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SPECIAL NOTE
  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.

DEC. 31
TEDBIT
  Twelve of the current coaches at Catholic/Inter-Ac schools played varsity ball in those leagues or the Pub. Complete career totals are not available for all, but league totals are (counting playoff points for CL guys) and the breakdown is below. Craig Conlin heads the list with 935. The No. 2 guy, Joe Zeglinski, played five seasons of varsity ball -- one at Penn Charter, then four at Ryan. He missed much of his senior season due to injury. Joe and Craig scored 1,300 and 1,202 career points, respectively. Will Chavis (1,070) and Julian McFadden (1,026) also topped 1,000. 

Scoring in League Games for Catholic/Inter-Ac Coaches
Name Coach at . . Played at . . Sr. Yr. Fr. So. Jr. Sr. Total
Craig Conlin Episcopal La Salle 1985   199 327 409 935
Joe Zeglinski Ryan PC/Ryan 2006 *259 247 256 47 809
Will Chavis McDevitt Eng. & Sci. 1998 77 153 147 379 756
Sean Tait Judge Judge 1995   42 201 266 509
Paul Romanczuk Carroll Malv/Carr 1995   #35 179 244 458
Bernie Rogers Haver. Sch. Ryan 1992   60 115 263 438
Julian McFadden SCH Acad. Chest. Hill 2006 17 93 104 161 375
Carl Arrigale Neum.-Gor. Penn Char. 1984 6 49 132 180 367
Joe Corbett Lansdale Haver. Sch. 1999   105 118 131 354
Jack Concannon Bonn.-Pren. Bonner 1983     67 217 284
Matt Griffin Roman SJ Prep 2007     117 142 259
Jim "Flip" Phillips Penn Char. Penn Char. 1990     4 75 79
        359 983 1767 2514 5623
*-includes 91 points scored as 8th grader at Penn Charter
#-played at Malvern

DEC. 30
TEDBIT
 
La Salle coach Joe Dempsey last night earned his 200th career win as the Explorers topped Benedictine (VA), 72-54, in a Benedictine Capital City Classic consolation. Sean Simon led the way with 23 points while Zach Crisler (16) and Allen Powell (13) also reached double figures. Joe entered his 14th season with 193 and the Explorers have finished the non-league portion of their schedule with a 7-2 record. Below is a season-by-season look at Joe's journey and the primary guys who've led his squads. 

Joe Dempsey's Journey to 200 Career Victories
Season CL Over. First Team All-Catholics 2nd/3rd Team All-Catholics
2004-05 2-12 4-21   Joe Sobocinski (3)
2005-06 5-9 8-17   Clay Penecale (2)
2006-07 7-7 16-12   Clay Penecale (2), Matt Crozier (3)
2007-08 8-6 15-11 Matt Crozier C.J. Aiken (2)
2008-09 6-8 11-13   Tom Cooney (2)
2009-10 12-2 20-6 Troy Hockaday/Eddie Mitchell  
2010-11 11-2 21-6 Eddie Mitchell Joe Brown (2), Amar Stukes (3)
2011-12 6-7 11-13 Amar Stukes Matt Rodden (3)
2012-13 9-4 15-8 Amar Stukes Steve Smith (2)
2013-14 9-4 23-7   Dave Krmpotich (2), Walls (2), Witherspoon  (3)
2014-15 9-4 21-7 Najee Walls/Shawn Witherspoon Dave Krmpotich (2)
2015-16 9-4 17-6 Ryan McTamney Jarrod Stukes (2)
2016-17 5-8 11-12   Jarrod Stukes (2), Sean Simon (3)
2017-18   7-2    
  98-77 200-141    

DEC. 29
NON-LEAGUE
Penn Charter 52, Friends' Central 46

  The 76ers have nothing on the Quakers. Since Nov. 28, when PC's season began, your local NBA team has not played games on three consecutive days. PC has. Plus, it has done so in two states. Oh, the demands of it all. What a grind! (smile). PC played showcase games Wednesday and Thursday in Wildwood, NJ, then headed home and popped up this afternoon (2:30 start) at Friends' Central, which is located along City Avenue (across the Philly border) maybe a mile from Saint Joseph's University. This was Game No. 14 in 32 days for PC -- the Sixers have played 15 in the same time span; hey those guys are making millions! -- and decent entertainment was provided. Especially for a non-league afternoon game during the holiday season, the crowd was respectable and often involved and pic-taking was enjoyable because lots of filtered natural light came in through a very large window behind one basket. Like many PC games this season, this one offered oddities. The Quakers shot just 33 percent from the floor (12-for-36) and posted just three regular field goals. But here's the good news: They shot 9-for-18 on three-pointers and 19-for-23 at the line. Today was just the second time all season that five Quakers drained treys in the same game and that feat was accomplished by halftime. Over the final 16 minutes, PC managed just two FGs but went 14-for-17 at the stripe. Now for some late-game details. The Phoenix edged within 47-46 when soph G Omar Nichols, one of three lefty starters, nailed a left-corner trey at 1:23. A timeout was called and FC's fans, at the behest of the players as they walked back onto the court, began clapping and hollering in an attempt to maintain the momentum. Jr. F Ryan "Zingy" Maloney wound up at the line for a double-bonus and hit both ends for 49-46 math. Soph G BK Kothari missed a right-corner trey and PC sr. PG Jake Nicastro used a spread-eagle jump to snag the rebound. He was hacked and hit the back end at 0:31. Nichols then made a strong drive, but was unable to uncork a shot and found himself in mid-air right above the baseline. He whipped the ball back with the hope of hitting a teammate. Instead, sr. WG-SF Will Samuel intercepted, absorbed a hack job and hit both ends to provide a six-point pad. Another missed trey cooked FC's goose. Shortly after game's end, the Quakers changed into their jerseys. Say what? New road uniforms have fiiiiinally arrived and equipment guru Gerry Sasse was on hand to see if current jersey numbers, based on size, could be maintained. We'll see what happens. (The current road jerseys are yellow. The new ones are blue.) Sr. WG Mason Williams paced PC with 19 points and was perfect (8-for-8) at the line. He always snipes well in Stripeville and here's hoping he finds a way to make many more visits during Inter-Ac play. Samuel scored eight of his 13 points in the first quarter and soph WG Ryan "Pooch" Holmes had four all of his (dunk included) in that same stanza. PC was challenged in the second half in part because three to four (maybe more?) fouls were called when guys were a little overzealous when setting picks. Two FC guys -- sr. Fs Josh Friday and Toure Mosley-Banks -- also did not notch a field goal after the first quarter. Soph PG Mason Mosley posted seven of his 10 points in the fourth quarter.
  NUGGETS: A FC fan had a funny, sarcastic comment during the JV game when a ref was unsure which team would get possession after a held ball. "You'd know if you looked at the arrow!" Pause. "The arrow is your friend!" . . . In the varsity tilt, almost every time a Quaker prepared to shoot a free throw, a guy yelled, "Wait! Don't shoot yet. It's not time!" . . . Nice to see FC coach Ryan Tozer, Episcopal assistant Woody Burke and PC parent Tracy Freeland (his daughter, Madison, is a quality swimmer) . . . And here's some followup news: Yesterday's report noted that golf is the primary sport for PC sub jr. G Dylan Topaz. Today I asked him whether he's ever had a hole-in-one. The answer? TWO! One in a practice round and onc in a match. Legendary. . . . Happy New Year! Stay safe.

DEC. 29
TEDBIT
 
In every game in every sport, athletes hope to get off to good starts, right? Well, Penn Charter soph WG Ryan "Pooch" Holmes is certainly showing folks how it's done this season. Through PC's first 13 games, he has shot 26-for-43 from the floor for 60.5 percent. He has also hit three treys and gone 5-for-5 at the line, so his point total is 60 (4.6 average). Overall, he owns 168 points (12.9) and has shot 63-for-119 (52.9).  

First Quarter Floor Shooting
For Penn Charter's Ryan "Pooch" Holmes
Opponent FG ST
Germantown Friends 2 4
Academy New Church 3 5
Abington Friends 0 1
King's Christian (NJ) 2 2
SJ Prep 1 3
Shipley 3 4
West Catholic 4 4
Palumbo 1 2
Ryan 0 2
Bonner-Prendergast 5 5
Freire Charter 1 1
Shawnee (NJ) 2 5
Cherokee (NJ) 2 5
  26 43

DEC. 28
BOARDWALK BASKETBALL CLASSIC
SHOWCASE GAME
Penn Charter 53, Cherokee (NJ) 47
(In Wildwood, NJ)

  By someone hoisting a cup of soda, these matching words should have been uttered by a PC supporter just after the final buzzer sounded: "Dylly! Dylly!" Golf is the primary sport for jr. G Dylan Topaz and I have no idea if he has ever recorded a hole in one. In the final moments of this tilt, he no doubt experienced a feeling that would match, maybe even surpass, the joy caused by an ace. Topaz is always the sixth or seventh man, depending, and he's known mostly for his three-point sniping, made possible by a very quick release. In the final moments tonight, he did a little bit of everything as the Quakers completed a 1-1 visit to Wildwood. Here we go . . . On a feed from sr. WG-SF Will Samuel, Dylan drained a trey to create a 47-47 tie. Then, at the other end, he sacrificed his body, big time, to take a charge. He then hit the first of two free throws to make it 48-47. After Cherokee missed a shot, Dylan fought for the rebound and the arrow favored PC on the jump-ball call. At the other end, soph WG Ryan "Pooch" Holmes hit both ends of a double-bonus to extend the lead to three points. With Topaz providing sticky defense, Cherokee sr. PG Tyler Ludwikowski, a kid with a build like an old-school fullback and/or middle guard, missed a jumper from beyond the arc. Jr. F Ryan "Zingy" Maloney grabbed that board and added the final point. "Zingy! Zingy!" That could have also been a celebration cry. Maloney, who was separated at birth from Knicks star Kristaps Porzingis (click here), was a major factor just before the stretch. Just when it appeared PC might have to settle for one of those close-but-no-cigar outcomes, "Zingy" showed his grit by posting back-to-back, in-heavy-traffic, three-point plays. Coach Jim "Flipper" Phillips and his assistants had to feel great about this win. Not only did the Quakers trail by seven points at halftime, they committed 10 fouls in the third quarter so Cherokee was in the double-bonus throughout the fourth. (The Chiefs shot just 3-for-6 at the line, however, over the last eight minutes). Holmes had a nice overall outing with 17 points and three apiece of rebounds/assists/steals. In the second half, he also played strong defense on soph WG Gavin Gibson, who'd nailed four treys beforehand. He scored just two points over those final 16 minutes and was able to attempt just one three. Meanwhile, here's a Poochbit: In first quarters this season, he has made 26 of 43 shots from the floor (60.5 percent). Whoa! Maloney and Samuel halved 20 points. Sr. WG Mason Williams never found his comfort zone while contributing just seven points. He did dish three dimes. For Cherokee, sr. PF Tymere Bennett, a tall lefty, had 12 points and six rebounds. He's not completely coordinated at this stage, but looks to have potential. A couple of his inside moves were smooth and he can really hang in the air.
  NUGGETS: Spent all of halftime catching up with Joe Dunn, the athletic director at Boys' Latin. No one at any school can top Joe when it comes to dedication. As the buzzer sounded to start the second half, he asked me, "You should come back and win this, right?" My delayed answer, "But of course!" (smile) . . . The one, the only Vince Trombetta, a Pub football coaching legend/human being, was also on hand. Vince, now in his mid-'80s, is still reffing games in this Wildwood event. You go, Trom! . . . Dave Distel, former mad bomber for Cardinal Dougherty and an assistant to long-time Cardinals coach Mark Heimerdinger, now at Fels, is helping at Cherokee. As Gibson nailed his treys in the first half, I was thinking, "Dave has to be that kid's personal coach." . . . The 2017 portion of PC's schedule is not complete. Tomorrow the Quakers visit Friends' Central for a 2:30 tilt.

DEC. 28
HUCKBIT
 
As mentioned last night on the homepage, West Catholic beat Allentown (NJ), 65-49, and the losers notched just two regular field goals. Here's more info from Ed "Huck" Palmer. . . .
  Allentown was 15-54 from field. 13-29 from three. 2-25 from two. Missed their first 22 twos. Their twos came with 3:11 and 1:31 left in the game. They hit their first three shots of the game and last two of the game -- all threes. 10-49 in between.

