Philadelphia High School Basketball
Inter-Ac Season Recaps
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1939
Friends’ Central (5-0)
  In Game No. 4, John Thomas (18 points), Chuck Viguers (13) and Bill McKnight (10) led the way as Friends’ Central bested visiting Penn Charter, 47-31, to clinch the championship. Grove McCown (eight) led PC. Viguers had 10 points in the finale, a 37-31 win over visiting Haverford School that completed an 18-0 season. PC and Episcopal tied for second at 3-2.

1940
Penn Charter (6-0)
  George Hallowell (12) and Les Blankin (11) paced the clinching victory, 32-18 over host Episcopal, in Game No. 5. Bill Vogt’s 11 points helped to provide a 37-26 win over visiting Friends’ Central in the finale. Episcopal was second (4-2).

1941
Penn Charter (5-0)
  Soph Bob Shuman scored 12 points as the Quakers romped past Haverford, 42-21, to win the title on the final day. Friends’ Central and Gtn. Academy tied for second at 3-2.

1942
Penn Charter (8-0)
  Bob Shuman and John Lose scored 10 points apiece as the title was clinched in Game No. 9, a 39-27 win at runner-up Episcopal (6-2). Shuman scored 15 points in the finale, a 53-21 win over Gtn. Academy that extended the Quakers’ home winning streak to 20 games.

1943
Penn Charter (8-0)
  In Game No. 7, George Davidson’s 15 points and George Hauptfuhrer’s 11 powered Penn Charter to a 39-36 win over visiting Episcopal. Field goals by Davidson and George Burpee provided a 36-32 lead. Haverford went 6-2 for second.

1944
Penn Charter (7-1)
  In a weird set of circumstances, Penn Charter clinched the championship on a day it parted company with a 36-game league winning streak that had begun late in the ’39 season. PC fell to Friends’ Central, 34-32, on a field goal by Charles Krug with 1:30 left. But closest-pursuer Episcopal also lost -- 30-27 to Gtn. Academy. In the finale, George Hauptfuhrer (12) and Joe Garrity (11) led a 42-27 muffling of visiting Episcopal. Haverford wound up second at 5-3.

1945
Friends’ Central (6-2)
Penn Charter (6-2)
  On the final day, Joe Garrity (15) scored a field goal with 10 seconds remaining to give Penn Charter a 42-40 win over visiting Friends’ Central and a piece of the title. Jay Ferguson, returning from illness, added 10 points. Don Huntzinger (18) led FC.

1946
Friends’ Central (8-0)
  In Game No. 7, Jim Pooley (16), Don Huntzinger (15) and Ken Houtz (12) powered Friends’ Central to a 54-47 victory over visiting Penn Charter (Harry Alsentzer 16). As the game ended, Pooley punched PC’s Bill Balderston in the nose and a brief melee ensued. PC took second at 6-2.

1947
Friends’ Central (8-0)
  Though it returned no starters, Friends’ Central put together a strong team and clinched first place in Game No. 7, a 75-40 pounding of visiting Episcopal. Bob McDermott and John "Toasty" Minster scored 22 points apiece. McDermott (19) and Ernie Prudente (12) sparked a 42-34 win over runner-up Penn Charter (5-3) in Game No. 8.

1948
Penn Charter (7-1)
  The scoring of Al Mason (13), Bill Wall (11) and Art Frohner (10) provided balance in a 37-29, last-day, title-earning win over visiting Haverford. Frohner tallied three consecutive baskets in a spurt that created a 23-15 halftime lead. Episcopal was runner-up (6-2).

1949
Haverford School (9-1)
  Avenging a 40-35 defeat in the teams’ first meeting, Haverford topped visiting Episcopal, 50-43, in a final-day showdown for the title. George Lemmon (14) and Fred Gieg (13, a league-best 216 for the season) led in scoring for the Fords, who finished 19-1 overall. Episcopal placed second (8-2).

1950
Haverford School (11-1)
  In Game No. 11, Bill Crowell hit four consecutive shots en route to 21 points in a clinching, 54-22 destruction of Friends’ Central. The Fords finished at 22-1 overall when they clipped host Episcopal, 39-24, behind George Lemmon’s 13 points. Malvern placed second (9-3) in its debut season and Charles "Jerry" Kehoe tied the league scoring record with a 40-point outburst against Academy of the New Church. Haverford’s Fred Gieg had scored 40 in a 1949 game.

1951
Haverford School (7-3)
Penn Charter (7-3)
  In a final-day showdown, the Fords scrambled into a tie by posting a 50-44 win. Sub Dick Smith hit a field goal late in the third quarter to provide the lead for good, 34-32. PC’s Drew Schaufler scored 26 points. Haverford had been upset by Episcopal, 52-44, in Game No. 9.

1952
Penn Charter (8-2)
  The clincher came in Game No. 8, a 44-43 overtime decisioning of host Malvern. Drew Schaufler (15), Colson Hillier (12) and Ed Sipler (11) scored in double figures and Hillier made a free throw with 0:04 left in overtime to win it. The win left the Quakers at 8-0, but they closed with two losses. Malvern took second (7-3).

1953
Penn Charter (10-0)
  Idle Penn Charter, already 8-0, clinched the championship -- the 15th in 23 seasons for coach Samuel "Duke" Taylor — as second-place Haverford School fell to 5-3 in a 43-38 loss to Friends’ Central. The Quakers closed with a 56-48 triumph over visiting Friends’ Central as Drew Schaufler (16), Paul Hynes and Charles "Chukker" McIlvaine (13 apiece) starred. McIlvaine had been an alternate with the 1952 Olympic rowing team. Haverford was runner-up (7-3).

