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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.
As you likely know by now, I love it when guys play multiple sports and have strong faith in both the short-term and long-range benefits. With that in mind . . . Here are basketball scoring numbers in regular season league play (1950 on up) for Catholic League guys who advanced to the NFL. Check out the No. 1 guy on the list. Good, ol' Marvin Harrison, who last summer was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. No. 4 is John Cappelletti, who won the Heisman Trophy. In 2013, I posted an updated list of the best NFL-AFL players from high schools in Philadelphia's three city leagues (Public, Catholic, Inter-Ac). Five guys listed below -- Harrison, Jim Cooper, Frank Wycheck, Jim Katcavage and Rich Gannon -- were first-teamers and three others -- Anthony Becht, Cappelletti and Frank Gallagher -- were included on the Best of the Rest list. Not all players stayed with hoops through their senior year. GS means games in which the player scored.
|CL Basketball Points Scored by NFL Players, 1950-|
|Carmen Cavalli||ST More||1955||2||28||265|
|Andy Nacrelli||St. James||1951||2||23||158|
|Frank Gallagher||St. James||1961||2||26||141|
|*LaMar Campbell||St. James||1993||1||2||7|
|Rich Gannon||SJ Prep||1982||1||1||2|
|*-St. James closed in '93; attended Strath Haven as a senior|
School by school, I've been posting individual scoring in regular season Catholic League games going back to the 1949-50 season and one nugget has stuck with me since May 10. Info for Archbishop Carroll was posted that day and this is pretty amazing: In the 1979-80 season, only seven guys scored. Five did so in all 14 games, six in 13 and one in four. Last night, I zipped through the other pages and could find no other sevens. Definitely some eights and St. Thomas More even had three in a row from 1953 through '55. The guys with very few points usually score in blowouts. I couldn't help but wonder if Carroll played only tight games in '80. The results and margins are right below and the individual scoring details are below that. Carroll lost seven games by no more than six points. That year I covered the Patriots' game vs. St. James on Feb. 11. They lost, 49-47. In the last moments, Paul Adelizzi inbounded to Doug Abbonizio and wound up missing about an 18-foot jumper -- it lipped the rim and kicked out -- after accepting a return pass. My scorebook lists 10 players for Carroll. Except for Paul Sullivan, all guys on the list below scored. John Rogers played a little and missed one shot. Other names in the book were Charlie Caruso and Kevin McClatchy. In the preview for that season, a guy named Don McGuigan was included in the thumbnails. Not sure what happened to him along the way. Here's hoping that members of the Non-Seven DID manage to score some points in non-league games. Dan Mostardi was a basketball-baseball star. His sons, Vince ('10) and Joe ('14), also played hoops for the Patriots. The trio combined for 750 points in CL regular season play.
|Carroll's Results for Catholic League Games, 1980|
|Opponent||W-L||Carr.||Opp.||Won by||Lost by|
|Scorers in CL Play|
Many former "Our Guys" stars (products of Catholic/Inter-Ac/Public schools) have wound up serving as head coaches at Catholic League schools. Yesterday, Will Chavis was hired to be McDevitt's next boss and he's No. 1 on the list below. Who's on it? -- CL "Our Guys" coaches who earned first team all-league honors and posted high scoring averages from 1950 on up. Most of the guys, as you might expect, played in the CL. Chavis did not. He starred at Engineering and Science ('98) and scored 340 points in 13 games for a 26.2 average. He then played at Texas Tech before enjoying a successful pro career overseas. His primary E&S teammate in '98 was John Cox. His dad, John "Chubby" Cox (Roxborough '73), played in the NBA and his cousin is none other than Kobe Bryant. The No. 2 guy on the list, St. Thomas More's Billy Hoy, is on it three times because he was an outrageous scorer and first-teamer even as a soph. North Catholic's Barry Brodzinski and Archbishop Ryan's Joe Zeglinski are on it twice, and "Ziggy" would have made a third appearance had he not missed most of his senior season due to injury. Other non-CL guys aside from Chavis: Malvern's Charles "Jerry" Kehoe (19.8 in 1950, the Friars' first season as an Inter-Ac member) and Penn Charter's Carl Arrigale (18.0 in 1984). Kehoe's sons, Terry and Tom, played at Bishop Kenrick, where Jerry coached, and Tom wound up coaching at Kenrick. His brother-in-law is Saint Joseph's University's long-time coach, Phil Martelli. Phil also coached at Kenrick and one of his assistants was the famed UConn women's coach, Geno Auriemma. If I missed someone who deserves a spot on the list, please email up. email@example.com Thanks.
