I've been researching this one for a while. Here's the question . . . Is Germantown Academy senior Kyle McCloskey the first player in city leagues history to pass for 1,000 football yards in a season and score 1,000 career basketball points? The direct answer is yes, at least in the "modern era" (since the Daily News began publishing football stats leaders every Tuesday in 1981), and the secondary answer is yes with an asterisk. Here we go with the direct answer: McCloskey, who's bound for Villanova to play QB, owns 1,138 hoops points as of this writing. As a QB, he passed for 1,182 yards in '14, 1,467 in '15 and 1,242 in '16. Here we go with the asterisk answer: Paul Burke, who played college basketball for Speedy Morris at La Salle, finished his Chestnut Hill Academy career in 1991 with 1,363 points. In the 1990 football season, he passed for 2,010 yards. What's the problem? In that era, CHA was NOT an Inter-Ac member for football. It played in the Independence League with small-enrollment schools such as Jenkintown, Morrisville, Academy of the New Church, etc. As near as I can figure, prior to McCloskey, whose father, Judge/Penn State product Mike McCloskey advanced to the NFL, Kenny Moore came the closet to achieving the Double Thousand Feat. His grandfather, Tom Hoover, a product of Carroll (D.C.) and Villanova, played in the NBA and his mother, Dawn Hoover, starred at now-closed University City and Temple (and wound up coaching against her son as the boys coach at West Philly High). In the 2006 football season, Kenny played for U. City and passed for 1,368 yards. He played three seasons of varsity basketball, one at Bartram ('05) and two at UC ('06-'07). He scored 31 points at Bartram and
913 at UC for a total of 944. Pretty
close. Next in line is Romanís Andre Sloan-El. A lefty like McCloskey, he
passed for 1,324 yards in í02 and 1,498 in í03. His hoops career produced 834
points. 1988 Judge grad Chris Fagan passed for a whopping 2,012 yards in
the í87 season. In basketball he played varsity for three years and accumulated
751 points. Down the line
a shade is í91 Episcopal Academy grad
Jerome Allen, who played briefly in the NBA and spent a stretch as the coach
at his college alma mater, Penn. He scored 1,027 points at EA, so basketball was
no problem. He played QB for his senior season and passed for 731 yards. (One of
the coolest football games I covered, ever, was Chestnut Hill vs. Episcopal in
September 1990. Burke vs. Allen. Episcopal won, 43-29, as Allen passed for 135
yards and rushed for 71. Burke passed for 234 and rushed for 52.) One more guy:
Atlanta Falcons QB Matt Ryan, a 2003 Penn Charter grad. In his senior
football season, he passed for 1,048 yards. In basketball, he scored 682 career
points. Now letís go back to the olden days (smile). In 1970, Paul Hutter
graduated from Germantown Academy with 1,627 points after playing FIVE seasons
of varsity hoops. Judging by boxscores, he was also the quarterback for his
final three seasons and for at least part of his freshman year.
Maybe even all of it. Amazing. Through the í68 season, GA had
franchise rushers in Bill Armstrong (í66 and í67) and Ed Lawless
(í68). Itís possible Paul had at least one season with 1,000 passing yards, but
I donít know for sure. I did find boxscores for GAís eight games in the '69
season (5-3 record). Assuming everything was correct, Paul ran for
six scores, passed for six more and scored twice on returns . . . If you
know of others,
UPDATE: This entry comes from Rob Roberts, a GA grad and the son of baseball Hall of Famer Robin Roberts . . .
Iím almost sure Hutter never threw for 1000 yards. We never threw!! I should know, I was an end for three years, and caught 7 passes. The Delaware Wing T was three running backs, and at least one tight end, and sometimes maybe two. Hutter was a great athlete, and ran more than he threw. Armstrong, and Lawless my senior year, were 75 % of the offense.
