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December and earlier
Is Conwell-Egan sr. G Patrick Robinson, now at 23.8 with four games remaining, on the verge of pulling off an all-time Catholic League feat? Can't say for sure. Sorry for the wishy-washiness, but it's possible he is. Maybe even definitely. Anyway, Robinson is a lefty and the highest southpaw average in CL play (that I know of) belongs to Bonner's Brian Daly in 1988 (22.5). Brian played college ball at St. Joe's. His sons, Ryan and Colin, recently played at Carroll and Ryan last year was the CAA Rookie of the Year for his play at Delaware. Dougherty's Cuttino "Cat" Mobley had a strong career in the NBA -- 12,297 points, counting playoffs, in 11 seasons. Craig Conlin is now the coach at Episcopal Academy. Billy Oakes was a long-time NBA ref. John Rankin (RIP) is the father of NFL receiver Jaelen Strong, also a West Catholic product and known as Strong-Rankin during his days with the Burrs. If you know that a way-back-in-the-day top scorer (or even somebody recent) was also a lefty, please let me know at email@example.com. Thanks!
***UPDATE***: Online, I found a yearbook for the ol' St. James from 1951. There's a posed pic of star player Bill Lynch shooting the ball lefthanded. Assuming he wasn't goofing around, HE holds the top spot at 25.1. That was his average in his 1952 senior season. In that yearbook, he's shown reaching out the ball, across his body, with his left hand. Still two more way-back guys to cross-check, Southeast Catholic's Jim Grazione in '55 and St. Thomas More's Billy Hoy in '59 . . . Found pics of Grazione and Hoy in yearbooks. Righthanders!
|Top Averages in Catholic League Play for Lefties|
|Bill Lynch||St. James||1952||14||352||25.1|
|Cuttino "Cat" Mobley||Dougherty||1992||16||358||22.4|
|Craig Conlin||La Salle||1985||16||347||21.7|
|John Rankin||West Catholic||1985||14||294||21.0|
|John Rankin||West Catholic||1984||14||281||20.0|
Episcopal 63, Penn Charter 51
Each team has four games remaining, so things could change. For the moment, however, current players own the top three spots on the list below -- highest "young buck" scorers (freshmen/sophomores) in Inter-Ac history. The top norm currently belongs to Penn Charter's Bill Soens, who averaged 19.8 as a soph in 1961. Malvern's Deuce Turner is in position to become the first double qualifier. Fire away, guys. Within reason (smile).
|Inter-Ac League's Top Young Buck Scorers|
|Ke'Shawn Williams||SCH Academy||2018||soph||6||122||20.3|
|Jordan Longino||Gtn. Academy||2018||frosh||6||120||20.0|
|Bill Soens||Penn Charter||1961||soph||10||198||19.8|
|Christian Ray||Haverford School||2017||soph||10||186||18.6|
Carl Arrigale is now in his 20th season and his record against many opponents is quite impressive. Against Bonner-Prendergast (nee Bonner), the winning percentage yesterday dropped from .903 to .875. Host B-P defeated the Saints, 73-70, as Isaiah Wong (26) led four guys in double figures. Most of the help came Tariq Ingraham (16), Ajiri Johnson (13) and Donovan Rodriguez (10). That was the Friars' fourth win against Arrigale and first since a 2008 playoff. Details of the 32 meetings are below. Meanwhile, what's with the recent Saints' squads? No cool nicknames (ha ha).
