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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.

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JUNE 24
TEDBIT
 
This list shows Top 10 "Our Guys" picks in the NBA draft. Territorial selections are not included. George Hauptfuhrer, a product of Penn Charter and Harvard, opted not to play. Instead, he attended Penn for law school. His son, Barnes, starred for PC in the '72 season and had a great career at Princeton. He was a third round draft choice. There have been no Top 10 guys since Roman's Eddie Griffin in 2001.

"Our Guys" Picked in the Top 10 in the NBA Draft
Year Name School College Team No.
1967 Earl "The Pearl" Monroe Bartram Winston-Salem Washington 2
1948 George Hauptfuhrer Penn Charter Harvard Boston 3
1961 Ray Scott West Phila. Portland Detroit 4
1995 Rasheed Wallace Gratz North Carolina Washington 4
1950 Larry Foust South Catholic La Salle Chicago 5
1962 Wayne Hightower Overbrook Kansas San Francisco 5
1969 Larry Cannon Lincoln La Salle Chicago 5
1959 John Richter Frankford N. Carolina St. Boston 6
1965 Jim Washington West Catholic Villanova St. Louis 6
2001 Eddie Griffin Roman Seton Hall New Jersey 7
1990 Lionel Simmons Southern La Salle Sacramento 7
1956 Hal Lear Overbrook Temple Philadelphia 8
1973 Mike Bantom Roman St. Joseph's Phoenix 8
1990 Greg "Bo" Kimble Dobbins Loyola Marymount LA Clippers 8
1980 Michael Brooks West Catholic La Salle San Diego 9
1966 Matt Guokas Jr. SJ Prep St. Joseph's Philadelphia 10
1974 Mike Sojourner Germantown Utah Atlanta 10
1989 Jerome "Pooh" Richardson Franklin UCLA Minnesota 10

JUNE 23
TEDBIT
  . . . And the drought continues. For the sixth consecutive year, no graduates of Public/Catholic/Inter-Ac schools were selected in the NBA draft. Because the draft includes 60 picks these days, here's a list that shows all "Our Guys" picked within the Top 60 since the first draft in 1948. The list is broken down by 10-year periods -- 1948-57, 1958-67, etc. -- and this last period produced just five draftees. That ties the span from 1978-87 for lowest number picked. And these last 20 years formed the most unproductive two-pack, by far. Just 12 guys were picked. Can we get back to the old days? Let's hope. . . . (Territorial picks can be found the main list. That rule bit the dust after 1965.)

