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  To all scorekeepers: PLEASE try to make sure that correct info on scoring is called into the Score Service -- 215-854-4570. Generally, it's better when the winning team calls in the results. That way the papers receive info to explain HOW the game was won because representatives of the winning team will usually be in a better mood (just human nature) to provide extra details such as rebounds, assists, etc., or the identity of someone who maybe hit a winning shot. Thank you.

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MARCH 23
TEDBIT
 
Back in February, we noted that Wood and Roman had become just the second and third teams to finish a Catholic League regular season with four guys boasting scoring averages of at least 13.0. How'd they fare overall? Bingo! Wood's four guys -- only Julius Phillips is a senior; the others are sophs -- averaged from 17.6 to 13.2. Roman's quartet averaged from 20.0 to 13.3. Jr. Lynn Greer and frosh Jalen Duren are non-seniors.

Final Overall Averages for Wood/Roman Quartets
WOOD G Pts PPG
Rahsool Diggins 29 510 17.6
Daeshon Shepherd 29 427 14.7
Jaylen Stinson 28 394 14.1
Julius Phillips 29 382 13.2
ROMAN G Pts PPG
Hakim Hart 29 581 20.0
Seth Lundy 28 404 14.4
Lynn Greer 21 299 14.2
Jalen Duren 28 371 13.3

MARCH 22
TEDBIT
 
The 2018-19 season will end tonight as Wood meets Moon for the Class 5A championship. If the contest is decided by no more than five points, it'll bring this year's total for "close games" in state playoffs to five. The CL record is six in 2015 and '18. The CL's record in CGs is 25-20 and that includes three, same-league duels. Carroll prevailed over Neumann-Goretti in a 2009 quarterfinal and N-G beat Carroll in the 2015 final. This year, McDevitt beat N-G in a quarterfinal. Five-pointers lead one-pointers/two-pointers for the top spot, 12-9.

"Close Games" for Catholic League Teams in State Playoffs
Year Round Winner Loser Score Margin
2010 1st La Salle Chester 42-41 1
2010 1st Roman Souderton 55-54 1
2011 1st Pine Grove West Catholic 45-44 1
2011 1st Eastern York Carroll 56-55 1
2012 Qtr Hampton Carroll 45-44 1
2014 Qtr Phila. Electrical Carroll 52-51 1
2015 Qtr Roman Pennsbury 58-57 1
2015 Qtr Lancaster McCaskey La Salle 60-59 1
2018 2nd Carroll Lampeter-Strasburg 77-76 1
2010 Final Neumann-Goretti Chartiers Valley 65-63 2
2011 1st La Salle Reading 57-55 2
2011 2nd La Salle Allentown Allen 49-47 2
2015 Final Neumann-Goretti Carroll 69-67 2
2016 2nd Harrisburg McDevitt Carroll 62-60 2
2017 Qtr Northeastern Carroll     (2 OTs) 86-84 2
2017 1st Perkiomen Valley Roman 57-55 2
2018 1st Roman Pennridge 58-56 2
2019 2nd Neumann-Goretti Wyoming Seminary 61-59 2
2009 2nd Hughesville West Catholic 61-58 3
2012 Final Neumann-Goretti Montour 48-45 3
2013 Qtr Carroll Chartiers Valley 49-46 3
2015 Semi Roman Lancaster McCaskey 69-66 3
2016 2nd Conwell-Egan Minersville 54-51 3
2016 Qtr Camp Hill Conwell-Egan 60-57 3
2019 Qtr McDevitt Neumann-Goretti 60-67 3
2012 1st Central Bucks West SJ Prep 48-44 4
2013 1st Del-Val Conwell-Egan 63-59 4
2014 2nd Carroll Abington Heights 59-55 4
2015 1st La Salle Ridley 58-54 4
2018 2nd Roman Plymouth-Whitemarsh 75-71 4
2009 Qtr Carroll Neumann-Goretti 70-65 5
2009 1st Central Bucks South Roman 62-57 5
2013 1st Carroll Berks Catholic 47-42 5
2013 Qtr Donegal Neumann-Goretti 55-50 5
2013 Semi Carroll Montour 50-45 5
2015 Qtr Neumann-Goretti Harrisburg McDevitt 76-71 5
2017 2nd Ryan  Central Dauphin East 71-66 5
2018 1st SJ Prep Northampton 62-57 5
2018 2nd Abington SJ Prep 66-61 5
2018 Semi Abington Heights Bonner-Prendie 56-51 5
2019 1st La Salle Reading 47-42 5
2019 Semi Pennridge La Salle 52-47 5

MARCH 21
TEDBIT
 
Below are updated records for CL performances in state quarterfinals and semifinals. This year's overall total was "only" 6-5, in part because three quarters forced CL squads to play each other.

Results for Catholic League Teams in PIAA Quarterfinals 
Year Class 6A Class 5A Class 4A Class 3A
2019 La Salle W Wood W B-P W McDevitt W
  Roman L   Carroll L N-G L 
2018 Roman W B-P W   N-G W
    Carroll L   McDevitt L
2017 Ryan W Carroll L   N-G W
    Wood W    
  3-1 3-2 1-1 3-2
Year Class 4A Class 3A Class 2A  
2016 Roman W N-G W C-E L  
2015 Roman W N-G W C-E W   
  La Salle L Carroll W    
2014 La Salle W Carroll L    
    N-G W    
2013 SJ Prep W Carroll W    
    N-G L    
2012   Carroll L McDevitt L  
    N-G W    
2011 La Salle L N-G W    
2010 Roman L Carroll L    
    N-G W    
2009   Carroll W    
    N-G L    
  4-3 9-5 1-2  
Totals: 14-10 '09-'16 -- 10-6 '17-'19 -- 24-16 Overall   
         
Results for Catholic League Teams in PIAA Semifinals 
Year Class 6A Class 5A Class 4A Class 3A
2019 La Salle L Wood W B-P W McDevitt L
2018 Roman W B-P L   N-G W
2017 Ryan L Wood W   N-G W
  1-2 2-1 1-0 2-1
Year Class 4A Class 3A Class 2A  
2016 Roman W N-G W    
2015 Roman W N-G W C-E W  
    Carroll W    
2014 La Salle W N-G W    
2013 SJ Prep L Carroll W    
2012   N-G W    
2011   N-G W    
2010   N-G W    
2009   Carroll W    
  3-1 9-0 1-0  
Totals: 13-1 '09-'16 -- 6-4  '17-'19 -- 19-5 Overall   

MARCH 20
TEDBIT
 
Yes, last night did not go well as the Catholic League went 0-for-2 in state semis (after going 2-for-2 the night before). But let's look at the big picture and celebrate a very special accomplishment. For the only time over the last 42 seasons, and possibly (definitely?) ever, six CL schools have won at least 20 games. The victory total is 134 and hopefully it'll go up thanks to Bonner-Prendie and Wood in upcoming championship games. Over this same span, five seasons have produced five 20-win teams. Those details are also listed below and the best winning percentage among the five teams was achieved in 2007 at .826.