|Carl Arrigale vs. Monsignor Bonner / Bonner-Prendergast|
|Year||N/NG||MB/BP||Winner's Leading Scorer(s)||Pts|
|2000||69||46||Cantrell "Man-Man" Fletcher||15|
|2001||84||49||Cantrell "Man-Man" Fletcher||27|
|53||46||Robert "Beattie" Taylor||16|
|39||42||Matt Kearney / Badir McCleary||14|
|2003||69||30||Adon El / Kenny Fulton||13|
|80||45||Richard "Tabby" Cunningham||15|
|2005||75||52||Antonio "Scoop" Jardine||21|
|69||56||Derrick "DJ" Rivera||24|
|62||47||Derrick "DJ" Rivera||25|
|2007||63||56||Antonio "Scoop" Jardine||21|
|79||75||Rick Jackson / Jardine||26|
|81||57||Jackson / Jardine||22|
The magic moment occurred 50 years ago. As in exactly, right down to the day and date. On Jan. 28, 1968, a Sunday, McDevitt junior WG Bob Haas (a k a Bobby) sank 19 field goals and 13 free throws against visiting Archbishop Ryan to rack up 51 points and break the record for points in a Catholic League game. McDevitt won the game, 98-55, and bombarded the Raiders with 31 points apiece in the third and fourth quarters. Bob posted 25 of those 31 in the fourth. Whoa. Ryan was in its first season of CL competition and had no seniors. That's always how things were. New CL schools could participate, even without seniors, at the varsity level in all sports except football. O'Hara, Wood, Ryan and Carroll were among those that followed that path. McDevitt, Egan and Kenrick jumped right in when they came aboard in the 1963-64 school because they'd been around for a while and had competed in the ol' Suburban Catholic League. The previous CL record belonged to Joe Heyer, who scored 49 points for La Salle vs. St. Thomas More on Feb. 17, 1956. Knowing how Joe's surname was pronounced, the ol' Philadelphia Bulletin used this headline to announce Bob's feat: Haas Nets Record 51 -- Two Higher Than Heyer. Believe it or not, Bob's 51 points are not McDevitt's school record. In late November of the 2001-02 season, Chris Hanes dropped a 52-point bomb on nearby Wyncote Academy. And the record for points by a CL player in any kind of game is 58 by Dougherty's Shawn Newman. He posted that total in a non-league game vs. West Catholic in December of the 1990-91 season. WC was then coached by Joe Donahue, who loved to have his players fly up and down the court, much like Loyola Marymount at the college level. West won the game, 118-108. Dougherty won the fourth quarter, 41-33, as Shawn scored 26 points. In all, he shot 21-for-45 from the floor (four threes) and 12-for-18 at the line. Dougherty's statisticians credited Shawn with anywhere from 60 to 63 points. Guess what? Joe brought the game tape to the Daily News that night -- it was played on a Sunday afternoon -- and we went over it together. Fifty-eight it was. Joe was very excited, almost as if his own player had accomplished the feat. "That's two more! . . . That one's a three! . . . He's up to 45! . . . Still more to come!" Ha, ha, ha. To this day I very much appreciate Joe's desire to make sure the details were correct. OK, back to Bob. He was a first team All-Catholic honoree in '68 and '69 and finished his McDevitt career with 1,080 points. He played his college ball at St. Joseph's and is one of the nicest guys you could ever hope to meet. I saw many McDevitt games during that era, especially on Sundays, and had friends on the team and Bob, though we weren't from the same neighborhood, was one of them. He was completely unassuming and everybody loved his demeanor. I got to see Bob a few times in the late '90s because his son, Chris, played for SJ Prep. In a '99 pre-playoff vs. O'Hara, Chris, a lefty, created waves by nailing six three-pointers in ONE quarter (seven total). I can only imagine how many points Bob would have scored if the three-point rule had existed back then. He was a deadly corner shooter and took many of his shots from afar. All the best, Bob. Congrats on still owning this mark 50 years later.
