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  To all scorekeepers: PLEASE try to make sure that correct info on scoring is called into the Score Service (215-854-4570). Generally, it's better when the winning team calls in the results. That way the papers receive info to explain HOW the game was won because representatives of the winning team will usually be in a better mood (just human nature) to provide extra details such as rebounds, assists, etc., or the identity of someone who maybe hit a winning shot. Thank you.

DEC. 30
Ocean City (NJ) 45, Penn Charter 40
(At Wildwood Convention Center)

  PC's players, coaches and fans are definitely hissed that OC shot twice as many free throws, no, three times as many, no, four times as many, no, more than FIVE times as many (31-6). Yet, they should feel worse about this: The Quakers went almost eight full minutes without scoring. Ouch. Late in the third quarter, between the 2- and 1-minute marks, sub sr. WG Jake McCain drained a pair of left-wing treys (one assist to jr. PG Adam Holland, the other to sub frosh WG Ryan "Poochie" Holmes) to provide a 27-18 lead. And then . . . and then . . . and then . . . OC scored the next 18 points! Scheez. Many came via the outrageous number of foul shots, but the Red Raiders also sniped 5-for-6 from the floor in the last quarter, so props to them. PC did rally and even surged within 40-38 on another trey by McCain (dish to Holland) with 1:02 left. No late miracles, folks. McCain was the only Q in double figures (11). No one else had more than seven. Jr. G Dylan Burnett led in rebounds with six while Holland had four assists. After the third quarter, a North Catholic alum standing nearby quipped, "This looks like an old Judge-Ryan game." It certainly did. Connor Laverty (20) and Garrett Jones (12) led OC and Laverty added seven boards. At halftime, scorekeeper Ed Foley checked Twitter on his cell phone to see if Speedy Morris had claimed win No. 300 today at SJ Prep. Yes, he had. Congrats, Speedball! In a great coincidence, in the house for this one was Rich Prendergast, who assisted Speedy with La Salle's women and men. He now lives down the shore and is helping Middle Township's team. Rich is a wonderful guy and here's what a Ryan player said about him in 1979, when he was assisting John Miller. "I've gotten a lot of help from Coach Miller, but (JV Coach) Rich Prendergast has been the best influence on my life. He gave me the feeling I was somebody. I used to have a rough time with people, they thought I came on too strong. He taught me so much about relationships, how to handle myself." In the girls' gym, former Frankford football star Gary Hegh was one of the refs. He was a first team All-City running back in 1972 and has long been a teacher-coach at Mainland (NJ). For many years, I'd catch up with Gary at the Frankford-North Catholic Thanksgiving game. He and two teammates would always come back to serve as the chain crew . . . Happy New Year, folks!! Make 2016 a great one!!

DEC. 29
Penn Charter 50, Montgomery Blair (MD) 29
(At Wildwood Convention Center)

  Talk about Lady Luck. The Lovely Wife, performing her every-so-often duties as eye candy, also made the journey to Wildwood and the Quakers rolled to an easy victory. Maybe I can get her to attend another game by, oh, maybe, let's say, let me think about this . . . 2019. (smile) Though the venue is great, this isn't the easiest tournament. Reason: almost all spectators are adults and the cheer-wildly juices aren't exactly flowing. The teams have to create their OWN emotion. After a quite average first quarter, captured by PC, 8-6, the Q's got rolling in the second and took a 24-15 lead into intermission. Great help defense was much of the reason and that never changed, as Blair, located in Silver Spring, MD, wound up shooting 11-for-32 from the floor for the game. The Blazers were also charged with 21 turnovers and hit just four of 15 free throws. Sub sr. WG-SF Michael Berk and soph WG Mason Williams contributed seven points apiece in a 20-7 third quarter. In that session, Berk added two rebounds, an assist and three steals. I especially liked his brass. After driving hard and seeing his layup swatted quite forcefully, Berk soon thereafter got the ball on the near wing and -- you got it -- again set sail for the hoop. This time he finished the chore and later drew a two-shot foul on the same kind of challenge. Earlier, jr. WG Dylan Burnett had one of his signature moments. He, too, was rejected on a drive. But he hustled for the offensive rebound and immediately fed sr. F Harrison Williams for what became a three-point play. M. Williams, who went 3-for-5 on treys, finished with 15 points. Berk, H. Williams and sub frosh WG Ryan "Poochie" Holmes scored in order with nine, eight and seven. Jr. WG Mike "Neeko" Hnatkowsky, who served as a starter in this one, snagged four of his five rebounds in the first half and dished an assist. The visit began with a great moment. Among the spectators for the Ocean City (NJ)-Upper Dublin game, the other semi for this bracket, was Skip Angelo, who quarterbacked Frankford to Public League championships in 1972 and '73. The coach? Of course, his wonderful father, Al (RIP). Al coached the Pioneers to 10 championships in 21 seasons and was the very definition of class act in every possible way. Skip has lived in OC for a while now and formerly coached there as an assistant. It was great to see him and talk about many cool, back-in-the-day moments. I sat down and then . . . Vince Trombetta walked past en route to the side of the building where the girls games were being played. And Vince was headed over there to ref. Not sure of his exact age, but I'm guessing Vince is roughly 82-83. And there he was, shuffling up and down the court and getting every call right. "Trom" is The Man! Always has been! He was the long-time football coach at Ben Franklin (1969-92), then assisted at Bok (1993-2011) and Dobbins (2012-14) before deciding to remain inactive this past fall. He had last NOT coached in the 1962 season! Major props, meanwhile, to Brian Cunniff, the tournament's scheduling director. He's also a sports writer and broadcaster and today . . . he served as a ref in one of the games. Always a pleasure to hit the BBC trail, Bri. I'll be back tomorrow for the 1 o'clock PC-OC championship game.

