Philadelphia High School Basketball/Baseball

A Look at Ralph "Bones" Schneider's 79 Total Seasons
Coaching Basketball (45, 1958-2002) and Baseball
(34, 1960-2002) at Jules Mastbaum Tech

  The basketball portion of this page includes stories, special lists, record breakdown, recap of win
in a championship game and the names of all varsity players during Coach Schneider's 45 seasons. . . .
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  **Basketball breakdown on top portion of page. Baseball on bottom portion.**

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Darren Keith (22) and Timmy Brown celebrate Mastbaum's 1982 Pub title

Ralph "Bones" Schneider

Coach Schneider's All-Stars  and 1,000-Point Scorers


Sydney Sheppard 1972
Galen Baker 1973
Donald Starling 1976
Neal Robinson 1977
Ray Thompson 1978
Reuben McCoy 1978
Darren Keith 1982
Timmy Brown 1982
Darin "Munchy" Mason 1984
Warren Hawthorne 1985
Tyrell "Magic" Cromwell 1986
Kevin Benton 1990
Mike Cassidy 1994
Chaz Williamson 1998
Sydney Sheppard 1971
Darren Keith 1981
Timmy Brown 1981
Darin "Munchy" Mason 1983
Kevin Benton 1989
Mike Cassidy 1993
Cleveland Smith 1962
Joe Brown 1970
Uhuru "Joby" Hamiter 1990
James Carr 1975
Chester Krenicki 1961
Cleveland Smith 1963
Dean Wiegand 1967
Henry Roundtree 1971
Joe Brown 1971
Terry Swinton 1974
James Carr 1976
Keith Hutchinson 1978
Clinton Brower 1979
Ernell Harley 1981
Dana "Dano" Garner 1983
Derreck Orr 1986
Uhuru "Joby" Hamiter 1991
Shawn Feggans 1992
Hasan Jones 1999
Michael Ezell 2001
Tyrell "Magic" Cromwell 1985
Chaz Williamson 1997
Shawn Feggans 1990
Herb McCutchen 1987
Demetrius Bell 1998
Jeff Powell 2000

(Bulletin, 1972-77, DN 1978-2002)

Ray Thompson 1978
Timmy Brown 1982
Kevin Benton 1990
Sydney Sheppard 1972
Reuben McCoy 1978
Darren Keith 1982
Warren Hawthorne 1985
Galen Baker 1973
Neal Robinson 1977
Darin "Munchy" Mason 1984
Tyrell "Magic" Cromwell 1986
Derreck Orr 1986
Kevin Benton 1989
(All or Part of Career)
Kevin Benton 1,293
Tyrell "Magic" Cromwell


Mike Cassidy 1,186
Chaz Williamson 1,177
Warren Hawthorne *1,130
Dana "Dano" Garner *1,100
Darren Keith 1,076
Sydney Sheppard


Shawn Feggans 1,036
Darin "Munchy" Mason


Marion "Buddy" Rose


*estimate based on available boxes


Ralph "Bones" Schneider
Tribute Page

  Ralph "Bones" Schneider coached basketball at Jules Mastbaum Tech for 45 seasons (1958-2002), winning 440 games and one Public League championship while advancing to one other final and two other semifinals. The 1982 team won the crown by beating the defending champ, Benjamin Franklin. Here is that story . . .

By Ted Silary

  On a scale of one to 10, Darren Keith's vantage point for the decisive play in yesterday's Public League championship basketball game rated something close to a three.
  For one thing, a distance of 90 feet separated Keith from the basket that would soon become crucial. For another, Keith was perched at court level, meaning his depth perception and sightlines were lousy.
  But when Dana Garner, his Jules Mastbaum Tech teammate, shifted into overdrive with the basketball, having gained possession due to an errant pass thrown by a double-teamed Reggie Faison, Keith knew enough to think positive.
  " 'Go, Dana, go. Do something fantastic,' " Darren yelled. though no one, much less Darren himself, could hear those words thanks to the din in nearly filled McGonigle Hall. "That's what I hollered when I saw him take off. And to myself I was thinking, 'And I know that he will.' "
  What Garner managed to do was fantastic, all right.
  Using his body for shielding purposes, Garner absorbed a foul from Keith Smith on his left shoulder and, while still in the air, promptly switched the ball to his right hand. The opposite-hand layup was good. So was the free throw.
  Thus, with 47 seconds remaining, Mastbaum boasted a 74-70 bulge over defending champ Benjamin Franklin en route to a 78-71 victory and its first ever title in a sport dominated by the schools near the 69th Street end of the El.
  Frankford and Clementine does not yet deserve a mention in the same basketball breath with corners such as 48th and Walnut or 59th and Lancaster, but when league observers, some years hence, are asked to rank their all-time favorite teams, in the true sense of the word, the 1982 'Baum squad will be fondly remembered. 
  The Panthers did not have a dominant center. They did not have much in the way of substitutes, either. Yet, they did possess all other qualities necessary for success, including resiliency.
  The crowd of 4,300 could see that after the Electrons scored eight consecutive points to nearly erase what had been a nine-point deficit with 3:43 remaining.
  Mastbaum's fans made less and less noise as the lead dwindled. And by the time sub Lyn Watson, his team ahead by one measly point, missed a one-and-one
with 1:14 remaining, girls turned to girls with hints of tears in their eyes.
  Did Mastbaum ever think it might lose?
  "Nope . . . I didn't . . . Never did," said Coach Ralph
"Bones" Schneider.
  "I don't think that way," said Garner.
  "I was scared," said Keith.
  IT'S NICE TO SEE that one out of three folks connected with championship teams can admit to human frailties.
  When Percy Warfield, who practiced football Friday and Saturday in preparation for the City All-Star Game, rebounded Watson's missed foul shot, there was some feeling Franklin would hold for a " last shot" when Coach Ken Hamilton ordered a spread offense.
  However, Mastbaum took the aggressive approach and Faison found himself hemmed in along the left baseline. Reggie leaped and tossed backward to Smith,
but the pass was too strong.
  "We were directing our attention to Faison, Washington and Smith," Keith said. "When Reg got the ball, we went for the trap. He's been driving a lot.
  "He likes to take you one way, then spin back the other way. With two guys on him, he was stuck for something to do when he finished the spin.
  "I knew he'd have to force something, either a pass or a shot," Garner said. "The instant he passed, I said to myself, 'He threw it too hard.'
  "I was close to Smith. I knew he'd reach me by the time I got to the basket. I also knew he'd play to my left side. I left the ball in my left hand as long as possible, then switched to the right. I can shoot layups with
either hand.
  "Really, the end of the game was no big deal. Each team had trouble on offense from time to time. Each team had a spurt from time to time. It was our
  MASTBAUM SHOT 4-for-5 from the line after Garner's three-point play and Watson contributed two successes. Almost all year, Watson's contributions in
big games were limited to those of the vocal variety. To be honest, Schneider dreaded the third foul before half, the fourth foul in the third quarter or, worse yet, the fifth foul any time it was committed.
  Yesterday, Watson had to enter with 4:53 remaining when Charlie Davis drew a rebounding foul, his fifth.
  "I choked that first time I went to the line," said Watson, whose conversions with 0:24 remaining, for a 76-71 bulge, sealed the verdict.
  "I had trouble even getting the ball to leave my hand. I was mad because it was a chance to help us when we needed help bad.
  "Later, in a timeout, Coach Schneider said, 'We will win and somebody will be our hero.' I thought, 'Hope I get another chance.' I was more relaxed when I went to the line that second time."     
   continued right below . . . 