1954
Gtn. Academy (8-2)
  The visiting Patriots defeated Friends’ Central, 48-45, on the season’s final day to win their first title since 1930 and only their second overall. Al Cooke (15) and Bob Ortman (12) scored in double figures for first-year coach George Davidson, and Ortman hit two clinching free throws with 0:12 left. Episcopal (7-3) placed second.

1955
Penn Charter (8-2)
  In Game No. 8, Richie Kohler exploded for 50 points, 10 better than the league record, to pace an 86-56 blowout of Gtn. Academy that clinched the title. Kohler made 16 field goals and shot 18-for-21 at the line to break the 40-point record set by Haverford’s Fred Gieg in 1949, and then tied by Malvern’s Charles "Jerry" Kehoe in ’50 and Penn Charter’s Drew Schaufler in ’53. Ollie Powers added 27 points. The Quakers lost their final two games, 62-59 to runner-up Haverford (7-3) despite Kohler’s 22 points and 73-70 to Episcopal despite Powers’ 25 points.

1956
Penn Charter (7-3)
  On the season’s final day, the visiting Quakers topped Episcopal, 51-41, to win the championship under emergency coach Sam "Duke" Taylor, who was filling in for Ray Evans (illness). Ollie Powers scored 18 points and had eight in a 10-0 run that closed the third quarter and put Penn Charter ahead, 33-25. The Quakers were the first team in league history to win an outright title with a winning percentage as low as .700. Gtn. Academy was second at 6-4.

1957
Haverford School (9-1)
  The clincher came in Game No. 9, a 47-46 squeaker over host Malvern. Jerry Aldrich (15) and Don Shaffer (14) led the way and Olin West hit the winning basket with 0:28 left. The Fords scored seven of the last nine points. In their finale, the Fords were upset by host Episcopal, 44-42, despite Shaffer’s 18 points. The No. 2 spot went to Malvern (8-2).

1958
Haverford School (8-2)
Malvern (8-2)
  Don Shaffer scored 14 of his 20 points in a 17-11 fourth quarter as host Haverford School trimmed Malvern, 51-50, in the finale to create the tie. Shaffer’s two free throws provided the lead for good, 46-45. Jerry Aldrich added 14 points. Bob Kelly led Malvern with 19 points. The Friars had hammered Haverford, 53-30, earlier in the season.

1959
Gtn. Academy (8-2)
Malvern (8-2)
  In Game No. 9, Jim O'Brien (26) and Paul Harron (21) led the way as Malvern rocked GA, 69-52, to take a one-game lead. Chuck Devlin (17) and Bill Haas (15) paced GA. In finales, Malvern fell to Penn Charter, 54-53, despite getting 19 points from Joe McGill and GA edged Haverford, 48-46, as Devlin scored 19 points and Bob Fleming hit two free throws with 0:08 left.

1960
Malvern (9-1)
  The clincher came in Game No. 9, a 50-44 win over visiting Gtn. Academy as Pat Mahoney scored 19 points and Joe McGill was close behind with 16. GA, which received 14 points from Chuck Devlin, was the runner-up at 8-2.

1961
Malvern (8-2)
Penn Charter (8-2)
  With Penn Charter coach Ray Evans unavailable throughout (health problems), Samuel "Duke" Taylor came out of retirement and captured a 16th championship (12 outright, four shared) in his 24th season. However, the final day was a downer as host Malvern used a 39-27 second half to dump PC, 61-52, and create the tie. Henry "Buzzy" Dugan had 10 of his 15 points in a 26-15 third quarter. Tom Kelly added 14 points. PC soph Bill Soens scored 20 points.

1962
Penn Charter (11-1)
  The leaders met on the final day of the season. Visiting Penn Charter registered a 60-49 win as Bill Soens led the way with 15 points, followed by Mike Aron (13), Steve Cushmore and Lin Scarlett (11 each). Malvern, which received 13 points from Dave Baxter and 12 from Bill McDonough, fell into a second-place tie with Episcopal at 9-3.

1963
Penn Charter (10-0)
  On the season’s final day, PC bested its chief competitor, visiting Episcopal, 53-49, as Bill Soens notched 22 points and four others scored between six and eight points. Episcopal (8-2) received 18 points from Don Lenhard and 16 from Rae Butler. Earlier, Soens had broken the league scoring mark with 63 points against Gtn. Academy, shooting 23-for-45 and 17-for-28.

1964
Penn Charter (12-0)
  The clincher came in Game No. 10 as Mike Aron (17), Lee Ambler (14), Jim Lampe, Rich Deats (11 apiece) and Steve Cushmore (10) sparked a 75-48 frolic past visiting Gtn. Academy and raised coach George "Buff" Weigand’s three-year league mark to 33-1. Episcopal was second at 9-3.

1965
Malvern (14-0)
  In Game No. 12, the Friars received 20 points from Kirk Layton and 14 from Jack Donoghue while thumping visiting Gtn. Academy, 78-53. That same day, Gtn. Friends surprised runner-up Episcopal, 43-42, dropping the losers to 9-3 (en route to 10-4), on Ted Coxe's 12-foot jumper with 0:34 left.

1966
Malvern (13-1)
  The clincher came in Game No. 13. Fran Dunphy (15) and Joe Walters (11) scored in double figures as the Friars dumped visiting Gtn. Academy, 48-38. Hopes for a perfect league season were dashed in the finale, a 63-55 loss to host Haverford School, the runner-up at 12-2. Malvern had won 27 consecutive league games.

1967
Gtn. Academy (14-0)
  In Game No. 13, Tom Kehan (18), Eric Minkin (16), Paul Hutter (14) and Bill Armstrong (11) scored in double figures as the Patriots clinched the championship with a 70-55 win at Penn Charter. Pete Johnson (22) and Ed Marshall (21) led PC. Haverford School (12-2) took second place.

