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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.
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 . . .|
|Obie O'Brien||La Salle||27||1944||1970|
|Tom Stewart||St. James||18||1976||1993|
|Bill Ludlow||West Catholic||17||1994||2010|
|*Speedy Morris||SJ Prep||16||2002||2017|
|*-still on the job|
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|
|2000||Brett Storm||Penn Charter||Conshy Express||Shaun McKie||Gratz||Hill Seniors|
|2001||Sharif Bray||Central||HBA Waterview|
|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|
|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|
|Rysheed Jordan||Team Philly||Vaux||48||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|
|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|
|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|
|Mark Tyndale||Sonny Hill Srs.||Gratz||24||2004|
|Wayne Marshall||Positive Image||King||24||2003|
|Izaiah Brockington||Team Philly||Ryan||22||2017|
|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|
|Lamar Stevens||Old School||Roman||21||2016|
|Bradley Wanamaker||Positive Image||Roman||20||2007|
|*Rob Kurz||Playaz||Penn Charter||20||2004|
|*advanced to NBA|
|"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|
|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|
|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.|
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!
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)|
|Levan "Shizz" Alston||Haver. School||Temple||'17|
|Alvin Williams||Gtn. Academy||Villanova||'*97|
|*MVP or Co-MVP|
|SECOND TEAM (1981-82 to 2016-17)|
|Paul Burke||Chestnut Hill||La Salle||'94-'95|
|Mike Gizzi||Chestnut Hill||La Salle||'97|
|Tim Krug||Penn Charter||Penn||'96|
|Alvin Williams||Gtn. Academy||Villanova||'96|
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
|Adonal Foyle||O'Hara||#St. Vincent||1992||+-1st||14||258||18.4|
|Martin Sejda||C-E||Czech Republic||1994||3rd||13||169||13.0|
|*-some guys made pit stops elsewhere before coming to Philly area|
|#-officially St. Vincent and the Grenadines|
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|
|3||Kharon Randolph||Hav. School||G||Jr.|
|5||Darius Kinnel||SJ Prep||G||Jr.|
|11||Kyle McCloskey||Gtn. Acad.||F||Sr.|
|15||Evan-Eric Longino||Gtn. Acad.||G||Sr.|
|22||Zuri Peyton||SCH Acad.||F||Sr.|
|24||Christian Ray||Hav. School||G-F||So.|
|25||Mason Williams||Penn Char.||G||Jr.|
(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.
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.
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).
|PHILA. CATHOLIC LEAGUE||8,722|
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)|
|Brian Daly||Bonner||1988||1st team coaches' All-Catholic (Southern Division)|
|Doug Overton||Dobbins||1987||2nd team coaches' All-Public (overall)|
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|
|Gene Banks||West Phila.||1977||46||16||16||14|
|Maureece Rice||Straw. Mansion||2003||41.5||15.5||15||11|
|Eggy Tillman||West Phila.||1978||40.5||15.5||15||10|
|Tyrone Weeks||Franklin LC||1993||39||14||14||11|
|Lynn Greer||Eng. & Science||1997||33||16||9||8|
|Meatball Hand||Franklin LC||1992||32||15||13||4|
|Stephen Vasturia||SJ Prep||2013||32||15||14||3|
|Chris Clover||SJ Prep||2015||30||15||15|
|Sean Singletary||Penn Charter||2004||28||16||12|
|*-transferred out of city leagues after junior season|
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
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|
|Field Goals||14||Zane Martin||Neumann-Goretti||2016|
|FG Attempts||22||Zane Martin||Neumann-Goretti||2016|
|Free Throws||11||Lamar Stevens||Roman||2016|
|FT Attempts||15||Derrick Jones||Carroll||2015|
|3-P Attempts||10||Mustafaa Jones||Neumann-Goretti||2010|
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|
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.
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
(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|
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|
|Dobbins||75-44||31||Phila. Electric||62-54||8||Boys' Latin||66-57||9|
|2014 Neumann-Goretti||2015 Roman||2016 Roman|
MARCH 24 (Evening)
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|
|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|
|Archbishop Wood||2017||John Mosco||28-3||.903|
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|
MARCH 23 (Evening)
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|