Summer Project, 2014
These schools, mostly recent
additions to the Public League, offer(ed) basketball (and in
baseball) and have not posted a qualifying postseason win: Audenried, Bodine, CAPA, *Carroll,
*Douglas, Elverson, *Hope, Maritime, Mastery South, New Foundations, Palmer, Parkway Northwest,
Penn Treaty, *Phila. Regional, Randolph, Rush, Science Lead.
*-now closed or no longer part of PL.
These schools were short-term CL members and never bagged postseason wins: Camden Catholic,
St. John's, Trenton Catholic.
Football Top 5
1. Collin DiGalbo, Bonn.-Pren.
2. Chris Johnson-Cruz, Roman
3. Anthony Coletta, Southern
4. Pat Kaiser, SJ Prep
5. Wally Mitchell, King
Basketball Top 5
1. Bill Lindsay, W. Catholic
2. Donnel Feaster, W. Phila.
3. Paul Terrell, Dougherty
4. Mike Kaiser, N. Catholic
5. Craig Wise, Central
Baseball Top 5
1. Dennis Yesenosky, Egan
2. Jeff Randazzo, O'Hara
3. Mike Gibbs, Roxborough
4. Mike Borelli, Prep Charter
5. Joe Dugan, Central
|Foot||Charles Kennedy||'99 quarter||Central||10-8|
|The down lineman made a whopping 18 tackles. Included: seven solos, four more first hits and five stops overall that went for losses.|
|Bask||Fred Warrick||'93 round 16||Frankford||62-37|
|Bagged 23 points, 12 rebounds and four assists as the Wildcats claimed their first playoff win since a preplayoff in 1967.|
|Base||Joe DeSalis||'05 3A final||Fkn Towne||14-4|
“Pepe” went 2-for-3 with a three-run double and six RBI.
(No Qualifying Wins in Unlisted Sports; No Football at Saul and Phila. Academy)
|Base||Ed Vargas||'99 first||Kensington||16-6|
Collected three hits and scored as many runs as Furness posted its first playoff win.
|Base||Dylan Prendergast||'14 2A semi||Bracetti||9-5|
Went 4-for-4 with a double and triple while scoring three runs.
|Base||Mike Jones||'00 round 16||Washington||3-2|
Saul, a three-year PL member coming out of lowly Division C, registered a gigantic upset over the Division A champs by scoring three runs in the visiting seventh to erase a 2-0 deficit. An error and two bases-loaded walks brought in the runs. Jones allowed five hits and fanned seven.
|UNIVERSITY CITY (Closed in 2013)|
|Bask||R. Brokenborough||'95 semi||Franklin||62-52|
The Jaguars won this one by racking up a 41-15 edge in the second half. Twenty-five of those points, over 8:30, were scored in succession. Rasheed totaled 20 points and 12 boards.
|Foot||Eric Lark||'11 3A semi||West Phila.||30-0|
|Passed 8-for-17 for 126 yards and two TDs as the Warriors stunned West, which entered 9-0 for the first time since 1928.|
|Bask||Maurice Watson||'09 1A quarter||Palumbo||69-57|
|Right before the start of the season, Pub officials almost banned the Warriors from playing varsity ball because the school did not yet have juniors/seniors. “Doo-Wop” was one of the freshmen and he secured this win with 25 points and eight assists.|
|Base||Antonio Harris||'14 3A quarter||Bodine||4-0|
Fanned 11 while cruising to the shutout win.
(No Qualifying Wins in Unlisted Sports at These Schools;
No Baseball at FitzSimons; No Football/Baseball at World Comm.)
|COMMUNICATIONS TECH (Closed in 2013)|
|Foot||Stacy Hill||'08 1A final||Del-Val||26-0|
|Rushed 25 times for 173 yards and two TDs.|
|Bask||Manny Jordan||'08 final||Frankford||70-61|
|In this two-OT tilt, the 6-5, 255-pound Jordan complemented nine points with 17 rebounds and six blocks.|
|Bask||Briheam Anthony||'14 3A quarter||Boys' Latin||58-55|
Drained five treys and went 7-for-8 at the line en route to 26 points.
|Base||Christian Ortiz||'07 2A first||Del-Val||18-17|
Went 3-for-5 with a double, triple and three-run homer for five RBI in this wacky one. Esperanza led, 8-0, then fell behind, 16-11.
|FitzSIMONS (Closed in 2012)|
|Bask||Tyrell Johnson||'09 3A quarter||Roxborough||82-73|
Totaled 25 points and 17 rebounds to lead the way.
|Bask||Shon Phillips||'11 1A first||Lamberton||58-45|
Scrambled for 10 steals and sniped 11-for-11 at the line en route to 23 points.
|K-K/KENRICK (Closed in 2010)|
|Foot||Jordy Hinkle||'72 North final||Wood||26-18|
|Turned just five passing attempts into 100 yards, and the biggie was a 47-yard TD toss. Only postseason win in Kenrick/K-K history.|
|Bask||Tom Catagnus||'76 final||W. Catholic||64-54|
|Shot 6-for-10 and 5-for-6 for 17 points while adding four assists. Was at his best in a 22-12 fourth quarter.|
|Base||Brad Krenicky||'90 first||Judge||11-6|
After hitting just .210 in the regular season, the lefty swinger went 3-for-4 with two homers and four RBI. His second outta-here erased a 5-4 deficit in the visiting seventh.
|Foot||David Martin||'76 final||Frankford||20-6|
|"Dr. Death" made 11 tackles at d-back and returned an interception 59 yards for a score as the Braves (a k a Maroon Wave) captured their first (and still only) Pub crown.|
|Bask||Todd McCoy||'03 final||Gratz||64-62|
|"Kojak," the team’s acknowledged fifth starter (he’d reached double figures in points just once all season), exploded for 23 points (9-for-13, 5-for-6) and grabbed 14 rebounds as Bartram captured this OT thriller to seize its first title since ’72.|
|Base||George Spencer||'59 semi||Northeast||6-5|
Allowed one run in 6 2/3 relief innings and drove in the winning run in the visiting ninth.