As noted yesterday on the homepage, Malvern Prep will honor the members of its 1976 and 1977 Inter-Ac championship teams at 7 o'clock Friday night, right before a game vs. Germantown Academy. Those were my first two seasons covering Philly-area high school sports for the long-gone Philadelphia Bulletin. (I switched to the Daily News right as the 1977-78 hoops season was beginning.) Malvern's coach in those campaigns was alumnus Fran Dunphy. Yes, THAT Fran Dunphy. He was just as great a guy back then as he is now and I hope he and his players/assistants/managers have a wonderful time reliving their title-winning moments Friday night. Meanwhile, here are my Inter-Ac scoring numbers for the Friars in those two seasons. Take note: GS means games in which a player scored. That approach considerably ups some guys' "averages" (smile).
|League Scoring for Malvern's 1976 and 1977 Inter-Ac Champs|
|1976 Season||GS||Pts||Avg.||1977 Season||GS||Pts||Avg.|
|Gordy Bryan||10||146||14.6||Pat Purcell||10||223||22.3|
|Pat Purcell||10||81||8.1||Gordy Bryan||10||175||17.5|
|John Maguire||10||80||8.0||Pierce Keating||9||51||5.7|
|Joe Carney||8||78||9.8||John DeAngelis||9||44||4.9|
|Gil Nassib||10||76||7.6||Kevin Maguire||9||39||4.3|
|Steve Donnelly||10||56||5.6||Al Shrader||6||22||3.7|
|Rich Devine||7||33||4.7||Joe Miele||5||14||2.8|
|Kevin Rafferty||5||30||6.0||Jim Battista||4||9||2.3|
|Pierce Keating||5||22||4.4||Bob Bradley||2||7||3.5|
|Dan Dixon||6||21||3.5||Joe Squire||4||11||2.8|
|Mike Dolente||6||19||3.2||Darnell Burton||1||3||3.0|
|Bob Brennan||2||9||4.5||Bernie Glavin||2||3||1.5|
|Al Shrader||3||7||2.3||Bruce Irrgang||1||2||2.0|
|Joe Miele||2||4||2.0||Kevin Rafferty||3||7||2.3|
Penn Charter 69, SCH Academy 42
The Quakers recorded a knockout. Why the boxing reference? The great Bernard Hopkins was among the spectators. As rumor had it, he's friendly with the parent of a kid who played in the JV preliminary. He was way down the other end, so don't ask for a pic. Zamani Feelings was down there, though, so he definitely got one. Anyhoo, the ins and outs of this 5:30 tilt are almost completely reflected in the final score. SCH is inexperienced and some of its guys play hoops as a second sport. In the early moments, PC was not exactly impressive, either. There were some sloppy sequences and coach Jim "Flipper" Phillips at one point semi-bellowed, with a slight delay between each word, "Finish . . . the . . . play!!" The Quakers responded with another sloppy turnover, then began to click while opening an 11-5 lead. From there? Mostly perfection. OK, that description is over the top, but PC did play well thanks to correct decisions and comfortable looks on jumpers. The Quakers hit four of their first five shots in the second quarter to claim a 26-9 pad. That last bucket was a perfect step-back jumper by sr. PG Adam Holland. In their last two games, the Quakers finished with seven assists apiece. By the time "Dutch" hit his jumper, they already owned seven en route to 17. It was nice to see almost every guy look comfortable and not rushed while shooting jumpers/floaters/etc. Here's hoping that relaxed approach can be maintained even when the defenses are much more active. The game's most interesting moment came with just under two minutes left in the third quarter. Jr. WG Will Samuel let fly with a trey that, from the far end, looked like an air ball. The refs' arms soared upward. Threeeeee! Huh? Here's the deal: The net at that end was partially shredded and the ball hit nothing as it passed through the rim. Gotta love cool optical illusions. Jr. WG Mason Williams sniped 5-for-7 on treys while scoring 21 points. Samuel (13) also bombed home three triples. Frosh WG Ryan "Pooch" Holmes had a nice overall outing with 11 points, three rebounds, four assists and four steals. Sr. F Alex "Florida" Cohen, soph SF Ryan "Zingy" Maloney and jr. G Jake Nicastro notched fourth quarter buckets. Matt Rahill, SCH's QB, also hit three triples while scoring 13 points. Sr. F Zuri Peyton had nine points off the bench. He's quite thin, but has a serious wing span and could be a decent player if he fills out and keeps working. Today's first stop was PC's pool for a girls meet vs. Baldwin. Then, en route to SCH, I wolfed down a ham and cheese sandwich, as wonderfully prepared by The Wife. Made a pit stop at the girls basketball game (maybe 10 scoreboard clock minutes), then scrambled over to the other side of the campus for the boys game. Best part of that scene: A quality zebra crew consisting of Bob "Notre Dame Harvey" Sumner, Harry Edwards and Pat Tobler. Other prominent folks, no special order: Ed Aversa, Antowine Graham, Luke Stansfield, Mike Mattei, Ed Foley, John McArdle, Matt Paul, Marcel Quarterman, Aaron Sistrunk, Ted Monaco . . .