DEC. 29
  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).

DEC. 28
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.

Haverford School's
1,000-Point Scorers




Doug Fairfax



Mike Edelman



Levan "Shawn" Alston



Cameron Youngblood



John Haldy



Damien Blair



Pete Kathopoulis




Ex-Haverford School Players Who Reached
1,000 Points at Other City-Leagues Schools

Name Schools



HS Pts

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




 *-through 12/26
 Note: Stevens transferred after junior year; all others did so after freshman year

DEC. 26
  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.

DEC. 23
Penn Charter 52, Parkway Center City 40

  Believe it or not, PCC's first four field goals (and five of its first six) were notched via three-pointers. Shortly after game's end, I mentioned that nugget to good-guy assistant Chris Clahar (Lamberton '04) and he responded with a smile, "Yeah, that had me scared. I was thinking, 'Now, they're all going to think they're Steph Curry.' " They weren't. Who else is? The Bulldogs added just two more treys while finishing 7-for-29 behind the arc. Overall, this win wasn't easy for the Quakers to earn. They trailed by 34-31 after three quarters because they allowed the final 10 points in that session. The final three came at 0:00 as sr. WG Amir Hill drained a trio of free throws after getting popped on a left-corner trey. Sr. WG Michael Berk, today's sixth man, posted five quick points early in the fourth thanks to two free throws and a triple and the Q's maintained control from there. As mentioned often this season, foul shooting has been quite the issue. But in this one, PC shot 14-for-16 at the stripe over the final eight minutes and 22-for-27 overall and now I'm thinking the boys COULD beat the girls in a foul-shooting contest (smile). Anyway, the improvement is nice to see. Jr. PG Adam Holland shoehorned eight of his 10 points into the fourth and was quite aggressive in the final few minutes, when his team needed him to be. The not-related Williams guys -- sr. F Harrison and soph WG Mason -- were also important. Oddly, Mason finished with a team-high 10 rebounds while Harrison set the pace in steals (five). You'd expect the opposite, right, out of a forward/guard duo? Holland dealt five assists while football guys Jake McCain (sr.) and Mike "Neeko" Hnatkowsky (jr.) halved eight rebounds off the bench. Frosh WG Ryan "Poochie" Holmes maneuvered his way into some nice spots, but was unable to notch any field goals. Hill, who goes 6-4, appears to have potential. Though he was mostly off, he fired away with confidence and since he looks kinda young, we'll see what happens when he hits the college scene. Juniors Jemal Sheppard and Tymir Cooper were frisky little guys. The Bulldogs' starting center was William McNair, a 6-9, 230-pound soph. Though inactive this season because of shoulder miseries, sr. F-C Sean Foley filled an important role today. I asked him to ask three PC players, "Which pictures do you like better, the ones from behind the basket or from the side?" Behind the basket was the winner, two to doesn't-really-matter. So, behind the basket I was! The Quakers are now 6-2 with two games remaining -- a mini-tournament Tuesday and Wednesday in Wildwood, N.J. -- before the Inter-Ac tripleheader Jan. 8 down the street at Philadelphia University. Merry Christmas, folks!

DEC. 23
  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
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, Ri
ch 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.

DEC. 22
  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.     

1968: 17-7
1969: 26-4
1970: 15-9
1971: 17-8
1972: 19-6
1973: 24-6
1974: 31-3
1975: 28-6
1976: 28-5
1977: 24-8
1978: 32-4
1979: 31-5
1980: 31-3
1981: 24-8
2002: 24-6
2003: 30-2
2004: 27-4
2005: 26-5
2006: 24-5
2007: 22-8
2008: 16-11
2009: 14-9
2010: 17-8
2011: 14-9
2012: 21-6
2013: 24-6
2014: 16-7
2015: 18-5
2016: 5-2

DEC. 20
  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.

DEC. 19
Penn Charter 70, Boys' Latin 68 (OT)
(At Germantown Academy)

