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Basketball 2016-17, March/forward 

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SPECIAL NOTE
  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.

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APRIL 24
TEDBIT
  Bill "Speedy" Morris
, as the coach, and Carl Arrigale, as a star player, were together in the 1983 and '84 basketball seasons at Penn Charter. They're also together on the list below. Carl just finished his 19th consecutive season as the coach at Neumann/N-G and Speedy wrapped up season No. 16 at St. Joseph's Prep. The kingpin, and you have to wonder whether anyone will ever match the feat, is Buddy Gardler, who coached O'Hara for 32 consecutive seasons (1977-2008). Oh, and before that he was the coach for seven seasons (1969-75) at the ol' Bishop Kenrick, in Norristown. Speedy was also the coach at Roman for 14 seasons (1968-81), so he came close to making two appearances on this list. 

CL Coaches With Most Consecutive Years at One School
Name School Yrs First to . . . 
Buddy Gardler O'Hara 32 1977 2008
Obie O'Brien La Salle 27 1944 1970
Mark Heimerdinger Dougherty 27 1983 2009
Bill Markward Roman 22 1920 1941
Dennis Seddon Roman 22 1987 2008
Jack Rutter McDevitt 19 1996 2014
*Carl Arrigale Neumann/N-G 19 1999 2017
Tom Stewart St. James 18 1976 1993
Bill Ludlow West Catholic 17 1994 2010
Bob Harrington Dougherty 16 1967 1982
*Speedy Morris SJ Prep 16 2002 2017
*-still on the job        

APRIL 23
TEDBIT
 
One last look at the Donofrio Classic . . . "Ours Guys" winners of the Little Big Man/Sportsmanship Awards in this century. The winner for 2003-04 are currently unavailable.

  Little Big Man Award   Sportsmanship Award
Year Name School Team   Name School Team
2000 Brett Storm Penn Charter Conshy Express   Shaun McKie Gratz Hill Seniors
2001 Sharif Bray Central HBA Waterview        
2002         Dahliek Powell Roxborough Waterview
2003 Unav.       Unav.    
2004 Unav.       Unav.    
2005         *Wayne Ellington Episcopal Playaz
2006 *Gerald Henderson Episcopal Playaz        
2007 Brad Wanamaker Roman Positive Image I   Andrew Rogers Ryan Just Clean It
2008 R.J. Handy North Catholic Waterview II   Rashad Savage Imhotep Team Philly
2009              
2010              
2011              
2012              
2013 Brandon Austin Imhotep Team Philly   John Davis Neum.-Goretti I-3
2014 Jabri McCall King Old School        
2015         Ahmad Gilbert Constitution Team Hardnett
2016 Ryan Daly Carroll Old School   Nazeer Bostick Roman Team Hardnett
2017         Izaiah Brockington Ryan Team Philly
*-advanced to NBA            

APRIL 21
TEDBIT
  Here are the top scoring performances by Pub/Cath/Int guys in Donofrio Classic championship games over the last 18 years. Two guys have joined the list and their info is highlighted in gray. Imhotep's Daron Russell, a Rhode Island commit, finds himself in a tie for the No. 7 spot. He nailed nine three-pointers.

Name Team School Pts Year
Rysheed Jordan Team Philly Vaux 48 2013
Ja'Quan Newton I-3 Neumann-Goretti 42 2013
Josh Sharkey Old School Carroll 38 2016
Ryan Daly Old School Carroll 36 2016
Tony Carr Team Hardnett Roman 35 2016
Rysheed Jordan Team Philly Vaux 34 2012
Daron Russell Team Philly Imhotep 33 2017
*Wayne Ellington Playaz Episcopal 33 2006
*Gerald Henderson Playaz Episcopal 33 2005
Tony Chennault Team Philly Neumann-Goretti 32 2008
Nazeer Bostick Team Hardnett Roman 29 2016
Brandon Austin Team Philly Imhotep 28 2013
Ameer Ali Sonny Hill Srs. Gratz 28 2005
Micheal Blackshear Waterview Gratz 27 2002
Tony Carr Team Hardnett Roman 27 2015
Shaun McKie Sonny Hill Srs. Gratz 26 2000
Ahmad "JR" Gilbert Team Hardnett Constitution 26 2015
Zane Martin Team Hardnett Neumann-Goretti 26 2016
Brian Wanamaker Positive Image Roman 25 2007
*Wayne Ellington Playaz Episcopal 25 2005
Mark Tyndale Sonny Hill Srs. Gratz 24 2004
Wayne Marshall Positive Image King 24 2003
Izaiah Brockington Team Philly Ryan 22 2017
Novar Gadson Waterview Bartram 21 2008
Velton Jones Team Philly North Catholic 21 2008
Jamal Wilson Team Philly Neumann-Goretti 21 2008
Kashief Edwards Positive Image Imhotep 21 2007
Scott Rodgers Sonny Hill Srs. Central 21 2005
*Steve Smith Waterview Northeast 21 2001
Lamar Stevens Old School Roman 21 2016
Bradley Wanamaker Positive Image Roman 20 2007
*Gerald Henderson Playaz Episcopal 20 2006
*Rob Kurz Playaz Penn Charter 20 2004
Sharif Bray Waterview Central 20 2002
*advanced to NBA

APRIL 19
TEDBIT
 
The Donofrio Classic, held each spring in Conshohocken, honors two MVPs -- one apiece from the teams that advance to the championship game. Below are "Our Guys" (Public/Catholic/Inter-Ac) who've won MVP honors going back to 1982. The new guy on the list is Imhotep sr. G Daron Russell, a Rhode Island commit, who last night scored 33 points as Team Philly annihilated Raw Sports, 130-84. A year ago, Roman's Tony Carr (now at Penn State) became the third player to twice win MVP honors. The others were Roman's Donnie Carr (1995-96) and Vaux' Rysheed Jordan (2012-2013). They did so exclusively in losing efforts. Tony went 1-1. Another Imhotep player, Kashief Edwards, was an MVP for winner Positive Image in 2007.