Years With at Least Five20-Win  CL Schools, 1978-2019
Year School W L Year School W L
2019 La Salle 26 4 1992 Roman 25 5
SIX Roman 24 5 FIVE Dougherty 25 6
  Bonner-Prendie 22 5   O'Hara 24 3
  McDevitt 21 8   Judge 21 6
  Neumann-Goretti 21 8   Wood 20 9
  Wood 20 8     115 29
    134 38       .799
      .779 2017 Wood 28 3
2007 Roman 28 3 FIVE Neumann-Goretti 24 7
FIVE Neumann-Goretti 26 6   Ryan 23 6
  Dougherty 25 3   Roman 20 6
  North Catholic 22 6   Carroll 20 9
  SJ Prep 22 8     115 31
    123 26       .788
      .826 1981 Judge 25 8
2015 Neumann-Goretti 29 2 FIVE Roman 24 8
FIVE Roman 29 2   West Catholic 23 7
  Carroll 23 7   La Salle 23 8
  La Salle 21 7   Kenrick 20 8
  Conwell-Egan 21 8     115 39
    123 26       .747
      .826        

MARCH 19
TEDBIT
 
As everyone even remotely familiar with Pennsylvania high school basketball knows by now, the Catholic League enjoys great success in state playoffs . . . And I'm here now to tell you: The fun (mostly) doesn't stop if regulation ends in a deadlock. In a Class 5A semifinal last night, Wood and Abington Heights wound up tied at 46 after four quarters. The Vikings then roared to a 63-53 success, making the CL 8-2 in OT state tilts. This margin of victory ranks second. The most amazing, and emotional, victory occurred in the 2014 3A final. Neumann-Goretti beat Susquehanna Township, 64-57, as Ja'Quan Newton poured in 33 points . . . the day after his mother passed away.

Overtime State Playoffs Involving Catholic League Teams, 2009-19
Year Class Round Winner Loser Score Margin Top CL Scorer Pts
2010 4A 2nd Roman Reading *62-47 15 Rakeem Brookins 32
2019 5A Semi Wood Abington Heights 63-53 10 Jaylen Stinson 17
2018 6A Semi Roman Pine-Richland 81-73 8 #-see below 25
2013 3A 2nd Neumann-Goretti Scranton Prep 51-44 7 Ja'Quan Newton 24
2014 3A Final Neumann-Goretti Susquehanna Twp. 64-57 7 Ja'Quan Newton 33
2012 2A 2nd McDevitt Riverside 61-55 6 Brahieme Jackson 24
2014 4A 2nd La Salle Cedar Crest 49-43 6 Najee Walls 22
2018 5A 2nd Carroll Lampeter-Strasburg 77-76 1 Keyon Butler 21
2017 5A Qtr Northeastern Carroll *86-84 -2 Colin Daly 19
2018 5A Semi Abington Heights Bonner-Prendie 56-51 -5 Isaiah Wong 19
*-two OTs
#-Allen Betrand/Hakim Hart

MARCH 18
TEDBIT
 
Four times in 10 years. Three times in one. Only in the PIAA. This year's state quarterfinals featured three games with Catholic League teams battling each other. There had only been four such battles over the previous 10 seasons (2009-18). Neumann-Goretti is now 3-2 and that first loss helped Carroll become the first CL school to win a state championship. Details for all seven games are below.

State Playoffs With Catholic League Teams Against Each Other
Year Class Round Winner Pts Loser Pts Winner's Leader Pts
2009 3A Qtr Carroll 70 Neumann-Goretti 65 D.J. Irving 26
2010 3A Qtr Neumann-Goretti 53 Carroll 38 Tony Chennault 20
2015 3A Final Neumann-Goretti 69 Carroll 67 Zane Martin 26
2018 3A Qtr Neumann-Goretti 65 McDevitt 54 Dymir Montague 16
2019 6A Qtr La Salle 55 Roman 47 Konrad Kiszka 16
2019 4A Qtr Bonner-Prendie 82 Carroll 57 *-see below 13
2019 3A Qtr McDevitt 60 Neumann-Goretti 57 Jamil Manigo 20
*-Tariq Ingraham and Isaiah Wong

MARCH 17
TEDBIT
 
Like many yesterday, you were likely surprised (stunned?) when BOTH city-based Catholic League powers fell to almost-neighbors CL schools from Montgomery County in the quarterfinal round of the state playoffs. La Salle topped Roman, 55-47, in Class 6A while McDevitt bested Neumann-Goretti, 60-57, in Cllass 3A. The respective winners' records are now 26-3 and 21-7 and perhaps you're thinking, No way those two schools have ever enjoyed such success in the same season. Well . . . Let's jump into the Waaaaaay Back Machine and take a visit to 1963. La Salle, rather new to Wyndmoor after ditching the college campus at 20th and Olney, WON the Catholic League championship for the first time since 1950. In the playoffs, the Explorers topped Bonner in the semis by 75-58 and Dougherty in the final by 55-43. They then lost the City Title to West Philadelphia, 65-56. The team's starters were Frank Gaidjunas, George Smith, Bill Magarity, Al Enoch and Joe Turk and the final record was 24-5. McDevitt was in its last season of NOT playing Philadelphia Catholic League ball. The Lancers were members of the 10-team Suburban Catholic League along with Kenrick (Norristown), Lansdale Catholic, Reading Central Catholic, St. Pius X (Pottstown), Shanahan, Bethlehem Catholic, St. Katherine's (Wayne), St. Matthew's (Conshohocken) and Devon Prep. LC and DP are now in the PCL. Kenrick, which closed in 2010, joined the PCL in 1963-64 along with McDevitt and Egan (now Conwell-Egan). Kenrick merged with Archbishop Kennedy, the ol' St. Matt's, for the '94 school year. In '63, the SCL season included two halves. McDevitt stormed to an 18-0 record, going 9-0 in both to win the championship. The starters were Frank McCall, Joe Crews, Bob Plummer and two of these three guys (Joe Pluck, Lou Hieb and Callahan). Back then there was a Catholic version of the PIAA. In the first round of the Class A portion, McDevitt beat Egan, 48-43, before 3,000 in the field house at St. Joseph's College. Its next opponent, in an Eastern semifinal also at St. Joe's, was "itself." As in Bishop McDeviit, of Harrisburg. Our McDevitt lost to their McDevitt, 47-46. Oddly, no one scored in double figures for the winner. Crews (19) and McCall (13) topped the losers. For the moment, I'm not positive about the team's overall record. One newspaper story listed it at 20-5. Another said the record was 18-3 before the Egan game, so 19-4 would be that version. Anyway, congrats to this year's teams at  La Salle and McDevitt and here's hoping much more fun is in the offing.