  Not sure whether anyone has ever compiled data on this, at any level, but it seems to me as if teams that fail to break a last-second tie in regulation often don't regroup well enough to win in overtime. If that IS a trend, PC bucked it tonight. As regulation ended, PC sr. PF Evan Ferrell, a righthander, wound up uncorking a close-in, lefthanded toss that did not succeed. In OT, the pace often slows as teams try to be careful on each possession. Not this time. The teams kept going hard and zipping upcourt, when it made sense to do so, and 26 total points were scored. PC achieved a 63-60 lead with 1:36 left when jr. G Dylan Burnett made a great play -- partial offensive rebound and quick-tip-elsewhere assist -- to enable Ferrell to post a bucket. The lead again reached three at 31.8 as jr. PG Adam Holland converted a double-bonus. BL answered with a successful drive by sr. G Tim Moore at 21.5. Holland's one free throw at 19.1 was followed by two at 14.7 by BL soph G Jibril Noble, thus making it 68-68. On PC's possession, sr. F Harrison Williams, a lefty, wound up with the ball out front, pretty much in the middle of the floor. He began a hard drive and was bumped to the floor after executing a spin move. The time remaining was 3.6 seconds. Would he come through? Yes and yes again! A last-instant desperation heave by BL did not come close. If you've followed PC's season through these reports, you know that foul shooting has often been, well, crappy. So, it was great to see "Harry" step to the line in a pressurized situation and calmly knock down both shots. It wasn't a one-moment event, either. For the game the Quakers were 22-for-28 at the line. They'd gone 52-for-105 (49.5 percent) through the first six games. Major improvement! Also nice to see was scoring balance. Harrison Williams (18), Ferrell (13), Holland (11) and soph WG Mason Williams (10) reached double digits while frosh WG Ryan "Poochie" Holmes managed nine. However, just as he did Friday, Burnett had a terrific little-things outing. He totaled nine rebounds, three assists and seven steals and had eight total stats before he scored a point. Ferrell and sub sr. WG Michael Berk claimed six rebounds apiece and Holmes had three apiece of assists/steals. Meanwhile, I'm surprised to some degree that Holland did not wind up in the hospital. At least three times, on drives, he crashed VERY hard to the floor from somewhat lofty heights and the sounds were probably heard from Chestnut Hill to Ambler. Thank goodness he is one tough dude. BL got more points from its subs (37) than starters (31). The second five came in as a group with 3:20 left in the first quarter. Ibrahim "Urkel' Ahmad, a 6-2 jr. WG-SF, had some impressive moments, thanks to springy legs and knife-through-guys skills. DN/Inky reporter Aaron "Ace" Carter, also a PC grad (and former star), was in the house and we sat together in the far corner. It was great to see him! Among the home-from-college legends in attendance: PC's Pat/Patrick McCain and GA's Sean Weiss.

DEC. 18
Shipley 67, Penn Charter 63
(At Germantown Academy)
  Ed Foley, one of PC's associate athletic directors and an assistant for varsity basketball, is often a man of few words. And sometimes plural turns to singular. At halftime, I happened to mention to him, "The bad thing is, Mason Williams is scoreless. The good thing is, you're only down by one." Ed's response? "Exactly." Well, Williams, a soph WG and the Quakers' leading scorer, finished with 11 points. But the turnaround did not translate into a win. Thanks mostly to impressive play by bookend guards Kiyon Hardy (jr.) and Sam Sessoms (soph.), Shipley began to take semi-control and even extended its lead to eight points with roughly four minutes remaining. Shipley, up by five, started to spread the floor at 2:30, but PC went the stay-dogged route and eventually moved within three, at 64-61, as sub sr. swingman Michael Berk thieved an inbound pass and immediately passed to sr. F Harrison Williams (no relation) for a layup. The deficit was reduced to two, at 65-63, at 0:18 as H. Williams turned a hard, lengthy drive into a layup. Shipley converted a double-bonus at 13.7 and PC missed a late trey that turned out to be last gasp. H. Williams (8-for-13, 16 points) and M. Williams (11, also a team-high seven rebounds) scored in double figures. Berk chipped in with nine points while jr. G Dylan Burnett, jr. PG Adam Holland and sub frosh WG Ryan "Poochie" Holmes thirded 21 points. Burnett and sr. PF Evan Ferrell had seven rebounds apiece while Burnett added three apiece of assists and steals. To some degree, Burnett is PC's MVP. He tries to make whatever contribution possible in relentless fashion and almost always is involved in hustle plays. A dive here. A reach-out there. A flying leap back over here. Very cool to see. (And Berk often followed suit in this one.) Once again, the foul shooting was poor. The Quakers went 12-for-23 and eight of the misses occurred in the second half. Perhaps one of the girls players, jr. F Mireyah "Rey" Davis, can provide lessons? (smile). She has a wonderful touch at the line and most of her makes enter the net dead center. Splash, splash, splash, splash . . . The girls, after arriving just a shade before the scheduled 3:30 tipoff time, posted a win over Ryan. (One of the gals left her cell phone on the bus. The driver was nice enough to bring it inside the gym and place it on PC's bench.) Sr. G Hannah Fox (20 points, 10 in the fourth quarter) and Davis (14) led the way and the gals sniped 18-for-22 at the line. Hmmmm. I smell a boy-girl, foul-shooting duel in the future. Ryan's coach is Mike McCusker, a point guard for Judge in the late 1980s. His assistant, Lou Dilonardo, played for Judge way back in our website tournament for wacky fans of assorted teams. His uncles, Lou and Mike Canelli, starred for La Salle. Oh, and PC's first-year girls coach, Joe Maguire (he also played at Judge, '00), was an assistant as recently as last year for Ryan's girls. Meanwhile, former West Philly star Shawn Harvey ('91) is an assistant with Shipley. The head coach, Phil D'Ambrosio, played point guard for Bonner ('05). Sessoms' father, also named Sam, was a point guard for University City ('90). Like dad, son is quite frisky. Childhood buddy Joe Magarity (East Germantown 4-ever!) was in the house. His daughter, Colleen, who starred at GA, is a PC assistant for Maguire (and will be the head lacrosse coach come spring). Two cool guys I saw Thursday at PC for the JV/freshman games vs. Roman: former Phila. Electrical coach (and Roman star) James "Flames" Lewis; and Troy Kersey, star wideout for Dougherty (first team All-City in '92) and Temple (1,790 yards and 10 TDs). Like always, apologies to anyone I'm neglecting to mention.

