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Penn Charter 50, Montgomery Blair (MD) 29
(At Wildwood Convention Center)
Every good father wants all the best for his son. But does he want to be outdone by him? Especially if such an occurrence could lead to serious chops-busting? (smile) Right about now, things are likely very interesting in the Daly household. As oldheads will remember, Brian Daly was the Daily News City Player of the Year in 1988 and his accomplishments were quite impressive. While leading Bonner to the Catholic League championship, he scored 74 points in three playoff games -- with 30 in the final -- to account for 38.1 percent of the Friars' markers. Meanwhile, in the regular season, he twice notched 78 points over three-game spans (and his top effort in the first trio was 35 points vs. West Catholic). Well . . . Ryan Daly, a senior at Carroll, can now see dad in the rear-view mirror after ch-chinging his way to 88 points in the Patriots' last three games -- 25 vs. Malvern, 35 vs. Solebury and 28 vs. Allentown (NJ). We're only in late December, of course. Ryan could slap together an even better three-game outburst by the time we get to March. And, who knows? Will Ryan's effort stand the test of time through the 2016-17 season? His brother, Colin, a junior, also plays for the Patriots and so far this season his best output is 17 points. In the 2014-15 season, Ryan's best was 21. Not a whole lot less. Hmmmmmm (smile).
Thirteen Haverford School players have tallied 1,000 career points for city leagues schools. Alas, almost half have reached that number after transferring to other places. Lamar Stevens, now at Roman, is the newest former Ford in the Grand Group. Only two other I-A transfers have reached 1,000 at a second school. Rob Kurz (1,371) played at Germantown Academy, then Penn Charter ('04). Joe Zeglinski (1,300) played varsity as an eighth-grader at PC, then headed for Ryan. He became Ryan's coach for this season after the former boss, Bernie Rogers, moved on to guide Haverford School.
|Levan "Shawn" Alston||
Ex-Haverford School Players WhoReached
1,000 Points at Other City-Leagues Schools
|Sammy Foreman||Haver. School, Vaux, King||
|Danny Stewart||Haver. School, Neum.-Goretti||
|Sean Singletary||Haver. School, Penn Charter||
|Tyreek Duren||Haver. School, Neum.-Goretti||
|Ferg Myrick||Haver. School, Prep Charter||
|Lamar Stevens||Haver. School, Roman||
|Note: Stevens transferred after junior year; all others did so after freshman year|
As perhaps you noticed back on Dec. 16, Neumann-Goretti scored 40 points in the first quarter of a 92-44 Catholic League win over McDevitt. Maybe you wondered, "Is that a record?" The answer is no. No idea on THE record, but I can tell you this: On Feb. 10, 1989, Roman racked up 41 points in the second quarter of a 125-65 thumping of St. James. (SJ, located in Chester, closed in June of 1993.) Six Cahillites scored in double figures. Bernard Jones led the way with 17 points. He was followed by Alan Watkins, Ruben Colon (16 apiece), Tyrone Bacon (15), Mike McKee and future NFL star Marvin Harrison (10 apiece). Two players notched nine points and another had eight. Imagine if NINE guys had scored in double digits.
Penn Charter 52, Parkway Center City 40
Perhaps you've heard by now that Cardinal O'Hara scored just 16 points while losing a Catholic League opener yesterday at St. Joseph's Prep. Well, don't jump to the conclusion that 16 points are the fewest scored in a "modern era" CL game. Not by O'Hara, either. On Jan. 16, 1970, the Lions scored 15 points . . . and won! And the coach of their opponent, Roman, was the same guy, Speedy Morris, who now guides SJ Prep! He was in his third season as Roman's coach. Roman's star player was guard Jim O'Brien and he wound up winning the Markward Award as the city's top senior even though the Cahillites failed to make the playoffs. O'Brien played college ball at St. Joe's and eventually became an NBA head coach for the Celtics, Sixers and Pacers. Below is a story about the 15-14 game from the Delaware County Daily Times. It was written by Gene Gomolka and you can tell he did NOT enjoy watching such a boring affair. And Speedy probably did not appreciate having his first name listed as Ray instead of Bill (smile) . . . Not sure about the regular season, but the CL's lowest scoring playoff took place in 1937. That year there was a three-game series to crown the champion featuring La Salle vs. Salesianum (Del.). La Salle won game two, 19-18, then also captured game three, 29-25.
"What Freeze?" Morris Asks as O'Hara Melts Roman
By GENE GOMOLKA
Daily Times Sports Writer
MARPLE - So you think Delaware County came out of its 10-day deepfreeze Friday when the mercury reputedly climbed over the 32-degree mark for the first time since Jan. 6?
Not here in Lionville, it didn't.
At last report, they're still chipping ice off the baskets in the Cardinal O'Hara gym after Roman Catholic High tried what looked like the biggest freeze since the Ice Age.
O'Hara (5-1) survived, 15-14, In what could be the lowest scoring basketball game in the history of the Catholic League.
Roman coach Ray (Speedy) Morris denied, however, that "freeze" or "stall' was the name of the plan he and his boys had for O'Hara.
"Oh sure, it turned out to be a 'freeze' or a 'stall' because O'Hara didn't send their men out for the ball," Morris said after Roman (3-3) dropped a notch to fifth place in the Southern Division when O'Hara's Dave Comey turned on his defroster.
Comey, who must have antifreeze in his veins, scored nine points, including two clutch one- and-one free throws with eight seconds left in the game and O'Hara desperately protecting a 13-12 football-score lead.