NBA "Our Guys" Drafted Within the Top 60, Grouped by 10-Year Periods
Year Name School College Team No.
1948-1957        
1948 George Hauptfuhrer Penn Charter Harvard Boston 3
1949 Nelson Bobb West Phila. Temple Philadelphia 28
1950 Larry Foust South Catholic La Salle Chicago 5
1953 Norm Grekin West Phila. La Salle Philadelphia 15
1953 Fred Iehle Olney La Salle Philadelphia 18
1954 Rudy D'Emilio Northeast Duke Philadelphia 39
1955 Bob Schafer Roman Villanova Philadelphia 19
1955 Jack Devine West Catholic Villanova Philadelphia 33
1955 Harry Silcox Lincoln Temple Philadelphia 46
1956 Hal Lear Overbrook Temple Philadelphia 8
1956 Joe Belmont Northeast Duke Philadelphia 50
1956 John "Misty" Fannon St. Thomas More Notre Dame Philadelphia 52
1957 Kurt Englebert Lincoln St. Joseph's Detroit 26
1958-67        
1958 Jay Norman Mastbaum Temple Philadelphia 52
1959 John Richter Frankford N. Carolina St. Boston 6
1959 Joe Spratt West Catholic St. Joseph's Philadelphia 41
1959 Joe Ryan SJ Prep Villanova Philadelphia 49
1960 Bill "Pickles" Kennedy Lincoln Temple Philadelphia 15
1960 Bobby McNeill North Catholic St. Joseph's New York 19
1961 Ray Scott West Phila. Portland Detroit 4
1962 Wayne Hightower Overbrook Kansas San Francisco 5
1962 Hubie White West Phila. Villanova Philadelphia 14
1964 Wali Jones Overbrook Villanova Detroit 18
1964 Steve Courtin St. James St. Joseph's Cincinnati 24
1964 Frank Corace Bonner La Salle Philadelphia 29
1965 Jim Washington West Catholic Villanova St. Louis 6
1965 Richie Moore Bartram Villanova Philadelphia 40
1966 Matt Guokas Jr. SJ Prep St. Joseph's Philadelphia 10
1966 Tom Duff SJ Prep St. Joseph's Philadelphia 49
1967 Earl "The Pearl" Monroe Bartram Winston-Salem Washington 2
1967 Richie Moore Bartram Hiram Scott San Diego 29
1967 Tom "Trooper" Washington Edison Cheyney Cincinnati 50
1967 Cliff Anderson Edison St. Joseph's LA Lakers 35
1968-77        
1969 Larry Cannon Lincoln La Salle Chicago 5
1969 John Baum West Phila. Temple Chicago 23
1969 Fred Carter Franklin Mount St. Mary's Washington 43
1971 Willie Sojourner Germantown Weber Chicago 20
1971 Isaiah "Bunny" Wilson Southern Baltimore Detroit 29
1971 Mike Gale Overbrook Elizabeth City  Chicago 47
1972 Ollie Johnson Southern Temple Portland 30
1972 Hank Siemiontkowski North Catholic Villanova Cleveland 50
1973 Mike Bantom Roman St. Joseph's Phoenix 8
1973 Tom Ingelsby O'Hara Villanova Atlanta 27
1974 Mike Sojourner Germantown Utah Atlanta 10
1974 Roland "Tree" Grant Southern New Mexico St. Detroit 51
1975 Joe "Jelly Bean" Bryant Bartram La Salle Golden State 14
1975 Jimmie Baker Olney Hawaii Philadelphia 39
1976 Maurice "Mo" Howard SJ Prep Maryland Cleveland 32
1976 Barnes Hauptfuhrer Penn Charter Princeton Houston 44
1977 Rich Laurel Overbrook Hofstra Portland 19
1977 Phil Walker Central Millersville Washington 39
1978-87        
1980 Michael Brooks West Catholic La Salle San Diego 9
1981 Gene Banks West Phila. Duke San Antonio 28
1984 Tony Costner Overbrook St. Joseph's Washington 34
1987 Dallas Comegys Roman DePaul Atlanta 21
1987 Nate "Day-Day" Blackwell Southern Temple San Antonio 27
1988-97        
1989 Jerome "Pooh" Richardson Franklin UCLA Minnesota 10
1990 Lionel Simmons Southern La Salle Sacramento 7
1990 Greg "Bo" Kimble Dobbins Loyola Marymount LA Clippers 8
1991 Doug Overton Dobbins La Salle Detroit 40
1992 Randy Woods Franklin La Salle LA Clippers 16
1994 Aaron McKie Gratz Temple Portland 17
1995 Rasheed Wallace Gratz North Carolina Washington 4
1995 Jerome Allen Episcopal Penn Minnesota 49
1996 Shawn Harvey West Phila. West Virginia St. Dallas 34
1996 Malik Rose Overbrook Drexel Charlotte 44
1997 Marc Jackson Roman Temple Golden State 37
1997 Jason Lawson Olney Villanova Denver 41
1997 Alvin Williams Gtn. Academy Villanova Portland 47
1998-2007        
1998 Cuttino "Cat" Mobley Dougherty Rhode Island Houston 41
1999 Larry Ketner Roman Massachusetts Chicago 49
2001 Eddie Griffin Roman Seton Hall New Jersey 7
2002 Ronald "Flip" Murray Straw. Mansion Shaw Milwaukee 41
2002 Rasual Butler Roman La Salle Miami 52
2006 Kyle Lowry Dougherty Villanova Memphis 24
2006 Mardy Collins Gratz Temple New York 29
2008-2017        
2008 Sean Singletary Penn Charter Virginia Sacramento 42
2009 Gerald Henderson Episcopal Duke Charlotte 12
2009 Wayne Ellington Episcopal North Carolina Minnesota 28
2011 Markieff Morris Prep Charter Kansas Phoenix 13
2011 Marcus Morris Prep Charter Kansas Houston 14

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Territorial Picks
Year Name High School College Team
1950 Paul Arizin La Salle Villanova Philadelphia
1952 Charles "Bud" Donnelly La Salle La Salle Syracuse
1953 Ernie Beck West Catholic Penn Philadelphia
1955 Tom Gola La Salle La Salle Philadelphia
1958 Guy Rodgers Northeast Temple Philadelphia
1959 Wilt "Dippy" Chamberlain Overbrook Kansas Philadelphia
1964 Walt Hazzard Overbrook UCLA LA Lakers

JUNE 22
TEDBIT
 
Back on June 11, we posted a list of the Inter-Ac's Top 15 scorers in league play for the 49 seasons from 1969 through 2017. Research conducted since then has fleshed out the scoring back to 1949-50, so the numbers on the list below include 68 seasons and Top 15 has been expanded to Top 25. The top two spots belong to Germantown Academy's Eric Minkin ('68) and Paul Hutter ('70). Both guys played five varsity seasons. The Inter-Ac had more teams for five of the seven seasons from '64 through '70, so the games played were 12 in '64 and 14 from '65 through '68. The I-A has played 10 games in every season since '69.
  UPDATE: Made a trip today to Temple's Paley Library in search of missing boxscores for I-A and CL games. Alas, only one that was NOT published in the Daily News or Inquirer WAS published in the ol' Philadelphia Bulletin. But it did involve GA during the Eric Minkin Era (vs. CHA in '65) so 15 points have been added to his total. The only missing game now was played 2/18/64, also vs. CHA. Minkin had only six points in that season -- don't hold it against him, he was only in the eighth grade -- so it's possible 930 IS his final total. 

