All-Time Most Memorable Catholic League Playoffs
In Football/Basketball/Baseball, School by School

  Below you'll find my list of the all-time most memorable Philadelphia Catholic League playoff
games in football/basketball/baseball, school by school.

  What makes a game "memorable"? Sometimes it's the sheer quality of the game itself, or a truly
special performance by one or more participants, or the historical context of the game, or the
fact that the result was a gigantic upset, fan involvement during/after the game or high levels
of controversy for assorted reasons.

  Mostly, it's just a feeling. Again, this is one man's opinion and please understand that it was
hard to come up with this order. (And harder still to cast aside many other strong contenders.)
  Thanks for paying attention, and I hope you enjoy the list.
  -- Ted Silary

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2013, Semifinal, at O'Hara
Bonner-Prendie 41, O’Hara 38

  Collin DiGalbo 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 (two to Mike Ockimey -- 6-136) while adding 95 yards and three scores on 16 carries. He also ran for a conversion. For O’Hara, J.T. Blyden rushed 21 times for 152 yards and one TD while Dashawn “Day-Day” Darden (two rushing TDs) passed 11-for-22 for 141 yards and one score. Ockimey preserved the win making an interception on B-P’s 4 with 17 seconds remaining. Two weeks earlier, B-P had lost to O’Hara, 36-35, in OT, blowing a 15-point, fourth-quarter lead.

1988, Final, at the Palestra
Bonner 62, North 59
Brian Daly shot 8-for-17 and 12-for-14 for 30 points — setting a record for a CL final — while sub Tom Fitzpatrick grabbed nine rebounds and Pat Lynch had five assists, two steals. Daly's 74 points accounted for 38.1 percent of the Friars' postseason scoring. He scored his final two points by making two free throws at 0:03 after North was slapped with a technical foul for calling an illegal timeout. North's Jim Schultice had 19 points, 14 rebounds.

1987, Semifinal, at Temple's Erny Field
Bonner 19, St. James 14
  In the highest-scoring playoff game in CL history, the Friars exploded for eight runs in the visiting seventh to erase a 14-11 deficit. The leaders were Pete Klein (2-for-3, triple, four RBI) and Chris Boyle (2-for-5, double, triple, five RBI). Bonner was outhit, 16-8. For St. James, Jim Smith had three RBI while Neal McLaughlin, Len Montano, Dave "Duke" Elison and Mike McBride had three hits apiece.


2000, Final, at Northeast
Carroll 42, McDevitt 10
   The Patriots spotted McDevitt a 10-0 lead, then stormed to victory while raising their season scoring advantage to an amazing 584-42 (45-3 average rounded off score). Brian Mattaway scored twice -- run, interception -- while Maurice Stovall (pass from Derek Zambino), Mike Larkin, Charlie Hurley (runs)
and Jeff Kobilka scored once apiece. Marty Higgins kicked six PAT to pad his city-leagues records for season (73) and career (118). In all, he finished with five marks. Pat Kelly made 10 tackles and Jeff Vanak raised his career sack total to 50.5. For McDevitt, Dave Melcher (60-yard run) became only the third CL player to score a TD vs. Carroll, joining West's Abdul Sesay and Neumann's Owen McGuire. Sean Hughes added a field goal.

1995, Final, at the Palestra
Carroll 72, Roman 65
Tom Dearborn scored 21 points and Paul Romanczuk (11 rebounds) shot 7-for-7 en route to 16 points as the Patriots won the title for the first time in 27 years of CL membership. Rafal Bigus tallied 14 points, eight rebounds and four assists and soph Martin Ingelsby, son of coach Tom Ingelsby, dealt seven assists. For Roman, which parted company with its streak of 20 consecutive playoff victories, Donnie Carr and Arthur "Yah" Davis scored 16 each while Lari Ketner had 14 points, 15 boards.

2004, Semifinal, At La Salle University
Carroll 9, Conwell-Egan 8 (8 inn.)
The Patriots rallied from a 6-1 deficit, forced extra innings at 7-7 with three runs in the visiting seventh (big hit: Colin McHale's two-run double) and held on in the home eighth when Alex Szathmary was rubbed out at the plate to end the game while trying to take two bases on a wild pitch. Catcher Matt Lisowski could not
locate Brian Rorick's wild pitch. Rorick wound up recovering the ball at the base of the backstop and tossed to Lisowski at the plate. C-E's Tim Carroll went 3-for-4 with a double, triple, walk and two RBI. Kurt Bruehl added three hits, including a double, and two RBI. Of Carroll's eight runs over the last four innings, six were unearned due to five errors.