So far in Catholic League play, 18 of the 53 games (34 percent) have been decided by no more than four points. Two-pointers lead the way with eight. Bonner-Prendie owns a 4-0 record in nail-biters.
|CL Nail-Biters in 2017-18 (1 to 4 Points)|
Malvern 76, Penn Charter 69
The streak is over and there was all kinds of fun/domination while it lasted. Speedy Morris never lost to O'Hara in his first 16 seasons as St. Joseph's Prep coach and the average score in the 25 games was 55.6 to 36.6. The Hawks-Lions played twice apiece from 2002 through 2010 in the Southern/Red Division days and have met just once each season since the Catholic League went to the all-one-"division" look in 2011. The streak ended Wednesday night when coach Jason Harrigan's squad rolled to a 54-42 victory thanks mostly to Antwuan Butler (19 points) and Jordan Hall (14). Oddly, the Prep's 2018 rotation includes two guys -- starter Gabe Arizin, early sub Chris Arizin -- whose dads -- Michael ('72) and Chris ('85) -- starred for O'Hara. Their late dad, Paul Arizin, was an NBA all-timer. In the 2001 season, meanwhile, O'Hara twice bested the Prep. More to come . . . In the '72 season, Michael starred as O'Hara won AT Roman, which was then coached by Speedy, by a 60-52 score. He had 21 points. In Speedy's 14 seasons as Roman's coach (1968-81), his teams almost always won home games.
|SJ Prep's 25 Consecutive Wins Over O'Hara|
|Year||SJP||O'Hara||Prep's Scoring Leader(s)||Points|
|2002||54||38||John Griffin / Mark Zoller||15|
|2007||55||41||Rob Coney / Matt Griffin||14|
The 2017-18 Inter-Ac season is halfway complete, so nets will be under attack 15 more times. So far, just one game has earned a spot on the list below -- Top 10 Highest Scoring Games in This Century -- but here's making a guess that at least one more will qualify. Six of the 10 have occurred in the last three seasons, including the Top 5. Five of the six have involved Malvern. All in setbacks, somehow. The top game lasted five overtimes, but we did not mind (smile).
|The Inter-Ac's Highest Scoring Games in This Century|
|Jan. 24||2017||Gtn. Academy||100||Haver. School||98||198||Kyle McCloskey||43|
|Feb. 5||2016||Haver. School||93||Malvern||86||179||#see below||24|
|Jan. 22||2016||Gtn. Academy||88||Malvern||84||172||Kyle McCloskey||28|
|Feb. 7||2017||Gtn. Academy||87||Malvern||80||167||Kyle McCloskey||44|
|Jan. 13||2017||Episcopal||82||Malvern||81||163||Matt Dade||26|
|Jan. 18||2002||Penn Charter||92||Haver. School||68||160||Zack Zeglinski||35|
|Jan. 9||2018||Haver. School||84||Gtn. Academy||70||154||Kharon Randolph||22|
|Feb. 8||2002||Gtn. Academy||90||Haver. School||63||153||Matt Walsh||30|
|Jan. 6||2015||Episcopal||78||Malvern||75||153||*see below||28|
|Jan. 24||2003||Penn Charter||89||Malvern||63||152||Rob Kurz||26|
|#-Jack Marshall and Gavin Burke scored 24 points apiece|
|*-Nick Alikakos and Mike Jolaoso scored 28 points apiece|
On Monday night, thanks largely to Shane Dooley (17 points), Tom Quarry (16) and Conor McHugh (13), Father Judge topped Lansdale Catholic, 62-55, to gain its first win of the 2017-18 Catholic League campaign. The Crusaders entered that tilt with an 0-5 league record for the first time in this century, but they'd hardly been the typical winless squad. They'd lost by double digits just once, twice had extended quality opponents to overtime (Neumann-Goretti and SJ Prep) and their average margin of defeat over the five games had been only 6.2 points. The chart below shows when Judge has gained its first league win in the 2000s. More than half the time, the feat has been accomplished by game No. 2. Judge went 1-12 in its first CL season and 3-10 in its second. Maybe one of those teams lost at least its first five.
