Philadelphia High School Basketball

A Look at Dennis Seddon's 22-Year Coaching
Career at Roman Catholic High (1987-2008)

  This page includes stories, special lists, record breakdown, recaps of wins in championship games and (at the bottom) the
names of all varsity players during Coach Seddon's 22 seasons. . . . To provide additions/corrections:tedtee307@yahoo.com.
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Fighting for loose balls in the 1990 Catholic League championship game . . .
Roman's Marvin Harrison (left, rear) and Bernard Jones (right, floor)

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

ALL-CATHOLIC HONOREES
19
87-2008
* - Played in NBA
# - Played in NFL

FIRST TEAM
1987 Clayton "Stink" Adams
1988 Ed Jenkins
1989 Alan Watkins
1990 #Marvin Harrison
1991 #Marvin Harrison
1991  Bernard Jones
1991  Mike Watson
1992 Kyle Locke
1993 *Marc Jackson
1994 Eugene Small
1994  *Lari Ketner
1995 *Lari Ketner
1995  Donnie Carr
1996 Donnie Carr
1997 *Rasual Butler
1998 *Rasual Butler
1999 *Eddie Griffin
2000 *Eddie Griffin
2000  Tamal Forchion
2001 Tamal Forchion
2001  John Huggins
2002 Charron Fisher

2003

Charron Fisher
2004 Charron Fisher
2005 Mike Ringgold
2006 Mike Ringgold
2007 Bradley Wanamaker
2008 *Maalik Wayns
SECOND TEAM
1987 Chuck Veterano
1988 Alan Watkins
1989 Jim O'Rourke
1990 Mike McKee
1990  Bernard Jones
1990  Mike Watson
1993 Dwayne "Sugar" Hill
1993  Mike Tabb
1994 Donnie Carr
1995 Arthur "Yah" Davis
1996 Rafi Stevens
1997 Rafi Stevens
1999 Mike Wild
2000 Michael Wild
2001 Brent Welton
2003 Andre Sloan-El
2005 Malik Perry
2006 Bradley Wanamaker
2006  Ray "Doodles" Sims
2007 Brian Wanamaker
2007  *Maalik Wayns
2008 Courtney Stanley
2008  Will Kirkland
THIRD TEAM
1987 Che Perry
1991 Jeremy "J.J." Smith
1992 Dwayne "Sugar" Hill
1996 Curtis King
1996  Jakub Juskowiak
1998 *Eddie Griffin
2002 Andre Sloan-El
2003 Brett Johnson
2004 Andre Sloan-El
2004  Bobby Jordan
2004  Brett Johnson
2005 Brad Wanamaker

DAILY NEW ALL-CITY
* - Played in NBA
# - Played in NFL

FIRST TEAM
1989 Alan Watkins
1991 Bernard Jones
1993 *Marc Jackson
1995 *Lari Ketner
1996 Donnie Carr
1998 *Rasual Butler
1999 *Eddie Griffin
2000 *Eddie Griffin
2001 Tamal Forchion
2007 Bradley Wanamaker
2008 *Maalik Wayns
SECOND TEAM
1987 Clayton "Stink" Adams
1990 Bernard Jones
1991 Mike Watson
1991 #Marvin Harrison
1995 Donnie Carr
2000 Tamal Forchion
2002 Charron Fisher
2003 Charron Fisher
2004 Charron Fisher
2005 Mike Ringgold
2006 Mike Ringgold
THIRD TEAM
1988 Ed Jenkins
1992 Kyle Locke
1994 *Lari Ketner
1995 Arthur "Yah" Davis
1997 *Rasual Butler
2001 John Huggins
2006 Ray "Doodles" Sims
1,000-POINT SCORERS
(All or Part of Career)
* - Played in NBA
# - Played in NFL
1,804 -- Charron Fisher
*1,656 -- Eddie Griffin
1,633 -- Bernard Jones
1,470 -- Donnie Carr
1,382 -- Rakeem "Rahk" Brookins
1,306 -- Bradley Wanamaker
1,283 -- Tamal Forchion
1,247 -- Alan Watkins
*1,237 -- Rasual Butler
#1,166 -- Marvin Harrison
*1,151 -- Maalik Wayns
Dennis Seddon
Tribute Page