1968
Gtn. Academy (14-0)
  The clincher came in Game No. 13, a 55-46 win over visiting Episcopal as 6-7 Eric Minkin (15), soph Paul Hutter (14) and Tom Kehan (10) led in scoring. The Patriots completed their unbeaten regular season -- and extended their league streak to 29 -- by bombing Chestnut Hill, 87-46, as Minkin scored 16 points. Penn Charter (12-2) was second.

1969
Gtn. Academy (7-3)
Haverford School (7-3)
Penn Charter (7-3)
  On the next-to-last day of the season, visiting Gtn. Academy topped Episcopal to finish 7-3 as Paul Hutter scored nine of his 16 points in a 21-point fourth quarter. Bill Straub led the way with 21 points. On the last day, John Gallagher (21 points) stuck a 25-foot jumper with 0:01 left after taking a pass from Dal Dixon to enable Haverford School to stun visiting Penn Charter, 60-59. The Fords, who also received double figures from John Stoviak (12) and Dixon (11), trailed by 10 points with 2:30 left. Roger Gordon (17) and Jim Manning (12) paced PC. It was the first triple tie in the league’s 46 seasons.

1970
Penn Charter (10-0)
  The clincher came in Game No. 8, a 65-53 victory over host Gtn. Academy. Soph Ed Enoch scored 23 points while Tim O’Rourke and George "Chip" Hauptfuhrer had 10 each. Paul Hutter, a five-year starter, led GA with 25 points.

1971
Episcopal (8-2)
Penn Charter (8-2)
  In Game No. 6, Billy Harris, returning from a one-game suspension, poured in 30 points as PC topped Episcopal, 74-57, leaving both teams at 4-2. Tim Knettler (15) and Tim O’Rourke (14) helped. Pat Tarsi had 17 points for Episcopal. Both teams won their last four games. In a non-league game, Harris buried Germantown Lutheran Academy under a 65-point avalanche; it was the most points ever scored by an Inter-Ac player. Harris set a record for highest league average (28.7 in nine games) and led the state with a 33-point overall average.

1972
Penn Charter (10-0)
  In Game No. 9, Barnes Hauptfuhrer collected 20 points and 14 rebounds as the Quakers used a 29-13 second quarter to crunch visiting Haverford School, 85-52, and clinch the title. Tim O’Rourke and Ed Enoch added 17 points apiece and Tim Knettler had 13 points, 15 boards. Malvern (8-2) claimed second.

1973
Malvern (10-0)
  There wasn't much suspense. Malvern clinched in Game No. 9 by pounding host Episcopal, 76-50, as Charlie Floyd used 17 field goals and eight free throws to explode for a school-record 42 points and Emmet Fitzgerald added 18 points. Episcopal placed second at 7-3.

1974
Malvern (10-0)
  The clincher again came in a yawner, a 66-39, Game No. 9 blowout of visiting Haverford. Charlie Floyd (25) and John Willcox (19) led the way. The Friars stormed to victory in their first two games -- 90-58 over Penn Charter, 63-22 over Episcopal -- and won six times by at least 23 points. Their only close encounter yielded a 44-40 edging of runner-up PC (7-3) in Game No. 6 as Willcox scored 14 points.

1975
Haverford School (9-2)
Malvern (9-1)
  The teams split their season series. Host Haverford won Game No. 3, 68-53, as freshman Mike Edelman (20), Mike Purcell (18), freshman Charlie Miller (15, 17 rebounds) and Mike Mayock (nine of the game’s first 11 points) led the way to break Malvern’s 23-game league winning streak. In Game No. 8, freshman Gordy Bryan (12), Joe Carney and Steve Donnelly (11 apiece) paced Malvern to a 51-39 win. Purcell (13) and Edelman (five) were held in check by a triangle-and-two defense.

1976
Malvern (10-0)
  The clincher came in Game No. 9, a 49-48 win over visiting Haverford, the runner-up at 8-2, in triple overtime. Gordy Bryan (20) was the only Friar in double figures and his tap-in with 0:11 left made the difference. Mike Edelman, son of coach Ray Edelman, scored 16 points for Haverford and made a tying basket at the end of the first extra session. Mike Mayock (12) scored to force the third OT. When Malvern defeated Gtn. Academy in its finale, it completed a four-year run of 39-1 in league play.

1977
Malvern (9-1)
  The Friars won on the final day of the season as Pat Purcell’s 22 points -- 14 in the first quarter -- paced a 53-46 verdict over visiting Chestnut Hill. Gordy Bryan added 13 points. In Game No. 8, Malvern had claimed a one-game lead by downing host Haverford School (the runner-up at 8-2), 54-48, as Bryan scored 12 of his 22 points in the fourth quarter. The Friars trailed by nine, 45-36, with 6:16 left.

1978
Haverford School (8-2)
  In Game No. 9, Charlie Miller collected 21 points, 12 rebounds and six assists as the visiting Fords jolted Malvern, 76-59, leaving both teams at 7-2. Mike Edelman, son of coach Ray Edelman, added 22 points, seven rebounds and 10 assists and Charlie Clark had 17 points. In finales, Haverford defeated host Chestnut Hill, 42-37, behind Edelman (17) and Miller (15) three days after Malvern fell at Episcopal, 50-47, despite getting 30 points from Pat Purcell.

