Most Memorable Playoff Games
in City History . . . Part Two

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  During the summer of 2008, we compiled a list of the 50 most memorable playoff games in
Philadelphia scholastic sports history.
  Obviously, many people thought THEIR favorite games belonged on the list.
  For Part Two, we are going to list games not chosen the first time around, and here's how
we're going to do it - - - three games total for each school year, one apiece for football,
basketball and baseball from either the Catholic League OR Public League, or City Titles.
  We'll do the years on a random basis and time constraints might prevent daily updates.
  Again . . .
  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, or even the fan involvement during or after the game.
  Mostly, it's just a feeling. Again, this is one man's opinion and please understand that it was
hard to come up with these choices. (And harder still to cast aside many other strong contenders.)
  Below the new list are your comments about which playoffs in city history have most stayed etched
in your memory. Send to

  Thanks for paying attention, and I hope you enjoy this.
  -- Ted Silary

  Click here for the original Top 50 list.

Years already posted: '76, '87, '01, '79, '03, '71, '94, '81, '92, '85, '98, '77, '83,
'74, '89, '91, '04, '86, '05, '95, '00.

At Northeast
Dougherty 26, Wood 21
   Despite being outgained, 338-161, Dougherty became the first
city-leagues team with a regular season record as poor as 2-5 to win a
playoff game. Ben Dever passed 4-for-10 for 101 yards and two TDs to
Sarina Oeub (3-70), the first Cambodian native to make an impact in
city-leagues football, while Rodney Daniels (fumble return) and James
Jefferson (end-zone fumble recovery) scored defensive TDs. Wood's Sean
Murphy ran 22 times for 167 yards and the game's first two scores.
  (Ted's note: The Dever family was accustomed to pulling off upsets.
Ben's dad, Billy, was the starting point guard for North's 1968 JV, which
beat McDevitt in our overall No. 1 playoff moment.)
At Temple's Liacouras Center
Straw. Mansion 60, Gratz 49
The Knights spurted to a 10-1 lead, got 22 points and 13 rebounds from
Omar Thomas and held off a late-game challenge to win their first-ever title
and spit out the bad taste of an 0-16 lifetime record against Gratz. Gregory
"Fatty" Cunningham had nine points and nine assists while freshman
Maureece Rice added 13 points, three assists and three steals to negate the
rough times suffered by Darryl Jones -- limited to 16 minutes by foul trouble;
departed with 7:44 left. For Gratz, only Percell Coles (18) reached double
figures and it was his trey that sliced Mansion's lead to 41-38 with just
under 4:00 left. The Knights stormed to 10 of the next 14 points. Mansion
coach Gerald Hendricks dedicated the win to his 17-year-old son, Kyle, a
national-class breaststroker who'd been left quadriplegic in a swim-practice
accident 17 months earlier.
At Washington

Saul 3, Washington 2
   Saul, a three-year PL member coming out of lowly Division C, registered
a gigantic upset over the Division A champs by scoring three runs in the
visiting seventh to erase a 2-0 deficit. An error and two bases-loaded walks
brought in the runs. Mike Jones allowed five hits and fanned seven.

At Northeast
McDevitt 10, Ryan 0
    Ben Payne made four tackles for losses, recovered two fumbles
and batted down a pass as McDevitt halted Ryan's 47-game unbeaten streak
in CL play (45-0-2, regular season and playoffs). Also, the Raiders had
won 25 consecutive games in CL play. McDevitt's TD came when Chris
Westerman blocked a punt and Pat Watkins recovered in the end zone.
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.

At La Salle University
Washington 7, Northeast 6 (9 inn.)
    With two outs and the bases loaded in the home ninth, Ric Mruk smacked
a 330-foot single off the bottom of the leftfield fence to end it. All of
Washington's runs were unearned. The seventh inning featured two runs by
Northeast and three for Washington. Jeff Whitmore had a two-run single in
the first and an RBI fielder's choice in the seventh. Frank "Jaws" Jarosiewicz,
sporting a freshly shaved head, won in relief. For Northeast, the No. 8 and
No. 9 hitters, Bryan Latino and Rob MacMullan, both went 2-for-4 with
an RBI.

At Villanova Stadium
O'Hara 14, SJ Prep 13
   The Lions rallied from a 13-2 halftime deficit to prevent The Prep from
capturing a fourth consecutive title. Quarterback Anthony Walters, installed