(These schools were short-term CL members)
|Bask||Jimmy Duncan||'37 1st final||La Salle||25-23|
|A best-of-three series was held to break a tie. In this one, Jimmy scored 10 points and hit a disputed last-second field goal to win it. La Salle's scorekeeper said the field goal was late. Salesianum's scorekeeper and timer said the field goal was good, but that the gun jammed. Officials Harry Litwack (later Temple's long-time coach) and Ben Stackowski decided in favor of the Sallies. La Salle won the next two games to claim the crown.|
|Foot||Courtney||'21 1st final||W. Catholic||7-0|
|After the regular season finished in a triple tie, two games were held to break it. In this one, before 3,000 fans in heavy rain at Strawbridge & Clothier Field (63rd & Walnut), Courtney blocked a first quarter punt and Whalen recovered in the end zone. Their first names? Still trying to find out. The newspaper story didn't mention them! VP later became Malvern Prep and VP's yearbooks didn't make the trip. VP lost the decisive game to SJ Prep,21-10.|
|Foot||James Roderick||'02 Blue semi||Con.-Egan||21-14|
|“Big Rig” rumbled for 140 yards and two TDs on 15 carries while also adding 11 stops at defensive tackle.|
|Bask||Juan'ya Green||'11 quarter||SJ Prep||72-67|
|Missed just seven of 32 total shots – 12-for-17 floor (two treys), 13-for-15 line -- while tying the CL’s postseason record for points with 39. Also contributed six rebounds and seven of Carroll’s 10 assists.|
|Base||Mike Costanzo||'02 final||La Salle||16-0|
Paced the rout by going 4-for-4 with a walk, two doubles, a home run to center and five RBI.
|Foot||Aaron Wilmer||'08 4A final||Northeast||41-34|
|Passed 9-for-16 for 77 yards and three TDs (two in OT) and burrowed for the final score in this three-OT all-timer.|
|Bask||Max Blank||'84 round 16||Roxborough||61-52|
|This Russian immigrant, whose family was profiled in a lengthy Sports Illustrated piece right after the season, posted 25 points and 18 rebounds.|
|Base||Glen Hassett||'85 final||Frankford||14-1|
Went 4-for-5 with a two-run homer and four RBI. Also stole two bases and scored three runs.
(No Football/Baseball at These Schools)
|Bask||Amiri Johnson||'92 quarter||Southern||67-65|
|As the Hoyas advanced to the semis for the first time in their 11 Pub seasons, “Ralph” had 22 points and 19 rebounds and passed to David Simpson for the winning field goal with 0:18 left.|
|Bask||Anthony W-D||'14 1A quarter||S. Mansion||57-56|
|Wright-Downing racked up 27 points and was clutch at the line down the stretch.|
|Bask||Qadir Wilson||'13 2A quarter||Freire||56-53|
Posted 17 points to make the difference in a close one.
|Foot||Curt Wortham||'08 4A semi||O'Hara||30-14|
|Entering this one, Judge’s school record for rushing yards was 272 . . . by Jerry Magallanes in an ’81 quarterfinal. Wortham exploded for 294 on fewer carries (26, to 38 for “Mags”) and likewise scored four TDs.|
|Bask||Bill Penny||'58 semi||St. James||68-66|
|Six of his 21 points were pretty darn important: A basket to end regulation, another to end the first OT and one more to end the game . . . in the sudden-death second OT.|
|Base||Chris Gies||'87 semi||Wood||8-0|
Twirled a one-hitter and owned a no-no into the sixth. Also whiffed seven, walked nobody and went 2-for-4 with two RBI.
|Foot||Markeyse Carter||'07 quarter||Dobbins||20-19|
|Ran for one TD and passed for another as the Panthers/Hilltoppers gained their first playoff win in 80 years of football existence. Carter’s 68-yard completion set up the winning score, his 4-yard keeper.|
|Bask||Tony Costner||'80 CT||Roman||65-56|
|In what was then the “final” CT, the 6-10 “Big Tone” collected 23 points and 15 rebounds and saved eight of his markers for a 15-6 OT session. Overbrook’s 34-0 record remains the best in city history and this win capped a 68-1 two-season run.|
|Base||Aric Burton||'96 first||Lincoln||7-6|
Went 2-for-4 with an RBI and escaped a second-and-third, one-out situation to save Anwar Bright's win. 'Brook had never won a baseball playoff game (except in Division C).