1982, Final, at Villanova Stadium

Dougherty 17, Carroll 14
  Bill Wright kicked a 23-yard field goal on the final play of the game as Dougherty, which lost starting QB Richard Ashby (knee injury) in the second quarter, overcame a 14-point deficit to win its first title
since 1968. Keith Rieser, playing halfback and QB, ran and passed for scores and accounted for 161 yards total offense. David Bond was the defensive hero of the fourth quarter, forcing a fumble and making an interception. For Carroll, Dan Dinsmore rushed 29 times for 188 yards and Jim Keenan scored both TDs.

1974, Quarterfinal, at the Palestra
Dougherty 44, North Catholic 43
  Paul Terrell sniped 14-for-22 and 2-for-5 for 30 points, including 10 in the final period, as 9-7 Dougherty stunned the 16-0 Falcons. The 30 points were a CL playoff record. The other Cardinals shot 5-for-27. North led, 43-40, but Terrell hit jumpers with 0:29 and 0:06 left and North’s Don Hobson (17) missed a last shot. Lawrence Reid had 10 rebounds. North’s Jim ‘‘Bozo’’ Wolkiewicz had 17 boards. At the Markward Club luncheon, Dougherty coach Bob Harrington had said, "16 and 0 and down they go, but don't quote me until after the game."

1969, Final (Last of Three-Game Series), at Temple's Erny Field
Dougherty 15, St. James 1
  Leo Woehlcke pitched a five-hitter with six strikeouts and went 3-for-4 with three RBI in the No. 9 hole. Greg McCorry went 2-for-4 with a triple and four RBI. The Cardinals scored 12 runs in the third inning thanks to eight singles, McCorry's three-run triple, a walk, a wild pitch and three errors. Woehlcke and McCorry had two hits each in the inning. Colin Malseed singled and scored for St. James in the sixth.


1963, Final, at Franklin Field
Egan 36, SJ Prep 14
  The running of Paul McDowell (17-104, two TDs) and John Kerr (21-91, TD) enabled Egan to win the title in its first year of CL membership. For Prep, which won the Southern Division in its return to CL competition after a six-season absence, Billy Frank's fumble recovery set up the game's first TD, Brendan Murray's 2-yard run.

1964, Semifinal, at the Palestra
Egan 59, Neumann 47
Egan, a first-year CL member, registered the upset despite having no starter taller than 6-1. Chris Cosmas and Dave Frederick split 40 points and Bill Creeden claimed 18 rebounds. The Eagles rang up a 59-39 lead before Neumann scored the final eight points against reserves. Frank Gillen and Jim Stinger split 22 points.

2006, Final, at Widener University
Conwell-Egan 8, SJ Prep 3
   These teams had combined for only one league championship, and C-E's drought had lasted since 1968, when the school was known as Bishop Egan and coach Rich Papirio was a substitute. Brian Herman, as he'd done in the semis, went the distance (five hits, five Ks) as C-E finished 16-0 against CL opposition. He also hammered a run-scoring double. C-E's Ryan Terry (leftfield) and Prep's Matt Leddy (rightfield) both poled two-run homers that barely left the stadium down short lines (300 to LF, 309 to RF). Leddy's homer created a 3-3 tie, then Ed Barry (double) and Rich Dupell (single) collected RBI in the home fourth before John McDonald (single) and Mike Rugghia (double) did likewise in the fifth. The Eagles added an unearned run in the sixth. All 11 runs were scored with two away. The title was Papirio's third, ending a 22-year wait (also '80 and '84 at Ryan.)


1983, Semifinal, at Veterans Stadium
Judge 27, Dougherty 21 (OT)
    In OT, Judge scored on a 4-yard run by Mike Elentrio (30-106, three TDs) and then Dougherty failed to score. On fourth-and-11 from the 16, Richard Ashby passed to Andy Garczynski three yards deep in the end
zone. Back judge Tom McClain signaled a touchdown, but he was overruled by umpire Jim Reilly, who said Garczynski did not have possession before the ball fell to the turf. Dougherty forced OT with 0:23 left in
regulation when Garczynski caught a three-yard scoring pass from Ashby, capping an 86-yard drive. Judge's Mike O'Hanlon made 18 tackles.

1958, Semifinal, at the Palestra
Judge 68, St. James 66 (2 OT; 2nd Was Sudden Death)
Bill Penny scored 21 points and made three huge baskets -- one to end regulation, another to end the first OT and another to end the second OT, a sudden-death session. John Andreoli added 18 points. Tom Wynne (20) led the losers. This was Judge's third year of CL membership.

2010, First Round, at Judge
Judge 5, SJ Prep 4 (11 inn.)
Kevin Conroy smacked a mammoth solo homer in the first, capped a three-run home seventh with an RBI groundout and singled to plate the winning run in the 11th. He also got the W with four shutout relief innings, escaping two hairy jams to boot. Jim Delaney scored the tying and winning runs. Matt Stahl (single) and Greg "Buddy" Brooks (double) delivered RBI hits for Prep.