  Dennis Seddon coached basketball at Roman Catholic for 22 seasons (1987-2008), winning 516 games and 10 Catholic League championships. Six crowns were won in succession (1989-94). In 1990, the Cahillites beat La Salle, in overtime, on a late shot by a future NFL Hall of Famer, Marvin Harrison. Here is that story . . .

By Ted Silary

  When Marvin Harrison plays offense in football, two people, minimum, are close enough to hear his every breath.
  Yesterday, when Marvin Harrison played offense in basketball, at least in the final 0:59 of overtime in a vintage Catholic League final at the Palestra, he could have had 8-foot arms, he could have made like a helicopter and still, he would have hit no one.
  True, Marvin Harrison, a 6-1, 170-pound junior from Roman Catholic, is not a dangerous jump-shooter.
But he is a marvelous athlete, and La Salle certainly paid the price for forgetting that fact.
  After Roman's Mike Watson fashioned a spectacular block-rebound sequence on Keith Conlin to keep the OT scoreless, the Cahillites decided to hold for the final shot.
  At 0:10, Harrison took a pass from point guard Mike McKee just beyond the foul line, beep-beeped down the left side of the lane virtually unmolested and, while soaring, banked in a lefthanded layup at 0:06.
  The Explorers managed two shots in the final 0:03, after pushing the ball to halfcourt and calling time, but neither a "three" by Chris Lazorcheck nor a hurried follow by Ernie Koschineg, who had to rebound and shoot all in one leaping motion, would fall.
  With the 64-62 win, Roman captured its second consecutive title and 10th in 22 years. The Cahillites (24-3) also became the first CL team since 1965 (Bishop Neumann) to storm through the regular season and playoffs unbeaten, and they'll take an 18-game winning streak to Frostburg (Md. ) State Thursday for the eight-team Alhambra Catholic Invitational.
  "Before the playoffs," Roman coach Dennis Seddon said, "the word was getting back to us. 'Fourteen-and-oh and down they go. ' (Sub) Bill Dougherty said, 'Fourteen-and-oh and away we go.' "
  In the final 0:59, Harrison's defender John Butler continually backed up into the lane area, fearing a sneak-attack entry pass to the inside forces, Bernard Jones and Watson.
  "I'd expect them to do that," Harrison said. "I wasn't doing much the whole game (seven points). They slacked off and forgot about me."
  As McKee dribbled to his right, he gave Harrison an eye-contact sign.
  "Before my man left to double Mike, Mike gave me a look that said, 'Be ready. It's coming,' " Harrison said. "He gave me a great pass. The lane was open. I just wanted to get as high as I could and put the ball in the basket."
  No hesitancy about using his weaker hand?
  "Nah," he said. "I write lefthanded. Bat lefthanded, too."
  Harrison, a halfback, slotback and safety, is one of four football players on Roman's basketball roster.  Though Harrison is the only rotation player, the others - Dougherty, Jim McGeehan and George Jackson - wanted just as much revenge for La Salle's 13-0 win in the football title game Dec. 2.
  "We had to get paybacks," Harrison said. "I went home that night and thought about the game over and over. I'll go home and think about this one, too. Nicer thoughts."
  Seddon said the Cahillites had dedicated the game three times over: to the football team ("For improving school spirit so much"); to the late Hank Gathers ("He worked out in our gym occasionally"); and to Agnes Leinheiser, the mother of former Cahillite Mike Leinheiser, a substitute guard in 1986.
  "Mrs. Leinheiser was too sick to come," Seddon said. "This net is going right to her."
  Seddon then cited three dates that helped convince him that the Cahillites would at least win the South: Jan. 3, when they won at Reading, 68-56, before 4,000 fans ("That simulated Palestra pressure"); Jan. 6, the day after they defeated O'Hara by only 55-54 in the division opener ("We had a good 'rap' session. Aired a lot of things out"); and Feb. 26, when the South coaches did their All-Catholic voting.
  Bernard Jones, who's averaging 18.5 points and 10.2 rebounds, finished an incredible ninth that night.
  Yesterday, Jones shot 12-for-18 and 6-for-9 for 30 points, tying the title- game record set in 1988 by Monsignor Bonner's Brian Daly. He also grabbed 13 rebounds. Friday, he collected 22 points and seven rebounds as Roman won the South, 66-54, over Neumann.
  "The South coaches helped us win the title," Seddon said, bluntly. ''Here's a kid who's heard from 104 schools; we've cut the number to 20. The main schools recruiting him, already, are La Salle, St. Joe's, Seton Hall, Maryland and Wake Forest. We can't control what (the division coaches) feel about Bernard, or his game. But the people who know basketball, the recruiters, know a good player when they see one."
  Jones's only comment on the snub was, "Look where they (coaches who voted) are. And look where we are . . . It did give me motivation. Very much so."
  In the first half, riding the hot shooting of Koschineg (who scored 16 of his 24 points), La Salle (17-9) built an 11-point lead. Roman closed the gap as the half ended, 37-30, and stormed to the first 10 points of the third quarter.
  "Coach Seddon was mad," Jones said. "He said, 'Let's go out and show them who the real champs are.' "
  With 0:49 left in regulation, Koschineg circled around Conlin's healthy pick and nailed a "three," creating a tie at 62-62. Roman held for the last shot, but McKee's rushed lefthanded layup was no good at 0:04 and Watson failed on a follow.
  Watson, a leaping 6-4 junior, had six points (and 18 total) in the final 4:35 of regulation, however, after returning from a 7 1/2-minute exile due to foul trouble. On Roman's final possession, Watson was an original option.
  "It can be dumped low to Bernard, or me," he said. "When I saw Marvin start in, I thought he was going to lose his dribble. But he got there, quick."   