as the starter late in the season specifically with beating the Hawks in mind,
began the comeback with a 55-yard scamper that set up his own 2-yard TD.
Pat Macaulay scored the game-winner on a 9-yard run two plays after Mike
Marotta recovered a fumble on the Hawks' 21. That play was controversial.
Tom Elliott caught a pass and lateraled to star rusher John Shaw (24-147,
two TDs, one for 71 yards). The ball hit the turf and Mike Marotta recovered.
As TV replays showed, Elliott's knee was down. Greg Smith ensured the win
by blocking a late field goal attempt. O'Hara's Brian Giacobetti had two
interceptions. Danny Algeo, O'Hara's first-year coach, had won the Red title
exactly five years earlier with Roman.
At Temple's Liacouras Center
Central 52, Prep Charter 46
  The Lancers, coached by '71 grad Haviland Harper, won their first title since
1932 the hard way, spotting PC a 10-0 lead in the first 2 1/2 minutes. They
scrapped a press and crawled back with tough man-to-man defense, forcing
the Huskies into 34 turnovers. Game MVP Scott Rodgers totaled 15 points,
six rebounds, two assists and three steals and he contributed a spectacular
sequence -- flying block at one end, layup at the other -- to provide
mid-second-quarter momentum. The Lancers scored the last basket of the
half on Andre Woodlin's layup to take a 24-22 lead and scored rang up seven
more points in the first 47 seconds of the third quarter. Woodlin had 14 points,
seven boards, three steals. Led by Rodney Green (20 points, seven rebounds),
PC cut Central's lead to 47-46. Kenny St. George, 1-for-12 to that point, drove
from the right corner for a dipsy-doodle layup at 0:40. PC's next two possessions
resulted in turnovers while Rodgers went 2-for-4 at the line. Green missed a trey,
St. George rebounded and finalized the scoring at 8.6 with a free throw. Green,
who won game sportsmanship honors, shot an astounding 81 percent from the
floor (39-for-48, 86 total points) in PC's four playoff games. PC, a fourth-year
Pub member, was the first charter school to reach the final.
At La Salle University
La Salle 5, Roman 4
   With help from a strong wind, which arrived just before a thunderstorm caused
a 42-minute delay in the fourth inning, Zac Hess launched a three-run homer over
the fence in right-center to create a 3-3 tie. Sean Saverio singled home the fourth
run of the inning and Mike Pennington (double) scored on a wild pitch in the fifth.
Matt Zielinski allowed eight hits and fanned 10 in six-plus innings, then Chez
Angeloni recorded a save in hairy fashion. His wild pitch could not immediately be
found by Saverio, the catcher, and Brian Cooper scored from second. Then,
pinch-runner Mike Mychack was rubbed out in a rundown after Pennington fielded
a grounder at third base and Dominique Joseph was caught stealing at second base
to end it. Joseph was easily safe, but then was tagged out after momentarily losing
contact with the bag.

At Northeast
Central 18, Washington 17
    After mismanaging the clock, Central opted to take an
intentional safety with 18 seconds remaining and then held on as Jason
Lewis intercepted a pass on the 1 on the game's final play. Adrian Smith
rushed 30 times for 98 yards and two TDs while Mike Roche passed
7-for-13 for 95 yards and ran 1 yard for a score. Rich Drayton added 78
yards on four catches. For Washington, Keith Singleton passed 6-for-14
for 127 yards and TDs to Cleon Jones and Sean McAleer (16 tackles) and
Rick Pohl kicked a 43-yard field goal.
  (Ted's note: Rich Drayton is now a Central assistant. McAleer's brother,
Gene, was an all-time LB at Ryan.)
At William Penn
Southern 73, Gratz 71 (ot)
  Brian Shorter shot 14-for-15 from the floor for 33 points, snatched 17
rebounds and created a 63-63 tie by converting a rebound basket with 0:02
left in regulation. And then, with 0:02 left in OT, he was fouled while shooting.
He missed the first free throw badly, missed the second on purpose and Al
Baur rebounded for Southern. Lionel Simmons led Southern with 29 points,
20 rebounds and four blocks. Marshall Taylor added 16 points, seven assists.
Gratz’s Dennis “Dink” Whitaker had 12 assists.
  (Ted's note: Lots of strong candidates for the hoops selection. My most vivid
memory is of Whitaker calmly dribbling around a roll of toilet paper that was
thrown onto the court. Baur pitched in the Phillies' farm system. Simmons
played in the NBA.)
Franklin 23, King 12
    The game was halted after 5 1/2 innings when King coach Jim Stewart said
he had no one left to pitch. Greg Fennell went 3-for-5 with a triple and six RBI
and Darryl Jones went 4-for-5 with a homer and three RBI. The game was
marred by 15 errors. King reliever Dean Taylor posted this line: 4 1/3 innings,
14 hits, 18 runs, 10 earned, 3 walks, 3 strikeouts. King's Maurice Heyward had
four RBI.
  (Ted's note: This one makes it on Taylor's pitching line alone -- smile.)

At Norristown
West Catholic 32, Carroll 27
   The Burrs roared back from a 20-0 deficit as Curtis "Boonah" Brinkley ran 39 times for
225 yards, raising his career total to exactly 7,200, and four TDs. In a late October game
vs. North Catholic, Brinkley had claimed the city marks for rushing yardage in a game
(399, breaking 379) and career (6,351, breaking 6,122). Will Burke passed 7-for-13 for 131
yards and a TD to soph John Maddox (6-87). For Carroll, Rich Wood ran for two early
TDs before suffering an injury. Ryan Stewart (8-111) and Mike McMahon (18-93) rushed
for one score apiece.
At La Salle University