1972, North Tiebreaker, at Villanova Stadium
Kenrick 26, Wood 18
   Jordy Hinkle passed 3-for-5 for 100 yards, including a 47-yard TD to Mike Hober. Jim Genuardi rushed for 82 yards and a TD on 24 carries.

1976, Final, at the Palestra
Kenrick 64, West Catholic 54
Paul Mulholland shot 9-for-14 for 21 points, Tom Catagnus (17) and Robert "Butch" Bontempo (11) also scored in double figures and Phil Eisenmann scored two consecutive baskets for a 54-48 lead as Kenrick became the fourth suburban team to win the championship, joining Bonner in 1960, La Salle in '63 and O'Hara in '68. Michael Brooks (22, 12 rebounds) and Mike Davis (14, 11) led West.

1992, Semifinal, at La Salle University
Kenrick 6, Wood 4 (8 inn.)
    Working for the third time in four days, Rob Olszewski relieved in the home seventh with one out and two on and recorded three straight strikeouts. He'd totaled one K in his previous 7 2/3 playoff innings. Scott Lawler (three RBI) and John Kelemen had run-scoring singles in the eighth. For Wood, Mike Hartman had a two-run homer and Tom Whalen went 3-for-3.


2015, 2A Semifinal, at O'Hara
Lansdale 35, Conwell-Egan 12
  Three days earlier, Ryan Quigley became just the fifth player in CL history to win division MVP honors for a second time. All he did in this one was make 15 tackles, intercept a pass and rush for 225 yards and three TDs on 22 carries. QB Mike Basilii scored twice on keepers and David Paulino added 11 stops. C-E's highlight was Patrick Garwo's 92-yard kickoff return for a TD.

2013, Preplayoff, at La Salle High
Lansdale 50, Conwell-Egan 35
The teams met for the second consecutive night to break a tie for 10th place and LC, a fifth-year CL member, once again triumphed, thus earning its first playoff berth. Chris Rudisill missed his only shot (a follow), but claimed 14 rebounds and blocked three shots. Andrew Riviello (18) and Brian Rafferty (17) led in scoring; Rafferty added eight rebounds and five assists. C-E missed 15 of its first 16 shots and trailed, 22-3, with just short of 12 minutes having been played. The Eagles' top scorers were freshmen Stevie Jordan (nine), LaPri Pace (eight) and Vinny Dalessandro (seven).

2011, First Round, at LC
Lansdale 6, Carroll 5
Ryan "Mugsy" Mulligan scored on Rory Clemens' fielder's choice in the home sixth, breaking a 5-5 tie. Eric Lewandowski posted two RBI while Greg Meyle and Kevin Neumann had two hits apiece. Carroll's Eric McGough had two hits.


2012, 4A Final, at Plymouth-Whitemarsh
La Salle 28, SJ Prep 27 (OT)

  City playoff records took a beating as the Explorers, before an overflow crowd, captured their fifth consecutive championship and avenged a regular season loss. Sean Coleman caught 14 passes (former record 12) for 138 yards and four TDs (FR three) and Chris Kane notched four TD passes while posting 328 yards and erasing the bests for completions (31, FR 22) and attempts (46, FR 42). In OT, after Olamide Zaccheaus scored for Prep on a 10-yard run and the PAT went awry, La Salle won it with Kane's 5-yard, right-to-middle slant to Coleman and Ryan Winslow's kick. Zaccheaus also tallied on a reception and 90-yard kickoff return.

2019, Quarterfinal, at La Salle
La Salle 49,  Carroll 47

  The host Explorers smashed the record for biggest comeback from an after-three-quarters deficit -- 17 points; the mark had been 10 -- while roaring to a 28-9 edge over the final eight minutes. Zach Crisler scored 11 of his 13 points in that final session and recorded a three-point play with six seconds remaining to erase a 47-46 deficit. On a drive, he recovered his batted pass in midair and curled in a flip shot while drawing contact. Titus Beard and Jake Timby (on two treys) scored six points apiece in the historic stanza, which La Salle capped with a 9-1 run. Carroll shot 7-for-16 at the line in the last quarter after shooting just one free throw through the first three. Allen Powell also tallied 13 points for La Salle. Konrad Kiszka (nine), Beard (eight) and Timby (six) completed the scoring. Tairi Ketner (19, 9-for-12 floor) and Luke House (13) topped the Patriots in scoring and Ny'Mire Little hustled for six apiece of rebounds/assists.

2003, Semifinal, at La Salle University
La Salle 9, Carroll 1
  Senior lefty Dan Waters pitched a no-hitter with 10 strikeouts and faced just 22 batters, one over the minimum, as the Explorers rolled. Leading off the second inning, Matt Smith reached second for Carroll when Waters bobbled his comebacker and then, with no play, threw the ball past first for a double error. He later scored on Chris Cashman's sacrifice fly. Kevin McLoughlin and Andrew Carnevale had two-run singles and Carnevale, the shortstop, made a spectacular play on a groundball up the middle (he was two steps beyond the bag) to end the fifth and preserve the no-hitter.