Coach Dennis Seddon

SEASON BY SEASON
League / Overall

1987: 13-1 / 24-7
1988: 9-5 / 17-8
1989: 13-1 / 25-3
1990: 14-0 / 26-4
1991: 14-0 / 28-3
1992: 12-2 / 25-5
1993: 13-1 / 27-4
1994: 12-2 / 24-7
1995: 13-1 / 27-4
1996: 14-0 / 27-3
1997: 10-4 / 18-7
1998: 11-3 / 21-7
1999: 12-2 / 27-5
2000: 13-1 / 25-7
2001: 12-2 / 23-7
2002: 6-8 / 16-9
2003: 11-3 / 19-8
2004: 12-2 / 22-7
2005: 10-4 / 21-9
2006: 13-1 / 26-6
2007: 12-2 / 28-3
2008: 14-0 / 19-6
TOTAL RECORD
22 Seasons, 1987-2008
League - 263-45
Overall - 516-128
PLAYOFF BREAKDOWN
Appearances Ended in  . . .
Quarterfinals (5)
1997, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2008
Semifinals (2)
1988, 1998
Finals (14)
1987, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1992,
 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1999,
2000, 2001, 2006, 2007

TOP 15 CL SCORERS
Donnie Carr 1996 27.1
Rasual Butler 1998 26.7
Eddie Griffin 2000 26.1
Eddie Griffin 1999 25.6
Bernard Jones 1991 21.5
Alan Watkins 1989 21.3
Charron Fisher 2002 21.1
Charron Fisher 2003 21.1
Maalik Wayns 2008 19.9
Ed Jenkins 1988 19.3
Bernard Jones 1990 19.1
Charron Fisher 2004 18.9
Tamal Forchion 2001 18.5
Kyle Locke 1992 18.3
Marc Jackson 1993 18.1
STARTERS FOR CHAMPS
1989
Alan Watkins
Tyrone "Tike" Bacon
Ruben Colon
Mike McKee
Jim O'Rourke
1990
Bernard Jones
Mike McKee
Mike Watson
Marvin Harrison
Jeremy "J.J." Smith
1991
Bernard Jones
Mike Watson
Marvin Harrison
Jeremy "J.J." Smith
Josh Wagner
1992
Kyle Locke
Marc Jackson
Dwayne "Sugar" Hill
Dennis Bohn
James "Flame" Lewis
1993
Marc Jackson
Dwayne "Sugar" Hill
Mike Tabb
Dennis Bohn
Eugene Small
1994
Lari Ketner
Eugene Small
Donnie Carr
Tamir Harbin
R.C. Kehoe
1996
Donnie Carr
Rafi Stevens
Curtis King
Jakub Juskowiak
R.C. Kehoe
1999
Eddie Griffin
Mustafa Bey
Michael Wild
Tamal Forchion
John Huggins
2000
Eddie Griffin
Tamal Forchion
Michael Wild
Dave Levetter
Jim Kelly
2007
Bradley Wanamaker
Brian Wanamaker
Maalik Wayns
Will Kirkland
Nick Daggett

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This story about Dennis Seddon was written in 1991 . . .

By Ted Silary
  Dennis Seddon knows ceramics.
  He also has a good feel for arts and crafts, floor hockey, dance, soccer, tumbling, softball and . . . well, all sorts of neat
endeavors.
  For several hours a day, Seddon heads one of the most prestigious high school basketball programs in the country, at Roman
Catholic.
  Otherwise, he's Dennis the Playground Worker.
  Seddon's full-time job is with the Philadelphia Department of Recreation. He has been stationed for two years at Cohocksink
Recreation Center, in Port Richmond, and he formerly worked at McVeigh.
  "Some people know I coach Roman," Seddon said. "But it's not like it's any big deal.
  "Last year, somebody put the article where I was chosen Coach of the Year on the board. People said, 'Hey, that's our
Dennis.' "
  Tonight at the Palestra, in the second game of a division-finals doubleheader (North's Kenrick-La Salle at 7, South's
Roman-West at about 8:45), Seddon and his players will continue their relentless pursuit of a third consecutive Catholic League
championship.
  Like his predecessors, Speedy Morris, who compiled a 347-82 record from 1968 through '81 with six league titles, and Barry
Brodzinski, whose mark was 115-33 from '82 through '86 with two titles, Seddon has the program rolling along.
  In five seasons, he has produced a record of 117-23 and two titles.
  Yet, unlike his predecessors, Seddon maintains a profile not much higher than the scorekeeper's. Morris drew attention largely
because of his bench histrionics. Brodzinski often made strong, ill-timed statements.
