Philadelphia High School Basketball
Carl Arrigale Completes His
Decade (Through 2018) . . . And Now Owns 27
Championships in 40 Chances
(Six Seasons as St. John Neumann, 15 Seasons as Neumann-Goretti)
Through 2020-21 season: Coach Carl Arrigale has won
11 Catholic League
championships in 23 chances, 11 City Titles in 14 chances and eight state
crowns in 12 chances (tournament cut short by coronavirus pandemic in '20).
Thirty crowns in 48 chances (not counting states in '20).
**Posted at Bottom of Page . . . Story From His Playing Career at
Penn Charter . . . Rotations of Catholic League Championship Teams
. . . Names of Carl's Players, 1999-2021.**
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Carl's All-Catholic players:
By Ted Silary
He can help you chill your milk, wash your clothes and roast your turkey and, if the pace in the place is momentarily slow, he can talk hoops with non-stop passion.
SEASON BY SEASON
"We ran into each other when he was interviewing for the Neumann job," Arrigale said. "I told him, 'If it works out, give me a
call. I might like to work with you. I said I knew the kids and the area and might help him make a smooth transition.
"When he got the job, he remembered that. He came to see me play in a summer-league game - I wasn't almost 250 pounds
then, and could still play a little - and we hung out afterward in Dean's Bar and he hired me."
Doyle left after one season (1993-94) to become a teacher-coach at Collingswood High, in South Jersey. Tom Dougherty
"Because of my work responsibilities and overall lack of experience, I didn't even apply for the head job," Arrigale said.
"Luckily, Doc kept me on. When he wasn't going to be the coach after [the '98 season], I went to my uncle and told him how
much I liked the kids still in the program and how I wanted to go for this job. I really wanted to be the head coach. I had the bug.
My uncle was great. 'If it happens, we'll work it out. ' ''
A two-man race developed. Arrigale vs. John Roe.
"The night before I was coming in for my final interview, J.R. accepted the Carroll job," Arrigale said. "So on the last day,
basically, I was interviewing against myself."
He laughed. "All I had to do was go in front of the new principal and not make a fool of myself. "
This is Arrigale's ninth season. He's two wins from 200. His teams have always featured players with talent, and some have
added a competitive spirit that many would term an edge. Understandably, the coach prefers to talk about the satisfaction he has
received from watching guys do well in college as players and degree-earners.
The lowlight? Without a doubt the aftermath of last year's title game.
After hitting the game-winning trey at La Salle University, lifting N-G past Roman, 44-41, star guard Derrick "D.J." Rivera,
now at Saint Joseph's, ran to a spot in front of Roman's fans, who'd been taunting him all game. Objects were thrown. The
misbehavior escalated. The resulting mess caused a city-wide police alert and wound up drawing national media attention.
League officials banned fans from this year's Roman/N-G regular-season meetings and made Arrigale serve a four-game
"I understood that what happened wasn't good, and something had to happen to somebody," he said. "That wound up being
me. I was mad at first. I asked God for some help to kind of separate myself from it.
"In time, I went from being bitter and wanting to get out to saying to myself that I couldn't imagine not coaching these seniors"
- he mentioned starters Rick Jackson and Antonio "Scoop" Jardine and key subs Mark Hatty and Wali Hepburn - "for their last
year. After that, there was the matter of preparing my players and staff for those four games and they all did a great job."
In Wednesday's semis, N-G numbed North Catholic, 73-45. That afternoon, one of C & D's best customers (Arrigale had
begun working there after his mother, Marlene, now deceased, became ill with cancer), a good friend of North coach Mike
McCarron, came to the store.
"He owed us some money and he picked that day to pay us," Arrigale said, laughing. "The door flies open and he starts with
the chants, 'Let's go, Falcons! Let's go Falcons! ' We gave it to each other pretty good, in a friendly way."
Next time, he still might give the guy a deal. Maybe.
This story was published in the Phila. Daily News on Feb, 11, 1984. Carl wound up as the Inter-Ac MVP.
PENN CHARTER SNIPER PICKS OFF PATRIOTS
By Ted Silary
Keeping one ear tuned in to the coach sure can mess up a jump shot, no matter how many eyes - if it's ever more than two,
boy will we have a story - are glued to the front of the rim.
Carl Arrigale could attest to that. If pushed, perhaps Penn Charter 's resident sniper could even swear to that.
Arrigale last night shot 12-for-22 and 5-for-10 for a career-high 29 points as the Little Quakers (7-0, 18-6) jolted visiting
Germantown Academy, 64-54, thus reducing their magic number to one (they're three games ahead with three games
remaining) in the chase for the Inter-Ac basketball championship, which they haven't won since 1972.
He also took the best shots the mouth of coach Bill "Speedy" Morris had to offer. Didn't flinch once, either.
Unfortunately, it wasn't always that way.
"When I played grade-school ball, my coach was almost the same kind of hollerer as coach Morris. That was the way he
got his point across," Arrigale said. "Then I came here and (ex-coach Ed Enoch) was pretty calm. Then coach Morris came
in. It took me a while to get used to all the hollering again.