UPDATE: The '56 squad started off 0-7. Its first win came against another newcomer, Archbishop Prendergast, which briefly used that name before becoming Monsignor Bonner. Prendie was also 0-7. The final score was 60-47. Bill Penny had 21 points and the Crusaders shot 22-for-32 at the line. In '57, the Crusaders started 0-5 and extended their league losing streak to 11 before besting St. Thomas More, 63-61. Penny had 24 in that one and the 'Saders went 23-for-32 at the line. Weird.
|Judge's First CL Wins in the 2000s|
Haverford School 60, Penn Charter 48
Not all 1,000-point high school scorers go on to match the feat, or come close, in college ball. Penn Charter sr. WG Mason Williams last Friday reached 1,000 and his future college home has not yet been determined. To someday alter this list -- Top 10 college points for PC's "Grand Guys" -- he'll have to score at least 768 points. Sean O'Brien is a senior at Colgate, so his total still has some growing to do. And, yes, Aaron Carter is THE Aaron Carter, of sports writing/filming fame.
|Top 10 College Scorers Among Penn Charter's "Grand Guys"|
|*Rob Kurz||2004||1,258||Notre Dame||1,013|
|Brett Storm||2000||1,398||Drexel/Phila. Univ.||931||24/907|
|*-played in NBA|
There might be others, but these are the ones that come to mind right now: South Jersey residents who've scored 1,000 points for Catholic/Inter-Ac schools. Penn Charter's Mason Williams (Voorhees) is the first I-A guy. He reached 1,009 Friday night vs. SCH Academy, then added 22 more points Saturday afternoon vs. Central. Names/schools/hometowns for the three CL guys: Roman's Charron Fisher (Pennsauken), Roman's Tamal Forchion (Willingboro) and St. Joseph's Prep's Stephen Vasturia (Medford). The Prep's Darius Kinnel recently topped 1,000, but he scored some of those points at South Jersey's Highland High as a freshman.
|CL/I-A 1,000-Point Career Scorers From South Jersey|
|Stephen Vasturia||SJ Prep||2013||1,764|
|Mason Williams||Penn Charter||2018||1,031|
While watching Haviland Harper coach Central vs. Penn Charter yesterday, and knowing his history, a thought came to mind. "There has to be a Tedbit in here somewhere." Indeed. And "Harp" tops it. In city leagues basketball/football history, seven guys have coached for at least 10 years at TWO schools. Haviland's total for his long stints is 37 years and that's the highest number on the list below by a six-year margin. He spent 17 seasons with the original Parkway and this is his 20th with Central. Three guys shown below also coached high school ball at a third school -- Speedy Morris, Bill Bernardo and George Stratts. The 6-6 "Harp" is a Central alum. In the '71 season, he averaged 18.6 points in league play and earned second team coaches' All-Public honors. He played college ball at George Washington, totaling 1,025 points and 529 rebounds. And get this: He shot 50.3 percent from the floor and 72.3 percent at the line. Niiiiiiice.
|City Foot/Bask Coaches With Stints at Different Schools of at Least 10 Seasons|
|Name||Sport||1st School||Years||Total||2nd School||Years|
|Speedy Morris||Bask||Roman||1968-81||31||SJ Prep||2002-18|
Penn Charter 64, Central 48
Foul trouble happens. Minor injuries happen. A hint of under-the-weatherness happens. Crappy shooting nights happen . . . And then there's Bonner-Prendergast senior PG Isaiah Wong. While helping the Friars roll to a 12-2 overall record, the transfer from Notre Dame (Lawrenceville, NJ) has been, well, consistently consistent. He has scored at least 15 points in every game and has scored in consecutive order from 18 to 23 ten total times (18 twice, 20 thrice, 22 twice). Yesterday, he tallied 23 points as B-P bested Roman, 68-66, in overtime, in a Catholic League classic at Philadelphia Community. In five CL games, his number-succession scoring is almost perfect -- 20, 21, 22, 23 and . . . 15. Oh, well. Can't have everything (smile). Here's hoping Isaiah scores 17, 24, 25 and 26 in future games. Hey, maybe even 14 and 17 just to make things really cool.
|Isaiah Wong's Scoring|
|Pope John Paul XXIII||22|
|Patrick School (NJ)||20|
|Miami Christian (FL)||18|
Penn Charter 81, SCH Academy 56
The following was provided by Ted Rauch, a long-time website visitor and first team all-league star for Haverford School's 1957 Inter-Ac champs . . .