1987, Final, at Villanova Stadium
McDevitt 14, St. James 0
    Dan Taylor passed 8-for-16 for 92 yards and a TD to Kevin Howard (4-55) as McDevitt ran its two-season, on-field record to 23-0. Three wins in the '86 championship season were forfeited due to the use an ineligible player. Jason Hannings (20-67) and Kevin Blackstock (8-47, TD) handled the rushing. The Lancers posted an 86-26 scoring advantage in the playoffs and 330-90 overall. For St. James, Marcas Bradley was held to 27 yards on 11 carries, but finished his career with 682 carries for 3,108 yards and 34 TDs (37 overall).

2013, First Round, at Conwell-Egan
McDevitt 58, Conwell-Egan 57
  Playing a do-or-die game for the third consecutive day, the lower-seeded Lancers lassoed this win as Jayson Clark passed to Amin Taylor (17 points, seven rebounds) for a three-point play and his fifth assist with 14 seconds left, then hit a clinching free throw at 0:04. Tyrell Long (four blocks) and frosh Qadir Burgess halved 30 points. With Burgess (5-for-7) and Taylor (3-for-4) leading the way, McDevitt shot better on treys (8-for-16) than it did on twos (11-for-25). In all, the Lancers were playing for the fourth consecutive day. The string began with a 102-69 loss to Neumann-Goretti and then a win over Bonner-Prendergast to earn a preplayoff with Judge. These two CL playoff wins were just the third and fourth in the school's 51 seasons of membership. C-E was denied its second; No. 1 had come in '64. The hosts were led by Stevie Jordan (19), LaPri McCray-Pace, Jordan Burney (13 apiece) and Vinny Dalessandro (10). Burney was a junior. The others were sophs.




2013, 2A Final, at O'Hara
Neumann-Goretti 32, West Catholic 14
Aside from seizing its first championship since 1954, N-G caused the Burrs to part company with a
52-game, nine-season league winning streak in the Blue/AA divisions. Counting two subregional wins,
West had won 54 in a row against division opponents. Khalil Roane hustled for 209 yards and one TD
on 31 carries, Ray Lenhart passed 6-for-14 for 164 yards and one TD, Aamir Brown made four
catches for 108 yards, Miles Brewer turned three rushes into 14 points (two TDs, one conversion)
and Michael DiFrancesco, also a key blocker, had eight tackles. For West, Calil Wortham ran 16 times
for 123 yards and one score.  

2006, Final, 
at La Salle University
Neumann-Goretti 44, Roman 41
  An exciting finish wound up leading to what was likely the darkest day in CL history. Derrick "D.J." Rivera drained a left-wing trey with 1.4 seconds left, and then dashed immediately down and across the court to a spot in front of Roman's student rooters, who'd been heckling him hard all game. Players and fans followed, the Roman kids threw debris, including plastic bottles, and a Roman student received a cut nose when something was fired back. There were also on-court scuffles involving adult N-G fans and police and a city-wide assist call resulted in 100-plus police officers rushing to Tom Gola Arena. Two juveniles were among six people arrested and the incident drew national attention. Though intense and close, the game was not especially clean. The teams combined to shoot 31-for-108 (28.7 percent) from the floor and 21-for-41 at the line (51.2) and were guilty of 30 turnovers. Rick Jackson had 12 points, six boards and seven blocks and helped hold Mike Ringgold, the South MVP, to two points. Roman's Rockeed McCarter totaled eight points and 15 boards while Raymond "Doodles" Sims mixed nine points, two assists and three steals. A week-long investigation of the incident by principals, ADs and the archdiocese resulted in a suspension for N-G coach Carl Arrigale for the first four games of the 2006-07 CL regular season. Among other sanctions: no spectators for the N-G/Roman games.

2012, Semifinal, at Widener University
Neumann-Goretti 8, Bonner 7 (14 inn.)

  Everyone got a late start to the holiday weekend as this baby lasted 4 hours, 15 minutes, and tied the city record for longest playoff game, innings-wise (also a '71 Pub semi). Junior righthanded reliever John La Motta, who had pitched just one league inning all season (and had absorbed the Saints' lone CL loss), went an amazing nine innings (most allowed by PIAA rule) to get the win. He allowed one run, four hits and whiffed 10, and only 21 of his 97 pitches were balls. Josh Ockimey capped a three-run third, pulling N-G into a 4-4 tie, by clobbering a home run to dead center that cleared the 400-foot mark by a lot. Also, he ended the game at 8:12, with darkness warming up in the bullpen, by milking a four-pitch walk. For Bonner, Jim Haley went 3-for-5 and scored three times while Frank Saviski turned two hits into as many RBI. The teams combined for 23 hits (five for extra bases) and 14 errors, and left 33 runners on base. A whopping 424 pitches were thrown.


