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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 yes yes no
2009-10 yes yes yes
2010-11 yes yes yes
2011-12 yes yes yes
2012-13 yes yes no
2013-14 yes yes yes
2014-15 no yes yes
2015-16 no no yes
2016-17 no yes yes
10/19 8/9 7/9

MARCH 23
TEDBIT
 
By late tonight, we'll know where Neumann-Goretti seniors Quade Green (Kentucky) and Dhamir "DaDa" Cosby-Roundtree rank for sure on the list of the Catholic League's leading career scorers in state playoffs. For now, they're third and eighth, respectively. DaDa will move UpUp to sixth (who knows, maybe he'll make a PushPush up to fifth) will Quade will likely remain at No. 3. No guarantees there, though, because he's always capable of exploding.
  UPDATE: The numbers for Quade (22 in final) and DaDa (15) have been updated. They rank third and sixth, respectively. Could have easily been second and fifth.

Leading Catholic League Scorers in State Playoffs
  Ja'Quan Derrick Quade Zane John Dhamir Tony Tony Lamarr
  Newton Jones Green Martin Davis C-R Carr Chennault Kimble
  N-G Carroll N-G N-G N-G N-G Roman N-G N-G
2009 x x x x x x x 61 x
2010 x x x x 0 x x 99 x
2011 53 x x x 62 x x x x
2012 76 33 x x 79 x x x 7
2013 54 76 x x 35 x x x 33
2014 107 49 13 2 x 2 13 x 50
2015 x 123 88 85 x 41 49 x 62
2016 x x 106 118 x 60 99 x x
2017 x x 71 118 x 71 x x x
 Total 290 281 278 205 176 174 161 160 152

MARCH 22
TEDBIT
 
With one game remaining in his high school career, Neumann-Goretti sr. G Quade Green (Kentucky) ranks fifth on the all-time list of leading Catholic League career scorers. And he needs just 12 points in the upcoming Class 3A state final to dislodge Roman's Lonnie McFarlan from the No. 4 spot. Do you notice something interesting about the list below? . . . Fourteen of the 15 guys played for schools that were almost always part of the ol' Southern Division. Barry Brodzinski, of now-closed North Catholic, is the lone exception. (Divisions based on geography debuted in the 1955-56 season. Roman and SJ Prep were in the North through 1962-63. They were in the South from the '64 through '08 seasons.)
  UPDATE: Quade scored 22 points in the state championship game to finalize his total at 1,853, good for the No. 4 spot.

Catholic League's Career Scoring Leaders
Name School Sr. Yr. Points
Ja'Quan Newton Neumann-Goretti 2014 1,972
Jeff Jones Bonner 2007 1,923
*-Reggie Jackson ST More, Roman 1978 1,895
Quade Green Neumann-Goretti 2017 1,853
Lonnie McFarlan Roman 1980 1,842
Steve Benton Neumann 1985 1,808
Charron Fisher Roman 2004 1,804
Stephen Vasturia SJ Prep 2013 1,764
Eddie Griffin Roman 2000 1,656
Michael Brooks West Catholic 1976 1,651
Derrick Jones Carroll 2015 1,645
Bernard Jones Roman 1991 1,633
Tony Chennault Neumann-Goretti 2010 1,621
Barry Brodzinski North Catholic 1973 1,583
Reggie Redding SJ Prep 2006 1,568
*-boxscores for four games in St. Thomas More's '75 season unavailable

MARCH 21
TEDBIT
 
There is never a sure thing in sports, but the Catholic League has come pretty down close in state semifinals since joining the PIAA for the 2008-09 season. Its record is 13-1 for a winning percentage of .929. Ryan (6A), Wood (5A) and Neumann-Goretti (3A) will be playing tonight and here's hoping the winning percentage inches upward to .941.

Results for Catholic League Teams in State Semifinals
Year Class Winner Loser Score Leading Scorer Pts
2009 3A Carroll York Suburban 65-57 Kasheef Festus 19
2010 3A Neumann-Goretti Eastern York 81-73 Danny Stewart 20
2011 3A Neumann-Goretti Lancaster Catholic 82-75 Billy Shank 26
2012 3A Neumann-Goretti Boys' Latin 74-43 *Davis/Newton 19
2013 3A Carroll Montour 50-45 Derrick Jones 21
  4A Chester SJ Prep 62-53 Stephen Vasturia 19
2014 3A Neumann-Goretti Phila. Electric 65-53 Ja'Quan Newton 21
  4A La Salle Chester 61-55 David Krmpotich 19
2015 2A Conwell-Egan Loyalsock 55-44 Stevie Jordan 23
  3A Neumann-Goretti Imhotep 75-67 Quade Green 18
  3A Carroll Erie Cathedral Prep 59-32 Derrick Jones 22
  4A Roman Lancaster McCaskey 69-66 Nazeer Bostick 17
2016 3A Neumann-Goretti Imhotep 76-69 Quade Green 19
  4A Roman Ply.-Whitemarsh 64-45 Nazeer Bostick 17
*-John Davis/Ja'Quan Newton        

MARCH 20
TEDBIT
 
With a 32-point outburst last night vs. Spring Grove in a Class 5A quarterfinal, Wood's Tyree Pickron became the 18th Catholic/Inter-Ac player in this century to reach 1,000 career points while still a junior. The most amazing part of the list: appearances by all three Zeglinski brothers. Joe is now the coach at Ryan, his alma mater. Zack and Sammy played for Penn Charter. (Joe did so, too, as an eighth-grader, before transferring to Ryan. For this list, his PC points are not included.) Zack and Joe missed almost all of their senior seasons due to injury. They had to settle for just 25 and 47 points, respectively.