(No Football at Bracetti/Lamberton; No Baseball/Qualifying Basketball Win at MN)
|Bask||Sam Starks||'08 2A first||Del-Val||68-57|
|Accounted for roughly 50 points by scoring 29 and dishing assists for at least 18 more; some came on treys. This one went OT.|
|Base||Javier Surillo||'11 2A first||Saul||13-6|
|Went 4-for-4 with a double, homer and five RBI.|
|LAMBERTON (Closed in 2013)|
|Bask||Anthony Fagan||'12 quarter||Palmer||75-70|
|Grabbed 10 rebounds and packed 10 of his 15 points into a 27-21 fourth quarter.|
|Base||Chris Calciano||'87 first||Univ. City||4-2|
|Pitched a six-hitter with eight strikeouts.|
|Foot||Armani Fuller-Wms||'13 3A semi||Overbrook||20-0|
Fuller-Williams got the Pumas rollin’ with a 95-yard TD run and finished with 14 carries for 171 yards.
|ST. JAMES (Closed in 1993)|
|Foot||Andre Polilli||'83 quarter||O'Hara||26-13|
|Polilli, just 5-5 and 143 pounds, rushed 22 times for 144 yards and one TD, and made seven tackles at linebacker, as the Bulldogs bumped off the unbeaten regular season South champs.|
|Bask||Nate Hall||'81 quarter||Roman||58-56|
|Offered 15 points and 10 rebounds while adding two free throws at 0:10 that provided a 58-54 lead. In league play, the Jimmies had gone 7-7 to Roman’s 14-0.|
|Base||Art Gorga||'65 final||Judge||12-11|
Went 3-for-4 with two singles and a three-run homer for six RBI. The outta-here shot made it 12-7 in the visiting seventh, then SJ held on.
|Foot||Ed Silverberg||'58 CT||La Salle||28-20|
|As a junior, he played tackle. In this one, capping his senior season, he rushed 21 times for 193 yards and two TDs, including an 85-yarder. Also ran for two conversions.|
|Bask||Larry Cannon||'65 final||Franklin||74-71|
|Totaled 31 points and 11 rebounds to pace the Railsplitters. Scored 11 consecutive points in the third quarter and hit two clinching free throws.|
|Base||Eric Faddis||'57 CT||Judge||14-4|
In all, 26 CTs were held at Shibe Park/Connie Mack Stadium. The homer he hit in this game – 350 feet into the upper deck in dead left – was the only non inside-the-parker. Overall, went 4-for-5 with four RBI.
(No Baseball Wins at D-V, Dobbins; No Baseball at Imhotep)
|Foot||Rasheed Cade||'12 2A semi||Prep Char.||14-8|
|Rasheed’s twin brother, Rashan, was lost early to a separated shoulder, but Rasheed represented the family in spectacular fashion thanks to receptions for a TD and conversion, two interceptions and two late breakups to prevent TDs. A bad snap on a punt enabled PC to have a last chance from DV’s 14 with 1 second left. Rasheed and Rashan’s QB replacement, Nate Barnes, combined to knock down the pass in the left corner.|
|Bask||DaShon Giddings||'14 2A quarter||Audenried||64-60|
Paced the win with 21 points and 11 rebounds.
|Foot||Darrell Brown||'06 quarter||Central||28-19|
|In the first game on Gratz’ new turf surface, “Butta” came within seven yards of posting five TD catches. He did post three while making six snags for 135 yards; he was tackled at the 3 and 4 on other plays. Also scored on a 79-yard kickoff return and ran for a trick-play conversion.|
|Bask||Hank & Bo||'85 final||Southern||86-62|
|No way not to split this honor. (If you know their back story, you know why.) Their stats were incredibly similar. Eric “Hank” Gathers had 27 points, 14 rebounds and four assists while shooting 11-for-17 from the floor. Greg “Bo” Kimble’s numbers were 27-12-3 and 12-for-16.|
|Foot||Andre Dreuitt-Parks||'13 2A CT||W. Catholic||48-8|
Passed 10-for-15 for 218 yards (No. 3 effort in CT history) and two TDs while adding two burrows for short scores.
|Bask||Sam Prescott||'09 2A CT||W. Catholic||59-53|
Hustled for 26 points, 11 boards, six steals and four blocks as the Panthers claimed this OT affair. It was the first City Title since 1980.
|Foot||Dave McDonald||'92 final||Roman||25-8|
|After preserving the semifinal win over Judge with a late interception, McDonald posted three picks in this one – finalizing his season total at 14, tying the city record – and returned one for a 34-yard TD.|
|Bask||Andrew Rogers||'08 semi||Bonner||44-42|
|After taking no shots for two-plus quarters, he scored all 12 of Ryan’s fourth quarter points and won it by converting a one-and-one with eight-10ths of a second remaining. Shot 7-for-7 (two treys) and 6-for-8 for 22 points. No teammate had more than six.|
|Base||John Zeglinski||'74 final||Bonner||3-2|
This game was played at Veterans Stadium. Tied it with an RBI double in the visiting fifth, then lashed an RBI single in the seventh. The game ended a shade before 4 o’clock. “Ziggy” and the other seniors then rushed up I-95 to get ready for graduation ceremonies in Ryan’s gym at 6.
|GERMANTOWN (Closed in 2013)|
|Foot||Fred Benner||'25 final||Frankford||10-6|
postseason game in PL history was witnessed by 20,000 fans at Franklin
Field. With less than 3:00 remaining, G-town overcame a 6-0 deficit as
Fred Benner completed a 40-yard pass to John Gillespie, and then
Gillespie ran 4 yards for a touchdown. Benner added the PAT on a
drop-kick and followed in the waning moments with a field goal. Tom
Shriver, writing in the Philadelphia Record, said Benner was "just as essential to the success of the champions as tin is to a Ford."
|Bask||Bob Reid||'64 final||Lincoln||67-65|
|Powered for 19 points and 23 rebounds as the Bears captured their first crown in 48 years of Pub membership.|
|Base||Ricky Ford||'79 quarter||Northeast||3-2|
Toughed out a five-hitter in a game that lasted eight innings.