2006, Red First Round, at 
North Catholic 30, Judge 27
This was quite the red-letter occasion for North. Terrell Oglesby (12-195) and Daryl Robinson (15-154) raced for one and two TDs, respectively, as the Falcons rolled to 426 total yards and won a postseason game for the first time since 1956 (12-0 over Lincoln for the City Title). Also, it was their first triumph in a CL playoff since '37 (13-0 over SJ Prep in a final necessitated by a tie for first place in the standings). In all,
Robinson generated 265 yards of rushing/receiving/returning and lost an 84-yard score on a punt return to penalty. He did catch a scoring pass from Dennis Logue and make two of the Falcons' five interceptions. Oglesby, Rich Cruz and Ryan McCullough also had picks. For Judge, Andrew McHale scored on a punt return and a pass from Paul Volpe (7-for-16, 135, two TDs).

1968, Quarterfinal, at the Palestra

North Catholic 77, McDevitt 60
  In a game that generated headlines across the country, North痴 junior varsity � filling in for the 12-man varsity squad, suspended by coach Jack Friel (also the disciplinarian) for cutting classes � rolled to a stirring victory. The youngsters, booed by North痴 fans during warmups and hit with chants of 荘We want the varsity!鋳 had not played for eight days and only split with McDevitt痴 JVs during the regular season. The starters were Mike Kaiser (20 points), Iggy Brodzinski (19), Jim Boylan (14), Joe Evanosich (13) and Billy Dever (nine). Kaiser, Boylan and Brodzinski claimed 20, 17 and 15 rebounds, respectively. McDevitt was led by junior guard Bob Haas (26), who during the regular season had scored 51 points against Ryan to break the CL record.

1977, Final, at Temple's Erny Field
North 3, Bonner 2
  The Falcons trailed, 2-0, entering the home seventh and standout lefty Tom Stauffer was cruising. Art Cauto and Mike Chrobocinski drew walks. With the count 2-2 on Jack Hogan, who'd been inserted to bunt the runners over, coach Larry Conti went to Steve Buchanan and the result was a single to center to load the bases. Two runs scored on Tom Bonk's misplayed grounder and Leon Rysak later won it with an RBI single to center. Jeff Etsell allowed five hits, fanned 11. Stauffer allowed four hits, fanned 10. Tony Manzi had an RBI triple on an 0-2 pitch in the fifth. In the seventh, an 0-2 pitch to Manzi skipped to the screen and Mike Baselice scored as his hard slide dislodged the ball from Etsell's glove.


2000, Red Semifinal, at Norristown
O'Hara 23, La Salle 21
  In an all-timer and then some, the teams combined for 18 points in the last 1:48 and O'Hara's Frank Vinci won it by kicking a 26-yard field goal with 0:06 left. For O'Hara, Mike Lomas passed 13-for-21 for 198 yards and a TD apiece to Ryan Barksdale (3-73) and Harry Dougherty (5-61), and Kevin Jones carried 30
times for 137 yards. For La Salle, Gabe Marabella passed 5-for-14 for 109 yards and ran for two TDs, including a 1-yard keeper with 0:51 left. Tom McCaffery's PAT made it 21-20.

1968, Semifinal, at the Palestra

O'Hara 51, North 49
Lou Ferro scored on a buzzer-beating tap as O辿ara won a thriller. The ball rolled around the rim twice, momentarily hung on the metal slab extending from the rim to the backboard and then fell in. The Lions had created a tie with 0:17 left on Steve Maiocco痴 steal and layup, followed by Ray Martin痴 steal. Joe Hazinsky scored 17 points. North痴 Hank Siemiontkowski scored 26 points, including 13 in a row in the fourth quarter. Coach Jack Friel used two of his JV heroes from the quarterfinals � forward Mike Kaiser and guard Billy Dever.

1983, Final, at Temple's Erny Field
O'Hara 10, Egan 6
  This game featured the most amazing development in city playoff history. Down by 5-2, O'Hara scored eight runs in the visiting seventh and seven followed this juncture: two outs, nobody on and Joe Romano facing an 0-2 count. The Lions scored four runs (all earned) in one-third of an inning against reliever Ted Blucas, who had not allowed an earned run all season. Scott Seifert (4-for-5, three RBI) started the inning with a double and later had an RBI triple. Tim Kelly (3-for-5) singled for the final RBI of the inning. The win went to John Morris, who allowed one run in two innings. He had pitched only 3 1/3 previous league innings. For Egan, starting pitcher Bob Zupcic went 4-for-4 with two triples and two RBI to finish 11-for-17 (.647) with seven RBI in four playoff games.


