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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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FEB. 15
TEDBIT
 
Wednesday, William "Speedy" Morris notched his 700th win as a Catholic League coach as SJ Prep topped Ryan in a first-round playoff. Through his career, the just-CL totals were rarely, if ever, noted because he coached at Penn Charter between his stints at Roman and the Prep. (He also guided the women's and men's teams at La Salle University). Anyway, below are recaps for wins Nos. 300, 400, 500, 600 and 700 JUST in his CL stints.

No. 300
December 12, 1979
 
On a Wednesday night in Norristown, Roman posted a 72-58 non-league win over Bishop Kenrick to give Speedy his 300th win. The Knights' coach was Phil Martelli. Senior forward Lonnie McFarlan fueled the victory by shooting 21-for-30 and 3-for-4 for a school record of 45 points; that mark still stands. Glenn Welton added 18 points and 11 rebounds and Randy Monroe, now a key assistant under Speedy at the Prep, claimed nine boards.
No. 400
March 13, 2003
 
Fresh off their win over Cardinal Dougherty for the Catholic League championship, the Hawks powdered host school Bishop Walsh, of Cumberland (MD), 93-47, in the first round of the Alhambra Catholic Invitational Tournament, played at Frostburg State. Mark Zoller mixed 22 points with 11 rebounds while Chris Clark (12) and John Griffin (10) also reached double digits in points. SJP beat Archbishop Spalding, of Severn, MD, in the semis, then fell in the championship game to Bishop O'Connell, of Arlington, VA.
No. 500
March 16, 2007
 
Again the Hawks collected a notable win (No. 22 of the season) against Bishop Walsh. This time they did so in the consolation round of the Alhambra Tournament, slicing and dicing Walsh by a score of 92-35. Matt Griffin (now the coach at Roman) and Matt Dolan halved 28 points. Rob Coney and Drew Horgan did likewise with 22 points. The finale produced a loss to Benedictine Prep, of Richmond, VA.
No. 600
Feb. 8, 2013
 
The Hawks crushed Conwell-Egan, 63-31, to earn No. 18 (of 24) for the season. It was racked up in the CL regular season finale and froze their record at 11-2. Miles Overton led the way with 20 points. Chris Clover (12) and Stephen Vasturia (10) also reached double figures. The final six wins were garnered in playoffs - two in CL, City Title, three in states.
No. 700
Feb. 13, 2019
  Having lost their last five games of the CL regular season, the Hawks could not exactly draw upon momentum entering what loomed as their last chance in '19 to help their coach reach a milestone. But they were playing at home and all supporters wound up beaming as William "Speedy" Morris claimed win No. 700 in 32 seasons at CL schools -- 347 at Roman (1968-81), 353 at SJ Prep (2002-19). Trevor Wall (10) scored the Hawks' final eight 10 points in the last 1:30 and his two free throws provided a four-point lead in the waning moments. Chris Arizin and Jacob O'Connell halved 16 points. Colin Reed (15) topped the Raiders and his trey drew them within 33-31.

FEB. 14
TEDBIT
 
In two roles, Joe Zeglinski has seen a snoozer from both sides now. In a 2006 Catholic League quarterfinal, he scored 12 points as Ryan beat Judge, 39-26. Yesterday, he was the Raiders' coach in their 35-31, first-round loss at St. Joseph's Prep. That result gave Speedy Morris his 700th overall win as the boss at two CL schools -- 347 at Roman (14 seasons, 1968-81) and 353 at the Prep (18 seasons, 2002-09). The list below shows details for all CL playoffs since 1950 (70 seasons) that have produced no more than 72 total points. La Salle is 4-1 in such tilts. Archrival SJ Prep is now 1-3. La Salle is 3-0 in head-to-head clashes. Both games in the '82 semis made the list. Yes, the games were close, but rumor has it some of those spectators are STILL fast asleep in various parts of the Palestra (smile).

A Dozen Not-So-Dandy CL Playoffs, 1950-2019 . . . Total Points Basis
Total Winner Pts Loser Pts Round Year Winner's Leader Points
51 La Salle 28 South Catholic 23 Final 1950 #Tom Gola 14
62 La Salle 32 SJ Prep 30 First 2009 Malik West 10
62 Roman 33 O'Hara 29 Quarter 1995 #Lari Ketner 13
65 Ryan 39 Judge 26 Quarter 2006 Joe Zeglinski 12
66 SJ Prep 35 Ryan 31 Firat 2019 Trevor Wall 10
68 St. James 35 Bonner 33 Prelim 1981 Jim Seaman 11
69 North Catholic 37 La Salle 32 Final 1957 Tom Samulewicz 10
70 Roman 40 Judge 30 Final 1973 Donald Kelly 14
70 Judge 36 Kenrick 34 Semi 1982 Keith Ditsche 13
70 La Salle 37 SJ Prep 33 Quarter 2015 *see below 11
71 La Salle 38 SJ Prep 33 Quarter 2014 David Krmpotich 16
72 Roman 37 Bonner 35 Semi 1982 #Dallas Comegys 11
#-advanced to NBA
*-David Krmpotich and Shawn Witherspoon