  SJ Prep in 2005-06
Matt Griffin (top R)
and Kevin Funston (bottom L).
MARCH 16
TEDBIT

  Over the last 34 seasons, six coaches have won at least 20 games in their first season at Catholic League schools and four have featured Speedy Morris ties. One IS Speedy Morris (smile). John Miller was his assistant way back at Roman while Matt Griffin/Kevin Funston were players for him in the 2005-06 season at St. Joseph's Prep. Matt achieved the feat at Roman in '17. Kevin has done so this year at Bonner-Prendergast. Kevin's non-playing journey began at Pitt, where he served as a student manager before graduating in 2010. He then assisted at Lycoming for one year and Indiana (Pa.) for two before popping up at Carroll in '14. He switched over to B-P for the '15 season and spent four seasons working for Jack Concannon before assuming command for this campaign. As for the non-Speedy guys . . . Mike McKee played at Roman FOR Dennis Seddon.
 
20 Wins in First Season at CL School, 1986-19
Bonner-Prendie Year W-L
John Miller 1986 20-10
Kevin Funston 2019 21-5
La Salle Year W-L
Mike McKee 2019 25-3
Roman Year W-L
Dennis Seddon 1987 24-7
Matt Griffin 2017 20-6
SJ Prep Year W-L
Speedy Morris 2002 24-6

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MARCH 15
TEDBIT
 
Well, we're through two rounds of the state playoffs and the Catholic League again has made MAJOR waves. The CL went 8-0 in the first round and 7-1 in the second. Alas, an outrageous winning percentage won't be achieved in the quarterfinals. In fact, we KNOW the record will be 4-3 or 3-4 because three of the four games will feature CL teams against each other. Wood will be involved in the swing game. The breakdowns for the first and second rounds are below. Through 11 years, the CL is 51-10 in the first (.836) and 40-11 in the second (.784) for an amazing overall total of 91-21 (.813).

Results for Catholic League Teams in PIAA First-Round Playoffs 
Year Class 6A Class 5A Class 4A Class 3A
2019 Roman W Wood W B-P W N-G W
  La Salle  W Ryan W Carroll W McDevitt W
2018 Roman W B-P W Con.-Egan W N-G W
  SJ Prep W Carroll W   McDevitt W
2017 Roman L Wood W Con.-Egan W N-G W
  Ryan W Carroll W   West L 
  5-1 6-0 4-0 5-1
Year Class 4A Class 3A Class 2A  
2016 Roman  W N-G  W C-E  W  
    Carroll  W    
2015 Roman  W N-G  W C-E  W  
  La Salle  W Carroll  W    
2014 Roman  W N-G  W West  W  
  La Salle  W Carroll  W    
2013 SJ Prep  W N-G  W C-E  L  
  Roman  L Carroll  W    
2012 Roman  W N-G  W McDevitt  W  
  SJ Prep  L Carroll  W    
2011 La Salle  W N-G  W West  L  
  Roman  L Carroll  L    
2010 La Salle  W N-G  W West  W  
  Roman  W Carroll  W    
2009 Roman  L N-G  W West  W  
  North  L Carroll  W    
  10-5 15-1 6-2  
 Records 31-8 Through '16 -- 20-2 '17 Through 19 -- 51-10 Overall
         
Results for Catholic League Teams in PIAA Second-Round Playoffs 
Year Class 6A Class 5A Class 4A Class 3A
2019 Roman W Wood W B-P W N-G W
  La Salle  W Ryan L Carroll W McDevitt W
2018 Roman W B-P W Con.-Egan L N-G W
  SJ Prep L Carroll W   McDevitt W
2017 Ryan W Wood W Con.-Egan L N-G W
    Carroll W    
  4-1 5-1 2-2 5-0
Year Class 4A Class 3A Class 2A  
2016 Roman  W N-G  W C-E  W  
    Carroll  L    
2015 Roman  W N-G  W C-E  W  
  La Salle  W Carroll  W    
2014 Roman  L N-G  W West  L  
  La Salle  W Carroll  W    
2013 SJ Prep  W N-G  W    
    Carroll  W    
2012 Roman  L N-G  W McDevitt  W  
    Carroll  W    
2011 La Salle  W N-G  W    
         
2010 La Salle  L N-G  W West  L  
  Roman  W Carroll  W    
2009   N-G  W West  L  
    Carroll  W    
  7-3 14-1 3-3  
Records 24-7 Through '16 -- 16-4 '17 Through '19 -- 40-11 Overall

MARCH 14
TEDBIT
 
We'll call this new club "Fast to 500" and, with just three members, it's very exclusive. In Philadelphia high school basketball history, nine coaches have captured at least 500 wins. Carl Arrigale, now in his 21st season at Neumann-Goretti (nee Neumann) reached that milestone last night as the Saints (21-7 overall) edged Wyoming Seminary, 61-59. The game, a second-round contest in the PIAA Class 3A state playoffs, was held at Bethlehem Freedom and was decided when sr. G Chris Ings (23 points) stuck a last-moment runner. The three members of "Fast to 500" are William "Speedy" Morris, Carl and Dennis Seddon. They lost a total of just 350 games while racking up 1,500 wins and the details are below. Many already know this, but for those who don't: Carl played for Speedy at Penn Charter and was the Inter-Ac League's MVP in 1984. Interesting nugget: Speedy AND Dennis claimed No. 500 on Dec. 14 (two years apart). Another: The margin of victory in the three wins was only eight points. Another: No victim was a Catholic League team. Meanwhile, Speedy and Carl were in season No. 21. Dennis was in No. 22. (Note: Bishop McNamara is in Forestville, MD. That game took place in the first round of the Gonzaga Classic, in Washington, DC.)