|Top 20 "Our Guys" Scorers Among Catholic League Coaches, 1950-2018|
|Name||School||Year||G||Pts||PPG||Coached at . . .|
|Will Chavis||Eng. & Science||1998||13||340||26.2||McDevitt|
|Billy Hoy||ST More||1959||14||350||25.0||ST More / West|
|Barry Brodzinski||North Catholic||1973||16||353||22.1||Roman|
|Joe Heyer||La Salle||1956||13||276||21.2||Dougherty|
|Barry Brodzinski||North Catholic||1972||15||315||21.0||Roman|
|Billy Hoy||ST More||1958||14||291||20.8||ST More / West|
|Chas. "Jerry" Kehoe||Malvern||1950||12||237||19.8||Kenrick|
|Billy Hoy||ST More||1957||13||251||19.3||ST More / West|
|Jim "Mo" Connolly||Judge||1976||11||208||18.9||Wood|
|Carl Arrigale||Penn Charter||1984||10||180||18.0||Neumann / N-G|
|Frank Sciolla||SJ Prep||1989||14||249||17.8||Conwell-Egan|
|Sean Tait||Judge||1995||14||235||16.8||Wood / Judge|
Bryan Caver has been named the new coach at Conwell-Egan. He replaces Eric Kindler, who resigned after one season for personal reasons. Caver is the 12th African-American to head a basketball program in the Inter-Ac/Catholic leagues. Caver played high school ball at the ol' McCorristin Catholic in the suburbs of Trenton, NJ, and college ball at Seton Hall. He graduated from McCorristin in 1990. One of his teammates there was Mark Bass, who wound up playing for St. Joseph's University. Caver has been active in coaching assorted teams and running leagues. On the list below . . . Hal Greer, who coached Germantown Academy in the '79 and '80 seasons, was a star guard in the NBA and played 10 seasons with the 76ers. Ron Haigler, who coached Penn Charter in the '76 and '77 seasons, was an all-time player for Penn and is a member of the Big 5 Hall of Fame. Guy Moore coached at two schools, North Catholic and West Catholic. Best of luck to Bryan and the Eagles!
UPDATE: Today, former Engineering and Science star Will Chavis, who earned first team All-Public and second team All-City honors in 1998, was named head coach at McDevitt. Will played his college ball at Texas Tech and followed with a lengthy pro stint overseas. He also did some coaching overseas. He becomes the eighth African-American to be named to coach a Catholic League school and the CL will have three for the 2017-18 season; also Jason Harrigan (O'Hara) and Bryan Caver (Conwell-Egan). Best of luck to Will and the Lancers!
|African-American Coaches at Inter-Ac/Catholic Schools|
|Julian McFadden||Chestnut Hill||1||2017|
|Hal Greer||Douglass (Huntington, WV)||2||1979-80|
|Henry "Doug" Fairfax||Haverford School||4||2012-15|
|Ron Haigler||Madison (Brooklyn, NY)||2||1976-77|
|Bryan Caver||McCorristin (Hamilton, NJ)||?||2018|
|Marc Turner||Lower Merion||1||2001|
|Will Chavis||Engineering and Science||?||2018|
|Jason Harrigan||Burlington City (NJ)||1||2017|
|St. Joseph's Prep|
|Jazz Williams||West Catholic||3||2014-16|
A page from Roman's 1952 yearbook.
Bill French is the guy launching a push shot to the left. And holding the ball in a solo pic, of course.