FEB. 13
TEDBIT
  In Catholic League history, nine teams have produced as many as three first team All-Catholic honorees in the same season. The breakdown is eight with three and one with four. As the teams were finalized Monday night by the coaches, Roamn wound up with an amazing FOUR first-teamers. One was Jalen Duren, the first freshman to earn first team honors since Roman's Vince McNally in the CL's very first season, 1919-20. As in, 99 years ago! McNally remained on the first team through his senior year, then played hoops AND football at Notre Dame and was the Eagles' general manager for 16 seasons, 1949-64. The Birds won NFL titles during that span in '49 and '60. Neumann-Goretti by far leads the way on the list below. The Saints placed three guys on first teams five times over seven seasons from '10 through '16.  Meanwhile, Dougherty grad Kyle Lowry is still going strong in his NBA career and Roman grad Marvin Harrison can be found in the NFL Hall of Fame. Ryan's 2006 accomplishment is admittedly borderline. No doubt Joe Zeglinski, now the Raiders' coach, would have been a full-bore honoree. But that would have dropped teammate Kevin Hudgeons to second team. Well, unless he finished in a tie for the No. 5 spot with another teammate, Mike Varanavage.  

CL Teams With at Least Three First Team All-Catholics
  DOUGHERTY      
2004 DeSean White 14 273 19.5
Three  *Kyle Lowry 14 241 17.2
North  Shane Clark 12 153 12.8
  NEUMANN-GORETTI      
2010 Tony Chennault 15 268 17.9
Three  Danny Stewart 16 221 13.8
Blue  Tyreek Duren 16 217 13.6
2011 Lamin Fulton 13 242 18.6
Three  John Davis 13 181 13.9
1 League  Derrick Stewart 13 172 13.2
2012 John Davis 13 172 13.2
Three  Ja'Quan Newton 13 200 15.4
1 League  Derrick Stewart 13 92 7.1
2014 Ja'Quan Newton 13 284 21.8
Three  Lamarr "Fresh" Kimble 13 164 12.6
1 League  Troy Harper 13 165 12.7
2016 Quade Green 13 223 17.2
Three  Dhamir Cosby-Roundtree 13 171 13.2
1 League  Zane Martin 13 234 18
  ROMAN      
1991 #Marvin Harrison 14 238 17
Three  Bernard Jones 13 279 21.5
South  Mike Watson 14 162 11.6
2019 Hakim Hart 14 296 21.1
Four  Seth Lundy 13 181 13.9
1 League  Jalen Duren 13 173 13.3
  Lynn Greer 11 165 13
  RYAN      

2006

Mike Varanavage 14 158 11.3
Three  Kevin Hudgeons 14 172 12.3
Red  @Joe Zeglinski 2 19 9.5
  *-plays in NBA      
  #-NFL Hall of Fame      
  @-honorary (injured)      

FEB. 12
TEDBIT
 
Can't remember why this thought recently popped into my mind, but it did and here we go . . . The list below shows all points scored at Division 1 schools by guys who earned first, second or third team Daily News All-City honors while playing for coach Carl Arrigale at Neumann/Neumann-Goretti. His first season at Neumann was '99 and this is No. 21. With the Pirates/Saints, the 19 guys totaled 22,439 points (some were scored in seasons before '99). In D-1 programs, the guys have totaled 14,340 through last night. Nine stayed at their first school for all four seasons. The college numbers were obtained almost completely from https://www.sports-reference.com/cbb/. Tom Taylor filled in many holes for the Neumann seasons prior to 2001 and, of course, has helped throughout the website era. . . . Zane Martin, who began his D-1 stint at Towson, is sitting out at New Mexico. After leaving Kentucky, Quade Green is now at Washington and is expected to resume his career in time for conference play next season. . . . One last thing: While determining high school career totals for the guys below, I can now say Brandon Brigman ('01) DID reach 1,000 career points. His final total was 1,011. Congrats, Brandon!

Division 1 Points Scored by Carl Arrigale's All-City Honorees
(HACH = Highest All-City Honor)
Name Year HACH Points Division One Schools Points Years
Tyreek Duren 2010 1st 981 La Salle 1,726 4
Danny Stewart 2010 2nd 1,038 Rider 1,414 4
Antonio "Scoop" Jardine 2007 2nd 1,299 Syracuse 1,265 4
L-Rick Jackson 2007 1st 1,239 Syracuse 1,245 4
Ja'Quan Newton 2014 1st 1,972 Miami 1,145 4
L-John Davis 2013 2nd 1,279 Towson 1,114 4
Earl Pettis 2006 3rd 1,045 Rutgers / La Salle 1,060 4
Robert "Beattie" Taylor 2001 2nd 802 Rider 968 4
L-Derrick "D.J." Rivera 2006 1st 1,122 St. Joseph's / Binghamton 886 3
L-Zane Martin 2016 2nd 1,140 Towson 815 2
Tony Chennault 2010 1st 1,621 Wake Forest / Villanova 559 4
Quade Green 2017 1st 1,853 Kentucky 385 2
Jamal Wilson 2008 3rd 890 Rhode Island 352 4
Lamin Fulton 2011 1st 1,039 St. Peter's / Green Bay 342 2
Richard "Tabby" Cunningham 2004 2nd 957 La Salle 283 2
Cantrell "Man-Man" Fletcher 2001 1st 1,045 Towson 266 1
Dhamir "DaDa" Cosby-Roundtree 2017 1st 1,254 Villanova 257 2
Brandon Brigman 2001 2nd 1,011 South Florida 254 4
Derrick Stewart 2012 3rd 852 Rider 4 1
 L-Lefty     22,439   14,340  