DEC. 27
BOARDWALK BASKETBALL CLASSIC
SHOWCASE GAME
Shawnee (NJ) 69, Penn Charter 46
(In Wildwood, NJ)

  Keeping her promise to attend one game each season, The Wife was in the house and she made this comment not too far into the game. "Uh, this isn't good." No, it wasn't. Impressive Shawnee sr. PG Dean Noll -- more on him later -- had just drilled a three-pointer to give his squad a 13-2 lead. Even before that, a tournament employee sitting nearby had commented to a co-worker, "I say Shawnee wins by at least 20." Though it was bitter cold outside, this one had the feel of a summer league game. There was virtually no spectator involvement and the teams, for the most part, freely went up and down. Just ONE foul shot was attempted in the first half and the first three quarters breezed by. Shawnee shot just over 50 percent from the floor while PC shot just under 33 percent. Other than PC, the Renegades are my new favorite team. Reason: It is packed with multisport athletes. Not just run-of-the-mill guys, either. The roster includes Division I commits in other sports and, hopefully, Noll, a 6-1 sr. who appears to be taller, will wind up with a nice hoops scholarship. At least in this one, he was Ryan Arcidiacono Lite. Very impressive. Lots of guys make moves that lead to baskets. But some appear to be laboring throughout the process. Not this guy. He was smooth and smoother, free and easy all the way. He has long limbs and the ability to control the ball even when it's away from his body and his court vision is quite respectable. Plus, he's still semi-thin and will undoubtedly fill out nicely. On one lengthy drive, it was as if he was saying to himself, "OK, lemme do this . . . now lemme do that . . . and lemme finish with this sweet maneuver." And, on the whole journey, it was as if he KNEW no one would come close to derailing him. Bingo. Noll totaled 28 points (three treys) and four assists and was guilty of just two turnovers. The Deveney brothers -- sr. F Dylan and jr. WG Connor -- added 16 and 10 points, respectively. Though Dylan is a semi-beefy kid and looks like someone who would be camped out all day on the low blocks, he hit three treys. Daevon Robinson, a Rutgers football commit, received very few entry passes. Hey, that's the way of the basketball world these days. He scored eight points by shooting 4-for-4 (one bucket came on a serious dunk) and seized 12 rebounds. For PC, sr. WG Mason Williams wound up with 15 points. Soph WG Ryan "Pooch" Holmes made some impressive sashays through/around people and finished with 13 points. Sub jr. F Ryan "Zingy" Maloney (seven) was the only Quaker with more than three rebounds and had the team's only blocks (two).
  NUGGETS: Hung out for a while with former Camden Courier-Post sports writing wizard Kevin Callahan, the uncle of PC sr. G Jake Nicastro. Kev noted that the Renegades advanced to last year's state Group 4 final and have everyone back. Hey, no wonder they're good (smile) . . . Also nice to see Shawnee coach Joe Kessler (I wrote a few stories about his wonderful teams in the early '90s) and tourney honchos Ernie Troiano and Brian Cunniff . . . The Wife and I stopped for a quick, wonderful dinner in the McDonald's on Rio Grande Avenue. It was colder in there than it was outside. A lifetime first experience: eating a quarter pounder while shivering . . . PC will play Cherokee, Shawnee's neighbor, in another showcase game.

DEC. 27
TEDBIT
 
There are 20 schools in the Catholic/Inter-Ac Leagues. Six are coached by alums and 14 are not. The breakdown is below. Will Chavis, the first-year coach at McDevitt, starred at Engineering and Science of the Public League. He might be only the third Pub grad to lead a CL program over the last 46 seasons. Fred Douglas (Overbrook) started a three-year stint as St. Joseph's Prep's coach in the 1971-72 season. And Bill Day (Lincoln) was Cardinal Dougherty's coach in the school's final season before it closed in June 2010. If you can think of others, please let me know. Bonner-Prendie, Judge and Ryan are the only three schools with alums heading the basketball and football programs. Football guys: Jack Muldoon at B-P, Mike McKay at Judge and Frank "Five" McArdle at Ryan. Ryan's baseball coach, Nick Chichilitti, is also a grad. SCH Academy, of the Inter-Ac, also has FB/bask grad guys -- Rick Knox (FB) and Julian McFadden (bask).

The Roots of Catholic/Inter-Ac Coaches
COACH AT ALMA MATER
Bonner-Prendergast Friars Jack Concannon Monsignor Bonner
Carroll Patriots Paul Romanczuk Archbishop Carroll
Judge Crusaders Sean Tait Father Judge
*Penn Charter Quakers Jim "Flipper" Phillips Penn Charter
Ryan Raiders Joe Zeglinski Archbishop Ryan
*SCH Academy Blue Devils Julian McFadden Chestnut Hill Academy
COACH IN CL, ALUM OF ANOTHER CL SCHOOL
Roman Cahillites Matt Griffin St. Joseph's Prep
St. Joe's Prep Hawks Wm. "Speedy" Morris Roman Catholic
Wood Vikings John Mosco Neumann
COACH IN CL, ALUM OF INTER-AC SCHOOL
Lansdale Catholic Crusaders Joe Corbett Haverford School
Neumann-Goretti Saints Carl Arrigale Penn Charter
COACH IN INTER-AC, ALUM OF CL SCHOOL
*Episcopal Churchmen Craig Conlin La Salle
*Gtn. Academy Patriots Jim Fenerty Cardinal Dougherty
*Haverford School Fords Bernie Rogers Archbishop Ryan
ALUM OF OTHER SCHOOL IN FIVE-COUNTY PHILLY AREA
La Salle Explorers Joe Dempsey Archbishop Kennedy (Conshohocken)
McDevitt Lancers #Will Chavis Engineering and Science
ALUM OF SCHOOL OUTSIDE FIVE-COUNTY PHILLY AREA
Conwell-Egan Eagles #Bryan Caver McCorristin (Trenton, NJ)
*Malvern Friars John Harmatuk Klein (near Houston, TX)
O'Hara Lions Jason Harrigan Burlington City, NJ
West Catholic Burrs Jason Hasson Bishop Guilfoyle (Altoona, PA)
*-Inter-Ac schools     
#-first season    

DEC. 26
TEDBIT
 
This item was posted exactly one year ago and complete updates for the 2016-17 season have been added. Sixteen guys averaged at least 15 PPG last season and 10 were part of combos. Unfortunately, not all boxscores have been reported this season, so we'll hold off on new candidates. Germantown Academy senior lefties Evan-Eric Longino and Kyle McCloskey own the No. 1 spot for Inter-Ac/Catholic duos in this century! Longino averaged 23.7 PPG and McCloskey was not far behind at 20.5. That computes to 44.2 Longino is now playing at West Chester and McCloskey, after playing quarterback this fall at Villanova, is about to enroll at Penn State and become a basketball player. The next three spots on the list below are occupied by duos with guys who advanced to the NBA. The top duos are below. Each member must have averaged at least 15.0. Only one other combo on this list featured lefties: McDevitt's Mike Ross and Chris Hanes in 2003. Greg Stitt, the Lancers' No. 4 scorer that season, was also a lefty. (No. 3 Chris Palmero was not.) 

Most Productive Catholic/Inter-Ac Duos in This Century
Season Name School G Points PPG Total
2017 #Evan-Eric Longino Gtn. Academy 29 686 23.7 44.2
  #Kyle McCloskey   29 594 20.5  
2006 *Wayne Ellington Episcopal 30 657 21.9 43.4
  *Gerald Henderson   31 667 21.5  
2004 *Sean Singletary Penn Charter 27 617 22.9 40.3
  *Rob Kurz   27 471 17.4  
2005 *Wayne Ellington Episcopal 28 591 21.1 39.6
  *Gerald Henderson   28 518 18.5  
2002 *Matt Walsh Gtn. Academy 29 650 22.4 38.4
  #Lee Melchionni   29 464 16.0  
2014 Tyrell Long McDevitt 25 537 21.5 38.0
  Amin Taylor   20 329 16.5  
2015 Shawn Alston Haver. School 28 548 19.6 38.0
  Lamar Stevens   28 515 18.4  
2009 Rakeem Brookins Roman 27 547 20.3 37.9
  *Maalik Wayns   18 317 17.6  
2016 Zane Martin Neum.-Goretti 31 584 18.8 37.5
  Quade Green   31 579 18.7  
2007 #Rick Jackson Neum.-Goretti 32 593 18.5 36.9
  Antonio "Scoop" Jardine   32 588 18.4  
2016 Devon Goodman Gtn. Academy 30 594 19.8 36.7
  #Evan-Eric Longino   27 457 16.9  
2004 *Kyle Lowry Dougherty 31 570 18.4 36.6
  DeSean White   32 581 18.2  
2017 Quade Green Neum.-Goretti 28 578 20.6 36.5
  Dhamir Cosby-Roundtree   31 493 15.9  
 2017 #Izaiah Brockington Ryan 29 542 18.7  36.4
  Matiss Kulackovskis   29 512 17.7  
2003 *Sean Singletary Penn Charter 28 520 18.6 36.3
  *Rob Kurz   30 530 17.7  
2004 Marshall Taylor West Catholic 26 520 20.0 36.3
  Rob Latimer   26 425 16.3  
2013 Stephen Vasturia SJ Prep 30 615 20.5 36.2
  Miles Overton   29 456 15.7  
2001 *Matt Walsh Gtn. Academy 30 626 20.9 36.1
  Lee Melchionni   29 441 15.2  
2017 Conner Delaney Episcopal 27 507 18.8 35.8
  Nick Alikakos   20 339 17.0  
2006 Andrew Ott Gtn. Academy 26 499 19.2 35.7
  Kyle Griffin   29 478 16.5  
2001 Tamal Forchion Roman 29 547 18.9 35.4
  John Huggins   20 495 16.5  
2012 Brahieme Jackson McDevitt 24 441 18.4 35.1
  Markeise Chandler   24 401 16.7  
2003 #Mike Ross McDevitt 24 444 18.5 34.7
  #Chris Hanes   25 404 16.2  
2003 DeSean White Dougherty 28 520 18.6 34.5
  *Kyle Lowry   27 429 15.9  
2015 Quade Green Neum.-Goretti 31 553 17.8 34.3
  #Zane Martin   31 512 16.5  
2010 #Mike Terry North Catholic 21 365 17.4 34.1
  Jaleel Mack   23 384 16.7  
2017 Christian Ray Haver. School 26 459 17.7 33.9
  Kharon Randolph   26 422 16.2  
2004 John Griffin SJ Prep 31 512 16.5 32.6
  Chris Clark   31 498 16.1  
2014 Tim Guers Gtn. Academy 27 457 16.9 32.6
  Sam Lindgren   27 424 15.7  
2006 Mike Ringgold Roman 32 561 17.5 32.5
  Bradley Wanamaker   32 481 15.0  
2009 Omari Grier Episcopal 24 407 17.0 32.1
  Cory Goodman   24 362 15.1  
2014 Levan Alston Haver. School 23 378 16.4 31.6
  Lamar Stevens   24 365 15.2  
2005 Brian Grimes Gtn. Academy 30 483 16.1 31.3
  Ryan Ayers   30 456 15.2  
2013 Shep Garner Roman 26 408 15.7 31.2
  Rashann London   26 404 15.5  
*-advanced to NBA
#-lefty

DEC. 24
TEDBIT
  It was one of those moments. You see the result of a game and immediately think, "Doubtful THAT has happened too often." Then the research begins and . . . It hasn't. In a showcase game yesterday, Roman lost to Imhotep by 21 points. In this century, counting non-league, showcase and tourney games (but not Catholic/City Titles/state playoffs; nor the ol' end-of-season Alhambra tourney) against opponents from the five-county Philadelphia area, the Cahillites' record is an amazing 60-9 (.870). And before yesterday, they had not lost by more than 14 points. Imhotep is just the second team to beat them twice (also Chester). In that one-point 2006 loss to Episcopal and future NBAers Wayne Ellington and Gerald Henderson, somehow Roman shot 4-for-20 at the line. Crazy.