The City's Fast to 500 Club
Coach School Seasons W L Foe for 500 Score Date Top Scorer Points
Speedy Morris Roman 1968-81 347 81 Malvern 43-39 12/14/2005 Reggie Redding 14
  Penn Charter 1983-84 41 14          
  St. Joseph's Prep 2002-06 112 18          
      500 113          
Carl Arrigale Neumann / N-G 1999-19 500 115 Wyoming Seminary 61-59 3/13/2019 Chris Ings 23
Dennis Seddon Roman 1987-08 500 122 Bishop McNamara 63-61 12/14/2007 Maalik Wayns 27

MARCH 13
TEDBIT

  This website has not tracked Public League sports since the 2014-15 school year, but nuggets about special accomplishments are occasionally posted and today we offer a list that shows the Top 30 career scorers in Public League basketball history. The cutoff is 1,460 points and the newest member of the 1,500 Club is Robeson sr. combo guard Walter Hester. Walter is only 5-11, but is known as a relentless, crafty driver who can finish with either hand. Plus, he can pop for treys. Aside from breaking Robeson's school record for career points -- 1,539, the same total racked up at Southern by 1986 grad/NBAer Lionel Simmons -- coach Rob Powlen noted yesterday that Walter, who's being eyed by several junior colleges, also posted a new school mark with a 47-point outburst vs. Eastern University Charter. Among the guys on this list, just four aside from Walter were listed as 5-11 or shorter during their high school careers -- Imhotep's Daron "Fatts" Russell and Masterman's Mike Sturdivant at 5-11; Boys' Latin's Maurice Watson and GAMP's LaRon Byrd at 5-10. Congrats, Walter, and best of luck going forward!

Public League's Top 30 Career Scorers
Name School Year Points
Maureece Rice Straw. Mansion 2003 2,681
Maurice Watson Boys' Latin 2012 2,356
Wilt Chamberlain Overbrook 1955 2,206
Tyrone Garland Bartram 2010 2,198
L-Lynn Greer Eng. & Science 1997 1,991
#-Brian Shorter Gratz 1986 1,869
Liam Shanahan Masterman 2017 1,833
Rysheed Jordan Vaux 2013 1,817
Daron "Fatts" Russell Imhotep 2017 1,813
L-Rasheed Brokenborough Univ. City 1995 1,774
Samir Doughty Comm Tech/MC&S 2015 1,766
John Cox Lamberton/E&S 1999 1,759
Clarence "Eggy" Tillman West Phila. 1978 1,752
Andrew "Scootie" Randall Bartram/Comm Tech 2008 1,735
Jesse Turkson Masterman 2017 1,725
Gene Banks West Phila. 1977 1,694
Andre Daniel Lamberton  1989 1,693
Rasheed Wallace Gratz 1993 1,690
LaRon Byrd GAMP 2009 1,684
Troy Daniel Lamberton  1984 1,667
Mike Sturdivant Masterman 2013 1,661
Faron "Meatball" hand Franklin LC 1992 1,622
Greg "Bo" Kimble Dobbins 1985 1,596
L-Malcolm Eleby Franklin LC 2007 1,556
Walter Hester Robeson 2019 1,539
Lionel Simmons Southern 1986 1,539
Rasiheed "Noot" Arnold Bartram/Comm Tech 1994 1,503
L-Ahmad "J.R." Gilbert Constitution 2015 1,491
Shannon Bussey Washington 2000 1,487
Mike Kamen Northeast 1967 *1,460
L-lefty
#-transferrred out of city after junior year
*-estimate based on available boxscores

MARCH 12
TEDBIT
 
As you've hopefully heard by now, Temple sr. G Shizz Alston (a k a Levan and/or Shawn) yesterday earned first team honors in the American Athletic Conference. Over the last 37 seasons, the Owls have played in the Atlantic 10 ('83 through '13) and AAC ('14 forward). Shizz is the ninth "Our Guy" -- as in a product of the Public League, Catholic League or Inter-Ac League -- to make an appearance on a first team. The names/details are below. Shizz, a Haverford School grad, is the only Inter-Ac product and one of only three who did not earn first team Daily News All-City honors while in high school. Meanwhile, what are the chances that Shizz will advance to the NBA? Rather promising. Six of the previous eight guys did so.

Temple's "Our Guys" First Team All-Conference Honorees, 1983-2019
Name High School Season All-City NBA?
Nate Blackwell Southern 1987 1st yes
Howard Evans West Philadelphia 1988 1st no
Aaron McKie Simon Gratz 1993-94 1st yes
Marc Jackson Roman Catholic 1996-97 1st yes
Lynn Greer Engineering and Science 2001-02 1st yes
Mardy Collins Simon Gratz 2005-06 2nd yes
Dionte Christmas Samuel Fels 2008-09 3rd yes
Ramone Moore Southern 2012 1st no
Shizz Alston Haverford School 2019 2nd TBD

MARCH 11
TEDBIT
 
Never know where research will take you. I thought this project might show that the Levan Alston Combo was on the doorstep, or maybe had even reached, a special milestone. Kinda true, but there's also this: While scoring 21 points for Temple Saturday in coach Fran Dunphy's final regular season game at the Liacouras Center, sr. G Levan Alston (a k a Shizz, a k a Shawn from his Haverford School days) raised his high school/college career points total to 3,014. Very cool, right? And there's this: Counting high school and college, each guy has been on teams that have won the same number of games, 142! Together, father and son recently surpassed 4,000 points. Dad starred at Gratz and played point guard for the 1991 squad that finished 27-1 and was considered by most (all?) to be the No. 1 team in the country. Future NBAer Rasheed Wallace was a sophomore star on that squad. Another future NBAer, Aaron McKie, had graduated in '90 after leading that Bulldog squad to the Public League crown. Next year, Aaron will succeed Fran as Temple's boss. Levan grew up around 24th and Allegheny and his first stop was New Orleans. For my commitment story, Levan said his parents, Levan and Doris, supported his decision to head to the deep south. They wanted him to "see new things" and "experience a different atmosphere." Levan had to sit out his freshman year due to Prop 48, then never found his rhythm as a soph. He played very sparingly in the '93 season, then transferred back to Temple and, after sitting out in '94, was a mainstay for the '95 and '96 squads. The Next Levan played exclusively for Haverford School (hey, who does that anymore in this Revolving Door Era? -- smile) and was a second team All-City honoree in 2015. On the day he committed to Temple, The Next Levan told Daily News writer Aaron Carter, "They say you don't really get a lot of love when you go away, so I decided to stay here instead of (going) and coming back." Worked out tremendously. The points breakdown for both guys is below.