CL/I-A Juniors in 2000s With 1,000 Career Points
Name School Points Jr. Yr.
*Gerald Henderson Episcopal 1,392 2005
Jeff Jones Bonner 1,309 2006
Ja'Quan Newton N-G 1,302 2013
Quade Green N-G 1,275 2016
Nick Alikakos Episcopal 1,208 2016
Charron Fisher Roman 1,195 2003
Stephen Vasturia SJ Prep 1,149 2012
Zack Zeglinski Penn Charter 1,142 2004
Joe Zeglinski Ryan 1,105 2005
*Wayne Ellington Episcopal 1,099 2006
Sammy Zeglinski Penn Charter 1,086 2006
*Derrick Jones Carroll 1,068 2014
Brian Grandieri Malvern 1,068 2003
Tony Chennault N-G 1,066 2009
Reggie Redding SJ Prep 1,066 2005
*Eddie Griffin Roman 1,020 1999
Tyree Pickron Wood 1,018 2017
Terrence Mack Episcopal 1,012 2002
*advanced to NBA      

MARCH 19
TEDBIT
 
Due to yesterday's Class 5A quarterfinal involving Carroll -- an 86-84, two-OT loss to Northeastern -- there were two options for today's offering: highest outputs or smallest margins. I went with the latter. This is year No. 9 for the Catholic League's PIAA membership and the assorted teams have been involved in 33 state playoffs decided by no more than five points. Carroll has been involved in 11 and the breakdown is strange. The Patriots are 0-6 in games decided by one or two points and 5-0 in three/four/fives. Not surprisingly, yesterday's game produced the highest combined point total with 170. If one more point had been scored in regulation, the total of 131 would have claimed sixth place. 

State Playoffs Involving CL Teams Decided by 1 to 5 Points
Year Round Winner Loser Score Margin
2010 1st La Salle Chester 42-41 1
2010 1st Roman Souderton 55-54 1
2011 1st Pine Grove West Catholic 45-44 1
2011 1st Eastern York Carroll 56-55 1
2012 Qtr Hampton Carroll 45-44 1
2014 Qtr Phila. Electrical Carroll 52-51 1
2015 Qtr Roman Pennsbury 58-57 1
2015 Qtr Lancaster McCaskey La Salle 60-59 1
2010 Final Neumann-Goretti Chartiers Valley 65-63 2
2011 1st La Salle Reading 57-55 2
2011 2nd La Salle Allentown Allen 49-47 2
2015 Final Neumann-Goretti Carroll 69-67 2
2016 2nd Harrisburg McDevitt Carroll 62-60 2
2017 Qtr Northeastern Carroll     (2 OTs) 86-84 2
2017 1st Perkiomen Valley Roman 57-55 2
2009 2nd Hughesville West Catholic 61-58 3
2012 Final Neumann-Goretti Montour 48-45 3
2013 Qtr Carroll Chartiers Valley 49-46 3
2015 Semi Roman Lancaster McCaskey 69-66 3
2016 2nd Conwell-Egan Minersville 54-51 3
2016 Qtr Camp Hill Conwell-Egan 60-57 3
2012 1st Central Bucks West SJ Prep 48-44 4
2013 1st Del-Val Conwell-Egan 63-59 4
2014 2nd Carroll Abington Heights 59-55 4
2015 1st La Salle Ridley 58-54 4
2009 Qtr Carroll Neumann-Goretti 70-65 5
2009 1st Central Bucks South Roman 62-57 5
2013 1st Carroll Berks Catholic 47-42 5
2013 Qtr Donegal Neumann-Goretti 55-50 5
2013 Semi Carroll Montour 50-45 5
2015 Qtr Neumann-Goretti Harrisburg McDevitt 76-71 5
2017 2nd Ryan  Central Dauphin East 71-66 5

MARCH 18
TEDBIT
 
This is the Inter-Ac version of the March 16 Tedbit and Germantown Academy's Evan-Eric Longino/Kyle McCloskey own the No. 2 spot. Their school's combos own the next four spots and one more toward the bottom. Haverford School, Malvern and SCH Academy are nowhere to be found.

1,000-Point Inter-Ac Classmates
(Points Scored Only at That School)
EPISCOPAL    
Gerald Henderson 2006 2,059
Wayne Ellington 2006 1,756
    3,815
GERMANTOWN ACADEMY    
L-Evan-Eric Longino 2017 1,658
L-Kyle McCloskey 2017 1,421
    3,079
GERMANTOWN ACADEMY    
Matt Walsh 2002 1,601
L-Lee Melchionni 2002 1,261
    2,862
GERMANTOWN ACADEMY    
Otis Ellis 1985 1,421
Rick Williams 1985 1,358
    2,779
GERMANTOWN ACADEMY    
Brian Burke 1998 1,429
Chris Krug 1998 1,330
    2,759
GERMANTOWN ACADEMY    
Ryan Ayers 2005 1,370
Brian Grimes 2005 1,352
    2,722
PENN CHARTER    
Brett Storm 2000 1,398
Sean Knitter 2000 1,170
    2,568
PENN CHARTER    
@-Rob Kurz 2004 1,258
@-Sean Singletary 2004 1,137
    2,395
GERMANTOWN ACADEMY    
Nick Lindner 2013 1,234
Greg Dotson 2013 1,013
    2,247
EPISCOPAL    
Jerome Allen 1991 1,027
Eric Moore 1991 1,008
    2,035
L-lefty    
@-also played at other I-A school    

MARCH 17
TEDBIT
 
Once again, the team coached by former Neumann-Goretti assistant John Mosco has matched a Saints accomplishment. Four times in eight seasons, five N-G players have scored in double figures in a state playoff. Now Wood, which recently won its first Catholic League championship, is also in the club, having earned membership last night in a second round game vs. Mechanicsburg. Sr. G Collin Gillespie (Villanova) led the way with 24 points. The assorted breakdowns are below.
  UPDATE: In a quarterfinal on March 18, five players scored for Carroll in an 86-84, two-OT loss to Northeastern. The numbers are below.
  UPDATE, Part 2: In a quarterfinal on March 19, N-G put five players in doubles in a 69-56 win over Lancaster Mennonite. The numbers are below.