(No Football at These Schools)
|Bask||Jack Christmas||'13 2A quarter||Phila. Acad.||62-54|
|Swept 21 rebounds total and packed 10 of his 17 points into a 14-2 first quarter.|
|Base||Liam Shanahan||'14 A final||GAMP||5-4|
|The lefty shortstop went 3-for-3 with two RBI and pitched a perfect seventh to earn the save.|
|Bask||Devante Chance||'11 quarter||Vaux||59-57|
|After a spectator walked up to him on the east baseline, tapped him on the shoulder and roared, "YOU take the last shot," Chance inbounded to Carrington Ward, accepted a return pass and nailed a left-wing three to win it. He posted 19 points and seven assists, and forced OT with a 12-foot leaner on the right side of the lane.|
|Base||Luke Moscinski||'08 3A final||Fkn. Towne||11-9|
|This pitcher went 3-for-4 with four RBI and his three-run double provided an 11-4 lead in the visiting seventh. Then, he dislocated a pinkie on his glove hand trying to catch a liner with two on and none away in the bottom half and a reliever persevered through some tough times to lock up the win.|
|Bask||Omar Thomas||'00 final||Gratz||60-49|
Led the way in points (22) and rebounds (13) as the Knights captured this battle between teams that had posted matching 13-0 records in league play.
|Base||Charles Dorsey||'07 2A first||Eng. & Sci.||16-15|
Turned two hits into three RBI.
|Foot||Bob Mahan||'62 final||Judge||38-16|
|Had arm/feet in 32 points. Rushed for three scores, caught a pass for another and tossed for a fifth as the Burrs pulled off the upset. Also ran for a conversion.|
|Bask||Bill Lindsay||'53 City Title||Overbrook||54-42|
|Before 8,461 at the Palestra (4,000 were turned away), his offensive contribution alone was gigantic: he shot 12-for-13 and 8-for-11 for a game-record 32 points. How ‘bout the other end? The Burrs used FOUR guys to surround Wilt Chamberlain. Lindsay was assigned to run around like crazy and, in effect, cover ‘Brook’s other four players.|
|Base||Bill Mendek||'79 City Title||Mastbaum||6-2|
Spun a one-hitter with six strikeouts while also stroking two hits.
|Foot||Curan Simmons||'13 2A semi||Roxborough||40-12|
|Turned seven catches into 127 yards and three TDs.|
|Bask||Markieff Morris||'07 final||Gratz||49-48|
|Contributed 23 points, 18 rebounds and eight blocks. Followed his own miss for the winning bucket and blocked a last-second shot, as did his twin, Marcus.|
|Base||Mike Borelli||'11 2A semi||Phila. Acad.||17-8|
Homered twice in one inning as the Huskies broke away from an 8-8 tie. A two-run shot and grand slam provided six of his seven RBI. Also earned the win while striking out nine over five innings (two stints).
(No Qualifying Wins in Unlisted Sports at These Schools; Or Not Offered)
|Bask||Jarrod Denard||'08 A final||MC&S||77-64|
|"G" buzzsawed for 29 points.|
|Bask||Dominick Morales||'14 AA quarter||Roxborough||63-52|
|Drained all 13 of his attempts at the foul line while totaling 30 points and raising his career total to exactly 1,000.|
|PENN (Closed in 2010)|
|Bask||Hassan Young||'99 round 16||Lamberton||70-66|
Notched 22 points and four assists as the Lions bagged their first playoff win in their 23 PL seasons. Also hit four free throws in the final 40 seconds.
|Foot||Chris Johnson-Cruz||'11 4A semi||SJ Prep||45-17|
|Beforehand, he’d thrown just ONE pass all season. Filling in for the injured starter, Michael Keir, he passed 8-for-14 for 230 yards and five TDs while adding a 62-yard rushing score.|
|Bask||Bradley Wanamaker||'07 final||Neum.-Gor.||59-56|
|Totaled 17 points, six rebounds, seven assists and four steals and was wonderful as the Cahillites roared to victory by scoring 17 of the last 21 points. Down by 10, they reeled off 11 in 1:40.|
|Base||Craig Houck||'78 final||Egan||1-0|
Went the eight-inning distance as Roman claimed the championship. In the eighth, Egan managed to put two runners on base with no outs. Houck retired the 3-4-5 hitters.
|Foot||Joe Galasso||'78 City Title||Wood||27-7|
|In ridiculous rain/mud at Kennedy Stadium (now the site of the Sixers/Flyers arena), this fullback got the plow-ahead call early and often. Finished with 30 carries for 155 yards and two TDs as the Pioneers halted major frustration in CTs (0-9-1 since posting a win in 1940).|
|Bask||Jason Warley||'88 final||West Phila.||71-64|
|As Frankford’s only starter not to foul out, he racked up 22 points and 23 boards in this four-OT triumph. With 2:34 left, his follow put the Pioneers ahead for good, 64-62.|
|Base||Joe Farina||'04 final||Northeast||6-4|
Allowed seven hits, struck out 10, collected two hits and had an RBI on a bases-loaded walk while being a part of a championship team for the seventh time in three years at Frankford (three in wrestling, two apiece in baseball and football). He finished with a 97-2 PL record, including playoffs.