"No," Morris hastened to correct when asked if he had planned a freeze. "Our strategy was to wait for the good shot," he said in his best semantics. "We were surprised when O'Hara didn't come after our guards. If they had, the game would have opened up a bit,"
After one quarter the game was so tight the scoreboard squeaked. O'Hara's John Connors and Roman's Jim O'Brien exchanged free throws and the score was a stark, naked and cold, 1-1.
Not freezin', Morris says. The U.S. Geological Survey is going to name its next five Alaskan glacier discoveries John Beecroft, Rich Giusti, Ed Hoban, Charles Gardner and Jim O'Brien in honor of the Roman snow-job.
By halftime the score zoomed to a staggering 7-6 in favor of the visiting icebergs. Comey had four points in the surge and Connors added another single for O'Hara. Beecroft's free throw was all Roman added in the third quarter while the Lions got two from Comey, two from Ed Manning and a foul conversion by Connors that gave O'Hara a 11-8 advantage going into the final period.
Guisti's tap of O'Brien's miss made it 12-12 with 2:57 remaining. Comey took care of the. rest of the scoring for O'Hara when he converted a free throw with 0:53 left and sank both ends of a 1-and-l to offset O'Brien's bucket at the end.
Morris laid out his game rules despite the fact that O'Brien, with 295 points in 13 games prior to Friday, led the Catholic League in scoring.
"O'Brien said to me, 'I don't care if I score a point as long as we win,' " Morris said.
O'Hara coach Jim Purcell had only one concern all through the game. "Stay ahead by two points is what ran through my mind," Purcell said.
Although the score was tied five times, O'Hara was only behind once -- at the half. "I think our boys played an intelligent game under the circumstances," Purcell said. "It wouldn't have been smart to play them full court. O'Brien is too tough to cover man-for-man," he added.
Morris said he was already making plans for his return match with O'Hara on the postage-size Roman court.
Probably another Pleistocene Epoch.
Speedy Morris is on the doorstep of another milestone. I know. When isn't he, right? (smile). Pretty much every season, or so it seems, the legendary Morris collects a noteworthy win that includes all or part of his coaching career at Roman Catholic (1968-81), Penn Charter (1983-84), La Salle University (women 1985-86, men 1987-01) and St. Joseph's Prep (2002-present). Well, this next one will be VERY special. Morris needs two wins to bag 300 at a second high school!! He went 347-82 in 14 seasons at Roman and is currently 298-93 in season No. 15 at the Prep. Not completely positive, but it appears as if no boys coach in Pennsylvania history has ever accomplished that feat. (I've reached out to a statewide hoops expert. No response yet.) UPDATE: Bill Gaffey, who operates pahoops.org, sent an email 12/23. No other Pa. coach has won 300 at two schools. Lash Nesser came somewhat close. He was 434-233 at St. John's, in Uniontown, for 28 seasons from '49 through '78, then 246-64 at Uniontown for 11 seasons from '77 to '87. Thanks, Bill! This afternoon, the Hawks will host O'Hara in a Catholic League opener. As this month winds down, they'll meet Abington and Salesianum (Del.) in showcase contests at Widener University. Speedy achieved Roman win No. 300 on Dec. 12, 1979, in a non-league game at Bishop Kenrick, in Norristown. The Knights' coach was Phil Martelli (yes, that Phil Martelli -- smile). Lonnie McFarlan broke Roman's school record for single-game points in that game, with 45, and that mark still stands. I covered that game for the Daily News and the story is right below. I spoke with Speedy this morning and he said Phil gave him the game ball, for keepsake purposes, while kiddingly noting, "I'm gonna have to charge you for this." Today, Speedy said with a laugh, "I told him, 'Send me a bill.' He never did."
UPDATE: Speedy's total stands at 299 after a 39-16 win over O'Hara on the afternoon of Dec. 22.
Right about now, Episcopal Academy junior forward Nick Alikakos might be wishing he'd been born lefthanded (smile). A few days ago, we posted a Tedbit on Germantown Academy junior forward Evan Eric-Longino and mentioned he might -- repeat, MIGHT -- be the only lefty in Inter-Ac history to have scored as many as 37 points in one game. Guess what? Longino is not the sole king of I-A outbursts so far this season. As Episcopal played itself on Saturday (not really, its opponent in a tournament was a school named Episcopal from Virginia), Alikakos also scored 37 points. And that kind of performance wasn't uncommon. In the Churchdudes' last three games, Nick has scored, in order, 33, 35 and 37 points (105 total). If he scores 39 in EA's next game, cue the Twilight Zone music. Alikakos has scored 239 points in nine games (26.6 average) for coach Craig Conlin (speaking of lefties) and his career total is up to 857. In city history, just one player of Greek heritage has reached 1,000 points. Guard Pete Kathopoulis, of Haverford School ('04), finished with 1,037 before playing for Saint Joseph's as a walk-on and making a brief appearance in pro ball in Greece.
UPDATED: In Episcopal's next game, Alikakos scored 19 points. Still might want to cue the Twilight Zone music, though. (smile). That gave him five consecutive games with an odd number of points -- 23, 33, 35, 37 and 19. In EA's first five games, he scored an even number four times -- 26, 28, 16, 19 and 22.
UPDATED: He then scored 19 vs. Ryan, raising his odd-number run to six games.