Inter-Ac's Top 25 League Scorers, 1950-2017
Name Sch. Year Points
Eric Minkin GA 1968 930
Paul Hutter GA 1970 876
John Phillips EA 1998 738
Charlie Floyd MP 1974 712
Alvin Williams GA 1993 695
Billy Harris PC 1971 685
Hank Stringer HS 1966 682
Bill Soens PC 1963 680
Nick Alikakos EA 2017 665
Henry "Doug" Fairfax HS 1999 664
Drew Schaufler PC 1953 661
Brian Grandieri MP 2004 655
Gary Duda MP 1988 633
Mike Edelman HS 1978 619
Gerald Henderson EA 2006 617
Charles Hickman EA 1981 614
Eugene Burroughs EA 1988 610
Pat Purcell MP 1978 609
Tim Whitworth CH 1999 607
Sammy Zeglinski PC 2007 602
Joe Walters MP 1967 593
Brett Storm PC 2000 585
Julius Williams GA 1993 583
Gordy Bryan MP 1978 582
Wayne Ellington EA 2006 572

JUNE 20
TEDBIT
  Some nuggets discovered while researching Inter-Ac basketball from 1950 to 1968 . . .
  The 1949-50 season was Malvern's first in the Inter-Ac. Toward the end, Charles "Jerry" Kehoe scored 40, 31 and 25 points in consecutive games. His coach was Stan Jaworowski, who later changed his surname to Javie and served as the back judge in four Super Bowls. Stan's son, La Salle High product Steve Javie, was a long-time NBA ref . . . For whatever reason, I'd always believed Charlie Zoll had set Germantown Academy's still-standing school record for points in one game vs. Bryn Athyn, now known as Academy of the New Church. Innnnnncorrect. He dropped his 54-point bomb on Akiba Academy on Feb. 12, 1952, and did so while notching 21 field goals and 12 free throws. GA won, 97-23, and the score was 55-5 at halftime. Ouch. Zoll averaged 14.1 points in Inter-Ac games that season . . . On Jan. 13, 1956, Malvern's Don O'Neill, also the quarterback, scored 20 points in a 53-28 win over Haverford School. And he tallied just one field goal! He sniped 18-for-20 at the line . . . This has nothing to do with hoops, but it's interesting/sad. In the Inquirer on Feb. 11, 1956, there was a picture of an Ursinus senior named Virginia Stecker being wheeled by police out of the swimming pool area at Penn. During a meet vs. Drexel, she'd dislocated her shoulder while competing in the 50-yard backstroke . . . In 1959 Malvern had a player named Plater-Zybeck. In those times, can't imagine too many people had hyphenated surnames . . . The late Steve Sabol, of NFL Films fame, was a sub for Haverford School in 1960. He scored four points in league play, two apiece vs. Germantown Academy and Penn Charter . . . In 1962, Chestnut Hill fell to Friends' Central, 34-28, and just two players scored for the Hillers -- Al McCook (22) and Don Gehman (six) . . . In a 1967 game vs. Chestnut Hill, Malvern's Joe Walters and Rick Barone scored 32 points apiece.

JUNE 19
TEDBIT
 
A recent nugget pointed out that Bishop Kenrick's 1976 team won all three of its games in the Catholic League playoffs despite receiving no points from substitutes, and that NO other CL champ over the last 68 seasons has accomplished that feat. And now there's this: Over the last few days, I've been researching Inter-Ac League individual scoring back to the 1949-50 season and one of the focus campaigns last night was 1954-55. So, I'm jotting down the numbers for Germantown Academy and it hits me after five games. "Hey, only the starters have scored so far. How is THIS going to turn out?" Next game. Only the starters. Next game. Only the starters. By this point I'm thinking, "How cool would this be if they went through all 10 games with no points from the subs?" Next game. Ohhhhh! The boxscore for an 86-56 loss to Penn Charter showed one point for a guy named Holmes. Scott Holmes, it turned out. He scored two points apiece in the final two games and a guy named Walt Mayer had two in No. 9. So that was it. No points from subs in the first seven games and seven total over 10 games. The starters were Bob McCaughey, Dick Crawford, Jack Turner, Don Crawford (Dick's brother) and Jim Fraser. Bob, Don and Jim were seniors. In the next season, Dick and Jack were starters along with Holmes, Mayer and George Tattersfield. Two names should ring big bells for folks of a certain age. Jack Turner was GA's football coach for 23 seasons and won I-A championships in '66 and '73. Football was also the primary sport for Jim Fraser. A linebacker and punter, he played for six seasons in the AFL/NFL after starring at Wisconsin. As a rookie, he even did some kicking and went 2-for-2 on PAT. His career included 278 punts for 11,737 yards (42.2 average) along with three interceptions. Those stats were found on www.pro-football-reference.com. The scoring numbers for those 1954-55 GA Patriots (5-5 record) are below.
  UPDATE: Received an email this morning from Ted Rauch, who captained Haverford School's 1957 Inter-Ac champs and earned first team honors. Ted is a regular at the Fords' games and checks in every so often to discuss assorted HS/I-A matters. And guess what . . . He and Scott Holmes are fast friends. They attended Cornell together and served as each other's best man in wedding ceremonies. They even hung out for a short spell yesterday. Niiiice! Thanks for offering this info, Ted. All the best to you and Scott.

