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Dan's Post-Up, 2002-03
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      Dan LePera is a student at Archbishop Ryan with an
interest in writing. He played for Ryan freshman and sophmore years, and currently you can spot him coaching for Saint Martha's varsity team.  Dan's brother, Steve "Hair" LePera, was a contributing memeber of the 2001-02 Raiders, who went to the CL championship last year.
    Dan may be reached at shakinbacon99@yahoo.com

   If there are any ADs that look on this website that may need a varsity grade school coach for next season please email me at Shakinbacon99@yahoo.com. I know I'll be only 17 next year, but my Dad could be the adult and I could coach.   Please don't write me off because you think I'm too young, I am right now a varsity assistant at St. Martha, I coached many of their games in the Boyle summer league, and did a pretty good job.  I know a lot about the game and I really want to get into being a head coach.  I went to St. Martha and that head coaching job is going to be secure for quite some time.  So, please, if there is anything Email me, or Email Ted and he can talk to me. Thank you!

FEB. 26
CATHOLIC NORTH PRE-PLAYOFF
Ryan 61, Judge 50
   Once again, the showdown between these two neighborhood rivals came
down to a 3rd and decisive game. This 3rd game was a little different
however, unlike last year, the teams had split their regular season
games this year. In both games the road team proved to be the victor.
I have to admit going into this game, I thought the senior leadership of
Judge would prove to be too much for the Raiders to overcome. Judge got
off to a hot start when Tom Keenan (13 points, 1 dunk) put back a John
Geiger miss(3 points) did give the Crusaders an early advantage. Jim
Welsh (11 points) would respond with the first of his 3 trifectas. It
would go back and fourth from there. Senior point guard and playmaker
Bill Geiger had a great game as I assumed he would scoring 18 and
droppin dimes as well. The 2nd half is when Mike Devine (19pts) and the
Red Raiders took over. It had been close until then, but Mike and Ryan
started heating up. The Raiders got another gritty performance from
Rick Ferraiolo who had 6 pts, 6 assists, and 7 rebounds. Ryan's big gun
Joe Mullin had a little bit of an off night, but expect him to put up
number against CD. Joe Zig (17pts) also had a huge game.

2 of the Best Plays I've seen Happened Wednesday Night.
1) Joe Mullin crossing up Jim Glowienka (As a freshmen watching him
when i was in 8th grade, I thought he would be the MVP of the CLN 1 day)

2) And Tom Keenan gettin up to throw down a HUGE slam that got me off
me feet.

DEC. 13
NON-LEAGUE
  
A classic Ryan vs. CHA matchup.  Usually CHA comes out on top, but tonight the Raiders wanted it more.  The game started out very sluggish, with turnovers and bricks being the early high, or shall I say low, lights.   Ryan was without star SF Mike Devine.  The day of the snow storm Mike was chasing his dog down the street, attempted to grap the leash with a baseball slide, and injured his knee.  Mike is likely to return for Ryan's home game vs Pennsbury.  Tony Pratico started in his place and grabbed 2 boards and had an assist. Ryan was led by Freshman stud Joe Zeglinski.   Tonight was Joe's coming out party, he scored 18 (7/10) and had 4 rebounds and 2 assists, he also played great D to grab 2 steals.  Also for Ryan, Jr. Joe Mullin, who reminds many of former Kentucky star Tashaun Prince, had his best game of the season.  Mullin had 11 points (4/7), 5 rebounds, 6 assists, a steal, and 2 blocked shots. Super athlete Tom Dolan set the table early with a few 3 bombs.  Ryan also got a lift off the bench from Freshmen big man Kevin Hudgeons who scored 6 and had 5 boards.  Jrs Rick Ferraiolo and Jim Welsh also were bright spots.  For CHA Pat Whitworth and point guard Jake Kind combined for 32 of there 42 total points.   It seemed as if everytime I looked up Whitworth was on the line.  The game was back and fourth in the 4th quarter until CHA was over the limit and Ryan burried there foul shots.  Ryan next plays West Catholic Sunday.
  The Brian Oakes Watch:  Somehow the coaches managed not to put Oakes in the game.  He was even cited in the Ryan newsletter for being a major contributor for the Raiders.

DEC. 3
NON-LEAGUE
Holy Ghost Prep 48, Ryan 45

  
Holy Ghost Prep must have Ryan’s number, because for the second straight year they win a wild one. Holy Ghost was led by #20 Bill Manney, this kid played the lights out. He scored 16 points and easily had 12 boards. He took the ball hard every time, and Ryan seemed to have no answer. Also point man #21 Chapman scored 9 and had some dishes. It was all Ghost from the tip as they built a 7-2 lead and from there a double digit halftime lead. Ryan struggled in the first half as #15 Mike Devine, #23 Jim Welsh, and #24 Joe Zeglinski couldn't get started. A bright spot in the first half was #33 Joe Mullin played good defense and hit some 3's. The second half was all Ryan. Jim Welsh and Mike Devine both worked to get open and hit some clutch shots. Devine finished with 12, and Welsh with 7. However, Ryan would have never got back in the game if it wasn't for the hustle and bustle of #21 Tony Pratico, #45 Rick Ferraiolo, #20 Tom Dolan, and #12 Joe Clancy. Subbing in and out on timeouts, free throws, and jump balls this feisty lineup brought the Raiders back from a 12 point fourth quarter deficit. These players scrambled for loose balls and scored 3 points between them. To finish off I just want to let everyone know Ryan struggled mightily in last year's pre-season, but when they started clicking it was pretty.
Player Of The Game - Bill Manney. Took Ghost on his back for the W
The Brian Oakes Watch - Oakes didn't get in tonight, although with the team down 3 with 3 seconds left and the ball out of bounds, I thought they might sneak him in to hit a three.

NOV. 29
NON-LEAGUE
Ryan 42, Kennedy-Kenrick 33
         It wasn't pretty but we will take it.  The Archbishop Ryan Raiders came into this matchup against the Wolverines of Kennedy Kenrick with 3 new starters in point man Sergio Colon, shooting guard Jimmy Welsh, and power forward Tony Pratico.   All three contributed in the 42-33 Raider win.  Ryan started off hot as Jim Welsh hit a three and a layup in transition to get Ryan started.  The most impressive aspect of Ryan's victory was its ability to win without the best of 6'5 playmaker Joe Mullen and 6'2 small forward Mike Devine.   Also Joe Zeglinski, one of the best freshmen in the city, did not suit because Ryan just ended its football season.  Kevin Hudgeons impressed with a 12pt 6rb night sportin' the shaved head.  Going into tonight I had heard a lot about Amarildo Matos, a 6'2 CG, but he did nothing special for me to even put him in the review.  Although he did bank an ugly 3 pointer.   I don't think it's entirely his fault The Wolverines really weren't that good, but did compete and got back into the game.  Warning to the Catholic League Northern Divison this team WILL not lose at "The Reservation" and Juniors 6'2 Brian "Butch" Oakes and 6'0 Ricky Ferraiolo will contribute.