Penn Charter 70, Boys' Latin 68 (OT)
(At Germantown Academy)
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Shipley 67, Penn Charter 63
(At Germantown Academy)
Here's the Catholic League version of yesterday's Tedbit. The top performance belongs to Conwell-Egan's Ike Robinson with 42 points. O'Hara's Fran Grandieri is the brother of Malvern's Brian. Bonner's Jeff Jones appears on the list seven times. His top effort was 41.
Performances of at Least 30
In Catholic Games, 2000-15
|Chris Clover||Prep||37||La S|
|2013||Amar Stukes||La S||33||Prep|
|Miles Overton||Prep||30||La S|
|Stephen Vasturia||Prep||31||La S|
|2008||Bob Zanneo||Judge||30||La S|
|2006||Adam Van Zelst||C-E||30||Judge|
|2001||Mike Cram||North||30||La S|
|*-advanced to NBA|
In yesterday's nugget, it was noted that Germantown Academy's Evan-Eric Longino (37) and Devon Goodman (30) recently scored at least 30 points in the same game. We're still on the 30 kick, folks. Below you'll find a list of All-Inter-Ac guys, in this century, who have scored at least 30 points in league play. The No. 1 effort belongs to Penn Charter's Sammy Zeglinski. His brother, Zack, is also on the list. (Another brother, Joe, is now the coach at Archbishop Ryan.) GA's Matt Walsh, who played in the NBA, scored at least 30 five times.
Performances of at Least 30
In Inter-Ac Games, 2000-15
|*-advanced to NBA|
Germantown Academy junior Evan-Eric Longino might -- repeat, MIGHT -- stand alone in Inter-Ac history. Why? There's a chance he owns the No. 1 scoring performance by a lefty. This past weekend in a tournament in Washington, DC, Longino scored 37 points as the Patriots fell to Maret School (DC), 81-76, in overtime. He notched 11 field goals (two treys) and went 13-for-15 at the line. Over the previous 40 seasons, in league play, the top effort by a first team All-Inter-Ac honoree was 35 points by Malvern's Ivan Wilkins in 1991. And, of course, just because a guy was not a first-teamer doesn't mean he couldn't have scored 37. My memory of the prominent guys is reasonably good, so I think these are the only first team lefties. Not completely positive, though. (None at Episcopal. Pretty amazing. The current coach, Craig Conlin, was a lefty star at La Salle). Because Malvern's Brian Grandieri was a three-time honoree, I reached out via email to Brian's brother, Tom, who starred in baseball for the Friars and asked, "Did Brian ever score as many as 37 in a non-league game?" He asked long-time Malvern assistant/historian Joe Redican to jump on the research train and here is what he found: Brian's top effort was a 35-pointer vs. Conestoga to start the 2002-03 season. Here's part of what Joe sent along via email about the game, which was played at Allentown Central Catholic: "MP won 67-66 in OT. BG's line score was 15 for 27 (total FG); 3 for 5 (3's); 2for 4 (Free throws) 11 rebounds; 3 assists; 4 deflections & 2 steals. He was amazing, bringing us back from certain defeat and hitting a 3 pointer to send the game into OT at the buzzer from about 38 feet . Coaches John DeAngelis (Head), Jim Stinger, Kurt Ruch and Joe Redican as well as the entire team were delirious as the Allentown Central gym was small and cozy, similar to the home court for . . . Hoosiers! Coach Benny Campetti was an extremely good sport as were his staff of Dane Watts and Kevin McCarthy." While researching this item, I also reached out to Ted Rauch, a starter for Haverford School's 1957 Inter-Ac champs. Ted, still a big follower of HS and the Inter-Ac, could recall no prominent lefties from the late '40s through the '50s. What does this all mean? Can't be sure. But Longino's effort might be the best ever by a lefty and that's pretty darn cool. If I'm missing someone on the list below, or you KNOW of a major performance by an Inter-Ac lefty in non-league/league/tournament play, whatever the time frame, please send an email to email@example.com. Thanks! . . . Oh, one last thing. In that "Longino 37 Game," teammate Devon Goodman scored 30 points. Wonder how often two players from the same I-A team have scored as many 30 points in the same game? (smile)
Highest Point Totals, in League
First Team All-Inter-Ac Lefties, 1976-2015
|*Tito Nanni||Chestnut Hill||1978||17|
|Rich Howden||Gtn. Academy||1980||24|
|Pete Jacquinto||Penn Charter||1987||19|
|*Dave Nanni||Penn Charter||1989||29|
|Dave Miller||Chestnut Hill||1992||33|
|Dy Cameron||Haver. School||1995||26|
|Jason Lucas||Gtn. Academy||1996||16|
|Dy Cameron||Haver. School||1996||21|
|Lee Melchionni||Gtn. Academy||2001||19|
|Lee Melchionni||Gtn. Academy||2002||26|
|Mike McGarvey||Penn Charter||2002||27|
|Gary Lawrence||Chestnut Hill||2008||28|
|Gary Lawrence||Chestnut Hill||2009||18|
Ryan 52, Penn Charter 50