OK..here we go: 61 years ago (January 1957), HS and Malvern Prep met in their first of two meetings . . . both undefeated at 4-0 in league play and, at the time, none of the area high school sports writers gave Haverford much of a chance against "mighty Malvern" but . . . the host Fords somehow won handily, 48-33, and followed this up with a February win at Malvern 47-46 en route to an Inter-Ac championship. So, fast forward to January 2018. Both teams are 3-0 and game #1 is at Malvern tonight. The HS/MP rivalry doesn't get any better than this!
Thanks for this, Ted.
And here are some details of those games . . .
First game . . . Don Shaffer led the way with 20 points. Ted Rauch and Jerry Aldrich scored 10 apiece. The Fords used a 3-1-1 zone and led by as many as 20.
Second game . . . Olin West hit the winning shot with 28 seconds remaining, clinching the Fords' first championship since 1950. Aldrich (15) and Rauch (10) paced HS, which trailed by four points with 3:00 remaining. Malvern's leading scorer (15) was Paul Westhead, who went on to coach in college and the NBA.
Learn these names and perhaps you'll someday win money in a trivia contest (smile). Each guy was the leading scorer (for his team, anyway) in his school's first Catholic League game. We'll call this the "modern" entrants, beginning with the 1956 season. Bishop Egan waa coming off a championship football season and Dave Frederick was a first-magnitude star in that sport. Then, he earned first team All-Catholic honors in hoops and led the Eagles to the CL championship game vs. Dougherty. Click here for Bill Shefski's Daily News story from late in the 1963-64 basketball season. Later, Dave became a sports writer/editor for a newspaper in Delaware. Click here for a story about his induction into the Bucks County Chapter of the Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame in 2014.
|Leading Scorers for "Modern" CL Entrants in First CL Games|
|1964||Frank McCall||McDevitt||La Salle||21|
|1958||Dan Wierzbowski||Dougherty||La Salle||19|
|1956||Dan McKendry||Judge||St. James||15|
|and Matt Tomasz|
|1967||Ed Fitzpatrick||Wood||La Salle||13|
|1968||Tony Munafo||Ryan||La Salle||10|
|*was briefly known as Prendergast back then|
This list includes the leading scorers for Catholic League teams in all varieties of late-season championship games -- Catholic League, City Title, PIAA and special tournaments (Alhambra, etc.). Dougherty grad Kyle Lowry, who's still going strong in the NBA, owns first place with a 42-point effort in 2004. The most amazing effort likely belongs to Bill Lindsay, who somehow summoned enough energy to score 32 points vs. Overbrook in the 1953 City Title. In that game he was responsible for, basically, covering FOUR players. West's other four guys spent their time surrounding Wilt Chamberlain. West won the game. In the "Kind" category, OT is Other Tournament and ST is State Tournament. CL and CT are Catholic League and City Title, respectively.
Links to the pages . . .