|There are shocks and then there are SHOCKS! One day last week, I was checking Roman's 1952 yearbook to see if I could find first names for some varsity basketball players when the page you see to the left damn near jumped through my laptop. Whoa!! That guy is senior Bill French and he was a two-year varsity player for the Cahillites. He was also a 7-footer! The yearbook caption says he stood 7-3. In newspaper stories, he was listed as "short" as 7-1 1/2 and as tall as as 7-2 1/2. Roman was a lower level program in that era and French was not a dominant player. He scored 120 points in CL play as a junior and 118 as a senior before breaking his left foot about two weeks into February. (One of his basketball teammates was football star Jim Katcavage, who wound up having a great career as a defensive lineman for the New York Giants. His senior hoops season also ended early due to injury.) French, who lived a half-block from Central High's baseball field and no more than a 5-minute walk from La Salle, did not turn 18 until June of 1952 and in a short blurb in the Inquirer that month his father, John, said Bill would be enrolling at Ohio State. Not sure if that happened. His name is not listed on varsity rosters thereafter. I sent an email to someone in the communications department at Ohio State to see if French had at least played for the Buckeyes' freshman team. No response has been received. In Dec. 1954, the Delco Times published rosters for what appeared to be a high quality semi-pro league. A guy named Bill French was listed on the roster for the Marcus Hook AA. So was Joe "Hank" Greenberg. Hmm. Hank, who passed away in 2007, played for La Salle College in the late 1940s and one of his 12 children, Chip, starred for La Salle High (City Player of the Year in 1982) and the college. I've known the Greenbergs forever and asked Jerry, Chip's older brother, if he could put me in touch with Charley Greenberg, Hank's brother, a member of La Salle's 1954 NCAA champs (with Tom Gola) and later the coach at Judge. I spoke by phone with Charley on Friday afternoon, shortly before the PC-GA baseball game. He remembered Bill French and said Bill's brother, John "Jack" French, had also played at La Salle/La Salle. Charley said he wasn't sure if Bill had wound up playing college ball. If so, he had no memory of it. Wonder what happened? Maybe injuries got in the way? Maybe his college plans, for whatever reason, had to be ditched? Bottom line: More than 60 years ago, Roman had a 7-footer. And he graduated just a few months before another giant walked through the front door at Overbrook. Some guy named Wilt Chamberlain. Maybe you've heard of him? (smile) . . . If someone out there can flesh out Bill French's story, please do so. I will gladly make an update. Thanks!|
Kyle Lowry this season surpassed 10,000 career points in NBA/ABA regular season play and he's the ninth "Our Guy" (Public, Catholic, Inter-Ac) to accomplish that feat. In addition to points per game, the list below shows points per year. As mentioned along the way, Paul Arizin never played one minute of high school basketball while attending La Salle, which in that era was located at 20th and Olney (as part of the college). He grew up in South Philly. Imagine if he'd attended what was then Southeast Catholic (now Neumann-Goretti). He and Larry Foust, No. 7 on the list, would have been classmates. And maybe teammates as well. Meanwhile, how proud is Mark Heimerdinger? He coached TWO guys on the list at now-closed Cardinal Dougherty, Kyle and Cuttino "Cat" Mobley. Cat and Guy Rodgers are the lone lefties on the list. If I missed someone . . . firstname.lastname@example.org. Thanks.
UPDATE: This afternoon, Paul's son, Michael, attended the Penn Charter-Malvern baseball game. He mentioned that his dad and Larry Foust were friends, as were the families. In fact, Mrs. Foust was a bridesmaid in Mrs. Arizin's bridal party.
|Top 10 "Our Guys" Scorers in NBA/ABA Regular Season Play|
|Wilt Chamberlain||Overbrook '55||14||1,045||31,419||30.1||2,244|
|Earl Monroe||Bartram '62||13||926||17,454||18.8||1,343|
|Paul Arizin||La Salle '46||10||713||16,266||22.8||1,627|
|Rasheed Wallace||Gratz '93||16||1,109||16,006||14.4||1,000|
|Cuttino "Cat" Mobley||Dougherty '92||11||747||11,964||16.0||1,088|
|Ray Scott||West Phila. '56||11||811||11,629||14.3||1,057|
|Larry Foust||Southeast Cath. '46||12||817||11,198||13.7||933|
|Guy Rodgers||Northeast '53||12||892||10,415||11.7||868|
|Kyle Lowry||Dougherty '04||11||713||10,162||14.3||924|
|Fred Carter||Franklin '62||8||611||9,271||15.2||1,159|
Due to a sweep by the Cleveland Cavaliers in the Eastern Conference semis, the 2016-17 NBA season is over for Kyle Lowry and the Toronto Raptors. Lowry, who starred at Northeast (through 10th grade) and now-closed Cardinal Dougherty before spending two seasons at Villanova, was limited to eight playoff games this season due to ankle injuries. He scored 126 points for a 15.8 average. The list below, updated from last year, shows that Kyle now owns 774 playoff points, good for No. 7 among products of Public, Catholic and Inter-Ac schools. In terms of average, he's now No. 5. As shockingly noted last year, Overbrook's Wilt Chamberlain is NOT the king when it comes to average. He was beaten out by a guy, Paul Arizin, who never played a minute of varsity hoops while attending La Salle. Yes, Wilt played in many more games, 160-49, but the numbers don't lie -- 24.2 for Paul, 22.5 for Wilt. Pretty amazing, right? They were teammates for three seasons (1960-62) with the ol' Philadelphia Warriors. Those were the first three seasons of Wilt's pro career and the last three of Paul's. They played together in 24 playoff games. Those numbers: 24-830-34.6 for Wilt and 24-582-24.3 for Paul. His playoff norm in the pre-Wilt days was almost exactly the same -- 25-604-24.1. All guys with at least 250 playoff points are below. The No. 4 spot in terms of average is held by Franklin's Fred Carter, the father of DN/Inky sports writer Aaron "Ace" Carter. When informed of this, Ace could not resist the chance to bust Dad's chops. "He never met a shot he didn't like." Ha, ha. . . Please speak up if I missed someone. These numbers were compiled via research on http://www.basketball-reference.com/. As also mentioned last year, Michael Arizin, Paul's son, pointed this out: Of ALL the players who have ever played in the NBA (71 yrs---including Wilt, Kobe, Jordan, Baylor, Bird, etc), his dad had the 2nd highest average in his final year of play (21.9 ppg). Only Bob Pettit averaged more in his final year (22.5). Not bad for someone who never played on an organized team until he was almost 20 years old. Michael didn't mention this, but I did. Pettit played in just 50 games in his final season. Paul played in 78. . . Meanwhile, Kyle Lowry now owns 12,871 overall career points -- 1,392 at NE/Dougherty, 543 at 'Nova, 10,162 in NBA regular seasons and 774 in playoffs.