Can't imagine these circumstances are too common: The teams were coached by graduates who also attended the other school. Jim "Flipper" Phillips began his high school years at Ryan before transferring to PC. Joe Zeglinski played varsity as an eighth grader at PC before achieving major success at Ryan. To at least some degree, this loss for the Quakers resembled a win. You have to take into consideration that their first four games, all wins, were played at home against opponents that were not exactly packin' major heat. Ryan, meanwhile, has height and experience, along with some promising newcomers, and one of the city's top juniors in WG Izaiah Brockington. So, to get within two points, especially since the Quakers came close a few times to reaching time-to-be-left-for-dead territory (if I remember, they trailed by as many as 16), is not a bad outcome. We'll jump ahead to the stretch. Ryan held a 47-40 lead with 1:18 left before missing a pair of one-and-ones. PC soph WG Mason Williams missed a trey, Ryan jr. G Chris Kuhar made the front end of a one-and-one and Williams nailed a trey to make it 48-43 at 39.9. After apparently losing a tooth on a collision near the south baseline -- it sure looked as if that was what happened, anyway; an assistant coach put the "item" in a plastic cup -- Ryan sr. PG Austin Slawter made the second of two free throws. PC's response was another triple; this one by frosh WG Ryan Holmes. Brockington made the back half of a double-bonus at 0:27 and jr. sub G Mike "Neeko" Hnatkowsky was leveled in the right corner while attempting a trey. He swished the first of three shots to make it 50-46 at 13.0. Kuhar hit both ends of a double-bonus at 9.6 and Williams capped the scoring with a three (off his own missed three) at 1.3. There was no last-instant miracle. Williams, rarely enjoying the luxury of a comfortable shot, scored 16 points while shooting 6-for-17 from the floor. Jr. PG Adam Holland scored all nine of his points in the third quarter and uncorked some highly entertaining, dipsy-doodle layups off brassy drives. Williams, sr. PF Evan Ferrell and jr. G Dylan Burnett thirded 15 rebounds. Holland (assists) and Burnett (steals) were leaders in those categories with three apiece. Brockington, a lefty with major swivel and spring, finished with 19 points. Thanks to terrific academics, he is already receiving Ivy interest. His dad, Antoine, was a first-magnitude football/basketball star at Northeast before playing hoops at Coppin State. His stepdad, Noisette St. Jean Jr., is a major supporter of Ryan's team and takes pics/videos. Slawter, sr. SF Austin Chabot and sr. C Freddie Killian were also mainstays under former coach Bernie Rogers, who's now at Haverford School. Now in the fold via transfer are jr. SF Matiss Kulackovskis (he's here from Latvia, my late grandfather's original homeland! niiiiiiiiiice!) and jr. C Fred Taylor (via Boys' Latin). They go 6-7 and 6-8, respectively. Kulackovskis went 0-for-6 while going scoreless, but displayed good form and no doubt will be a factor. Taylor's good moments were highlighted by a dunk. In the second quarter, members of Holland's posse (friends and family, I'm guessing) were sitting behind Ryan's basket and spent some time busting Chabot's chops. During a stoppage for free throws, Chabot flashed 10 fingers at the guys to show how many points the Raiders were leading by. Well, that did it. The guys came after him hard the rest of the night. Nothing dirty or controversial. In fact, all of it was funny and even had the nearby Ryan students laughing. "You're gonna be on ESPN tomorrow!! . . . Coach K called. He has a scholarship for you!! . . . I would have paid $50 to see you!! . . . I paid tolls to see you!!" (Probably true, since Holland hails from South Jersey.) Once, it looked as though Chabot was asking Slawter, "What'd he just say?" Slawter repeated the comment and Chabot smiled. Meanwhile, one of the guys yelled at one point, referring to Brockington, "You're like a young Cuttino Mobley!!" The guy knew his stuff. "Cat," also a lefty, was an All-City player for now-closed Cardinal Dougherty in 1992 and wound up playing 11 seasons in the NBA with a career scoring average of 16.0. Izaiah did exhibit a few "Cat" qualities. Assorted notables: Frank "5" McArdle, Mike Frain, Phil Consalvo, Tom Magallanes, Rich Miller and -- drum roll, please -- Lexi Hnatkowsky. She's Neeko's sister and a starter for PC's girls basketball team, which in the afternoon topped visiting Baldwin in an Inter-Ac opener.
Penn Charter 57, Lansdale Catholic 37
Did you know? Penn Charter has enjoyed having sole ownership of the Inter-Ac's boys varsity basketball record for individual points in one game since 1955. On Feb. 11 against Germantown Academy, guard Richie Kohler posted 16 field goals and eight free throws (on 11 attempts) for 50 points. The record had been 40 points since 1949, when Haverford School's Fred Gieg reached that number. It had been tied in 1950 by Malvern Prep's Jerry Kehoe and in 1953 by PC's Drew Schaufler. The record zoomed upward to 63 in 1963 as PC's Billy Soens reached that number vs. GA. He tabbed 23 field goals and shot 17-for-28 at the line. No one has surpassed it. In non-league play, however, PC's Billy Harris exploded for 65 points in a game against Germantown Lutheran Academy in '71. That long-extinct school took over GA's building after the move from the Germantown campus (School House Lane & Fox Street) to Fort Washington. That 65-point effort ranks No. 6 in Public/Catholic/Inter-Ac history. Soens' total is tied for No. 8 . . . Before Gieg scored 40, the record had belonged to Francis "Reds" Bagnell. In 1947, he'd scored 39 for Germantown Academy. He was attending GA after a first-magnitude football career at West Catholic. He later starred at Penn, earning All-American honors and finishing third in the Heisman Trophy voting in 1950.