League / Overall
1958: 2-14 / 3-14
1959: 3-13 / 5-15
1960: 3-13 / 4-17
1961: 2-10 / 3-13
1962: 4-8 / 6-9
1963: 1-11 / 3-15
1964: 3-10 / 5-15
1965: 1-13 / 2-16
1966: 0-14 / 1-20
1967: 2-12 / 5-16
1968: 0-14 / 0-19
1969: 1-13 / 1-20
1970: 5-9 / 9-11
1971: 6-6 / 15-7
1972: 5-9 / 8-14
*1973: 2-0 / 6-4
1974: 7-6 / 10-7
1975: 5-8 / 8-12
1976: 6-8 / 8-12
1977: 12-3 / 15-5
1978: 13-2 / 23-3
1979: 6-9 / 9-14
1980: 6-9 / 14-8
1981: 13-3 /18-5
1982: 13-0 / 27-1 
1983: 5-3 / 13-8 
1984: 8-5 / 16-9
1985: 10-3 / 16-11
1986: 10-3 / 19-5
1987: 6-7 / 11-11
1988: 3-10 / 5-17
1989: 6-7 / 10-12
1990: 9-4 / 15-9
1991: 4-6 / 7-10
1992: 4-7 / 8-12
1993: 5-6 / 10-11
1994: 2-9 / 5-13
1995: 3-8 / 7-13
1996: 8-7 / 11-10
1997: 6-10 / 13-10
1998: 8-5 / 14-9
1999: 7-6 / 16-9
2000: 8-5 / 14-8 
2001: 6-9 / 12-11
2002: 7-6 / 10-13
45 Seasons, 1958-2002

League - 246-343
Overall - 440-509
*-shortened by teachers' strike
Note: There are discrepancies
in some overall records,
especially from early years.
440-509 was determined by
Bones from available data.

Appearances Ended in  . . .
Quarterfinals (5)
1977, 1981, 1986, 1990, 1998
Semifinals (2)
1984, 1985
Finals (2)
1978, 1982

Kevin Benton 1990 27.8
Darin "Munchy" Mason 1984 26.4
Warren Hawthorne 1985 24.2
*Cleveland Smith 1963 23.9
Chaz Williamson 1998 23.8
Sydney Sheppard 1972 22.9
Dean Wiegand 1967 21.8
Mike Cassidy 1994 21.6
Terry Swinton 1974 21.3
Kevin Benton 1989 21.1
Hasan Jones 1999 21.1
Neal Robinson 1977 20.7
Uhuru "Joby" Hamiter 1990 20.5
Mel Allen 1965 20.4
Donald Starling 1976 19.5
Derreck Orr 1986 19.4
Timmy Brown 1982 19.2
Mike Cassidy 1993 19.2
Michael Ezell 2001 19.2
Myron Muzyczka 1966 19.1
Shawn Feggans 1992 19.1
Benny Diaz 1968 18.8
Ty. "Magic" Cromwell 1986 18.8
Chester Krenicki 1961 18.3
Darin "Munchy" Mason 1983 18.3
*-mid-year graduate    
Timmy Brown
Darren Keith
Ellison Huggins
Dana "Dano" Garner
Charlie Davis
Ray Thompson
Reuben McCoy
Keith Hutchinson
Clinton Brower
Levi Canada
Darin "Munchy" Mason
Tyrell "Magic" Cromwell
Cory Henderson
Anthony Johnson
Steve Young
Warren Hawthorne
Darren Miller
Steve Young
Derreck Orr
Tyrell "Magic" Cromwell