FEB. 11
TEDBIT
 
Roman Catholic's basketball program began to leave behind a lengthy stretch of struggles when alumnus William "Speedy" Morris was hired to be the coach for the 1967-68 season. The Cahillites claimed a championship just one season later and have since won 20 more under Speedy, Barry Brodzinski, Dennis Seddon, Chris McNesby and Matt Griffin. Along the way over these last 52 seasons, Roman has finished perfect in CL regular season play six times (1981, '90, '91, '96, '08 and '14) and incurred one loss 16 times. The details for those losses are below. Roman racked up 216 wins in those seasons. The conquerors finished 160-67. Their scoring advantage was 977-859. O'Hara is the bump-'em-off leader with five. The Lions' leading scorer in '89 was Eddie "Now Ed" Malloy, a long-time NBA referee. Two years earlier, in Carroll's win, Tom Dunn became the first CL player since RC's Reggie Jackson in '78 to score at least 25 points in a fourth consecutive league game. Tom's numbers were 33, 30, 27 and 25. Reggie's were 33, 34, 37 and 34. In Carroll's '93 win, Mike Roberts led the way with 20 points. He also played football and is part of an off-the-wall city record:
Best punting performances by left-footers wearing No. 87: In a 1991 game, Roberts punted four times for 176 yards (44-yard average) and Bonner's Harry Binck punted seven times for 256 (36.6).

Details of Roman's One-Loss Regular Seasons, 1968-2019
Year W-L Lost to . . . W-L Score Opponent's Leader Pts
*1974 15-1 Neumann 13-3 55-43 Lloyd Ranson 24
1975 15-1 O'Hara 11-5 39-34 Jim Young 17
*1978 13-1 O'Hara 6-8 52-48 Chris Manning 15
*1979 13-1 SJ Prep 7-7 72-68 Mike Rafferty 20
*1980 13-1 O'Hara 11-3 68-55 Bill Mitchell 23
1985 13-1 Bonner 7-7 47-45 Ed McCrystal 21
*1986 13-1 O'Hara 8-6 72-58 Mike Brannan 23
1987 13-1 Carroll 10-4 81-65 Tom Dunn 25
*1989 13-1 O'Hara 12-2 45-42 Eddie Malloy 17
*1993 13-1 Carroll 13-1 62-57 Mike Roberts 20
1995 13-1 Bonner 9-5 68-66 Mike Nestor 27
*2000 13-1 Neumann 13-1 72-63 David Crawford 19
2006 13-1 SJ Prep 11-3 56-49 Reggie Redding 14
2009 13-1 Ryan 6-8 61-56 Eric Fleming 18
2013 12-1 Neum.-Gor. 12-1 68-52 Ja'Quan Newton 21
2019 13-1 Bonner-Pren. 11-3 59-58 Isaiah Wong 29
  211-16   160-67 977-859    

*-won championship

FEB. 10
TEDBIT
 
One game remains in Inter-Ac League play this season, but it will have no impact for THIS list so here we go . . . Within the last 51 seasons, 17 players have scored at least 600 points in league play. Malvern jr. Deuce Turner already ranks No. 5 and this time next year, if all goes well, you'll see his name at the top. Haverford School sr. Christian Ray checks in at No. 9. One note: Penn Charter's Billy Harris scored 36 I-A points as a freshman in '58, so his overall total was 685.

Top Scorers in Inter-Ac Games, 1969-2019
Name School Year Points
John Phillips Episcopal 1998 738
Charlie Floyd Malvern  1974 712
*-Alvin Williams Germantown Academy 1993 695
Deuce Turner Malvern  2019 667
Nick Alikakos Episcopal 2017 665
Henry "Doug" Fairfax Haverford School 1999 664
Brian Grandieri Malvern  2004 655
Billy Harris Penn Charter 1971 649
Christian Ray Haverford School 2019 639
Gary Duda Malvern  1988 633
Mike Edelman Haverford School 1978 619
*-Gerald Henderson Episcopal 2006 617
Charles Hickman Episcopal 1981 614
Eugene Burroughs Episcopal 1988 610
Pat Purcell Malvern  1978 609
Tim Whitworth Chestnut Hill 1999 607
Sammy Zeglinski penn Charter 2007 602
*-advanced to NBA      