|"Our Guys" With At Least 250 NBA/ABA Career Playoff Points|
|Paul Arizin||La Salle||49||1,186||24.2||1st|
|Larry Foust||SE Catholic||73||902||12.4|
|Ray Scott||West Phila.||*48||660||13.8|
|Tom Gola||La Salle||39||432||11.1|
|Jim Washington||W. Catholic||42||369||8.8|
|Ronald Murray||S. Mansion||45||319||7.1|
|Gene Banks||West Phila.||27||292||10.8|
|John Baum||West Phila.||*35||262||7.5|
|Matt Guokas||SJ Prep||60||254||4.2|
It's still semi-early in the process, but I thought you might find this list interesting. Here are the Top 20 career scorers, in Catholic League regular season play, from the eight schools listed so far -- Bonner/B-P, La Salle, McDevitt, North, Ryan, St. James, St. Thomas More and West. Three of those schools -- North, St. James, ST More -- are no longer with us. Through the years, and the lists go back to 1950 thanks to Tom Taylor's amazing hustle, the number of league games played each season has been as low as 12 and as high as 16. We'll update this list along the way.
|Top 20 Scorers in CL Regular Season (So Far . . . )|
|Billy Hoy||ST More||1959||892|
|Ron Schott||St. James||1972||888|
|Mike Jones||ST More||1969||871|
|Craig Conlin||La Salle||1985||815|
|Tom Gola||La Salle||1951||*707|
|Chip Greenberg||La Salle||1982||692|
|*-includes 1949 season|
It's the 1966-67 basketball season at La Salle College (now University) and the roster includes five guys whose names will be mentioned shortly. Not long thereafter, they would wind up working at the same place. What's your guess? An insurance office? A police station? A car dealership? A newspaper? (Hey, had to throw that one in there -- smile.) The answer is . . . Archbishop Ryan High. Ryan opened in the late 1960s. With no seniors on the roster, it joined the Catholic League for hoops in the 1967-68 season and celebrated its first grads in 1969. The varsity coach was George Paull, a product of now-closed Cardinal Dougherty and La Salle. Understandably, George is featured quite prominently in Ryan's 1969 yearbook, which I was able to find online via classmates.com. Away from his X-and-O duties, George taught earth science and phys ed. Also in that book are three other former La Salle College Explorers: Roman Catholic product Chuck Storm (typing, business math, assistant dean of students), Abington product Dave "Lefty" Ervin (world culture, social studies) and Bill Ring (English, business law, coach of the freshman basketball team), a product of St. John's, in Washington, D.C. (His son, also named Bill, wound up being a quality quarterback for Bishop McDevitt). OK, that takes care of four guys. Frank McArdle, the current coach of Ryan's football team, had given me the great tip about the five La Salle guys at Ryan and after some extra digging, he let me know that the fifth guy was La Salle High product Mike "Oz" Osborne. Bingo! Oz wasn't pictured/mentioned in the '69 yearbook because he was still at 20th and Olney, finishing his college days. He'd graduated from the high school in '65. But I spoke with him yesterday by phone and he said he spent the 1969-70 school year teaching history at Ryan while also coaching the JV hoops team at La Salle High. He assumed command of La Salle's varsity for the 1970-71 season (and moved there to teach as well) and held that hoops job through '77. (His replacement was Lefty). Oz' overall record was 122-65 and his 1975-76 team bested West Philadelphia and the great Gene Banks in early December. In Gene's three-year varsity career, West stormed to a 79-2 record with three Public/City championships. When I began this sports writing journey in the 1971-72 school year for a chain of weekly newspapers in Montgomery County, games involving La Salle and McDevitt were covered early and often. Dealing with Oz was always tremendous. Great guy and coach. His college career had been cut short by knee miseries and Oz mentioned that his life has included 16 knee operations. Can't even imagine. Meanwhile, Oz (in '65), George and Chuck (both in '63) all earned first team All-Catholic honors. So, there you have it. FIVE former La Salle College basketball players indeed could be found teaching classes at Ryan in the school's early years. Major thanks to Frank McArdle for providing the inspiration for this journey in the way-back machine. And, especially, for his appreciation of cool stuff from olden times (ha ha).