Points/Records Breakdown for the Alstons
Year Levan the Dad Points Won Lost
1989 Simon Gratz 70 24 2
1990 Simon Gratz 244 26 4
1991 Simon Gratz 317 27 1
    Total 631 77 7
1993 New Orleans 9 26 4
1995 Temple 304 19 11
1996 Temple 281 20 13
    Total 594 65 28
    Overall Total 1,225 142 35
Year Levan the Son Points Won Lost
2012 Haverford School 112 15 12
2013 Haverford School 420 17 9
2014 Haverford School 378 16 8
2015 Haverford School 548 17 11
    Total 1,458 65 40
2016 Temple 63 21 12
2017 Temple 445 16 16
2018 Temple 438 17 16
2019 Temple 610 23 8
    Total 1,556 77 52
    Overall Total 3,014 142 92
    Combo Total 4,239 284 127

MARCH 10
TEDBIT
 
Can't imagine this has happened very often, if ever: One league pulled off an 8-0 sweep in PIAA first-round state playoffs one year after pulling off a 7-0 sweep. We're talking the good, ol' Catholic League and the details for this year's sweep are below. The CL's first-round winning streak stands at 16 or 17. On Saturday, March 11, two years ago, SJ Prep lost a first-round game that started at 5 o'clock. Conwell-Egan's game also started at 5 and the Eagles pulled off a wiu. Ryan then won a game with a 6 o'clock start. Just not sure if C-E's win was completed after the Prep's loss.

Details of the Catholic League's 8-0 Sweep in First Round
Day Date Class Seed Winner Loser Score Top Scorer Points
Fri 3/8 5A 1st Wood Holy Ghost Prep 52-41 Rahsool Diggins 16
Fri 3/8 5A 3rd Carroll Allentown CC 64-57 Luke House 20
Fri 3/8 4A 1st Bonner-Prendie Littlestown 64-38 Isaiah Wong 23
Fri 3/8 4A 4th Ryan W. Chester East 63-54 Colin Reed 19
Sat 3/9 6A 1st Roman Spring-Ford 92-48 Jalen Duren 22
Sat 3/9 6A 4th La Salle Reading 47-42 Konrad Kiszka 19
Sat 3/9 3A 1st Neumann-Goretti Lanc. Mennonite 83-48 Chris Ings 28
Sat 3/9 3A 3rd McDevitt Camp Hill 69-54 Jamil Manigo 18

MARCH 9
TEDBIT
 
Certain circumstances haven't allowed this feat to happen too often, but . . . Last night, for the fourth time going back to 2009, the Catholic League pulled off a 4-0, same-day sweep in state playoffs. This total victory margin ranks second at 53 points.

Same Day 4-0 Sweeps for CL Teams in State Playoffs
Day Date Year Round School Class Wom by
Sat. 3/7 2015 1st Roman 4A 16
        La Salle 4A 4
        Carroll 3A 34
        Conwell-Egan 2A 17
          Margin   71
Tues. 3/17 2015 Semis Roman 4A 3
        Neumann-Goretti 3A 8
        Carroll 3A 27
        Conwell-Egan 2A 11
          Margin   49
Sat. 3/10 2018 1st Roman 6A 2
        SJ Prep 6A 5
        Neumann-Goretti 3A 21
        McDevitt 3A 17
          Margin   45
Fri. 3/8 2019 1st Wood 5A 11
        Ryan 5A 9
        Bonner-Prendie 4A 26
        Carroll 4A 7
          Margin   53

MARCH 8
TEDBIT
  
The state playoffs begin tonight/tomorrow and eight (that's a record) of the 15 teams in the expanded Catholic League will be making appearances. Last year's record was 19-5 over four of the six classifications and two squads -- Neumann-Goretti in 3A, Roman in 6A -- won championships. The CL's record is now an amazing 127-39 (.765 winning percentage) and 14 state titles have been captured. The entrants in year No. 3 of the six-classification era: N-G and McDevitt in 3A, Bonner-Prendie and Carroll in 4A, Wood and Ryan in 5A, Roman and La Salle in 6A. Good luck to all!

Breakdown for Catholic League's Performance in State Playoffs, 2009-18
  W-L B-P Carr. C-E La S McD. North N-G Roman Ryan SJP West Wood
2009 8-4   *5-0       0-1 2-1 0-1     1-1  
2010 11-4   2-1   1-1     *5-0 2-1     1-1  
2011 7-4   0-1   2-1     *5-0 0-1     0-1  
2012 10-4   2-1     2-1   *5-0 1-1   0-1    
2013 9-5   4-1 0-1       2-1 0-1   3-1    
2014 13-4   2-1   4-1     *5-0 1-1     1-1  
2015 21-2   4-1 *5-0 2-1     *5-0 *5-0        
2016 13-2   1-1 2-1       *5-0 *5-0        
2017 16-5   2-1 1-1       *5-0 0-1 3-1   0-1 *5-0
2018 19-5 3-1 2-1 1-1   2-1   *5-0 *5-0   1-1    
Total 127-39 3-1 24-9 9-4 9-4 4-2 0-1 44-2 19-7 3-1 4-3 3-5 5-0

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2009-16 (Over 3 of 4 Classifications)
2A -- 12-7
3A -- 54-9
4A -- 26-13
  Total -- 92-29 (.760)
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2017-18 (Over 4 of 6 Classiciations)
3A -- 12-2
4A -- 2-2
5A -- 12-3
6A -- 9-3
  Total -- 35-10 (.778)

MARCH 7
TEDBIT
 
The Catholic League entered this year's four City Titles with a danger-danger-danger alert! Four losses would have given the CL a losing record all-time. Relax. The CL executed the sweep and now owns a 42-35 record. As mentioned last year, when the original series ended after the 1980 game (no enrollment stuff back then, folks), the CL trailed by 24-17 and its losing streak stood at six. But thanks in large part to Neumann-Goretti's dominance from 2009-19 (10-1 record), the pendulum has swung. About those six consecutive losses from 1975 through '80: It wasn't as if the CL reps were losing to cupcakes. Those six Pub winners finished with a combined overall record of 180-5! West Philly was 112-3 from '75 through '78 (25-0, 24-2, 30-0, 33-1) and Overbrook was 68-1 in 1979-80 (34-1, 34-0). The longest streak, though, belongs to the CL -- nine in a row from '45 through '53. Below are the records and percentages for the CL schools. Those schools in italics are no longer with us. Neumann-Goretti was formerly Southeast Catholic, Bishop Neumann and St. John Neumann.