FEB. 9
TEDBIT
 
What are the chances? In Catholic League history, just ONE team has finished league play with four guys averaging at least 13 points per game. By the end of tomorrow's final day of the 2018-19 campaign, we could have two more. North Catholic's 1966-67 team won the CL championship and City Title. New to the club would be Wood and Roman. Wood's feat, already assured, is truly amazing. Not only do all four boast averages of at least 14.0, three guys -- Rahsool Diggins, Daeshon Shepherd and Jaylen Stinson -- are only sophs. . . . West Catholic's 1990-91 squad came close to making the list, thanks to Chris McShane (16.3), Rob Wharton (15.3) Dave Reilly (13.5) and Scott Galloway (12.6). So did La Salle's 1976-77 squad, thanks to Fran McCaffery (15.4), Mike Troy (13.7), Bernie Fitzgerald (14.3) and Pat McLoone (12.3). McCaffery is the coach at the University of Iowa,  Fitzgerald (also a football star) coached at La Salle and Lansdale Catholic while McLoone, an accomplished wing sniper (man, why didn't the three-point rule go into effect a decade earlier!? -- smile), is the managing editor for sports at the Daily News/Inquirer/philly.com. Carroll's 2017-18 squad also made a hard push, thanks to Keyon Butler (15.8), AJ Hoggard (14.8), Justin Anderson (13.5) and Luke House (12.3). Roman's 1968-69 team, also a CL champ, produced an interesting nugget. Just one guy -- future NBAer Mike Bantom (15.6) -- averaged as many as 13. But FOUR averaged in the 12s: Larry Storm (12.9), John Pindynski (12.5), future NBA coach Jim O'Brien (12.0) and Mike Moody (also 12.0). Moody's nephew, Roman grad Nick Moody, played in the NFL. His dad, Adrian, averaged 11.7 for RC's 1973-74 CL/CT champs. One more RC connection: Dennis Bohn, a starter for the '92 and '93 CL kingpins, is the son of the Dennis Bohn on NC's 1966-67 squad.
  UPDATED: Numbers on the last below have been finalized. Wood AND Roman accomplished the feat.

CL Teams With Four Guys With 13-Plus Averages
North Catholic, 1966-67 G Pts Avg
Ron Kurtz 14 242 17.3
Hank Siemiontkowski 14 225 16.1
Dennis Bohn 14 188 13.4
Bob Wheeler 14 183 13.1
Wood, 2018-19 G Pts Avg
Rahsool Diggins 14 269 19.2
Julius Phillips 14 213 15.2
Jaylen Stinson 13 194 14.9
Daeshon Shepherd 14 197 14.1
Roman, 2018-19 G Pts Avg
Hakim Hart 14 296 21.1
Lynn Greer 11 165 15.0
Seth Lundy 13 181 13.9
Jalen Duren 13 173 13.3

FEB. 8
TEDBIT
 
As mentioned multiple times on this website, this is season No. 51 for the Inter-Ac as a same-six-schools league. Two games remain on the schedule. Pretty amazing that Germantown Academy, Penn Charter (one remaining apiece) and Episcopal (finished) are so close to each other. Also, at the moment, all three own overall records of 11-13 for the 2018-19 season. Crazy. GA and PC rolled to eight consecutive winning seasons, but GA won 11 more games within those spans. This nugget will be updated after the final two games are played.

B reakdown for Inter-Ac League Records Over the Last 51 Seasons
School W L Pct. *MCWS Years W-L Pct.
Malvern 303 206 .595 7 1972-78 63-7 .900
Germantown Academy 286 223 .562 8 1995-02 72-8 .900
Penn Charter 285 224 .560 8 1981-88 61-19 .763
Episcopal 283 227 .556 5 1987-91 47-3 .940
Haverford School 201 309 .394 4 1975-78 33-7 .825
Chestnut Hill/SCH 170 339 .334 3 2008-10 25-5 .833
*Most Consecutive Winning Seasons          

FEB. 7
TEDBIT
  This is season No. 51 for the Inter-Ac as a same-six-schools league and perfect records have been posted 23 times The list below shows details for all final wins. Just four times has the loser finished in second place (three alones, one tie) and just twice has the margin of victory been one point. Tuesday, Haverford School got a taste of both circumstances. The Fords beat runner-up Malvern by one point, 69-68, as sr. Christian Ray led the way with 23 points. Ten times the 10-0 games have been decided by at least 20 points. And seven of those losers placed fifth or sixth in the final standings. 