  "This might sound funny, but I expected a lot from our subs all season," Keith said. "They had to be hungry, getting so
little time. Lyn was really shaky when he came in. That was to be expected. We yelled at him a little and he seemed to get
  UNFORTUNATELY FOR FRANKLIN, which lost its third final in four years, the word loose could never be used
yesterday in describing Reggie Faison. The 5-11 guard was guilty of 11 turnovers and Hamilton benched him with 0:08 left in
the third quarter. He returned for the final 5:30.
  That was a first, having to pull Reggie because of bad play," Hamilton said. "He has great ability. Sometimes it's hard for
him to hold back and play within the team concept. I took Reggie out to settle him, so he would be ready for the stretch run.
And there was no doubt in my mind. Reggie helped bring us back."
  Faison also earned an "assist," if you will, on Dana Garner's huge three-point play.
  All events combined, meanwhile, helped keep Hamilton's theory on Public League basketball - that coaching is over-rated
- alive.
  "Mastbaum had more talent than us," Ken said. "Every season I've been coaching (since '72 ) , the team with the most talent
has won."
  As even fans of The 'Baum would admit, though, Hamilton's statement could have easily been altered yesterday, making
room for the words "almost always."
  Daily News photographer Norman Lono lost a $250 lens in a post-game incident.
  "I was getting a drink," Lono said. "As I turned around, five youths pushed me against the wall. They kept pecking at my
equipment bags. When they backed off, the lens was gone."
  TITLE TIDBITS: Mastbaum's 5-9 Timmy Brown , our choice as Player of the Year in the Public League, totaled 17
points, eight assists and three steals . . . 'Baum called a late first-quarter timeout because one of Ellison Huggins' Nike sneaks
came apart along a seam . . . Mastbaum finished 27-1, Franklin 18-10.

This story was written in 1978 after "Bones" guided 'Baum into a Pub final for the
first time in school history . . .

By Ted Silary
  For almost the first three decades of its basketball existence in a Public League that has long been distinctive for its
heavenly inner circle of quality teams and the much larger circle that becomes a special kind of purgatory for the bad ones,
Jules Mastbaum Tech always found itself in the latter.
  From the time it joined for the 1946-47 season until a winning league record was finally posted in 1973-74, Mastbaum
often took its role as a bombee to heart, getting thrashed so many times by so many different teams that a 20- point loss
went down in the books as a moral victory.
  Games against The 'Baum - as the school has come to be called - were looked upon as a chance to fatten the average, dust
off a fancy behind-the- back move that the coach would never permit in a "real" game and break out a few guffaws when
one of the Panther players dribbled the ball off his foot with even a hint of pressure still a block away.
  "Ha, ha," everyone said, "ain't they a funny team."
  MAYBE ONCE, but not any more. As a semifinal crowd of 4,644 at the Palestra got down and slapped some hand on
almost every basket, especially during a highly-pulsating stretch run, The 'Baum (23-2) - which had threatened to do so
twice earlier in the season - finally dropped a bomb of its own on one of league's traditional powerhouses, topping
Overbrook (21-6), 64-60.
  And, as it turned out, the ending was a perfect detonator. After one-man gang Carlton Willis (12-for-19, 27 points) drew
The 'Brook within 62-60 at 0:12 by canning a baseline jumper, crowd-pleaser Raymond Thompson burned up most of
a sizzling fuse with a loping sashay upcourt (going behind-the-back to evade one pursuer) then . . . drum roll, please . . .
slam-dunked a hair before the buzzer.
  "We KNEW we could beat them," said Thompson, who scored 15 of his 17 points in the second half after an 0-for-8 first
and converted a one-and- one with 0:20 to go for a 62-58 advantage. "Since we'd only lost by four at their place, we knew
we'd have a better chance at a place where neither team had played.
  "THAT WAS THE ONLY way to end the game. I knew I could do it just after the behind-the-back move. At the
beginning of the season, our goal was to make the playoffs (last year's team was the first to do so). Now, since we're here,
we want to win it all."
  "I think the talent won out," said McCoy, who popped 20 points on 10-for-14. " Each team has one or two great players,
but our third, fourth and fifth guys are better than theirs. Everybody played a super game. We knew if we hung tough and
worked harder than we ever had in our lives, that something good would happen."
  More than anything else, The 'Baum survived because it was able to go the distance with just five men. In the December
game with Overbrook, Thompson, McCoy and guard Keith Hutchinson all were forced to curb their usual aggressiveness
near the end because of foul trouble. In a later five-point loss to West Philadelphia (Monday's final foe at 8 p.m.),
Thompson, McCoy, Clinton Brower and seventh man Joe Morrin fouled out.
  LAST NIGHT, no Tech player sported three personals by the end of the third quarter and Thompson would become
the only one to flirt with danger at all, incurring his fourth with 4:51 to go. Mostly, it was full speed ahead.
  "We had a chance to maintain a tempo and build momentum for the last quarter," said McCoy. " It wasn't in-and-out,
in-and-out. Not having our flow disrupted like it had been some other times was very important."
  "When Raymond got his fourth," said Coach Ralph (Bones) Schneider, a 20-year vet, " I told him not to reach and not
to get an offensive foul. If he was gonna go, at least I wanted something worthwhile. He didn't reach, he didn't get an
offensive . . . in fact, he didn't get anything. Perfect.
  "The (lack of) foul trouble was nice, but the real key to the game was getting Raymond away from the basket after he was
hidden inside the entire first half. Out there on the wing, once he got the ball it was like picking apples. Which way do I go?
What should I do next? He moved with confidence."
  IN THE LAST quarter, as he had been much of the game, 6-2 junior Clinton Brower was a major factor for Mastbaum,
netting 7 of his 17 points and grabbing 4 of his team- high 13 boards. Little known for good foul shooting - even less so in
the clutch - Brower converted a one-and-one with 1:02 remaining to break the final tie (at 57).
  "I did things harder in this one then I ever had before," said Brower. "My hustle was better, my rebounding was better
and my shooting was better. I knew I could take a lot of pressure off Reuben and Ray with a good performance. They get
a lot of attention, deservedly so, but they always tell me I do a good job, too. Anyway, seniors always get more ink than
  Speaking of ink, it's all run dry for The 'Brook, which two weeks ago broke West's 68-game winning streak and had
met the Speedboys in the last two Public finals.
  "I knew it was going to be a close game," said Coach Mark Levin. "If we played them again, it would probably be the
same. Mastbaum shoots well and rebounds well. What they lack in height, they gain with quickness. West Philly-Mastbaum
should be the same kind of game."
  AT THE OTHER END of the Palestra, Schneider was pumping hands and accepting congratulations.
  "In the early years," he said, "I had several chances to leave Mastbaum for another school. But in my seventh year, they
(school officials) told me they were going to build a new gym. In my 11th year, it was finally finished. They sure had me
hanging for awhile, but the wait was worth it. I'd never leave now."
  Especially since The 'Baum has now evolved from bombee into bomber.