"Our Guys" MVPs in the Donofrio Classic, 1982-2017
Year --- Winning Team in Final --- --- Losing Team in Final --
2017 Daron Russell Imhotep Team Philly      
2016 Josh Sharkey Carroll Old School Cavs Tony Carr Roman Team Hardnett
2015 Tony Carr Roman Team Hardnett      
2014 Lamar Stevens Haver. School Old School Cavs      
2013 Ja'Quan Newton Neumann-Goretti I-3 Rysheed Jordan Vaux Team Philly
2012       Rysheed Jordan Vaux Team Philly
2008 Novar Gadson Bartram Waterview Phoenix *Maalik Wayns Roman Team Philly
2007 Kashief Edwards Imhotep Positive Image      
2006       *Wayne Ellington Episcopal Playaz
2005 *Gerald Henderson Episcopal Playaz Ameer Ali Gratz Sonny Hill Srs.
2004 Mark Tyndale Gratz Sonny Hill Srs. *Rob Kurz Penn Charter Playaz
2003 Wayne Marshall King Positive Image      
2002       Micheal Blackshear Gratz Waterview
2001       *Steve Smith Northeast Waterview
2000 #special situation     Mike Slattery Gtn. Academy Conshy Express
1999 Jermaine Robinson Gratz Hunting Park Khalid Bray Central Waterview
1998       Kevin "Buzzy' Forney Straw. Mansion D-V Blazers
1997       Chris Krug Gtn. Academy Conshy Express
1996 Petrick Sanders Frankford Sonny Hill Srs. Donnie Carr Roman PI Point Breeze
1995       Donnie Carr Roman PI Point Breeze
1994 Fred Warrick Bok Sonny Hill Srs.      
1993       Tyrone Weeks Franklin LC Sonny Hill Srs.
1992 Rondell Turner Univ. City Sonny Hill Jrs. *Adonal Foyle O'Hara R/Way Gasket
1991       Paul Burke Chestnut Hill Sonny Hill Srs.
1990 *Aaron McKie Gratz Sonny Hill Srs.      
1989 Carlin Warley Frankford Sonny Hill Srs.      
1988 *Randy Woods Franklin Sonny Hill Srs.      
1987 Clayton "Stink" Adams Roman Austin's SG      
1986 *Lionel Simmons Southern Sonny Hill Srs. @Brian Shorter Gratz HBA Crusaders
1985 *Greg "Bo" Kimble Dobbins Sonny Hill Srs. *Paul "Snoop" Graham Franklin HBA Crusaders
1984 Howard Evans West Phila. Sonny Hill Srs. Jody Johnson Southern Canaan Baptist
1983 Rico Washington Franklin Sonny Hill Srs.      
1982 Darren Keith Mastbaum Moore Funeral Home      
*-advanced to NBA      
#-Sonny Hill Srs. won title; all players on team named MVP to honor the memory of long-time coach/mentor Tony Samartino, who'd
passed away in October of 1999.
@-named a tri-MVP; team did NOT advance to the championship game.

APRIL 18
TEDBIT
  Just because the season is over, don't think school records are frozen (smile). For more than 20 years, the school record for Neumann-Goretti (nee St. John Neumann/Bishop Neumann/Southeast Catholic) for points in one game has been listed as 44. Last night I switched it to 40. Here's the reason: In December 1993, guard Rashid Bey, who wound up playing college ball at St. Joseph's, scored 38 points in a non-league game vs. North Catholic. The listed record had been 36 by Billy Oakes -- he also played for St. Joe's and later became a long-time NBA ref -- in a consolation playoff vs. West Catholic. Good-guy Jim Stinger, a player for Neumann (Class of '64) and later the school's coach, was still teaching there when Bey exploded and let me know he was pretty sure Oakes had scored 44 vs. Bishop Egan (now Conwell-Egan) in a non-league game in December 1961. He said he would try to reach Billy and confirm that number. He did and I wound up writing about the issue as part of a Daily News notes column. Wellllllll . . . While doing some more online hoops research this past weekend, I came across two stories that mentioned Oakes' big performance. The Inquirer and the Bristol Daily Courier both listed the total as 40 points. The latter even had a boxscore with FGs, FTs and TPs. Billy's breakdown was 17-6-40. The story said "Oakes ran rings around the fluttering Eagles." It also noted that Egan's Tom Frederick totaled 16 points and 38 rebounds. Yes, 38! The story noted, "That latter figure could be a record of some kind." The final score was 93-83 in favor of Neumann. If the teams could miss enough shots to enable one guy to grab 38 boards yet still combine for 176 points, imagine how fast they were flying up and down the court and how often they were shooting. Neumann tallied 42 field goals while Egan managed 31. Nine guys scored in double figures, four for Neumann and five for Egan. There's one more thing to consider here. Through the years, is it possible some other Neumann/N-G player scored 41, 42 or 43 points but didn't receive credit for the record because 44 was on the list? Never know. If YOU do, please speak up. Thanks!