SJ Prep 84, Dougherty 61
   Again the arena was packed beyond belief, again many were turned away, and again
The Prep knocked off a team considered to have more talent. The Hawks' guards, wing
John Griffin (27) and point Chris Clark (25), combined to shoot 15-for-21 (floor), 5-for-7
(treys) and 17-for-18 (line) while pacing overall performances, same order, of 27-for-44,
7-for-12 and 23-for-29. The Prep, which made 17 of its first 24 shots, closed out the first
half with a 9-0 run to take a 30-22 lead. It began the second half with a 14-7 run, then
dominated from there. Reggie Redding (16) and Mike Kearney (10) also scored in double
figures. Clark (five) and Griffin, a Bucknell signee, combined for nine assists. Coach
William "Speedy" Morris lifted his CL title total to eight. Tim Smith (16), DeSean White
and Shane Clark (14 apiece) led Dougherty. White (Providence), Clark and Kyle Lowry
(both Villanova) were committed to D-I programs.
  (Ted's note: I wouldn't ordinarily choose a game with a 23-point deficit, but this outing
by the Prep was just so impressive. Six D-I players in this one -- Griffin, Clark and
Redding for Prep; White, Clark, Lowry and Bilal Benn for Dougherty.)
At La Salle University
Frankford 6, Northeast 4
Joe Farina allowed seven hits, struck out 10, collected two hits and had an RBI on a
bases-loaded walk as the Pioneers defended their title. The championship was Farina's
seventh in three years at Frankford (three in wrestling, two apiece in baseball and football)
and he finished with a 97-2 PL record, including playoffs. Cory Shaeffer and Richard
Jimenez had RBI on sacrifice flies. Jimenez added a run-scoring single. Frankford had
just 10 varsity players for virtually the entire season. For Northeast, Brandon O'Malley
went 2-for-2 with a triple, two walks and an RBI. Chris Steinke and losing pitcher
Andrew Lihotz added run-scoring singles. A month earlier, besting Farina, Lihotz had
stopped Frankford's PL regular season win streak at 36.

At Northeast
Mastbaum 28, Washington 26
    Trailing 20-0, Washington roared to four TDs in slightly under
11 minutes to take a 26-20 lead with 8:50 left. Mastbaum's winning drive
was highlighted by a 49-yard pass from running back Barry Williams to
wideout Gary Fooks and capped by a 6-yard run by QB Marc Baxter. Fooks
then snagged Baxter's conversion pass. Jamie Jacobs made seven tackles
during Washington's final drive, halted when Danny Soto stopped Brian
White for no gain on fourth-and-7 at Mastbaum's 20. Williams rushed 16
times for 97 yards and a TD. Baxter passed 7-for-16 for 83 yards and a
TD to Uhuru "Joby" Hamiter. The title was Mastbaum's first in 43 years
of PL membership. For Washington, Terrell Jones carried 16 times for 108
yards and two TDs. The teams combined for 603 yards total offense and 31
first downs.
  (Ted's note: Hamiter played in the NFL. Even with the Eagles.)
At Central
Central 82, West 80
  Craig Wise used four threes and 10-for-13 foul shooting to again post 46
points and vault the Lancers into the semifinals for the first time since 1965.
He added 15 rebounds, five assists and seven steals. Tyrone Tyson scored
18 points and Jason Pinkett converted a one-and-one for an 82-77 lead with
0:06 left. West’s Laurence Pembrook had 27 points and Shawn Harvey had
15 points, nine assists.
Lincoln 10, GAMP 9
    Keith Michalak smacked a pair of two-run homers for four RBI. Kenny
Allmond went 3-for-4 with an RBI and Pete DiDonato had two RBI. For
GAMP, with left the bases loaded to end the game, Greg Rossi (homer) and
Dante Annacone had two RBI apiece and Clay Caldwell had three hits.
  (Ted's note: Michalak is a football assistant at Judge. One of these years,
the school will spell his name right on the roster. Maybe they hold Lincoln
against him -- smile.)

At Northeast
Central 14, Washington 6
    Fran Schnering, an afterthought much of the season, passed
7-for-10 for 89 yards and a 33-yard TD to Eric Mobley as Central
finished unbeaten for the second time in four years. Jerrod Washington
(23-92, TD) and Sundiata Rush (18-51) led the rushing attack. For
Washington, Jim Wark completed 6 of 14 passes for 64 yards and a TD to
Doug Tuley, but was intercepted by Bernard Brown on Central's 7 with
just under 2 minutes left.

McDevitt 75, Dougherty 63
  Aaron Ervin collected 13 points, five assists and five steals and committed
no turnovers as the visiting Lancers won a playoff for the first time in 26 CL
seasons. Matt Buber (19), Derick Pickett (16, 12 boards), sub Allen Ray
(13) and Darren Gregg (12) also scored in double figures. McDevitt shot
19-for-20 at the line in the last quarter. Dougherty’s Chris Williams had 23
At Temple's Erny Field
Bonner 5, La Salle 3
  Bonner trailed, 3-0, after five innings, but posted three in the sixth and two
in the seventh. Jack McCoy, the South MVP but relegated to spot duty
because of a broken left hand, capped the sixth with an RBI single while
wearing a cast. Scott Ely (triple) and Bob Sadwick (misjudged double)
had RBI in the seventh. Jeff Tinari, previously 1-2, pitched a five-hitter
and had a two-run double. For La Salle, Dave Kratz had an RBI double.