This story was written at the start of the 2002-03 school year, after "Bones" retired . . .

By Ted Silary
  Make no bones about it. Jules Mastbaum Tech is a very different place this September.
  Ralph "Bones'' Schneider, 70, a teacher-coach and later an administrator, not to mention Mr. Mastbaum, is adjusting to
retirement after 45 years, and those left behind are dazed and amazed.
  "It's weird to walk into the office and look at that first desk on the left,'' said John Stay, a physical education teacher for
33 years. "No Bones. I keep saying, 'Where is he?' "
  "The hardest thing," said Jim Taylor, a phys ed teacher for 12 years, "is that we didn't get to say goodbye. Things were
unclear as last year ended whether Bones would be back. We miss him. He's a good-hearted guy."
  Amen to that.
  One would need to search long and hard to find a Bones Schneider enemy. A fruitless end result would not surprise.
  "He was easy to get along with, and knew how to roll with the punches,'' Stay said. "Almost everybody's a pain in the butt
to somebody at some time or another. Not Bones. I can't imagine he had a detractor.''
  Schneider coached Mastbaum's varsity basketball team for a city-record 45 seasons. He also coached varsity baseball for 34
seasons (1969-2002), did a decent stretch as the junior varsity soccer coach and was the varsity coach for part of one season.
  For 19 seasons, ending in 1995, he also was the coach of women's basketball at Gwynedd-Mercy College. He always tried
to make sure games were played Tuesday and Thursday nights, so he could coach Mastbaum in the afternoon and G-M
right afterward, with perhaps a quick dinner wolfed down en route.
  Schneider steered Mastbaum to a PL basketball title in '82, despite having no starter taller than 6-3, and finished with a
440-509 overall record. His '79 squad captured the baseball championship and he won close to 350 games overall.
  For about the past 15 years, Schneider was Mastbaum's disciplinarian. He was also chairman of the phys ed department at
the time of his retirement. A generation ago, he spent a 14-year hitch as president of the PL coaches' association and often
was quoted in newspapers any time the scrapping of sports was threatened by the district.
  The fourth of eight children, the lifelong bachelor still lives in the house, in Gwynedd Valley, where he grew up. He
graduated in '50 from Ambler High (now Wissahickon) and in '54 from Temple, where in '53 he was the goalie on the Owls'
national-championship soccer team.
  After serving 2 years in the Army, he joined the school district in October '56 as a substitute teacher and was hired on a
permanent basis, with assignment to Mastbaum, in September '57.
  Then came year after year after year . . .
  "I don't know how it happened,'' he said, laughing. "And I don't know what I'm going to do. I do know one thing: I'm
making more money now than I did the past few years.''
  Indeed. Schneider accumulated more than 400 sick days and 100 personal days and is owed about a year's salary.
  "He went through many, many years with 100 percent attendance,'' Stay said. "His work ethic was incredible. He would
go, say, to a 2 o'clock dentist appointment and then rush back to finish out the last half of a class!
  "Bones was big in the union. He was still fighting for things that would benefit the future of teachers. It wasn't about self.
He wasn't going to be around. He liked looking out for the younger teachers.
  "He wielded a lot of power. Any time a teacher had a grievance and wanted to see the principal, it was, 'Get Bones to go
with you.' Parents would come to him, too.''
  Ann Donaldson, Schneider's sister, said his run at Mastbaum "was absolutely amazing, and he loved every minute.''
  She added, "He couldn't wait to get to work. He actually used to get there a half-hour to hour early, so just regular kids
could play basketball before school even started.'' 
  Schneider said he knew nothing about Mastbaum before he arrived, but quickly began enjoying himself "because the kids
were just like those at Ambler High. You could depend on them. I didn't picture staying for 45 years, but . . . ''
  Taylor, who likely will be the new basketball coach, said he knew Schneider was different from the very start.
  "When I came here,'' he said, "he actually explained how my job worked and what was expected of me. Most people just
throw you in there." 
  Schneider loved to pass time telling back-in-the-day stories, and his co-workers never tired of hearing them.
  One of his favorites concerned Bob Emery, who was Mastbaum's football coach when Schneider arrived in '57.
  "One day the principal came down to see Bob about something, and he was in that little bathroom in the back of the
office,'' Schneider said. "The principal asks Bob, 'What are you doing in there? ' Bob says, 'I'm shaving! Can't you see?'
  "The principal starts yelling, 'You can't shave your beard on school time!'
  "Bob says, 'It grew on school time, didn't it?' ''

Recap of victory in Public League final . . .