Young bucks will find this fact impossible to believe: The individual records for one-game scoring in LEAGUE play in the Public, Catholic and Inter-Ac Leagues have stood for a total of 168 years! The marks, respectively, are 90 by Overbrook's Wilt Chamberlain in 1955, 51 by McDevitt's Bobby Haas in 1968 and 63 by Penn Charter's Bill Soens in 1963. Below is a breakdown for how the CL record reached 51 from first-guy-with-at-least-40 on up. That first guy, North Catholic's Bob Devenny (his name was sometimes misspelled as Devenney in newspaper accounts), wound up playing for Michigan State. Meanwhile, Joe Heyer holds the CL record for most points in consecutive league games with 88. He scored 49 on a Friday and racked up 39 two days later at Judge on the final day of the regular season. In that one he shot 17-for-34 and 5-for-8. He owned 37 points after three quarters, so he could have broken his own mark if he had not become a spectator shortly after adding two more points in the fourth. The CL record for most points in three consecutive league games is 116 by Carroll's Barry Bekkedam in 1986. He went for 37 vs. Neumann, 38 vs. West Catholic and 41 vs. St. James, breaking the school record each time. He then became ill and missed the Patriots' quarterfinal loss to O'Hara.
|Progression of CL Record for Points in League Play, 40 Points on Up|
|Bob Devenny||North||St. James||North||2/2/51||88-51||19||4||42|
|Joe Ryan||SJ Prep||North||SJ Prep||1/26/55||79-72||15||15||45|
|Joe Heyer||La Salle||ST More||La Salle||2/17/56||90-62||21||7||49|
In a loss to La Salle yesterday, O'Hara sr. G Jaye'lyn Peebles scored 40 points to not only claim the school record (Mike O'Hara had 38 in 1987) but also become the first CL guy to score as many as 40 points in league play since 2011 (Wood's Joe Getz had 41 vs. West Catholic). It's unlikely that any CL players scored as many as 40 points prior to the 1949-50 season. In the 1947-48 season, according to a story that appeared in the Inquirer three years later when Bob Devenny scored 42, Tom Stoeckel scored 36 points to claim the CL record. Both guys played for North Catholic. Stoeckel later played for St. Joseph's College. Devenny played at Michigan State.
|40-Point Performances in Catholic League Play, 1950-present|
|*advanced to NBA|
|1956||Joe Heyer||La Salle||49||ST More|
|1956||*Bobby McNeill||North||46||St. James|
|1969||Mike Jones||ST More||45||St. James|
|1951||Bob Devenny||North||42||St. James|
|1952||Bill Lynch||St. James||42||Prep|
|1986||Barry Bekkedam||Carroll||41||St. James|
|1978||Reggie Jackson||Roman||41||St. James|
|2017||Jaye'lyn Peebles||O'Hara||40||La Salle|
|1977||Fran McCaffery||La Salle||40||Ryan|
|1951||*Tom Gola||La Salle||40|
Yesterday, Archbishop Wood sr. G Collin Gillespie made an oral commitment to play his college hoops at Villanova. The list below includes the "Our Guys" (Public, Catholic, Inter-Ac) who have played for the Wildcats over the last 45 seasons (1973-2017). Some didn't stay and transferred. Some came IN as transfers. The two Malvern guys were walk-ons. Six of these 'Cats wound up advancing to the NBA. Freshmen were not allowed to play on the varsity until the 1972-73 season. If I missed anyone, you know the deal. firstname.lastname@example.org. Thanks!
UPDATE: With a nudge -- OK, a shove (ha ha) -- from long-time website loyalist Jim O'Connor, we have upped to the list to 50 seasons (1968-2017). His North Catholic boahs are now included!