Individual Scoring in City Titles
Individual Scoring in CL Title Games
Individual Scoring in "Other" Title Games
|Top Scoring Performances by CL Players in Late-Season Championship Games|
|*Kyle Lowry||Dougherty||O'Connell (VA)||2004||42||OT|
|Stephen Vasturia||SJ Prep||Bartram||2012||35||CT|
|Ja'Quan Newton||N-G||Susquehanna Twp.||2014||33||ST|
|Mark Zoller||SJ Prep||Dougherty||2003||31||CL|
|Brian Daly||Bonner||North Catholic||1988||30||CL|
|Bernard Jones||Roman||La Salle||1990||30||CL|
|*Bobby McNeill||North||West Phila.||1956||29||CT|
|*Maurice "Mo" Howard||SJ Prep||O'Hara||1971||29||CL|
|*Kyle Lowry||Dougherty||SJ Prep||2003||29||CL|
|*Cuttino "Cat" Mobley||Dougherty||Roman||1992||28||CL|
|John Griffin||SJ Prep||Dougherty||2004||27||CL|
|Ja'Quan Newton||N-G||SJ Prep||2013||27||CL|
|Ja'Quan Newton||N-G||Phila. Electrical||2014||26||CT|
|Ed Shepper||La Salle||Pitts. N. Catholic||1942||26||OT|
|Bernard Jones||Roman||Judge Memorial (UT)||1990||26||OT|
|Frank Gaidjunas||La Salle||West Phila.||1963||25||CT|
|John Pindynski||Roman||North Catholic||1969||25||CL|
|Jim O'Rourke||Roman||La Salle||1989||25||CL|
|Chris Clark||SJ Prep||Dougherty||2004||25||CL|
|*-advanced to NBA|
Penn Charter 72, Germantown Academy 65 (OT)
At Malvern last Friday night, Dan Kelly was in the house to be honored with the Friars' 10-0 Inter-Ac champs in 1973 and 1974. He coached those squads and I knew the McDevitt product had enjoyed a very successful career at St. Joseph's. In fact, he'd scored 1,524 career points. Hmmm. Couldn't help but wonder, Where does that number stand among Catholic/Inter-Ac coaches who'd played for Big 5 schools? The answer is below. Dan is locked into third place. Villanova's Tom Ingelsby (played for O'Hara, spent some time in the NBA, coached at Carroll) is the kingpin. (Ernie Beck, formerly the long-time coach at now-closed Bok Tech of the Public League, starred at West Catholic at Penn. He scored 1,827 points for the Quakers and that's still a school record.)
|Catholic/Inter-Ac Coaches Who Scored 1,000 Points for Big 5 Schools|
|Tom Ingelsby||O'Hara '69||Villanova||1,616||Carroll||1992-97|
|Ron Haigler||*Madison '71||Penn||1,552||Penn Charter||1976-77|
|Dan Kelly||McDevitt '66||St. Joseph's||1,524||Malvern||1972-74|
|Jack Devine||W. Catholic '51||Villanova||1,263||West Catholic||1959-61|
|Jim "Mo" Connolly||Judge '76||La Salle||1,232||Wood||1988-89|
|@-Jim Huggard||W. Catholic '51||Villanova||1,184||Bonner||1978-79|
|Paul Romanczuk||Carroll '95||Penn||1,179||Carroll||#2003-18|
|Craig Conlin||La Salle '85||La Salle||1,159||Episcopal||2011-18|
|George Paull||Dougherty||La Salle||1,016||Ryan||1968-76|
|*-in Brooklyn, NYC|
|@-did not play in high school; entered 'Villanova after starring in independent leagues|
|#-missed '05 season (medical leave)|
Thanks to Ajiri Johnson's thunderous, put-back, buzzer-beating dunk, Bonner-Prendie is off to a 4-0 start in Catholic League play for the first time in 16 seasons. That squad went 5-0 before suffering a setback. finished 10-4 and fell to St. Joseph's Prep, yesterday's victim, in a quarterfinal. Back then, B-P was Monsignor Bonner and the coach was Jim "Goose" Welde. Look at the names below for 2018's scoring . . . Yes, he's Goose's son. James Welde is a freshman. He starts for the JV and dresses varsity. Jack Concannon, the current coach, was a starting forward for Bonner's 1983 champs. The starting point guard was . . . Goose. Hmmmm. Something might be in the wind here, folks (smile).