At Temple's McGonigle Hall
Mastbaum 78, Franklin 71
Dana "Dano" Garner (18 points) made the decisive play with 47 seconds remaining when he dribbled the length of the court, flipped in an opposite-hand layup, then added a free throw for a 74-70 lead. Mastbaum's first title came in its 37th PL season. Timmy Brown added 17 points and eight assists. Leon Washington scored 20 points for Franklin. Percy Warfield had 17 points and 16 rebounds.

Below are the players who helped Ralph "Bones" Schneider claim 440 wins and one Public League championship
in 45 seasons as the coach at Mastbaum. The year indicates the player's final season. Most were seniors. Some
transferred and some were underclassmen who did not play in the following season.

Bill Ingram 1958
Bill Kallas 1958
Bill Lodge 1958
Bill Volz 1958
Bob Hudoka 1958
George Wible 1958
Hover 1958
Jack Carr 1958
Ken Strickland 1958
Pavlow 1958
Ray Kuczynski 1958
Al Schaeffer 1959
Bill Peters 1959
Daly  1959
Gene Soyka 1959
Kingston Gore 1959
Al Connin 1960
Bill Bull 1960
Bill Clime 1960
Jim Carr 1960
Jim Lacy 1960
Warren Palmer 1960
Ron Dolt 1960
Thomas 1960
Tom Finley 1960
Bob Donnelly 1961
Bob Weissflog 1961
Chester Krenicki 1961
Dave Danilowicz 1961
Frank Crager 1961
John Szablewski 1961
Ken Mills 1961
Oberhardt 1961
Fred Goebig 1962
George Davenport 1962
Hanna 1962
Paul Anzalone 1962
R. Smith 1962
Ron Sullivan 1962
Steve Harrison 1962
Bill Kelly 1963
Cleveland Smith 1963
Jim Kirk 1963
Joe Carpell 1963
Ken Koller 1963
Ted Cieslak 1963
Wolkiewicz 1963
Carroll 1964
Ed Harris 1964
Jim Harris 1964
Joe Feszko 1964
Joe Tomaselli 1964
Kearney 1964
Ron Floyd 1964
Walt Bradby 1964
Willie Howard 1964
Alonzo Hollis 1965
Bernie Gorko 1965
Don Burke 1965
Greg Womack 1965
Jim Gillespie 1965
Johnson 1965
Mel Allen 1965
Fred Weiss 1965
John Cataldi   1966
John Shea 1966
John Zazulek 1966
Myron Muzyczka 1966
Rich Slavin 1966
Smith 1966
Snyder 1966
Williams 1966
Dan Mellen 1967
Dean Wiegand 1967
Fred Graves 1967
Israel "Ike" Chestnut   1967
Johnson 1967
Ken Fronczak 1967
Rich Weems 1967
Andy Schultz 1968
Benny Diaz 1968
Bill Martin  1968
Dan Morales 1968
Gary Reed 1968
Gerald Mackin 1968
Jim Holland 1968
Sam Sidorchuk   1968
Bill Osborne 1969
Bob Shiver 1969
Gary Wagner 1969
John Ritchie 1969
Lewis Saxon 1969
Tom Wilson 1969
Angelo Zampirri 1970
Bill Gurcsik 1970
Ed Purcell 1970
Larry Williams 1970
Tom Streshka 1970
Anthony Szostek 1971
Blackwell 1971
Bowers 1971
Charles Pringle 1971
Henry Roundtree 1971
James Atkins 1971
Joe Brown 1971
Larry Haynes 1971
Stewart 1971