UPDATE: Bonner grad Jay Rattigan provided the names of two Friars who played for 'Nova as walk-ons. Thanks for the hustle, Jay!
|Villanova's "Our Guys" Over the Last 45 Seasons|
|Reggie Redding||SJ Prep||4||2007-10|
|Andrew Ott||Gtn. Academy||2||2007-08|
|*Alvin Williams||Gtn. Academy||4||1994-97|
|*John "Chubby" Cox||Roxborough||2||1974-75|
|Billy Harris||Penn Charter||1||1973|
|Jim "Bird" Boylan||North Catholic||1||1972|
|Hank Siemiontkowski||North Catholic||3||1970-72|
|Fran O'Hanlon||St. Thomas More||3||1968-70|
|*-advanced to NBA|
Cole Storm, a starting combo guard, is now a senior at Germantown Academy and his name was first mentioned in the Daily News sports section in February of 1999. How, you're wondering, did THAT ever happen? Well, my story focused on Brett Storm, then a star junior guard for Penn Charter, and it mentioned how he'd been a shade off his game through the first two months of the season because of concerns for his mother, Donna, and Cole. On Dec. 4, as the story detailed, Donna had been hospitalized with pregnancy complications and ordered to remain in bed. On Jan. 9, the same day the Inter-Ac tripleheader was held at La Salle University, Cole was born six weeks premature at just five pounds. Due in part to a collapsed lung, he was placed on a respirator, remained in the hospital until late January and even after making it home could not be taken outside for a while. With a big smile during that interview, Brett noted, "I like just looking at him. He's cute." Ha, ha. Now, Cole is described by all as a great kid and it's always nice to see him and at least exchange hellos. Via an email, Brett let me know that Cole -- also a lefty, like co-franchise teammates Evan-Eric Longino and Kyle McCloskey -- is receiving Division III interest and works on his game a lot. He added, "He kept me in shape all summer because we would play one on one." Brett played his college ball at Drexel and Philadelphia University (nee Textile) and his older brother, Larry, also a PC product, attended St. Francis (Pa.) and Ursinus. A star quarterback at PC, his grid career was shortened due to shoulder miseries. Their dad, Larry, was a productive starter for Speedy Morris' first championship team at Roman in 1969. Larry Sr.'s brother, Chuck, was a first team All-Catholic honoree for Roman in 1963 (20.1 ppg.). They played in the Big 5 for Villanova and La Salle, respectively. Boxscores for all high school games were not published in newspapers in the '60s, but thanks to Tom Taylor's research we do have league points. The breakdown for LEAGUE points, not counting playoffs, for the five Storms is below and the total is a shade over 1,500. Niiiiiice. And, of course, the Inter-Ac schools only play 10 league games each season. As you'll note, Brett scored league points in five seasons and Larry Jr. did so in four. Meanwhile, my first story about Brett was written in December 1997 after Penn Charter played a holiday game in Wildwood, NJ. In that game, Brett lost part of a tooth. As noted by his father, the chip popped out of Brett's mouth along the baseline and wound up at PC's bench. Whoa! That story also included this nugget: Because it was cold and rainy and very windy, strolls on the boardwalk would not have made a whole lot of sense. So, the Quakers killed time by heading to a bowling alley. From the story: Picking up a ball for the first time in a year, Brett rolled a 172 to win a small pot of money. A very small pot. "I got $15. We have a cheap team," Storm said, smiling. . . . Guess what? One of Brett's PC teammates was current Inquirer/Daily News sports writer Aaron "Ace" Carter! Hopefully, he made the largest donation (ha ha).