DEC. 18
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 Points
In Catholic Games, 2000-15
Year Name Sch. Pts Opp.
2015 Derrick Jones Carr 30 Ryan
  Izaiah Brockington Ryan 32 C-E
  Chris Clover Prep 30 B-P
  Chris Clover Prep 37 La S
  Luke Connaghan Wood 32 N-G
2014 Ja'Quan Newton N-G 30 Ryan
  Chris Clover Prep 32 N-G
  Tyrell Long McD 34 O'H
  Tyrell Long McD 33 West
  Tyrell Long McD 31 C-E
  Tyrell Long McD 33 B-P
2013 Amar Stukes La S 33 Prep
  Rashann London Roman 30 Judge
  Pat Smith Wood 30 C-E
2012 Yosef Yacob Carr 30 West
  Jamal Nwaniemeka C-E 36 Bonn
  Jamal Nwaniemeka C-E 37 West
  Jamal Nwaniemeka C-E 30 Lans
  Miles Overton Prep 30 La S
  Stephen Vasturia Prep 31 Judge
  Stephen Vasturia Prep 31 La S
  Pat Smith Wood 34 West
2011 Lamin Fulton N-G 30 Roman
  Lamin Fulton N-G 30 Prep
  Joe Getz Wood 41 West
2010 Ike Robinson C-E 42 Carr
  Ike Robinson C-E 30 Lans
  Mike Barr Lans 31 K-K
  Tony Chennault N-G 31 Dough
2009 Rakeem Brookins Roman 31 N-G
  Brendan Stanton Lans 30 West
  Brendan Stanton Lans 38 Dough
  Brendan Stanton Lans 31 C-E
2008 Bob Zanneo Judge 30 La S
  Bob Zanneo Judge 31 Dough
  *Maalik Wayns Roman 34 West
  Jim Mower Prep 30 N-G
2007 Jeff Jones Bonn 31 Prep
  Jeff Jones Bonn 41 N-G
  Jeff Jones Bonn 36 West
  Scoop Jardine N-G 32 Prep
  Rob Hollomon West 30 N-G
2006 Adam Van Zelst C-E 30 Judge
  Vinny Simpson Dough 31 C-E
  Jeff Jones Bonn 31 West
  Jeff Jones Bonn 30 O'H
  Chris Mayo West 30 K-K
2005 Derrick Graff Bonn 34 Prep
  Derrick Graff Bonn 36 K-K
  Jeff Jones Bonn 30 N-G
  Jeff Jones Bonn 34 Roman
2004 Tom Amenta K-K 32 West
  Amarildo Matos K-K 38 Bonn
  Amarildo Matos K-K 32 West
  Rob Latimer West 30 Roman
  Marshall Taylor West 30 Roman
  Marshall Taylor West 31 Prep
2003 DeSean White Dough 31 McD
  DeSean White Dough 31 McD
  Steve Wolf Judge 30 McD
  Joe Mullin Ryan 31 McD
  Amarildo Matos K-K 34 Bonn
2002 Mike Spadafora Wood 30 C-E
  Andrew Holland C-E 30 Dough
  Andrew Holland C-E 34 North
  Donnie Welte North 32 McD
  Ryan Rich K-K 33 Carr
  Ryan Rich K-K 35 West
  Charron Fisher Roman 32 Neum
  John Griffin Prep 31 Carr
2001 Mike Cram North 30 La S
2000 *Eddie Griffin Roman 34 O'H
  *Eddie Griffin Roman 33 Prep
  Jamar Stokes Prep 30 Carr
  Jamar Stokes Prep 30 K-K
  Wayne Bishop McD 34 Ryan
  Walt Pinkas C-E 32 North
  Nate Lewis West 30 Prep
  Nate Lewis West 31 Roman
  Fran Grandieri O'H 31 Bonn
*-advanced to NBA

DEC. 17
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 Points
In Inter-Ac Games, 2000-15
Year Name Sch. Pts Opp.
2015 Tim Guers GA 33 EA
  Lamar Stevens HS 31 MP
  Lamar Stevens HS 30 PC
2014 Tim Guers GA 35 HS
  Sean O'Brien PC 33 EA
2013 None      
2012 None      
2011 Jimmy Hammer GA 31 MP
2010 Cameron Ayers GA 32 HS
  Austin Curry GA 30 PC
2009 None      
2008 None      
2007 Sammy Zeglinski PC 40 GA
2006 *Wayne Ellington EA 30 GA
  Andrew Ott GA 30 HS
  Sammy Zeglinski PC 32 GA
  Sammy Zeglinski PC 32 GA
2005 None      
2004 *Sean Singletary PC 30 GA
  *Sean Singletary PC 30 EA
2003 *Sean Singletary PC 30 GA
2002 *Matt Walsh GA 31 EA
  *Matt Walsh GA 38 PC
  *Matt Walsh GA 30 HS
  *Matt Walsh GA 34 HS
  Cameron Youngblood HS 31 PC
  Cameron Youngblood HS 33 MP
  Brian Grandieri MP 30 CH
  Zack Zeglinski PC 35 HS
2001 *Matt Walsh GA 32 EA
  Terrence Mack EA 31 PC
2000 None      
*-advanced to NBA