Clem Harris 1972
Jack Brown 1972
James Mansfield 1972
Jerry Furey 1972
Otis Everett 1972
Ray Wilmore 1972
Rick Diaz 1972
Stanley Boose 1972
Sydney Sheppard 1972
Bill McGrath 1973
Galen Baker 1973
Stanley White 1973
Wilbert Jackson 1973
Alvin Rembert 1974
Carlin Williams 1974
Charlie Robinson 1974
Gerald Lee 1974
Larry Dunlap 1974
Larry Geisler 1974
Michael Maleve 1974
Randy Bowes 1974
Terry Swinton 1974
Alfred Canada 1975
Andre Jackson 1975
John Hughey 1975
Kevin Harvey 1975
Rolando Ortiz 1975
Ronald Benson 1975
Tom Dixon 1975
Tony Bost 1975
Charles White 1976
Donald Starling 1976
Dorsey Littles 1976
James Carr 1976
Timothy Loman 1976
Victor Floyd 1976
Ed McDevitt 1977
Gino James 1977
Joe Morrin 1977
John McGough 1977
Neal Robinson 1977
Bob Carmen 1978
Ed Johnson 1978
Keith Hutchinson 1978
Levi Canada 1978
Mike Morrin 1978
Ray Thompson 1978
Reuben McCoy 1978
Vince Morton 1978
Clinton Brower 1979
Derrick Holland 1979
Donell Sullivan 1979
John Berkley 1979
John Kaiser 1979
Lewis Deal 1979
Roosevelt Prescott 1979
Willie Brower 1979
Jerome Eggleston 1980
Joe Kirchner 1980
Kelly Anderson 1980
Kelvin Carroll 1980
Kevin Adams 1980
Mark Jefferson 1980
Mark McDowell 1980
Richie Serrano 1980
Wayne Dyches 1980
Andy McGraw 1981
Bill Jaynes 1981
Ernell Harley 1981
Rodger Keith 1981
Anthony Williams 1982
Charlie Davis 1982
Cornell Davis 1982
Darrell Johnson 1982
Darren Keith 1982
Ellison Huggins 1982
Gary Tyler 1982
Keith Oakman 1982
Lyn Watson 1982
Timmy Brown 1982
Vince Cochran 1982
Dana "Dano" Garner 1983
Jeff Schultice 1983
Kevin Smith 1983
Marvin Dixon 1983
Nate Lucas 1983
Anthony Johnson 1984
Cory Henderson 1984
Darin "Munchy" Mason 1984
Lester Lamb 1984
Reynaldo Jimenez   1984
Titus Moragne 1984
Walter Hennix 1984
Carlos Vida 1985
James Thornton 1985
Steve Young 1985
Warren Hawthorne 1985
Darren Miller 1986
Derreck Orr 1986
Drew Coach 1986
Eric "Money" Mickles 1986
Frank Goda 1986
Kevin Price 1986
Rob Armstead 1986
Roy Collins 1986
Troy Pryor 1986
Tyrell "Magic" Cromwell 1986
Bill McNeill 1987
Don Easley 1987
Herb McCutchen 1987
Herb Saunders 1987
Jacque Fanuiel 1987
Leonard Harris 1987
Andre Seymour 1988
Chauncey Williams 1988
Harold Akers 1988
Kevin Fritz 1988
Luis Suarez 1988
Manuel Barroso 1988
Marcus Davis 1988
Mike Stewart 1988
Rich Foley 1988
Artis Manning 1989
David Benton 1989
Fareed Mizelle 1989
LaMatthews Haines 1989
Myles Pryor 1989
Anthony Henderson 1990
Ed Fisher 1990
Jermaine Thomas 1990
Kevin Benton 1990
Steve Gamble 1990
Tomar Taylor 1990
Hector Estremera   1991
Jermaine Newell 1991
Shawn Mitchell 1991
Tyreese Lawrence 1991
Uhuru "Joby" Hamiter 1991
James Long 1992
Jim Jones 1992
Malik Murray 1992
Mike Easley 1992
Nate Turman 1992
Paul Burrell 1992
Ron Lineman   1992
Shawn Feggans 1992
Stan Harrison 1992
Chafie Fields 1993
Charles Fields 1993
Gary Kodel 1993
Jason Wallace 1993
Mike Anderson 1993
Mike Cohen 1993
Ron Coleman 1993
Ryan Chamberlain 1993
Terron Younger 1993
Gary Nesmith 1994
Jaric Fletcher 1994
Jermaine Washington 1994
Kareem Edwards 1994
Mike Cassidy 1994
Obed Sosa 1994
Willie Hill 1994
Antoine Brown 1995
Jason Hansberry 1995
Mark Peterson 1995
Ray Grant 1995
John Jones 1996
Ken Carson 1996
Lamar Sampson 1996
Leonhard "P.J." McCray 1996
Marcus Godfrey 1996
Paul Curry 1996
Richard Brown 1996
Sayre Yadolo 1996
Shawn Foxworth  1996
Aaron Dixon 1997
Garjuan Bellamy 1997
George Diaz 1997
Khary Ashmore 1997
Kyle Shedrick 1997
Martin Moore 1997
Orsen Sowell 1997
Raymond Feamster 1997
Steve Duffy 1997
Sylvester Lawrence 1997
Chaz Williamson 1998
Demetrius Bell 1998
Jack Leach 1998
Joseph Carmichael 1998
Khalil Snowden 1998
Marion Saunders 1998
Markiese Merceir 1998
O'Neil 1998
Rob Armstrong 1998
Antonio Zachary 1999
Hasan Jones 1999
Jermaine Snell 1999
Arlan Johnson 2000
Bob Vose 2000
Earl Johnson 2000
Francisco Santiago 2000
James Cooper 2000
Jeff Powell 2000
Keith Kilgore 2000
Marcus Robinson 2000
Mike Kinsey 2000
Shejdie Childs 2000
Tom Fitzmaurice 2000
Dante Johnson 2001
Gerald Cooper 2001
Glenn Pembleton 2001
James Avant 2001
Michael Ezell 2001
Robert Taylor 2001
Stephon Carter 2001
Chris Macey 2002
George Johnson 2002
Hassan Pembleton 2002
James Robbins 2002
Keith Peel 2002
Kevin Leonard 2002
Luciano Martinez 2002
Marion "Buddy" Rose 2002
Maurice Montgomery 2002
Neil Tejada 2002
Nukmon Stanley 2002
Robert Cooper 2002
Troy Gilliard 2002

Baseball Breakdown . . . 