At Northeast
Frankford 14, Southern 13
    In a wild affair, three touchdowns were scored in the final
3:52. Southern took a 7-6 lead as QB Mike DiFeliciantonio gained 2 yards
on fourth-and-3 then had the ball wrested out of his hands by teammate
Frank Otis, who ran 42 yards for the score. With 1:10 left, Frankford's
Anthony Turiano scored his second TD and Cliff Hutchens hit Jim Wetzel
on the conversion. Southern roared back as Mike McKenna raced 80 yards
for a kickoff-return TD, but on the conversion, George Hall was stopped
inches short of the goal line by Wetzel and Bernie Mullen.
At the Palestra
Roman 50, La Salle 42
Zane Major overcame a scary incident to total 14 points and 13 rebounds
and help the Cahillites become the CL's first back-to-back champs since
North Catholic in 1956 and '57. With 0:28 left in the third quarter, a rock
came zooming toward the floor and hit Major in the head. He retreated to
the locker room, was patched up with three stitches and received a standing
ovation when he re-entered the game with 6:03 left. Mike LaPera, Roman's
lowest-scoring starter, added 14 points. Ed Mearion had 14 points for La Salle,
which used only five players. All attempted 11 to 13 shots from the floor.
At Veterans Stadium
Ryan 3, Bonner 2
  With 1,500 looking on, Tom Filer fired a four-hitter and John Zeglinski
went 4-for-4 with a tying RBI double in the visiting fifth and a tie-breaking,
two-out, two-strike RBI single to score Tom Rice (HBP, steal) in the seventh.
The game ended a shade before 4 p.m. Zeglinski and the other seniors rushed
home to prepare for a 6 o'clock graduation ceremony in Ryan's auditorium.
Larry Greenwich had Bonner's two RBI.
  (Ted's note: Filer pitched in the majors and is now a pitching coach in the
Phillies' farm system. Zeglinski is the father of Zack, Joe and Sammy, of
Penn Charter/Ryan fame.)

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.

At Olney
Olney 74, Mastbaum 72
  Anthony “T-Bone” McFadden scored 22 points and won it with a
buzzer-beating 22-footer while surrounded by three defenders. David
Jones had 16 points. Mastbaum’s Dana “Dano” Garner shot 13-for-17
for 30 points, adding six assists.
  (Ted's note: Yes, this was only a "16" game, but it was a classic
throughout. I could have watched it for hours longer.)
At Temple's Erny Field
O'Hara 1, St. James 0 (8 inn.)
  In the home eighth, Joe Romano drew a one-out walk and stole
second. As Chris McCall grounded out, Romano ran to third and drew
a throw from the first baseman that bounced off the third baseman's glove
and allowed Romano to score. Norm Hanratty pitched a four-hitter to
outduel Tim McCarthy, who allowed four hits and fanned 10 in his
7 1/3 innings.
  (Ted's note: I still remember the devastation displayed by St. James'
players after this crushing loss. Very difficult.)


At Veterans Stadium
Carroll 21, Bartram 6
    Nick Becker passed 7-for-10 for 100 yards and one TD apiece to
Kevin Mullen and Steve Austin as Carroll triumphed. Tom Kincade (17-116)
and Joe Kennedy (16-88, TD) handled the rushing. Joe Walsh led the
defense with three interceptions. For Bartram, Michael Gold rushed 25
times for 146 yards and a TD, finishing the season with 1,495 yards and
20 TDs. QB Michael White added 85 yards on 14 carries.
  (Ted's note: This was a close call because Carroll's win in the CL final
was also legendary. I went with this one because Bartram had such high
hopes coming in. The Maroon Wave was 11-0 with nine shutouts and a
423-12 scoring advantage.)
At the Palestra
West 61, Overbrook 51
With All-America Gene Banks watching from the bench (he was suspended
for violating team rules), Clarence "Eggy" Tillman had 24 points and 12
rebounds before a turnaway crowd (8,000-plus). Mike Powell, who started
in Banks's place, had 13 points. The Speedboys finished the season at 30-0
and were 79-2 in Banks's 3-year varsity career. Overbrook's Lewis Lloyd
had 19 points and 13 rebounds.
  (Ted's note: There was all KINDS of anticipation for another Banks-Lloyd
showdown and the latter, honestly, looked a shade deflated. In the teams'
regular season meeting, played at what was then Sayre Jr. High -- West's
new gym was being built -- before a turnaway crowd, Lloyd, known to
most as "Black Magic", had compiled 34 points and 24 rebounds in a loss.)
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.


At Northeast
Judge 47, La Salle 14
  Jim Casey ran for 222 yards and three TDs on 29 carries to pace
an explosion that netted 444 yards total offense and brought an emphatic
halt to La Salle's 32-game winning streak, longest in city-leagues
history. Ed Guzak (19-114) and QB Joe Tyer (11-87, four TDs) aided the
cause. La Salle's Brett Gordon passed 13-for-28 for 199 yards and two
TDs, but was intercepted three times.
At the Palestra
Franklin 61, Franklin LC 56
Alex Wesby scored 17 points, snatched 22 rebounds and notched five
blocks as the Electrons won their first title since 1984 and denied their
block-away neighbor. Calvin Johnson (15) and Kevin Isley (10) also
scored in double figures and Gary Palmer had five assists. For FLC,
Charles "Tuna" Pringle scored 17 points and sub Cameron Milton
added 12 points, five steals.

  (Ted's note: There was a great sub-plot here. FLC's coach, Pete Merlino,
now deceased, was a teacher at Franklin and a fast friend of Franklin
coach Kenny Hamilton. Alex Wesby had a strong career at Temple.)