DEC. 16
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 tedtee307@yahoo.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 Play for
First Team All-Inter-Ac Lefties, 1976-2015
Name School Year Points
*Tito Nanni Chestnut Hill 1978 17
Rich Howden Gtn. Academy 1980 24
Rob McCarry Malvern 1982 27
Rob McCarry Malvern 1983 27
Pete Jacquinto Penn Charter 1987 19
Jim Rullo Malvern 1989 29
*Dave Nanni Penn Charter 1989 29
Ivan Wilkins Malvern 1991 35
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
Brian Grandieri Malvern 2002 30
Mike McGarvey Penn Charter 2002 27
Brian Grandieri Malvern 2003 25
Brian Grandieri Malvern 2004 26
Gary Lawrence Chestnut Hill 2008 28
Gary Lawrence Chestnut Hill 2009 18
DeQuann Walker Malvern 2010 25

DEC. 15
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.

DEC. 11
Penn Charter 57, Lansdale Catholic 37

  Adam Holland is a man of his word! Yesterday, before shooting pics of wrestling and squash, I noticed PC classmate Rick Mellor ('69) teaching a phys ed class in the new gym. The kids were playing floor hockey and Adam, the hoops squad's jr. PG, was one of them. After taking a post-class pic of all the kids, I saw Adam in the hallway outside the gym and kidded him by saying something along the lines of, "Hey, when are you going to take a three-point shot?" (In the first three games, all 16 of his field goal attempts were twos.) His response was, "I'm gonna take care of that tomorrow." He didn't add quickly, but he should have. PC's first basket in this one was . . . you got it . . . a trey by Adam Holland. Ask and ye shall receive. Good job, Adam! In fact, Good job, Everyone! The Quakers clicked pretty much throughout against the visiting Crusaders, who are now being steered by former Haverford School assistant Joe Corbett. And they played much of their best ball right after LC moved within 17-14 early in the second quarter. Leading the way were the not-related Williams guys. Soph WG Mason notched 11 of his 16 points in that stanza while Harrison, a sr. F, had seven of his 11. The only other point came from sr. F Evan Ferrell. Early in the third quarter, Holland made a nifty play when he converted a spinning layup off an offensive rebound that was a borderline steal. Soon thereafter, he fed M. Williams for a left-corner trey that made it 41-21. No other sequences/spurts of note, folks. One of those games. While exhibiting some Moses Malone traits (grabbing his own misses), Ferrell finished with 10 rebounds. Jr. WG Dylan Burnett had five steals while frosh WG Ryan Holmes managed three. LC is mostly stocked with similar WGs. One of them, sr. Dan Modestine, scored 12 points. Off the bench, jr. SF Ryan Braun had 14 points. Not sure on his height, but my guess is 6-4, maybe 6-5. He is very thin, so we'll see what happens as he fills out. He did show range with two treys. Jr. G Mike Ottomano notched eight points. Now for some extras: LC's freshman coach is Kyle Kilpatrick. His brother, Brendan, starred for Malvern and is now at Philly U (right up the street from PC) after transferring from Vermont. La Salle University baseball coach Mike Lake was also in the house. If I remember, his nephew plays for LC. One of the JV refs was Kevin Regan, a former two-sport stalwart (hoops, football) at Roman ('10). He said he likes PC's new hoops home, now in year two. "The last time I was in here," he said, "was for Little Quakers practices when I was in eighth grade." Two of the varsity refs were John Przybylinski, a mad bomber for Dougherty ('86), and Jared Black, a starter for SJ Prep's 2004 Catholic League champs. What a coincidence! Last season, Jared and ex-Malvern football coach Kevin Pellegrini were one of our goofy, every-so-oftens Separated at Births. And there was another one today -- Notre Dame star Steve Vasturia (SJ Prep product) and LC soph Luke Godzieba, a member of the JV squad. One of LC's varsity players is jr. G Matthew Mandarano. His brother, Nick, wrote for this website while at LC and is now a soph at Saint Joseph's. Check out some of his recent multimedia work here.

DEC. 11
  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.