  Seddon, in contrast, is almost without ego. He lets his kids play, he rarely throws a sideline tantrum, and when the time comes
to dole out credit, his first words are often, "Which kid do you want to interview? You don't need me, right? "
  Every CYO and youth club coach in the city should have Seddon's picture over his desk. He's the little guy who made it big
yet never forgot his roots. His assistants, Jeff Stepp, Rodney Handy and Steve Wermuth, followed the same path.
  At North Catholic, Seddon was never quite good enough to make the varsity. After winning an academic scholarship to the
University of Richmond, he was the self-admitted 13th man on a 12-man freshman team. He had done some youth coaching
while in high school, however, and he quickly gravitated in that direction at Richmond.
  "When the freshman coach had to go scouting, he'd let me run the practice," Seddon said. "I literally had the keys to the gym."
  After returning to Philadelphia, he coached grade school (Ascension) and youth club ball. Seddon's Little Club teams, stocked
mostly with future North Catholic stars, including Brodzinski, won numerous area and city championships.
  When Iggy Brodzinski, Barry's brother, became North's head coach for the '80 season, Seddon came on board as an assistant.
He switched to Roman in '82, when Barry replaced Morris.
  When Brodzinski resigned, Seddon worried the school might seek another name person.
  "Over 20 people applied for the job," Seddon said. "But we thought we had proven ourselves, recordwise, with the freshmen
and JV, and I felt comfortable with the relationships I had developed around here. I felt I was as qualified as anybody; if not
more so because of the relationships I had with the younger kids.
  "I'm very fortunate. I have the best coaching job in the city of Philadelphia. I'm happy every day I walk in here. I love the
people, the building. It's a special place. "
  When one of his players has a problem, Seddon, the true older-brother figure, works doggedly to find a solution.
  He knows what it's like to feel alone, as if there's nowhere to turn. He also knows life can be cruel.
  Between '81 and '87, Seddon endured seven operations on his nose. A form of cancer, rhinophyma, produced a series of
cysts that in time caused his nose to swell to the size of a small child's fist.
  In his first season as Roman's head coach, Seddon coached while wearing a baseball cap pulled tightly over his forehead.
  "Sure, subconsciously, I was trying to hide it," he said. "People's first tendency is to look at faces. It would make them
uncomfortable. I just dealt with it.
  "I can breathe fine now. The doctors think it's under control. I go once a year for a cancer screening."
  Sophomore forward Gus Wagner, whose brother, Josh, starts at point guard, already has a deep appreciation for Seddon,
coach and man.
  "When he gets mad, he doesn't yell or scream," Wagner said. "He talks things out. He'll correct you in a nice way. It makes
you want to do right even more.
  "He gets to know his players on a personal level. Any time you have a problem, you can go to him. He's helped Josh a
number of times."
  Said starting wing guard Marvin Harrison: "On and off the court, he does whatever he can for us. He tells us what we have
to do and keeps our minds sharp along the way. If we need (scolding), he does it individually. No one likes to be hollered at
in front of 500 people."
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This story was written in the fall of 2008, when Dennis retired . . .