I-A Scoring Totals for GA's 1954-55 Team
Name GS Pts PPGS
Bob McCaughey 10 130 13.0
Dick Crawford 10 122 12.2
Jim Fraser 10 56 5.6
Don Crawford 10 85 8.5
Jack Turner 10 94 9.4
Scott Holmes 3 5 1.7
Walt Mayer 1 2 2.0
  10 494 49.4

JUNE 16
TEDBIT
  Can't imagine too many basketball/baseball combos in any state have experienced this kind of success, let alone in Pennsylvania. Since the Catholic League joined the PIAA for the 2008-09 school year, N-G has captured nine state titles (seven bask/two base) and racked up a record of 58-8 (.879). Plus, seven of the eight setbacks have featured deficits of no more than five points/runs. Plus, part two, the combined record over the last four years is 33-2 (.943). The breakdown is right below.

Details for N-G in Bask/Base State Playoffs
Year Bask Lost by Base Lost by
2009 2-1 5 pts 2-1  5 runs
2010 5-0   None  
2011 5-0   0-1 2 runs
2012 5-0   2-1 2 runs
2013 2-1 5 pts 0-1 4 runs
2014 5-0   2-1 1 run
2015 5-0   3-1 9 runs
2016 5-0   4-0  
2017 5-0   4-0  
  39-2 10 pts 17-6 23 runs
    58-8  33 total  

JUNE 15
TEDBIT
 
Because they were four-year starters for Neumann-Goretti's powerhouse program, we should not be surprised that the top two spots on the list below -- Top 20 scorers in Catholic League playoffs -- are occupied by Ja'Quan Newton and Quade Green. Four other Saints are also on the list and Roman, not surprisingly. is second with five players . . . (The list actually includes 21 players because La Salle's Craig Conlin (now Episcopal's coach) and Roman's Eddie Griffin are tied for the No. 20 spot.) 

Top 20 Scorers in Catholic League Playoffs
Name School Sr. Yr. Points
Ja'Quan Newton Neumann-Goretti 2014 211
Quade Green Neumann-Goretti 2017 194
Lonnie McFarlan Roman 1980 164
Tony Chennault Neumann-Goretti 2010 158
Juan'ya Green Carroll 2011 153
Stephen Vasturia SJ Prep 2013 137
Bernard Jones Roman 1991 135
Donnie Carr Roman 1996 132
Antonio "Scoop" Jardine Neumann-Goretti 2007 130
John Davis Neumann-Goretti 2013 129
Martin Ingelsby Carroll 1997 128
Alan Watkins Roman 1989 126
Rick Jackson Neumann-Goretti 2007 123
Derrick Jones Carroll 2015 122
Craig Conlin La Salle 1985 120
Eddie Griffin Roman 2000 120

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Stats for Kenrick's Starters in 1976 Catholic League Playoffs
Tom Catagnus FG FT R A Pts
  La Salle 5-14 6-6 6 2 16
  Dougherty 6-11 6-6 3 3 18
  West Catholic 6-10 5-6 5 4 17
  17-35 17-18 14 9 51
Paul Mulholland FG FT R A Pts
  La Salle 5-12 4-5 12 0 14
  Dougherty 3-4 4-4 5 1 10
  West Catholic 9-14 3-4 3 0 21
  17-30 11-13 20 1 45
Butch Bontempo FG FT R A Pts
  La Salle 4-13 2-3 3 1 10
  Dougherty 6-8 3-3 2 1 15
  West Catholic 3-12 5-6 4 0 11
  13-33 10-12 9 2 36
Phil Eisenmann FG FT R A Pts
  La Salle 1-2 2-2 4 1 4
  Dougherty 6-9 2-3 5 3 14
  West Catholic 3-8 3-4 5 1 9
  10-19 7-9 14 5 27
Tony Salamone FG FT R A Pts
  La Salle 4-8 0-0 4 1 8
  Dougherty 1-4 4-4 3 7 6
  West Catholic 3-9 0-0 7 2 6
  8-21 4-4 14 10 20
           
  Totals 65-138 49-56 71 27 179
  Pct./Avg. 47.1 87.5 23.7 9.0 59.7
           
           
           
           
           
           
           
           
           
           
           