1979
Episcopal (10-0)
  The clincher, a 56-47 win over host Haverford School, came in Game No. 8 and gave the Churchmen their first outright title since 1929. Charles Hickman shot 8-for-13 en route to 19 points and grabbed 11 rebounds. Episcopal went to 10-0 in its finale by dumping visiting Gtn. Academy, 70-47, as Hickman (17), Jeff Ochroch (15) and Sean Perretta (13) led in scoring. Chestnut Hill finished second at 6-4.

1980
Episcopal (8-2)
  The clincher came in Game No. 9, a 42-34 win over visiting Haverford School. Charles Hickman (13), Daniel "Skip" Hager (12) and Jim Farrell (11) led the way. Four teams tied for second at 5-5.

1981
Malvern (9-1)
  In Game No. 10, Malvern won the title by besting runner-up Episcopal (8-2), 73-56, as Steve Nesmith shot 11-for-18 and 7-for-10 for 29 points. He added 10 rebounds and three assists. Rick Maccarone (14, eight boards) and Barkley Sample (13, 11) helped. Episcopal’s Charles Hickman had 18 points and 16 rebounds.

1982
Episcopal (10-0)
  The clincher came in Game No. 9 as Pete Gregory (17) paced a 53-41 win at Penn Charter. Gregory (13) was at it again in the finale, nailing a jumper with 0:07 left to provide a 35-34 win at Haverford. Malvern (7-3) finished second.

1983
Episcopal (10-0)
  The clincher came in Game No. 9, a 45-39 success at Gtn. Academy. James "Bruiser" Flint totaled 18 points and three assists and Anthony Dade had 15 points and four blocks. The visiting Churchmen completed a 10-0 season by smoking Haverford School, 92-59, behind 29-point efforts by Flint and Dade. Episcopal, the champ for the fourth time in five years under coach Dan Dougherty, raised its marks during that span to 46-4 in the league and 112-10 overall. Malvern took second place at 8-2.

1984
Penn Charter (9-1)
  The clincher came in Game No. 8, a 55-41 win over visiting Chestnut Hill. The title was PC’s first since 1972. Marv Dunmeyer scored 13 points while Joe McGarvey and Drew Meyers added 12 apiece. Carl Arrigale settled for 10 after having exploded for 29 points in the previous game, a 64-54 win over visiting Gtn. Academy. A chance at a 10-0 mark vanished in the finale as the Quakers fell to visiting Episcopal, 64-63. GA (7-3) finished second.

1985
Gtn. Academy (9-1)
  The clincher came in Game No. 10. Rick Williams scored 16 points while Otis Ellis (15 rebounds) and Chris Miller had 14 apiece as the visiting Patriots downed Malvern, 56-42, to win their first title since sharing a three-wayer in 1969. In Game No. 8, GA had dumped visiting Penn Charter, 61-52, behind Williams’s 27 points and nine rebounds. PC placed second at 8-2.

1986
Penn Charter (9-1)
  The clincher came in Game No. 9, a 75-59 win over visiting Haverford. Abe Dunmeyer collected 20 points, nine rebounds and five assists while Matt Guokas (17), Scott Burke (16) and Marv Dunmeyer, Abe’s older brother, had 11 points and six assists. In the finale, Burke (12) led the way as the Quakers bested visiting Gtn. Academy, 58-51, to finish with a school record for wins (23). GA and Haverford placed second at 6-4.

1987
Episcopal (10-0)
  In Game No. 9, Scott Turner scored eight of his 21 points in a 19-10 fourth quarter as visiting Episcopal downed Gtn. Academy, 66-57, to clinch the title. Jeff Hines (15) and Paul Chambers (13) helped. In the finale, Episcopal needed two overtimes to dispatch Haverford, 87-83, and finish 10-0 for the fourth time in nine seasons. Bill Miller (18), Paul Chambers (17), Jeff Hines (16) and Scott Turner (13) led the way to offset Ed McCrystal’s 38-point outburst. Runner-up Penn Charter was 8-2.

1988
Episcopal (8-2)
Penn Charter (8-2)
  On Feb. 5, visiting PC defeated Episcopal for the second time, 63-60, to leave the winners at 5-0 and the losers at 5-2. Matt Guokas had 23 points, 16 rebounds and three assists while brothers Dave (13) and Chris Nanni (11) also scored in double figures. Eugene Burroughs (19) and Brett Moore (13, 12 rebounds) led Episcopal. Later, PC was stunned by Malvern, 68-62, as Gary Duda shot 8-for-9 on threes (a city leagues record) en route to 34 points and by Gtn. Academy, 52-49, as Craig White’s three capped a 10-0 run at game’s end. Episcopal won its last three.

1989
Episcopal (9-1)
  The title was clinched in Game No. 9. Visiting Haverford was shredded, 63-31, as Eugene Burroughs scored 18 points, Jon Walsh mixed 14 points and nine rebounds and Pat Chambers had 11 points and four assists. The Fords committed 24 turnovers and went 10:15 without a field goal. Runner-up Chestnut Hill went 7-3.

1990
Episcopal (10-0)
  The title was clinched in Game No. 8 as Eugene Burroughs (20) and Eric Moore (19) scored heavily and Jim Shanahan mixed 14 points, two assists and three steals in a 78-51 win over visiting Penn Charter, 78-51. Chestnut Hill and Penn Charter tied for second (6-4).

1991
Episcopal (10-0)
  The title was clinched in Game No. 8 as Jerome Allen (18 points), Eric Moore (16) and Brian Dougherty (14, son of coach Dan Dougherty) paced a 62-43 pounding of visiting Haverford. The championship was the Churchmen’s fifth in a row (one shared) and ninth (two shareds) in Dougherty’s 15 seasons as coach. In the finale, a 64-45 win over visiting Malvern that extended the Churchmen’s league winning streak to 26 games, Allen (1,027) and Moore (1,008) surpassed 1,000 career points with 29 and 11, respectively. Runner-up Penn Charter finished 7-3.