Details of Final Games for Inter-Ac League's 10-0 Champs, 1969-2019
Year 10-0 Champ Opponent Place Score Margin Winner's Leader Points
2019 Haverford School Malvern 2nd 69-68 1 Christian Ray 23
1982 Episcopal Haverford School T-5th 35-34 1 Pete Gregory 13
2003 Penn Charter Malvern 2nd 65-61 4 +Rob Kurz 19
1987 Episcopal Haverford School 4th 87-83 4 Bill Miller 18
1996 Germantown Academy Penn Charter 2nd 61-54 7 Julius Williams 23
2010 Chestnut Hill Haverford School 5th 46-38 8 Malik Garner 11
1974 Malvern Chestnut Hill 3rd 54-42 12 Charlie Floyd 28
1970 Penn Charter Episcopal 2nd 65-53 12 Billy Harris 20
2018 Haverford School Penn Charter 3rd 79-66 13 Christian Ray 22
2000 Germantown Academy Penn Charter T-2nd 63-50 13 Mike Slattery 14
1973 Malvern Germantown Academy 4th 67-54 13 Charlie Floyd 24
2004 Penn Charter Episcopal T-3rd 79-62 17 +Sean Singletary 30
1991 Episcopal Malvern T-3rd 64-45 19 +Jerome Allen 29
2013 Germantown Academy Episcopal 4th 61-39 22 Julian Moore 27
2006 Episcopal Chestnut Hill 6th 68-46 22 #-Two guys 22
1979 Episcopal Germantown Academy 5th 70-47 23 Charles Hickman 17
2005 Episcopal Penn Charter 3rd 63-39 24 +Wayne Ellington 19
2001 Germantown Academy Penn Charter 5th 70-46 24 +Matt Walsh 18
1990 Episcopal Malvern T-4th 78-50 28 Eugene Burroughs 17
1976 Malvern Germantown Academy 5th 82-53 29 Pat Purcell 18
1983 Episcopal Haverford School 6th 92-59 33 *Two guys 29
1972 Penn Charter Haverford School 6th 85-52 33 Barnes Hauptfuhrer 20
2002 Germantown Academy Chestnut Hill 6th 67-33 34 Lee Melchionni 23
#-+Wayne Ellington / +Gerald Henderson          
*-James "Bruiser" Flint / Anthony Dade          
+-advanced to NBA          

FEB. 6
TEDBIT
 
Research on something that goes way back can be dicey, mostly because ALL results have not always been reported. It appears, however, that McDevitt waited 51 years to claim its second-ever victory over Neumann-Goretti (nee Neumann). Yes, 51 years! Monday night at N-G, McDevitt triumphed by a score of 56-48 as Robert Smith (21), Shamir Mosley (14) and Jamil Manigo (11) scored in double figures. According to Dan Greenberg, assistant to coach Will Chavis, McDevitt's starters were Smith, Manigo, Amir Harris, Glenn Smith and Seneca Willoughby. Mosley and two seniors, Cameron Gardner and AJ Greenberg, were contributors off the bench. All mentioned players except for Willoughby, Gardner and Greenberg are juniors. The Lancers' previous win against Neumann was posted in the opener of the 1967-68 season. On Friday, Dec. 1, McDevitt triumphed, 64-43, as junior G Jim Sullivan scored 18 points. The Lancers then dropped the next 21 meetings, often by large margins. All games through 2008 were non-leaguers. The teams played twice apiece in the not-around-too-long Blue Division in '09 and '10. They've played once apiece since '11 except for playoffs in '13 (CL quarterfinal) and '18 (state quarterfinal). OK, now check this out. Also on Dec. 1, 1967, the 76ers beat Seattle, 133-109, in the first game of a doubleheader at Boston Garden. Aside from contributing 52 points and 37 rebounds, Wilt "The Original Joel Embiid (ha ha)" Chamberlain missed 22 free throws (8-for-30) to break his own NBA record. He'd bricked 18 in a previous game. Wilt's record stood until 2016, when Detroit's Andre Drummond missed 23 free throws in a game vs. Houston. In all, he went 13-for-36 . . . Great work by Tom Taylor provided details for the non-league matchups. Please speak up if you know of other meetings that got lost in the shuffle. Thanks.   

A Loolk at Neumann/N-G vs. McDevitt Series
Year Winner N-G/Neu. McD Winner's Leader Pts
2019 McDevitt 48 56 Robert Smith 21
2018 N-G 81 48 Dymir Montague 19
  St qtr N-G 65 54 Dymir Montague 16
2017 N-G 76 37 Quade Green 21
2016 N-G 92 44 Quade Green 15
2015 N-G 93 54 Zane Martin 18
2014 N-G 102 69 Ja'Quan Newton 27
2013 N-G 78 64 John Davis 21
  CL qtr N-G 85 54 John Davis 25
2012 N-G 90 56 Ja'Quan Newton 20
2011 N-G 67 44 Derrick Stewart 22
2010 N-G 77 41 Tyreek Duren 17
  N-G 100 54 Billy Shank 14
2009 N-G 76 41 Tyreek Duren 11
  N-G 62 42 Danny Stewart 13
1996 Neumann 80 72 Devon Fowler 18
1995 Neumann 75 55 Three guys 15
1994 Neumann 75 51 Rashid Bey 21
1993 Neumann 62 50 Nate Manigault 19
1990 Neumann 67 54 Damon Reid 14
1982 Neumann 56 41 Gary Smith 19
1981 Neumann 65 43   Unavailable  
1968 McDevitt 43 64 Jim Sullivan 18
1967 Neumann 63 48 Bob Atene 24
1964 Neumann 45 31 Joe Barrett 16
    Points 1823 1267    
    Average 72.9 50.7    