(No Qualifying Wins in Unlisted Sports at These Schools)
|Base||Brian Farrell||'12 first||McDevitt||11-1|
|Went 2-for-3 with a double and four RBI in this five-inning game.|
|Foot||Bob Arnold||'82 quarter||Judge||10-0|
|This down lineman made an outrageous 20 tackles (12 solos) as the Lancers, in their first playoff appearance, stunned the unbeaten division champs. Also forced a fumble that was recovered at McDevitt’s 7.|
|Bask||Aaron Ervin||'89 quarter||Dougherty||75-63|
|Totaled 13 points, five apiece of assists/steals and committed no turnovers as the Lancers claimed their first playoff win. Also was perfect (8-for-8) at the line in the fourth quarter.|
|ST. THOMAS MORE (Closed in 1975)|
|Bask||Carl Kenty||'72 final||N. Catholic||54-42|
Totaled 13 points, 19 rebounds and eight blocks to make Eddie Burke the first coach in CL history to win consecutive crowns at different schools (SJ Prep in ’71).
|Foot||Jermaine Smith||'00 quarter||Central||18-8|
|"Beanie” rushed 19 times for 107 yards and two TDs as the Electrons (nee Poor Richards) won a playoff game for the first time in school history, not counting a post-strike tournament in 1981.|
|Bask||Denelle Holly||'99 final||Gratz||69-63|
|In 30 minutes off the bench, he shot 8-for-11 and 2-for-3 for 18 points and grabbed 13 rebounds as the Electrons sent coach Ken Hamilton (456-184 in 28 seasons; most wins in PL history) into retirement with his second consecutive title and fourth overall. In the final three rounds of the playoffs, all as a sub, Holly shot 22-for-29 en route to 53 points and collected 45 rebounds.|
|Base||Deron Miller||'83 final||Roxborough||4-2|
Allowed five hits and one walk and struck out six as Franklin became the first all-minority team (seven African-Americans, two Hispanics) to win the PL title. Miller pitched all 21 of the Electrons' playoff innings, allowing 15 hits and seven walks while striking out 17 and posting a 1.33 ERA.
|Foot||Brian Daly||'89 final||Roman||13-0|
|After playing strong safety all season and notching no interceptions, he moved to free safety for this one and came up with three. One pick occurred at the goal line right before halftime, and then he scored a TD by returning the second half kickoff 72 yards. In all, he posted 130 yards on four returns.|
|Bask||Matt Mihalich||'74 quarter||Judge||69-60|
|Prior to this Palestra tilt, he’d never played more than two minutes in a varsity game. Given a surprise start, the sophomore shot 5-for-7 and 10-for-11 for 20 points.|
|Base||Dan Waters||'03 semi||Carroll||9-1|
Twirled a no-hitter with 10 strikeouts and no walks. Faced just 22 batters.
|Foot||Tyree Rucker||'10 4A first||Bartram||50-8|
|“Bam” ran nine times for 102 yards and the first two TDs while adding three TD passes in a 6-for-10, 238-yard performance that broke the city playoff record for yards per attempt.|
|Bask||Nijay Kelly||'12 4A semi||Washington||66-60|
|Scored 12 of his 18 points in the fourth quarter.|
|Base||Steve Barnes||'02 first||Southern||13-2|
Allowed two hits and mowed down 14 in the five-inning game. Also turned two hits into three RBI.
(No Football at These Schools; No Qualifying Basketball Wins)
|Base||Tim Hart||'13 semi||GAMP||4-2|
Spun a no-hitter with 10 strikeouts while walking four and plunking one. Also used a sac fly and two-run double to collect three RBI.
|Base||Francis Colon||'02 first||Furness||11-4|
|Fired a three-hitter with 12 whiffs and no walks.|
|Base||Jeff Durkin||'10 2A semi||Phila. Acad.||12-8|
Pitched four innings in relief and lashed an RBI triple in a seven-run visiting seventh to help give himself the win.
|DOUGHERTY (Closed in 2010)|
|Foot||Keith Rieser||'82 final||Carroll||17-14|
|Started the game at halfback, then had to switch to quarterback after Richard Ashby suffered a second-quarter injury. Generated 161 yards of rushing/passing and ran/tossed for one TD apiece as the Cardinals overcame a 14-0 deficit to capture their first crown since 1968.|
|Bask||Paul Terrell||'74 quarter||N. Catholic||44-43|
|Scored an amazing 68 percent of Dougherty’s points in this gigantic upset; North had finished 16-0 in league play. Shot 14-for-22 and 2-for-5 for 30 points and notched field goals at 0:29 and 0:06 to secure the win. His teammates were 5-for-27 from the floor.|
|Base||Paul Tucker||'69 City Title||Olney||10-0|
At Connie Mack Stadium, “Tuck” was called upon to start because the staff ace was punished for missing a practice. Allowed one hit in six innings (also walked three/fanned five) and boasted a no-no through 5 2/3.