Breakdown for Roman's Results in Non-League Games Vs. Local Foes, 2000-18
Year W-L Catholic Inter-Ac Public *Others Lost to . . By . . .
2017-18 0-1     0-1   Imhotep 21
2016-17 6-0   2-0 3-0 1-0    
2015-16 0-0            
2014-15 2-0   2-0        
2013-14 1-1     1-1   Imhotep 6
2012-13 3-0   1-0 1-0 1-0    
2011-12 3-0     1-0 2-0    
2010-11 4-0   2-0 1-0 1-0    
2009-10 3-2 0-1   1-0 2-1 Wood 8
            Ply.-White. 12
2008-09 1-1       1-1 Chester 14
2007-08 2-1   2-0   0-1 Chester 10
2006-07 6-0 3-0 2-0 1-0      
2005-06 5-1 2-0 1-1 2-0   Episcopal 1
2004-05 5-1 3-0 0-1 1-0 1-0 Gtn. Academy 6
2003-04 4-0 1-0 1-0   2-0    
2002-03 5-0 1-0   2-0 2-0    
2001-02 5-0 1-0 1-0 1-0 2-0    
2000-01 3-1   2-0 0-1 1-0 Gratz 9
1999-00 2-0 1-0 1-0        
  60-9 12-1 17-2 15-3 16-3    
*-Five-County Philly Area          

DEC. 23
NON-LEAGUE
Penn Charter 73, Freire Charter 48

  Crab fries for all!! Not sure if you know this, but Pete Ciarrocchi is the owner of Chickie's & Pete's and his son, Anthony, is a PC soph. Today, the lefty guard made his varsity debut as the Quakers rolled to this non-league triumph and his first varsity shot gave him, yes!, two points. On a fast break, off a pass from sub jr. G Dylan Topaz, Anthony canned a layup with 3:46 remaining in the third quarter. If 346 turns out to be tonight's lottery number , and you wind up winning some decent coin, I expect a 10-percent cut. Thank you. Meanwhile . . . Overall, that was not the most legendary part of the game. PC did not do something for the first 12 minutes, 31 seconds. Think about it. Get called for a foul? Commit a turnover? Notch an assist? Not even warm. The answer is: Score a regular field goal. Yes, the Quakers' first 22 points were scored on three-pointers and free throws. Then, soph WG Ryan "Pooch" Holmes made a steal and drove three-quarters court for a layup that provided a 24-8 lead. Like many PC games this season, this one offered oddities. Aside from the long wait for a two, the Quakers scored the first 20 points of the second quarter (after the first one ended at 8-8) and sr. WG Mason Williams scored 11 points (three treys) in that run after going 0-for-6 from the floor in the first stanza. Freire went 0-for-9 from the floor during PC's 20-0 run; the Dragons' drought ended when frosh G Eisiah Smith hit a midrange jumper. There was also this: With 6:02 left in the third quarter, PC owned a 34-21 lead when coach Jim "Flipper" Phillips sent five subs to the table. Ciarrocchi was part of that crew and the guys fared pretty well, losing just two points off the lead (40-29) before the mainstays returned at 2:49. Freire, coached by Stan Laws, the one-time boss at Strawberry Mansion, has basically no height. And to the naked eye, it appeared that the power forward, a semi-beefy jr. named Johnta Dunson, was shorter than most of the guards. The Dragons kept digging, though, and two guys -- jrs. Sekayi Robinson and Dashon Lewis (a lefty) -- had some decent moments. Like always, Laws was completely involved at high volume, guiding, encouraging and chastising, when necessary. Once the shots began falling, PC had too much firepower and was able to mostly have its way along the baseline and in the low-box areas. Williams (19) and Holmes (16) topped the 11-player scoring list while sr. SF Will Samuel (nine) and Topaz (eight) sniffed double figures. Sr. PF-C Ryan Dickson swept six rebounds and jr. sub F Ryan "Zingy" Maloney was next with five. The late-game headliner was sr. sub F Christopher "Floater" Thomas, a k a The Stat Machine. He racked up four points, two boards and one assist over the final 3:22 after the lead hit 29 points at 67-38.
  NUGGETS: The Scorekeepers of the Day Award goes to jr. Emma Maley and soph India Barnes, members of the girls team. They were at PC early for an optional practice, then wound up keeping the scorebook for the boys JV game because no one else was available. They also watched the boys varsity tilt while hanging out with trainer Jess Rawlings. At one point early, Emma and India walked around the gym offering donuts. I passed. So did they, when offered part of my ham & cheese sandwich. Ha, ha. . . . Great to see Joe Anhalt, who was one of the refs. He told equipment man Gerry Sasse he hadn't reffed a game at PC since the Mike McGlinchey days. That goes back to at least the 2012-13 season . . . Just before varsity warmups began, PC teacher John Burkhart and I (John snaps many of the yearbook shots and oversees the entire project) took the team photo. If the roster is different near the end of the season, we'll do so again. Hopefully. . . Merry Christmas!

DEC. 23
TEDBIT
 
As mentioned often on this "webline" (as the famous Thomas "Hockey Puck" McKenna calls it -- ha ha), I am not even remotely a fan of specialization. Thankfully, Penn Charter still has a decent amount of multisport athletes and today's focus is on football/basketball. Specifically, it's on quarterbacks and their hoops involvement. In 12 school years in this century, the primary QB has also been a member of the basketball team. This school year's double-duty guy is sr. Will Samuel. His passing yardage total ranks sixth on the list below and his hoops point total already ranks third. THE Matt Ryan owns the first and second highest numbers with 287 and 284. We'll see where this goes. John Ryan is Matt's brother. John Loughery is their cousin. Another cousin, Pat McCain, was the primary QB in 2012, but was not yet on the basketball varsity in the 2012-13 season.

PC's QB Starters/Hoopsters in This Century
Year Name Yards Points
2017-18 Will Samuel 1,361 120
2016-17 Neeko Hnatkowsky 1,625 91
2015-16 Neeko Hnatkowsky 1,771 62
2014-15 Neeko Hnatkowsky 2,066 43
2013-14 None    
2012-13 None    
2011-12 None    
2010-11 John Loughery 1,715 96
2009-10 John Loughery 2,066 80
2008-09 None    
2007-08 John Ryan 985 15
2006-07 None    
2005-06 Brendan McNally 1,247 20
2004-05 None    
2003-04 James Hannah 1,096 4
2002-03 Matt Ryan 1,048 284
2001-02 Matt Ryan 992 287
2000-01 Matt Ryan 944 111
1999-00 None    
    16,916 1,213

DEC. 22
TEDBIT
 
Five games do not a season make. They're allowed to provide Tedbit fodder, however, so here we go . . . In Judge's first five contests, sr. WG Tom Quarry has racked up 119 points for a 23.8 average. Again, not exactly a large sample, but definitely impressive. In this century, only five Judge guys have averaged as many as 15 points overall. Here's guessing Tom will make it six and for now his PPG is No. 1 by roughly four points. Plus, he has already tied the school mark for points in one game with 34; Marc Rodriguez also did so last year (and his college career is off to a cool start -- click here). The second list below shows Judge's Top 10 scorers all-time in terms of regular season Catholic League play. Click here for Joe Mason's recent story about Tom, a National Merit scholar and Johns Hopkins commit. Niiiiiiiice.

Judge's Top Overall Scorers in This Century
Name Year G Points PPG
Tom Quarry 2018 5 119 23.8
Marc Rodriguez 2017 23 453 19.7
Ryan Haigh 2002 24 414 17.3
Steve Wolf 2004 25 415 16.6
Steven Griffin 2012 23 367 16.0
Bob Zanneo 2008 25 394 15.8
Judge's Top League Scorers All-Time
George Sutor 1961 15 304 20.3
Marc Rodriguez 2017 13 247 19.0
Jim "Mo" Connolly 1976 11 208 18.9
Mike Krawczyk 1968 16 299 18.7
Mike Cummiskey 1985 16 292 18.3
Danny Oldfield 1993 16 290 18.1
Jim Halpin 1963 15 268 17.9
Steven Griffin 2012 13 231 17.8
Ryan Haigh 2002 14 248 17.7
Jim Reeves 1998 14 246 17.6

DEC. 21
NON-LEAGUE
Bonner-Prendergast 75, Penn Charter 55

  Shortly into the game, B-P owned a 7-0 lead and some PC supporters no doubt were turning to others and saying, "Uh, oh. This is gonna be a rough game." Shortly into the third quarter, B-P owned 10 consecutive points, also posted in rather quick fashion, and the comment was being switched to, "Uh, oh. This is gonna be a rough 16 minutes." Ding, ding, ding. The second statement was correct. The Friars roared to a 20-point edge beyond intermission, leaving a 36-36 score waaaaaay in the distance. How did this happen? One word: defense. In the first half, well, I don't want to say that B-P was lazy, but the Quakers got many decent looks on jumpers, both inside and outside the arc, and more than a few drives were completed without enough opposition. The night experienced by soph WG Ryan "Pooch" Holmes was a perfect example. In the first quarter, he shot 5-for-5 for 10 points with most of the baskets coming after crafty through/around guys drives. He added one more field goal in the second quarter and got off just two shots in the second half (neither went in) because the defenders kept getting close enough to count his cavities. I can only imagine how pointed were the remarks of great-guy coach Jack Concannon at halftime. Maybe something along the lines of, "Play defense or you can watch the rest of the game." I'd been hearing lots of good things about B-P, which has added some quality transfers, and now I know the buzz is justified. Assuming attention is paid to ALL details in EVERY game, these guys will have lots of fun through the rest of the season. Jr. WG Isaiah Wong is quite impressive. Though semi-thin, he plays from a wide base with swivel hips and exhibits a soft touch in addition to range. He reminds me of mid-'90s Franklin Leanring Center star Rasiheed "Noot" Arnold. Admittedly, most of you have no idea on that one, but trust me. Dude could play. Wong finished with 16 points and No. 9, on a free throw, gave him No. 1,000 for his career; he played previously at Notre Dame High, in Lawrenceville, NJ. At the next level, his feel for the game is good enough that he could serve as a point guard. At least when/if needed. The Friars' primary holdover is 6-8 sr. SF Ajiri Johnson. And his new frontcourt partner is 6-9 jr. PF-C Tariq Ingraham, who rolled in from Salesianum (DE). They are Lightning and Thunder. Johnson is a quick jumper while Ingraham is more methodical. In this one they combined for 36 points -- 16 and 20, respectively -- and eight dunks (four apiece). Here's an alert to maintenance men at all Catholic League schools where B-P will play this season: Ingraham will likely break a rim and/or a backboard. Holy crap. He does NOT mess around. Soph PG Tyreese Watson, who was darn near invisible in the first half, scored all of his 11 points in the second and showed some nice leadership skills. Only a few times did the Friars opt for high-low plays featuring passes from Johnson to Ingraham, or vice versa, but such an approach could become very important later in the season. For PC, sr. SF Will Samuel (16), sr. WG Mason Williams (14, four treys) and Holmes (12) scored in double digits. No one seized more than four boards and only four free throws were attempted. Frosh WG Matt Slowinski had to feel good about collecting four points and two rebounds in the late going.
  NUGGETS: Always have loved covering games involving Bonner/B-P. There's no such thing as a bad egg at that school and the coaches/ADs have always been class acts as well. Plus, the fans are always entertaining and many helped get this website off the ground in the early 2000s. The place was about 85 percent filled and the energy level was high; decent freshman/3rd and JV games set a good tone . . . It was nice to meet AD Joe Lake and thanks for providing a padded folding chair (smile) . . . Had a great pre-game talk with Jack Concannon and a post-game chat with a former coach, Jim "Goose" Welde. Both were star players for the Friars. Goose's son, James, is dressing varsity as a freshman and starting for the JV squad . . . Also on hand: football all-timer Ed Monaghan (first team All-City for three years; different position each time); B-P baseball assistant Steve DeBarberie; Villanova women's coach Harry Perretta (his son, Mike, is a junior sniping sub WG); assistant Bill Cassidy; former Neumann football player Hetsi Lewandowski (his son, Colin, a freshman, played for PC in the opening game of the tripleheader); B-P supporter Bernie Smith (his brother, Jim, is a long-time ref); B-P football coach/administrator Jack Muldoon, B-P PA announcer Chris Doran; refs Bob "Notre Dame Harvey" Sumner and Tom Coia (his deceased distant cousin, Northeast product Angelo Coia, had a nice career in the NFL) . . . Like always, apologies to other visiting dignitaries I neglected to mention.

DEC. 21
TEDBIT
 
Under first-year coach Will Chavis, a former star guard at Engineering & Science, McDevitt is off to a 5-0 start in non-league games for just the second time in this century. The Lancers went 7-0 in the 2013 season and five times lost game No. 5 after racking up a 4-0 start. This year's wins have been notched against New Foundations, Phil-Mont Christian, Pope John Paul II, Abraham Lincoln and SCH Academy. Congrats to the Lancers. Four of the top six scorers are sophs, so the future looks bright.