CL Teams With Five Double-Figure Scorers in State Playoffs
Year School/Foe/Round Players Points
2010 Neumann-Goretti Danny Stewart 20
  vs. Eastern York Tyreek Duren 18
  Semifinal Tony Chennault 14
    Lamin Fulton 14
    Mustafaa Jones 13
      79 of 81
2015 Neumann-Goretti Vaughn Covington 21
  vs. Imhotep Quade Green 18
  Semifinal Zane Martin 13
    Dhamir Cosby-Roundtree 12
    Lamarr Kimble 10
      74 of 75
2016 Neumann-Goretti Zane Martin 27
  vs. Scranton Prep Quade Green 26
  2nd Round Rasheed Browne 18
    Dhamir Cosby-Roundtree 15
    Vaughn Covington 14
      100 of 113
2016 Neumann-Goretti Quade Green 19
  vs. Imhotep Rasheed Browne 17
  Semifinal Dhamir Cosby-Roundtree 13
    Zane Martin 13
    Vaughn Covington 12
      74 of 76 
2017 Wood Collin Gillespie 24
  vs. Mechanicsburg Tyree Pickron 12
  2nd Round Karrington Wallace 12
    Matt Cerruti 11
    Andrew Funk 10
      69 of 80
2017 Carroll Colin Daly 19
  vs. Northeastern AJ Hoggard 16
  Quarterfinal Justin Anderson 16
  (Two OTs) Jesse McPherson 14
    Khari Williams 12
      77 of 84
2017 Neumann-Goretti Mike Millsip 16
  vs. Lanc. Mennonite Quade Green 14
  Quarterfinal Christian Ings 13
    Dhamir Cosby-Roundtree 13
    Marcus Littles 12
      68 of 69

MARCH 16
TEDBIT
 
So, what would be the coolest scenario? Let's go with this one: At the start of tomorrow tonight's (game was postponed) second round Class 3A playoff vs. Holy Redeemer at Bethlehem's Liberty High, Neumann-Goretti sr. C Dhamir "DaDa" Cosby-Roundtree (Villanova) wins the tap and directs the ball to sr. G Quade Green (Kentucky). The guys then run downcourt and Quade alley-oops the ball to DaDa for a wicked slam. Pow! However it happens, the first point scored by DaDa or Quade will raise the combo's career total to 3,000. Q at the moment owns 1,789 and D has 1,210. Both guys have been four-year varsity players for coach Carl Arrigale and already own the record for most points scored by 1,000-point Catholic League classmates. That mark formerly belonged to 2013 SJ Prep grads Stephen Vasturia (1,764) and Miles Overton (1,133) with 2,897. In the Inter-Ac this season, Germantown Academy srs. Evan-Eric Longino (West Chester) and Kyle McCloskey (Villanova for football) finished with 3,079 career points -- 1,658 for E-E and 1,421 for Kyle. In 2006 at Episcopal, current NBAers Gerald Henderson (2,059) and Wayne Ellington (1,756) finished with 3,815 points.
  UPDATE: Green (11) and Cosby-Roundtree (10) combined for 21 points vs. Holy Redeemer. The combo's first points were scored by C-R on an awkward, semi-dunk off a flip from Green. . . . Overall totals will be updated at end of season.   

1,000-Point CL Classmates
(Points Scored Only at That School)
NEUMANN-GORETTI    
Quade Green 2017 1,789
Dhamir Cosby-Roundtree 2107 1,210
  Total   2,999
ST. JOSEPH'S PREP    
Stephen Vasturia 2013 1,764
Miles Overton 2013 1,133
  Total   2,897
ROMAN    
Bernard Jones 1991 1,633
#Marvin Harrison 1991 1,166
  Total   2,799
ST. JOSEPH'S PREP    
John Griffin 2004 1,488
Chris Clark 2004 1,239
  Total   2,727
NEUMANN-GORETTI    
Tony Chennault 2010 1,621
Danny Stewart 2010 1,038
  Total   2,659
ROMAN    
Shep Garner 2014 1,437
Rashann London 2014 1,103
  Total   2,540
NEUMANN-GORETTI    
Antonio "Scoop" Jardine 2007 1,299
Rick Jackson 2007 1,239
  Total   2,538
CONWELL-EGAN    
LaPri McCray-Pace 2016 1,264
Vinny Dalessandro 2016 1,014
  Total   2,278
#-advanced to NFL    

MARCH 15
TEDBIT
 
The Catholic League is on the special accomplishment doorstep and Carroll is ready to push the doorbell. If the Patriots (19-8) beat Palmyra tomorrow in the second round of the Class 5A/AAAAA state playoffs, the CL will again have five teams with 20 wins in a season. That last happened two years ago and has happened one other time (2007) in this century. A triumph by the Patriots would also allow coach Paul Romanczuk to join Neumann-Goretti coach Carl Arrigale in the nine-straight club. As mentioned in previous posts on this subject, Speedy Morris racked up 17 20-win seasons in a row as a high school head coach: his final nine at Roman (1973-81), his only two at Penn Charter (1983-84; he was an unofficial assistant at Bonner in '82) and his first six at SJ Prep (2002-07; after serving as the women's coach and then the  men's coach at La Salle University).

Catholic League Teams With 20 Wins in This Century
  Carr C-E Dough Judge La S N-G North Roman Ryan SJP Wood
2017           20-7   20-6 21-5   24-3
2016 23-4   x     27-4 x 27-4      
2015 23-7 21-8 x   21-7 29-2 x 29-2      
2014 23-5   x   23-7 27-4 x 23-5      
2013 23-7   x     23-6 x     24-6  
2012 20-8   x     28-3 x     21-6  
2011 21-6   x   21-6 27-4 x        
2010 24-5       20-6 30-1          
2009 27-3         26-3          
2008             22-5        
2007     25-3     26-6 22-6 28-3   22-8  
2006     21-6     22-6   26-6   24-5  
2005           27-3   21-9   26-5 20-7
2004     26-6         22-7   27-4  
2003     24-4             30-2  
2002     22-5     21-7       24-6  
2001       21-5   23-8   23-7      
2000     21-6     26-5   25-7

MARCH 14
TEDBIT
 
Only two products of Catholic/Inter-Ac schools are members of teams that are about to compete in the NCAA tournament -- Notre Dame's Stephen Vasturia (St. Joseph's Prep) and Miami's Ja'Quan Newton (Neumann-Goretti). And their averages for points/rebounds/assists are almost identical. Good luck, guys! Please speak up if I missed anyone (tedtee307@yahoo.com). Thanks.  