1992
Chestnut Hill (8-2)
Gtn. Academy (8-2)
  Host GA edged CH, 57-54, in the season finale to create the tie. Alvin Williams totaled 17 points, nine rebounds and three steals while Denis Kane had 16 points and six assists. The game was delayed 30 minutes in the first quarter after GA’s Larry Leith broke his leg while attempting to block a shot. CH was led by Mike Gizzi (21 points) and Dave Miller (10, 11 rebounds).

1993
Gtn. Academy (9-1)
  Visiting GA won the title in Game No. 10 by dumping Chestnut Hill, 42-27, in a slowdown that momentarily caused bad feelings between GA coach Jim Fenerty and CH coach John McArdle. GA’s Alvin Williams needed 34 points to surpass 1974 Malvern grad Charlie Floyd (1,725) as the Inter-Ac's leading career scorer. He settled for 10 points and finished with 1,702. Damon Williams (no relation) had 12 points. Damon Myers added 10. On Feb. 13, GA (22-0) lost its chance at an unbeaten season by losing at Haverford, 65-48. On Feb. 17, GA won the rematch, 90-36, as A. Williams poured in 45 points. The results represented a 71-point turnaround. Runner-up Episcopal finished 8-2.

1994
Chestnut Hill (8-2)
Penn Charter (8-2)
  The tie was created on the final day as CH bested visiting PC, 51-49, when Matt Paul drained three free throws with 0:06 left after being fouled on an off-balance three. Paul had 15 points, and six assists. Mike Gizzi (15) and Paul Sablich (12) helped. PC’s Steve Goodrich had 17 points, eight rebounds. CH scored 18 of the first 19 points. PC later reeled off 20 in a row. Haverford could have forged a triple tie, but lost to Malvern, 72-64.

1995
Gtn. Academy (8-2)
Malvern (8-2)
  Host GA won the teams’ second meeting, 72-64, on the strength of a 36-21 fourth quarter. Damon and Julius Williams (no relation) scored 17 points apiece and Louis "B.J." Medley had 13 points, four assists. Sasha Bradley (17) led Malvern while Ben Davis (12) and Ryan Polley (11) split 14 rebounds. The result left both teams at 7-2. Both won easily in finales.

1996
Gtn. Academy (10-0)
  Host GA clinched the title in Game No. 9, downing Malvern, 61-57, in overtime as 6-8 soph Chris Krug generated 20 points, 15 rebounds and seven blocks. Jason Lucas (16, seven rebounds) and Julius Williams (10, five assists) helped. PC placed second at 7-3.

1997
Gtn. Academy (9-1)
  Host GA clinched the title in Game No. 9 with its 26th consecutive league victory. The victim was Episcopal, 63-58, as Brian Burke mixed 20 points with four assists and Julius Williams (23) and Chris Krug (15) split 16 rebounds. GA was dumped by runner-up Malvern (8-2), 64-54, in its final game.

1998
Chestnut Hill (8-2)
Gtn. Academy (8-2)
  GA won the teams’ first meeting, 84-64. CH won the second, 76-75, as Tom Whitworth shot 8-for-13 on threes en route to 38 points and brother Tim added 20 points. Tim needed six points going into the game to assure he and Tom would become the first brothers in city-leagues history to reach 1,000 career points in the same season. In the first quarter, Tom drained five consecutive threes. For GA, Brian Burke had 32 points and Chris Krug had 19 points, 13 rebounds, six blocks. The result left both teams at 6-2. In CHA’s next game, the Whitworths combined for 64 points (Tim 34, Tom 30) in a 66-56 win over Haverford School. Jim Costello scored the other two points on a third-quarter layup.

1999
Haverford School (9-1)
  After experiencing the pain of going 58-142 in the 20 league seasons that followed their last title in 1978, the Fords finally broke through. In Game No. 9, the clincher, Doug Fairfax collected 31 points and four steals, Joe Corbett mixed 19 points and 14 rebounds and hustler Shane Jefferson had five points, four rebounds and two points in a 67-61 win over visiting Gtn. Academy. In the finale, Fairfax hit for 22 points in a 62-60 overtiming of visiting Malvern and came close (28.3) to breaking the record for league average (28.7) set by Penn Charter’s Billy Harris in 1971. Fairfax finished with a school-record 1,577 points, 27 more than ’78 star Mike Edelman. GA and PC deadlocked for second at 7-3.

2000
Gtn. Academy (10-0)
  The title was decided on Feb. 18 as host Penn Charter (7-1), still harboring hopes of forcing a tie, was jolted by the Patriots, 63-50, who were playing their finale. Soph Matt Walsh, a star sub making his first start of the season, shot 8-for-14 (3-for-3 on treys) en route to 20 points. Mike Slattery (14, six assists), Lee Melchionni (13) and Chris Rodgers (11) also scored in double figures. Sean Knitter (22, 13 rebounds) and Brett Storm (16) led PC. The Quakers fell in their finale at Malvern, 62-48, and both teams finished 7-3 for second.

2001
Gtn. Academy (10-0)
  The Patriots clinched in Game No. 9, building a 25-point lead en route to 70-54 triumph over visiting Haverford School. The game was GA's fourth in five days. Mike Slattery, the team's most promiment senior, had seven points and seven assists. Matt Walsh shot 9-for-15 en route to 22 points. Lee Melchionni added 18 points, seven boards. GA went to 10-0 in the finale, and extended its league winning streak to 21 games, by besting host Penn Charter, 70-46. Walsh (18) and Melchionni (13) led the way.