           
JUNE 14
TEDBIT

  Never know what cool nugget you'll uncover while doing research . . .
  In 1976, the starters scored all 179 points for Bishop Kenrick, the champ, in the Catholic League playoffs. The victories were posted, in order, against La Salle, Cardinal Dougherty and West Catholic (with superstar Michael Brooks) and the starters combined to shoot 65-for-138 from the floor (47.1 percent) and 49-for-56 at the line (87.5 percent). Over the last 68 seasons, NO other CL champ has received playoff points only from the starters. And from the mid-60s on back, some champs only needed to play just two games, not three. Once I determined that no champs have accomplished this feat since Kenrick, I decided to go back and see if any had done so beforehand back to 1950. Seven teams had won with just six scorers. That breakdown: Ira Brown, 2 for Roman in '74; Marcellus Pringle, 3 for Roman in '73; Lorenzo Hough, 2 for Roman in '69; Mike Regan, 6 for St. Thomas More in '72 (4 in one game, 2 in another); John Derham, 2 for STM in '66; Eric Ericson, 2 for Bonner in '60; and Richie Moore, 2 for West Catholic in '59. One of the stars for that '59 WC team was guard Jimmy Lynam (yes, THAT Jimmy Lynam -- smile) and his brother, Mike, was Kenrick's first-year coach in '76. The starters, all seniors, were guards Tom Catagnus and Robert "Butch" Bontempo and forwards Paul Mulholland, Phil Eisenmann and Tony Salamone. There was no true center and no one was taller than 6-3 (maybe even 6-2). Tom and Butch were in the 5-8/5-9 range. This team was VERY fun to watch and write about. All of the kids were personable, or even characters, and Mike Lynam was free and easy. Plus, the fans were always involved, at high volume. All three rounds were played at the Palestra in those days and before the quarterfinal vs. La Salle, about a dozen football players dribbled from Norristown all the way to the Palestra! The Knights pulled out that one by a 52-51 score after trailing by 11 early in the fourth quarter. Tom and Butch scored 10 points apiece in that session. In those '76 playoffs, subs Jim Fazio and Jerry Kilpatrick combined to go 0-for-6 from the floor. They attempted no free throws. The Knights fell to West Philadelphia, 71-61, in the City Title and the starters scored 53 points. Fazio, Kilpatrick, Joe Matteo and Tom Kehoe added two points apiece. Kehoe is Phil Martelli's brother-in-law and his son, R.C., a former Roman star, is the coach at Holy Family University. Tom coached Kenrick for eight seasons (1986-93) and his dad, Charles "Jerry" Kehoe, a former Malvern star (Inter-Ac MVP in 1950), was the Knights' coach for four seasons (1965-68). Kilpatrick's son, Brendan, thanks to his exploits for Malvern, was the Inter-Ac hoops MVP in 2012. Also on that '76 team were Joe Migliarese and Billy Conners. Joe's son, Joe, was a star receiver for La Salle in '06 and Billy's son, Billy, a QB-DB for a 10-0 Malvern team, was the Inter-Ac MVP in 2008. . . . Kenrick became Kennedy-Kenrick after the 1992-93 school year and closed in 2010.

JUNE 12
TEDBIT
 
The list below shows the Catholic League's Top 25 scorers in league play AND playoffs from 1950 through 2017. Bonner's Jeff Jones leads the way with 1,094 while Roman has the most players with six. In case you're scrambling for a calculator, relax. I've done the deed for you (smile). Those six Cahillites combined for 5,469 points!

Catholic's League Top 25 Scorers in League Play/Playoffs, 1950-2017
Name School Year Points
Jeff Jones Bonner 2007 1,094
Stephen Vasturia SJ Prep 2013 1,063
Ja'Quan Newton Neum.-Goretti 2014 1,042
Barry Brodzinski North 1973 1,039
Brian Leahy Kenrick 1984 1,019
Quade Green Neum.-Goretti 2017 1,003
Bernard Jones Roman 1991 971
Tony Chennault Neum.-Goretti 2010 948
Craig Conlin La Salle 1985 935
Joe Ryan SJ Prep 1955 933
Lonnie McFarlan Roman 1980 931
Charron Fisher Roman 2004 923
Reggie Jackson Roman 1978 913
Billy Hoy ST More 1959 909
Maurice "Mo" Howard SJ Prep 1972 902
Mike Jones ST More 1969 894
Ron Schott St. James 1972 888
Lawrence Reid Dougherty 1976 880
Eddie Griffin Roman 2000 871
Juan'ya Green Carroll 2011 869
Michael Brooks West 1976 867
Donnie Carr Roman 1996 860
Steve Benton Neumann  1985 849
Matt Comey North 1993 833
Joe Getz Wood 2011 830

JUNE 11
TEDBIT
 
The list below shows the Inter-Ac's Top 15 scorers in league play for the 49 seasons from 1969 through 2017. Episcopal's John Phillips leads the way with 738 and his school has the most players with five.

Inter-Ac's Top 15 League Scorers, 1969-2017
Name Sch. Year Points
John Phillips EA 1998 738
Charlie Floyd MP 1974 712
Alvin Williams GA 1993 695
Billy Harris PC 1971 685
Nick Alikakos EA 2017 665
Henry "Doug" Fairfax HS 1999 664
Brian Grandieri MP 2004 655
Gary Duda MP 1988 633
Mike Edelman HS 1978 619
Gerald Henderson EA 2006 617
Charles Hickman EA 1981 614
Eugene Burroughs EA 1988 610
Pat Purcell MP 1978 609
Tim Whitworth CH 1999 607
Sammy Zeglinski PC 2007 602

JUNE 9
TEDBIT
 
When alumnus Bill "Speedy" Morris was hired as Roman Catholic's coach for the 1967-68 season, he was not exactly given a powerhouse. Over the previous 19 seasons, the Cahillites had gone 83-185 (.310) in Catholic League play while posting winning records just two times. Morris guided the Cahillites for 14 seasons, going 171-39 (.814) in CL play with six CL championships (1969, '73, '74, '78, '79 and '80), one City Title (1974 and playoff appearances in every season but '70. His combined record in CL playoffs and City Titles was 22-11. Well . . . Yesterday, while adding playoff points to Roman's individual scoring page, I noticed something rather unusual. A large number of those losses occurred in nail-biters. In fact, if the Cahillites had scored just 27 more total points in eight of those losses, and had spread them out the right way, wins would have resulted. To change all 11 losses into wins, 59 points would have turned the trick. That nine-point loss to Overbrook in the 1980 City Title was an overtime game. By the way, those '78 to '80 West Philly-Overbrook teams combined to go 101-2 (33-1, 34-1, 34-0). There was no CT in '73 due to a lengthy strike by Pub teachers.   