  Ralph "Bones" Schneider was the baseball coach at Mastbaum for 34 seasons (1969-2002), winning close to 350 games
and one Public League championship (in 1979). Three other teams advanced to finals (1970, 1973, 1981), five others
advanced to semifinals (1985, 1986, 1988, 1997) and eight others advanced to quarterfinals (1976, 1977, 1978, 1980,
1982, 1984, 1987, 1993).

This story was written after "Bones" guided Mastbaum to the 1979 Public League
baseball crown . . .

By Ted Silary
  Ed Coffin milked a 3-1 walk, moved to second on a hopper by Bob Tausendfreundt, and scored as Bill Onslager ripped
a single to center that kicked up dirt as it glanced off the mound.
  In case you are interested, that little sequence comprised the top half of the first inning yesterday as Jules Mastbaum
Tech tested John Bartram for the Public League baseball title at Temple's Erny Field.
  Almost three hours later, however, one was tempted to say that the teams had flunked in their attempt to top off a
well-played playoff series with a title game as smooth as satin. But, as much as this would-be fiasco resembled burlap,
it provided so many thrills that no one seemed to mind.
  SCORING FIVE IN THE sixth and two in the seventh, raising its total of unearned runs in the game to nine, Mastbaum
scraped for a 10-9 win and tossed egg on the faces of Braves' faithful and certain players who had begun to celebrate in
the fifth with the score at 8-3.
  Though Mastbaum had made the football final in '72 and '75, the baseball final in '70 and '73 and the basketball final
just last year as West Philly completed its string of five in a row, it had never won a so-called "major championship."
  Three in soccer ('61, '62, '69) and one in bowling ('78) had been it.
  "We've been known to choke, especially in football," said Onslager, who had an off-day pitching, but drove in the
winning run with a bloop single in the seventh. " All the teams have been close at one time or another but Mastbaum
really hasn't been known for its major sports. It makes us feel good that we've helped the school get a better rep.
  "Like the coach (Ralph " Bones" Schneider) said, we were a team of destiny. The win over George Washington in
the semifinals really moraled us up. Damn, what a helluva season."
  AFTER BARTRAM HAD ROUTED Onslager in the fifth on Tom Wilhelm's triple, Harold Cottman's single, Richard
Fletcher's double and Joe Paulukas' single - all hits drove in runs - Coach George Tomosky took out Fletcher and
Paulukas, a move that seemed to light the Panthers' fire.
  Bartram committed three errors thereafter, all by starters, but a line shot to left that became an RBI double for Ernell
Harley in the sixth - tying the score at 8-8 - could have been caught if Mario Voli had broken straight back, and
Onslager's winning single should have been caught. It dropped just a couple of feet in front of an extra-cautious Michael
  Mastbaum wasn't exactly scintillating down the homestretch either, doing more than its share to add the Keystone
Kops atmosphere. In the bottom of the sixth, first baseman Tausendfreundt twice dropped throws, the second one
enabling Bartram to take a 9-8 lead.
  "I really didn't feel bad about it," said Bobby T., speaking of the second flub. "It was a low throw and though it was
my error, it wasn't a really stupid one. The reason I didn't think about it too much was because I came back with a nice
play right away (on Cottman's one- hop smash) and then I was running in and concentrating on getting the run back.
  "I KNEW WE'D come back. When they made those changes, I thought, 'If they want to risk blowing the game, let
'em go ahead and do it. ' I took the changes as if that meant they were overconfident. It didn't get me mad, just optimistic."
  "When we played Southern (in the quarterfinals), we were ahead by pretty much (7-1) after the fourth inning," noted
Schneider, "but I don't like to take guys out like that when I get a lead. That's nothing against George because it's his
team to run. All I'm saying is that I wouldn't have done it."
  After that, Schneider recounted the details, however sketchy, of a semi opponent that decided to cheat its infield up in
hopes of preserving the shutout.
  "We got a few bleeders and they started to tighten up," he smiled. "Then there was a mixture of about four good hits,
some walks, some errors and we won, 8-5.
  "This game was up for grabs a lot of times. When it was 8-3, we wanted to have some runners on base and go from
there. The game had that tone, that everything was possible, and it just worked out for us. Hey, didn't we give the
fans their money's worth?"
  MASTBAUM'S FIVE-RUN sixth started as pinch-hitter Lance Abele rapped a bouncer to short that was muffed by
Dan Gallagher, who had been spectacular in Friday's semifinal victory over Germantown. Fran Gould, another
pinch-hitter, waited out one of Keith Gentry's eight walks, then the pair advanced on a wild pitch.
  On a grounder to short by Coffin, Gallagher was screened beautifully by Gould, did not make the play and Abele scored.
After a walk and a force at home, Scott powered a two-run single, Palmer Reap's grounder to third scored another run
and Harley lashed his RBI double over Voli's head.
  In the seventh, Coffin singled, stole second and scored as third baseman Jonathan Adams pegged high past first on a
grounder by (ironically) Tausendfreundt. After Onslager singled, Jake Ellis relieved and escaped further damage.
  Scott, who had rescued Onslager after Fletcher's double in the fifth, had no fun in the seventh.
  He walked Voli on a 3-1 pitch and watched him sacrificed to second by pinch- hitter Dalton Scotland. Then second
baseman Manuel (Pepsi) Soto provided a big play. Soto was screened by ump Cliff Robinson on Jeff Morton's hot
grounder, but still was able to make the play.
  However, Scott walked Gallagher and Adams to jam the bases. On a 1-2 pitch, he got Gentry to wave at a high fastball
to end the game.
  "I was really, really nervous," Scott admitted. "More nervous than I have ever been. In a way, those back-to-back
walks made me more determined. I really went after Gentry and when I got a pitch over, I knew I'd get him.
  "The way Billy's been pitching lately, I never expected to pitch in this game. I'm just glad that I was able to pick him up
on a day when he didn't have it."
  As we hinted earlier, Bill Onslager was not the only guy who didn't quite have it yesterday. But at least his team had the
win and a date tomorrow (2:30) with Catholic League- champ West Catholic, again at Erny Field.
  "If it's in the City Title game and we win it," said a bubbling Onslager, "I'd be glad to go through another game like that."
  Going through games like the one that yesterday tickled funny bones and at the same time sent stomachs into a churning
motion are one thing, surviving them is another. Especially reruns.
  EXTRA BASES: Mastbaum's Eddie Coffin stole three bases, scored three runs . . . Ralph Schneider: " I never got the
feeling that we wouldn't win a title in a 'major sport. ' After all, there are 21 schools and a lot of them don't win too often."
. . . George Tomosky: "I didn't feel like the game was in our hands. Our kids were thinking about playing West Catholic
and got away from playing this one, that's all. I thought this was going to be hard. With the 8-3 lead, they took their
concentration off the game. The team lost. Everybody lost this game." . . . Schneider had no idea on tomorrow's starter:
"It could be Bill Onslager, it could be David Scott , it could be Ernell Harley. We'll worry about Thursday on Thursday."