Records for CL Teams in City Titles
School W L Pct.
Bonner/Bonner-Prendie 3 0 1.000
Archbishop Wood 2 0 1.000
St. Thomas More 3 1 .750
Ss. Neumann-Goretti 13 6 .684
North Catholic 2 1 .667
Roman Catholic 9 6 .600
La Salle 4 3 .571
St. Joseph's Prep 2 2 .500
Conwell-Egan 2 3 .400
West Catholic 2 6 .250
Cardinal O'Hara 0 1 .000
Bishop McDevitt 0 1 .000
Bishop Kenrick 0 1 .000
Cardinal Dougherty 0 2 .000
Father Judge 0 2 .000
  42 35 .545

MARCH 6
TEDBIT
 
Can't be positive, of course, but it's likely Hakim Hart's recent City Title performance might own this chart for a while. The fact that he scored 40 points for Roman vs. Boys' Latin in the Class 6A City Title -- most ever by a CL player in CL playoffs/CTs -- has already been highlighted. In that same game, his three-number performance was 57, counting nine rebounds and eight assists, and that's nine points better than any other CL player going back to 1968. Also this year, Wood soph Rahsool Diggins slapped together a 47 -- 32 points, eight boards, seven dimes -- in the 5A clash vs. Mastery North. That checks in at No. 3.

Top "Three-Number Performances" in City Titles, 1968-80 / 2009-18
Year Name School Opponent Pts Reb Other Total
2019 Hakim Hart Roman Boys' Latin 40 9 8 A 57
2016 Dhamir Cosby-Roundtree Neum.-Gor. Del-Val 32 11 5 B 48
2019 Rahsool Diggins Wood Mastery North 32 8 7A 47
2012 Stephen Vasturia SJ Prep Bartram 35 5 4 S 44
2018 Isaiah Wong Bonner-Pren. King 31 9 3A 43
2016 Quade Green Neum.-Gor. Del-Val 24 9 8A 41
1978 Reggie Jackson Roman West Phila. 24 11 3A 38
2011 John Davis Neum.-Gor. Phila. Elec. 18 17 2 B 37
2012 John Davis Neum.-Gor. Boys' Latin 21 15 1 B 37
2017 Quade Green Neum.-Gor. Del-Val 31 3 3A 37
2009 Tony Chennault Neum.-Gor. Franklin LC 22 9 5A 36
2017 Collin Gillespie Wood King 14 11 11 A 36
2013 Shep Garner Roman King 21 6 8 A 35

MARCH 5
TEDBIT
 
The fact that Judge sr. Shane Dooley can throw and shoot with skill has enabled him to sniff very rare air. Going back to 1961, it appears he's only the fifth guy to earn coaches' All-Catholic honors as a quarterback and basketball player. (If you know of others -- above honorable mention, that is -- please speak up.) Last fall, Shane was a second team honoree in the Red Division after passing for 1,800 yards and 18 TDs. Hey, he also rushed for 597 yards and 12 scores. In basketball, he scored 356 points in 23 games (15.5) and was a second teamer in that sport as well. The list below shows honors for the five guys. All played football in college. Tom DiMuzio was an All-American at Delaware. John Capppelletti earned the Heisman Trophy at Penn State and played in the NFL. For his senior year at Bonner, he moved from QB to RB. Chris Fagan became Millersville's career passing yardage leader. Andre Sloan-El starred at Emporia State, in Kansas. Prior to the early 1960s, A-C teams did not designate QBs. The non-linemen were merely listed as B for back. However, the ol' Southeast Catholic (a k a South Catholic) had a wonderful QB/hoopster named Jim Grazione in the mid-1950s. He was a first team b-baller in the '54 and '55 seasons with respective league averages of 15.9 and 25.0. In the '54 football season, he earned first team honors while QBing SC to the Catholic and City championships. He also played d-back and in one, late-season game ran for two scores, passed for one and made three interceptions. He was named the MVP after steering the Pirates past Frankford, 34-0, for the City Title. In that game he passed for 120 yards and one TD. For the season he passed for 23 TDs and ran for nine. He was a multi-year QB starter at Villanova and wound up playing (at DB) for the North squad n the Senior Bowl that followed the 1958 season. I spoke with Mr. Grazione a few times in the mid-'90s when his son, Dan, played for Episcopal. Great man! . . . Meanwhile, Dooley is headed for West Chester. His brother, Paul, a product of SCH Academy, plays QB there and will be a senior next season. Let the practice duels begin! Or should we spell it dools? (smile)
  UPDATE: I neglected to mention La Salle's Gabe Marabella. His accomplishments have been added below. Thanks to '03 La Salle grad Matt McGurkin for speaking up! Note to all: Never hesitate. I always want these lists/nuggets to be right.

All-Catholic Honors as Quarterback and Basketball Player, 1961-2019
Name School FB Team Bask Team
Tom DiMuzio Neumann 1965 1st 1966 2nd
John Cappelletti Bonner 1968 1st 1970 1st
Chris Fagan Judge 1987 1st 1986 2nd
        1988 1st
Gabe Marabella La Salle 1999 2nd 2001 1st
    2000 1st    
Andre Sloan-El Roman 2003 2nd 2002 3rd
        2003 2nd
        2004 3rd
Shane Dooley Judge 2018 2nd 2019 2nd

MARCH 4
TEDBIT
 
Roman's 94-point outburst vs. Boys' Latin in Friday night's 6A tilt claimed the Catholic League record for points scored in City Titles. As noted yesterday, Hakim Hart's 40 points were the individual record. The Top 10 totals are below. The overall mark belongs to Imhotep, which avalanched 99 points on Conwell-Egan in the 2018 4A game.