Speedy Morris' 11 Playoff Losses at Roman, 1968-81
Year Round Lost to . . . Score Margin
1968 Qtr O'Hara 57-55 2
1969 CT Edison 57-54 3
1971 Qtr O'Hara 55-47 8
1972 Qtr Bonner 39-37 2
1975 Final Judge 48-46 2
1976 Semi West 46-43 3
1977 Semi Bonner 40-38 2
1978 CT West Phila. 67-64 3
1979 CT Overbrook 61-49 12
1980 CT Overbrook 65-56 9
1981 Qtr St. James 58-56 2

JUNE 7
TEDBIT
 
. . . Speaking of prolific brothers, can't ignore the Zeglinskis. In just seven seasons from 2001 through '07, Zack, Joe and Sammy combined for 1,782 points in league play and 4,109 overall and that latter total would have sniffed 5,000 had Zack and Joe not suffered football injuries as seniors. Zack and Sammy played exclusively at Penn Charter. Joe played there as an eighth grader, then popped up at Archbishop Ryan. Their dad, John, starred there in football/baseball (he played both at Wake Forest) and was also a basketball sub. Zack earned first team All-Inter honors four times, twice in baseball and once apiece in football/basketball. Joe earned All-Catholic honors three times, twice in hoops (and even a third time on an honorary basis) and once in football (plus an honorary there, as well). Sammy was a three-timer in basketball (and also a baseball starter). Zack, incredibly, played three sports at three colleges -- football at Penn State, baseball at Temple and basketball at Hartford. Joe, now Ryan's coach, played hoops at Hartford and scored 2,016 career points. Sammy played at Virginia and scored 947 points. Zack had nine points at Hartford -- he and Joe were teammates in '10 -- so the trio's college total was 2,972. The high school and college total . . . 7,081!

League (1,782) & Overall Points (4,109) Scored by the Zeglinski Brothers
Name Year League Over. Name Year League Over. Name Year League Over.
Zack 2001 47 165 Joe *2002 91 148 Sammy 2004 44 199
(PC) 2002 147 300 (AR) 2003 141 277 (PC) 2005 171 432
  2003 135 353   2004 238 380   2006 180 180
  2004 110 324   2005 238 448   2007 207 207
  2005 14 25   2006 19 47     602 1,642
    453 1,167     727 1,300        
        *-played at PC in this season        

JUNE 6
TEDBIT
 
Shortly after yesterday's nugget on the Person brothers was posted, the head began to spin. Hmm, how about some other families? Probably because I'd also just posted Malvern's Inter-Ac scoring numbers, the Grandieri family was a natural. So, here we go . . . Four of the five players played high school hoops -- Fran and Chris at O'Hara, Brian and Tom at Malvern. For the first three, hoops was the major focus. For Tom, it was a "side job" because his primary focus was baseball. The breakdown is below and we're able to list overall totals because the guys mostly played during the website era and because great digging by Tom Taylor provided totals from the pre-website era. Fran and Chris played college ball at Widener and Gettysburg, respectively. In his senior season at O'Hara, Fran racked up a Catholic League average (14-325-23.2) that still ranks No. 1 in school history. Brian starred at Penn after Malvern and twice earned second team All-Ivy honors while once adding second team All-Big 5 laurels. Tom split between his college baseball career between Villanova (one year) and Penn (three). In his senior year, the outfielder was named the Ivy League Player of the Year. After assisting for a stretch at Episcopal, Tom just completed his first season as O'Hara's coach. The last brother, Dan, was a first team All-Inter-Ac DH at Malvern (Class of '14). He attends Saint Joseph's University and has retained a tie with his favorite sport by playing for the Hawks' club baseball team. Dan's basketball experience at Malvern was limited to the JV. Like the Person brothers, the Grandieris have one sister. Bernadette, who falls in line between Tom and Dan, attended O'Hara and played basketball/lacrosse. Tom said her athletic career was derailed by a major knee injury. . . So, the totals for Fran/Chris/Brian/Tom are 1,737 points in league play and 3,748 overall!      