Point Totals for McDevitt's Players in 5-0 Start
Name Yr. NF P-M PJP Linc SCH Points
Robert Smith So. 11 17 14 17 15 74
Jamil Manigo  So. 14 x 5 17 14 50
Da'Quane Williams Sr. 11 2 7 12 7 39
Seneca Willoughby Jr. 8 4 2 7 13 34
Ahmir Harris So. 6 7 7 4 2 26
Shamir Mosley So. 7 8 4 6   25
Qian Boone Sr.     4 9 2 15
Cameron Gardner Jr. 7   1 5 4 17
Amir Williams Fr.   7 3     10
Jordan Paris Sr.   4 5     9
Tahmir Thompson Sr.   2 3     5
AJ Greenberg Jr. 3   2 1   6
Kyle Hines So.     3     3
Quin Gilyard Fr.       2   2
Gabe Harris Fr.   2       2
Jarod Thompson Jr.         2 2
    67 53 60 80 59 319

DEC. 19
NON-LEAGUE
Penn Charter 69, Ryan 60 (OT)

  The high school football season is still alive! But some games are played indoors with no pads and the ball is round, not oblong. Bodies were flying all over the place. At least 15 times, maybe as many as 20, the referees had to make this difficult decision: block or charge? They also had to make sure no bones were broken in the assorted collisions. These teams got after it for 36 minutes and though the game was rarely pretty, it was definitely competitive and you can rest assured that every player will wind up sleeping well. Oddly, PC won the extra session by a 10-1 count and scored the final 10 points after Ryan jr. G Ja'Quill Stone hit the second of two free throws with 2:16 remaining. In all, the Raiders went 0-for-9 from the floor in OT and many attempts, honestly, did not come close. Maybe fatigue? PC seized the lead for good, at 62-60, as sr. WG Mason Williams nailed a right-wing trey on a pass from soph WG-SF Ryan "Pooch" Holmes. Soon, sr. SF Will Samuel, who had a strong overall night with 22 points, 11 rebounds, three assists and four blocks, was hitting a mid-range jumper (who takes those anymore? -- smile) to provide a 66-60 pad. The Quakers eased home from there, thus pleasing its rooters. PC draws a decent amount of kids from the Far Northeast and there was a nice show of support. The noise level was nothing close to that created by Ryan's supporters, but I'm sure PC's players appreciated seeing lots of familiar faces. No doubt you're wondering, How did this game GET to overtime? Did either team stage a big rally? Yes, and it wasn't PC. Though the Quakers led, 54-45, with about three minutes remaining, Ryan stormed back, big time, and were paced primarily by Stone. He's the most athletic/perceptive Raider and he made some wonderful plays down the regulation stretch. His first two points of the quarter drew Ryan within 54-48. Then, almost immediately, he turned a steal into a three-point play and the Ryan folks were going berserk. Then he drained a trey on a pass from jr. WG Colin Reed to cut the deficit to 55-54. His last biggie? Nailing another trey at 0:16 to make it 59-59. Holmes was unable to can a layup off a drive and we were on to OT. Ryan's chances were hampered by the absence of jr. WG-SF Amin Bryant, a hard worker with a good build. He fouled out with 2:02 showing in regulation. This fact was NOT good: He picked up his third and fourth fouls on unnecessary reaches roughly 30 feet from the basket. A star player can't do that. Though Williams had an off night (13 points, 5-for-17 floor), he mostly fared well at crunch time. Sub jr. F Ryan "Zingy" Maloney was an A lister in the fourth quarter and OT, bagging all five of his points, six of his eight rebounds and both of his assists. Holmes had 16 points and four apiece of rebounds/steals. Stone finished with 19 points. Sub sr. F Kevin Lezin (11) and Reed (10) also scored in double digits. Taleeq Robbins, a quite thick frosh F, had seven points and showed potential. He even nailed a trey.
  NUGGETS: Sit tight. This is gonna take awhile. Ha, ha. . . Ryan's coach is Joe Zeglinski, who starred there after playing varsity at Penn Charter as an eighth grader . . . Had great pregame talks with Ryan AD George Todt (formerly the forever soccer coach; now in year No. 48 at the school) and football coach Frank "Five" McArdle about many pressing topics . . . Among those in attendance: PC football coach Tommy Coyle and sidekick Fran "Fwan" Costello . . . Former PC fotball assistant (and North Catholic QB) Chuck McCloskey . . . Former Neumann football player Bill Carberry. His nephew, Colin Lewandowski, plays for PC's 3rd team . . . Former PC football star Joe Doherty. His son, Ed, also plays for the 3rd team . . . Basketball scouting legend Allen Rubin . . . First team All-Catholic hoopster Mike Palumbo (Ryan '82). His son, Anthony, is the Raiders' freshman coach . . . Ex-Lincoln baseball stalwart Rus Slawter. His son, Austin, is now assisting Zeglinski after deciding to stop playing college ball though he had a strong freshman season last year at Penn State Abington . . . Strong website supporter Bill Zeits . . . Ticket taker (and floor cleaner -- he does it all! smile) Phil Consalvo . . . PA announcer Tom Magallanes . . . Bonner-Prendie assistant Bill Cassidy, who was on hand to scout PC. The teams play Thursday night at B-P. . . . Apologies to other dignitaries I neglected to mention. There were hundreds of you.

DEC. 17
TEDBIT
 
This is season No. 19 for Penn Charter hoops in this century and sr. WG Mason Williams finds himself in a lofty spot through eight games. He has scored 175 points and his 21.9 average gives him the No. 2 spot on PC's list. For now, six guys have averaged at least 15 PPG. And four have done it multiple times. Williams owns 57 field goals (25 threes) and 36 free throws (in 41 attempts, 88 percent).
  UPDATE: Thanks to PC teacher John Burkhart for the reminder. Rob Kurz also spent some time in the NBA.

Penn Charter's Top Overall Scorers in the 2000s
Name Year G Pts Avg
*Sean Singletary  2004 27 617 22.9
Mason Williams 2018 8 175 21.9
Sean Knitter 2000 25 493 19.7
*Sean Singletary  2003 28 520 18.6
Sammy Zeglinski 2007 30 556 18.5
Sean O'Brien  2014 23 426 18.5
*Rob Kurz  2003 30 530 17.7
*Rob Kurz  2004 27 471 17.4
Sammy Zeglinski 2005 25 432 17.3
Sammy Zeglinski 2006 28 455 16.3
John Moderski 2012 24 366 15.3
Sean O'Brien  2013 25 376 15.0
*advanced to NBA        

DEC. 16
SHOWCASE EVENT
Penn Charter 71, Palumbo 39
(At Germantown Academy)

  With Friday's game in mind, tonight's pre-game question was, "Who will win the other kind of field goal contest?" Let me explain. Friday vs. West Catholic, sr. SF Will Samuel made only three-pointers en route to 15 points and soph WG Ryan "Pooch" Holmes made only two-pointers while scoring 14 points. Drum roll, please . . . Will Samuel! In the early going, he sank a regular field goal. The Poochster did drain a trey, but not until 3:30 remained in the third quarter. OK, that's all I've got. Kinda. This game was not exactly a classic. Sr. WG Mason Williams nailed three treys in the first five minutes and PC scooted to an 18-8 lead over the first 8:00. The Quakers were in charge the rest of the way and the lead was 67-34 when the starters sat down for good with 4:30 remaining. There was a nice subs-only sequence shortly into the second quarter when soph G Matt Slowinski converted a drive off a feed from jr. F Ryan "Zingy" Maloney after Zingy had nailed a triple on a pass from "Slo." In the third quarter, another sub, jr. G Brendan Thomas, made a leap well over the baseline to record a save. Jr. WG Dylan Topaz, after assumedly thinking, "Yo, he should get the ball right back after a play like that," passed to BT for a layup. Then, in the fourth quarter, it was Double Thomas Time as sr. Christopher, a k a "Floater," took a pass from Brendan and curled in a left-handed layup. Williams (19), Holmes and Samuel (14 apiece) scored in double figures. Maloney was the rebound leader with eight while Williams/BT halved 12. Holmes led in assists with five and steals with three. Meanwhile . . . **PROSPECT ALERT** I was very impressed by Palumbo sr. combo G Saeer Miller. He stands about 6-foot, maybe even 6-1, and has the face of a 12-year-old, so doubt he'll get bigger and stronger. Plus, he is VERY ambidextrous and sees the court like crazy. He had two nice assists on crafty no-look passes, nailed a halfcourt shot to end the first half, once drove from one end to the other with strictly his right hand (even though he's primarily left-handed), scored a quick right-handed layup after the ball squirted out to him from a big-time mess of bodies/hands and, get this, inbounded the ball to himself off the back of a PC defender. Loved it. At halftime I spoke briefly with Palumbo's good-guy coach, Frank Schneider, who said Saeer is starting to receive some interest. He added, "He has 1100 on the SAT and is a great kid from a great family. We need to get him found." Here's hoping. There's a possibility, Frank added, that Saeer might go the prep-school route. He could really benefit from that, especially if surrounded by quality forwards, centers and guards who'd enable him to really show/expand his skills. Within minutes of watching him, I was thinking, "He reminds me of Lynn Greer." (City Player of the Year for Engineering and Science in 1997, later a Temple star and NBAer/overseas star.) His body, mannerisms and court sense are similar. Plus, Lynn was a lefty. Not saying, even close, that Saeer IS Lynn Greer at this juncture, but he made a nice impression. Best of luck, kiddo.
  NUGGETS: Over these last two days, it was great to see the 2017 Hnatkoswky brother-sister combo (Mike "Neeko/Lexi) along with classmate Brigitte Gutpelet. All three were sports stalwarts and Brigitte provided much help when I was researching PC's softball history. Thanks! . . Teacher John Burkhart showed his ever-present dedication to PC sports by showing up both days . . . Kudos also to PC grads/brothers P.J. and Rich "Birch" Maley. Their daughter/niece, Emma, is the hoops squad's point guard and there's not a more pleasant young lady in the entire school.

DEC. 16
  With last night's mess in mind . . . my website report on a game from 2010 that also involved West Catholic . . .
MARCH 13
CLASS AA FIRST ROUND PLAYOFF
(At Carroll AND Wood -- smile)
West Catholic 49, Tri-Valley 32
 
Only in the Cath. You knew that was coming, right? Ha, ha. Wild and crazy things usually happen at/in games involving Pub teams, but today we had an all-timer on the Catholic League trail. If not for a power failure that occurred with 2:29 remaining in the third quarter, and West on top, 34-17, this tilt would have been eminently forgettable. West isn't bad and Tri-Valley, in comparison, is not too good. If the final 10:29 had played out under normal circumstances at Carroll, you would have remembered this game for about a week. Instead, everyone in attendance will be talking about it years, even decades, from now and there's nothing EVER wrong with that, especially since no one got hurt and no tragedies were involved. This was Saturday the 13th, not Friday, but Carroll's gym was not exactly swimming in good luck. Ducks were swimming nearby, though, because SERIOUS rain was pelting the area and somewhere in the vicinity, for whatever reason, something happened to cause a power failure. At first it was a partial job. Just a few of the lights conked out, but the referees stopped play and maybe 30 seconds later, bingo, darkness. The gym wasn't completely black -- not even close, really -- because windows run the length of Carroll's gym on the side opposite the benches and a decent amount of light was coming through. A decision to just finish the game would not have been the most outrageous one ever made. It COULD have happened. Yet I understood why the refs did not want things to continue. I'll have to wait until Monday's Daily News to get into some of the other ins and outs, but there was a long delay, close to two hours, as assorted honchos decided how to proceed. Let alone the fact that this one needed to be finished and it would have been grossly unfair to expect Tri-Valley, which is roughly 70 miles due west of Allentown in a hamlet called Hegins (not far away is a town called Rough and Ready -- GOTTA love that), to come back tomorrow just for 10:29, especially since it was being doubled up, at 34-17. There was an extra variable. This game was going to be followed by La Salle vs. Chester. Attempts were made to find a site to take the rest of this one and that one. No luck. Ultimately, Wood athletic director Joe Sette, the CL boys' basketball moderator, offered his school's gym and everybody trekked to Warminster for the 7 o'clock resumption/conclusion. Exactly 20 minutes later, that was it. Tri-Valley went quietly, West coach Bill Ludlow substituted liberally and the chilly gym was basically empty by 7:30. On the way back to South Jersey, I encountered two different detours caused by flooding. And there was a puddle as big as a small lake on the Jersey side of the Tacony-Palmyra Bridge. I got home at 9:35 and I'd left at 11:40. Why so early? For one thing, I thought the game time was at 2. Turned out to be 2:30 (I walked into Carroll's gym at 10 to 1. Talk about having time to kill). A decent chunk passed by swiftly thanks to a great conversation with Carroll's former boys-then-girls' coach, Barry Kirsch. There was also a chance to witness Carroll soph Pat Finnegan, with rebounding help from an assistant coach, take about 500 jumpers, with some free throws mixed in, over a period of time that had to be 45 minutes, if not an hour. Then, fiiiiiinally, the teams came out to warm up. The partners for this one included Huck, Cauls, Bert and Bert's little son, David Jr. Lil Dave spent part of the down time dribbling and then passing the ball to his dad. He dribbled righthanded and passed lefthanded. He'll be a good one! Count on it! Jr. PG Aquil Younger led West with 17 points, two assists and two steals. Sr. WG-SF Vincent Ho scored seven of his 13 points in the first quarter while finishing with five total assists and four steals. Sr. C Tim Carroll posted three blocks. In the second part of the game, Younger started the scoring with a layup at exactly 1:00. Tri-Valley didn't re-hit the scoreboard until 6:21 was showing in the fourth quarter. At Wood, Tri-Valley's coach expressed displeasure to Sette that Carroll had even been used as a site for a state playoff. The reason? As those who've been there know, part of a ventilation/heating contraption is right above the entry corner of the gym. In the third quarter, a T-V guy moonballed a trey from there and, clang, it hit against the metal. Turnover. Meanwhile, guess who did NOT make the trip to Wood. Huck!!!! He bailed. Did not tough it out! Sold out his beloved Burrs! Ha, ha, ha. Ah, it's OK. He's forgiven. He's getting married later this month and he had night plans. Meanwhile, Pucklehead showed up at Carroll during the delay and of course bounced from locale to locale to babble and drive people crazy. Then, somehow, he bummed a ride with La Salle's coaches to HersheyPark Arena to watch the Hempfield-Nazareth 7:30 game. Kevin "Sparky" Cooney, a back-in-the-day website legend now a bright light at the Bucks County Courier Times, offered to bring Puck back home to the Far Northeast after writing about Pennsbury-Wilson. But first Goofball wanted to see yet another game in that venue, Reading-Hazleton and Sparky agreed to stay. Finally it was time to leave and Sparky needed dinner. As did Puck. Sparky reported all this via cell phone. "He actually bought my dinner," he said. "Well, he gave me money for the combined bill. Puck had a pizza steak and fries. I've never seen someone put so much salt on french fries." A short while later, Sparky called back again. "Update," he said. "Puck said he tried to get into Carroll via a side door. Some players were there and they wouldn't let him in because he'd picked Holy Ghost. They were imitating him. 'Go to Hoey Gwost. Dey you fwiends.' . . . Oh, and we just had a conversation about Daylight Savings Time. Puck swears we'll be gaining an hour's sleep. I told him, 'Puck, the clock is going forward. Less sleep.' He goes, 'Yeah, goin' fohwahd. Dat mean you get one moah houh of sweep.' He just can't grasp the concept. Not of DST. But definitely of high-quality entertainment (smile).