College/Name School Ht. Pos. G PPG RPG APG
MIAMI              
Ja'Quan Newton Neumann-Goretti 6-2 Jr. 29 13.4 3.6 3.4
NOTRE DAME              
Stephen Vasturia SJ Prep 6-5 Sr. 34 13.3 3.8 3.4

MARCH 13
TEDBIT
  The Catholic League did not achieve perfection for a fourth consecutive year in the first round of PIAA state playoffs, but a 5-2 record isn't bad, right? Here's the breakdown going back to 2009. There are now six classifications and the CL was involved in four of six. Before, it was involved in three of four. 

Results for Catholic League Teams in PIAA First-Round Playoffs
Year Class 6A Class 5A Class 4A Class 3A
2017 Roman L Wood W Con.-Egan W N-G W
Ryan W Carroll W   West L 
  1-1 2-0 1-0 1-1
Year Class 4A Class 3A Class 2A  
2016 Roman  W N-G  W C-E  W  
  Carroll  W    
2015 Roman  W N-G  W C-E  W  
La Salle  W Carroll  W    
2014 Roman  W N-G  W West  W  
La Salle  W Carroll  W    
2013 SJ Prep  W N-G  W C-E  L  
Roman  L Carroll  W    
2012 Roman  W N-G  W McDevitt  W  
SJ Prep  L Carroll  W    
2011 La Salle  W N-G  W West  L  
Roman  L Carroll  L    
2010 La Salle  W N-G  W West  W  
Roman  W Carroll  W    
2009 Roman  L N-G  W West  W  
North  L Carroll  W    
  10-5 15-1 6-2  
Total Records 31-8 Through '16 -- 5-2 in '17 -- 36-10 Overall

MARCH 12
TEDBIT
 
With seniors Izaiah Brockington (25) and Matiss Kulackovskis (22) leading the way, Ryan yesterday captured a win -- 79-55 over Parkland -- in its first appearance in a PIAA state playoff. But this triumph was doubly noteworthy as it enabled the Raiders to claim the school record for highest one-season winning percentage at .808. That number isn't final, of course, because on Wednesday coach Joe Zeglinski's club will play Central Dauphin East in the second round of the Class AAAAAA bracket. A setback would drop the percentage to .778, but a win would assure a stay in the top spot on the list below. Ryan's other starters this season have been Chris Palantino, Amin Bryant and Fred Taylor. On the list below, which includes Ryan's top two vote-getters on coaches' All-Catholic teams: Chris Mooney is the coach at the University of Richmond and Bernie Rogers, former Raiders head coach, is now the boss at Haverford School. Andrew is his brother. Joey Z was a first teamer in '04 and '05 and was given special mention in '06 after having his season derailed by injury. Check out that 1980 team. It played 38 games! The coach was John Miller, previously an assistant at Roman under Speedy Morris.
 
UPDATE: With their win over Central Dauphin East in the second round, the Raiders raised their record to 22-5 and percentage to .815. They could finish no lower than .785.   

Ryan's Top Teams by Winning Percentage, 1968-2017
Year W L Pct. Leader on All-Cath. Next on All-Cath.
2017 21 5 .808 Izaiah Brockington Matiss Kulackovskis
2012 18 5 .783 Christian Rivera Bryan Okolo
1979 28 8 .778 *Steve Senko Bob Filer
1990 20 6 .769 *Chris Mooney Bill Seedes
2006 19 7 .731 Mike Varanavage Kevin Hudgeons
1980 27 11 .711 *Ed Mostak Mike Leithead
1972 16 8 .667 *Mike Cataline Rich Fee
1993 17 9 .654 Joe Sinni Bill Kellenberger
1987 17 9 .654 John Smedley Ray Ott
2004 16 9 .640 Joe Zeglinski Jim Welsh
2016 16 9 .640 Izaiah Brockington Austin Chabot
2001 17 10 .630 *John Capella Chris DiStasio
2008 17 10 .630 *Andrew Rogers Chris Wilk
2005 16 10 .615 Joe Zeglinski Mike Varanavage
1992 17 11 .607 Bernie Rogers Joe Simko
*-MVP      

MARCH 11
TEDBIT
 
Almost all of these nuggets place something that just happened in historical context. Today I'm going to switch gears to honor something that happened over the first four seasons of this decade. From 2010 through the second round of the 2013 PIAA state tournament, Neumann-Goretti won 33 consecutive postseason games. All varieties, we're talking. The Saints captured nine apiece in 2010, '11 and '12 and six in '13 before losing to Donegal, 55-50, in a Class AAA quarterfinal. Their previous postseason loss had also been suffered by five points in a state quarterfinal: to Carroll, 70-65, in the Catholic League's first season of PIAA involvement in the 2008-09 season. Anyway, the sequence was always the same -- three playoffs in the CL, one City Title, then states (five apiece from 2010-12, then two in '13). The opponents, final scores and N-G's leading scorers are listed below, along with averages per season and overall. Coach Carl Arrigale's Saints won those 33 games by an average score of 68-50. This run was quite the accomplishment and it deserves to be detailed. Sorry for the delay, guys (smile).