|League Points Scored by the Five Storms|
|Larry Storm Sr.||Roman||47||1968|
|Larry Storm Jr.||Penn Charter||4||1993|
|Brett Storm||Penn Charter||3||1996|
|Cole Storm||Gtn. Academy||5||2015|
|Total league points||1,524|
Germantown Academy 71, Penn Charter 47
Sometimes you have to take care of your own, right? Granted, Jim Ottomano is not a relative, but he supports this website by advertising his business, an Allstate insurance office in Maple Glen, Montgomery County, and we're going to pay him back by providing a breakdown of his family's involvement with basketball. His three sons have played for Lansdale Catholic. We'll go in reverse order. Jack is a member of the Crusaders' freshman team. Mike, a senior, is in his second year of starting for the varsity and currently leads the team in scoring with an average just short of 12 ppg. And then there's AJ. The 2014 grad was a deep sub, but he loved the game and found a great way to stay involved. How? He's in his third year of serving Penn State coach Patrick Chambers (Episcopal) as a manager and, like all involved, he recently got to experience a lifetime moment when the Nittany Lions played, and beat, Michigan State at the fabled Palestra. Very cool! **He's second from the left among the white-shirted managers in the picture over there <<<<.** As Jim let me know, the boys' grandfather is George May and members of the Up There in Age Club (yes, my hand is raised -- smile) will know that name if they followed Philly high school/college ball in the 1960s. George was a star at Abraham Lincoln and later played for Villanova. George was a senior at Lincoln in 1965 and the Railsplitters, thanks in large part to the great Larry Cannon, seized the Public League championship. One problem for George: He was not around for all the late-season fun. Back then, Pub schools had TWO senior classes each school year and George was a mid-year diploma-earner. Before departing, he scored 89 points in five league games. In non-league games, he racked up 33 points vs. Dobbins and 31 vs. Penn Charter. In the 1963-64 season, he scored 243 points in 13 games for an 18.7 average with a high of 34 vs. Germantown. He was a sub in the 1962-63 season, finishing with 59 points in league action. His best outing was a 19-pointer vs. West Philadelphia. As always, we were able to provide those numbers thanks to Tom Taylor's great historical work. All the best to the Ottomano family and thanks again for your support, Jim!
What's the biggest chip you've ever seen on a shoulder? Maybe the size of a cinder block? Last night at Holy Family University, here's guessing the chips on the shoulders of Neumann-Goretti's players closely resembled the size of city blocks. In the last two Catholic League championship games, the Saints were topped by Roman. In this meeting, N-G sliced and diced the Cahillites by 87-53. No other way to put it, folks. Thanks to historical pages on this website and info from long-time helper Tom Taylor, I have easily accessible final score info on CL games going back through the 1994-95 season. This 34-point setback eclipses a 33-pointer in the 2009 final. That year the teams did not meet until that game. Roman had captured both meetings in the 2008 season, however. A breakdown of the losses by at least 10 points are below. Eleven occurred from 2001 through 2004.
|Roman's CL Losses by at Least 10 Points, 1995-2017 Seasons|
|Regular Season Unless Noted -- Q: Quarter; S: Semi; F: Final|
|Year||Beaten by . . .||Score||Margin||Winner's Leading Scorer||Pts|
|2004||SJ Prep||74-59||15||Chris Clark||20|
|2003||SJ Prep||60-46||14||Mark Zoller||25|
|2002||SJ Prep||67-56||11||Mark Zoller||23|
|2010||La Salle||59-49||10||Troy Hockaday||13|
Check out current numbers for the Fine Nine of coaches who have guided teams only in the Catholic and/or Inter-Ac Leagues. "Speedy" Morris (700) and Jim Fenerty (600) have hit milestones this season. Carl Arrigale has a way to go reach his next milestone number, but his percentage is No. 1.
|Wm. "Speedy" Morris||Roman/Penn Charter/SJ Prep||32||702-200||.778|
|Jim Fenerty||Egan/Gtn. Academy||36||600-352||.630|
|Charles "Obie" O'Brien||La Salle||34||541-248||.686|
|*-does not include seasons at schools outside CL|
Malvern 60, Penn Charter 58
Thanks to Twitter, we can tell you that West Catholic last night beat Lansdale, 67-61, in three OTs, in a Catholic League game. How common are CL games with multiple OTs? Assuming we didn't miss any, that was No. 14 in this century. Details are below. And once the boxscore becomes available, a name will be posted in the "Leader for Winner" category. If we missed any qualifying games, you know the deal. Thanks. email@example.com.
UPDATE: An entry for 2010 has been added. That was the final hoops game in Kennedy-Kenrick history. the school closed that June. Thanks to McDevitt assistant Dave Luby, who was a two-year member of K-K's staff.
UPDATE: Thanks to LC's Patrick Albanese for providing the scorebook pages for both teams. Also to WC coach Jason Hasson.