Penn Charter 69, Abington Friends 39
Penn Charter 52, West Catholic 49
It takes a village to solve a basketball mystery . . . Get ready for a story you'll find hard to believe. Recently, I posted scoring totals for Penn Charter players in all Inter-Ac games from the 1968-69 through 2014-15 seasons. One problem: as originally posted, complete totals for two games in the 1983-84 season were missing. One involved Chestnut Hill Academy. Luckily, I found that boxscore, written out name by name, on the back of a sheet in my scorers' envelope for that season; I'd missed it the first time around. Also missing were 18 points for a game, as it turned out, that had been played on Saturday, Jan. 28, vs. Haverford School. Back then, like now (pretty much), league games were always played on Tuesdays and Fridays. Maybe snow forced a postponement? PC was the home team and for whatever reason the boxscore did not appear in the Sunday Inquirer. I'd gotten the point totals for PC's main scorers, assumedly from then-coach Speedy Morris (yes, THAT Speedy Morris), but either I lost the rest of the stuff or didn't get it the first time around. I checked the paper's microfilm version at a South Jersey library. No boxscore. Frustrating! Almost simultaneously, unbeknownst to me, Tom Taylor, having heard the story from me via email and a long-time sidekick for city hoops scoring info, was likewise checking the Inky microfilm at a library in Harrisburg. He also checked the microfilm version of the Delaware County Daily Times. No luck. Ugh. I then accessed the online version of the DN/Inky database, which goes back to the late '70s for the DN and early '80s, roughly, for the Inky. Bingo! . . . A story about the game appeared that Monday in a Neighbors section of the paper. It was written by John Knebels, who's still a sports writer in the Philly area. At that time he was also the sports editor of Temple University's student newspaper, The Temple News. I emailed John and led off with something like, "I realize this is the longest of long shots, but . . . " and asked him if he might still have a scorebook/notes from that game. In time, he not only remembered that he'd covered that game but had also been accompanied by a fellow sports writer from The Temple News. That guy, who wishes to remain anonymous, had helped John with stats. John contacted the guy and could have started off the same way I did (smile). "I realize this is . . . " The guy got back to John pretty quickly. He was pretty sure he still had the info, but that it was at his childhood home. He'd contact his mom and see if she could find it. Bingo! A FULL version of bingo! Mom came through! The guy sent John the point totals. Unbelievable, right? Points for the four guys I already had -- Drew Meyers (11), Marv Dunmeyer and Joe Gleason 10 apiece and Carl Arrigale nine. (Yes, THAT Carl Arrigale. He was the I-A MVP that season.) So, who combined to score the other 18 points? Joe McGarvey had nine, Abe Dunmeyer (Marv's brother) had six and Ed Small had three. Mystery solved. Thanks to John Knebels and Mr. Anonymous and Mr. Anonymous' Mom and Tom Taylor (for trying). Very much appreciated, all! Now, there are also two holes in the 1990 season . . . smile.
UPDATE: Ah, that was easy. Both games were found on microfilm at the local library. Totals for the '90 season is now complete.
Penn Charter 52, Germantown Friends 45
. . . The answer is Leonard Borisoff, who went by the name Len Barry during a successful singing career. In the 1958-59 season, Borisoff was a key sub for Overbrook's Public League and City basketball champions. He scored 26 points in league games, with a high of six vs. Mastbaum, but did not score in three postseason games -- in the Pub vs. Northeast and Germantown, then vs. West Catholic for the City Title. Soon, he was the lead singer of the Dovells, which produced "Bristol Stomp" in 1961 (No. 2 on the U.S. charts) and "You Can't Sit Down" in 1963 (No. 3). In 1965, as a solo act, he recorded "1-2-3" (No. 2). The mid- to late-50s were an amazing time at Overbrook. Wilt Chamberlain graduated in 1955. The 1957-58 squad featured THREE future NBA players in center Wayne Hightower (Kansas) and guards Walt Hazzard (UCLA) and Wally (later Wali) Jones (Villanova). Hazzard and Jones were still around in '59. However, the player widely considered to be the best on that squad was Ralph Heyward, who earned All-America honors before playing collegiately at Kansas and Seattle. Back in those times, Pub schools had two graduating classes each school year. One of the mid-year grads in 1958-59 was Richie Richman. He was a starting guard. What a three-sport athlete! Later, he played quarterback at Villanova, was a rotation guy in hoops and went on to play in the Phillies' farm system for two years. On Dec. 15, 1962, Richman saw time at QB as Villanova played Oregon State in the Liberty Bowl at the ol' Municipal Stadium (later Kennedy Stadium; that property is now the site of the Wells Fargo Center). That night, Villanova's basketball team played Niagara at the Palestra. Yup, Richman appeared in that one, too, as the backup for Wally Jones.
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As the 2015-16 season begins, Jim "Flipper" Phillips will not exactly be Penn Charter's new basketball coach. He'll be the repeat/repeat coach. Yes, this will be Flipper's third stint as the Quakers' boss and game No. 1 will enable him to tie a city record. Bill Fox (Judge) and Marty Jackson (La Salle) also had three stints at the same school. The details for all three guys are below.