Neumann-Goretti's 33 Consecutive Postseason Wins (All Varieties), 2010-2013
Round Opponent N-G Opp. N-G's Leading Scorer Pts
2010          
Qtr Dougherty  89 58 Tony Chennault 24
Semi SJ Prep  74 60 Tony Chennault 23
Final Carroll  75 59 Tyreek Duren 17
CT Dobbins 75 44 Lamin Fulton 25
1st Susquehanna Twp. 64 44 Tony Chennault 23
2nd Holy Redeemer 91 56 Tony Chennault 24
Qtr Carroll 53 38 Tony Chennault 20
Semi Eastern York 81 73 Danny Stewart 20
Final Chartiers Valley 65 63 Tony Chennault 18
    667 495    
    74.1 55    
2011          
Qtr Bonner  63 39 three with . . .  12
Semi Roman  47 46 Lamin Fulton 14
Final Carroll  59 55 John Davis/Lamin Fulton 16
CT Phila. Elec. 62 54 John Davis  18
1st Annville-Cleona 62 34 John Davis 16
2nd West Scranton 75 41 Lamin Fulton 17
Qtr Octorara 57 30 Billy Shank 18
Semi Lancaster Catholic 82 75 Billy Shank 26
Final Montour 55 45 Ja'Quan Newton 17
    562 419    
    62.4 46.6    
2012          
Qtr O'Hara 77 51 Billy Shank 22
Semi Roman 73 56 Ja'Quan Newton 17
Final SJ Prep 59 57 Ja'Quan Newton 21
CT Boys' Latin 66 57 John Davis/Ja'Quan Newton 21
1st Greencastle-Antrim 81 47 John Davis  21
2nd York Suburban 89 52 Derrick Stewart 23
Qtr Holy Ghost Prep 64 37 Ja'Quan Newton 19
Semi Boys' Latin 74 43 John Davis/Ja'Quan Newton 19
Final Montour 48 45 Ja'Quan Newton 17
    631 445    
    70.1 49.4    
2013          
Qtr McDevitt 85 54 John Davis 25
Semi Carroll 57 34 Ja'Quan Newton 18
Final SJ Prep 60 42 Ja'Quan Newton 27
CT Imhotep 52 51 Ja'Quan Newton 20
1st Harrisburg McDevitt 81 54 John Davis 19
2nd Scranton Prep 51 44 Ja'Quan Newton 24
    386 279    
    64.3 46.5    
           
  Total points 2246 1638    
  Averages 68.1 49.6    

MARCH 10
TEDBIT

 
Here are the top scoring outputs by Catholic League players in state playoffs. This year's action begins tonight -- weather permitting -- and here's hoping a few more performances can be added to the list. Fire away, guys! (Within reason -- smile.) A Neumann-Goretti player has earned a spot in every season but one (2013).

Top Scoring Outputs by Cath players in state playoffs, 2009-16
Name School Opponent Pts Round Year
Ja'Quan Newton N-G Susquehanna Twp. 33 Final 2014
Tony Carr Roman Academy Park 33 1st 2016
Zane Martin N-G Mars 33 Final 2016
Rakeem Brookins Roman Reading 32 2nd 2010
Stephen Vasturia SJ Prep Coatesville 31 Qtr 2013
Derrick Jones Carroll Neumann-Goretti 30 Final 2015
LaPri McCray-Pace C-E Minersville 30 2nd 2016
Alec Stavetski Carroll Trinity 28 2nd 2012
Stephen Vasturia SJ Prep Abington 27 1st 2013
Zane Martin N-G Scranton Prep 27 2nd 2016
D.J. Irving Carroll N-G 26 Qtr 2009
Billy Shank N-G Lancaster Catholic 26 Semi 2011
Derrick Jones Carroll Octorara 26 1st 2015
Quade Green N-G Scranton Prep 26 2nd 2016
Tony Chennault N-G Steelton-Highspire 25 1st 2009
Aquil Younger West Holy Cross 25 2nd 2010
Tyrell Long McDevitt Shenandoah Valley 25 1st 2012
Tony Chennault N-G Holy Redeemer 24 2nd 2010
Brahieme Jackson McDevitt Riverside 24 2nd 2012
Ja'Quan Newton N-G Scranton Prep 24 2nd 2012
Quade Green N-G Manheim Central 24 2nd 2015
Ryan Daly Carroll Harrisburg McDevitt 24 2nd 2016

MARCH 9
TEDBIT
 
Era No. 1 of the Catholic League's PIAA involvement is over and the results were quite impressive. CL teams combined for a 92-29 record (.760 winning percentage) and 10 state championships in eight seasons and five of those crowns were captured in the last two. Now we're ready for Era No. 2. The PIAA now has six classifications (up from four) and the CL will participate in four (up from three). And who knows? If the lower enrollment schools keep losing students yet manage to remain open, maybe in time the CL will occupy all six classifications. SEVEN schools -- as in half of the 14 -- will start competing this weekend: Neumann-Goretti and West in 3A, Conwell-Egan in 4A, Wood and Carroll in 5A, and Roman and Ryan in 6A. Good luck to all!

Catholic League Teams in State Playoffs, 2009-16
     --- Class AA --- Class AAA  --- Class AAAA ---
    West McD. C-E Carr. N-G Roman North La S SJP
2009 8-4 1-1     *5-0 2-1 0-1 0-1    
2010 11-4 1-1     2-1 *5-0 2-1   1-1  
2011 7-4 0-1     0-1 *5-0 0-1   2-1  
2012 10-4   2-1   2-1 *5-0 1-1     0-1
2013 9-5     0-1 4-1 2-1 0-1     3-1
2014 13-4 1-1     2-1 *5-0 1-1   4-1  
2015 21-2     *5-0 4-1 *5-0 *5-0   2-1  
2016 13-2     2-1 1-1 *5-0 *5-0      
92-29 3-4 2-1 7-2 20-7 34-2 14-6 0-1 9-4 3-2
*-champ     12-7   54-9   26-13

MARCH 8
TEDBIT
 
As you might have noticed, Wood sr. G Collin Gillespie (Villanova) posted a triple double vs. King in the Class 5A City Title with 14 points, 11 rebounds and 11 assists as compiled by Ed "Huck" Palmer. After using my vast math skills to determine that those numbers add up to 36 (smile), I wondered how many other guys have produced outrageous three-stats numbers for Catholic League teams in CTs. Full boxscores are available for CTs from 1968 through '80 and those from '09 to the present -- well, except for Conwell-Egan's 4A clash this year with Imhotep. Fingers are crossed. Anyway, the leader on the list below is Neumann-Goretti sr. Dhamir "DaDa" Cosby-Roundtree (also 'Nova), who last year racked up 48 -- 32 points, 11 rebounds, five blocks -- in a loss to Del-Val Charter. In the "Other" category, the numbers are assists, steals or blocks.

