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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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|
|51||La Salle||28||South Catholic||23||Final||1950||#Tom Gola||14|
|62||La Salle||32||SJ Prep||30||First||2009||Malik West||10|
|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||La Salle||37||SJ Prep||33||Quarter||2015||*see below||11|
|71||La Salle||38||SJ Prep||33||Quarter||2014||David Krmpotich||16|
|#-advanced to NBA|
|*-David Krmpotich and Shawn Witherspoon|
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|
|1 League||Derrick Stewart||13||172||13.2|
|1 League||Derrick Stewart||13||92||7.1|
|Three||Lamarr "Fresh" Kimble||13||164||12.6|
|1 League||Troy Harper||13||165||12.7|
|1 League||Zane Martin||13||234||18|
|1 League||Jalen Duren||13||173||13.3|
|*-plays in NBA|
|#-NFL Hall of Fame|
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
(HACH = Highest All-City Honor)
|Name||Year||HACH||Points||Division One Schools||Points||Years|
|Tyreek Duren||2010||1st||981||La Salle||1,726||4|
|Antonio "Scoop" Jardine||2007||2nd||1,299||Syracuse||1,265||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|
|Tony Chennault||2010||1st||1,621||Wake Forest / Villanova||559||4|
|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|
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|
|*1979||13-1||SJ Prep||7-7||72-68||Mike Rafferty||20|
|2006||13-1||SJ Prep||11-3||56-49||Reggie Redding||14|
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|
|*-Alvin Williams||Germantown Academy||1993||695|
|Henry "Doug" Fairfax||Haverford School||1999||664|
|Billy Harris||Penn Charter||1971||649|
|Christian Ray||Haverford School||2019||639|
|Mike Edelman||Haverford School||1978||619|
|Tim Whitworth||Chestnut Hill||1999||607|
|Sammy Zeglinski||penn Charter||2007||602|
|*-advanced to NBA|
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|
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|
|*Most Consecutive Winning Seasons|
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|
|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|
|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|
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|
|St qtr||N-G||65||54||Dymir Montague||16|
|CL qtr||N-G||85||54||John Davis||25|
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|
|Hill School||92||52||Damon Williams||20|
|George School||83||47||Alvin Williams||25|
|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|
|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|
|Chestnut Hill||74||34||Denis Kane||17|
|Penn Charter||56||54||Alvin Williams||22|
|Haverford School's 22-0 Start in '19 Season|
|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|
|Scotland Sch. (Australia)||69||61||Christian Ray||21|
|Hill School||55||50||Christian Ray||24|
|Springdale Prep (MD)||83||59||Christian Ray||19|
|Cherokee (NJ)||48||39||Christian Ray||19|
|Penn Charter||71||43||Christian Ray||28|
|Germantown Academy||54||53||Jameel Brown||33|
|SCH Academy||74||60||Christian Ray||29|
|Penn Charter||67||45||Christian Ray||25|
|Germantown Academy||74||56||Christian Ray||36|
|Peddie (NJ)||86||67||Christian Ray||33|
|SCH Academy||69||56||Tyler Seward||21|
|Friends' Central's Perfect Season (21-0) in 1938-39|
|Taylor School||49||29||Viguers / Thomas||12|
|Triangle Athletic Club||49||29||Bill McKnight||16|
|Williamson Trade||41||17||Bill McKnight||17|
|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|
|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|
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|
|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|
|Carl Arrigale||Neumann / N-G||1999-2019||21||491||113||23.4|
|Speedy Morris||SJ Prep||2002-19||18||352||126||19.6|
|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|
|Joe Dempsey||La Salle||2005-18||14||208||147||14.9|
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.|
|1970 (4 Guys)||Sch.||G||Pts||Avg.|
|2019 (4 Guys . . . for now)||Sch.||G||Pts||Avg.|
|1971 (3 Guys)||Sch.||G||Pts||Avg.|
|1988 (3 Guys)||Sch.||G||Pts||Avg.|
|1992 (3 Guys)||Sch.||G||Pts||Avg.|
|2002 (3 Guys)||Sch.||G||Pts||Avg.|
|2018 (3 Guys)||Sch.||G||Pts||Avg.|
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|
|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|
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.
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