When I was a kid, one of the coolest things about being a fan of high school basketball was checking out boxscores in the newspaper. And THE coolest thing about that experience was seeing how many interesting Polish names (I guess they were all Polish?) popped up on North Catholic's rosters. Sometimes, the names were too long to fit in the space so apostrophes were used. Earlier this morning, I posted North's individual CL scoring for its final 61 seasons. Now, here's this: My opinion on the 10 coolest surnames, in order from 1 to 10, during that time frame. Bob Niczyporowicz became famous when coach Tony Costantino had this comment for a preview. "We have one good football player, Lou Sigmund, one good soccer player, John Regan, and one good Polish player, Bob Niczyporowicz."
|North's Best Surnames|
|*-also served as head coach|
While working on La Salle's list of individual scoring in Catholic League games from 1950 through 2017, the fact that two guys named Joe -- Meade and Heyer -- were very prominent got me to thinking. In that time frame, how many guys were NOT ordinary Joes? Well, below are all first-teamers named Joe. Joe Meade twice earned first team honors and Joe Heyer owned the CL mark for points in one game (49) from '56 into the '68 season, when McDevitt's Bob Haas racked up 51. That remains the record all these years later. North Catholic leads the way with five first team Joes. . . Special note. Though this list begins with the 1950 season, this should be mentioned: Joe Rogers' dad, Joe, was a first-teamer for Roman in 1943, as well as the leading vote-getter.
|First Team All-Catholic Honorees Named Joe, 1950-2017|
|Joe Ryan||SJ Prep||1953-55||23.4||1954|
|Joe Meade||La Salle||1996-97||21.1||1997|
|Joe Nardi||SJ Prep||2009-10||13.7||2010|
|Joe Heyer||La Salle||1956||21.2|
|Joe Hartman||ST More||1965||19.5|
|Joe "Bud" Elsesser||Judge||1972||17.1|
|*-honorary selection in '06 (limited to 2 games due to serious injury)|
As many of you likely know, Archbishop Wood this year won its first Catholic League basketball championship in season No. 51 of membership. Did you know this? Way back in the day, the Vikings came close to losing that many consecutive CL games. The number was 47 -- all 16 in 1968-69, all 16 again in 1969-70 and the first 15 of 16 in 1970-71. The Vikings posted a 4-12 mark in '68 and won their finale by 69-67 over McDevitt thanks to a 19-8 fourth quarter and 22 points by Bob Hartman. McDevitt had already clinched a playoff spot and didn't need the win. The Lancers' bad vibrations weren't over. In a game that made national headlines, they fell to North Catholic's JV squad, filling in for the suspended varsity, in a quarterfinal at the Palestra. During its 47-game tailspin, Wood was outscored by 3,152 to 2,302 for an average rounded-off score of 67-49. It fell by one point twice in the 1969-70 season. And the 52-51 loss to Ryan was decided when Albie Lorenz hit a free throw at 0:01. The streak fiiiiinally ended with a 58-44 win over McDevitt. The Vikings, who won every quarter, were led by Chuck Whicker (18) and John McCann (13). A personal note: One of Wood's starters in '69 was Jim Fitzpatrick. We were teammates on the East Germantown Rams' 12-and-under squad in 1962-63 and also with us was Joe Magarity. He wound up playing varsity ball at La Salle (Class of '70) and his daughter, Colleen, is now Penn Charter's girls lacrosse coach. Jim's nephew, Cody Fitzpatrick, was a long-distance sniper for Wood ('15) and in '13 he was part of this special moment.
|Wood's 47-Game CL Losing Streak, 1968-69/1970-71|
|La Salle||46||63||Bob Hartman||17|
|La Salle||49||76||Rick Welsh||14|
|La Salle||57||62||Mike Patterson||15|
|La Salle||53||69||Skip Romanet||12|
|La Salle||45||64||John McCann||20|
|End of the Streak . . .|
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.