At La Salle University
Ryan 6, Judge 1 (9 inn.)
    Sophomore John Price pitched a six-hitter with 11 strikeouts and just
one walk as the Raiders completed a four-win playoff run and captured
their first title since 1984. Just to make the playoffs, Ryan needed to score
twice in the home seventh on the final day of the regular season and
eliminate co-contender Dougherty. Neither team scored through eight
innings. In the visiting ninth, Ryan received back-to-back RBI singles
from Kevin Corcoran and Joe Corsanico to make it 2-0. The other runs
scored on an error (two), a wild pitch and a sacrifice fly by Albert "Butch"
Cantz. For Judge, Pete Gabriele stroked an RBI double and Josh Riordan
pitched three-hit ball over eight-plus innings.

At Villanova Stadium
Judge 17, Carroll 10
  With Ed Tamasitis running for one score and passing for another
and Brian Dulin contributing 108 yards on 19 carries, Judge captured its
third out-of-nowhere title in four years. The Crusaders finished third
in the North after fourth-place finishes in '81 and '83. Tony Leneghan
made 11 tackles and recovered two fumbles. Rusher Chris Dransfield
(16-102, TD) starred for Carroll, which advanced to the Judge 9 before
time ran out.
  (Ted's note: Leneghan is now a Judge assistant.)
Southern 74, Franklin 73
  Will Crandall hit eighth man Bob Johnson for a vicious dunk and a
72-67 lead with 0:16 left. Johnson finished 6-for-7 and 9-for-10 for 21
points. Lionel Simmons added 19 points. Paul “Snoop” Graham (25)
and Jerome “Pooh” Richardson (24) led the losers.
  (Ted's note: All kinds of talent in this one -- Simmons, Graham and
Richardson all played in the NBA.)
At Temple's Erny Field
Judge 11, St. James 5
    Walking none and striking out none, sophomore reliever Chris Gies
pitched 6 2/3 innings of three-hit shutout ball and received huge support
from Ron Brunner (3-for-4, double, five RBI) and Mike Hagan
(three-run homer). Bob Christy had two RBI in St. James' five-run first.
  (Ted's note: Amazing, right? No walks and no whiffs in 6.2 innings!
If the strike Phillies had started the season in '95, Gies would have been
their Opening Day pitcher in St. Louis. He still dominates in the semi-pro
Pen-Del League.)

at Bok
Frankford 33, Bok 32
   Damien Adams rushed 23 times for 166 yards and a TD and scored
again on a pass from Jerry Pollock. For Bok, Gregory Jones ran for two
scores and recovered a fumble. After John Coppola's 67-yard pass to
Michael Russell brought Bok within 33-32, Derek Stevenson recovered
an onsides kick. But on fourth-and-16, a hook-and-lateral play from
Coppola to Eddie Carter to Russell netted just nine yards.
At the Palestra
Roman 77, Dougherty 68
Kyle Locke, a 6-6 senior forward, exploded for 39 points — most in
CL playoff history — as the Cahillites won their fourth title in a row.
Locke shot 11-for-17 and 17-for-18 and added eight rebounds. James
"Flame" Lewis notched 15 points, seven boards and 5-8 Dwayne
"Sugar" Hill plucked a game-high 11 rebounds. Dougherty's Cuttino
"Cat" Mobley scored 28 points to finish with 42.8 percent of his team's
166 playoff points. The Cards used two sets of twins — starters Dan
and Ed Kearney and subs Shawn and Brian Simkins.

At Phila. Textile
St. James 2, West 1
   Jim Buggy pitched a no-hitter, faced just 23 batters (two walks) and
collected an RBI single in the fourth to break a 1-1 tie. Scott Green had
doubled and scored on an error in the first. Losing pitcher Greg DeFelice
(five-hitter) had a sacrifice fly.
  (Ted's note: There were lots of quality baseball candidates. But when
a guy pitches a no-no and get the decisive RBI . . . DeFelice is the son of
Bok FB coach Tom DeFelice.)

At Northeast
Frankford 22, Central 18
    Scott Croft threw an 18-yard TD pass to Mike Gourdine to give
Frankford a 15-12 lead, then ran 2 yards for a score with 1:40 remaining
after Central had stormed ahead on a 58-yard bomb from Joel Murphy
(6-for-16, 127 yards) to Vic Bellamy. At 10-0-0, the Pioneers posted the
best record in school history and its first-team defense allowed just
three TDs all season.
  (Ted's note: Bellamy played in the NFL.)
At Frankford
Frankford 53, Mastbaum 52
  Sophomore Rico Washington generated 25 points and 11 rebounds as
the Pioneers won a playoff for the first time since 1949. After Washington
missed a free throw with 0:04 left, Ralph Lewis outbattled a Mastbaum
player for the ball and rattled in a 12-foot, left-baseline jumper to win it.
Mastbaum playmaker Timmy Brown fouled out with 2:07 left in the third
quarter, though coach Ralph “Bones” Schneider did not know it until he
tried to put Brown back in the game with 6:12 left. Mastbaum’s Ernell
Harley had 17 points.
  (Ted's note: Washington transferred to Franklin and was a mega-star.
He is deceased. Lewis was no more than the 4th, even 5th, starter. He
earned a late scholarship to La Salle and got better on seemingly a daily
basis throughout his career. He advanced to the NBA. Schneider was
Mastbaum's basketball coach from the '58 through '02 seasons! Great
guy! He is deceased.)
At Central
Mastbaum 5, Lincoln 4
  Joe Kirchner had two RBI and never threw a pitch to earn the win. He
picked off a runner after Charlie Davis went the first 6 2/3 innings and
Mike Valentino drew a bases-loaded walk to end it in the bottom half.
Lincoln's Randy Nicholas and Steve Holiday had back-to-back solo
homers in the seventh.
  (Ted's note: Davis's brother, Emanual "Vel" Davis, attended Kensington
High and Delaware State and advanced to the NBA. He made his debut
at age 28.)