APRIL 15
TEDBIT
 
Haverford School product Levan Alston, who now goes by the nickname "Shizz" instead of his middle name "Shawn", has earned first team honors on the All-Big 5 team. Very cool, especially since he's only a sophomore. Shizz also was named the Big 5's most improved player. Even better. Joining Penn's Jerome Allen (Episcopal) and Villanova's Alvin Williams (Germantown Academy), Shizz is the third Inter-Ac product to earn first team honors. Six I-A guys have earned second team honors and Alvin is part of that crew, also. The Big 5 was formed for the 1955-56 season. Second teams weren't picked until 1981-82. Paul Chambers is the brother of Penn State coach Pat Chambers. Brian Grandieri is the brother of O'Hara's new baseball coach, Tom Grandieri.

Inter-Ac Products on All-Big 5 Teams
FIRST TEAM (1955-56 to 2016-17)    
Name School College Years
Jerome Allen Episcopal Penn '93-'94-'95
Levan "Shizz" Alston Haver. School Temple '17
Alvin Williams Gtn. Academy Villanova '*97
*MVP or Co-MVP      
SECOND TEAM (1981-82 to 2016-17)
Name School College Years
Paul Burke Chestnut Hill La Salle '94-'95
Paul Chambers Episcopal Penn '92
Mike Gizzi Chestnut Hill La Salle '97
Brian Grandieri Malvern Penn '08
Tim Krug Penn Charter Penn '96
Alvin Williams Gtn. Academy Villanova '96

APRIL 11
TEDBIT
 
Ryan sr. F Matiss Kulackovskis, who recently committed to Bowling Green, is the latest addition to the list below, which was first published during the 2013-14 season. It includes foreign imports who've earned coaches' All-Catholic honors. As you'll see, three foreigners have earned MVP honors and Adonal Foyle did so as a sophomore in '92. Alas, he then left the area after just one season and finished his high school days in upstate New York. After starring at Colgate, he enjoyed a 12-year NBA career. Also in the early '90s, a 6-7 kid from Lithuania, Mindaugus "Tim" Timinskas, was an unofficial part of Egan's program. He'd already graduated high school so he did not attend Egan, but he lived with the family of former basketball/baseball star Joe McEwing and sometimes practiced/worked out with Egan. At the time, Joe was an outfielder in the Cardinals' farm system. He later spent nine seasons in the major and is now the White Sox' bench coach after coaching third for five seasons (2012-16). Meanwhile, Timinskas became a headliner in Lithuania's pro league and even helped that country capture bronze in the 2000 Olympics. In all, six imports have been first-teamers.

Foreigners Who've Earned All-Catholic Honors

Name School *Country Year Honor G Pts Avg
Barry Bekkedam Carroll Canada 1986 +-1st 14 330 23.6
Adonal Foyle O'Hara #St. Vincent 1992 +-1st 14 258 18.4
Giedrius Aidietis Egan Lithuania 1993 2nd 16 225 14.1
Martin Sejda C-E Czech Republic 1994 3rd 13 169 13.0
Rafal Bigus Carroll Poland 1994 +1st 14 264 18.9
Javier Crespo O'Hara Spain 1995 2nd 14 162 11.6
Jakub Juskowiak Roman Poland 1996 3rd 13 127 9.8
Bart Kuzniarz Carroll Poland 1997 3rd 14 151 10.8
Alex Sazonov O'Hara Russia 1998 2nd 14 167 11.9
Ali Gaye K-K Senegal 2001 3rd 12 160 13.3
Amarildo Matos K-K Mozambique 2004 3rd 13 241 18.5
Hayk Gyokchyan C-E Lebanon 2008 2nd 14 242 17.3
Fortunat Kangudi Roman Canada 2011 1st   13 143 11.0
Ernest Aflakpui Carroll Ghana 2014 1st   13 133 10.2
Matiss Kulackovskis Ryan Latvia 2017 1st 13 220 16.9
*-some guys made pit stops elsewhere before coming to Philly area
+-MVP
#-officially St. Vincent and the Grenadines

APRIL 7
TEDBIT
 
Here's an all-star team based on uniform numbers. Some VERY talented guys won't be found because someone wearing that number is a shade better. And with one exception, the list stops with No. 25 because very few upper echelon players choose to wear higher numbers these days.

All-Star Team of Catholic/Inter-Ac Players Based on Uniform Numbers
No. Name School Pos. Yr.
0 Imere Harris West G So.
1 Collin Gillespie Wood G Sr.
2 Allen Betrand Roman F Jr.
3 Kharon Randolph Hav. School G Jr.
4 Deuce Turner Malvern G Fr.
5 Darius Kinnel SJ Prep G Jr.
10 Dhamir Cosby-Roundtree Neum.-Gor. F-C Sr.
11 Kyle McCloskey Gtn. Acad. F Sr.
12 Mike Millsip Neum.-Gor. G-F Sr.
13 Ajiri Johnson Bonn.-Pren. C Jr.
14 Marc Rodriguez Judge G Sr.
15 Evan-Eric Longino Gtn. Acad. G Sr.
20 Matt Cerruti Wood G-F Sr.
21 Izaiah Brockington Ryan G Sr.
22 Zuri Peyton SCH Acad. F Sr.
23 Nick Alikakos Episcopal F Sr.
24 Christian Ray Hav. School G-F So.
25 Mason Williams Penn Char. G Jr.
  Other      
33 Matiss Kulackovskis Ryan G-F Sr.

APRIL 5
TOMBIT
(Courtesy of Tom Taylor, who has long tracked city scoring. This follows his research on Ernie Beck; see April 3.)
 