DEC. 8
Penn Charter 69, Abington Friends 39

  Multiple somewheres, Matt Ryan, Sean Singletary, Rob Kurz and Tony McDevitt are saying to the members of this year's varsity basketball squad, "Good job, guys! Keep in rolling!" In the 2002-03 season, those four guys were rotation members (the first three started) for a PC squad that finished 26-4 overall and stormed to a 10-0 mark in the Inter-Ac before also winning the I-A's postseason tourney. That crew rolled to a 5-0 start and no PC hoops squad in the interim had achieved even a 3-0 start until today. Another feat that belongs to that team will be, um, let's face it, impossible to match: The four guys mentioned above reached the highest pro level in assorted sports. Matt is still the Falcons' QB. Sean and Rob played in the NBA. Tony saw time in lacrosse's pro league. Very amazing, right? This win was claimed in easy fashion. Coach Jim "Flipper" Phillips' Quakers rolled to a 26-8 lead in the first eight minutes and kept AF at arm's length -- if not more -- thereafter. Phillips substituted freely. Ten players appeared in the first quarter and an 11th did not only because one guy was being penalized for missing a practice. Later, all five guys twice left for subs and four did so another time. The Quakers amassed 16 assists on 27 field goals and scrapped for 19 steals. Crappy foul shooting (8-for-15) is still an issue. Frosh WG Ryan Holmes led the way with 14 points. He has the face of a sixth grader and is skinny, so major physical maturity will come over these next few years and he has a chance to be a major cog. Jr. G Dylan Burnett (12) and sr. F Harrison Williams (11) also scored in double figures. Jr. G Mike "Neeko" Hnatkowsky led in rebounds with six while sharing the steals lead with sr. G Jake McCain at four. McCain topped the assist list with five. Sr. G-F Michael Berk, Holmes and Williams drained two treys apiece. AF is coached by a great guy named Steve Chadwin (his son, Jamie, is SCH Academy's coach.) I've known Steve since the mid-1970s, when he was an assistant at Germantown Academy. This is Steve's 37th season as the Kangaroos' boss and last January he collected win No. 600. This year's team lacks height and girth, and underclassmen do most of the playing. These days, every school gets affected by the transfer winds and AF is no exception. Unfortunately, AF got hit by a wrong-direction transfer tornado after winning the Friends League championship in the 2012-13 season. That team included three guys now starring elsewhere: Lamar Stevens (most recently of Haverford School) and Tony Carr at Roman, and Josh Starkey at Carroll. Not easy. Among those in attendance was Lansdale Catholic's new coach, Joe Corbett. PC will host LC Friday at 5:30. It was also nice to see Joe Sinni, a first team coaches' All-Catholic honoree for Ryan in '93. His son, Nick, is a starting soph for AF. After taking pics of the first quarter of the JV tilt -- that ended with PC up, 19-0 -- I headed over to the basketball program's former home and caught the second half of the freshman game vs. Wood. One of the refs was Ernie Barile, whose son, Nick (Chestnut Hill), was this website's Best Teammate in 2011. I spotted Nick a few times this past fall refereeing football games. It's always cool to see sons performing dads' current-former jobs.

DEC. 4
Penn Charter 52, West Catholic 49

  Just because basketball is a guy's third sport, don't assume major contributions can't be made. Sr. G Jake McCain is known for football and lacrosse. But in the fourth quarter, there he was, racking up three apiece of rebounds/steals along with two points (on his only shot of the game) as the Quakers used a 22-6 advantage to turn what had the look of a loss into a stirring victory. People who have followed this site for any length of time know one thing, for sure: I love it when guys play multiple sports. It's even better when guys dedicate just as much and effort to sport No. 3. In the fourth quarter, McCain's main assignment was to dog star sr. G John Herndon, who was playing his first varsity game since the 2013-14 season (more on that later). Herndon owned 14 points through three quarters, but finished with only four more. And two were notched on an uncontested bucket with eight-10ths remaining. Jake played chest-out defense and kept moving his feet and John attempted only three shots total in the quarter. Also getting after it defensively was jr. PG Adam Holland. He was guarding his PG counterpart, jr. Jeohnni Moore. Moore had 12 points after 24 minutes . . . and his total never went upward. He went 0-for-2 from the floor over the last eight minutes. Plus, Holland made what turned out to be the play of the game. With serious aggressiveness, he roared pretty much from end to end and canned a layup with 2:49 left while being thumped to the floor. He then hit the free throw and PC was ahead for good, at 48-47. The students in attendance even began chanting, "Deee-fense! Deee-fense!" In effect, the win was finalized with 6.8 seconds left as soph WG Mason Williams converted a double-bonus. In the first and third quarters, PC shot a combined 4-for-27 (major ouch). But in the fourth, it succeeded on five of the first six launchings in roughly four minutes and finished 7-for-8. Even better, six guys notched field goals. Mason Williams (12) was the only Quaker to reach double digits in scoring. Sr. F Harrison Williams headed the rebound column with seven while M. Williams had four assists. Jr. WG Mike "Neeko" Hnatkowsky, also a sub, mixed seven points, five boards and two apiece of assists/steals. Another reason this win created good vibes: The Quakers had to go without starting sr. F Evan Ferrell, who was busy with school responsibilities. OK, back to Herndon. He must have experienced a very special feeling with 5:47 left in the first quarter after missing a shot and then scoring pretty much right away on a steal/layup combo. The wait to get back in the scoring column was over. Two seasons ago, Herndon averaged 23.3 points per game (No. 4 in the city) for Parkway West. He then transferred to WC and PW contested the move, claiming it was made for athletic reasons. The PIAA agreed and Herndon had to sit and sit and sit some more, all the way through the season. Herndon is mostly a stop-and-pop guy off the dribble. He uses a strong dribble to back guys up, then explodes into his jumper. At least today, he rarely bothered with threes. Moore has similar qualities, but feels comfortable from greater distances. Soph WG Cyrie Coates also shows promise. He's listed at 6-3, but appears to be even taller because he's quite thin. West's lone true inside player is 6-5 soph John Parker. He is quite large, body-wise, but hardly ever touches the ball. The Burrs need to get him some looks. That's the only way he's going to improve. Plus, that'll create space for the mainstays. It was nice to see coach Jazz Williams and assistant Rob Wharton. They were star guards in the classes of '97 and '90, respectively. One of the refs was Chris DeFelice. He's also a West grad (he showed no favoritism! -- smile) and his dad, Tom, was a first-magnitude QB for the Burrs ('64), not to mention an accomplished coach at Bok. Tom also refs hoops and he'll be working WITH Chris tomorrow in a game at Rowan University. Very cool!