At Northeast
Dobbins 23, Mastbaum 16
  Under first-year coach Doug Macauley, Dobbins stormed back from
a 16-0 halftime deficit to win its first title in 46 years of PL
membership. Mastbaum entered the game unbeaten; Dobbins was only .500 in
league play. Matt Johnson gave the Mustangs a 17-16 lead with a 23-yard
field goal -- his first of the season -- and Hassan Brockman expanded it
by running 68 yards for a TD on a slotback counter. Also, Johnson made
an interception to terminate Mastbaum's final possession. For Mastbaum,
Jerald Lyons managed 99 yards and two TDs on 22 carries.
At the Palestra
Roman 56, Carroll 49
Days after winning the state indoor championship in the triple jump (45-11),
sub Will McKnight shot 6-for-8 and 2-for-2 for a season-high 15 points in
20 minutes as Roman broke the CL and city records for consecutive playoff
victories. Roman upped its total to 17. West Philadelphia won 16 in succession
from 1974 to ‘79. Eugene Small added 16 points and 11 rebounds and put the
Cahillites for good, 46-44, with a left-baseline jumper on a pass from R.C.
Kehoe. For Carroll, Mike Dzik scored 16 points and Brian Dunn dealt seven
At La Salle University
La Salle 11, SJ Prep 8
  Trailing by 7-4, the Explorers scored seven runs in the visiting seventh as
Donny Quinn (3-for-5) and Kevin Kline (3-for-4, three RBI) had consecutive
two-run doubles for the final four runs. In the home sixth, Drew McCormick's
deep drive had been dropped for a four-base error that yielded three runs.
Roger Burns pitched one-third of an inning for the win. With The Prep stirring
heavily in the home seventh (one run in, two out, two on), La Salle coach Joe
Parisi tried to return Kevin Kline to the mound from shortstop. A rules
technicality prevented that move, so soph Mike Wilkin came in and assumed a
2-0 count against Mike Chiliberti. A flyout ended it.

At Franklin Field
Central 13, Egan 6
    Ken Anderson (24-116) and Marty Israel (18-51) ran for TDs as
Central, coached by Ed Veith, became the first PL school to win the city
title since 1958 and only the third since 1947. Warren McAllister set up
Israel's TD with a fumble recovery. Joe Younge recovered a fumble to
thwart Egan's next-to-last possession, then combined with Greg Pittman
to sack QB Dick Bedesem Jr. and end Egan's last possession. For Egan,
Mike Fogarty rushed 10 times for 51 yards and a TD.
At the Palestra
SJ Prep 64, O'Hara 58
Maurice "Mo" Howard shot 12-for-18 and 5-for-8 for 29 points — a
CL postseason record — and Bill Truskey mixed 13 points with 12
rebounds as The Prep prevailed. Two baskets by Howard and another
by Truskey allowed the Hawklets to take a 49-46 lead and maintain
control from there. Mike Arizin (22) and Ed Manning (17) led O'Hara.
  (Ted's note: Howard, who played in the NBA, is the father of Drexel
assistant Ashley Howard. Mike Arizin is the son of deceased NBA
all-timer Paul Arizin.)
At Veterans Stadium
At Lincoln High (twice)
St. James 8, Judge 3
  This title was won over three days. On Sunday, the teams played to a
3-3 tie that was halted after eight innings at 1:15 so the Phillies and Padres
could get in some pregame practice. On Monday, rain forced a postponement
after a half-inning. On Tuesday, the matter was finally resolved. Fran
McKinney allowed six hits. The Bulldogs took a 4-2 lead in the sixth as Ron
Schott stroked an RBI single and scored on Dave Miller's squeeze. Judge's
Mike Votta had two RBI.

At Northeast
Frankford 14, Washington 6
    The game was postponed twice and was finally played Dec. 14
in mud and off-and-on drizzle. On the game's second series, Frankford
jumped to a 6-0 lead as freshman Brandon Norris (21-119) zoomed 48
yards. The Pioneers punted to end their next series and when the ball
bounced off the return man, Michael Washington recovered at the 25.
Darrell "D.J." Turner's TD toss to Adam Hartman followed. Washington
answered three plays later on Larry Turner's 26-yard TD. In the fourth
quarter, Washington saw drives end at Frankford's 28, 15 and 32. On the
game's final play, Sharif Nash and Hartman were present to make sure the
pass would fall incomplete.
At Temple's Liacouras Center
Bartram 64, Gratz 62 (OT)
   Todd "Kojak" McCoy, usually a complimentary player, exploded for a
career-high 23 points (9-for-13, 5-for-6) as the Braves captured their first
title since 1972. He also wolfed down 14 rebounds. Charles Jones added
21 points, despite going 5-for-14 at the line, and four assists. Jason Cain
mixed eight points, nine rebounds, seven assists and seven blocks. He also
forced OT by hitting the second of two free throws with 7.9 seconds left in
regulation. Khalil Abdus-Salaam played strong defense on Gratz's main
scorer, Mark Tyndale (10 points). In OT, Bartram received an early field
goal from sub Antwan Garfield, then went 11-for-18 at the line. Gratz used
nine players. Eight scored from six to 10 points.