|Foot||Chris DeShields||'01 quarter||Bok||12-6|
|Ran 22 times for 97 yards and two TDs, caught two passes for 83 yards and his 14 tackles included five for losses. In the second OT, he ended Bok’s possession by blocking a field goal, then carried 3, 4 and 3 yards to secure the win.|
|Bask||Uhuru Hamiter||'90 round 16||Southern||92-90|
|Though his primary sport turned out to be football (played in NFL), in this one he collected 21 points, 12 rebounds, six assists and four steals. The Panthers rallied from a seven-point deficit with 2:00 left in regulation and “Joby” hit late free throws to force OT. Also had assists on Mastbaum’s final two FGs in OT.|
|Base||Joe Malak||'88 quarter||Northeast||11-7|
This lefty swinger went 3-for-4 with two homers and five RBI for the visiting Panthers. Also lofted a foul ball that cleared the outrageously high fence along Algon Avenue . . . and smashed through an apartment window across the street.
|Foot||Jim Grazione||'54 City Title||Frankford||34-0|
|Notched two TD passes and had an interception as the Pirates extended their unbeaten streak to 17 games.|
|Bask||Ja'Quan Newton||'14 final||Roman||58-53|
|Totaled 23 points while adding half of N-G’s six assists and two-thirds of its six steals. The win yielded a sixth consecutive title (100-2 in league play, counting playoffs) and enabled Newton to become the first CL player to start for four consecutive champs since at least the 1920s, and likely ever.|
|Base||John La Motta||'12 semi||Bonner||8-7|
In the regular season, he pitched just one league inning and absorbed the Saints' lone CL loss. In this 14-inning classic, in relief, he went an amazing nine innings (most allowed by PIAA rule) to get the win. He allowed just one run and four hits and whiffed 10, and 76 of his 97 pitches were strikes.
(No Postseason Football Wins at These Schools)
|Bask||Mark Peterson||'96 final||Gratz||74-68|
|Grabbed 10 rebounds and sniped 15-for-16 at the line (94 percent) en route to 27 points as the Owls claimed their first title since ’69. Scored nine points in the 16-10 OT session.|
|Base||Nate Coronado||'11 semi||Washington||15-8|
After pacing a quarterfinal win – Edison’s first in 20 attempts -- with strong pitching in his first lifetime mound appearance, he went 3-for-4 with two homers and four RBI as the Owls (nee Inventors) advanced to the final for the first time in the program’s 55 years.
|Bask||Jason Lawson||'93 quarter||Univ. City||74-52|
|Grabbed an outrageous 25 rebounds while adding 23 points and seven blocks.|
|Base||Bob Careless||'69 final||Roxborough||9-0|
Coming off his 1-0 win over Edison in a semi, he gave the Trojans their first (and still only) crown by fanning 11 in a four-hitter.
|Bask||Donnel Feaster||'97 round 16||Franklin||78-76|
|Exploded for 19 points in a 36-16 fourth quarter and capped a late, incredible run – the Speedboys trailed by 73-60 with 1:27 remaining – by driving the length of the court and flipping in a 7-footer at 0:03. Overall, also shot 7-for-12 on treys.|
|Base||Norman Wilson||'28 final||Frankford||4-1|
In breaking a first-place tie, he twirled a one-hitter with eight strikeouts and the lone hit was a bunt single in the eighth. (The year is not a misprint. Yes, 1928. This is West's only playoff baseball win.)
|Foot||Tyree Watson||'02 quarter||Bartram||30-0|
|Made the Bulldogs' first postseason appearance since 1955 extra special by turning 16 rushes into three TDs and the most yards (282) in city postseason history. His scores covered 64, 43 and 90 yards. Also had an interception.|
|Bask||Brian Shorter||'86 quarter||Mastbaum||93-77|
|Shot 17-for-23 while notching 40 points. Also swept 19 rebounds.|
|Base||Ernest Donaldson||'89 first||Frankford||8-5|
"Bo" went the distance and posted two RBI as the Bulldogs notched their first postseason win since claiming the title in ’34.
|Foot||Collin DiGalbo||'14 3A semi||O'Hara||41-38|
|Ran/passed on 43 of the Friars’ 53 plays (30 of the last 32; plus a 23-play streak) and had direct involvement in 38 points to pace an amazing win. B-P trailed by 28-0 and 35-7 before storming back. DiGalbo passed 16-for-27 for 326 yards and three TDs while adding 95 yards and three scores on 16 carries. He also ran for a conversion. Two weeks earlier, B-P had lost to O’Hara, 36-35, in OT, blowing a 15-point, fourth-quarter lead.|
|Bask||Frank Corace||'60 City Title||West Phila.||55-46|
|Shot 9-for-14 en route to 19 points and snagged 11 rebounds as the Friars stunned the 24-0 Speedboys to become the first suburban team to win a hoops City Title.|
|Base||Jack McCoy||'88 first||SJ Prep||10-0|
Pitched a four-hitter and went 3-for-4 with a double and triple for three RBI.