I set out to do one more "icon" and wound up doing three. Jackie Moore was first. Jackie didn't appear in a varsity game in his sophomore year until after the mid-year graduation of Stan Gordon (Temple.) He made an quite an impact as Overbrook made it to the City Title game and he was named an honorable mention All-Pub despite appearing in only nine games. Overbrook's record for his three years was 21-2, 15-8 and 19-4-1 (the alumni game was a 40-40 tie.) Jackie's number were 9-85-9.4, 23-323-14.0 and 21-294-14.0 (didn't play in three non-league games) for career totals of 53-702-13.2.
  While doing my Jackie research another iconic name jumped out at me - John Chaney. I had his '50 and '51 numbers and knew that he wouldn't approach a thousand but still, it's John Chaney. As I started to "research" his soph season I quickly realized that (1) both he and Bob Gainey started as sophs for Franklin and (2) Gainey was a higher scorer. Their totals follow with one footnote. The 1/17/50 Franklin (53)-Mastbuam (28) box was not reported and the articles did not mention any individual scoring so their scoring for that game is missing. John Chaney: 18-107-5.9; 18-116-64; 21-333-15.9; 57-556-9.8. Bob Gainey: 18-249-13.8; 18-287-15.9; 21-305-14.5; 57-841-14.8. I assume that Gainey's decreased scoring as a senior was due to Chaney's emerging as a scorer.

APRIL 3
TOMBIT
  Tom Taylor
, who has long tracked scoring by Catholic League and Public League players, has always used 1950 as a cutoff mostly because scores were often quite low beforehand. While recently experiencing what he called hoops season withdrawal (I hear ya, friend), he decided to try to nail down Ernie Beck's career points during his time at West Catholic (Class of 1949). Much to Tom's surprise, and delight, in various newspapers he was able to find boxscores for all games played by those Burrs. Ernie was a deep sub as a soph, scoring five points. He then added 298 points in 24 games as a junior (12.4 ppg.) and 441 in 25 as a senior (17.6), so his final total was 744. The Burrs' record during that stretch was 44-26 with Catholic/City titles in his senior season. In those games, they conquered Southeast Catholic, 53-37, and Overbrook, 41-38, and Ernie scored 20 in each one. His 20 points in the CT were a record. Thanks for your digging, Tom! . . . At Penn, in three varsity seasons, he racked up 1,827 points (that total is STILL the school record) then added exactly 2,500 in a seven-year NBA career (2,325 in the regular season, 175 in playoffs). Mix in the 744 at West and his "lifetime" total is 5,071. Ernie, one of the nicest men you could ever hope to meet, was the coach at now-closed Edward Bok Tech, in South Philly, for 30 seasons (1964-93). At age 85, he remains plugged in to the basketball scene and I remember seeing him a few years ago at a game at O'Hara. All the best, sir!
  UPDATE: Tom mentioned in his email that West's '49 team had also won the Eastern States Scholastic Tournament. In the final, played in Glens Falls, N.Y., the Burrs topped Dean Academy of Franklin, Mass., 56-44. He scored 19 in that one and was named -- unanimously, first time that happened in the tourney's 27 years -- the tourney MVP. Other teams in that three-day tourney: All Hallows (NYC), Perkiomen (Pennsburg, Pa.), Carteret School of West Orange, N.J., Blessed Sacrament of New Rochelle, N.Y., St. Francis Xavier (NYC) and Cheshire Academy of Cheshire, Conn. 

APRIL 2
STEVEBIT
 
Just a note for those interested: below is a listing of the attendance for the 2017 NCAA Division I Menís Basketball Championship games as well as the Philadelphia Catholic League attendance for the Boys & Girls doubleheader on Feb. 27 at The Palestra.
  -- Steve Haug, Executive Director of Athletics (for the Archdiocese).
  NOTE: A year ago, the CL placed ninth. This year it finished 10th. Tickets sold: All of them both times (8,722).  

Conference Total
SEC  19,953
Big East  19,812
PAC-12  19,224
Big 12  18,972
ACC  18,109
Big 10  12,902
Missouri Valley  11,744
Mid-American  10,376
Summit  9,441
PHILA. CATHOLIC LEAGUE  8,722
West Coast  8,179
MAAC  7,608
MEAC  7,111
A-10  7,025
American   6,856
Southern  6,400
Colonial  6,342
Horizon  5,929
Mountain West  5,602
Big South  5,109
 Big West  5,085
Atlantic Sun  4,711
Patriot  4,254
Conference USA  3,956
Ivy League  3,833
America East  3,266
Northeast  3,121
SWAC  2,500
WAC  2,444
Southland  2,068
Big Sky  2,025
Ohio Valley  1,303
Sun Belt  1,083

APRIL 1
TEDBIT
 
For the second time in three years and 10th time going back to the mid-1970s, an "Out of Nowhere Guy" has been named the Daily News City Player of the Year. The definition of that tag? Someone who did not make first, second or third team on the All-City squad in the previous season. All but two did earn some level of all-league honors beforehand. Oddly, Wood's Collin Gillespie (in '17) and Roman's Tony Carr (in '15) had been the 21st guy (top of the third team) on the All-Catholic squad in '16 and '14, respectively. There have been two "Compleeeetely Out of Nowhere Guys" . . . Gratz' Lynard Stewart in '94 and Frankford's Anthony Chennault in '81. Yes, Anthony is the father of recent Neumann-Goretti standout Tony Chennault.