FEB. 5
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Haverford School has won its first 22 games this season and an Inter-Ac League team had not accomplished that feat since Germantown Academy, fueled by future NBAer Alvin Williams, did so in the 1992-93 season. In game No. 23, the Patriots were stunned by HS, 65-48. They won their last two games and finished with an overall record of 24-1. Today at 4 o'clock, the Fords will visit Malvern (click
here to see it) and attempt to finish perfect in I-A play at 10-0. Malvern is 7-1. Its I-A final will be played Friday vs. visiting Penn Charter. HS is scheduled to play Camden (NJ) on Saturday and Girard College on Monday, then the Fords will participate in the state tournament for Pennsylvania's independent schools. It has been a lonnnnnng time since an Inter-Ac school has posted a perfect overall record. Eighty years, in fact. In the 1938-39 season, Friends' Central, which hasn't been part of the league since the 1967-68 season, went 21-0 overall. The I-A teams played each other just once in that season, so FC fleshed out its schedule with all kinds of opponents. Among them were college JV and freshman teams. And the Alumni. (In that era, and even for years beyond, it was very common for schools to play official games vs. their grads.) FC's starting lineup included Chuck Viguers, John Thomas, Bill McKnight, Bob Duffield and Jack Noble. All were seniors and wound up at these schools for the 1939-40 school year: Viguers (Penn), Thomas and Duffield (Colgate), McKnight (Lafayette) and Noble (Syracuse). Numerous stories mentioned that Viguers and Thomas had first starred at Lower Merion and Upper Darby, respectively. The other members of coach Doug Crate's team were Don Smith, George Griffith, Peter Ivy, George Major, Phil Berkes and Jim Knowles. Below are breakdowns for the 22-0 starts by GA and HS and FC's 21-0 full season. Some details for the latter are unavailable. They'll be added, if possible.   

Germantown Academy's 22-0 Start in '93 Season
Opponent GA Opp GA Leader Pts
Hill School 92 52 Damon Williams 20
George School 83 47 Alvin Williams 25
McDevitt 83 43 Larry Leith 23
Christopher Dock 78 43 Denis Kane 25
Redemption Acad. (NY) 62 48 Alvin Williams 27
Sleighton School 83 63 Alvin Williams 23
North Catholic 68 55 Alvin Williams 26
West Catholic 75 50 Larry Leith 21
Arch. Stepinac (NY) 71 55 Larry Leith 22
John Marshall (WV) 74 68 Alvin Williams 26
Olney 65 55 Larry Leith 21
Hun School (NJ) 77 64 Alvin Williams 29
Abington Friends 79 54 Alvin Williams 32
Penn Charter 87 40 Alvin Williams 28
Germantown Friends 80 40 Denis Kane 18
Alexander (OH) 74 45 Alvin Williams 25
Episcopal 67 64 Alvin Williams 21
Malvern 45 42 Alvin Williams 17
Chestnut Hill 74 34 Denis Kane 17
Penn Charter 56 54 Alvin Williams 22
Episcopal 58 56 Alvin Williams 28
Malvern 79 72 Alvin Williams 19
  Total Points 1,610 1,144    
  Averages 73.2 52.0    
Italics: Inter-Ac        

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Haverford School's 22-0 Start in '19 Season
Opponent HS Opp HS Leader Pts
Hun School (NJ) 75 44 Christian Ray 26
Perkiomen School 59 42 Christian Ray 20
George School 58 35 Christian Ray 15
Academy New Church 56 48 Christian Ray 31
St. Paul (MD) 71 53 Gavin Burke 21
West Nottingham (MD) 65 60 Christian Ray 25
Phelps 67 59 Christian Ray 23
Scotland Sch. (Australia) 69 61 Christian Ray 21
Hill School 55 50 Christian Ray 24
Springdale Prep (MD) 83 59 Christian Ray 19
Shipley 75 55 Christian Ray 25
Cherokee (NJ) 48 39 Christian Ray 19
Penn Charter 71 43 Christian Ray 28
Germantown Academy 54 53 Jameel Brown 33
Episcopal 48 46 Christian Ray 19
SCH Academy 74 60 Christian Ray 29
Malvern 93 90 Christian Ray 36
Penn Charter 67 45 Christian Ray 25
Germantown Academy 74 56 Christian Ray 36
Peddie (NJ) 86 67 Christian Ray 33
Episcopal 59 32 Christian Ray 17
SCH Academy 69 56 Tyler Seward 21
  Total Points 1476 1153    
  Averages 67.1 52.4    
Italics: Inter-Ac        