Top "Three-Number Performances" in City Titles, 1968-80 / 2009-17
Year Name School Opponent Pts Reb Other Total
2016 Dhamir Cosby-Roundtree Neum.-Gor. Del-Val 32 11 5 B 48
2012 Stephen Vasturia SJ Prep Bartram 35 5 4 S 44
2016 Quade Green Neum.-Gor. Del-Val 24 9 8 A 41
1978 Reggie Jackson Roman West Phila. 24 11 3 A 38
2011 John Davis Neum.-Gor. Phila. Elec. 18 17 2 B 37
2012 John Davis Neum.-Gor. Boys' Latin 21 15 1 B 37
2017 Quade Green Neum.-Gor. Del-Val 31 3 3 A 37
2009 Tony Chennault Neum.-Gor. Franklin LC 22 9 5 A 36
2017 Collin Gillespie Wood King 14 11 11 A 36
2013 Shep Garner Roman King 21 6 8 A 35

MARCH 7
TEDBIT
 
Thanks to a 3-1 performance last weekend, the Catholic League now owns a 36-33 advantage in all-time City Titles. Who would have thought? When the original series ended after the 1980 game (no enrollment stuff back then, folks), the CL trailed by 24-17 and its losing streak stood at six. But thanks in large part to Neumann-Goretti's dominance from 2009-17 (8-1 record), the pendulum has swung. About those six consecutive losses from 1975 through '80: It wasn't as if the CL reps were losing to cupcakes. Those six Pub winners finished with a combined overall record of 180-5! West Philly was 112-3 from '75 through '78 (25-0, 24-2, 30-0, 33-1) and Overbrook was 68-1 in 1979-80 (34-1, 34-0). The longest streak, though, belongs to the CL -- nine in a row from '45 through '53. Below are the records and percentages for the CL schools. Those schools in italics are no longer with us. Neumann-Goretti was formerly Southeast Catholic, Bishop Neumann and St. John Neumann.

Records for CL Teams in City Titles
School W L Pct.
Monsignor Bonner 1 0 1.000
Archbishop Wood 1 0 1.000
St. Thomas More 3 1 .750
North Catholic 2 1 .667
Ss. Neumann-Goretti 11 6 .647
Roman Catholic 8 5 .615
La Salle 4 3 .571
St. Joseph's Prep 2 2 .500
Conwell-Egan 2 2 .500
West Catholic 2 6 .250
Cardinal Dougherty 0 2 .000
Cardinal O'Hara 0 1 .000
Bishop McDevitt 0 1 .000
Father Judge 0 2 .000
Bishop Kenrick 0 1 .000
  36 33 .522

MARCH 6
TEDBIT
  Never know when and where a guy is going to claim an off-the-wall record. Saturday afternoon at Southern that guy was Roman sr. G Chris Kuhar and the record covered 69 City Title games going back to 1939. Here it is . . . Most Points Scored Without Any Help From Field Goals -- Nine. As Roman beat Lincoln, 68-59, in the 6A CT, Kuhar tallied nine points while shooting 0-for-1 from the floor and 9-for-10 at the line. Dan Hoban handled scorebook duties for Roman and coach Matt Griffin confirmed how Kuhar scored his nine points -- 4-for-4 at the line in the second quarter (on one-and-ones) and 5-for-6 in the fourth quarter (on double-bonuses). Matt remembered that Chris' missed floor attempt was launched early in the third quarter from beyond the right-corner arc. Aside from the points, Chris finished with a rebound, three assists and two steals, according to sports writer Aaron "Ace" Carter. The record previously belonged to Constitution guard Floyd Preito, who shot 0-for-3 and 7-for-9 for seven points in a 2A win over West Catholic in 2014. In the '62 overall CT, West Philadelphia G Lou Gates, whose listed height was 5-4, went 5-for-7 at the line for five points in a win over St. Joseph's Prep. He'd scored 10 of his 14 points at the line in a win over Bartram for the Public League championship. In 1963, as West beat Franklin, 55-51, in the Pub final, Gates was dynamic in the last two minutes as the Speedboys used a 9-0 run to erase a 51-46 deficit. The go-ahead points came as Gates stole the ball and hit two free throws for a 52-51 lead. Franklin's second-leading scorer in that game, with 12 points, was future NBAer Fred Carter. Better known now as Ace's very proud father (smile).

MARCH 5
TEDBIT
 
A strong argument could be made that Wilt Chamberlain and Gene Banks are the top two players in this city's high school basketball history. Until now, they were the only two guys with three appearances on the list below -- Most Points in a City Title. Back in the non-enrollment era, Wilt scored 35 in '55, 32 in '54 and 29 in '53 while Gene had 31 in '77 and 24 apiece in '75 and '76. Now there's Neumann-Goretti sr. G Quade Green, a Kentucky commit. Yesterday he scored 31 points in a victory over Del-Val Charter after notching 25 in '15 and 24 in '16. As a freshman, he played for N-G in a 2014 CT as the second man off the bench. Alas, he shot 0-for-5 and went scoreless. Quade trails Wilt in total points, 96-80, and leads Gene by one. When Wilt and Gene were around, freshmen could not play varsity basketball. Reason? Pub high schools only had three grades. Ninth-graders were still in junior high.