Top 10 Point Totals for Catholic League Teams in City Titles
Team Points Opponent Points Year Kind Top Scorer Points
Roman 94 Boys' Latin 72 2019 6A Hakim Hart 40
Wood 87 King 51 2017 5A Matt Cerruti 20
Neumann-Goretti 80 Franklin LC 78 2009 3A Tony Chennault 20
Neumann-Goretti 79 Del-Val 81 2016 3A D. Cosby-Roundtree 32
Neumann-Goretti 77 Imhotep 74 2015 2A Quade Green 25
Roman 76 Lincoln 86 2018 6A Seth Lundy 22
Neumann  75 Lincoln 66 1965 Over. Mike Barrett 22
Conwell-Egan 70 Mastery North 58 2016 2A LaPri McCray-Pace 20
Roman 69 King 53 2013 4A Shep Garner 21
Neumann-Goretti 69 Phila. Electric 55 2014 3A Ja'Quan  Newton 26

MARCH 3
TEDBIT
 
Have you ever seen a player launch MANY shots and achieve perfection? If you attended Friday's Class 6A City Title at Southern between Roman and Boys' Latin, you almost did. You also saw a record performance. Roman sr. Hakim Hart, whose next stop will be Saint Joseph's, now owns the mark for most points scored by a Catholic League player in a CL playoff or City Title. According to stats provided by coach Matt Griffin, Hakim sniped 17-for-21 (81 percent!) from the floor while scoring 40 points in the Cahillites' 94-72 frolic. He also went 5-for-7 at the line and 1-for-4 (can't have everything -- smile) from beyond the arc. The CL/CT record was 39, first claimed in 1992 by Roman's Kyle Locke in the '92 CL final and tied by Carroll's Juan'ya Green in an '11 quarterfinal. (Click here for a pic of those two guys.) The CT record for a CL player was 35 by St. Joe's Prep's Steve Vasturia in '12 vs. Bartram. The list below shows all efforts of at least 30 points. Congrats to Hakim, who has racked up 990 points in just two seasons at Roman after arriving by transfer from South Jersey's Kingsway Regional in Woolwich Twp., New Jersey.

Top Outbursts by Catholic League Players in CL Playoffs/City Titles
Player School Points Opponent Kind
Hakim Hart Roman 40 Boys' Latin '19-CT 6A
Kyle Locke Roman 39 Dougherty '92-F
Juan'ya Green Caroll 39 SJ Prep '11-Q
Steve Vasturia SJ Prep 35 Bartram 12-CT 4A
Collin Gillespie Wood 33 Ryan '17-S
Marty Campbell Neumann 32 Roman '79-Q
Jack Horgan La Salle 32 Ryan '95-P
Jim Mower SJ Prep 32 Roman '08-Q
Marc Rodriguez Judge 32 Ryan '17-Q
Isaiah Wong Bonner-Prendie 32 O'Hara '18-Q
Rahsool Diggins Wood 32 Mastery North '19-CT 5A
Bill Lindsay West Catholic 32 Overbrook '53-CT Over.
D. Cosby-Roundtree Neumann-Goretti 32 Del-Val '16-CT 3A
Fran Grandieri O'Hara 31 Carroll '00-P
Mark Zoller SJ Prep 31 Dougherty '03-F
Quade Green Neumann-Goretti 31 Ryan '16-S
Izaiah Brockington Ryan 31 Wood '17-S
Quade Green Neumann-Goretti 31 Del-Val '17-CT 3A
Isaiah Wong Bonner-Prendie 31 King '18-CT 5A
Paul Terrell Dougherty 30 North Catholic '74-Q
Rodney Blake Bonner  30 West Catholic '84-Q
Brian Daly Bonner  30 North Catholic '88-F
Bernard Jones Roman 30 La Salle '90-F
Juan'ya Green Carroll 30 Neumann-Goretti '11-F
Ryan Daly Carroll 30 Wood '16-Q
Zane Martin Neumann-Goretti 30 Ryan '16-S

MARCH 2
  Note from Ted: Not sure if you have noticed, but something very uncommon has recently happened in La Salle's season. After not scoring a point ALL SEASON, 6-4 sr. Jack Rothenberg tallied two points in the championship game vs. Roman and then two more in the Class 6A play-in vs. Gratz. How does that happen? I reached out to Chris Carabello, who handles PA duties for the Explorers and also sends along copies of the scorebook pages after every game. His response is in this Chrisbit . . .
CHRISBIT
  Jack Rothenberg broke his foot about a week or two before the first game of the season. He likely would have been a potential starter or one of the first men off the bench. He definitely was projected very high on the depth chart. (He is also very bright.) He got his cast off the first week of February and played Senior Night against Wood (on Feb 8; second-to-last game of regular season). He is playing good defense and starting to get his shot back. He gets more and more minutes each game. He scored 32 points in a JV game vs. Malvern his sophomore year, so he can shoot/score. Hopefully he will be a bigger factor in the coming games. We are 23-3 without a player who would have been a starter or early sub. Jack's mother, Stephanie, teaches math at La Salle and his sisters have been basketball players at Mount Saint Joseph (girls school in nearby Flourtown). Sarah ('17) was a starter for the Mount and is now at George Washington University; she plays on a club hoops team there. Kelly ('20) is also a starter and today at noon she'll start playing for the District 1 Class 5A championship, vs. Villa Maria, at Temple's Liacouras Center.
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  Thanks for your hustle on this, Chris, and congrats to Jack for battling back to make himself a part of the Explorers' special season.

MARCH 1
TEDBIT
 
This Tedbit was not inspired by something that happened this season. Was just kind of curious and here we go: How often has the top playoff scorer for a Catholic League champion been a guy who was NOT the team's most prolific point producer during the CL regular season? Going back to the 1970 season, the answer is 14 and Roman is the leader at five. The top average was posted by Roman's Nazeer Bostick (18.0) in 2015. Dallas Comegys (17.3) for Roman in '82, Tom Catagnus (17.0) for Kenrick in '76, Tyreek Duren (also 17.0) for N-G in '09 and Kris Dufner (16.7) for Judge in '98 complete the top five.