"Last year was a real struggle in the beginning. I was listening more to his yelling than I was concentrating on the game. I
even went into a shell for a while.
"In a game against Chestnut Hill, I was horrible. I had like four points, shot 1-for-4 from the field, wasn't even involved in
the game. I went home that night and did a lot of thinking. Basically I told myself, 'You're a better player than this. Just get
"I did all right the rest of the year and, coming into this one, I decided I'd waited too long to miss out on some fun. I wanted
a good year personally. More than anything, though, I wanted a championship."
At times, it appeared as if Arrigale, who managed to deal three assists, wanted to beat the Patriots all by his lonesome. Come
to think of it, he just about did, although it would be impossible to overlook the contributions of soph Marv Dunmeyer (10
points, 10 rebounds), 6-5 Drew Meyers (11 points) and Joe McGarvey (eight assists), who briefly enjoyed a locker-room
celebration then rushed off to a prom.
Morris very much wants it known that Arrigale is averaging 20 points and shooting just under 52 percent from the field for
the season. Last season, Arrigale was probably shaking, or at least hesitant, on 20 out of every 52 shots.
"When Carl's confident, he can put it down with anybody," Morris said. ''I don't think he should ever miss a shot. Last year,
if I hollered here or hollered there, he'd sulk a little. Now he knows he has a job to do and the hollering doesn't affect him.
I love the way he's playing. He's been our money man all season.
"Sometimes he has a tendency to rush. And if misses a couple in a row, he starts to think too much. Hey, he should never
get down on himself. He's too good a shooter. "
Has been for a while, if the truth be told. Arrigale averaged 35 points a game as an eighth grader at South Philadelphia's
King of Peace School and, by his own admission, took 90 percent of the shots. As a sixth grader, he placed second in the
state in a foul-shooting contest.
(Don't tell anyone, but Carl last night missed his first five free throws. ''For Carl, that was ludicrous," Morris said.)
How well can Carl Arrigale shoot?
"If I'm open, I'll put it up from anywhere," he said, laughing. "Coach Morris gives me a lot of positive feelings about my
shot. He has openly come out and told me what he thinks of me as a shooter. That makes a big difference.
"In our other game with GA, I hit one right at the end of the game from about eight feet past the top of the key. I got the
ball, turned and thought, 'What the heck, we've got it won - put it up. ' I drew a foul, too. Missed the foul shot, though."
Morris is confident he'll be able to place Arrigale with a good Division II program, maybe even a mid-level Division I
program. He's also smart enough to realize that the Little Quakers, who will finish their league schedule with Chestnut Hill
Academy, Haverford School and Episcopal Academy, have not yet won the championship, although they have clinched at
least a tie.
"Since we'd have to lose them all to be (only) co-champs, I guess I'd have to say it looks pretty good," Morris said. "But
there's been upsets ever since David kicked the hell out of Goliath."
Last night, the biggest upset out of Penn Charter 's victory was the fact that Carl Arrigale missed 10 shots from the field.
ROTATIONS FOR CARL'S CATHOLIC CHAMPIONSHIP TEAMS
|*Cantrell "Man-Man" Fletcher||Richard "Tabby" Cunningham||David Burton|
|Brandon Brigman||Adon El||Derrick "D.J." Rivera|
|Robt. "Beattie" Taylor||Antwain Wynn||Earl Pettis|
|Michael Haddix||Chris Del Brocco||Antonio "Scoop" Jardine|
|Chris Del Brocco||Kevin Lauer||Rick Jackson|
|Key Subs||Key Subs||Key Sub|
|Richard "Tabby" Cunningham||Todd Johnson||Conor Kennedy|
|Ramer Jones||Kenny Fulton|
|*missed semis/final with injury;|
|Derrick "D.J." Rivera||Tony Chennault||Tony Chennault|
|Earl Pettis||Danny Stewart||Tyreek Duren|
|Antonio "Scoop" Jardine||Andre "Scooter" Gillette||Danny Stewart|
|Rick Jackson||Tyreek Duren||Mustafaa Jones|
|Jamal Wilson||Mustafaa Jones||Lamin Fulton|
|Key Sub||Key Subs||Key Subs|
|Frank Biondo||Lamin Fulton||Derrick Stewart|
|Derrick Stewart||Billy Shank|
|Lamin Fulton||Derrick Stewart||John Davis|
|Derrick Stewart||John Davis||Ja'Quan Newton|
|John Davis||Billy Shank||Hanif Sutton|
|Billy Shank||Ja'Quan Newton||Lamarr "Fresh" Kimble|
|Ja'Quan Newton||Hanif Sutton||Tony Toplyn|
|Key Subs||Key Sub||Key Subs|
|Hanif Sutton||La'Quan Coaxum||Troy Harper|
|La'Quan Coaxum||Jamal Custis|
|Ja'Quan Newton||Hakim Byrd|
|Lamarr "Fresh" Kimble||Jordan Hall|
|Troy Harper||Hysier Miller|
|Jamal Custis||Cameron Young|
|Tony Toplyn||Blaise Vespe|
|Key Subs||Key Sub|
|Vaughn Covington||Chris Evans|
are the players who helped Carl Arrigale accumulate 528 wins and 30
through 23 seasons as the coach at St. John Neumann, Ss. Neumann-Goretti. Year
indicates the player's final season. Most were seniors. Some transferred and some were
underclassmen who did not play in the following season.