Pts

Name

School

Year

Opponent

Class

35

*Wilt Chamberlain

'Brook

'55

W. Cath.

Stephen Vasturia

SJ Prep

'12

Bartram

AAAA

32

Bill Lindsay

W. Cath.

'53

'Brook

*Wilt Chamberlain

'Brook

'54

S. Cath.

Dhamir Cosby-Roundtree

N-G

'16

Del-Val

AAA

31

Vince Miller

'Brook

'55

W. Cath.

*Ray "Chink" Scott

W. Phila.

'56

N. Cath.

*Gene Banks

W. Phila.

'77

Judge

Clarence "Eggy" Tillman

W. Phila.

'78

Roman

 

*Quade Green

N-G

'17

Del-Val

AAA

29

*Wilt Chamberlain

'Brook

'53

W. Cath.

*Bobby McNeill

N. Cath.

'56

W. Phila.

Denzel Yard

FLC

'09

Neum.-Gor.

AAA

28

*Larry Cannon

Lincoln

'65

Neum.

26

Lou Gambrell

G-town

'64

Dough.

Sam Prescott

Imhotep

'09

W. Cath.

AA

Ja'Quan Newton

N-G

'14

Phila. Elec.

AAA

25

Frank Gaidjunas

La Salle

'63

W. Phila.

 

Quade Green

Neum.-Gor.

'15

Imhotep

AAA

24

*Wali Jones

'Brook

'59

W. Cath.

*Gene Banks

W. Phila.

'75

Judge

*Gene Banks

W. Phila.

'76

Kenrick

Tom Catagnus

Kenrick

'76

W. Phila.

Reggie Jackson

Roman

'78

W. Phila.

Rob Hollomon

W. Cath.

'09

Imhotep

AA

Kimar Williams

Const.

'14

W. Cath

AA

Mahki Morris

Del-Val

'16

N-G

AAA
 

Quade Green

N-G

'16

Del-Val

AAA
*-advanced to NBA

MARCH 4
TEDBIT
 
As sr. G Matt Cerruti headed to Father Judge last night to play for Wood vs. King in the Class 5A City Title, it's doubtful this thought crossed this mind . . . Tonight I'm gonna match Wilt Chamberlain's feat. But he did exactly that. The feat: Leading scorer for a team that won a CT by a wide margin. Cerruti tallied 20 points as the Vikings stormed to an 87-51 victory. Sixty-six CTs have been played since the first one in 1939. Ten have produced victory margins of at least 20 points and the details are listed below. Wood's win is tied for the No. 2 spot with Conwell-Egan's 67-31 2A win over Freire Charter in 2015. The No. 1 spot is owned by Wilt and Overbrook from the non-classification era. He scored 35 points as the Panthers/Hilltoppers thumped West Catholic, 83-42. He was also the leader in '54 with 32 points as 'Brook bested Southeast Catholic (now Neumann-Goretti), 74-50. Three other leaders -- La Salle's Tom Gola, Overbrook's Andre McCarter and West Philly's Gene Banks (twice) -- also advanced to the NBA. The overall CTs were played from '39 through '80, though a strike by Pub teachers led to the cancellation of the '73 game. There were three enrollment-classification CTs in each year from '09 through '16. There will be four this year. The other three will take place this afternoon.
  UPDATE: In the three other CTs played today, Imhotep earned a spot with a 30-point win over Conwell-Egan in 4A. Details below.

Top 10 Romps in City Titles
Year Kind Winner Loser Score Margin Winner's Leader Pts
1955 Overall Overbrook West Catholic 83-42 41 *Wilt Chamberlain 35
2017 5A Wood King 87-51 36 Matt Cerruti 20
2015 2A Conwell-Egan Freire 67-31 36 Lapri McCray-Pace 16
2010 3A Neum.-Goretti Dobbins 75-44 31 Lamin Fulton 25
2017 4A Imhotep Conwell-Egan 84-54 30 David Beatty/Daron Russell 13
2011 2A Imhotep West Catholic 68-40 28 Khyree Wooten 13
1950 Overall La Salle Overbrook 55-31 24 *Tom Gola 20
1954 Overall Overbrook Southeast Cath. 74-50 24 *Wilt Chamberlain 32
1975 Overall West Phila. Judge 67-45 22 *Gene Banks 24
1971 Overall Overbrook SJ Prep 72-52 20 *Andre McCarter 19
1977 Overall West Phila. Judge 72-52 20 *Gene Banks 31
*-advanced to NBA

MARCH 3
TEDBIT
  No team wants to finish league play with a record as unsightly as 3-10. But ever since 2011, the Catholic League has used an all-one-division format during regular season play and, let's face it, some teams finish with terrific records and others finish with lots of red faces (and maybe even some tears). The CL allows 10 teams to make the playoffs and at times a pre-playoff is needed to determine the 10th spot. Beyond that, sometimes a low-enrollment school does not make the top 10, but is able to compete in District 12 and/or state competition. With that we give you the West Catholic Burrs, who now own one-third of an all-time CL record. And here it is: Team With the Worst Record to Win a Postseason Game. Last night at Ryan, the 3-10 Burrs beat World Communications Charter, of the Pub, 73-70, to claim D-12's third 3A seed in the upcoming state playoffs. Sophs Imere Harris (29) and Samier Kinsler (15) led the way. The Burrs had not played since getting dismantled by Neumann-Goretti, 98-57, back on Feb. 12. That setback lowered their overall record to 4-18 (ouch). But, hey, at least they remained focused and took advantage of last night's opportunity, and we'll see how things go in the states. In CL history, 18 teams with losing CL records have won at least one postseason game, from pre-playoffs, to first round, to quarterfinals, to City Titles, to states. The two other 3-10 teams with postseason wins were McDevitt in 2012 and Lansdale Catholic in 2013. McDevitt had an interesting postseason in '12: No action in CL playoffs, lost 2A City Title to now-closed Comm Tech, won in first round of states over Shenandoah Valley, won in second round over Riverside, lost in quarterfinal to Imhotep. The Lancers' final overall record was 12-13. LC's in 2013 was 12-12. Before the PIAA era began with the 2008-09 season, only six CL teams with losing records were able to play in postseason games. In 1959, 7-8 Roman lost to 9-6 Dougherty in a pre-arranged special playoff. In the Southern Division in '96, West beat Bonner in a pre-playoff between teams with 6-8 records. In the Southern Division in 2000, Carroll, O'Hara and SJ Prep finished in a three-way tie for fourth at 6-8. O'Hara beat SJ Prep, then Carroll beat O'Hara.