At La Salle University
O'Hara 5, La Salle 4
  As they'd done in the semis, scoring four to edge Conwell-Egan, 10-9, the
Lions won it in the bottom of the seventh. They only needed two runs this
time. Mike Antonini's squeeze bunt brought in the tying run and pinch-hitter
Paul Titchenell, with two away and a 1-2 count, slammed a single to right
for the win. The hit scored Joe DiMenna, who was dashing down the line
in an attempt to steal home. Brian Placido went 2-for-2 with a walk and two
RBI and Mike Greeley smacked a solo homer. Josh Rickards (5.1 innings)
and Brian Campbell did the pitching. After spinning a no-hitter in the semis,
a 9-1 win over Carroll, La Salle's Dan Waters went five innings on two days
of rest. He allowed six hits. O'Hara was coached by John Fleming, Antonini's
stepfather, as Frank Allison continued to nurse injuries suffered in an
off-season fall.

At Northeast
Wood 7, O'Hara 6
    Wood posted a 35-yard TD run by Bill Black (22-101) on its first
series, then held on. With 6:44 remaining, Bob Rafferty ran 4 yards for
a TD and kicker Bill Mitchell ran onto the field though O'Hara was
trailing the total offense battle by 50 yards and that would have been
the determining factor had the game ended in a tie. After much
discussion, O'Hara went for two and Brian McCartney intercepted.
At the Palestra
Franklin 66, West 62
  Tony “Ice” Ingram sniped 12-for-14 for 26 points as Franklin stunned
the five-time defending champions, ending their streak of 16 consecutive
PL playoff victories. Vaughn Coats finished 12-for-16 for 24 points,
adding 11 rebounds. Phil Burton had nine points, 10 boards.

At Temple's Erny Field
West Catholic 6, Mastbaum 2
 Junior lefty Bill Mendek surrendered just one hit, Bill Onslager's fifth-inning,
line-drive single over the head of second baseman Joe Bertoline as the Catholic
League representative won for the 10th time in 13 years. Mendek struck out
10 while raising his season's record to 13-1. In 21 playoff innings, he allowed
11 hits and four earned runs and fanned 19. The Burrs reached Dave Scott
for five hits (Mendek had two), but had no RBI and only one of their runs
was earned. Mastbaum was playing its second title game in three days.

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.
At Temple's Apollo
Neumann 60, Roman 59
   With others on both teams looking tight and shaky, freshman point guard Richard
"Tabby" Cunningham was calm and confident while leading the Pirates to the title.
He shot 6-for-9 (one trey) and 6-for-7 for 19 points and had four assists in a
route-going performance, and received guidance/encouragement from his injured
mentor Cantrell "Man-Man" Fletcher (torn ACL in his right knee). Brandon Brigman,
playing with a re-broken left (non-shooting) hand, went 1-for-11 from the floor,
but toughed out five rebounds and notched seven blocks. Robert "Beattie" Taylor,
Cunningham's second cousin, had 12 points, eight rebounds, three assists and two
steals. For Roman, Tamal Forchion had 16 points, 11 boards and three steals while
Brent Welton mixed 16 points, seven rebounds. Jim Kelly hit two incredible treys
in the final moments. On Roman's final possession, sub Scott Paxson made an
on-target three-quarter-court pass that was caught by Forchion. Kelly was right
nearby, set up for a trey, but in the tangle of bodies, Forchion kept possession
while his momentum carried him forward and his good basket was correctly ruled
a two.
  (Ted's note: Paxson is now on the Pittsburgh Steelers' practice squad.)
At La Salle University
Central 1, Lincoln 0
  The only run scored in the fifth as Steve Hopkins reached first on an error, moved
to third on Ryan Meyer's single and came in as Meyer broke up a doubleplay at second
on Adam Davis' grounder. Central's Noah White pitched a four-hitter with eight
trikeouts. Lincoln's Ron Clarkson allowed two hits, fanned seven. It was the first 1-0
PL final in at least 50-plus years.

O'Hara 9, St. James 7
  With 0:29 left, the Lions covered 23 yards on a hook-and-lateral
play from Ed Dougherty (9-for-18, 127) to Chris Morrell to Bryan Dempsey
to win it.
  (Ted's note: Low-scoring affair, obviously, but pretty cool way to win it.)
At Villanova Pavilion
North 63, Roman 59
  Dave Mastropietro (21 points, 11 rebounds) and Jim Schultice (19, 12) were
bulwarks inside, Kevin Comey had five assists and Tim Comey converted a
one-and-one with 0:03 left as the Falcons won their first championship since
1967. Schultice showed North's resolve when he missed three shots on the
same possession and then made a fourth with 4:27 left. Kevin Comey was
Roman coach Dennis Seddon's paperboy. For Roman, Alan Watkins had 15
points and 10 rebounds while Clayton "Stink" Adams added 13 points, eight

  (Ted's note: This would be the Northern Division's only champ from La
Salle in '81 to Judge in '98.)
Roxborough 25, Frankford 14
  Roxborough had 24 of the game's 40 hits. There were seven doubles and
six homers. Roxborough led, 18-3, after 2 1/2 innings. Frankford scored 11
in the last two innings. Chris DiMidio (four RBI), John Rosado, George
Shepherdson and winner Bill Murphy (all three RBI) homered for Roxborough.
Bobby Higginson and Mark Dooling homered for Frankford.
  (Ted's note: Higginson had a long, productive career for the Tigers.