By Ted Silary
  The manner did not surprise.
  When Dennis Seddon yesterday announced his retirement after a wildly successful, 22-year run as Roman Catholic High's
basketball coach, he did so not while standing behind a lectern, peering over a thicket of microphones.
  He made a telephone call, and simply said, "Well, it's time. "
  Rumors of Seddon's impending departure persisted throughout the summer and into the fall. Whenver he was asked about
them, he laughed and came out with quips such as, "I'm having a press conference tomorrow? What time should I be there?"
  But now, rumor is fact, and the Catholic League is losing a gem. The more he produced, the less he seemed to realize it.
  "It was always about the team," Seddon said. "I cringed any time I saw a reference to 'Dennis Seddon's basketball team.'
This was always Roman Catholic's basketball team. It was always about the players. I just happened to be there."
  Said Delaware assistant R.C. Kehoe, a mid-'90s point guard for Seddon: "He's a terrific person. Every coach should take a
page from his book. It was always about the team and the school. Not him. "
  Seddon went 516-128 for an .801 career winning percentage. He ranks second in city history behind William "Speedy"
Morris - 557-137 (.803) in 23 seasons at Roman, Penn Charter and St. Joseph's Prep - in that category, and also barely trails
Morris in wins per season, 24.2 to 23.5.
  Seddon stands alone in Catholic League championships, with 10, highlighted by a six-season run from 1989 to '94, and his
playoff winning percentage (.784, a record of 40-11) is mighty darn close to his overall number.
  This decision, he said, is based strictly on time - not enough of it.
  Last May, Seddon was appointed to a supervisory position at Cione Playground in Port Richmond. He'd earlier spent 10
years apiece as a staff member at Shissler in Fishtown and Cohocksink in Port Richmond.
  "In my current position," Seddon said, "I have to be around earlier in the afternoon, and there's just more responsibility,
in general.
  "I could make it to only a couple of our summer-league games, and once we got through this first month of school, I could
see that my chances to get to Roman in the afternoon were limited. From the time standpoint, it just wasn't going to work
anymore. I couldn't give 100 percent."
  Seddon fell just short of lasting through '09, which had been his intent after the '04 season resulted in a third consecutive
disappointment - not even a visit to the semifinals.
  "I set five goals to accomplish," he said.
  Get back to the title game. Check. Make sure the cupboard would not be bare upon his departure. Check. Return the
program to national prominence. Check. Arrange return trips (as happened in December '04 and '06) to a prestigious
pre-Christmas tournament in Hawaii. Check.
  "The fifth thing I wanted to do," he said, "was mentor somebody who'd be able to keep things going. And that has
happened with [JV coach, varsity righthand man] Chris McNesby."
  How the opening will be filled is undecided.
  "He deserves it," Seddon said. "He'll do a great job."
  When asked whether he felt melancholy, Seddon at first said, "Don't know. Too early to tell."
  He then added: "I'm not. We accomplished a lot and had fun along the way. We won. We lost. Hopefully, the kids feel
like I do, that we got as much out of the experience as we could."
  While Seddon intends to become involved in coaching Special Olympics basketball, he hopes to remain with Roman in
an advisory capacity.
  He's especially excited that '95 grad Lari Ketner, who advanced to the NBA (as did Seddon-era Cahillites Marc Jackson,
Rasual Butler and Eddie Griffin), has joined Roman's staff as an assistant.
  "That's 32 former players who've gone into coaching," he said.
  Even there, he couldn't bring himself to add the qualifier, "of mine."
  Dennis Seddon . . . Still humble after all of these amazing accomplishments.