"Out of Nowhere" Daily News All-City Players of the Year
Name School Year Highest Honor in Previous Season
Collin Gillespie Wood 2017 3rd team coaches' All-Catholic (overall)
*Tony Carr Roman 2015 3rd team coaches' All-Catholic (overall)
Scootie Randall Comm Tech 2008 1st team coaches' All-Public (Division B)
Bradley Wanamaker Roman 2007 2nd team coaches' All-Catholic (Southern Division)
Scott Rodgers Central 2005 2nd team coaches' All-Public (overall)
*Eddie Griffin Roman 1999 3rd team coaches' All-Catholic (Southern Division)
Lynard Stewart Gratz 1994 None
Brian Daly Bonner 1988 1st team coaches' All-Catholic (Southern Division)
Doug Overton Dobbins 1987 2nd team coaches' All-Public (overall)
Anthony Chennault Frankford 1981 None
*junior      

MARCH 31
TEDBIT
 
Like myself and others going back to the early '70s, Aaron "Ace" Carter again decided to list his All-City selections in what he saw as the proper order. With that in mind, here is an updated list that shows which guys have accumulated the most All-City "power points." In most years, the three teams have included 16 players. So, the Player of the Year earns 16 points, the runnerup 15 and so on. Co-Players of the Year split 31 points (or 29, in years when only 15 players are honored). One difference this year: Ace's three teams include 17 players total. The top spot, and oldheads won't be surprised, belongs to '77 West Philly grad Gene Banks with 46 points. The fifth and eighth berths are now occupied by three-year gems -- Neumann-Goretti's Quade Green (now with 40) and Imhotep's Daron Russell (now with 37). This year, they picked up 16 and 15 points, respectively, due to their second-third spots behind Wood's Collin Gillespie, the Player of the Year.  

Leading "Power Points" Guys on All-City Teams, 1974-2017
Name School Class Points Sr. Jr. So.
Gene Banks West Phila. 1977 46 16 16 14
Rasheed Wallace Gratz 1993 44 16 16 12
Maureece Rice Straw. Mansion 2003 41.5 15.5 15 11
Eggy Tillman West Phila. 1978 40.5 15.5 15 10
Quade Green Neumann-Goretti 2017 40 16 13 11
Tyrone Weeks Franklin LC 1993 39 14 14 11
Ja'Quan Newton Neumann-Goretti 2014 38 16 13 9
Daron Russell Imhotep 2017 37 15 12 10
Lynn Greer Eng. & Science 1997 33 16 9 8
Eddie Griffin Roman 2000 32 16 16  
Meatball Hand Franklin LC 1992 32 15 13 4
Stephen Vasturia SJ Prep 2013 32 15 14 3
Maalik Wayns Roman 2009 31 16 15  
Tony Carr Roman 2016 31 15 16  
Wayne Ellington Episcopal 2006 30.5 15.5 15  
Rodney Blake Bonner 1984 30 16 14  
Chris Clover SJ Prep 2015 30 15 15  
Gerald Henderson Episcopal 2006 29.5 15.5 14  
Reggie Jackson Roman 1978 29.5 15.5 14  
Charlie Floyd Malvern 1974 29 13 13 3
Sean Singletary Penn Charter 2004 28 16 12  
Jason Lawson Olney 1993 28 15 13  
Pooh Richardson Franklin   1985 28 16 12  
Rico Washington Frankford/Franklin 1983 28 15 13  
Tyrone Garland Bartram 2010 27 14 13  
Tony Chennault Neumann-Goretti 2010 27 16 11  
Kareem Townes Southern 1991 27 16 11  
Derrick Jones Carroll 2015 27 14 11

2

Lonnie McFarlan Roman 1980 26.5 14.5 12  
Pappy Owens Dobbins 1979 26 16 10  
Rick Jackson Neumann-Goretti 2007 26 14 12  
Donnie Carr Roman 1996 26 16 10  
*Carlin Warley Frankford  1989 26 X 16

10

Lionel Simmons Southern 1986 26 16 10  
Samir Doughty MC&S 2015 26 13 13  
*-transferred out of city leagues after junior season

MARCH 30
FROGBIT
 
These are the rosters for the boys game in the All-Star Labor Classic, set for April 9, 2:45 p.m., at Philadelphia University . . . as provided by Mark "Frog" Carfagno. Thanks, Frog!
  UPDATED: Final score and point totals, as provided again by Frog. Thanks!

        CITY  67 points
1       Dhamir Cosby-Roundtree, Neumann-Goretti  DNP
2       Da'kQuan Davis, Roman Catholic  8
3       JJ Eden, Jr., Simon Gratz  2 
4       Joe Greenstein, Jr., Franklin Towne Charter  3
5       Rashon Johnson, Simon Gratz  4
10     Corchado Kente, Tacony Academy Charter  8
11     Tyler Michels, Philadelphia Academy Charter High School  4
12     Mike Millsip, Neumann-Goretti  5
13     Franklin Okpala, Frankford High School  0
14     Chris Palantino, Archbishop Ryan  2
15     Daeqwon Plowden, Mastery Charter North - Pickett  19
20     Mike Power, Father Judge  2
21     Marc Rodriguez, Father Judge  0
22     Jon-Paul Sanders, Roman Catholic  2
23     Liam Shanahan, Masterman  2
24     Brandon Taylor, Central High School  0  
25     Jesse Turkson, Masterman  6
Coaches: Lynard Stewart, Gratz; Matt Griffin, Roman

---
SUBURBS  85 points
1       Nick Alikakos, Episcopal Academy  3
2       Michael Buckmire, Germantown Friends  4
3       Matt Carter, MaST Community Charter School  8
4       Matt Cerruti, Archbishop Wood  2
5       Colin Daly, Archbishop Carroll  5
10     Connor Delaney, Episcopal Academy  3
11     Collin Gillespie, Archbishop Wood  5
12     David Giuliani, North Penn High School  6
13     Kiyon Hardy, Shipley School  6
14     Ian Kennedy, New Foundations Charter  2
15     Evan-Eric Longino, Germantown Academy  4
20     Kyle McCloskey, Germantown Academy  7
21     Clifton Moore, Jr., Hatboro-Horsham High School  10
22     Joseph O'Brien, Abington High School  4
23     Trevonn Pitts, Cheltenham High School  7
24     Shaun Smith, Council Rock South  3 
25     Austin Thomas, Council Rock South  6
Coaches; Jim Fenerty and Darius Holman, Germantown Academy

MARCH 29
TEDBIT
 
Here are the top numbers by Catholic League players in state championship games. Only those by Carroll's Derrick Jones, who's now in the NBA, were posted in a losing effort.