2002
Gtn. Academy (10-0)
  The Patriots outdid themselves this time, clinching the championship in Game No. 8. Matt Walsh poured in 34 points and Ted Skuchas claimed 11 rebounds, lifting his career total to 1,007, as GA ripped visiting Haverford School, 80-51. In its last two games, GA downed host Episcopal, 59-41, as Walsh scored 25 points; and host Chestnut Hill, 67-33, as Melchionni scored 23 points. The Episcopal game had been suspended in the third quarter two weeks earlier after a Churchman suffered a serious injury. Coach Jim Fenerty's Patriots ended the season with a 31-game league winning streak, five short of the league mark set by Penn Charter from 1939-44.

2003
Penn Charter (10-0)
   The Quakers clinched their first outright title since 1986 with one game remaining as Rob Kurz paced a 62-43 win at Episcopal. He shot 9-for-13 (one trey) en route to 21 points and added 17 rebounds, three assists and four blocked shots. He also was the model of consistency: 10 points in the first half and 11 in the second; at least four rebounds in every quarter. Sean Singletary scored 11 points. Matt Ryan, Zack Zeglinski and sub Tony McDevitt added eight apiece. Mike Boles had six. In its finale, PC bested second-place Malvern, 65-61, behind Kurz (19) and Zeglinski to finish perfect in league play for the first time since 1972 (10-0 both times). The Quakers then won the Inter-Ac's first postseason showcase, besting Episcopal and GA.

2004
Penn Charter (10-0)
   Once again the Quakers clinched the title in Game No. 9 on the road. The victim this time was Malvern by a score of 69-49. Rob Kurz, a Notre Dame signee, contributed 25 points, 10 rebounds and three assists. Sean Singletary, a Virginia signee, mixed 14 points, five assists and four steals. Zack Zeglinski added 15 points and with Singletary helped to hold Malvern franchise Brian Grandieri to 3-for-14 from the floor (14 points). PC won its last game, 79-62 over Episcopal, as Singletary (30) and Kurz (28) went wild. The back-to-back perfect league seasons were PC's first since 1963 and '64. It was the fifth consecutive season in which the champ posted a perfect record. That had happened only once before (1939-43) in the league's 81-season history. The Quakers again capped their season by besting Episcopal and GA in the showcase tournament.

2005
Episcopal (10-0)
   Episcopal and Germantown Academy (8-2) were the powerhouses in a top-heavy league and wound up putting on three great shows, all at neutral sites. EA took the first meeting, 52-51, before 3,000 at Saint Joseph's University as Wayne Ellington (25 points) canned a layup with 3.2 seconds left. Fellow top-notch junior Gerald Henderson added eight points, 11 rebounds and four assists. GA trailed, 48-36, with 5:12 left before rallying mostly on the strength of consecutive treys from Kyle Griffin, Kirk Jones and Ryan Ayers. The Churchmen finished with two turnovers, and the first did not come until 1:08 remained! Game 2 was played before 2,000 at Arcadia University and EA prevailed, 53-45, as Ellington (12-for-18, 25) and Henderson (9-for-13, 22) did most of the scoring.
Brian Grimes (14) and Ayers (12), a Notre Dame signee, led GA. The actual title clinching came in Game No. 9, a 64-28 whipping of Haverford School that was paced by Ellington (26) and Henderson (16). The score in Game No. 3 between EA and GA, played at Villanova before about 4,000 as the capper for the showcase tourney, was 66-58. Ellington (27) and Henderson (23) again were dominant. Sub Brian FitzPatrick, the All-City quarterback, received extended playing time due to foul trouble and came up with two assists and three steals. Two of the steals helped the Churchmen (25-3) extend a 47-44 lead to 50-44. Grimes mixed 25 points and 14 rebounds.

2006
Episcopal (10-0)

  With three Division I signees, two of whom boasted high national profiles, on the roster, the Churchmen entered the season as heavy favorites and that prognosis proved to be justified. The title was clinched in Game No. 9, a 70-43 blowout of visiting Penn Charter. In the first 3 minutes, 59 seconds, PC shot 0-for-8 with two turnovers and the quarter score was 13-5 thanks to major contributions from Albany signee Mike Yocum (seven points, seven boards, three blocks). The biggies later exerted their influence: Wayne Ellington (North Carolina) posted 21 points and seven rebounds. Gerald Henderson (Duke) had 20 points, 14 boards and five assists. Yocum's final totals were 15, 12 and five blocks. The Churchmen captured the showcase tournament with wins over Haverford School and GA. The subplot in the finale, played at Malvern, was whether Henderson would score 35 points and surpass '98 EA grad John Phillips (2,068) as the Inter-Ac's all-time leading scorer. He had 23 with 5 1/2 minutes remaining and likely could have poured in 12 more. Coach Dan Dougherty had promised no specific record assault would take place. None did. Henderson converted a one-and-one at 1:21 to reach 25 and 2,059, then departed. He added 12 rebounds, four assists, three steals. Ellington totaled 21 points, eight boards and seven assists, and finished his three-year Episcopal career with 1,756 points. He notched 2,211 overall, counting 455 as a freshman at Daniel Boone, near Reading. GA's Andrew Ott ('Nova) finished with 19 points and 1,074 for his career.