1922, Final to Break a Tie, at Baker Bowl

Roman 13, Villanova Prep 9
  In the dying moments of the game, Charlie McKinney caught a punt on Roman's 5-yard line and zig-zagged 95 yards for the game-winning TD. Villanova had taken a 9-6 lead earlier in the quarter on Fred Vail's 35-yard field goal. A 35-yard pass from McKinney to Francis "Dibby" Cassidy set up the game's first score, Vince McNally's 4-yard run. Villanova countered with Jimmy Quinn's 3-yard run. The Cahillites finished with a quite unusual overall record of 7-0-4. Included was a 6-6 road tie against St. James, of Haverhill, Mass.

2007, Final, at the Palestra
Roman 59, Neumann-Goretti 56
  Just when it appeared the Cahillites were dead meat, with just under six minutes left, they overcame a 10-point deficit by roaring to 11 consecutive points in 1 minute, 40 seconds, and wound up scoring 17 of the game's final 21 points. The win gave 21-year coach Dennis Seddon his 10th title, eclipsing the CL record of nine by Roman's Billy Markward in the 1920s and '30s and preventing N-G's Carl Arrigale from capturing his fifth in seven years. Roman went ahead for good, at 56-54, with 2:22 left as members of the team's two sets of twins did the honors: Will Kirkland (also Wes) scored on a pass from Pitt signee Bradley Wanamaker (also Brian). Will Kirkland was the defender in '06 when Derrick "D.J." Rivera hit his game-winner; he said he wasn't himself for a whole month afterward. Bradley Wanamaker had 17 points, six rebounds, seven assists and four steals. Wayns (13), Will Kirkland (12) and Brian Wanamaker (10) also scored in double figures. N-G's leaders were Syracuse signees/best buddies Rick Jackson (20 points, 18 rebounds, six blocks) and Antonio "Scoop" Jardine (11 assists). Jackson's three-game playoff averages were 22.7, 14 and six. Will Kirkland sank the first of two free throws at 6.4 for a 62-59 lead. Teammate Courtney Stanley grabbed the rebound of the missed second shot, then clanked two FTs of his own. N-G's Jamal Wilson rebounded and passed ahead to sixth man Mark Hatty, who hit the rim with a 24-foot, right-wing trey at the buzzer. As the Cahillites began to celebrate, roughly a half-dozen, liquid-filled plastic bottles were fired onto the court from high above N-G's bench. Roman's contingent sought refuge in the locker room, then later returned to accept the plaque and cut down the net.

1983, South Pre-Playoff, at O'Hara
Roman 5, SJ Prep 4 (12 inn.)
  Paul Barton homered with one out in the home 12th to win it. Pat DiCicco went 2-for-4 with an RBI, was issued two intentional walks, gunned out two base-stealers and made a great block-and-tag at the plate to prevent an 11th inning run. Roman scored two in the seventh on RBI singles by Pete Boylan and John Connor. In the eighth, Prep scored on a doubleplay grounder and Roman's Fran Zehren had an RBI single. Prep's Vince Bonaventura and DiCicco had RBI singles in the ninth.

1993, Final, at La Salle University
Ryan 10, Carroll 0
    Bill McVey ran 5 yards for a TD on a tight-end reverse and Kevin Wyszynski kicked a 36-yard field goal as Ryan became the first CL team to finish unbeaten against league opposition for a fourth consecutive year (38-0-2). In those 40 games, assistant Lee Marvel's defense allowed 3.6 points per game and posted 21 shutouts. Jaime Brown rushed 22 times for 76 yards and caught a 37-yard pass from Adrian Dumchus in the TD drive.

2020, First Round, at McDevitt
Ryan 58, McDevitt 56
Luke Boyd lost possession on a left-baseline drive and the ball squirted across the lane. Jalen Snead gained possession and deposited an easy layup that became the decisive play when the host Lancers were short with an in-the-lane push shot just before the buzzer. Boyd's major success on treys (5-for-6) enabled him to score 18 points. Gediminas Mokseckas mixed 18 points with six rebounds and three assists. Snead and Christian Isopi both shot 4-for-5 from the floor while halving eight points. The Raiders earned the win despite not having star Aaron Lemon-Warren (broken foot). McDevitt was topped by 1,000-point scorers Jamil Manigo (21) and Robert Smith (16). Ryan was provided extra motivation before the game when a McDevitt priest capped a prayer , in an attempt at humor, by asking God to make sure the Lancers would be humble in victory.

