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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.


MAY 24
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
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
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
  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
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
School Alma Mater Years When
Bryan Caver McCorristin (Hamilton, NJ) ? 2018
Marc Turner Lower Merion 1 2001
Will Chavis Engineering and Science ? 2018
North Catholic      
Guy Moore Roman 1 2010
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


  A page from Roman's 1952 yearbook.

  Bill French is the guy launching a push shot to the left. And holding the ball in a solo pic, of course.


  There are shocks and then there are SHOCKS! One day last week, I was checking Roman's 1952 yearbook to see if I could find first names for some varsity basketball players when the page you see to the left damn near jumped through my laptop. Whoa!! That guy is senior Bill French and he was a two-year varsity player for the Cahillites. He was also a 7-footer! The yearbook caption says he stood 7-3. In newspaper stories, he was listed as "short" as 7-1 1/2 and as tall as as 7-2 1/2. Roman was a lower level program in that era and French was not a dominant player. He scored 120 points in CL play as a junior and 118 as a senior before breaking his left foot about two weeks into February. (One of his basketball teammates was football star Jim Katcavage, who wound up having a great career as a defensive lineman for the New York Giants. His senior hoops season also ended early due to injury.) French, who lived a half-block from Central High's baseball field and no more than a 5-minute walk from La Salle, did not turn 18 until June of 1952 and in a short blurb in the Inquirer that month his father, John, said Bill would be enrolling at Ohio State. Not sure if that happened. His name is not listed on varsity rosters thereafter. I sent an email to someone in the communications department at Ohio State to see if French had at least played for the Buckeyes' freshman team. No response has been received. In Dec. 1954, the Delco Times published rosters for what appeared to be a high quality semi-pro league. A guy named Bill French was listed on the roster for the Marcus Hook AA. So was Joe "Hank" Greenberg. Hmm. Hank, who passed away in 2007, played for La Salle College in the late 1940s and one of his 12 children, Chip, starred for La Salle High (City Player of the Year in 1982) and the college. I've known the Greenbergs forever and asked Jerry, Chip's older brother, if he could put me in touch with Charley Greenberg, Hank's brother, a member of La Salle's 1954 NCAA champs (with Tom Gola) and later the coach at Judge. I spoke by phone with Charley on Friday afternoon, shortly before the PC-GA baseball game. He remembered Bill French and said Bill's brother, John "Jack" French, had also played at La Salle/La Salle. Charley said he wasn't sure if Bill had wound up playing college ball. If so, he had no memory of it. Wonder what happened? Maybe injuries got in the way? Maybe his college plans, for whatever reason, had to be ditched? Bottom line: More than 60 years ago, Roman had a 7-footer. And he graduated just a few months before another giant walked through the front door at Overbrook. Some guy named Wilt Chamberlain. Maybe you've heard of him? (smile) . . . If someone out there can flesh out Bill French's story, please do so. I will gladly make an update. Thanks!       

Kyle Lowry this season surpassed 10,000 career points in NBA/ABA regular season play and he's the ninth "Our Guy" (Public, Catholic, Inter-Ac) to accomplish that feat. In addition to points per game, the list below shows points per year. As mentioned along the way, Paul Arizin never played one minute of high school basketball while attending La Salle, which in that era was located at 20th and Olney (as part of the college). He grew up in South Philly. Imagine if he'd attended what was then Southeast Catholic (now Neumann-Goretti). He and Larry Foust, No. 7 on the list, would have been classmates. And maybe teammates as well. Meanwhile, how proud is Mark Heimerdinger? He coached TWO guys on the list at now-closed Cardinal Dougherty, Kyle and Cuttino "Cat" Mobley. Cat and Guy Rodgers are the lone lefties on the list. If I missed someone . . . 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