League (1,737) & Overall Points (3,748) Scored by the Grandieri Brothers
Name Year CL Pts Ov. Pts Name Year CL Pts Ov. Pts
Fran 1998 2 21 Chris 1999 0 4
(O'Hara) 1999 131 280 (O'Hara) 2000 96 156
  2000 325 545   2001 194 345
    458 846   2002 209 358
            499 863
Name Year I-A Pts Ov. Pts Name Year I-A Pts Ov. Pts
Brian 2001 85 236 Tom 2004 11 45
(Malvern) 2002 157 342 (Malvern) 2005 55 144
  2003 191 490   2006 59 212
  2004 222 570     125 401
    655 1,638        

JUNE 5
TEDBIT
 
A few times through the years, we've mentioned the Persons and referred to them as the First Family of City Football. Reason: All six of the brothers wound up playing Division 1 football with Andy, Chris, Dan and Joe at Navy, Brian at Penn and Fran at South Carolina. Imagine, how many brother six-packs have played D-1 football? Can't be too many, even across the country. Now ask this question . . . How many members of D-1 football six-packs also played high school basketball? Go ahead, Person bros. Respond in unison, at full volume. "All of us!" (smile). Plus, all were starters or key subs. All six brothers graduated from Episcopal Academy, though Chris first attended Haverford School and the years he played there are noted with asterisks on the list below. Andy was a key sub for EA's Inter-Ac champs in 1990 and '91 while Chris was a first team All-Inter-Ac honoree in 1993. In all, the brothers combined to score 876 points in Inter-Ac play. There's one sister in the crew. Anne Marie also graduated from EA (in '05) and wound up playing lacrosse at American University. Like her brothers, she played hoops in high school. Here's hoping she scored at least 124 points in league play to give the family 1,000. . . Click here for a website page from 2006.

Inter-Ac League Basketball Points Scored by the Person Brothers (876 Total)
Name Year Points Name Year Points Name Year Points
Andy 1990 23 Chris *1990 31 Brian 1995 2
  1991 19   *1991 54   1996 54
    42   1992 96   1997 75
        1993 121     131
          302      
Dan 1996 1 Fran 1998 3 Joe 2001 40
  1997 62   1999 83   2002 43
  1998 59   2000 71     83
    122   2001 71      
          196      

MAY 26
TEDBIT
 
Here are the Top 25 scorers in Catholic League regular season history (based on total points, not average). Five of the top eight guys played for schools that are no longer with us. Bonner's Jeff Jones leads the way with 1,058.

Top 25 Scorers in CL Regular Season History
Name School Year Points
Jeff Jones Bonner 2007 1,058
Brian Leahy Kenrick 1984 938
Joe Ryan SJ Prep 1955 933
Stephen Vasturia SJ Prep 2013 926
Barry Brodzinski North 1973 921
Billy Hoy ST More 1959 892
Ron Schott St. James 1972 888
Mike Jones ST More 1969 871
Charron Fisher Roman 2004 862
Bernard Jones Roman 1991 836
Ja'Quan Newton N-G 2014 831
Reggie Jackson ST More/Roman 1978 818
Lawrence Reid Dougherty 1976 817
Craig Conlin La Salle 1985 815
Michael Brooks West 1976 814
Maurice "Mo" Howard SJ Prep 1972 814
Eric Ervin McDevitt 1984 812
Quade Green N-G 2017 809
Tony Chennault N-G 2010 790
Steve Benton Neumann 1985 780
Bob Haas McDevitt 1969 775
Lonnie McFarlan Roman 1980 767
Tim Whalen Wood 1998 767
Matt Comey North 1993 758
Eddie Malloy O'Hara 1989 758
  Note: Jackson scored 22 at ST More; school closed in 1975

MAY 24
TEDBIT
 
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-
Name School Last Years GS Points
Marvin Harrison Roman 1991 3 42 587
Anthony Walters O'Hara 2006 3 40 323
Carmen Cavalli ST More 1955 2 28 265
John Cappelletti Bonner 1970 2 17 202
Mike McCloskey Judge 1979 2 23 193
Jim Cooper Dougherty 1973 2 24 166
Don Clune O'Hara 1970 2 23 162
Andy Nacrelli St. James 1951 2 23 158
Frank Gallagher St. James 1961 2 26 141
Frank Wycheck Ryan 1988 1 15 84
Jim Katcavage Roman 1952 1 6 42
Scott Paxson Roman 2001 2 15 37
Anthony Becht Bonner 1995 2 8 17
Tom Garlick Judge 1989 1 4 12
*LaMar Campbell St. James 1993 1 2 7
Brandon Moore Carroll 1987 1 2 4
Jim Gilmore North 1980 1 1 2
Rich Gannon SJ Prep 1982 1 1 2
*-St. James closed in '93; attended Strath Haven as a senior    

MAY 22
TEDBIT
 
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
SJ Prep Lost 43 48   5
Bonner Won 62 46 16  
O'Hara Lost 48 50   2
Roman Lost 46 66   20
St. James Lost 38 52   14
Neumann Lost 53 54   1
West Lost 52 61   9
SJ Prep Won 57 45 12  
Bonner Won 47 40 7  
O'Hara Lost 43 45   2
Roman Lost 53 67   6
St. James Lost 47 49   2
Neumann Lost 62 63   1
West Lost 51 71   10
           