2008, Red Pre-Playoff, at La Salle
Ryan 4, North Catholic 2
  This one featured a major snafu. The teams first met on Sunday, but the game was halted by rain in the bottom of the third, with North up, 2-0. CL baseball moderator Fran Murphy was under the impression that PIAA rules in this specific instance mirror the National Federation's, which call for a restart. They don't. The game should have been resumed. By the time the mess was untangled via assorted cell phones Monday afternoon, the Blue pre-playoff featuring coach Murphy's Carroll team and host Wood (also halted Sunday after one scoreless inning) was in progress. Murphy said Ryan-North, for consistency's sake, had to restart since Carroll-Wood had already done so. Nick Ferdinand pounded a solo homer deep into the leftfield woods and pitched three-hit ball with eight strikeouts. Ferdinand and teammate Kevin Mack collected two hits. Losing pitcher Ryan Etsell did so for North. Ryan's Jerry Smith had two RBI. PIAA rules did not permit a protest.


1972, Final, at Villanova Stadium
St. James 29, Kenrick 27
  On an end-around double reverse, Dave Kasarsky threw a 50-yard scoring pass to QB Kevin Dare to erase a 14-13 deficit and give St. James momentum. Dare threw a 49-yard TD pass to Bill Warrington and Tony Serge ran for two TDs. For Kenrick, Jim Genuardi carried 15 times for 124 yards and a TD while Jordy Hinkle ran for one score and passed for another.

1981, Quarterfinal, at the Palestra
St. James 58, Roman 56 (OT)
In the greatest upset record-wise in CL playoff history, the 7-7 Bulldogs, who needed to win a preplayoff just to join the party, stunned 14-0 Roman as Nate Hall collected 15 points and 10 rebounds, John McHugh added 10 points and eight boards and Paul Van Horn, accustomed to shooting less than 50 percent, went 6-for-8 at the line and dished five assists. St. James had lost 29 in a row to Roman. Tom Jones blocked Roman’s last shot in regulation. Hall’s one-and-one conversion with 0:10 left in OT provided a 58-54 lead. Roman’s Glenn Welton scored 20 points.

1965, Final, at Temple's Erny Field
St. James 12, Judge 11
No. 7 hitter Art Gorga went 3-for-4 with two singles, a three-run homer and six RBI. His blast capped a four-run seventh and gave the Bulldogs a 12-7 lead. Joe Carroll went 2-for-3 with two RBI. For Judge, Chuck Jarvis went 4-for-5 with three RBI and pinch-hitter Ted Johnson had a two-run triple in the eighth before George Talarico came on to earn a save.


2002, Red Final at Northeast
SJ Prep 38, Roman 7
  For the first time in decades, the title games in both divisions were played before Thanksgiving. In this one, the first scrimmage play yielded a 59-yard scoring pass from Matt Stefanski to Steve Quinn and
then the night became The Pat Kaiser Show. Shrugging off teasing about a learning disability from Roman's fans, Kaiser set city playoff records for rushing yards (316, on 18 carries) and points (32) and tied city marks for rushing TDs in a playoff (four) and career field goals (25). Kaiser's field goal was a 32-yarder. After a penalty, he converted one of his five PAT from 35. Kaiser finished the season with 2,178 rushing yards and city marks for rushing TDs (35) and total TDs (37). His 525 career points are No. 1 in CL history and his 306 season points were briefly the state record. For Roman, Andre Sloan-El was involved in 51 plays and accounted for 331 yards, passing 20-for-35 for 230 and rushing 16 times for 101.

1923, Final to Break Tie, at Auditorium Hall, Wilmington
SJ Prep 22, Salesianum 21
  John "Jocko" Collins shot 12-for-17 at the line en route to 14 points as the Hawklets held on after building a 21-14 lead. Lex Gillespie led Salesianum with 15 points, thanks to a 13-for-19 showing at the line. This was the last season in which the rules allowed one player to shoot all of his team's free throws.

2006, Semifinal, at Widener
SJ Prep 3, La Salle 2
With two out and two men on base in the home seventh, and just after star lefthander Matt Zielinski replaced T.J. Foley, Nelson Russom lined a two-run double off the base of the rightfield fence to hand the Hawks the dramatic win. Tim Edger and Tom Elliott (two outs, two strikes) had singled. Russom also singled to drive in a third-inning run. Doug DiSandro allowed five hits, and both runs were scored by guys who drew walks (thanks to Sean Saverio's double and Ryan Creter's single).



1972, Final, at the Palestra
St. Thomas More 54, North 42
Carl Kenty collected 13 points, 19 rebounds and eight blocks as Tommy More made Eddie Burke the first coach in CL history to win back-to-back championships at different schools. Emery Sammons scored 16 points and Larry Sanders grabbed 13 rebounds. Barry Brodzinski (11) and Mike Kernan (10) paced North, whose fans pelted the court with four stink bombs during the game and with empty beer cans as the Golden Bears celebrated.