Top Performances by Catholic League Players in State Finals
Category No. Player School Year
Field Goals 14 Zane Martin Neumann-Goretti 2016
FG Attempts 22 Zane Martin Neumann-Goretti 2016
  22 Derrick Jones Carroll 2015
Free Throws 11 Lamar Stevens Roman 2016
FT Attempts 15 Derrick Jones Carroll 2015
3-Pointers 5 Ja'Quan Newton Neumann-Goretti 2014
  5 Tyree Pickron Wood 2017
3-P Attempts 10 Mustafaa Jones Neumann-Goretti 2010
Rebounds 18 Derrick Jones Carroll 2015
Assists 8 Quade Green Neumann-Goretti 2016
  8 Quade Green Neumann-Goretti 2017
  8 Collin Gillespie Wood 2017
Steals 7 DJ Irving Carroll 2009
Blocks 6 Derrick Jones Carroll 2015
Points 33 Ja'Quan Newton Neumann-Goretti 2014
  33 Zane Martin Neumann-Goretti 2016

MARCH 28
TEDBIT
 
Here are the stats compiled by the starters for Neumann-Goretti's seven state champions (2010-12, 2014-17). There were 22 starters for coach Carl Arrigale. Quade Green (Kentucky), Dhamir "DaDa" Cosby-Roundtree (Villanova) and Ja'Quan Newton (Miami) were three-timers. Seven others were two-timers. Twelve guys made one start apiece. All five starters for the '15 and '11 teams were multi-year guys. The numbers are below.

Starters' Stats for Neumann-Goretti's Seven State Champions
    FG FT R A P Pts 3's B S
Quade Green 2017 6-7 7-9 3 8 3 22 3-4 0 2
Quade Green 2016 8-14 5-5 9 8 3 25 4-7 0 2
Quade Green 2015 4-9 6-6 3 1 1 14 0-3 0 2
  Totals   18-30 18-20 15 17 7 61 7-14 0 6
Dhamir Cosby-Roundtree 2017 6-9 3-4 13 0 1 15 0-0 4 0
Dhamir Cosby-Roundtree 2016 4-4 1-2 8 2 4 9 0-0 3 0
Dhamir Cosby-Roundtree 2015 1-1 0-0 7 1 5 2 0-0 1 1
  Totals   11-14 4-6 28 3 10 26 0-0 8 1
Zane Martin 2016 14-22 3-5 5 2 0 33 2-8 0 2
Zane Martin 2015 8-18 8-9 6 0 2 26 2-5 0 0
  Totals   22-40 11-14 11 2 2 59 4-13 0 2
Vaughn Covington 2016 3-6 3-4 0 1 3 11 2-3 0 1
Vaughn Covington 2015 5-9 4-6 7 5 3 17 3-5 0 1
  Totals   8-15 7-10 7 6 6 28 5-8 0 2
Lamarr Kimble 2015 3-15 3-8 3 3 2 10 1-7 1 1
Lamarr Kimble 2014 3-9 4-7 5 2 3 10 0-2 0 1
  Totals   6-21 7-15 8 5 5 20 1-9 0 1
Ja'Quan Newton 2014 11-19 6-8 8 0 1 33 5-9 1 2
Ja'Quan Newton 2012 6-11 5-12 2 2 3 17 0-0 1 0
Ja'Quan Newton 2011 8-13 0-1 8 1 1 17 0-1 1 1
  Totals   25-43 11-21 18 3 5 67 5-10 3 3
John Davis 2012 3-6 5-7 8 0 2 11 0-0 1 1
John Davis 2011 5-10 0-0 7 1 3 12 0-0 1 0
  Totals   8-14 5-7 15 1 5 23 0-0 2 1
Derrick Stewart 2012 1-8 0-3 11 0 3 2 0-3 5 1
Derrick Stewart 2011 5-7 1-1 10 1 2 14 1-1 2 2
  Totals   6-15 1-4 21 1 5 16 1-4 7 3
Billy Shank 2012 3-7 2-2 0 0 0 10 2-5 0 1
Billy Shank 2011 2-6 1-4 1 1 0 5 1-4 0 1
  Totals   5-13 3-6 1 1 0 15 3-9 0 2
Lamin Fulton 2011 3-13 1-5 3 2 3 7 1-5 0 5
Lamin Fulton 2010 2-9 1-2 4 2 3 6 1-5 0 1
  Totals   5-22 2-7 7 4 6 13 2-10 0 6
Mike Millsip 2017 4-9 2-4 5 1 2 11 1-3 0 3
Marcus Littles 2017 2-4 1-2 2 0 1 5 0-0 0 0
Noah Warren 2017 3-5 0-0 1 3 1 9 3-4 0 1
Rasheed Browne 2016 8-14 0-1 7 7 4 18 2-5 1 1
Troy Harper 2014 2-10 7-9 6 1 4 12 1-6 0 2
Jamal Custis 2014 2-6 0-0 4 0 2 4 0-0 1 1
Tony Toplyn 2014 2-3 1-2 6 0 4 5 0-0 2 0
Hanif Sutton 2012 2-3 2-4 2 1 1 6 0-0 0 1
Tony Chennault 2010 7-16 4-4 12 3 4 18 0-3 0 1
Tyreek Duren 2010 2-7 3-4 4 5 3 7 0-3 2 4
Danny Stewart 2010 6-12 5-6 12 0 2 17 0-0 3 1
Mustafaa Jones 2010 5-11 0-0 2 4 2 14 4-10 0 1