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Friends' Central's Perfect Season (21-0) in 1938-39
Opponent FC Opp FC Leader Pts
Taylor School 49 29 Viguers / Thomas 12
Triangle Athletic Club 49 29 Bill McKnight 16
Peirce School 47 28   Unavailable  
Williamson Trade 41 17 Bill McKnight 17
  Unknown        
Haverford College JV 48 24 Chuck Viguers 20
Perkiomen School 36 31 Bill McKnight 15
Swarthmore frosh 62 37 Chuck Viguers 17
Chestnut Hill 35 23 Bob Duffield 9
Episcopal 30 23 Chuck Viguers 15
Tome School 32 19 Chuck Viguers 11
Germantown Academy 40 24 Chuck Viguers 20
Banks Business Coll. 40 24   Unavailable  
St. Joseph's frosh 36 35   Unavailable  
Germantown Friends 49 29 Chuck Viguers 19
Penn Charter 47 31 John Thomas 18
Penn frosh 36 23 John Thomas 14
Haverford School 37 31 Chuck Viguers 10
Girard College 50 35 Bill McKnight 16
George School 50 31 Bill McKnight 16
Alumni 52 24 Chuck Viguers 23
Italics: Inter-Ac        

FEB. 4
TEDBIT
 
Like almost always in recent seasons, William "Speedy" Morris is again about to achieve a milestone. His next victory in season No. 18 at St. Joseph's Prep will be No. 353 and his total at Catholic League schools will be -- ch-ching -- 700! He won 347 in 14 seasons at Roman. This won't be an easy feat. The Hawks (7-5) have lost their last two CL games and the last two, Friday and Sunday, respectively, will be toughies against Carroll (6-5) and La Salle (10-2). They will be home games, however. The playoff scenario will be determined by this week's results. The list below shows details for all coaches with at least 200 wins at ONE Catholic League schoool. Obviously, Speedy is on there twice. He averaged 24.8 wins in 14 seasons at Roman and that number is tops. Speedy and N-G's Carl Arrigale are the only active guys at listed schools. Bernie Rogers is now the boss at Haverford School.

Catholic League Coaches With at Least 200 Wins at One School
Name School Seasons Total W L WPS
Bill Fox Judge 1975-85 / 87-99 / 01-05 29 545 269 18.8
Obie O'Brien La Salle 1935-41 / 44-70 34 541 248 15.9
Dennis Seddon Roman 1987-08 22 516 128 23.5
Carl Arrigale Neumann / N-G 1999-2019 21 491 113 23.4
Buddy Gardler O'Hara 1977-08 32 463 341 14.5
Mark Heimerdinger Dougherty 1983-09 27 421 290 15.6
Speedy Morris SJ Prep 2002-19 18 352 126 19.6
Speedy Morris Roman 1968-81 14 347 82 24.8
Paul Romanczuk Carroll 2003-04 / 06-19 15 283 130 18.9
Marty Jackson La Salle 1987-91 / 94-01 / 03-04 15 256 139 17.1
Bill Ludlow West Catholic 1994-10 17 221 215 13.0
Bernie Rogers Ryan 2001-15 15 212 161 14.1
Joe Dempsey La Salle 2005-18 14 208 147 14.9
Bob Harrington Dougherty 1967-82 16 207 179 12.9
Billy Markward Roman 1920-41 22 Unav.    

FEB. 3
TEDBIT
 
This is season No. 51 for the Inter-Ac as a same-six-schools league and it's possible (likely? definite?) we'll see something for just the second time . . . Two consecutive years with at least three guys racking up I-A averages of at least 20 points. That last happened in the '70 and '71 seasons and Penn Charter's Billy Harris was a headliner in both. This time we're talking a complete repeat. As in '18, the big producers are Malvern jr. Deuce Turner, Haverford School sr. Christian Ray and Germantown Academy soph Jordan Longino. And they've been joined by Episcopal sr. Matt Dade. The first time around, the order was four guys, three guys. This time we're looking at a flip (three/four). The record of five goes back to the 1997-98 season. Chestnut Hill's Tom and Tim Whitworth are brothers. On Feb. 13, 1998, they combined for 64 points in the Hillers' 66-56 win over Haverford School. Tim, a junior, had 34. Tom, a senior, had 30. Jim Costello notched the other two.

Inter-Ac Seasons With at Least Three 20 PPG Scorers, 1969-2019
1998 (5 Guys) Sch. G Pts Avg.
Tom Whitworth CH 10 263 26.3
Brian Burke GA 10 222 22.2
Doug Fairfax HS 10 213 21.3
John Phillips EA 9 192 21.3
Tim Whitworth CH 10 211 21.1
1970 (4 Guys) Sch. G Pts Avg.
Paul Hutter GA 9 236 26.2
Billy Harris PC 10 234 23.4
Mike Oristaglio  MP 10 212 21.2
Charley Ryan MP 10 205 20.5
2019 (4 Guys . . . for now) Sch. G Pts Avg.
Deuce Turner MP 8 209 26.1
Christian Ray HS 9 225 25.0
Jordan Longino GA 8 178 22.3
Matt Dade EA 9 197 21.9
1971 (3 Guys) Sch. G Pts Avg.
Billy Harris PC 9 258 28.7
Charley Ryan MP 10 221 22.1
Frank McCann HS 10 204 20.4
1988 (3 Guys) Sch. G Pts Avg.
Gateson Recko CH 10 218 21.8
Gary Duda MP 10 217 21.7
Eugene Burroughs EA 10 200 20.0
1992 (3 Guys) Sch. G Pts Avg.
Alvin Williams GA 10 202 20.2
Tim Krug PC 10 201 20.1
Dave Miller CH 10 200 20.0
2002 (3 Guys) Sch. G Pts Avg.
Matt Walsh GA 9 222 24.7
Cameron Youngblood HS 10 241 24.1
Terrence Mack EA 10 203 20.3
2018 (3 Guys) Sch. G Pts Avg.
Deuce Turner MP 10 223 22.3
Jordan Longino GA 10 210 21.0
Christian Ray HS 10 205 20.5