CL Champs, 1970-Forward, With Different Scoring Leaders for Regular Season and Playoffs
Year School RS Leader G Points PPG Playoff Leader G Points PPG
1970 Dougherty Paul Tucker 16 212 13.3 Bill Magarity 3 38 12.7
1976 Kenrick Paul Mulholland 15 244 16.3 Tom Catagnus 3 51 17.0
1977 Judge Bob Convey 11 148 13.5 Tom "Mo" Greenfield 3 42 14.0
1982 Roman Rob Lawton 14 205 14.6 Dallas Comegys 3 52 17.3
1983 Bonner Rodney Blake 14 237 16.9 Tom Gormley 3 47 15.7
1986 Roman Ernest Pollard 14 226 16.1 Kevin Cofield 3 38 12.7
1987 North Cath. Kevin Comey 16 233 14.6 Dave Mastropietro 3 42 14.0
1994 Roman Eugene Small 14 203 14.5 Will McKnight 3 38 12.7
1995 Roman Lari Ketner 14 217 15.5 Arthur "Yah" Davis 3 43 14.3
1997 Neumann Victor Thomas 14 212 15.1 Devon Fowler 3 48 16.0
1998 Judge Jim Reeves 14 246 17.6 Kris Dufner 3 50 16.7
2001 Neumann Cantrell Fletcher 14 234 16.7 Robt. "Beattie" Taylor 3 44 14.7
2009 Neum.-Gor. Tony Chennault 15 243 16.2 Tyreek Duren 3 51 17.0
2015 Roman Gemil Holbrook 13 185 14.2 Nazeer Bostick 3 54 18.0

FEB. 28
TEDBIT
 
What happened to the good, ol' overcome-some-adversity days? In 2002, St. John Neumann suffered four losses in regular season Catholic League action, but was able to stay strong through the playoffs and win the championship. Since then? Not one champ has lost more than two. The loss totals: four with none, seven with one and six with two. From 1950 through 1988, as shown on the list below, 11 champs lost at least four games. Counting the '02 Neumann squad, the average rounded-off record for those 12 champs was 10-5 and they won their championship games by an average of six points, 57.4 to 51.5. These days, 10 teams make the playoffs. Will we soon (ever again?) see an oft-scarred squad get things together in perfect fashion at exactly the right time and seize a championship? Hold your breath at your own risk.

Catholic League Champs With at Least Four Losses in League Play, 1950-Forward
Year School W L Beat in Final . . . We They Winner's Leader Points
1951 St. Thomas More 10 4 West Catholic 54 47 Al Juliana 12
1954 South Catholic 9 5 West Catholic 51 45 Jim Grazione 18
1955 West Catholic 9 5 La Salle 63 55 Pat Carey 16
1958 Bishop Neumann 10 4 Father Judge 67 59 Bill Mulvihill 26
1961 St. Thomas More 9 5 Dougherty 48 47 Larry White 13
1975 Father Judge 11 5 Roman 48 46 Mo Connolly 16
1976 Bishop Kenrick 12 4 West Catholic 64 54 Paul Mulholland 21
1977 Father Judge 11 5 Archbishop Carroll 56 53 Frank Ciurlino 24
1982 Roman Catholic 8 6 Father Judge 47 41 Dallas Comegys 14
1987 North Catholic 11 5 Roman Catholic 63 59 Dave Mastropietro 21
1988 Monsignor Bonner 10 4 North Catholic 62 59 Brian Daly 30
2002 St. John Neumann 10 4 Archbishop Ryan 66 53 Chris Del Brocco 20
    120 56   689 618    
    10 4.7   57.4 51.5    

FEB. 27
TEDBIT
 
Here's some advice for teams hoping to win Catholic League championship games: Make sure you launch at least 10 free throws. Ten teams have NOT reached that number in the last 51 clashes. Eight have lost and one of the two winners had to do so because its opponent was in the same club. We're talking about the 1974 final, when Roman went 4-for-7 while beating La Salle (4-for-8). La Salle tied the within-51-year record Monday night when it fell to Roman, 64-50. The Explorers went 4-for-6 and did not even shoot a free throw until just over five minutes remained in the game. Interestingly, Roman has been involved in eight of the 10 games listed below.

Teams With Single-Digit Free Throw Attempts in Catholic League Finals, 1969-2019
Year School Made Att Most Made No. W-L Opponent
2013 SJ Prep 4 6 Stephen Vasturia 3 Lost Neumann-Goretti
1995 Roman 2 6 Arthur "Yah" Davis 2 Lost Carroll
2019 La Salle 4 6 Allen Powell 3 Lost Roman
1975 Roman 4 7 Zane Major 2 Won Judge
1974 La Salle 4 7 Bob Carber 3 Lost Roman
1974 Roman 4 8 Two with . . .  2 Won La Salle
2015 Neumann-Goretti 2 9 Zane Martin 2 Lost Roman
1982 Judge 5 9 Tom "Doc" Conroy 2 Lost Roman
1973 Judge 4 9 Two with . . .  2 Lost Roman
1976 West Catholic 8 9 Michael Brooks 6 Lost Kenrick

FEB. 26
TEDBIT
 
Thanks to last night's 64-50 triumph over La Salle before a packed house at the Palestra, Roman now owns 22 Catholic League championships since coach Speedy Morris broke the school's lengthy drought in 1969. Over the years, of course, the school has been powered by MANY stars. The list below shows all performances of at least 50 total points by crown-capturing Cahillites through quarterfinals, semifinals and finals. Lonnie McFarlan heads the pack with 69 in 1980 and checks in tied for sixth, as well, with 60 in '79. The No. 5 spot belongs to Hakim Hart, who last night scored 21 points after posting 14 and 26 in the first two rounds. Another current Cahillite, Seth Lundy, racked up 51 points for last year's champs. The following kingpins had no at-least-50-pointers: 1969, 1973, 1974, 1986, 1994 and 2007.

Top Playoff Scorers for Roman's CL Champs, 1969-2019
Year Name Qtr Semi Final Total
1980 Lonnie McFarlan 17 26 26 69
1999 *Eddie Griffin 23 23 22 68
1992 Kyle Locke 20 8 39 67
1990 Bernard Jones 10 22 30 62
2019 Hakim Hart 14 26 21 61
1979 Lonnie McFarlan 24 20 16 60
1996 Donnie Carr 21 20 19 60
2016 Tony Carr 14 24 21 59
1993 *Marc Jackson 19 14 22 55
1978