2007
Gtn. Academy (8-2)
  The suspicion entering the season was that the Inter-Ac race would be wide open because none of the six teams appeared to be extra strong. Exactly correct. The Patriots became the first outright champion since 1980 with a league record as "poor" as 8-2 and their 11 overall losses were believed to be an all-time mark. The crown was decided in a last-night showdown between Malvern and visiting GA, as both entered with 7-2 records. While triumphing in somewhat comfortable fashion, 63-52, the Patriots showed incredible scoring balance thanks to La Salle signee Kyle Griffin (13), Joe Hill and Jeff Holton (12 apiece), D.J. Johnston (10) and Dean Melchionni (nine). Griffin dished six assists and went 7-for-8 at the line, leading the way to a 13-for-15 showing in the fourth quarter. Malvern, stocked almost completely with players who were better in other sports, received 14 points from Joe Hoban. The showcase tournament produced in-control wins over Penn Charter and Malvern. Griffin scored 24 points in the final, lifting the GA portion of his career total to 1,123. (He previously scored 334 at Allentown Central Catholic.) Oddly, Malvern suffered all four of its league losses, including the one in the showcase final, on its home court.

2008
Chestnut Hill (8-2)
Gtn. Academy (8-2)
  With no first team coaches' honorees returning for the first time since the 1978-79 campaign, a wild scramble was predicted. It was almost beyond wild: With two playing dates remaining, a FIVE-way tie for the championship was still possible. League play ended with two games on a Saturday night -- CHA at EA at 6 o'clock, then PC at GA at 7:30. The Blue Devils triumphed, 51-42, in the last game played on EA's Merion campus as Gary Lawrence, named the league MVP the following morning, contributed 15 points and 11 rebounds. Mike Rhoads added 10 points and five assists. EA's Dan Hilferty scored the gym's final bucket on a buzzer-beating trey. In caravan fashion, CHA's players then drove to GA to find the Patriots losing at halftime, 28-26. Their hopes for what would have been the school's first outright title in the I-A's 85-year hoops history were mostly dashed by Cameron Ayers, who scored 10 of his 16 points in the second half, and by a 17-for-19 performance at the foul line beyond intermission. GA won, 62-50. GA swept the Blue Devils and considered itself the "real" champion. Said Rhoads, "It's not our fault they lost two other games." Those teams met in the showcase final and CHA turned the tables, 48-43, as Lawrence scored 22 points and shot 9-for-11 from the floor. Jeff Holton notched 12 for GA, which again wound up with 11 overall losses.

2009
Gtn. Academy (9-1)

  In the next-to-last game of the season, the visiting Patriots destroyed the only team that still had a chance to force a two-way tie for the title, Chestnut Hill, by 53-28. Cameron Ayers led the way with 14 points, five assists and three steals. Jack McDonnell (14) and Dean Melchionni (12) also scored in double figures while senior sub Jimmy Fenerty, a guard and son of coach Jim Fenerty, grabbed a team-high five rebounds. CHA's Gary Lawrence, presented a special ball beforehand in celebration of 1,000 career points, managed 15. GA went to 9-1 three days later with a 62-46 win at Penn Charter as Fenerty hit three treys en route to a career-high 13 points. The league's showcase tourney was scrapped and all six teams participated in the 16-team Pennsylvania Independent Schools Tournament, with the last two rounds played at Malvern. GA reached the final and fell in overtime to Friends' Central, 60-58, despite Jeff Holton's 24 points. The loss left all rotation members and coach Fenerty in tears and was likely the first time in league history that an outright champ experienced a devastating loss to end the season.

2010
Chestnut Hill (10-0)

  The Blue Devils (nee Hillers) followed an incredible football season (first share of league title) with an even better hoops campaign (first outright title AND a perfect record at 10-0). They clinched a tie in Game No. 8, collecting a 46-25 win at Penn Charter. Their last two games were against teams in the bottom half of the standings. Episcopal provided stiff opposition before falling, 46-45, and Haverford School was tamed the following day, 46-38. At PC, CHA trailed, 10-7, when its Kingsley Krazies student rooters roared into the gym and seized control. Properly inspired, the Blue Devils set sail on a 16-3 run as Todd Cramer scored eight of his 10 points and dealt two of his three assists. Malik Garner led the scoring against Episcopal and Haverford with 13, then 11. Cramer (10.4) was the lone CHA player to average double figures in league play. That was the lowest top average for a league champ since at least 1968. The average score of CHA's league games was 45.3-35.6. Malvern finished second at 8-2. Due to weather issues, the Pennsylvania Independent Schools Tournament was changed from a 16-team tournament to two eight-teamers. GA gained a certain measure of revenge by beating the Blue Devils, 51-36, in the main tourney's semifinal round. It then lost the final to Friends' Central, 72-52.

2011
Malvern (8-2)
  The Friars lost two star players to transfer in the offseason and then a third guy departed after the first two non-league games. Rather than fade away, coach Jim Rullo's group rallied hard and clinched its first outright title since 1981 (and first of any kind since '95) in game No. 9, a 48-43 success at Episcopal. Kevin Rafferty, praised by Rullo for his leadership skills, especially in the aftermath of the multiple defections, posted 10 points and 11 rebounds, Sean Gordon and Tom Pitt halved 24 points, Brendan Kilpatrick grabbed eight boards and Steve Perpiglia dealt five assists. Oddly, Malvern lost twice to Germantown Academy, which was just 5-5 in league play. The Friars (24-7, the league's five other teams combined to go 59-70) advanced to the final in the Pennsylvania Independent Schools Tournament with a 28-26 semifinal overtiming of Academy of the New Church and its three D-1 commits (Villanova, Syracuse, Pitt),  but were crunched by Friends' Central, 65-37.