DEC. 3
  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.

DEC. 1
Penn Charter 52, Germantown Friends 45

  PC might ask basketball honchos to switch the name of quarters to halves. The start of the first and second halves certainly went well. Getting points from four of the starters and assists from three, the Quakers stormed to a 10-2 lead in the first five-odd minutes. Then, with four of the five starters scoring again, they began the second half with a 12-0 run. As for the five starters . . . every one was a black guy. No one knew for sure whether such an occurrence was a PC first, and I'm not positive whether it has happened elsewhere in the Inter-Ac, but I gathered the starters afterward for a quick pic in case this was indeed a momentous occasion. The starters were sr. Fs Harrison Williams (soccer fame) and Evan Ferrell (football fame), jr. Gs Adam Holland (point) and Dylan Burnett (handyman), and soph G Mason Williams (wing; not related to Harrison). This win, starting stint No. 3 for coach Jim "Flipper" Phillips, could have come in much easier fashion in light of the fact that GFS went almost three full quarters (late first to late fourth) without notching a regular field goal, and had no buckets at all in the second half until 6:49 remained. The Tigers stayed close mostly because they finished 22-for-24 at the line while PC was going 11-for-24. Get ready for lots of extra free-throw-shooting practice, guys (smile). Mason Williams had a terrific outing en route to 23 points. He went 4-for-7 for treys after missing four of his first five and also claimed a team-high five rebounds. What's most impressive about Williams is that he's not a stand-still launcher. He can fire away off the dribble and still give off an I'm-relaxed aura and that's quite the positive quality. Though Harrison Williams had shooting struggles, he hustled for four steals and helped to make sure that GFS star Michael Buckmire didn't go berserk with FGs (though he did hit 16 of 18 free throws). I also liked Holland. He showed a nice sense of when/where to dish the ball and rarely lost his way, if at all. He has decent strength, which helps him play with authority. Burnett was a some-of-this, some-of-that guy. He was involved in a lot of scenarios and finished with four boards and three apiece of assists/steals. Ferrell's effectiveness was limited by foul trouble. The main contributors off the bench were jr. G Mike "Neeko" Hnatkowsky (even more football fame -- smile) and sr. G-F Michael Berk. The former had three apiece of assists/steals while the latter registered two apiece of steals/blocks. The Quakers trailed at halftime, 25-21, then the 12-0 run put them ahead for good. West Catholic coach Jazz Williams was on hand to scout the Quakers; the teams will play Friday. I had a nice pregame chat with PC teacher John Burkhart, who graduated in '72 grad and served as the statman for early-'70s PC's squads. He provided some old stat sheets. Very cool. The Quakers' '72 squad was an all-timer. And I do mean ALL-timer.

OCT. 12
  . . .
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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SEPT. 20

  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 Coaches
With Three Stints at One School
Name Schools Seasons Record
Bill Fox Judge 1975-85 231-103
    1987-99 233-117
    2001-05 81-49
Marty Jackson La Salle 1987-91 85-47
    1994-01 138-71
    2003-04 33-21
Jim "Flipper" Phillips Penn Charter 2001-08 119-100
    2010-11 16-33
    2016 --

SEPT. 10

  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
Brian Daly Bonner 1988 *First Bonner 2006-09
Jamie Ross Frankford 1988 Second Vaux 2011-13
Jim Rullo Malvern 1989 Third Malvern 2007-13
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
Joe Zeglinski Ryan 2003 Third Ryan 2016
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)
Name School Year All-City Year G FG 3's FT Pts Avg.
Mike Edelman Haver. School 1978 1st Team 1979 30 147 - 49 343 11.4
        1980 28 91 - 52 234 8.4
        1981 27 86 - 28 200 7.4
        1982 27 105 - 32 242 9
          Totals 112 429 - 161 1,019 9.1
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
        2010 29 33 0 23 89 3.1
          Totals 54 45 0 34 124 2.3
3-Devonte' "DJ" Newbill Straw. Mansion 2010 1st Team 2013 31 175 20 134 504 16.3
        2014 34 209 46 140 604 17.8
        2015 34 243 61 157 704 20.7
          Totals 99 627 127 431 1,812 18.3
Julian Moore Gtn. Academy 2013 2nd Team 2014 7 2 0 4 8 1.1
        2015 33 21 1 7 50 1.5
         Totals 40 23 1 11 58 1.5
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
Name School College Season(s) Team(s) G Pts Reb Ass
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 missed.tedtee307@yahoo.com.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
Year Name School College Team Rd.