|Multiple-OT Catholic League Games in This Century|
|Season||Date||Winner||Loser||Score||OTs||Leader for Winner||Pts|
|2002||1/13||La Salle||North Catholic||68-56||Two||Rob Sullivan||26|
|2/10||Wood||Ryan||65-63||Three||Greg Arrow/Mike Spadafora||17|
|2004||2/22||Bonner||O'Hara||71-67||Two||Derrick Graff/Randy Reid||18|
|2005||1/14||SJ Prep||Bonner||66-55||Two||Reggie Redding||27|
|2006||2/17||Judge||Conwell-Egan||76-75||Two||James "J.J." Franklin||27|
|2007||2/15||La Salle||North Catholic||64-62||Two||Clay Penecale||26|
|2009||12/12||Conwell-Egan||West Catholic||68-63||Two||Isaac Robinson||27|
|2012||2/3||O'Hara||West Catholic||80-75||Two||Mike Louden||21|
|2/12||Carroll||SJ Prep||67-66||Two||Yosef Yacob||29|
|2015||2/8||SJ Prep||La Salle||79-74||Three||Chris Clover||37|
|2017||1/9||West Catholic||Lansdale||67-61||Three||Imere Harris||24|
The question was posed early yesterday afternoon by Blair Klumpp, former player and assistant coach for Wood. He was wondering when the Vikings had last beaten Carroll. The search was on! Back and back and back through TEAM PAGES, then results of non-league games. Didn't take too long on the computer, but it did in real life. Wood had not beaten Carroll since Dec. 2003 and the losing streak was 16 games. It ended a shade before dinnertime yesterday at Holy Family University as Wood claimed a 76-68 win thanks in large part to Seth Pinkney (seven points, nine blocks), Collin Gillespie (28 points, seven assists) and Tyree Pickron (16 points, eight boards). The game was played at that site because on Friday cinder blocks at the top of a side wall in Wood's gym had come crashing down. Click here for a pic. Last night, to flesh out this nugget, I still needed particulars on that last win. I only had the fact that Wood had triumphed. Like always, Tom Taylor came through. Wood won, 53-31, and the leading scorer was . . . Brian Klumpp, Blair's brother! He racked up 17 points. No one else had more than seven. Kevin Springman (six) led Carroll. Below are scores/high scorers for Carroll's 16 consecutive victories. Derrick Jones has already made his NBA debut.
|Details of Carroll's 16 Consecutive Wins Over Wood|
Carroll's Leading Scorer(s)
|2006||NL||53||64||Mike Logue/Darrell Floyd/Dutch Gaitley||11|
|CL||63||44||DJ Irving/Ben Mingledough||15|
Records in I-A's
Sites of I-A's
|1995||St. Joseph's Univ.|
|1999-2003||La Salle Univ.|
Who would have thought? The Inter-Ac League's opening tripleheader, named for coach Dan Dougherty (great success at Malvern/Episcopal), is now comfortably into adulthood. Triple Dip No. 23 will take place today/tonight at Philadelphia University with Penn Charter-Episcopal at 4, Germantown Academy-Haverford School at 5:30 and Malvern-SCH Academy at 7. Don't hold me to those last two times. You know how things can go (smile). The big question is, will one or more players score enough points to earn spots on this list? Here's hoping. Henry "Doug" Fairfax, Haverford's coach for four seasons through 2015, scored 30 points for the Fords in 1999. PC's Sean Singletary (played in NBA) hit that number in 2003 and GA's Andrew Ott did so in 2006. The cutoff number for the list is 25.
|Leading Scorers in Inter-Ac League's Opening Tripleheader, 1995-2016|
|Doug Fairfax||Haverford School||Penn Charter||30||1999|
|Sean Singletary||Penn Charter||Gtn. Academy||30||2003|
|Andrew Ott||Gtn. Academy||Haverford School||30||2006|
|Sean Knitter||Penn Charter||Haverford School||29||1999|
|Sammy Zeglinski||Penn Charter||Malvern||29||2005|
|Mike Brown||Chestnut Hill||Penn Charter||28||2000|
|Cameron Ayers||Gtn. Academy||Malvern||27||2010|
|Demetrius Isaac||Penn Charter||Malvern||26||2014|
|Tom Whitworth||Chestnut Hill||Episcopal||25||1998|
|Cameron Youngblood||Haverford School||Chestnut Hill||25||2002|
|DeQuann Walker||Malvern||Gtn. Academy||25||2010|
|John Moderski||Penn Charter||Gtn. Academy||25||2012|