Recaps of victories in Catholic League championship games . . .

1989
At the Palestra
Roman 66, La Salle 56
 
Jim O'Rourke fired away for 25 points, including eight of Roman's final nine, and Ruben Colon had 11 points, 11 rebounds and seven blocks. Mike McKee sprinkled nine assists and Alan Watkins scored 14 points. La Salle got 17 points from Chris Lazorcheck and trailed by just one, 54-53, with 2:20 left.
1990
At the Palestra
Roman 64, La Salle 62 (ot)
 
With 0:10 left, Marvin Harrison took a pass from Mike McKee (nine assists), sped down the left side of the lane virtually unmolested and flipped in a lefthanded layup at 0:06. La Salle called time at 0:03 and then missed two shots, Chris Lazorcheck's three and Ernie Koschineg's hurried follow. Roman was the first CL team to storm through division and playoff action unbeaten since Neumann in 1965. Bernard Jones shot 12-for-18 and 6-for-9 for 30 points, tying the title-game mark set in 1988 by Bonner's Brian Daly. Jones added 13 rebounds. Mike Watson had 18 points. Koschineg scored 24 points for La Salle.
1991
At the Palestra
Roman 70, La Salle 36
 
Marvin Harrison (nine rebounds) and Bernard Jones totaled 18 points apiece and Mike Watson added 11 points and 14 rebounds as Roman won its 44th CL game in succession (regular season and playoffs). The Cahillites won their 14 division games by an average score of 83-48 and their three playoffs by an average score of 77-45. No one reached double figures for La Salle.
1992
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.
1993
At the Palestra
Roman 62, North 55 (ot)
 
Marc Jackson accumulated 22 points, 18 rebounds and three blocks and Dwayne "Sugar" Hill added 17 points, eight assists and three steals as Roman won a fifth consecutive title under coach Dennis Seddon to match a feat that had been done only once in CL history by Roman from 1924 to '28. There was no scoring in the final 2:30 of regulation and then Jackson passed to Mike Tabb for the first two baskets of overtime. Joe Harvey (14) and Matt Comey (13) paced North.
1994
At the Palestra
Roman 60, North 53
 
Lari Ketner produced 20 points, 10 rebounds and six blocks, sub Will McKnight added 16 points and R.C. Kehoe hustled for nine assists and six steals as the Cahillites won yet again. The teams combined for 48 turnovers. North's Chris Heck hit four threes en route to 23 points while guard Dennis Comey added 10 points and 14 rebounds.
1996
At the Palestra
Roman 57, Carroll 47
 