DEC. 15
SHOWCASE EVENT
West Catholic 65, Penn Charter 57
(At Germantown Academy)

  Listed start time: 5 p.m. . . . Actual end time: 8:14. Hmmm, what had we here? Many, many, many overtime sessions? A long delay caused by a wicked dunk that shattered a backboard? A frightening injury that required serious medical care? A leak in the roof? A loss of power? Nah, just a Catholic League version of "Only in the Pub." This game, scheduled to follow a girls contest between PC and Archbishop Ryan, was supposed to start at 5 in GA's main gym. But right after PC-Ryan, the WC Burrs did not come trotting out onto the court. Were they in the house and about to make an appearance any second? Hardly. As the PC kids and spectators killed time, the word came every so often. They're 15 minutes away. They'll be here soon. It won't be much longer. Untrue, untrue and untrue. The light snow caused big travel problems everywhere and West was caught right in the mess. In time, showcase bigwigs pondered allowing the other girls game to go next and place the games involving PC's and GA's boys in slots Nos. 3 and 4. Didn't happen. Finally, at 5:53, a decision was made to move PC-WC to a new gym two buildings away from the main one. Jim Fenerty, GA's boys coach and the former athletic director, walked about 10 spectators over to the new place and PC's players/coaches (and others) followed shortly thereafter. It was now 5:58 and the Burrs were alllllllmost there. Except they weren't. Coach Jason Hasson and his players popped through a door at 6:26 and right out of this facility they went . . . to get changed in a nearby locker room. Let history show: The first in-uniform Burr to appear in the room was No. 24, 6-8 soph Naadhir Wood. For whatever reason, the other kids walked in two minutes later. Ten minutes were put on the clock for warmups. The tipoff took place at 6:54. Fiiiiiiiiinally. In the beginning, you would have thought the long delay had been the best thing ever to happen to a PC basketball team. Paced by sr. WG-SF Will Samuel (three treys), the Quakers hit eight of their first nine shots while impressively claiming a 20-13 lead. Alas, they made just nine of their remaining 33 shots (27.3 percent), committed far too many turnovers and had no one claim more than four rebounds (through the entire game). West has a mixture of small kids, big/thick kids and tall/skinny kids and even the little guys seem to have seven-foot wingspans. The Burrs' relentless pressure and ability to cut off passing lanes once PC got to the frontcourt (when it did) made a big difference. Check this out. In PC's recent OT win over Shipley, star sr. WG Mason Williams got off 25 shots. In this one? Five. Though he did score 20 points thanks to 15-for-16 marksmanship at the line. Soph WG Ryan "Pooch" Holmes shot 7-for-11 from the floor, but never got to the line. Weird, right? Samuel scored his 15 points on treys and was held pointless after the early moments of the third quarter. West began to take control not too long into the third quarter and two plays by 6-6 frosh Zaakir Williamson (17 points) were important, along with impressive. Williamson is, shall we say, a shade beefy and you wouldn't expect a kid with his build to have good footwork. But there he was, scoring a layup off a wonderful spin move then knocking down a step-back jumper. Jr. Gs Imire Harris and Samier Kinsler, a wing and point respectively, also had big moments. Their builds and styles are similar and they appear to have decent chemistry, also. Kinsler, a lefty, had 17 points. Harris added 11. Frosh SF Jerome Brewer had 10 points and sr. G Mike Robinson, another lefty, had eight. Assuming it remains dedicated to defense, and the players learn to trust each other more and more while accepting their roles, West could have a decent amount of fun in Catholic League play. And even more in the coming seasons. As for this new building . . . It opened last January and mostly hosts middle school games. It looks like PC's "new" gym except there is no "fullcourt." There are two crosscourts -- regulation size -- and the one used for this game is named after Fenerty. His squad played on it in this season's opener vs. Cristo Rey. There are no stands. Hustling crew workers set up more than enough folding chairs. I left my house at 1:20. It's now 10:59. Gotta love semi-retirement (smile).

DEC. 12
NON-LEAGUE
Penn Charter 78, Shipley 74 (OT)

  With 18 seconds remaining in regulation, and with PC facing a six-point deficit, I almost yelled toward the other end of Shipley's gym, "Now I know that you will lose! . . . Now I know that you will lose!" Shipley's student rooters had just belted out the "I believe that we will win" chant and, as I've pointed out numerous times in these website reports through the years, that moment often proves to be a big-time jinx. PC inbounded and, bang, sr. WG Mason Williams splashed home a three-pointer with 14 seconds left. Shipley inbounded, soph WG Ryan "Pooch" Holmes made a steal along the right baseline and Williams again wound up with the ball beyond the arc out front. The shot was up and, bang!, another three-pointer. The Gators did get off a last shot, but sr. PG Amyr Henry was slightly long with a buzzer-beating trey from a spot roughly halfway between the exact left wing and the top of the key. In OT, PC edged ahead for good, with 2:26 left, on a pair of free throws by sr. WG-SF Will Samuel and finalized the win, among other things, thanks to 4-for-4 sniping at the line by sub jr. F Ryan "Zingy" Maloney in the final 43 seconds. Quite the stirring victory, especially since the Quakers trailed by 11 with 4:35 left in regulation and still by nine at 3:10. Overall, this was Mason Williams' Moment. Yes, his overall shooting was less than efficient at 8-for-25. But he went 6-for-12 from Threeball Land and hit five of those long ones in the fourth quarter while pouring in 16 of his 31 points. Plus, he stepped up big time on defense, limiting star sr. G Sam Sessoms to four points over the final 12 minutes and making sure Sessoms attempted just one shot from the floor (a miss) during that span. In the third quarter, the brassy Sessoms, who can pretty much get off jumpers or drive for layups whenever he damn well pleases, had scored 12 points (after getting 13 in the first quarter). He finished with 33 in all. I'm not sure where things stand for Mason as far as college interest goes, but the tape of the fourth quarter and OT should be sent to coaches far and wide. He was truly a both-ends headliner. Maloney also worked his tail off in every possible way. He claimed six of his nine rebounds beyond halftime and bagged five total steals in addition to eight points. Jr. WG Dylan Topaz, the other key sub, hit two treys while contributing 10 points. Holmes went 10-for-11 at the line en route to 19 points and added three assists and Samuel had 10 points along with four steals. In the first half, it appeared PC's varsity had gotten some inspiration from the JV. That squad's game was played first and the ball was a hot potato. On one possession three quick, terrific passes led to any easy layup and such chemistry/unselfishness was a wonderful thing to see. The varsity Quakers also made the ball talk in the first 16 minutes, notching eight assists on 11 buckets. Then, somehow, just ONE field goal was scored in the third stanza. The Gators, as coached by former Bonner guard Phil D'Ambrosio and a recent winner over forever Catholic League power Neumann-Goretti, have a 6-10 sr. C in Ray Somerville. His Separated at Birth guy is Joel Embiid, looks-wise anyway. At least in this one, Ray had difficulty controlling entry passes and rebounds. He did show a soft touch at the line, however, going 5-for-6.

DEC. 9
ENABLE SPORTS & FITNESS TOURNAMENT FINAL
St. Joseph's Prep 74, Penn Charter 61
(At Penn Charter)
  PC's Dooney Field House, now in season No. 4 as the site for basketball games, features LOTS of room behind the baskets. Visitors sometimes struggle with shooting because it seems as if the baskets are in the middle of the great outdoors. The opponent in tonight's championship game of the first ES&F Tournament was SJ Prep, and all the Hawks did was snipe 27-for-47 from the floor and 13-for-21 beyond intermission. My guess as to why that happened: The space behind the baskets in the Prep's gym is almost twice as large and the Hawks were likely thinking, "Hey, we're really comfortable in here." Oh, almost forgot. The Hawks shot 10-for-24 beyond the arc. Not fantastic, of course. But more than acceptable, especially since the successful bombs were spread out along the way -- 4-2-3-1. Overall, and this was likely a surprise, the Prep's most important contributions came from soph WG Trevor Wall, the sixth man. He shot 8-for-11 (one trey) for 17 points and kept finding open areas due to hustle and/or a sixth sense. He especially enjoyed PC's gym. Friday, his late bucket earned the Hawks their semifinal win over Girard College. Coach Speedy Morris' three most prominent players are sr. Gs Kyle Thompson and Darius Kinnel and sr. PF-C Ed Croswell (La Salle commit). Thompson and Kinnel are very similar. Kinda short, emphatically brassy and not afraid to launch from anywhere at any time. Both exhibit good lift and form on their jumpers and are able to fend off defenders on drives. Thompson packed 20 of his 28 points (five treys) into the second half. Kinnel had 14 points. Croswell, who's 6-7/6-8 and rather thick, finished with 12 points (just 2-for-9 at the line) and eight came in rather short order in the second quarter as he briefly owned the paint. In this one, jr. SF Gabe Arizin, grandson of NBA all-timer Paul Arizin, mostly settled for a little-things role. The fifth starter was jr. C Jacob O'Connell, who might be as tall as 6-11. He took just one shot, missing a just-beyond-the-foul line jumper. He and Croswell were rarely (never?) on the floor together after the first few minutes. In time, I could picture them executing some high-low heroics. The best news for PC was that soph WG Ryan "Pooch" Holmes, still battling back from a soccer injury, looked more and more like himself. Though not all of his authoritative moves worked out, at least he was able to make them. Plus, on a fast break, he wolfed down a dunk. That bucket created a 35-35 tie. Alas, Thompson/Wall/Thompson posted three quick buckets and Thompson soon was adding a triple on a feed from Wall. PC was kept at arm's length thereafter. Sr. WG Mason Williams popped home four treys en route to 24 points. Sr. F Will Samuel was off from the floor, but snagged eight rebounds.
  NUGGETS: Almost NO student fans were on hand. The snow played a role, no doubt, but so did the fact that a PC dance was scheduled to start at 7:30. This game didn't start until a shade before 6 . . . Congrats to PC's girls team, which claimed the championship with a win over Westtown . . . Speedy Morris now needs eight wins for 1,000 in his lengthy, wondrous career (all teams/high school-college as a head coach . . . Great to see Prep assistants Keith Morris (Speedy's son) and Randy Monroe. Keith played for PC and Randy starred for Speedy at Roman. Also, Speedball was PC's coach in the '83 and '84 seasons and his top player was Carl Arrigale, Neumann-Goretti's wildly successful coach . . . Also great to see the Girard College duo of Doug Fairfax, former star/coach at Haverford School, and Bobby Jordan, former Roman guard. Doug is now an administrator at GC. Bobby is the coach . . . Congrats to the PC family for making this first tourney, as orchestrated by Bob/Laurie Rosania to benefit special needs kids/adults, a success . . . Ex-Dougherty mad bomber John Przybylinski reffed GC's game. Ex-Roman QB/hoopster Kevin Regan blew whistles in the SJP-PC final.