2012
Malvern (8-2)

  Before a full-house crowd on a Saturday night, Malvern established early control and then held off visiting Germantown Academy, 55-52, to earn a second consecutive outright title for the first time since 1976-77. A loss would have created a MP/GA-gotta-share situation. Small point guard Steve Perpiglia had 17 points, four assists and even a team-high eight rebounds. Brendan Kilpatrick, later named the league MVP for the second consecutive season, totaled 16 points and three apiece of assists/steals while Dennis Gabert had 12 points, six boards and five steals. Nick Lindner (14), James Drury and Greg Dotson (13 each) led GA, which was coached by top assistant Mike Hannigan. On Jan. 31, the original date for this game, head man Jim Fenerty was hospitalized with a health problem. He missed his 500th career win three days later, shared the bench with Hannigan the next day for a non-league win over Peddie (N.J.), then was told to step away for the remainder of the season. In the Indy tourney, Malvern (24-3) and GA dropped semifinals.

2013
Gtn. Academy (10-0)
  The Patriots clinched the title in game No. 8, storming to a 78-53 win at Haverford School. The crown was the 13th overall and ninth outright for coach Jim Fenerty. Nick Lindner dealt eight assists and sniped 15-for-17 at the line while notching 24 points. James Drury (22) hit five treys and dished as many dimes while inside guys Julian Moore (13, seven rebounds) and Greg Dotson (11, seven) enjoyed similar outings. The Patriots closed out league play with wins over SCH Academy and Episcopal and won its 10 games by an average score of 59-45. In year No. 5 of the Indy tourney, GA emerged as the Inter-Ac's first champ. It won the title over Kiski, 53-47, as Lindner totaled 11 points (three treys) and six assists and Dotson (20) finalized his career total at 1,013; Lindner had 1,234 and Moore came semi-close with 918. In the semis, Penn Charter fell to Kiski on a last-second dunk and Haverford School was GA's victim.

2014
Gtn. Academy (9-1)

  The Patriots missed out on clinching the title in game No. 9, falling at home to Haverford School. Then, at SCH Academy, they used an 18-9 second quarter to claim a 69-58 win and their consecutive outright crown. Fittingly, Sam Lindgren (20), Tim Guers (14), Evan-Eric Longino (13) and Devon Goodman (12) scored in double figures because all four averaged at least 10.0 in I-A play. Frosh Kyle McCloskey snagged 11 rebounds while Lindgren and Longino halved 20. Guers managed three steals. GA was the first I-A team since Malvern in 1966 to win a championship with no returning first- or second-team all-league honorees (beyond that, all starters were new), and this crown enabled Jim Fenerty (14) to ease past Dan Dougherty (13) for the No. 2 spot on the list of most coaching titles in I-A history. Penn Charter's Duke Taylor captured 16. In the Indy tourney, the Patriots and Haverford School advanced to the quarterfinals, then suffered defeats vs. Kiski and Hill School, respectively.

2015
Gtn. Academy (9-1)

  The final night of league play featured a dream matchup between teams with 8-1 records. Before an audience just short of full-house status, the Patriots stormed to a 74-50 win at Episcopal as Tim Guers proved to be quite the both-ends whirlwind. Aside from shooting 11-for-19 (3-for-7 on treys) and 8-for-8 for 33 points (also five apiece of rebounds and assists), he held wing sniper Matt Woods, who entered the game with 60 three-pointers, to five points and only two shots from the floor. Guers saved 27 of his points for the second half and notched 16 in a 21-13 third quarter. Kyle McCloskey added 17 points, Devon Goodman dished seven assists and McCloskey/Sam Lindgren/Evan-Eric Longino thirded 21 rebounds. Nick Alikakos (20) and Mike Hinckley (14) topped EA, which played without star point guard Mike Jolaoso (school issue) and had won the teams' first meeting. This win gave coach Jim Fenerty a third consecutive title for the third time in his 26-season stint. In the Indy tourney, GA and Haverford School had their seasons ended in the quarterfinals and semifinals, respectively, by Phelps.

2016
Gtn. Academy (9-1)

  Winning four consecutive titles is hard enough. Doing so in outright fashion is very special and the Patriots accomplished that feat in a contest at Malvern Academy. Officially listed as a guard but owning the boards more like a huge center, Kyle McCloskey swept 16 rebounds as the Patriots posted a 68-56 win to finish 9-1. McCloskey also scored 26 points and packed 13 into a 26-13 second quarter. The other stars for coach Jim Fenerty were Evan-Eric Longino (18 points, seven rebounds) and Devon Goodman (16, 8-for-8 at line, five assists). GA was the first I-A team to claim four straight outrights since Penn Charter's five-season run from 1940-44. In the Indy tourney, GA advanced to the championship game and fell to Westtown, 73-65. Episcopal bowed out in the semis (also to Westtown).

2017
Episcopal (8-2)
Gtn. Academy (8-2)

  The season's vibrations changed, in major fashion, in Game No. 6 as Haverford, 5-0 going in, was edged by 3-2 GA, 100-98, in five overtimes, due to outbursts by lefties Kyle McCloskey (43) and Evan-Eric Longino (27). In Game No. 9, GA edged Episcopal, 54-50, to leave both teams at 7-2. The final day produced wins for GA over Malvern (4 o'clock start, 87-70) and for Episcopal over SCH Academy (5:30 start, 74-52). In the Patriots' win, McCloskey (44) and Longino (25) led the way and the latter edged the former, 232-230, for the scoring championship. Nick Alikakos (24) and Conner Delaney (19) topped the Churchmen. The title was No. 17 (12 outright) for GA coach Jim Fenerty, enabling him to break the league record of Penn Charter's Samuel "Duke" Taylor (16, 11). Also, GA was just the third school to win as many as five consecutive crowns. PC won six from 1940-45. Malvern (1973-77), Episcopal (1987-91) and GA (2013-17) captured five apiece. In the Indy tourney, Episcopal and GA advanced to the final and semis, respectively. Both lost to Westtown.