|Foot||John Papit||'46 City Title||West Cath.||33-20|
|Before 60,000 at Franklin Field, he carried 29 times for 160 yards and three scores while also notching a TD pass.|
|Bask||Guy Rodgers||'53 semi||Bartram||74-61|
|After Overbrook’s Wilt Chamberlain broke the record for most playoff points in the first game of the semis doubleheader, with 35, Rodgers matched it in the second.|
|Base||Andrew Lihotz||'04 semi||Central||2-1|
Recorded his first 11 outs on strikeouts (with three singles mixed in) and finished with 14 Ks, tying the record for a PL semifinal, along with a six-hitter. He opened the home seventh with a single, convinced coach Sam Feldman to refrain from inserting a courtesy runner, stole second and third and, with the infield up, raced home as a popup landed at the edge of the dirt behind shortstop.
|Foot||Ed McDowell||'69 City Title||Frankford||29-20|
|Produced 209 yards on 22 carries and scored the clinching TD on an 84-yard gallop. Also tallied the first score on a 72-yard reception.|
|Bask||Dave Frederick||'64 semi||Neumann||59-47|
|Football star Dave Frederick, one of the top linemen (guard) in the five-county area, showed his athletic versatility by notching 20 points as the Eagles, in their first CL season, advanced to the final.|
|Base||Dennis Yesenosky||'68 CT||Southern||1-0|
This baby, played at Connie Mack Stadium, lasted 11 innings and Yesenosky was nothing short of sensational. The fact that he allowed just two hits and three walks was impressive enough. He also mowed down 20!
|Foot||Jim Pownall||'57 final||Lincoln||20-6|
|Pownall, a running back, caught TD passes of 45 and 43 yards as the Indians claimed their first crown in 19 years of PL competition. Also notched an interception.|
|Bask||Hijr Sabree||'90 round 16||Lincoln||72-71|
|Mixed 19 points and 16 rebounds to give the Indians a playoff win for the first time in their 52 Pub seasons.|
|Base||Mike Gibbs||'02 round 16||Olney||16-4|
In this six-inning game, Gibbs allowed five hits while whiffing 11 and went 5-for-5 with two doubles, two homers and eight RBI.
(No Football/Baseball at These Schools)
|Bask||Savon Goodman||'12 final||Boys' Latin||85-60|
|Thundered home five dunks en route to 24 points as the Generals racked up the No. 2 victory margin in Pub finals history. Also hustled for 12 rebounds and six steals.|
|MATH, CIVICS & SCIENCES|
|Bask||Jose Ortiz||'08 1A semi||Robeson||84-79|
|Nailed his first five shots en route to 25 points. His output also included 16 rebounds, four assists and five steals.|
|Bask||Anwar Epps||'14 2A quarter||Sayre||61-59|
Totaled six assists and five steals and stuffed 17 of his 32 points into a 19-13 fourth quarter.
|ST. JOSEPH'S PREP|
|Foot||Pat Kaiser||'02 Red final||Roman||38-7|
|Answered major taunting from Roman’s student fans by breaking city postseason records for rushing yardage (316) and total points (32). His 18 carries netted 316 yards (17.6 average) and four TDs while his right instep produced eight points on five PAT (including a 35-yarder after a penalty) and a field goal.|
|Bask||Mark Zoller||'03 final||Dougherty||77-70|
|Shot 11-for-16 and 9-for-10 for 31 points while snagging 14 rebounds as the Hawks seized their first CL title since '71. Also rejected three shots.|
|Base||Matt Altomare||'99 semi||Ryan||1-0|
He began the season on the JV. He was cut from the freshman team in ’98. But in this one, he scattered six hits and fanned five while becoming just the second soph in 27 years to pitch a shutout in a CL playoff.
|Foot||Wally Mitchell||'89 semi||Frankford||21-20|
|Eight days after being thumped on the arm (badly bruised, not broken) by a lead pipe in a melee that followed the Cougars’ quarterfinal win over Southern, Mitchell hustled for 22 tackles, blocked a PAT and made the stop on a conversion play to pace this big upset. King rallied from a 14-0 deficit.|
|Bask||Fa'Teem Glenn||'13 quarter||Bartram||63-46|
|Aside from scoring 21 points, Glenn hustled for six rebounds and eight apiece of assists/steals. He was especially impressive in an 18-3 run to end the game.|
|Base||Derrick Rose||'81 first||Mastbaum||4-3|
Allowed six hits and eight walks, but persevered and went the distance as the visiting Cougars pulled off the upset in their first playoff appearance in seven seasons of Pub membership. Forced Mastbaum to strand five runners in the last two innings.
(No Football at These Schools)
|ENGINEERING AND SCIENCE|
|Bask||Lynn Greer||'97 quarter||Franklin LC||70-54|
|Exploded for 48 points – one short of the city postseason record – by shooting 13-for-19 (5-for-6 on treys) and 17-for-25. Also led the Engineers in rebounds (nine).|
|Base||Jon Drummond||'08 2A first||Straw. Man.||11-1|
|Aside from pitching a three-hitter with 11 punchouts and no walks, he turned a single, double and triple into five RBI.|
|FRANKLIN LEARNING CENTER|
|Bask||Faron Hand||'90 semi||Bartram||70-54|
|During the first game of the semis doubleheader, FLC coach Pete Merlino suffered a heart attack and was rushed to the hospital. Despite having to face such trying circumstances, the Bobcats decided to play game two (with Ben Franklin coach Ken Hamilton at the helm) and claimed the win as “Meatball,” a soph, led the way with 17 points and 10 rebounds.|
|Base||Cody Worthy||'01 first||Olney||7-6|
Carried a no-hitter through five innings and finished with 12 whiffs in a six-hitter.