Only City Leagues Basketball
With Three Stints at One School
|Marty Jackson||La Salle||1987-91||85-47|
|Jim "Flipper" Phillips||Penn Charter||2001-08||119-100|
All-City basketball teams have been named straight through from 1971-72. This winter, Joe Zeglinski will become the 15th first, second or third team honoree to become a head coach in the Public/Catholic/Inter-Ac leagues and the eighth to coach his alma mater. Lynard Stewart, previously the head coach at Penn Charter, will now be guiding his alma mater, Gratz. Lynard and Brian Daly (Bonner) are the lone Players of the Year on the list right below.
|All-City Basketball Honorees Who've Coached at Public/Catholic/Inter-Ac Schools|
|Name||Played for . . .||Year||Honors||Coached at . . .||Seasons|
|Barry Brodzinski||North Catholic||1973||First||Roman||1982-86|
|Ed Enoch||Penn Charter||1972||Third||Penn Charter||1978-82; Lansdale 2012-14|
|John "Chubby" Cox||Roxborough||1973||First||Vaux||2007|
|Jack Concannon||Bonner||1983||Second||Bonner||1992-96; Bonner-Prendie 2015-16|
|Craig Conlin||La Salle||1985||Second||Episcopal||2011-16|
|Lynard Stewart||Gratz||1994||*First||Penn Charter||2012-15; Gratz 2016|
|Paul Romanczuk||Carroll||1995||Third||Carroll||2003-04; Carroll 2006-16|
|Rahim Washington||Overbrook||1998||Third||Prep Charter||2012-16|
|Henry "Doug" Fairfax||Haverford School||1999||First||Haverford School||2012-15|
|Antoine Brockington||Northeast||1993||Third||Del-Val Charter||2010|
|Jim "Mo" Connolly||Judge||1976||First||Wood||1988-89|
|*Player of the Year|
Roman guard Tony Carr, a rising senior and the Daily News' Player of the Year last season, yesterday made an oral commitment to Penn State. Teammate Nazeer Bostick, also a rising senior, did so earlier while Mike Watkins, formerly of Bartram and MC&S and most recently of The Phelps School, will become a Nittany Lion in the coming season. And there could be others, of course. Not surprisingly, Episcopal grad Pat Chambers has done some heavy recruiting in the Philly area since becoming PSU's coach for the 2011-12 season. Prior to Chambers' arrival, just three DN All-City honorees (first/second/third team) had played for PSU since those teams first were picked in the 1971-72 season. Now, it's almost as if PSU should move to Philly and expand the Big 5 to the Big 6 (smile).
|Penn State's Daily News All-City Players (1972-present)|
|Mike Edelman||Haver. School||1978||1st Team||1979||30||147||-||49||343||11.4|
|1-Troy Daniel||Lamberton||1984||2nd Team||1985||12||13||-||13||39||3.3|
|2-Andrew Ott||Gtn. Academy||2006||3rd Team||2009||25||12||0||11||35||1.4|
|3-Devonte' "DJ" Newbill||Straw. Mansion||2010||1st Team||2013||31||175||20||134||504||16.3|
|Julian Moore||Gtn. Academy||2013||2nd Team||2014||7||2||0||4||8||1.1|
|Shep Garner||Roman||2014||2nd Team||2015||34||104||59||46||313||9.2|
|1-transferred to Millersville|
|2-transferred from Villanova|
|3-transferred from Mississippi State|
Former Strawberry Mansion star DJ Newbill (Penn State), who went undrafted, recently made a commitment to play for the Los Angeles Clippers' summer league team. Seeing that got me to thinking . . . How many undrafted Philly guys have been able to make it into the NBA/ABA? About 20. The NBA, though it then went by a different name, did not hold its first draft until AFTER the first season (1946-47), so in fairness to all anyone who played in that first season is not included. Anyway, Dobbins product Larry Stewart played the most games among the undrafted. He also earned this distinction: first undrafted player to earn All-Rookie honors (second team in the 1991-92 season). Larry's brother, Lynard, starred at Gratz (City Player of the Year in '94) and recently stepped down as Penn Charter's coach. On the list below, rebound averages are listed for frontcourt players while assist averages are listed for backcourters. Note: Seasons are listed by the second year, as in '92 for 1991-92.
|Top 10 Undrafted NBA "Our Guys" . . . Listed by Games Played|
|Larry Stewart||Dobbins||Coppin State||1992-95, '97||Washington, Seattle||270||7.4||4.0|
|Emanual "Vel" Davis||Kensington||Dela. State||1997-98, 2000-03||Houston, Seattle, Atlanta||226||4.9||1.8|
|Paul "Snoop" Graham||Franklin||Ohio Univ.||1992-94||Atlanta||179||8.4||2.4|
|Jackie Moore||Overbrook||La Salle||1955-57||Syracuse, Milwaukee, Philadelphia||134||2.7||2.5|
|*George Sutor||Judge||La Salle||1968-70||Kentucky, Minnesota, Carolina, Miami||79||4.8||5.1|
|Al Guokas||SJ Prep||St. Joseph's||1950||Philadelphia||57||3.8||1.7|
|*Erv "Stu" Staggs||Edison||Cheyney||1970||Miami||53||8.5||2.3|
|Lynn Greer||Eng. & Science||Temple||2007||Milwaukee||41||4.1||1.3|
|Rob Kurz||Penn Charter||Notre Dame||2009||Golden State||40||3.9||2.0|
|Michael Anderson||Eng. & Science||Drexel||1989||San Antonio||36||5.7||4.3|
|*-played in ABA|
The list below includes Public League, Catholic League and Inter-Ac League players drafted by NBA teams since the spring of 1947.