2015 *Rakeem Christmas North Catholic Syracuse Minnesota 2


2014 None          
2013 None          
2012 None          
2011 Markieff Morris Prep Charter Kansas Phoenix 1 13
Marcus Morris Prep Charter Kansas Houston 1 14
2010 None          
2009 Gerald Henderson Episcopal Duke Charlotte 1 12
Wayne Ellington Episcopal North Carolina Minnesota 1 28
2008 Sean Singletary Penn Charter Virginia Sacramento 2 42
2007 None          
2006 Kyle Lowry Dougherty Villanova Memphis 1 24
Mardy Collins Gratz Temple New York 1 29
2005 *Hakim Warrick University City Syracuse Memphis 1 19
2004 None          
2003 None          
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
2000 None          
1999 Larry Ketner Roman Massachusetts Chicago 2 49
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
Jason Lawson Olney Villanova Denver 2 41
Alvin Williams Gtn. Academy Villanova Portland 2 47
1996 Shawn Harvey West Phila. West Virginia St. Dallas 2 34
Malik Rose Overbrook Drexel Charlotte 2 44
1995 Rasheed Wallace Gratz North Carolina Washington 1 4
Jerome Allen Episcopal Penn Minnesota 2 49
1994 Aaron McKie Gratz Temple Portland 1 17
1993 None          
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
1988 None          
1987 Dallas Comegys Roman DePaul Atlanta 1 21
Nate "Day-Day" Blackwell Southern Temple San Antonio 2 27
1986 None          
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
Richard Congo Overbrook Drexel Philadelphia 7 160
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
George Melton Gratz Cheyney Philadelphia 9 204
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
Rodney Lee Edison Memphis Detroit 8 150
1978 John "Chubby" Cox Roxborough San Francisco Chicago 8 159
Tim Claxton Germantown Temple Washington 9 181
Dennis James Southern Widener Philadelphia 10 201
1977 Rich Laurel Overbrook Hofstra Portland 1 19
Phil Walker Central Millersville Washington 2 39
George Gibson Frankford Winston-Salem Philadelphia 6 129
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
Phil Walker Central Millersville Philadelphia 7 117
Ed "Shot" Stefanski Bonner Penn Philadelphia 10 168
1975 Joe "Jelly Bean" Bryant Bartram La Salle Golden State 1 14
Jimmie Baker Olney Hawaii Philadelphia 3 39
Andre McCarter Overbrook UCLA Cleveland 8 136
Freddie Stokes West Phila. Barber-Scotia New Orleans 9 145
Romie Thomas Edison Wisc.-Eau Claire Milwaukee 10 165
1974 Mike Sojourner Germantown Utah Atlanta 1 10
*Rubin "Tuner" Collins Edison Md.-Eastern Shore Portland 2 36
Roland "Tree" Grant Southern New Mexico St. Detroit 3 51
Joe Newman Dougherty Temple Detroit 5 87
Greg Newman West Phila. Drexel Detroit 8 141
1973 Mike Bantom Roman St. Joseph's Phoenix 1 8
Tom Ingelsby O'Hara Villanova Atlanta 2 27
Joe Cafferky Bonner N. Carolina St. Boston 6 103
Lynn Greer Edison Virginia St. Phoenix 11 170
Ed Hastings Bonner Villanova Boston 11 174
1972 Ollie Johnson Southern Temple Portland 2 30
Hank Siemiontkowski North Catholic Villanova Cleveland 4 50
Mike Krawczyk Judge Loyola (Md.) Washington 13 178
1971 Willie Sojourner Germantown Weber Chicago 2 20
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
1968 Joe Heiser Central Princeton Washington 6 68
Clarence Brookins Bartram Temple Philadelphia 9 118
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
Joe Crews McDevitt Villanova Philadelphia 16 197
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
Richie Moore Bartram Villanova Philadelphia 5 40
1964 Walt Hazzard Overbrook UCLA LA Lakers Terr.  
Wali Jones Overbrook Villanova Detroit 3 18
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
1958 Guy Rodgers Northeast Temple Philadelphia Terr.  
Jay Norman Mastbaum Temple Philadelphia 7 52
1957 Kurt Englebert Lincoln St. Joseph's Detroit 4 26
1956 Hal Lear Overbrook Temple Philadelphia 1 8
Joe Belmont Northeast Duke Philadelphia   50
John "Misty" Fannon St. Thomas More Notre Dame Philadelphia   52
1955 Tom Gola La Salle La Salle Philadelphia Terr.  
Bob Schafer Roman Villanova Philadelphia 3 19
Jack Devine West Catholic Villanova Philadelphia 5 33
Harry Silcox Lincoln Temple Philadelphia 7 46
1954 Rudy D'Emilio Northeast Duke Philadelphia 5 39
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
Brooks Ricca Roman Villanova Philadelphia 8 92
1949 Nelson Bobb West Phila. Temple Philadelphia 3 28
1948 George Hauptfuhrer Penn Charter Harvard Boston 1 3
1947 None          
 *-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
Name Schools Seasons
Steve Cloran Haver. School 2004-11
  *O'Hara 2014-15
Ed Enoch *Penn Charter 1978-82
  Lansdale 2012-14
Lefty Ervin La Salle 1978-79
  Penn Charter 1988-89
Jim Fenerty Egan 1982-89
  Gtn. Academy 1990-15
Jack Kraft Neumann 1948-59
  Malvern 1960-61
Bill Michuda La Salle 1980-81
  Penn Charter 2009
Speedy Morris *Roman 1968-81
  Penn Charter 1983-84
  SJ Prep 2002-15
Bernie Rogers *Ryan 2001-15
  Haver. School 2016-??
*-alma mater