Scorers in CL Play    
Player GS Points Avg.    
Dan Mostardi 14 202 14.4    
John Brophy 13 126 9.7    
Paul Adelizzi 14 103 7.4    
Stan Zawacki 14 91 6.5    
John Foley 14 89 6.4    
Doug Abbonizio 14 80 5.7    
Paul Sullivan 4 13 3.3    
  14 704 50.3    

MAY 17
TEDBIT
 
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. tedtee307@yahoo.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
Brian Daly Bonner 1988 14 315 22.5 Bonner 
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
Steve Cloran O'Hara 1990 14 263 18.8 O'Hara
Carl Arrigale Penn Charter 1984 10 180 18.0 Neumann / N-G
David Neeld Kenrick 1992 16 287 17.9 Kenn.-Kenrick
Frank Sciolla SJ Prep 1989 14 249 17.8 Conwell-Egan
Tom Ingelsby O'Hara 1969 16 284 17.7 Carroll
George Paull Dougherty 1963 15 265 17.7 Ryan
Jack Walsh Wood 1981 15 260 17.3 Wood
Joe Zeglinski Ryan 2004 14 238 17.0 Ryan
Joe Zeglinski Ryan 2005 14 238 17.0 Ryan
Sean Tait Judge 1995 14 235 16.8 Wood / Judge

MAY 16
TEDBIT
  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
INTER-AC LEAGUE    
School Alma Mater Years When
Chestnut Hill/SCH      
Rob Jackson Edison 1 1984
Julian McFadden Chestnut Hill 1 2017
Germantown Academy      
Hal Greer Douglass (Huntington, WV) 2 1979-80
Haverford School      
Henry "Doug" Fairfax Haverford School 4 2012-15
Penn Charter      
Ron Haigler Madison (Brooklyn, NY) 2 1976-77
Lynard Stewart Gratz 4 2012-15
       
CATHOLIC LEAGUE    
School Alma Mater Years When
Conwell-Egan      
Bryan Caver McCorristin (Hamilton, NJ) ? 2018
Kennedy-Kenrick      
Marc Turner Lower Merion 1 2001
McDevitt      
Will Chavis Engineering and Science ? 2018
North Catholic      
Guy Moore Roman 1 2010
O'Hara      
Jason Harrigan Burlington City (NJ) 1 2017
St. Joseph's Prep      
Fred Douglas Overbrook 3 1972-74
West Catholic      
Guy Moore Roman 3 2011-13
Jazz Williams West Catholic 3 2014-16

MAY 14
TEDBIT


 

  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!       

MAY 9
TEDBIT
 
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 . . . tedtee307@yahoo.com. 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
Name School Yrs Games Points PPG PPY
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

MAY 8
TEDBIT
 
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
Name School G Points Avg. Rank
Wilt Chamberlain Overbrook 160 3,607 22.5 2nd
Rasheed Wallace Gratz 177 2,384 13.5  
Earl Monroe Bartram 82 1,471 17.9 3rd
Paul Arizin La Salle 49 1,186 24.2 1st
Larry Foust SE Catholic 73 902 12.4  
Wali Jones Overbrook 70 833 11.9  
Kyle Lowry Dougherty 52 774 14.9 5th 
Aaron McKie Gratz 75 710 9.5  
Walt Hazzard Overbrook 58 685 11.8  
Ray Scott West Phila. *48 660 13.8  
Tom Washington Edison *66 585 8.9  
Mike Gale Overbrook *66 512 7.8  
Guy Rodgers Northeast 46 508 11  
Malik Rose Overbrook 82 506 6.2  
Fred Carter Franklin 28 446 15.9 4th
Tom Gola La Salle 39 432 11.1  
Jim Washington W. Catholic 42 369 8.8  
Lewis Lloyd Overbrook 25 367 14.7  
Cuttino Mobley Dougherty 26 333 12.8  
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  
*-includes ABA          

MAY 7
TEDBIT
 
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 . . . )
Name School Year Points
Jeff Jones Bonner 2007 1,058
Barry Brodzinski North 1973 921
Billy Hoy ST More 1959 892
Ron Schott St. James 1972 888
Mike Jones ST More 1969 871
Craig Conlin La Salle 1985 815
Michael Brooks West 1976 814
Eric Ervin McDevitt 1984 812
Bob Haas McDevitt 1969 775
Matt Comey North 1993 758
Tom Gola La Salle 1951 *707
John Rankin West 1985 696
Chip Greenberg La Salle 1982 692
Brian Daly Bonner 1988 680
Marshall Taylor West 2004 662
Monroe Blakes West 1988 655
Joe Schoen North 1977 650
Mike Power North 1985 647
John O'Connell McDevitt 1988 642
Wayne Bishop McDevitt 2000 641
*-includes 1949 season      

MAY 4
TEDBIT
  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).

MAY 1
TEDBIT
 
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
Surname First
Niczyporowicz Bob
Siemiontkowski Hank
Krystopowicz John
Szczepanski John
Przychowowicz Steve
Czyzewski Greg
Konieczny Jim
Kupniewski Rich
Evanosich Joe
*Rapczynski Joe
*-also served as head coach

APRIL 28
TEDBIT
 
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
Name School Year(s) Best Avg. Year(s)
Joe Ryan SJ Prep