At Veterans Stadium
Judge 9, Frankford 6
    Pete Shelinsky caught three passes for 60 yards, including a
26-yard TD from Mike McKay (6-for-18, 91), and Mike Mullane recorded a
safety. Late in the game, Frankford's 210-pound George Benson was
tackled in the open field by 140-pound Bob Maley, likely preventing a
go-ahead, 62-yard TD run. Matt Kaupp then made an interception. For
Frankford, Mike DiSipio had two interceptions -- returning one for a TD
-- and a fumble recovery and Jeffery Clark boomed a free-kick punt 80
  (Ted's note: Jeffery Clark starred in basketball, later played at St. Joe's
and is now a prominent college ref. He's the uncle of recent SJ Prep/Temple
hoops guard Chris Clark.)
At the Palestra
Kenrick 64, West 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.
  (Ted's note: Brooks was one of three D-I players in West's lineup.
He was some folks' choice as the national college player of the year in
'80 at La Salle, then played in the NBA.)
At Temple's Erny Field
Judge 14, Central 13
    Ten of the game's 28 hits went for extra bases, Judge overcame a 7-0
deficit after 2 1/2 innings and Central created a 13-13 tie with seven in
the visiting fifth. Jim Hockel tripled and scored in the bottom half to win
it. George Turano won with 1 1/3 innings of scoreless relief. Mike Goida
went 5-for-5 and scored twice. For Central, Matt Melone homered and
Bob Santore went 3-for-5 with two triples and three RBI.
  (Ted's note: This was the first City Title baseball game I covered. One
distinct memory: Central played the infield up with that 7-0 lead and a
bloop hit fell in, sending Judge on its way. Santore was later the well-
respected coach at Neumann.)

Your Comments . . .

  The La Salle O'Hara game was a great game! That perhaps was the second best (exciting) game with which I was involved. That one was fun to officiate. Besides the fireworks in the last couple of minutes the most distinct memory I have of that game is how cold it was that night. We (the officials) caught a verbal beating from the La Salle supporters because of that personal foul called during the last drive. Overall just a great game between two very good and well coached teams. Hope there are a few more like it in years to come.
-- Danny Hoban
  Ted, I have been following your best games ever and I saw today that it was 2002-2003. One great game that I remember from that year that you don't mention is the PCL basketball championship game between Dougherty and PREP. Many people thought that Dougherty was going to win but PREP came back and won it. Great game
-- Ned Dillon
  (Ted's note: I agonized over the basketball choice for a good 15 minutes. I thought the Bartram game deserved it, in part, because the fifth starter led the way by exploding for 23 points and 14 rebounds.)
  I want to thank you for ripping open a scar that I thought healed 
long ago!  I was a senior defensive end on that St. James team that 
lost to O'Hara.  I still have nightmares about that night.  If you 
remember, earlier in that game All-City WR George Reid caught what 
appeared to be a touchdown pass from Neil McGloughlin that would have 
put the game out of reach.  The referee first signaled touchdown, but 
got confused by the many lines on the Villanova turf (Soccer, Field 
Hockey, Football) and then waved incomplete.  The film, which I still 
have, shows that George was inside the end line by at least a yard.  
O'Hara's final drive was also kept alive when St. James had too many 
men on the field on a failed fake punt attempt by O'Hara.  I know 
that game still haunts many of the seniors from that team.  The 
younger players on the team, however, got their revenge the following 
year when they smoked O'Hara on the same field the following year.  I 
believe Chris Shuster even scored on a Hook and Lateral to end the 
first half in that game.
  Thanks for the great list of games!
Sean Robinson
St. James Class of '87
  (Ted's note: There were many great games in the ol' Southern Division,
especially when St. James was part of it. I still miss that place, and the
interesting kids/coaches who represented it. Sorry for the reopened-wound
thing, Sean. Part of my job description, I guess. Smile. Take care.) 
  This is totally biased but in the '90 Public League baseball quarterfinals
Central vs Southern. Central was down 6 runs in the bottom of the 7th
and scored 7 runs without recording an out to win on a walkoff bases
loaded single to the wall in the outfield. I remember it most because
I (Jim Dugan) lead off the inning with a double then had the walkoff
single to end the ball game. Many other Central players had some big
hits including a bases loaded triple by Bill "Scooter" Sedgwick.
Very memorable indeed,
-- Jim Dugan
1975 CL Basketball Final: Judge 48, Roman 46
Jim "Mo" Connolly shot 7-for-9 for 16 points and Al Clancy added 12 as the Crusaders, a 20-year CL member, won their first title after numerous bouts with frustration. After Ira Brown hit a 15-footer with 0:26 left to pull Roman within 46-44, Judge scored the clincher as Tom Kneib hit Clancy with a long-distance pass and Clancy fed Dennis Taylor for an easy layup. Mike Morrow (19) and Zane Major (14) led Roman.
-- Nominated by Hugh Keough, FJ '75