DEC. 8
ENABLE SPORTS & FITNESS TOURNAMENT SEMIFINAL
Penn Charter 71, King's Christian (NJ) 51
(At Penn Charter)

  Any time a school decides to host a four-team tournament, the first goal is this: Find a semifinal opponent that will provide only scant opposition and allow you to advance to the championship game. A look at the final score may lead you to think, "OK, that was easy. PC's athletic department did its job." Not so fast! Yes, the Quakers wound up winning by 20. But KC, of Cherry Hill, was more than decent and at times had PC sweating at least medium-sized bullets. More athletic? Check. More aggressive? Check. At least for spurts. Not too long prior to halftime, PC faced a 28-21 deficit and had missed eight of its first nine shots in the second quarter (after sizzling to start the game). Not good. Not something that would continue, either. Thankfully. By the end of this one, pretty much every Quaker had made at least one play that could be considered his best of the season. Because it was brassy. Because it was smart. Because it was unselfish. The guys just REALLY combined their talents to create a good impression. Just before intermission, sr. F Will Samuel scored in transition to make it 31-30 after sr. F-C Ryan Dickson hustled for a steal and sent Will on his way, thus causing excitement for PC's Christmasy student rooters. In the third quarter, sr. WG Mason Williams and jr. F Ryan "Zingy" Maloney barged down along the baseline for classic take-this buckets in the faces of defenders. And right before the buzzer, sr. PG Jake Nicastro exploded down the right side of the lane for a fancy-dan layup to end the session at 50-44. Soon, Samuel was impressively converting a left-handed layup en route to a three-point play. And then . . . Williams took a drop-ahead pass from Maloney and wolfed down a dunk. Well, maybe an 85-percent dunk (smile). The ball did slightly bump against the rim before going over it. Hey, can't have everything. Williams hit three treys en route to 21 points and two were his first two shots. Samuel was a major factor in every possible way, witness his 17 points, eight rebounds and four assists. Soph WG Ryan "Pooch" Holmes, who's still scrambling back to being himself from a soccer injury, shot 6-for-7 while scoring 14 points. He and Dickson halved 12 rebounds. For the Knights, the 17-point outing of sr. WG Darius Gary included five triples. Jr. PG Tony Little also had some impressive moments.
  NUGGETS: Enable Sports & Fitness, which supports special needs individuals of all ages, was founded by PC parent Bob Rosania and his wife, Laurie. Bob is also the president of the Little Quakers. All proceeds will go to the organization . . . PC's opponent in tomorrow's 5:30 final will be St. Joseph's Prep, which used a late jumper by soph Trevor Wall to edge Girard College, 58-56 . . . All kinds of legends on hand. Had a great convo with ex-NFLer (and Eagle) Uhuru "Joby" Hamiter, who starred in football and basketball at Mastbaum. His daughter, Laila, a ninth-grader, is a member of the basketball team's rotation. Also spoke with ex-West Philly hoops star Shawn Harvey, who was scouting for Shipley, and Michael Arizin, ex-O'Hara franchise and the son of NBA all-timer Paul Arizin. Michael's son, Gabe, plays for the Prep and his nephew, Chris, is also a Hawk. . . . Ex-PC star Aaron "Ace" Carter, now of sports writing fame, was also in attendance for Twitter purposes . . . One more on-hand guy: Inquirer writer Mike Jensen. No doubt he's working on a special Speedy Morris story . . . PC's girls won their semi, also over King's Christian, and will meet Westtown in the 2:30 final. The Quaker gals allowed just one field goal (and three points) in the first half. . . OK, gotta move on. Huck has provided the final stats for tonight's Class 5A state football championship game. Time to update Wood's TEAM PAGE. See ya.

DEC. 5
NON-LEAGUE
Penn Charter 60, Abington Friends 46

  This conversation did not take place in the layup line. PC frosh G-F Matt Slowinski did not say, "I'm going to score our first basket today." And jr. G-F Brendan Thomas did not respond, "And I'm going to score our second." But that was exactly what happened even though both guys did not enter the game until 4:48 remained in the first quarter. At the time PC trailed, 10-0, and had bricked its way to an 0-for-8 start from the floor. Substitutes = best invention in basketball history! (smile) For multiple reasons, this afternoon tussle was certifiable. First, how often does a team craft at 28-point turnaround? (After trailing by 10, the Quakers led by as many as 18.) Second, how often do teams combine to shoot just ONE free throw in roughly the game's first 21 1/2 minutes? (AF made one in the second quarter as part of a three-point play. PC's first attempt came with 2:33 left in the third quarter as  jr. G Dylan Topaz swished two after being hacked on a drive.) Third, how often do three starters for one team fail to score through the first three quarters? (That happened to PC. And those Quakers combined to take just three shots from the floor. Weird and weirder.) AF got off to a fast start because PC's poor shooting created some transition opportunities. Slowinski's bucket was a left corner trey on a pass from sr. G Mason Williams and the points were the first of his varsity career. Thomas then scored on a pass from another sub, jr. F Ryan "Zingy" Maloney. Soon, thanks to 10-for-16 shooting, the Quakers owned a 22-14 lead 3:26 prior to halftime. With the starters back on the floor for the third quarter, PC again went south. The third quarter ended with the score at 33-33 and shortly before the clock hit 0:00, AF's Ace Bibbs, a 6-3 G-F, got out on a break and, boom!, hammered home a dunk. Impressive. Often, such a play gives a team a gigantic boost and the momentum carries it to victory. Um, not even close. Bibbs' flush drew the Kangaroos within 33-31. PC scored 20 of the next 24 points. Admittedly, many of those points were scored at the line, but still. A quick, nine-point outburst highlighted the stretch. Sr. F Will Samuel and Topaz drained three-pointers, then Maloney drove the right baseline, used a spin move to get near the hoop and wound up notching a three-point play. That stuck a pin in the drama balloon. Williams had team highs in points (18), rebounds (six) and steals (four). Topaz contributed 12 points, four assists and three steals. Maloney mixed nine points with four boards and three dimes. Bibbs had 14 points and went 6-for-6 from the floor for long-time, good-guy coach Steve Chadwin. Three media folks were on hand -- writers Josh Verlin and Jonathan Vander Lugt and lensman Rick Cawley. Josh, mastermind behind City of Basketball Love, is now doing some free-lance basketball writing for the Daily News/Inquirer. Nice!

DEC. 1
NON-LEAGUE
Penn Charter 54, Academy of the New Church 49

  The worst thing about this doubleheader was the order of the games. Usually, twinbills with afternoon start times go in varsity/JV order. However, even though today was Friday, host ANC opted for JV/varsity and the PC varsity guys had to watch an incredible mismatch. The Quakers won, 63-7, and that is not a typo. As you witness that mess, how can you possibly enter the varsity contest raring to go? I mean, you pretty much have to be thinking, "Oh, man, the varsity game is going to be easy like crazy, too." Not quite. It probably coulda/shoulda been, but that was not how things played out. PC bricked its first five shots and failed to score until 3:56 remained in the first quarter. Yo, dudes. The alarm has sounded. Wake up. In time the Quakers did just that and even just about reached full-comfort mode after a drive by sr. WG Mason Williams -- PC used a spread approach and held the ball for roughly 45 seconds -- made it 47-38. Thereafter, ANC kept plugging and PC helped out -- heebie-jeebie time! -- by missing five consecutive free throws; four were part of double-bonus situations. Thankfully, jr. WG Dylan Topaz helped to prevent what would have been major embarrassment by hitting both ends of a DB at 17.2 to make it 52-47 and then repeated the feat at 8.0 after ANC soph G Devin Bryant nailed two free throws of his own at 8.8. After the scoreboard hit 0:00 and handshakes were exchanged, one of PC's coaches muttered, "We should have been out of here 20 minutes ago." Indeed. Perhaps this lesson was learned: When the you have the chance to close things out, DO it or (almost) pay the price. Topaz, an early sub, spent the fall on the golf team and when he finished with 17 points, I was thinking, "That might be the most basketball points ever scored by a PC golfer." But this hit me while driving home: '94 grad Steve Goodrich, a first team All-City player who then starred at Princeton and played briefly in the NBA, was also on the golf team (it was a spring sport back then) and he averaged 17.6 points in Inter-Ac play, so . . . Gotta step it up a little, Dylan (smile). Topaz is supremely confident when launching three-pointers and he hit three in this one. He also went 6-for-8 at the line while mixing in three assists and two steals. He played a major role in a second quarter surge that got PC back on track. Williams, meanwhile, had quite the strange shooting breakdown en route to 20 points. He missed his first five shots, nailed his next five and tallied just two points in the third quarter before racking up seven in the fourth. He also finished with six rebounds and two apiece of steals/blocks. Sr. F Will Samuel scored all nine of his points in the third quarter and soph WG Ryan "Pooch" Holmes had all six of his in the first. He hurt his cause by committing a reaching foul (his second) out by midcourt near the end of the first quarter and was guilty of an offensive foul shortly into the third quarter. Just not his afternoon/night. Jr. F Ryan "Zingy" Mahoney had five rebounds while sr. F-C Ryan Dickson and sr. PG Jake Nicastro halved six steals. ANC's Bryant is pretty quick, though he could not get his shots to fall until the fourth quarter. At least in this one, soph G Isaac Marshall looked more like a crafty small forward with even some power forward attributes mixed in. He was the lone Lion for much of the game. Soph G Glenn Sabb also had some respectable moments. Before the JV game, PC assistant Chris Burnett mentioned that PC's kids had been showing great ball-sharing skills. Then we all saw that. If basketball's rules were the same as hockey's, many field goals would have produced two assists. Great vision/unselfishness. The most noteworthy spectator, accompanied by a small posse, was PC sr. baseball star Mike Siani. Among his many claims to fame: He committed to play college baseball at Virginia in the fall of ninth grade . . . before he even played a varsity game. Talk about legendary.

NOV. 28
NON-LEAGUE
Penn Charter 58, Germantown Friends 32

  For multiple reasons, this could qualify as the sequence of the season. In the latter portion of the first quarter, jr. G Brendan Thomas popped onto the court as PC's second sub and owned two steals almost immediately. He momentarily lost the ball after making the first theft, but remained in bulldog mode and quickly regained possession. A drive by star sr. WG Mason Williams followed and the Quakers owned an 8-4 lead. Here's the deal: Coach Jim "Flipper" Phillips is planning to use a nine-man rotation and that group includes mostly guys who do not remotely present themselves as headliners. Thus, a desire to play defense and focus VERY hard on the little things is extra important and Thomas wound up getting a decent amount of playing time for those exact reasons. Williams is the team's only basketball-only mainstay, but many of the others have fared well in other sports and their decision NOT to go the much-disliked-by-me/others specialization route is to be applauded. GFS' only truly tall player, 6-8 sr. Pietro Berghella, was unable to make an appearance due to injury and the Tigers did not have much depth, either. In time, they faced a rough road and PC wound up dominating. A 16-6 edge in the second quarter set the tone. No need for play-by-play details. Williams hit four treys en route to 22 points. Soph WG Ryan "Pooch" Holmes, coming off a productive soccer season, had 10 of his 12 points in the first half and uncorked about an 85-percent dunk in the second quarter. The starting lineup also featured sr. F Will Samuel, the QB of the 9-1 football team; sr. F-C Ryan Dickson, who's committed to Hobart for lacrosse; and sr. PG Jake Nicastro. Today's top two subs, jr. F Ryan "Zingy" Maloney and Thomas, are no doubt playing sports with raised overall confidence because they had so many good moments in football. As for the eighth man, sr. wing sniper Dylan Topaz, his fall sport was golf. By the way, Thomas finished with four steals and three rebounds and  even soared out of nowhere to block a long trey at the end of the third quarter. Niiiiice. Meanwhile, sr. F Christopher Thomas, a first-year varsity player, drilled a late, right-corner trey about three-10ths of a second after accepting a pass from frosh G Matt Slowinski. Sr. G Peter "My Name's My Position" Gard led GFS with 10 points, in part thanks to two treys. Sr. G Isaac Myran was next with nine.
  NUGGETS: This season started so early, PC has not yet named its captains and the new uniforms have yet to arrive . . . Former Roman forward-QB Kevin Regan was one of the refs . . . Brent "McAdoo" Hawthorne, former Dobbins star, is GFS' JV coach. His son, Bryton, was once an entertaining student reporter for this website . . . One of GFS' varsity assistants is Ishmawiyl McFadden, a starting forward for Gratz' 2006 Pub champs . . . PC's roster includes four guys named Ryan. Plus, their surnames can be found in alphabetical succession on the roster -- Dickson, Holmes, Kessler, Maloney. Pic here. Hey, where's soph soccer player/FB kicker Ryan Bradby when we need him? Four Ryans might be a national hoops record. FIVE would definitely be, right?