FEB. 2
TEDBIT
  Teacher Speedy Morris and Student Carl Arrigale have now met 29 times and the latter owns a 21-8 lead. Their relationship goes back to the '83 and '84 seasons when Speedy coached at Penn Charter and Carl was a star wing guard (second team All-Inter-Ac as junior, league MVP as senior). Speedy began coaching at St. Joseph's Prep in the '02 season and Carl has been guiding Neumann/N-G since the '99 season. The teams met twice each regular season in the ol' Southern Division through '08 and they've played once each regular season from '11 forward. There were no clashes in '09 and '10 (well, except for a playoff) due to the enrollment divisions of Red (large) and Blue (small). Total playoff meetings? Six. Carl leads that contest, 5-1. Speedy broke through last season in a quarterfinal. The list below shows all meetings decided by no more than five points. N-G claimed yesterday's battle, 49-46, as Chris Evans hit a late trey. . . John Griffin is the brother of current Roman coach Matt Griffin, who also played for Speedy at the Prep. Their dad, John ('74), was a standout guard for Speedy at Roman.

Close Encounters of the Speedy/Carl Kind
Year Winner Score Winner's Leader Points Extra?
2002 Neumann 49-46 Todd Johnson 15  
2003 SJ Prep 52-48 John Griffin 21  
2004 SJ Prep 83-78 John Griffin 21 3 OTs
2004 SJ Prep 58-53 John Griffin 24  
2005 SJ Prep 55-53 Reggie Redding 26  
2007 Neumann-Gor. 69-64 Scoop Jardine 32 OT
2011 Neumann-Gor. 77-74 John Davis 30  
2012 *Neumann-Gor. 59-57 Ja'Quan Newton 21 OT
2018 Neumann-Gor. 71-67 Noah Warren 19  
2019 Neumann-Gor. 49-46 Jordan Hall 14  
*-championship game

FEB. 1
TEDBIT
  Never know when you'll stumble on Tedbit inspiration. Yesterday I received an email from Penn Charter teacher John Burkhart, who was wondering about some details from a certain season's game AT Germantown Academy. In the process of checking things out, I found my website report on the meeting AT Penn Charter and . . . very cool. On Tuesday, January 31, 2006, 13 years ago yesterday, PC jr. WG Sammy Zeglinski reached 1,000 career points and made his family the first in city history with three 1,000-point brothers. Sammy ('07) wound up finishing with 1,642. Zack (PC '05) had 1,167. In between was Joe, who played varsity for PC as an eighth grader before transferring to Ryan ('06). His final total was exactly 1,300. If you're thinking, that's probably the guy who's now Ryan's coach, you are correct. So, the brothers' total was 4,109 and it would have been MUCH higher if not for serious injuries suffered by Zack and Joe. Anyway, Sammy needed six points in that GA game to reach 1,000. There wasn't much drama, folks. He drained two early treys and wound up finishing the game with 27 points for 1,021. PC frolicked, 83-52. Points 998, 999 and 1,000 came on a 24-foot, left-wing trey and Kevin McGarvey earned the assist. Exclusively at Inter-Ac/Catholic League schools, four other families have produced two 1,000-point scorers. Details for those four and the Gettin' Ziggy With It crew are below. Take note: GA's Longino brothers will be added, definitely sooner rather than later. Evan-Eric Longino scored 1,658 before graduating in 2017. Jordan, only a soph, already owns 907.

Inter-Ac/Catholic Brothers With 1,000 Points
Surname First School Year Points
Zeglinski Sammy Penn Charter 2007 1,642
  Joe PC/Ryan 2006 1,300
  Zack Penn Charter 2005 1,167
        4,109
Whitworth Tim Chestnut Hill 1999 1,727
  Tom Chestnut Hill 1998 1,347
        3,074
Ayers Cameron Gtn. Academy 2010 1,484
  Ryan Gtn. Academy 2005 1,370
        2,854
Spadafora Mike Wood 2002 1,294
  Matt Wood 2005 1,183
        2,477
Krug Chris Gtn. Academy 1998 1,330
  Tim Penn Charter 1992 1,143
        2,473