I am unsure on the high schools for some players from the early years, so please speak up if you know of someone I firstname.lastname@example.org.Also, there is conflicting info on rounds/selection numbers for some of the early years. The notation "Terr." means the player was a territorial draftee. Those players with asterisks next to their name transferred out of the listed school before exhausting their eligibility. (Also out of the three city leagues.)
|NBA Draftees From Public League, Catholic League and Inter-Ac League Schools|
|2015||*Rakeem Christmas||North Catholic||Syracuse||Minnesota||2|| |
|2011||Markieff Morris||Prep Charter||Kansas||Phoenix||1||13|
|Marcus Morris||Prep Charter||Kansas||Houston||1||14|
|Wayne Ellington||Episcopal||North Carolina||Minnesota||1||28|
|2008||Sean Singletary||Penn Charter||Virginia||Sacramento||2||42|
|Mardy Collins||Gratz||Temple||New York||1||29|
|2005||*Hakim Warrick||University City||Syracuse||Memphis||1||19|
|2002||Ronald "Flip" Murray||Straw. Mansion||Shaw||Milwaukee||2||41|
|Rasual Butler||Roman||La Salle||Miami||2||52|
|2001||Eddie Griffin||Roman||Seton Hall||New Jersey||1||7|
|1998||Cuttino "Cat" Mobley||Dougherty||Rhode Island||Houston||2||41|
|1997||*Adonal Foyle||O'Hara||Colgate||Golden State||1||8|
|Marc Jackson||Roman||Temple||Golden State||2||37|
|Alvin Williams||Gtn. Academy||Villanova||Portland||2||47|
|1996||Shawn Harvey||West Phila.||West Virginia St.||Dallas||2||34|
|1995||Rasheed Wallace||Gratz||North Carolina||Washington||1||4|
|1992||Randy Woods||Franklin||La Salle||LA Clippers||1||16|
|1991||Doug Overton||Dobbins||La Salle||Detroit||2||40|
|1990||Lionel Simmons||Southern||La Salle||Sacramento||1||7|
|Greg "Bo" Kimble||Dobbins||Loyola Marymount||LA Clippers||1||8|
|1989||Jerome "Pooh" Richardson||Franklin||UCLA||Minnesota||1||10|
|Nate "Day-Day" Blackwell||Southern||Temple||San Antonio||2||27|
|1985||Steve Black||Overbrook||La Salle||Philadelphia||3||67|
|Albert "Truck" Butts||Southern||La Salle||Boston||5||116|
|Daryl Lloyd||University City||Drake||Philadelphia||6||136|
|Ralph Lewis||Frankford||La Salle||Boston||6||139|
|1984||Tony Costner||Overbrook||St. Joseph's||Washington||2||34|
|Greg "Box" Brandon||West Phila.||Creighton||Seattle||10||219|
|1983||Joe Brown||Gratz||Georgia St.||Cleveland||9||187|
|1982||*Dino Gregory||Gratz||Long Beach St.||Washington||3||81|
|Jeffery "Monk" Clark||Frankford||St. Joseph's||Indiana||6||123|
|1981||Gene Banks||West Phila.||Duke||San Antonio||2||28|
|Lewis "Black Magic" Lloyd||Overbrook||Drake||Golden State||4||76|
|Kevin "Butch" Lynam||Carroll||La Salle||New Jersey||6||118|
|Darryl "City Lights" Warwick||West Phila.||Hampton||Atlanta||6||121|
|Joe Schoen||North Catholic||St. Francis (Pa.)||Detroit||8||163|
|John Smith||Neumann||St. Joseph's||Portland||8||176|
|1980||Michael Brooks||West Catholic||La Salle||San Diego||1||9|
|Randy Owens||Germantown||Phila. Textile||Indiana||6||124|
|Leroy Berry||Olney||Wilmington (Ohio)||Cleveland||7||147|
|Jim "Mo" Connolly||Judge||La Salle||Phoenix||8||175|
|Joe Hand||La Salle||King's||Philadelphia||10||213|
|1979||Charlie Floyd||Malvern||High Point||Washington||3||66|
|Greg Joyner||Northeast||Middle Tennessee||San Diego||5||99|
|1978||John "Chubby" Cox||Roxborough||San Francisco||Chicago||8||159|
|Emery Sammons||St. Thomas More||Phila. Textile||Buffalo||8||153|
|1976||Maurice "Mo" Howard||SJ Prep||Maryland||Cleveland||2||32|
|Barnes Hauptfuhrer||Penn Charter||Princeton||Houston||3||44|
|Andre McCarter||Overbrook||UCLA||Kansas City||6||89|
|Ed "Shot" Stefanski||Bonner||Penn||Philadelphia||10||168|
|1975||Joe "Jelly Bean" Bryant||Bartram||La Salle||Golden State||1||14|
|Freddie Stokes||West Phila.||Barber-Scotia||New Orleans||9||145|
|Romie Thomas||Edison||Wisc.-Eau Claire||Milwaukee||10||165|
|*Rubin "Tuner" Collins||Edison||Md.-Eastern Shore||Portland||2||36|
|Roland "Tree" Grant||Southern||New Mexico St.||Detroit||3||51|
|Greg Newman||West Phila.||Drexel||Detroit||8||141|
|1973||Mike Bantom||Roman||St. Joseph's||Phoenix||1||8|
|Joe Cafferky||Bonner||N. Carolina St.||Boston||6||103|
|Lynn Greer||Edison||Virginia St.||Phoenix||11||170|