2002, Blue Semifinal, at Northeast
West Catholic 55, Neumann 48
   In the highest scoring game ever involving CL teams, there were 788 yards from scrimmage and 264 on returns (1,052 total). The first half, which ended with West ahead, 35-20, produced exactly 600 yards, including returns. The tone was set as West's Chris Diaferio returned the opening kickoff 67 yards for a TD.
Curtis "Boonah" Brinkley posted 240 yards and four TDs on 26 carries. For Neumann, Jimmy Porreca ran 24 times for 159 yards and three TDs and caught a pass from Jon Brady (15-for-29, 236, three TDs) for a fourth. The win was assured when West's Dave Fitzgerald recovered an onsides kick at 0:25. The
Burrs were quarterbacked by DB Matt Rodia; the former starter had been dismissed from the team for school-related reasons.

1959, Final, at the Palestra
West 59, Judge 58
Jim Boyle (18 points), Jim Flavin (14) and Herb Magee (10) led the Burrs, who opted to stall after grabbing a 58-57 lead with 3:20 left. Dribbling whiz Jim Lynam added one free throw for a 59-57 lead at 1:29 and Judge's Joe Kelly made one at 1:00. Judge got the last shot, but John Monahan (16) missed a 16-footer. John Andreoli scored 18 points for Judge.

1966, Final, at Temple's Erny Field
West Catholic 3, Judge 2
  The Burrs went through three pitchers in the ninth while holding on to win. John Barth was pulled after allowing his fifth hit. Bill Rocks and John Sheeran finished. With one run in and a runner at third, a Judge runner broke for second. Catcher Charlie Taluto fired to Sheeran, who in turn threw to third baseman Tom Scartozzi to catch the runner off base. The next man made out. West scored twice in the third on Bob Clarke's single and George Mozzachio's double. For Judge, Pat Lyons went 3-for-4 with an RBI and Bob Mannifield fanned 10.--


1974, Semifinal, at Northeast
Wood 40, Ryan 36
  The teams combined for 36 first downs, 523 yards rushing, 171 yards passing and 247 more on returns (941 total). Charlie Gross rushed for 161 yards on 22 carries.

2017, Final, at the Palestra
Wood 65, Neumann-Goretti 58

  After falling into a 30-15 hole, the Vikings roared to a 50-28 advantage while winning their first championship in 51 seasons of CL competition. A loss in a final prevented N-G coach Carl Arrigale from claiming the outright league record for championships for the third consecutive year -- he remained tied with former Roman boss Dennis Seddon at 10 -- and the man who was able to experience unbridled joy was his long-time buddy and former assistant, John Mosco. League MVP Collin Gillespie (Villanova commit) exploded for 22 of his 24 points in the second half while lifting his career total to 1,016, thanks to a 6-for-7 performance from the floor (two treys) and 8-for-9 from the line (all in the last quarter). He also dealt six of his seven assists beyond intermission. Matt Cerruti (10), Tyree Pickron (nine, all on threes) and Gillespie (six) combined for all 25 of Wood's third quarter points. Cerruti and Pickron finished with 15 and 13 markers, respectively. Seth Pinkney had eight points, four blocks. Quade Green (18, Kentucky), Noah Warren (13) and Mike Millsip (11) scored in double figures for the Saints. Green added seven assists and Dhamir "DaDa" Cosby-Roundtree (also 'Nova) swept 11 boards. This was the 80th CL final. Never before had a champion overcome a halftime deficit as high as 13 points (31-18). In '97, Neumann trailed Carroll by eight, then won by eight. Due to the partial collapse of a wall in its gym on Jan. 6, Wood played 16 league games, counting playoffs, in 12 venues -- Bensalem (2), La Salle High (2), Palestra (2), Ryan (2), Arcadia University, Bonner-Prendie, Conwell-Egan, Holy Family University, McDevitt, O'Hara, Philadelphia University and Wood.

2009, Quarterfinal, at Wood
Wood 14, Roman 13 (9 inn.)

  In the highest scoring one-run playoff in CL history, the Vikings rallied from deficits of 6-0 and 13-8 and won it in the home ninth on a no-out, bases-loaded hit by pitch (drawn by Kyle McCrossen). The teams halved 28 hits. Roman created an 8-8 tie with one out in the seventh on Steve Herbetko's solo homer. John Hildebrand (double) and Herbetko (another homer) slammed hits worth two runs apiece in a five-run eighth. Wood battled back on two-run doubles by McCrossen and Mike Kerns and Sean Duckworth's chopped RBI single over a drawn-in infield. Jeff Courter pitched one uneventful inning to win it. He was the only one of seven pitchers to yield no runs. Matt McAllister led Wood with four RBI. McCrossen and Kerns had three apiece. Hildebrand and Herbetko managed four apiece for Roman while A.J. Vagliani was the game's only player with four hits.