Donnie Carr (19), Jakub "Jimmy" Juskowiak (15) and Rafi Stevens (13, 10 rebounds) led in scoring, R.C. Kehoe distributed six assists and Curtis King rejected five shots as the Cahillites claimed their seventh title in eight years and 15th in 28. Dennis Seddon, the coach for 10 seasons, won his 250th game. Tom Dearborn (20) and Martin Ingelsby (15) paced Carroll.
1999
At Temple's Apollo
Roman 68, West 45
 
Eddie Griffin, a 6-8 junior, totaled 22 points, 10 rebounds and eight blocks as Roman won its seventh title of the decade and eighth in 11 years under coach Dennis Seddon. Griffin finished the playoffs with 68 points, 36 rebounds and 23 blocks. Point guard Mustafa Bey (five assists) was the only senior in the Cahillites' nine-man rotation. Sophs Tamal Forchion (12 points), Brent Welton (a career-high nine off the bench) and John Huggins (eight) combined to shoot 13-for-15. For West, Ronald Banks scored 17 points and Greg McCleary had 12 points, 10 rebounds.
2000
At Temple's Apollo
Roman 58, Neumann 55
 
After enduring a mostly frustrating season, sub John Huggins had 15 points and four assists in 26 minutes and made a steal and two free throws with 32.4 seconds left to provide a 56-53 lead. Neumann's Brandon Brigman (follow) and Roman's Brent Welton (two foul shots) traded scores, then Neumann's Cantrell "Man-Man" Fletcher barely missed a buzzer-beater from the right side of halfcourt. For Roman, Michael Wild (17 points) hit three treys, Tamal Forchion grabbed 14 rebounds and Eddie Griffin had 15 points, 10 boards, six blocks. Five Pirates scored from nine to 13 points while Fletcher had seven assists and Brigman had 13 boards. Robert "Beattie" Taylor (pronounced) and David "Meatball" Crawford (mild) played with limps after suffering ankle injuries. Both schools' rooters threw trash at each other and Roman's net-cutting ceremony was delayed by 10 minutes.
2007
At the Palestra
Roman 59, Neumann-Goretti 56
   Just when it appeared the Cahillites were dead meat, with just under six minutes left, they overcame a 10-point deficit by roaring to 11 consecutive points in 1 minute, 40 seconds, and wound up scoring 17 of the game's final 21 points. The win gave 21-year coach Dennis Seddon his 10th title, eclipsing the CL record of nine by Roman's Billy Markward in the 1920s and '30s and preventing N-G's Carl Arrigale from capturing his fifth in seven years. Roman went ahead for good, at 56-54, with 2:22 left as members of the team's two sets of twins did the honors: Will Kirkland (also Wes) scored on a pass from Pitt signee Bradley Wanamaker (also Brian). Will Kirkland was the defender in '06 when Derrick "D.J." Rivera hit his game-winner; he said he wasn't himself for a whole month afterward. Bradley Wanamaker had 17 points, six rebounds, seven assists and four steals. Wayns (13), Will Kirkland (12) and Brian Wanamaker (10) also scored in double figures. N-G's leaders were Syracuse signees/best buddies Rick Jackson (20 points, 18 rebounds, six blocks) and Antonio "Scoop" Jardine (11 assists). Jackson's three-game playoff averages were 22.7, 14 and six. Will Kirkland sank the first of two free throws at 6.4 for a 62-59 lead. Teammate Courtney Stanley grabbed the rebound of the missed second shot, then clanked two FTs of his own. N-G's Jamal Wilson rebounded and passed ahead to sixth man Mark Hatty, who hit the rim with a 24-foot, right-wing trey at the buzzer. As the Cahillites began to celebrate, roughly a half-dozen, liquid-filled plastic bottles were fired onto the court from high above N-G's bench. Roman's contingent sought refuge in the locker room, then later returned to accept the plaque and cut down the net.