|A Look at Bonner/B-P's Most Recent 4-0 CL Starts|
|Anthony Bennett||51||Isaiah Wong||78|
|Frank Nunan||47||Ajiri Johnson||50|
|Matt Kearney||38||Tariq Ingraham||47|
|Vince Taraborrelli||37||Michael Perretta||29|
|Badir McCleary||34||Donovan Rodriguez||24|
|Mike Shalon||9||Tyrese Watson||18|
|Kevin LeSage||8||Jack Armstrong||5|
|Randy Reid||4||Yohance Garner||3|
|Ray Bailey||2||Cobe Ruley||2|
|Joe James||2||Mahir Sharif||2|
|Mike Thornton||1||James Welde||2|
John Harmatuk, a Texas native, is in season No. 5 as Malvern's basketball coach and the run-run-run approach continues. "Tuk" strongly believes in getting the ball and GOING and if you're open, you darn well better shoot the jumper . . . or take it to the hole with passion. The current Friars are 2-0 in Inter-Ac play and have totaled a whopping 173 points. Overall, their I-A mark is 19-23 in I-A games. But when they score at least 60 points, they're 18-10. Their luckiest total? In the 70s. They're 6-1 in those tilts.
|Malvern's Outings of at Least 60 Points in the John Harmatuk Era|
|(* - Victory)|
Malvern 85, Penn Charter 52
On the day when the incomparable William "Speedy" Morris tries to claim win No. 1,000 in his high school/college/HS again coaching career (3:30 vs. visiting Lansdale Catholic), an interesting basketball tournament will also begin. St. Helena, in Blue Bell, Montgomery County (1499 Dekalb Pike) , is in year No. 14 of hosting a CYO tournament that includes loads of top boys/girls teams in the area. Many of the players wind up in the Catholic or Inter-Ac leagues. As pointed out by former Penn Charter star Brett Storm, who refs in the tourney, this charity event has it all -- complete stats (with play-by-play), live streaming, video, etc. For the championship game, color commentary will be handled by ex-NBA player and coach Fred "Mad Dog" Carter. His son, Aaron, also a former PC star (he and Brett were teammates), now covers high school sports for the Daily News/Inquirer. The tournament is guided by Gary Kane. His son, Kyle, is a starter for Lansdale and, of course, played in the tourney. As did SJ Prep starter Gabe Arizin, the grandson of NBA all-timer Paul Arizin. The championship games will be held Monday night, starting at 6. Boys first, then the girls. . . . Meanwhile, here's a nugget via Gary Kane: Mike McCloskey, top receiver at Father Judge/Penn State and a former NFLer, is now a CYO coach at St. Alphonsus, in Maple Glen. His team has been invited to the tournament for 10 consecutive years (unprecedented… quite an accomplishment, next highest number is seven) but has yet to win. Gary noted, "We had our coaches kickoff meeting on Tuesday night and I have been ribbing him about it for the past couple years. I think he has had enough of me. Great guy. Hoping this is his year (smile)." **Click here for Mad Dog's recent interview with Mike.** Thanks to Brett and Gary for providing this info. Best of luck to all players/coaches. Below are assorted links.
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Some more details on Malvern's 10-0 Inter-Ac champs in 1973 and '74. The second squad was more dominant, winning its games by an average of 23.6 points.
In what we'll call The Modern Era (1969-present; with the same six schools throughout), Inter-Ac teams have posted 10-0 records in two straight seasons seven times. Malvern's 1973 and '74 squads were the first to accomplishment the feat and they'll be honored Friday night right before the Friars host Penn Charter. Only two groups managed to go 10-0 in back-to-back seasons with just two double starters. Malvern's were Charlie Floyd and John Willcox. Episcopal did likewise in '82 and '83. Since then, the other five teams have had triple starters. Germantown Academy's 2000-02 teams all went 10-0. We'll have more on the Malvern crew tomorrow.
|Double/Triple Starters for Perfect, Back-to-Back Inter-Ac Champs, 1969-Present|
|James "Bruiser" Flint||11.6||22.1|
|2000||2001||Germantown Academy||Lee Melchionni||7.9||13.8|
|2001||2002||Germantown Academy||Lee Melchionni||13.8||16.1|
|2003||2004||Penn Charter||Rob Kurz||18.3||18.1|
Penn Charter 58, Episcopal 52
On Jan. 19, Lansdale Catholic will visit Neumann-Goretti for a regular season Catholic League game. And LC should be favored! (smile) . . . Here's the goofy route to that determination: LC beat West Catholic . . . WC beat Penn Charter . . . PC beat Shipley . . . Shipley beat N-G.