Yesterday's nugget detailed how Marc Rodriguez became the first 1,000-point career scorer in Judge's history. His accomplishment wasn't the only big moment in Catholic League openers. At O'Hara, Ryan rolled to an 82-43 victory to achieve a 10-0 record for the first time in school history. Senior Matiss Kulackovskis led the way with 21 points while classmates Izaiah Brockington (17) and Chris Palantino (11) also reached double figures. Senior Fred Taylor and soph Amin Bryant have been the Raiders' other starters this season for coach Joe Zeglinski. In the 2011-12 season, Ryan started 9-0 and grabbed that ninth win on the same date (Jan. 3) with a 62-34 win over nearby MaST Charter thanks to Chris McMonigle (eight points, seven rebounds) and Christian Rivera (seven assists). The CL opener was three days later vs. Wood. The Raiders fell, 52-49, in OT. Their leading scorers were Bryan Okolo (13), Nick Augenbaugh and Kyle Slawter (12 apiece). With no seniors, Ryan made its CL debut in the 1967-68 season. The lowlight? They were scorched for 51 points by McDevitt jr. G Bobby Haas in a 98-55 loss. Haas packed 25 of those points into the fourth quarter and wound up with 19 field goals and perfect marksmanship (13-for-13) at the line. Those 51 points are still the one-game CL record and Bobby eclipsed the mark of La Salle's Joe Heyer (49). A headline in the long-gone Philadelphia Bulletin noted that Bobby's total was Two Higher Than Heyer. Meanwhile, those 51 points are NOT McDevitt's school record. On Nov. 28, 2002, Chris Hanes scored 52 points as the Lancers hammered Wyncote Academy, 120-59. McDevitt football player Sean "Knock On" Woods covered that game for this website and noted at the end of his very entertaining report that he and his buddies, as the game ended, ran onto the court and carried Chris off. He finished with this: I had the great privilege of holding his left foot. Ha, ha.
UPDATE: The Raiders lost game No. 11, to Wood.
|Details of Ryan's First 10-0 Start in School History|
|Penn Charter||57||43||Matiss Kulackovskis||30|
|Girard College||63||46||Matiss Kulackovskis||28|
|Council Rock North||56||31||Izaiah Brockington||19|
|Germantown Academy||63||49||Izaiah Brockington||22|
|Episcopal Academy||44||43||Izaiah Brockington||15|
|St. Thomas More (DE)||52||50||Izaiah Brockington||22|
|South Shore (NY)||63||53||Izaiah Brockington||20|
The incredibly long wait is fiiiiiinally over. In its 62nd season of Catholic League basketball, Judge now can boast of having a 1,000-point scorer. In an upset victory last night over Wood -- on the road, at that -- sr. G Marc Rodriguez rang up 27 points, thus lifting his total to 1,008 (adjusted). The Crusaders joined the CL for the 1955-56 season and played their first league contest at St. James, in Chester, which closed in 1993. The date was January 8, a Sunday, and they lost, 72-51. Dan McKendry (15) and Ed Hughes (11) led Judge in scoring. Ed went on to pitch in the minors. His son, also Ed, was a star QB for Ryan and in 1978 threw 55 passes in one game! That's still the city record. He completed 25 for 298 yards. Sean Hughes, grandson/nephew of Ed/Ed, last spring had some nice pitching moments for Wood. Wonder if he attended last night's game and got to see the big moment for a player representing grandpop's alma mater? . . . Anyway, below is a list that shows how many seasons the CL schools (including some that have closed) had to wait to celebrate the presence of a 1,000-point scorer. Take note: Seasons before 1950 weren't counted against the very old schools. Scores, mostly, were so low beforehand it would have taken a guy a decade to drop a thousand (smile). Congrats to Marc!!
UPDATE: I received an email from Brian McKendry, one of our advertisers via Nationwide Insurance. Dan McKendry is his father! What are the chances? Thanks for passing along that info, Brian.
UPDATE: This note was sent along by Judge assistant Mike O'Connell, who also snapped the pic of Marc. . . .
Thought this was pretty cool and I didnít even realize it until late last night but 27 is a special number at Judge because it represents the number of Judge guys who were killed in the Vietnam war. That number is the highest total of any Catholic high school in the country and obviously is a huge source of pride for the school because it shows what kind of kids go to/went to Father Judge. Marc scored 27 last night in the game he became the school's first 1,000-point scorer.
Click here for some history. It honors those 27 Judge students.
|How Long Each CL School Had to Wait for a 1,000-Point Scorer|
|School||First 1,000-Point Scorer||Points||Year||Enter||Wait|
|St. James||Ron Schott||1,285|