|Hank Siemiontkowski||North Catholic||Villanova||Cleveland||4||50|
|Mike Krawczyk||Judge||Loyola (Md.)||Washington||13||178|
|Isaiah "Bunny" Wilson||Southern||Baltimore||Detroit||2||29|
|Mike Gale||Overbrook||Elizabeth City||Chicago||3||47|
|1970||Carlton Poole||Overbrook||Phila. Textile||Philadelphia||7||114|
|Fran O'Hanlon||St. Thomas More||Villanova||Philadelphia||8||131|
|Greg Fillmore||Franklin||Cheyney||New York||8||136|
|Mike Hauer||Bonner||St. Joseph's||Philadelphia||9||148|
|1969||Larry Cannon||Lincoln||La Salle||Chicago||1||5|
|John Baum||West Phila.||Temple||Chicago||2||23|
|Fred Carter||Franklin||Mount St. Mary's||Washington||3||43|
|Jim Bowles||Dobbins||Trinity (Texas)||Philadelphia||8||112|
|Bill Soens||Penn Charter||Miami||Philadelphia||11||145|
|Ted Campbell||Dobbins||N. Carolina A&T||Philadelphia||12||158|
|John Baum||West Phila.||Temple||LA Lakers||15||187|
|George Mack||Edison||N. Carolina A&T||Philadelphia||15||189|
|Nate Ware||Overbrook||Tennessee St.||Philadelphia||17||203|
|1967||Earl "The Pearl" Monroe||Bartram||Winston-Salem||Washington||1||2|
|Richie Moore||Bartram||Hiram Scott||San Diego||3||29|
|Cliff Anderson||Edison||St. Joseph's||LA Lakers||4||35|
|Tom "Trooper" Washington||Edison||Cheyney||Cincinnati||5||50|
|Frank "Watusi" Card||West Phila.||S. Carolina St.||Philadelphia||7||77|
|Ted Campbell||Dobbins||N. Carolina A&T||Philadelphia||11||121|
|Frank Gaidjunas||La Salle||Villanova||Cincinnati||12||129|
|George Mack||Edison||N. Carolina A&T||Philadelphia||13||139|
|1966||Matt Guokas Jr.||SJ Prep||St. Joseph's||Philadelphia||1||10|
|Tom Duff||SJ Prep||St. Joseph's||Philadelphia||5||49|
|Richie Moore||Bartram||Hiram Scott||New York||10||85|
|1965||Jim Washington||West Catholic||Villanova||St. Louis||1||6|
|1964||Walt Hazzard||Overbrook||UCLA||LA Lakers||Terr.|
|Steve Courtin||St. James||St. Joseph's||Cincinnati||3||24|
|Frank Corace||Bonner||La Salle||Philadelphia||4||29|
|1963||Herb Magee||West Catholic||Phila. Textile||Boston||7||62|
|1962||Wayne Hightower||Overbrook||Kansas||San Francisco||1||5|
|Hubie White||West Phila.||Villanova||Philadelphia||2||14|
|1961||Ray Scott||West Phila.||Portland||Detroit||1||4|
|1960||Bill "Pickles" Kennedy||Lincoln||Temple||Philadelphia||2||15|
|Bobby McNeill||North Catholic||St. Joseph's||New York||3||19|
|Joe Gallo||West Catholic||St. Joseph's||Philadelphia||9||69|
|1959||Wilt "Dippy" Chamberlain||Overbrook||Kansas||Philadelphia||Terr.|
|John Richter||Frankford||N. Carolina St.||Boston||1||6|
|Joe Spratt||West Catholic||St. Joseph's||Philadelphia||6||41|
|Joe Ryan||SJ Prep||Villanova||Philadelphia||7||49|
|1957||Kurt Englebert||Lincoln||St. Joseph's||Detroit||4||26|
|John "Misty" Fannon||St. Thomas More||Notre Dame||Philadelphia||52|
|1955||Tom Gola||La Salle||La Salle||Philadelphia||Terr.|
|Jack Devine||West Catholic||Villanova||Philadelphia||5||33|
|Fran "Wacky" O'Hara||La Salle||La Salle||Philadelphia||11||92|
|1953||Ernie Beck||West Catholic||Penn||Philadelphia||Terr.|
|Norm Grekin||West Phila.||La Salle||Philadelphia||3||15|
|Fred Iehle||Olney||La Salle||Philadelphia||4||18|
|1952||Charles "Bud" Donnelly||La Salle||La Salle||Syracuse|
|1951||Jim Phelan||La Salle||La Salle||Philadelphia||8||77|
|1950||Paul Arizin||La Salle||Villanova||Philadelphia||Terr.|
|Larry Foust||South Catholic||La Salle||Chicago||1||5|
|1949||Nelson Bobb||West Phila.||Temple||Philadelphia||3||28|
|1948||George Hauptfuhrer||Penn Charter||Harvard||Boston||1||3|
|*-did not finish high school career at listed school|
Coach Bernie Rogers, formerly of Archbishop Ryan, has decided to make the Catholic-to-Inter-Ac switch. He's the sixth basketball coach in city history to do so. Two others have done the opposite and good, ol' Speedy Morris has followed BOTH paths -- CL to I-A and back to CL. For whatever reason, four guys have coached at Penn Charter. Lefty Ervin (La Salle),Jack Kraft (Villanova) and Speedy (La Salle) coached in the Big 5.
|Guys Who've Coached in CL/I-A|
|Steve Cloran||Haver. School||2004-11|
|Ed Enoch||*Penn Charter||1978-82|
|Lefty Ervin||La Salle||1978-79|
|Bill Michuda||La Salle||1980-81|