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Below are the players who helped Dennis Seddon claim 516 wins and 10 Catholic League championships
in 22 seasons as the coach at Roman Catholic. 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 Carr 1987 Arthur "Yah" Davis 1995 Joe Clancy 2002
Che Perry 1987 Chris McNesby 1995 Jon Duperon 2002
Chuck Veterano 1987 Cliff Harris 1995 Tyree Wallace 2002
Clayton "Stink" Adams 1987 Drew Swift 1995 Calvin Jones 2003
Eugene Smith 1987 Lari Ketner 1995 Charlie Squitiere 2003
Paul Johnson 1987 Lavelle Ellison 1995 Chris Stepp 2003
Dave Robinson 1988 Mike Ford 1995 Kevin Hightower 2003
Ed Jenkins 1988 Ronnie Conway 1995 Aaron Hester 2004
Kenny Hayward 1988 Tamir Harbin 1995 Andre Sloan-El 2004
Maynard Merriman 1988 Will McKnight 1995 Brett Johnson 2004
Nate Thomas 1988 Donnie Carr 1996 Charron Fisher 2004
Alan Watkins 1989 J.D. Dodds 1996 Khalil Ferguson 2004
Cliff Smith 1989 Jakub Jaskowiak 1996 Malik Easterling 2004
Jim O'Rourke 1989 Mike Corkery 1996 Scott Mascio 2004
Rob Williams 1989 R.C. Kehoe 1996 Anthony King 2005
Ruben Colon 1989 Alan Stevens 1997 Billy Lally 2005
Tyrone "Tyke" Bacon 1989 Chemar Withrow 1997 Bobby Jordan 2005
Bill Dougherty 1990 Curtis King 1997 Dan DiBerardinis 2005
George Jackson 1990 Dennis Hobbs 1997 Jarrett Burks 2005
Jim McGeehan 1990 Juwan Justice 1997 Malik Perry 2005
Kenny Tymes 1990 Kenyatta Bey 1997 Devon White 2006
Mike McKee 1990 Mike Canady 1997 Lonnie Perry 2006
Bernard Jones 1991 Rafi Stevens 1997 Mike Ringgold 2006
Jeremy "Saddle" Lawimore 1991 T.J. Leis 1997 Ray "Doodles" Sims 2006
Jeremy Smith 1991 Don Miller 1998 Rockeed McCarter 2006
Josh Wagner 1991 Mike Montgomery 1998 Sean Joynes 2006
Marvin Harrrison 1991 Rasual Butler 1998 Bradley Wanamaker 2007
Mike Watson 1991 Rich Ennis 1998 Brian McBeth 2007
Bill Shank 1992 Eric Davis 1999 Brian Wanamaker 2007
Zachary Crawford 1992 Gianpaolo Giampaolo 1999 Leroy Evans 2007
Danny Harris 1992 Mustafa Bey 1999 Mark Reeves 2007
James "Flames" Lewis 1992 Tim Hogan 1999 Nick Doggett 2007
Kyle Locke 1992 Anthony Miller 2000 Aaron Brown 2008
Aaron Holloway 1993 David Levetter 2000 Anthony Mayo 2008
Dennis Bohn 1993 Eddie Griffin 2000 Courtney Stanley 2008
Dwayne "Sugar" Hill 1993 Emil Buccilli 2000 Kevin Regan 2008
Greg Alexander 1993 Marcus Gantt 2000 Maalik Wayns 2008
Justin "Gus" Wagner 1993 Mike Wild 2000 Quasim Jones 2008
Marc Jackson 1993 Tim Mahon 2000 Rakeem "Rahk" Brookins 2008
Mike Tabb 1993 Brent Welton 2001 Rasi Jenkins 2008
Eugene Small 1994 Jim Kelly 2001 Scott Stratton 2008
John Atkinson 1994 Joe McCourt 2001 Wes Kirkland 2008
Kendall Norman 1994 John Huggins 2001 Will Kirkland 2008
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