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MARCH 27
TEDBIT
 
Below is a chart that shows the overall records, year by year in this century, for all Catholic League schools. The four lines at the bottom show wins, losses, winning percentage and ranking based on that winning percentage. N-G is No. 1 at .816, followed by Roman at .759 and St. Joseph's Prep at .719. N-G has averaged 24.3 wins per season. Records highlighted in yellow are each school's best during this time frame (by percentage). Two schools, Ryan and Wood, posted best records this season. (Not only for this century, but also overall.) Check out Bonner-Prendie and Conwell-Egan. Their combined records are within one game of an exact match. 

  B-P Carr C-E Doc Jud K-K Lans La S McD NC N-G O'H RC Ryan SJP West Wood
'00 9-16 14-13 3-21 21-6 15-10 5-20   19-8 12-13 15-10 26-5 11-15 25-7 5-20 10-16 14-12 11-14
'01 9-16 16-9 6-19 13-13 21-5 8-17   14-11 9-16 5-19 23-8 18-8 23-7 17-10 17-11 13-12 7-17
'02 19-7 17-10 4-21 22-5 16-10 6-19   10-15 10-15 8-16 21-7 10-14 16-9 16-12 24-6 7-18 13-13
'03 11-14 14-12 7-18 24-4 15-11 0-24   14-13 9-16 5-19 18-8 9-14 19-8 15-12 30-2 9-16 16-10
'04 9-16 9-16 7-18 26-6 12-13 1-21   19-8 6-19 14-12 19-8 6-18 22-7 16-9 27-4 17-9 15-12
'05 11-14 12-13 10-15 17-10 17-10 3-21   4-21 8-16 11-15 27-3 14-11 21-9 16-10 26-5 14-12 20-7
'06 14-12 12-13 15-10 21-6 16-10 11-14   8-17 6-19 14-11 22-6 12-13 26-6 19-7 24-5 8-17 2-23
'07 17-10 10-16 10-16 25-3 14-13 0-26   16-12 7-19 22-6 26-10 8-16 28-3 16-11 22-8 9-17 13-13
'08 18-8 14-11 13-11 14-11 15-10 3-21   15-11 12-12 22-5 15-10 10-14 19-6 17-10 16-11 12-12 9-15
'09 10-13 27-3 11-12 7-15 7-15 7-15 8-14 11-13 6-16 17-9 26-3 2-19 18-9 10-13 14-9 16-11 16-7
'10 8-14 24-5 14-9 12-12 9-13 5-16 8-14 20-6 4-18 11-12 30-1 5-17 18-9 7-15 17-8 11-15 16-8
'11 9-13 21-6 10-13   16-6   4-18 21-6 10-12   27-4 6-15 17-9 11-13 14-9 7-17 14-10
'12 2-19 20-8 12-11   13-10   3-19 11-13 12-13   28-3 13-11 17-10 18-5 21-6 8-14 14-9
'13 5-17 23-7 8-16   10-12   12-12 15-8 14-10   23-6 8-14 19-7 14-9 24-6 2-20 14-10
'14 2-20 23-5 15-8   8-15   10-12 23-7 12-13   27-4 6-16 23-5 10-12 16-7 12-14 11-12
'15 12-11 23-7 21-8   15-9   5-17 21-7 5-17   29-2 6-16 29-2 10-13 18-5 7-15 18-6
'16 13-12 23-4 17-10   13-10   4-18 17-6 3-19   27-4 6-16 27-4 16-9 13-10 6-17 14-10
'17 16-9 20-9 10-15   16-7   10-12 11-12 4-18   24-7 5-17 20-6 23-6 15-8 5-19 28-3
                                 
W 194 322 193 202 248 49 64 269 149 144 438 155 387 256 348 177 251
L 241 167 241 81 189 214 136 194 281 134 99 264 123 196 136 267 199
Pct. .446 .658 .445 .714 .568 .186 .320 .581 .347 .518 .816 .370 .759 .566 .719 .399 .558
No. 11 5 12 4 7 17 16 6 15 10 1 14 2 8 3 13 9

MARCH 26
TEDBIT
 
This was quite the weekend for "title-winning veterans" at the PIAA championships. Neumann-Goretti captured its seventh over just eight years (that's a record) and fourth in a row (that ties a record), Kennedy Catholic (formerly Kennedy Christian) tied the mark for most championships ever with eight and Imhotep earned a spot on the list below by claiming No. 5. Chester owns a piece of the all-time record with eight, but of course has been around "forever." As have Farrell and Lower Merion, which are tied for second at seven with Kennedy Catholic/Christian. Like the other Catholic League schools, N-G did not become part of the PIAA until the 2008-09 school year. Kennedy Christian (1998-2001) and Carlisle (1985-88) also won four in a row. The PIAA began holding tourneys in the 1919-20 school year. Things went from all-one-class to two in '45, to three in '51, to four in '84 and to six this year. In all, 274 state champs have been crowned -- six this year, 132 in the four era, 99 in the three era, 12 in the two era, and 25 in the one era. (Allentown won three in a row from '45 to '47, but had to vacate the last two for cheating.)