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          

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      

  It's the 1966-67 basketball season at La Salle College (now University) and the roster includes five guys whose names will be mentioned shortly. Not long thereafter, they would wind up working at the same place. What's your guess? An insurance office? A police station? A car dealership? A newspaper? (Hey, had to throw that one in there -- smile.) The answer is . . . Archbishop Ryan High. Ryan opened in the late 1960s. With no seniors on the roster, it joined the Catholic League for hoops in the 1967-68 season and celebrated its first grads in 1969. The varsity coach was George Paull, a product of now-closed Cardinal Dougherty and La Salle. Understandably, George is featured quite prominently in Ryan's 1969 yearbook, which I was able to find online via classmates.com. Away from his X-and-O duties, George taught earth science and phys ed. Also in that book are three other former La Salle College Explorers: Roman Catholic product Chuck Storm (typing, business math, assistant dean of students), Abington product Dave "Lefty" Ervin (world culture, social studies) and Bill Ring (English, business law, coach of the freshman basketball team), a product of St. John's, in Washington, D.C. (His son, also named Bill, wound up being a quality quarterback for Bishop McDevitt). OK, that takes care of four guys. Frank McArdle, the current coach of Ryan's football team, had given me the great tip about the five La Salle guys at Ryan and after some extra digging, he let me know that the fifth guy was La Salle High product Mike "Oz" Osborne. Bingo! Oz wasn't pictured/mentioned in the '69 yearbook because he was still at 20th and Olney, finishing his college days. He'd graduated from the high school in '65. But I spoke with him yesterday by phone and he said he spent the 1969-70 school year teaching history at Ryan while also coaching the JV hoops team at La Salle High. He assumed command of La Salle's varsity for the 1970-71 season (and moved there to teach as well) and held that hoops job through '77. (His replacement was Lefty). Oz' overall record was 122-65 and his 1975-76 team bested West Philadelphia and the great Gene Banks in early December. In Gene's three-year varsity career, West stormed to a 79-2 record with three Public/City championships. When I began this sports writing journey in the 1971-72 school year for a chain of weekly newspapers in Montgomery County, games involving La Salle and McDevitt were covered early and often. Dealing with Oz was always tremendous. Great guy and coach. His college career had been cut short by knee miseries and Oz mentioned that his life has included 16 knee operations. Can't even imagine. Meanwhile, Oz (in '65), George and Chuck (both in '63) all earned first team All-Catholic honors. So, there you have it. FIVE former La Salle College basketball players indeed could be found teaching classes at Ryan in the school's early years. Major thanks to Frank McArdle for providing the inspiration for this journey in the way-back machine. And, especially, for his appreciation of cool stuff from olden times (ha ha).

When I was a kid, one of the coolest things about being a fan of high school basketball was checking out boxscores in the newspaper. And THE coolest thing about that experience was seeing how many interesting Polish names (I guess they were all Polish?) popped up on North Catholic's rosters. Sometimes, the names were too long to fit in the space so apostrophes were used. Earlier this morning, I posted North's individual CL scoring for its final 61 seasons. Now, here's this: My opinion on the 10 coolest surnames, in order from 1 to 10, during that time frame. Bob Niczyporowicz became famous when coach Tony Costantino had this comment for a preview. "We have one good football player, Lou Sigmund, one good soccer player, John Regan, and one good Polish player, Bob Niczyporowicz."

North's Best Surnames
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

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 1953-55 23.4 1954
Joe Zeglinski Ryan *2004-06 17.0 2004-05
Joe Hazinsky O'Hara 1967-68 21.9 1967
Joe Meade La Salle 1996-97 21.1 1997
Joe Nardi SJ Prep 2009-10 13.7 2010
Joe Getz Wood 2010-11 20.2 2011
Joe Sturgis West 1952 14.1  
Joe Heyer La Salle 1956 21.2  
Joe Russell Neumann 1965 18.3  
Joe Hartman ST More 1965 19.5  
Joe Wojtiw North 1971 17.7  
Joe "Bud" Elsesser Judge 1972 17.1  
Joe Rogers Carroll 1973 15.7  
Joe Purcell O'Hara 1974 13.6  
Joe Kurtz North 1975 18.1  
Joe Boback North 1976 20.5  
Joe Schoen North 1977 22.6  
Joe Smart McDevitt 1980 15.2  
Joe Harvey North 1982 13.8  
Joe McEwing Con.-Egan 1990 17.3  
Joe Sinni Ryan 1993 10  
Joe Mullin Ryan 2003 14.2  
*-honorary selection in '06 (limited to 2 games due to serious injury)