SEPT. 28
TEDBIT
  In the 1992-93 school year, which turned out to be the final one for St. James High, in Chester, Michael Menichini filled the role of class president and basketball captain. In the Bulldogs' final game, a loss to Carroll on Feb. 28, he scored eight points. Six years later, he was fatally injured in a Jeep accident in Florida. Tomorrow, Michael will be inducted into the Saint James Wall of Honor. Nineteen years ago, a group of friends and family members started a scholarship fund to honor Michael's memory and, thanks primarily to the Michael Menichini Golf Classic, held each June at Paxon Hollow Country Club, in Broomall, more than $300,000 has been raised and distributed to high school and college scholar-athletes in the Delaware Valley. Jim Tucker, long a Catholic League football official, grew up with Michael's parents, Ralph and Helene, and their families have remained close to this day. Michael's sister, Lauren, was an All-Catholic basketball honoree at O'Hara and played in college at Mount Saint Mary. "Tuck" is heavily involved with the scholarship fund and we thank him for letting us know about this special honor for Michael. Congrats and best wishes to everyone involved.

A pic of Michael, as shown at the Wall of Honor ceremony. Provided by
Jim Tucker.

Here is a bio, as also provided by Tuck . . .

Michael Menichini
St. James High School
Class of 1993
St. James High School 1989 -1993

Academics and Scholastics
Michael was a 4-year honor student at St. James.

Extracurricular Activities
1993 Senior Class President – Student Council
Michael was elected Class President by his peers marking him as the last class president at St. James.

1993 St. James Student Transition Team Leader
At the announcement of the closing of St James, Michael was commissioned by then principal, Father Brugger, to lead a team of St. James student council representatives to discuss opportunities for St. James underclassmen at Cardinal O’Hara and Monsignor Bonner. These meetings allowed for the St. James team to learn about and discuss the cultures of these schools to determine “best possible fits” for the St. James student community. As a follow-up, Michael presented to the individual St. James underclasses the discovered information from these meetings with the objective being to assist them in making an informed decision about which school might best fit their needs.

1993 Organizer of the “Save St. James” Student Committee
Michael organized a group of students dedicated to “Saving St. James.” This group was organized to assist the Alumni Association in raising funds to keep the school open. The group spent many evenings telephone canvassing, stuffing envelopes, soliciting financial assistance from local businesses, and contacting alumni with the express objective of “Keeping St. James Open.” Michael worked with and through Bob McLaughlin among many other dedicated alumni who at the time were instrumental in the Alumni Association’s drive to raise the funds needed to keep the school open.

1993 The student face and voice to the local community to “Save St. James”
Father Brugger raised up Michael to represent St. James in numerous local television Interviews to explain the culture and rich history of St. James from a students’ perspective. He became the student face and voice of St. James during the closing year. He often conducted interviews on the steps of St. James with local media outlets. Michael was selected by the school administrators as the Student Representative to present the case to keep St. James open from a students’ perspective to then Philadelphia Cardinal Anthony Bevilacqua at a meeting that was organized by the School Officials and the Alumni Association. It was estimated that there were between 1-2 thousand people in attendance.

Awards
Michael was awarded the Youth Merit Award presented by the Rotary Club of Chester, Pa. in recognition of outstanding qualities of Service, Dependability, and Leadership signed and executed by Frank Hashorva – President.

The 1993 Alumni Award
Given to the Senior who has contributed the most to the Student Council of the school.

The Principal’s Award
This is the highest honor the St. James High School can bestow. The Principal’s Award is given to those who have achieved extraordinary excellence or displayed outstanding service and dedication to St James

1990-1993 St. James Varsity Basketball – Captain – 1993 Team
Michael was the last captain of the St. James Varsity Basketball Team where he finished the 1993 Season as the leading scorer and 2nd leading rebounder.
Michael was a member of the 1990 Freshman Basketball Team. He was a member of the 1991 JV Team. He was a 2-year member of the Varsity Basketball Team playing under Coach Tom Stewart.

1991-1993 St. James Track Team – 2 year Varsity Letter Winner
Michael was a member of the Track Team competing in his Junior and Senior years in both the High Jump and Broad Jump Categories.

Catholic League Awards
Michael was selected Honorable-Mention in basketball by the Catholic League Coaches for the 1992-1993 Season. Michael was selected to play in the Annual Catholic League All-Star Game.

March, 1993 William H. Markward Memorial Basketball Club Weekly Award Winner
The Markward award is given to the most outstanding basketball player from the Catholic, Public, and Interacademic Basketball Leagues. During the course of the season, weekly awards are given. Michael was one of the weekly Catholic League selections of the Markward Basketball Club. The final award is given to 1 player chosen from the group of weekly winners.

Delaware County Awards
Michael was named Honorable Mention All-Delaware County. He was selected to play in the annual Delaware County Coaches Association All-Star Game.
Michael was a member of the Daily Times Athletic Honor Role awarded for outstanding achievement in Basketball during the 1992-1993 season as certified by Bob Tenant - Sports Editor – DC Daily Times

Post-St. James
1993 Received a Partial Basketball Scholarship - $10,000/year
Philadelphia College of Pharmacy and Science – Philadelphia, PA
1995-1996 Michael transferred from PCPS to Penn St. Brandywine
1995-1996 Selected Captain of the Penn St. Brandywine College Basketball Team

Michael led his team in scoring (20.5 ppg) and rebounding (7 pg).

1995-1996 Selected 1st Team All-Conference – Commonwealth Athletic Conference
1995-1996 Philadelphia Area Small College Basketball Association - Samuel Cozens Award Winner

Awarded to best small college players in the Philadelphia Area

In addition to being named a Sam Cozens award winner, Michael was selected to the Philadelphia Area Small College Basketball Association All-Star Team and participated in their annual All-Star game.

Coaching Experience
1997-1998 Assistant Coach – Penn St. Brandywine Women’s Basketball Team.
Head Coach: Brian Donoghue Athletic Director: Tiz Griffith
1998-1999 Assistant Coach – Penn St Brandywine Men’s Basketball Team.

Head Coach: Bill Wiley Athletic Director: Tiz Griffith

Michael received a Bachelor’s Degree in Communications from Penn St. University in 1997
Michael worked in the Pharmaceutical Industry from 1997 to 1999 as a sales representative.
Michael Menichini passed away on March 11, 1999 at the age of 24.

Michael Menichini Scholarship Fund
In 1999, in memory of Michael’s name, several friends and family members chaired and directed by Jim Tucker of West Chester incorporated the Michael Menichini Scholarship Fund. The fund was instituted to provide basketball scholarships to players with identified financial need chosen by the school’s financial aid department. During the course of the past 17 years, scholarships have been provided to players from both the men’s and women’s basketball programs at Cardinal O’Hara, Monsignor Bonner and Archbishop Prendergast; Archbishop Carroll; Penn St. Brandywine; University of the Sciences and Calvary Baptist International School.

There were 2 sponsored outings each year. There was a 3-on-3 basketball tournament held in Avalon, NJ. The tourney was in operation for 7 years. There remains an annual golf tournament held at Paxon Hollow Country Club on the first Friday in June. 2016 marked the 17th year for the outing. The Fund is approaching awarding $300,000 in scholarships to deserving individuals.

JULY 26
  Kevin Silary's report on a game from the 2008 season . . .
FEB. 2, 2008
FINALLY . . .
Kevin Silary's FULL Report on the GAMP-Audubon game, which was played LAST Saturday
(He had exams this week. He did half earlier, then finished up today under pressure from Dad -- smile)
Audubon 74, GAMP 72 (3 OTs)
 
It's really hard to write game reports, and I don't like it, but it's all good!
  Last
Saturday I went to another GAMP vs. Audubon game, at Audubon. It was better than last year's. Very exciting, considering the triple overtime and all.  Anyway, I don't know much about basketball these days, but I'd have to say that despite the score GAMP was definitely the better team. Junior PG LaRon Byrd and senior WG Stefan Thompson led the team through great hardships and havoc.  Audubon's team was good, I'll give them that, but I just didn't really like them. They were like real stupid and stuff. But, uh, I guess I'll get to the actual game.
  The jump ball was in the air a really short time because neither team had tall starting centers! The first point was by GAMP at 6:43 by Foster McKoskey. Then, more than three minutes later, the Green Wave got their first point. And that's about all that happened! At the end of the first quarter, it was boring but I could already sense some tension between the two equal teams. The score was 15-7 GAMP
  W-A-V-E Audubon's Butt. I don't know why that's in my notes. I think that's what I thought their cheerleaders were saying, probably! ha, ha.
  Anyway GAMP was playing much better b-ball at this point. Byrd and Thompson were tearing up the Green Wave like they were on jet skis. Um, #10 from Audubon shouldn't make no-look passes because he messed up one too many. I don't think I took good notes at this point, so, um, the score was 21-15 at the half. Sorry 'bout that!
  OK, so the start of the second half was when it started getting good! The refs in the first half were good, but through the 3rd quarter they were getting real bogus! They were calling traveling on GAMP every other play, which really hindered their chances for a win.  Audubon got the lead by a missed and-1 rebound play. The quick play proved to be enough to boost up the score to an Audubon lead, 35-34 . . .
  I'll finish this later. My pop has been bugging me all week. I had midterm exams. He told me, "Do the report! Get your priorities straight!" Ha, ha, ha. First he said to do the rest of this "within a month." Then he changed it to "within a DAY." It's not easy being this guy's son, and stuff.
 -- BREAK OF A COUPLE  DAYS TOOK PLACE HERE --
   The refs were still killing the game for my boys from GAMP, and it was starting to get everyone pretty upset. The score was flopping back and forth till the end of the 4th. With 33 second left it was 45-44 GAMP.  Audubon was getting restless and their coach was jumping around like a little leprechaun, which wasn't too intimidating. Some foul shots from each team made it 48-46 GAMP. Then #3 from Audubon drove in from the top of the key and made a layup to make it 48-48. GAMP got the ball and let the clock tick down.  It appeared Thompson thought they were still up by one (he was pointing like that right after) so he let the clock run down almost all the way, and unfortunately GAMP wasn't able to finish off the Green Wave (Byrd missed a buzzer-beater), so the game went into overtime.
    Overtime started off with a bang!  Unfortunately the bang was coming from Audubon, which made the score 55-49 at one point. But of course, the refs were favoring Audubon and still stinkin' big time and the guy sitting behind me (well, up behind my pops) was really creeeeepy. GAMP was pickin' it up now and things were getting crazy. It was 58-57 Audubon and their ball at the end line. Byrd forced the 5-second rule on Audubon when they failed to pass it in on time, and that gave GAMP the ball. It went back and forth now. Byrd then got fouled driving in and got two shots. He made both and before we all know it, it's 61-59, GAMP! But, then again, Audubon drove through the Pioneers' defense and tied it up at 61.
  Now double OT. GAMP started things off with Byrd and Thompson having their share of buckets and boost up the score to 66 points, but the verdant shaded wave is following in their footsteps, and they get 66 as well.  Both teams miss their chances for points at the foul line and it was 66-66 at the end of double OT.
  TRIPLE OVERTIME NOW. AND THINGS WERE GETTING INTENSE. Both teams scored 2 and it was 68-all! It was getting crazy in this tiny gym, and the Audubon coach and the guy sitting behind me were still buggin' me. Thompson rebounded a shot and made it 72-69! 44.6 seconds left and Byrd dropped a pass. The score was 74-72, Audubon. GAMP was driving. Byrd passed it to Christian Matticks and he missed a 3. Carl Guignard went after the rebound and forced a jump ball. It was GAMP ball, along the baseline. Thompson passed it to Guignard with less than 4 sec. left. He shot the ball, and missed. Audubon won, 74-72. =(
  You GAMP guys played great and you should've won. There were many obstacles you had to overcome and you cleared all except for one. Everyone was cool!! GAMP RULES!! Audubon does not!!
  Here are some stats from my Pop . . .