|GIRARD ACADEMIC MUSIC PROGRAM|
|Bask||Tobias Stokes||'13 1A semi||Robeson||72-68|
Scored 12 of his 27 points in the fourth quarter and nailed the ahead-for-good trey in the waning moments.
|Base||Mario Malatino||'03 round 16||Mastbaum||5-1|
Fired a no-hitter with three walks and 12 strikeouts and helped himself with a homer.
|Foot||Jarrett McClenton||'13 3A semi||Lansdale||49-26|
|Turned nine scrimmage touches into 168 yards (18.7 average) and five TDs. Rushed seven times for 90 yards and four scores while adding two snags for 78 yards and one more tally.|
|Bask||Fran Dougherty||'09 first||Con.-Egan||49-37|
|Contributed 14 points, 13 rebounds and five blocks as the Vikings claimed their second regular-playoff win in 43 seasons of CL membership.|
|Base||Steve Kusters||'93 final||Neumann||2-1|
Twirled a three-hitter and used a double and sac fly to drive in Wood’s runs. The victory was No. 5 in that playoff series for the Vikings, who first had to win a preplayoff.
|Foot||Anthony Coletta||'45 City Title||W. Catholic||18-13|
|Before 54,000 at Franklin Field, the Rams scored thrice in the final 7:40 to erase a 13-0 deficit. "Reds" ran for the second TD, threw for the third on a trick play at 0:19 (as the kicker, he tossed to holder Al Tulinsky for an 11-yarder), then secured the stirring victory with an interception.|
|Bask||Lionel Simmons||'86 final||Univ. City||66-64|
|Battled for 21 points and 18 rebounds as the Rams claimed their first Pub crown since 1946.|
|Base||Jack Manfredi||'75 City Title||O'Hara||7-1|
After being able to rest for eight days (rain caused two postponements), Manfredi spun the first (and still the only) no-hitter in CT history. He fanned nine and walked five. O'Hara scored on a passed ball.
(No Football/Baseball at These Schools)
|Bask||Devin Bullock||'14 1A semi||Robeson||66-65|
|Collected 19 points and five assists and hit the winning free throw at 10.8 after returning from a brief shutdown caused by a cramp. Therein, the Jaguars’ lead melted from 10 points down to three. (Devin, universally loved at NM, passed away in early May as the result of a late-April shooting. RIP, Devin.)|
|Bask||Acquil Craft-Brown||'12 1A first||Sankofa||77-72|
|Pulled off the whirlwind act by totaling 17 points, 10 rebounds, nine assists and five steals.|
|VAUX (closed in 2013)|
|Bask||Rysheed Jordan||'13 quarter||MC&S||62-61|
|Obeying the “Just Do It” tattoo on his chest, Jordan treated a packed house at Southern by totaling 29 points, seven rebounds, five assists and four steals . . . Oh, and he drained the winning free throw at 0:01. Also crammed nine points and 10 other stats into fourth quarter.|
|NORTH CATHOLIC (closed in 2010)|
|Foot||Daryl Robinson||'06 Red first||Judge||30-27|
|Generated 265 yards of rushing/receiving/returning (lost an 84-yard, punt-return score to a penalty) while scoring three TDs and leading the Falcons to their first postseason win since 1956. Also posted two picks.|
|Bask||Mike Kaiser||'68 quarter||McDevitt||77-60|
|Powered to 20 points and 23 rebounds at the Palestra as the Falcons’ JV, filling in for the suspended varsity, earned national attention with this red-letter win. Scored four points in the 11-0 run that finished the game. (Click here to learn more about this game, and to see anniversary stories)|
|Base||Art Cauto||'77 City Title||Northeast||13-2|
|Batting in the No. 6 hole (he’d been demoted from the cleanup slot after bagging just nine RBI in the regular season), he went 3-for-4 with a double and six RBI. The double knocked in three.|
|Foot||Marcel Quarterman||'03 quarter||King||15-8|
|On offense, he passed for two TDs and generated 161 yards of rushing/passing. On defense, he made two interceptions.|
|Bask||Craig Wise||'91 quarter||West Phila.||82-80|
|Drained four treys and went 10-for-13 at the line to score 46 points, the same amount he'd tallied in the previous round, as the Lancers advanced to the semis for the first time since 1965. Added 15 rebounds, five assists and seven steals.|
|Base||Joe Dugan||'93 quarter||Edison||6-5|
|Aside from allowing just three hits and fanning 13 in 7 1/3 innings of shutout relief (Edison had stormed to a 5-0 lead), he bombed a game-ending homer to lead off the home ninth.|
|Foot||Kevin Jones||'00 Red final||SJ Prep||35-10|
|Posted four TDs (three varieties) and 196 all-purpose yards as O'Hara knocked off the 12-0 Hawks|
|Bask||Tom Ingelsby||'68 final||Judge||53-52|
|Ran the floor show, scored 16 points and hit the winning free throw in OT; the Lions scored the final 13 points in regulation over 2:18|
|Base||Jeff Randazzo||'99 first||Kenn.-Ken.||9-2|
|Pitched a two-hitter with 13 strikeouts and smacked a pair of two-run homers|