|Varsity Players for Neumann / N-G, 1999-2021 Seasons|
|Al Greenman||1999||Jordan Johnson||2011|
|Fred Burke||1999||Lamin Fulton||2011|
|Joe Scavetti||1999||Matt Rodden||2011|
|Kalief Johnson||1999||Billy Shank||2012|
|Robert Bailey||1999||Derrick Stewart||2012|
|Sean Lingham||1999||Devahnte Mosley||2012|
|Chas Bailey||2000||La'Quan Coaxum||2012|
|David Crawford||2000||Maurice Heard||2012|
|Hakim Haynes||2000||Shane Thomas||2012|
|Spencer Hill||2000||Hanif Sutton||2013|
|Tom Nicolo||2000||Joe McGinley||2013|
|Brandon Brigman||2001||John Davis||2013|
|Cantrell "Man-Man" Fletcher||2001||John Mastrando||2013|
|Jeff Thomas||2001||Kahleem Wilkins||2013|
|Joel Green||2001||Mike DeFrancesco||2013|
|Martin Kelly||2001||Jamal Custis||2014|
|Michael Haddix||2001||Ja'Quan Newton||2014|
|Ramer Jones||2001||Shaun Grubb||2014|
|Robert "Beattie" Taylor||2001||Tony Toplyn||2014|
|Anthony Paris||2002||Troy Harper||2014|
|Ben Smith||2002||Billy Stagliano||2015|
|Chris Del Brocco||2002||Denelle Holly||2015|
|Antwain Wynn||2003||Jack Taylor||2015|
|Jack Hatty||2003||Jared Healey||2015|
|Jamaal Harris||2003||Lamarr "Fresh" Kimble||2015|
|Marques Slocum||2003||Amire Tyler||2016|
|Mike "Benji" Gillespie||2003||Rasheed Browne||2016|
|Nick Cusato||2003||Chico Whyte||2016|
|Todd Johnson||2003||Khyrie Temple||2016|
|Adon El||2004||Tony Zhang||2016|
|Charles Blackwell||2004||Vaughn Covington||2016|
|Keith Herron||2004||Zane Martin||2016|
|Michael Payne||2004||Semaj Mills||2017|
|Mike Turner||2004||Dante Vannicola||2017|
|Richard "Tabby" Cunningham||2004||Dhamir Cosby-Roundtree||2017|
|Billy Nolan||2005||Emil Moody||2017|
|Conor Kennedy||2005||Jalen Parker||2017|
|David Burton||2005||Mike Millsip||2017|
|Phil Love||2005||Quade Green||2017|
|Ron Eells||2005||Ahmad Fair||2018|
|Tyrone Silver||2005||Amir Shields||2018|
|Derrick "D.J." Rivera||2006||Dymir Montague||2018|
|Earl Pettis||2006||Jimmy O'Mara||2018|
|Frank Biondo||2006||Marcus Littles||2018|
|Hiram Bowman||2006||Noah Warren||2018|
|Jarrett Washington||2006||TaQuan Woodley||2018|
|Karem Martin||2006||Tommy D'Angelo||2018|
|Lenny Alexander||2006||Shamus Sharkey||2018|
|Antonio "Scoop" Jardine||2007||Eric Gentry||2019|
|Billy Balilonis||2007||Baseem Cooper||2019|
|Chalie Stinsman||2007||Ja'Cor Smith||2019|
|Dennis Carr||2007||Chris Ings||2019|
|Henry Smith||2007||Jordan Hall||2020|
|Mark Hatty||2007||Cameron Young||2020|
|Rashad Savage||2007||Jordyn DeRito||2020|
|Rick Jackson||2007||Che Evans||2020|
|Wali Hepburn||2007||Hakim Byrd||2020|
|Frankie Smalls||2008||Rashaun Locke-Hicks||2020|
|Isa Perry||2008||Chris Evans||2021|
|Jamal Wilson||2008||Robert Wright||2021|
|Shane Irwin||2008||Nasir Feggans||2021|
|Tyrell Taylor||2008||Blaise Vespe||2021|
|Andre "Scooter" Gillette||2009||Hysier Miller||2021|
|Bradford King||2009||Bruce Smith||2021|
|John Brennan||2009||Masud Stewart||2021|
|Will Huff||2009||Zaakir Williamson||2021|
|Justin Smith||2009||Solo Bambara||2021|
|Danny Stewart||2010||Shawn Battle||2021|
|Dominique Reid||2010||Amir Williams||2021|
|Kalem Taylor||2010||Khafiq Myers||2021|
|Mark Squilla||2010||Aamir Hurst||2021|
|Mustafaa Jones||2010||Shawn Battle||2021|