Schools With at Least Five PIAA Basketball Championships
(Classification Listed Next to Year)
School No. --- Years ---
Chester 8 1983 3 1989 4 1994 4 2000 4 2005 4 2008 4 2011 4 2012 4
#Kennedy Christian 8 1986 1 1987 1 1998 1 1999 1 2000 1 2001 1 2016 1 2017 1
Farrell 7 1952 3 1954 3 1956 3 1959 3 1960 3 1969 3 1972 3  
Lower Merion 7 1933 3 1941 3 1942 3 1943 3 1996 4 2006 4 2013 4  
Neumann-Goretti 7 2010 3 2011 3 2012 3 2014 3 2015 3 2016 3 2017 3  
Steelton-Highspire *5 1992 4 1998 4 2000 3 2005 3 2008 3      
Midland 5 1965 3 1971 2 1973 2 1974 2 1976 2      
Schenley 5 1966 3 1971 3 1975 3 1978 3 2007 4      
Aliquippa 5 1949 3 1989 3 1994 2 1997 2 2016 2      
Imhotep 5 2009 2 2011 2 2012 2 2013 2 2017 4      
#-changed its name to Kennedy Catholic in June of 2001
*-Steelton HS won one in 1927 before merging with Highspire in late 1950s

MARCH 25
TEDBIT
  Those Wood guys were NOT messin' around. Seven times in nine years of PIAA membership, a Catholic League team has posted a hat trick . . . as in, Catholic/City/State championships. Those games, scores and victory margins are listed below and the Vikings crushed the previous record for VM. Neumann-Goretti's 2010 team previously was the most dominant with an average VM of 16.3. That accomplishment now belongs to Wood at 25.3.

2010 Neumann-Goretti   2011 Neumann-Goretti   2012 Neumann-Goretti
Carroll 75-59 16   Carroll 59-55 4   SJ Prep 59-57 2
Dobbins 75-44 31   Phila. Electric 62-54 8   Boys' Latin 66-57 9
Chartiers Valley 65-63 2   Montour 55-45 10   Montour 48-45 3
    49       22       14
  2nd 16.3     6th 7.3     7th 4.7
2014 Neumann-Goretti   2015 Roman   2016 Roman
Roman 53-48 5   Neum.-Goretti 64-59 5   Neum.-Goretti 72-65 7
Phila. Electric 69-55 14   King 58-57 1   King 64-53 11
Susquehanna Twp. 64-57 7   King 62-45 17   Allderdice 73-62 11
    26       23       29
  4th 8.7     5th 7.7     3rd 9.7
2017 Wood        
Neumann.-Goretti 65-58 7                
King 87-51 36                
Meadville 73-40 33                
    76                
  1st 25.3                

MARCH 24 (Evening)
TEDBIT
 
The Archbishop Wood Vikings had to wait 51 years to win their first Catholic League basketball championship, but when they did so they managed to do it up right. There have been 68 CL kingpins since 1950. And in terms of final overall winning percentage, coach John Mosco's club ranks in a tie for 10th place at .903 (28-3) after tonight capturing the Class 5A state title with a 73-40 frolic past Meadville. Carl Arrigale, for whom Mosco worked at Neumann-Goretti, owns the top spot at .968 in 2010 (30-1). That 1964 Cardinal Dougherty team did not lose until its final game: 77-62 to Germantown for the City Title.

CL Champs With Top Final Winning Percentages, 1950-2017
School Year Coach W-L Pct.
Neumann-Goretti 2010 Carl Arrigale 30-1 .968
La Salle 1950 Obie O'Brien 24-1 .960
Cardinal Dougherty 1964 Jack Pergolin 24-1 .960
Bishop Neumann 1965 Al DiGiacomo 22-1 .957
St. Joseph's Prep 2003 Speedy Morris 30-2 .938
Roman Catholic 2016 Chris McNesby 29-2 .935
West Catholic 1953 Jim Usilton Jr. 24-2 .923
Roman Catholic 1974 Speedy Morris 31-3 .912
Roman Catholic 1980 Speedy Morris 31-3 .912
Roman Catholic 1991 Dennis Seddon 28-3 .903
Roman Catholic 2007 Dennis Seddon 28-3 .903
Neumann-Goretti 2012 Carl Arrigale 28-3 .903
Archbishop Wood 2017 John Mosco 28-3 .903

 

 

MARCH 24
TEDBIT
 
Folks could debate forever about which one of Neumann-Goretti's seven state champs deserves to be considered the best. But if you'd like to make a decision based solely on numbers . . . well, the 2017 group is the cake-taker. They're second in most points scored, third in fewest points allowed and first in victory margin. Those averages come out to 75.4, 47.2 and 28.2. Feel free to brag, guys (smile).

Key Numbers for N-G's Seven State Champs
Scored Year Allowed Year Margin Year
435 2016 224 2012 141 2017
377 2017 225 2011 132 2012
369 2015 236 2017 129 2016
356 2012 261 2014 106 2011
354 2010 274 2010 91 2015
331 2011 278 2015 80 2010
324 2014 306 2016 63 2014

MARCH 23 (Evening)
TEDBIT
 
In 19 seasons as Neumann-Goretti's coach, Carl Arrigale has had a chance to win to 37 championships. He has claimed 25 for a .676 percentage. The breakdown is below. City Titles and state championships became available in the 2008-09 season. With tonight's 89-58 success over Lincoln Park for Class 3A honors, Arrigale became just the second coach in state history to claim a seventh state championship (in nine tries). At the 3A level, which in that era featured highest-enrollment teams, Farrell's Eddie McCluskey won seven over 21 seasons from 1952 through '72.

Carl Arrigale's Crowns
Name CL City State
1998-99 no x x
1999-00 no x x
2000-01 yes x x
2001-02 yes x x
2002-03 no x x
2003-04 no x x
2004-05 yes x x
2005-06 yes x x
2006-07 no x x
2007-08 no x x
2008-09