Firsts by Catholic League Athletes in PIAA State Playoffs
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In the 2008-09 school year, Catholic League teams became
eligible to compete
for PIAA state championships. Here are some firsts . . .
Click here for the Public League's firsts (2004-05 school year).
(All efforts below come from West Catholic's game vs. Palisades on Nov. 22, unless noted.)
Game: In a AA contest, West Catholic defeated Palisades (D-11), 63-14.
Win: Same as above.
State title: La Salle, 2009. Defeated State College, 24-7. (In 2008, West Catholic and Wood both advanced to championship games. West fell to Wilmington, 35-34, in two OTs. Wood fell to Thomas Jefferson, 34-7.)
Touchdown: Rob Hollomon, 64-yard run, West Catholic. (Second offensive play for West.)
Field goal: James McFadden, Wood, 25 yards (on Nov. 28 vs. Bayard Rustin in AAA.)
PAT: Tim Carroll, West Catholic.
Punt: Eddie Colon, West Catholic, 34 yards (Last possession of game for West.)
Kickoff: Tim Carroll, West Catholic, 39 yards (to the 21).
Rush: Curtis Drake, West Catholic (7 yards).
Pass: Curtis Drake, West Catholic, (to Raymond Maples, 21 yards).
Completed pass/reception: Same as above.
Kickoff return: Eric Young, West Catholic, fair catch.
Actual Return: Quaran Kent, West Catholic, (11 yards).
Punt Return: Rob Hollomon, West Catholic, vs. Dunmore on Nov. 28 (75-yard TD) (Note: WC no punt returns in Palisades game; Wood played this night, too, Hollomon's return came with 3:57 left in first quarter.)
Passing TD: Curtis Drake, West Catholic, 2008 vs. Palisades, (to Rob Hollomon 25 yards).
Receiving TD: Rob Hollomon, West Catholic (from Curtis Drake 25 yards).
Return TD: Rob Hollomon, West Catholic, 2008 vs. Dunmore on Nov. 28 (punt 75 yards).
Interception: Rob Hollomon, West Catholic, 2008 vs. Dunmore on Nov. 28, (no return, touchback).
Recovery of opponent's fumble: Raymond Maples (forced by Haleem Hayward), West Catholic.
Tackle: Dante Dickens, West Catholic (opening kickoff).
Sack: Artis Carroll/John Ruppert (shared), West Catholic (7-yard loss)
Tackle for Loss: Jake Zuzek, West Catholic (3-yard loss).
Game: Three games were played on Nov. 4. At Northeast, Wood fell in AA to Pottsgrove, 2-1, and then North Catholic fell in AAA to Neshaminy, 2-0. At Central Bucks West, Kennedy-Kenrick fell in A to Christopher Dock, 5-0. (Game times: 5 for Wood, 7 for NC and 8 for K-K.)
Win: In AAA in 2010, Judge beat Downingtown West, 2-1.
Goal: Joe Getz, Wood, vs. Pottsgrove (also a basketball star).
Shutout: In AAA in 2010, in a quarterfinal, Judge's Chris Schwartz shut out Central Bucks East, 1-0.
State title: In AAA in 2010, Judge and Central Dauphin played to a scoreless tie in the final; declared co-champs.
Game: In a AAA contest on 3/6, Carroll beat Phoenixville, 56-50. Played at Norristown HS.
Team to win a state title: Carroll (same season).
School to win back-to-back state titles: Neumann-Goretti, 2010-11.
Tap: A Phoenixville player "won" the tap, but Kasheef Festus recovered the ball.
Shot: Festus, missed a contested foul-line jumper.
Points: DJ Irving, on a 15-foot, left-wing jumper.
Three-point shot: Irving, unsuccessful. (He then had the first successful trey.)
Free throw: Irving, successful.
Assist: Juan'ya Green.
Steal: Ben Mingledough.
Rebounds: Andre Wilburn (defensive), Mingledough (offensive).
Blocked shot: Andre "Scooter" Gillette, N-G (Wilburn had Carroll's first, but it didn't happen until the third quarter. N-G also played this night vs. Steelton-Highspire at Southern, also in AAA. Game started about a half-hour later. Gillette had his very early.)
Personal foul: Irving.
Dunk: Danny Stewart, N-G. (Carroll had none.)
Match: Dougherty lost in AA to Octorara, 64-15, on Feb. 1.
Win: Gerald Klink, by forfeit, at 160 pounds. (At 189, John Kim won by decision.)
Pin: Dexter Bush, in 5:02, at 285 pounds.
Medal: Chris Alexander placed 8th, at 125, in the AAA 2009 tournament.
There were three games on June 2. SJ Prep's AAAA win over Garnet Valley began at 1 p.m.; Neumann-Goretti's AAA win over Blue Mountain began at 2; Kennedy-Kenrick's AA loss to Tulpehocken began at 4.
Batter: Gio Morales, SJ Prep.
Baserunner: Greg "Buddy" Brooks, SJ Prep (drew walk, game's second batter).
Stolen base: Reno Regalbuto, N-G.
Single: Jeff Lynch, SJ Prep (led off second inning) Double: Al Baur, N-G.
Triple: Dom Riverso, N-G.
Home run: Ray Toto, SJ Prep (vs. Parkland in state semi; two-run).
Run: James Stewart, SJ Prep (pinch-runner for Lynch).
RBI: Kevin Gillen, SJ Prep (on single).
Sac: Perry Russom, SJ Prep.
Sac fly: Jeff Lynch, SJ Prep (vs. West Chester East on June 6 in a quarterfinal).
Strikeout: Perry Russom, SJ Prep.
Strikeout: Kyle Mullen, SJ Prep (fourth batter of game).
Walk: Kyle Mullen, SJ Prep (first batter of game).
Caught stealing: Ray Toto, SJ Prep.
Run: Al Baur, N-G.
Earned run: Al Baur, N-G.
Hit: Kyle Mullen, SJ Prep (third batter of game).
Win: Kyle Mullen, SJ Prep.
Win: La Salle beat Central Bucks East, 13-8, on May 26. (Pete Schwartz scored the first goal.)
State Title: La Salle then beat Downingtown East, 10-8, Manheim Twp., 10-3, and Conestoga, 7-3, to win the championship.
State championship: not yet.
Gold medal: 2010, West Catholic, 4x400 relay (Kevaughn Gail, Chris Booker, Jordan Stephney, Ozzie Bryan), 3:21.64 (AA) . . . O'Hara then ran next in the 4x400 relay for Class AAA and also won in 3:16.94. Runners: Bob Boyle, Tyler Gallen, Andrew Onimus, Corey Brown.
Silver medal: 2010, Tom Kehl, Judge, 1600, 4:12.02 (AAA).
Bronze medal: 2009, Corey Brown, O'Hara, 200, 21.69 (AAA).
Fourth place: 2009, Chazz Wilks, O'Hara, discus, 159-2 (AAA).
Fifth place: 2010, La Salle, 4x800 relay, (Andrew Stone, Chris Muggler, Nick Molloy, Tom O'Kane), 7:45.54 (AAA).
First medal: Wilks (discus held on Friday; running events on Saturday).