CL Teams With Losing Records
That Have Played Postseason Games
Year Team W-L *PW?
*PW = Postseason Win of Any Kind?
2012 McDevitt 3-10 yes
2013 Lansdale 3-10 yes
2017 West Catholic 3-10 yes
2011 Ryan 4-9 yes
2016 Bonner-Prendie 4-9 yes
2011 Bonner 5-8 yes
2012 O'Hara 5-8 yes
2014 McDevitt 5-8 yes
2012 La Salle 6-7 yes
2013 McDevitt 6-7 yes
2014 West Catholic 6-7 yes
2015 Judge 6-7 yes
2016 Wood 6-7 yes
1996 West Catholic 6-8 yes
2000 O'Hara 6-8 yes
2000 Carroll 6-8 yes
2009 La Salle 6-8 yes
2010 West Catholic 7-9 yes
2013 Conwell-Egan 3-10 no
2011 Conwell-Egan 4-9 no
2015 Ryan 4-9 no
2016 West Catholic 4-9 no
2011 West Catholic 5-8 no
2012 Judge 5-8 no
2013 Judge 5-8 no
2014 Lansdale 5-8 no
2014 Judge 5-8 no
2015 Bonner 5-8 no
2017 La Salle 5-8 no
2017 Conwell-Egan 5-8 ??
2010 Bonner 5-9 no
2014 Conwell-Egan 6-7 no
2016 Judge 6-7 no
1996 Bonner 6-8 no
2000 SJ Prep 6-8 no
2009 Ryan 6-8 no
2010 Judge 6-8 no
2009 Dougherty 6-10 no
1959 Roman 7-8 no

MARCH 2
TEDBIT
 
Here we go again, folks. This is an updated repeat/repeat/repeat posting (smile). . .
As mentioned in previous posts about this topic, maybe the color red gets them going. Whatever the reason, Carroll certainly has found a second home at Ryan in the nine years that the Catholic League has been part of the PIAA. Last night, the Patriots upped their record to 9-2 in playoff games contested at Ryan, and the margin of defeat in  their two losses (both to Philly Electric) was three points. The biggest win, no doubt, occurred in a Class AAA quarterfinal in '09. That triumph over Neumann-Goretti helped Carroll become the CL's first state champ.  

Carroll's Postseason Games at Ryan, 2009-17

Year Occasion Opponent Result Carroll's Top Scorer Pts
2009 3/4 game Gratz W, 63-39 DJ Irving  25
state qtr N-G W, 70-65 DJ Irving  26
2010 3/4 game Gratz W, 48-43 Juan'ya Green 24
2011 3/4 game Boys' Latin W, 72-61 Yosef Yacob 23
2012 3/4 game  Phila. Elec. W, 48-37 Yosef Yacob 18
2013 3/4 game Phila. Elec. L, 48-46 Derrick Jones 19
2014 3/4 game Imhotep W, 53-37 Derrick Jones 18
state qtr Phila. Elec. L, 52-51 Derrick Jones 15
2015 3/4 game Audenried W, 71-46 Derrick Jones 20
2016 3/4 game Imhotep W, 70-61 John Rigsby 18
2017 3/4 game Mastery N. W, 54-38 AJ Hoggard 16

MARCH 1
TEDBIT
  Every so often an email provides inspiration for a Tedbit and a GREAT one was received Sunday from former Penn Charter basketball player Joe Gleason, a key sub for the 1984 Inter-Ac champs coached by new HOF honoree William "Speedy" Morris and starter/co-captain for the '85 runners-up. As Joe noted, three guys who Saturday helped Brigham Young University post a noteworthy win were important to the history of Philadelphia hoops as well. How so? Well, first we'll offer Saturday's details. Eric Mika (29 points, 11 rebounds), TJ Haws (17 points, five treys) and Nick Emery (nine points) combined for 55 points as BYU stunned Gonzaga, 79-71, thus assuring the latter, 29-0 going in, would not finish the regular season with a perfect record. All three guys are products of Lone Peak High, in Alpine, Utah, and in December 2012 they helped to assure West Philadelphia would retain the Pennsylvania record for most consecutive wins. Over the '76 to '78 seasons, the Speedboys reeled off 68 straight victories -- 14 in '76, 30 in '77, 24 in '78 -- before falling at Pub rival Overbrook, 62-61, on Feb. 21. In December of 2012, Chester owned 61 consecutive wins prior to meeting Lone Peak in the quarterfinal round of the City of Palms Classic in Ft. Myers, Florida. Maxpreps had LP ranked No. 1 in the country, but ESPN had Chester at No. 5 and Lone Peak at No. 6 while USA Today had that same order with slightly different numbers (4 and 7). What happened? LP stormed to a 73-50 victory. Haws and Emery tallied 23 points apiece while Mika contributed 13 points and nine rebounds. The Speedboys' record was safe! Wonder if Gene Banks, Clarence "Eggy" Tillman, Darryl Warwick, Joe Garrett, Kevin "Rock" McCray and Vincent Ross -- the headliners during that run -- ever sat down together and crafted a thank-you note to send to those Lone Peak guys? (smile) Mika and Emery are sophs at BYU while Haws is a freshman. Huh? Wasn't that LP-Chester game four seasons ago? Were these kids that good at such young ages? Don't forget, BYU is a Mormon school. All three players performed two-year missions -- Mika in Italy, Emery in Germany, Haws in France. Another nugget: Emery scored 1,953 points in high school. Haws was close behind with 1,896. Whoa! One more nugget: Originally, Lone Peak and Chester were scheduled to meet on Jan. 12 of that 2012-13 season in a showcase event in suburban Milwaukee. Organizers changed the matchups after Lone Peak's convincing win . . . Thanks to Joe Gleason for the tip!