As many of you likely know, Archbishop Wood this year won its first Catholic League basketball championship in season No. 51 of membership. Did you know this? Way back in the day, the Vikings came close to losing that many consecutive CL games. The number was 47 -- all 16 in 1968-69, all 16 again in 1969-70 and the first 15 of 16 in 1970-71. The Vikings posted a 4-12 mark in '68 and won their finale by 69-67 over McDevitt thanks to a 19-8 fourth quarter and 22 points by Bob Hartman. McDevitt had already clinched a playoff spot and didn't need the win. The Lancers' bad vibrations weren't over. In a game that made national headlines, they fell to North Catholic's JV squad, filling in for the suspended varsity, in a quarterfinal at the Palestra. During its 47-game tailspin, Wood was outscored by 3,152 to 2,302 for an average rounded-off score of 67-49. It fell by one point twice in the 1969-70 season. And the 52-51 loss to Ryan was decided when Albie Lorenz hit a free throw at 0:01. The streak fiiiiinally ended with a 58-44 win over McDevitt. The Vikings, who won every quarter, were led by Chuck Whicker (18) and John McCann (13). A personal note: One of Wood's starters in '69 was Jim Fitzpatrick. We were teammates on the East Germantown Rams' 12-and-under squad in 1962-63 and also with us was Joe Magarity. He wound up playing varsity ball at La Salle (Class of '70) and his daughter, Colleen, is now Penn Charter's girls lacrosse coach. Jim's nephew, Cody Fitzpatrick, was a long-distance sniper for Wood ('15) and in '13 he was part of this special moment.      

Wood's 47-Game CL Losing Streak, 1968-69/1970-71
1968-69 Wood Foe Wood's Leader(s) Pts
McDevitt 47 74 Hartman/Fitzpatrick 12
Kenrick 51 57 Bob Hartman 18
North 62 89 Bob Hartman 21
Ryan 62 77 Bob Hartman 26
La Salle 46 63 Bob Hartman 17
Judge 46 64 Bill Gibbons 13
Egan 50 78 Fitzpatrick/Klemmer 10
Dougherty 41 60 Pat Coen 17
McDevitt 48 65 Pat Coen 13
Kenrick 49 52 Fitz./Gibbons/Coen 11
North 37 67 Fitzpatrick  12
Ryan 46 57 Bob Hartman 16
La Salle 49 76 Rick Welsh 14
Judge 46 71 Jim Fitzpatrick 13
Egan 53 56 Bob Hartman 16
Dougherty 48 83 O'Connor 13
  781 1089    
  48.8 68.1    
1969-70 Wood Foe Wood's Leader(s) Pts
Ryan 56 72 Tom McGoldrick 18
La Salle 57 62 Mike Patterson 15
Dougherty 47 92 Romanet/McGoldrick 11
McDevitt 55 59 Tom McGoldrick 21
Judge 49 65 Skip Romanet 13
Kenrick 55 76 Tom Giedgowd 13
North 42 71 Tom Giedgowd 10
Egan 49 74 Skip Romanet 13
Judge 32 65 Bob Crostarosa 9
Ryan 51 52 Welsh/Crostarosa 17
La Salle 53 69 Skip Romanet 12
Dougherty 46 79 Mike Patterson 14
McDevitt 40 41 Fred Klemmer 10
Kenrick 53 71 Tom McGoldrick 13
North 48 55 Chuck Whicker 13
Egan 60 68 Tom McGoldrick 15
  793 1071    
  49.6 66.9    
1970-71 Wood Foe Wood's Leader(s) Pts
Judge 43 74 George Belfield 12
Ryan 36 44 Chuck Whicker 13
La Salle 59 68 Dudley 18
North 45 61 George Belfield 11
Kenrick 50 69 George Belfield 11
Egan 54 67 Whicker/Belfield 15
Dougherty 50 80 Mike Patterson 18
McDevitt 39 67 George Belfield 15
Judge 47 72 George Belfield 13
Ryan 46 52 George Belfield 13
La Salle 45 64 John McCann 20
North 55 72 George Belfield 18
Kenrick 55 64 George Belfield 21
Egan 54 60 George Belfield 19
Dougherty 50 78 Mike Patterson 14
  728 992    
  45.5 62.0    
End of the Streak . . .    
McDevitt 58 44 Chuck Whicker 18

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Foreigners Who've Earned All-Catholic Honors

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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