Recap of victory in Public League final . . .

At Temple's Erny Field
Mastbaum 10, Bartram 9
    Trailing after five innings, 8-3, Mastbaum scored five in the sixth and two in the seventh to win the wild and wooly affair. Nine of the Panthers' runs were unearned. An error and Bill Onslager's RBI single provided the two runs in the seventh. Then, with two out and the bases loaded in the bottom half, winning reliever Dave Scott fanned losing pitcher Keith Gentry (seven hits, eight walks, nine strikeouts) to end it.

The players listed below earned first or second team Coaches' All-Public honors
during Coach Schneider's 34 seasons (1969-2002).
**Please note: Following teams currently unavailable -- 1971, 1976, 1978, 1980.
In 1978, INF Bill Onslager (first) and OF Ed Coffin (third) earned honors on the
Daily News All-Public Teams. In 1980, OF Ernell Harley (first) and 1B Mike
Valentino (third) earned honors on the Daily News All-Public Team.**

SS Steve Bucholski 1970 C Tom Streshka 1970
OF Randy Bowes 1972 OF Ricky Brown 1977
3B Mike Przybyszewski 1973 C Palmer Reap 1979
OF Randy Bowes 1973 P Dave Scott 1979
3B Mike Przybyszewski 1974 1B Bobby Browne 1984
OF Randy Bowes 1974 SS Harry Fernandez 1984
OF Michael Malave 1975 P Jim McKinstry 1984
2B Andrew Sicinski 1977 3B Tom Wilmer 1985
SS Bill Onslager 1979 OF Jose Dones 1985
OF Ed Coffin 1979 SS Dave May 1986
1B Mike Valentino 1981 2B Matt Wermuth 1987
P Ernell Harley 1981 OF Joe Malak 1988
2B Julio Fernandez 1982 DH Frank Markocki 1989
1B Bobby Browne 1983 SS Keith Sadowski 1991
SS Harry Fernandez 1985 SS Matt Schaffer 1993
P Jim McKinstry 1985 INF Ed Bowman 1994
C Bill McCollum 1986 1B Jose Mercado 1995
OF Jose Dones 1986 C Jose Allende 1995
OF Tom Brown 1986 C Jose Allende 1996
P Bill Freitag 1987 INF Anthony Centifonti 1997
1B Bob Freitag 1988 OF Joe Lock 1997
OF John Conway 1992 OF Alejandro Valentin 1998
DH Keith Sadowski 1992 INF David Carrero 1998
3B Mike Milloy 1993 OF Luis Alvarez 1999
OF Renato Lajara 1993 DH David Carrero 1999
1B Josiah Middleton 1994 INF Jason Gonzalez 2000
OF Renato Lajara 1994 OF Mike Street 2000
DH Fred Hansberry 1994 P-INF Jason Gonzalez 2001
INF Fred Hansberry 1995 P-INF Jose Colon 2001
INF Ed Bowman 1995 INF-C Luis Alicea 2002
P Jeff Besnick 1995      
INF Ed Bowman 1996      
INF Ed Bowman 1997      
OF Jorge "Reds" Diaz 1997      
INF Anthony Centifonti 1998      
C Charles Kalb 1998      
DH Rocco Martinez 1998      
INF Bladimer Bonifacio 2000      
P-SS Johnny Marrero 2001      
P-INF Johnny Marrero 2002      
INF Wilson Ribot 2002      

The players listed below earned first, second
or third team Daily News All-City honors
from 1978 through 2002.

INF Bill Onslager 1979
1B Mike Valentino 1981
OF Ernell Harley 1981
DH Bobby Browne 1984
P Jim McKinstry 1985
OF Jose Dones 1986
1B Bob Freitag 1988
INF Ed Bowman 1997
OF Ernell Harley 1980
1B Bobby Browne 1983
INF Harry Fernandez 1985
DH Bill Freitag 1987
INF Keith Sadowski 1992
INF Ed Bowman 1996
INF Bill Onslager 1978
OF Ed Coffin 1979
INF Harry Fernandez 1984
OF Tom Brown 1986
1B Bob Freitag 1987