Oh, well. Crap happens. The Inter-Ac's opening tripleheader will NOT take place this season, interrupting a run that began in 1995 (after being unable to begin in 1994). Here's the posting from last year.
The Inter-Ac's Opening Tripleheader, named in recent years for former Malvern/Episcopal coach Dan Dougherty, is in the books and the all-time details are below. Germantown Academy still owns it, but a loss to Haverford School dropped its winning percentage to .826. Look below for each school's record and a list of the assorted sites. The first tripleheader to open league play would have taken place in January 1994, but a wicked snowstorm intervened.In the first game of the initial tripleheader, played on Jan. 6, 1995, at St. Joseph's University, Chestnut Hill Academy beat GA, 48-32, as Nelson Henry (14) and Chris Davis (13) led the way.
Records in I-A's
Sites of I-A's
|1995||St. Joseph's Univ.|
|1999-2003||La Salle Univ.|
After reading yesterday that Neumann-Goretti product Troy Harper, a redshirt jr. G, had claimed Drexel's school record for consecutive free throws made with 36 -- yes, 36! -- I decided to do some checking. Was there a history here? Has he been super-sniping at the stripe for a while? At N-G, Troy was a four-year varsity player and had to wait his turn. He was the sixth man as a junior and a starter as a senior and in eight playoff games with available boxscores he shot 24-for-32 for a .750 percentage. He was on fire in quarterfinals, hitting 15 of 16 (.938). Troy played at Campbell University (NC) in his first two college seasons, again as the sixth man and then as a starter. He visited Slumpville in '15, hitting just 61 percent. He was back on the good track in '16 (.768) and so far this season, after sitting out '17 because of the transfer rules, he's 39-for-43 for .907. Congrats to Troy for this accomplishment and it's great to see he knows: You can always get better. He did the work and made it happen.
|Playoffs at Neumann-Goretti|
|College at Campbell/Drexel|
Sr. WG Sean Simon is the seventh La Salle High player to reach 1,000 career points . . . and the first to require an asterisk (smile). The Explorers last night opened Catholic League play with a 78-49 win over visiting Lansdale Catholic and Simon upped his total to 1,010 with a 22-point outburst. He hit the century mark by nailing a three-pointer early in the second quarter, according to '82 grad Chris Carabello, the school's director of marketing, communications and public relations. Here's the deal: Sean is the latest combo guy, as in someone who has split has career between two high schools. This is his second year in 'Splorerville after two not far away at SCH Academy. He scored 613 at SCH and his La Salle total stands at 397. The year-by-year breakdown: 216, 397, 251 and 146. Sean is the fifth CL guy to reach 1,000 in the CL after starting his career in the Inter-Ac. The La Salle -- I-A/CL lists are below. Congrats to Sean!
|*-397 at La Salle|
|Lamar Stevens||Hav. School, Roman||1,345||2016|
|#Joe Zeglinski||Penn Charter, Ryan||1,300||2006|
|Danny Stewart||Hav. School, Neum.-Goretti||1,293||2010|
|Tyreek Duren||Hav. School, Neum.-Goretti||1,045||2010|
|Sean Simon||SCH Academy, La Salle||1,010||2018|
|#-scored 1,152 at Ryan after playing for PC as eighth grader|
The 2017 portion of this current season is history and the Catholic League is feeling rather proud. CL teams won 76 of 108 outings for a .704 percentage and six teams seized at least two-thirds of their games. McDevitt was the cake-taker at a perfect 8-0. Also, the CL went a lofty 15-3 (.833) vs. the Inter-Ac.
|Non-League Records for Catholic Teams -- Overall & vs. Inter-Ac|