Stefan Thompson -- 34 points, 11 rebounds, had 3 threes.
LaRon Byrd -- 24 points, 11 rebounds, 4 assists.
 (those two combined for all but 2 of GAMP's 24 OT points)
Foster McKoskey (6 pts, 5 rebs.)
Vershawn Thompson (4 and 4)
Clayton Graves (1 pt, 2 steals)
Christian Matticks (0 pts, 2 apiece of assists and steals)
Ron Malandro (3 pts)
V. Thompson, McKoskey and Graves fouled out

JULY 20
TEDBIT
 
My report on a crazy game from the 2007 season . . . And make sure to check out the bonus tidbit, which focuses on the legendary Thomas "Hockey Puck" McKenna.
MARCH 24, 2007
PIAA CLASS AA STATE FINAL
Prep Charter 68, Aliquippa 66
 
Anyone have a Bible? Before writing this report, I should probably place my left hand on the Good Book and raise my right hand and then swear/affirm/whatever that everything will be the whole truth, etc. And even THEN you might not believe it. As mentioned in the Alerts section, this game featured circumstances for the ages and somehow, incredibly, PC wound up with a second consecutive state title. We'll list some now, in no special order . . .
  *With exactly 4:00 showing on the clock in the fourth quarter, PC trailed by 14 points, at 60-46.
  *PC committed 33 turnovers, with SEVENTEEN coming from the team's far-and-away best players, the Memphis-bound Morris twins, 6-9 Marcus (10) and 6-10 Markieff (seven).
  *PC used its last timeout with 5:31 left in the THIRD quarter.
  *Marcus posted one field goal for the GAME.
  *In the first 12-plus minutes of the game, the twins combined for FOUR points.
  *Just before the third quarter began, a PC fan seated right behind press row yelled to the players, "It's a long bus ride home, without a W!" He did not get the desired response. Aliquippa scored six consecutive points in 48 seconds to zoom further ahead, at 37-23.
  *Markieff was the only Husky with a field goal over an 11-minute period that spanned from late-first to early-third.
  *Markieff incurred his fourth foul with 35 seconds left in the third quarter (and never fouled out).
  *Sr. G Kevin Radford incurred HIS fourth foul with 8 seconds left in the same session (and never fouled out). Side note: the official box lists him with three fouls, but No. 4 was announced at the time. It's a mystery (smile).
   So, how did Prep Charter win? In wild and wacky fashion. As much as PC slit its own throat again and again in the first 28 minutes, that was exactly what Aliquippa did in the final four. The Quips rushed and lost their poise and suffered a big blow with 2:24 left when their franchise player, sr. F Herb Pope (New Mexico State), fouled out with the score at 62-57. From then on, Aliquippa unraveled and the Huskies said to themselves, in effect, "These guys are pooping their pants. This game is ours to WIN!" PC caught two big breaks to help make up for the absence of timeouts. There were delays for injured players with 5:41 (a Quip) and 5:06 left (a Husky) and PC had a chance to collect its breath and regroup. And then, late in the game, as he later admitted with a smile, Marcus untied his sneaker and then got to re-tie it with the referees' permission before shooting crucial free throws, again buying valuable collect-yourself time. Here are the major moments of the final minute: Q went ahead, 66-63, at 0:57 on the follow of a missed free throw (made possible in part because Markieff, with four fouls, shied away); PC turned it over at 49.1; Q missed a one-and-one at 42.7 (with Marcus rebounding); Markieff dunked on a feed from Marcus at 0:32; Q missed a double-bonus at 0:22 (with Marcus grabbing the rebound); Marcus got the ball on the left wing, backed his defender into the lane and was grabbed as he began to execute a move at 0:11; he missed the first freebie, but hit the second to create a 66-66 tie; Marcus stepped forward to help on defense and made a steal at 0:07 at close to three-quarters court; Marcus was fouled almost immediately at 0:06 and nailed two FTs to make it 68-66 for just the Huskies' third lead of the game (also 6-5 and 8-7); before he could launch a desperation shot, which would have come from a shade inside halfcourt, a Quip was called for traveling at 1.4. Phew, what an amazing turn of events! PC wound up putting four players in double figures in points: Markieff (16), Marcus (11, thanks to nine FTs), Radford (14, 4-for-5 on treys!) and soph PG Parrish Grant (13). Markieff (16) and Marcus (11) enabled PC to ring up a 47-43 rebounding edge. Radford's importance to this win cannot be minimized. Aside from the treys, he was EXTRA disruptive on defense. Frosh Shaquille Duncan also posted an effort to long remember by grabbing six rebounds in just eight minutes. Aside from its cheerleaders, PC had maybe 30-35 rooters. Aliquippa, almost the exact same distance from Penn State's Bryce Jordan Center (it's 30 miles northwest of Pittsburgh), appeared to have a couple thousand
   BONUS TIDBIT
   Meanwhile, this was the most time I've spent in a car in one day in my LIFE. Just short of eight hours. Phew! The ride home featured a guest appearance by Puck, who was (by choice) in the back seat the whole time and spent part of the journey napping and snoring, big-time! We stopped at a rest stop near King of Prussia and got some Burger King food. Puck thought we were going to eat there. No way! So, we're heading for the door and Puck says, "'Hold on, I gotta take a cwap." Oh, baby. He puts his soda and bag of food on top of a trash can. I walk out to go get the car. I pull up in front of the door and wait and wait and wait . . . and finally, I see Puck bobbing and weaving inside the building, blurting out comments. People are looking at him . . . yeah, like he's nuts (brilliant deduction). He finally comes out and I say, "What the heck were you doing?" He plays dumb (not a stretch). "Whatcha mean? Nothin'." I say, "I know exactly what happened. You put your food and soda on top of that trash can, then couldn't remember where you put it. You were looking all over, asking people if they saw your food." He starts laughing. "How you know? I thought somebody stole my stuff." We drive a little more and I call the wife to let her know our locale and to provide entertainment with assorted Puck stories. She's been listening to them for almost 15 years now. She always loves them. After maybe 30 seconds, I tell her, "Here, say hi to Puck." I hand Puck the cell phone. He starts blabbing about all the day's crazy stuff and then says, "Yo, who winning the game?" I tell him, "Puck, she doesn't watch basketball on TV. Unless I force her to!" He says, "Yo, what you watchin'? Put the NCAA game on for me. Channel 3. I need to know who winnin' for my pool." Anne's place in heaven is sealed. She actually changed the channel and told Puck that UCLA was winning, 32-31. "Yeah!" Puck roared. He gave me back the phone and I said to Anne, "That was fun, eh?" She said, "Was that really him? I thought it was you, imitating him!"

JULY 5
TEDBIT
 
Now that our Inter-Ac scoring numbers go back to the 1949-50 season, we can offer this nugget . . . Over the last 68 seasons, just three I-A players have averaged at least 18 points in as many as three league seasons. Bill Soens, a 1963 Penn Charter grad, was first and his lowest average, was 19.6. The other two guys, Malvern's Charlie Floyd ('74) and Episcopal's Nick Alikakos ('17), had two averages lower than that. Also, his No. 1 total (24.6) was also the highest and 63 of those points were scored in a blowout of Germantown Academy. That's still the I-A's one-game record.

Name School Year G Pts Avg
Bill Soens PC '61 10 198 19.8
    '62 12 235 19.6
    '63 10 246 24.6
Charlie Floyd MP '72 10 194 19.4
    '73 10 192 19.2
    '74 10 204 20.4
Nick Alikakos EA '15 10 190 19.0
    '16 10 212 21.2
    '17 8 148 18.5

JULY 3
TEDBIT
 
The guys with high scoring averages don't always play for championship teams. But these guys did. Wilt Chamberlain owns three of the top six efforts and I guess we shouldn't be surprised by that.

Stars for PL Champs With Highest Scoring Averages, 1950-2015
Name School Year G Pts Avg.
*Wilt Chamberlain Overbrook 1955 12 566 47.2
*Wilt Chamberlain Overbrook 1954 12 453 37.8
Maureece Rice Straw. Mansion 2002 13 485 37.3
*Larry Cannon Lincoln 1965 14 495 35.4
*Lionel Simmons Southern 1986 13 427 32.8
*Wilt Chamberlain Overbrook 1953 12 389 32.4
*Ray Scott West Phila. 1956 12 380 31.7
Freddie Stokes West Phila. 1968 14 403 28.8
Rasheed Brokenborough Univ. City 1995 11 313 28.5
Savon Goodman Constitution 2012 10 275 27.5
*Joe "Jelly Bean" Bryant Bartram 1972 14 383 27.4
Clarence "Eggy" Tillman West Phila. 1978 15 402 26.8
*Gene Banks West Phila. 1976 13 330 25.4
*Gene Banks West Phila. 1977 14 342 24.4
Mark Tyndale Gratz 2004 12 287 23.9
*Erv "Stu" Staggs Edison 1966 14 332 23.7
Marvin O'Connor Gratz 1997 16 379 23.7
*Marcus Morris Prep Charter 2007 10 237 23.7
Omar Thomas Straw. Mansion 2000 13 306 23.5
Scott Rodgers Central 2005 14 325 23.2
*Greg "Bo" Kimble Dobbins 1985 13 298 22.9
Andrew "Scootie" Randall Comm Tech 2008 15 338 22.5
Carlin Warley Frankford 1989 13 291 22.4
Alex Wesby Franklin  1998 13 285 21.9
Eric "Hank" Gathers Dobbins 1985 13 276 21.2
*Wayne Hightower Overbrook 1957 12 248 20.7
*Wayne Hightower Overbrook 1958 14 289 20.6
Tony Costner Overbrook 1980 14 286 20.4
*Andre McCarter Overbrook 1971 14 281 20.1
Will Scott Southern 1987 13 260 20.0
*-advanced to NBA/ABA          

JULY 1
TEDBIT
 
Yesterday, a file featuring individual league/playoff scoring totals for all Public League champs from 1950 to 2015 was posted. While working on that, I noticed one unusual accomplishment for Edison's Mark Peterson in 1996 and then found two more -- for Gratz' Andre Griffin in '91 and Strawberry Mansion's Dawud Morris in 2002. From 1983 through 2006, the Pub playoffs included four rounds. Over those 24 years, Griffin, Peterson and Morris were the only guys whose scoring totals went up and up and up. Peterson had the most impressive climb, from five to 27. In the Owls' 74-48 overtime win over Gratz in the championship game, Mark shot 6-for-9 from the floor and 15-for-16 at the line. Also, he snagged a game-high 10 rebounds. If you're guessing he received major ink in the next day's Daily News, you're correct (smile).

Game-by-Game Scoring Climbs in Pub Playoffs, 1983-2006
Name Team 16 Qtr Semi Final
    UC Fkn Cent FLC
Andre Griffin Gratz '91 6 8 9 14
    King E&S FLC Gratz
Mark Peterson Edison '96 5 9 15 27
    Dobb King Bart NE
Dawud Morris Mansion '02 8 10 11 15

JUNE 30
TEDBIT
 
Over the 66 seasons from 1950 to 2015, 16 Public League champs finished the season with just one loss. The details are below. Three teams did not lose until they faced the Catholic League champ for the City Title. Overbrook's 1955 team, featuring Wilt Chamberlain, fell to host Farrell, a Western Pennsylvania power. Wilt's teammate and best friend was Vince Miller, who coached Frankford to Pub titles in '88 and '89. Vince told me several times that Farrell fans came into Overbrook's locker room after the loss to Farrell and apologized for the fact that suspect officiating had allowed Farrell to win . . . In the '78 season, Overbrook beat West Philadelphia, 62-61, to end the Speedboys' state-record, 68-game winning streak. In the next season, also in regular season play, West turned the tables by 58-55. 'Brook stormed to a 34-0 record in the 1980 season. So, if not for that loss in '79, the Panthers would have gone a combined 69-0.

Public League Champs With One Overall Loss, 1950-2015
Year School W-L Opponent Score Occasion
1955 Overbrook 18-1 Farrell  59-58 Tournament
1956 West Phila. 17-1 North Catholic 68-67 City Title
1957 Overbrook 20-1 Gratz 53-52 Regular Season
1959 Overbrook 23-1 Altoona 47-44 Tournament
1960 West Phila. 24-1 Bonner 55-44 City Title
1965 Lincoln 26-1 Neumann 75-66 City Title
1978 West Phila. 33-1 Overbrook 62-61 Regular Season
1979 Overbrook 34-1 West Phila. 58-55 Regular Season
1982 Mastbaum 27-1 Overbrook 58-48 Non-League
1984 Franklin 27-1 Dunbar (Md.) 84-57 Tournament
1986 Southern 25-1 Olney 83-82 Non-League
1987 Southern 25-1 Willingboro (NJ) 65-60 Tournament
1988 Frankford 24-1 West Phila. 77-61 Non-League
1989 Frankford 25-1 Chester 70-60 Tournament
1991 Gratz 27-1 Oak Hill (Va.) 67-59 Tournament
2009 Imhotep 32-1 Chester 56-39 Tournament

JUNE 28
TEDBIT
 
Folks of a certain age are likely aware that Wilt Chamberlain posted his 90-point performance against Roxborough. Some might even remember that he also racked up 74 vs. that same opponent and that BOTH outbursts occurred in the same season. In that season, 'Brook played 12 league games. It played 'Borough, West Philly and Dobbins twice apiece while facing six schools once apiece. Wilt averaged 47.2 points in those 12 games while the Hilltoppers averaged 94.4. Roughly, he averaged one and a half points per minute and his team averaged three PPM. In the PL playoffs he racked up 48 of 83 vs. Bok in a semi and 33 of 78 vs. West in the final.

Overbrook's 1954-55 Regular Season
Opponent Team Wilt
Lincoln 90 37
Dobbins 113 59
Roxborough 127 74
Gratz 89 26
Southern 90 38
West Phila. 78 44
Germantown 93 16
West Phila. 68 48
Dobbins 82 42
Olney 85 45
Roxborough 123 90
Franklin 95 47
  1133 566
  94.4 47.2

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