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SPECIAL NOTE
  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.

December and earlier files
January files
February files

JULY 12
TEDBIT
At least in "modern" times (1978-forward), Mike Lake now owns a Catholic League record for baseball coaches -- largest gap (18 years) between stints at the same school. And he's pretty close to the record for the other major sports. Succeeding his father, Al, Mike coached Ryan's diamond squad from 1990 through 2001 and he has just been hired for the 2019 season. In between he coached La Salle University for 10 seasons (2008-17) and for four years beforehand assisted Lee Saverio. The cake-taker for the three major sports is Eddie Burke, who had a 22-year gap between stints as St. Joseph's Prep basketball coach ('71/'93). Eddie guided Drexel University's squad for 14 seasons (1978-91). He had quite the coaching life. How many guys, anywhere, in any sport, were the head coach at different schools in four consecutive years? Eddie steered St. Thomas More in its last year of existence ('75), then McDevitt in '76 and West Catholic in '77 before moving up to Drexel. Also, he won CL crowns in consecutive seasons -- '71 at SJ Prep and '72 at ST More. Amazing. John "Jocko" Collins also lived quite the sporting life. He was a Phillies scout and prominent college basketball ref and coached at four CL schools -- North Catholic (1930-31), Salesianum in Delaware (1936-37) and ST More ('43) in addition to the Prep stints listed below. Jack Concannon's stretches at Monsignor Bonner/Bonner-Prenderdast, separated by 19 years, lasted nine total seasons. No football bosses qualify for the list. 
 
Name/School Years Gap
Eddie Burke 1969-71 22
St. Joseph's Prep 1993-99  
John "Jocko" Collins 1944 19
St. Joseph's Prep 1963-65  
Jack Concannon 1992-96 19
Msgr. Bonner/Bonn.-Pren. 2015-18  
Mike Lake 1990-2001 18
Archbishop Ryan 2019  

JULY 10
TEDBIT
 
The story below, written by the great Bill Shefski, appeared in the Daily News in January of 1962. It was about Cardwell Woods, then a very promising ninth grader at Sulzberger Junior High in West Philadelphia. He was expected to attend Overbrook, Wilt Chamberlain's alma mater. But that didn't happen. Check back tomorrow for a partial update. I've found bits and pieces of Woods' story, but not everything.
  UPDATE, JULY 11
. . . According to a story from 1964, Woods' father was a government worker and was transferred to a job in Bristol. So the family moved there and Caldwell Woods (not Cardwell, at least according to many stories) played for Bristol High. Listed as a junior, he starred for the 1964 team that advanced to the Class B Eastern final before falling to Montrose. In one story, Woods was described as slow-moving. Yet when spring came around, he ran the hurdles for the track team. As the 1964-65 school year rolled around . . . Nothing. Woods was no longer in school. Perhaps the family moved again? Perhaps Caldwell decided to go into the service? . . . In 1971, Woods was playing for State Farm in Bristol's YMCA Adult League. He had 37 points in a loss to Beck-Dougherty. He popped up again in a 1973 story, scoring 33 points in a loss to IMI. On newspapers.com, there are all KINDS of results for a "caldwell woods" search. Reason: It's the name of a neighborhood park in Chicago.
  ANOTHER UPDATE, JULY 11 . . . This comes from Chuck Langerman.
Spoke to a friend of mine, Kevin Lendo, that went to high school at Pennsbury High in the  same era as Caldwell "Woody" Woods. He saw Woods play at Bristol, and said he was a 6-foot-6 center who was named Bucks County basketball player of the year in 1964. My friend vividly recalls reading in the Bucks County Courier Times that Woods, the big man on the Bristol High basketball team in 1964, got married and dropped out of school. . . . Note from Ted: Indeed. A blurb detailing that fact was published in the paper's May 1, 1964, edition. It was part of a notes column by the sports editor, Ben Borowsky.   

JULY 3
TEDBIT
  Paul Ward
coached at Overbrook for 15 seasons (1967-81) and produced an NBA player, on average, once every three years. Not bad, eh? The guys on the list below produced at least three NBAers. You could make a strong argument that Roman's Dennis Seddon also "produced" five NBAers. But I went by graduation year for this list and Maalik Wayns was coached as a Roman senior by Chris McNesby. Bartram's Tony Coma later coached the girls squad at Dobbins and one of his players, Linda Page, scored 100 points in one game in 1981.

PAUL WARD, Overbrook (5)

 

Wayne Hightower

1958

Walt Hazzard

1960

Wali Jones

1960

Mike Gale

1967

Andre McCarter

1971

DENNIS SEDDON, Roman (4)

 

Marc Jackson

1993

Lari Ketner

1995

Rasual Butler

1998

Eddie Griffin

2000

DOUG CONNELLY, West Phila. (3)

 

Ray Scott

1956

Hubie White

1958

Frank "Watusi" Card

1962

TONY COMA, Bartram

 

Richie Moore

1960

Earl "The Pearl" Monroe

1962

Clarence Brookins

1964

KEN HAMILTON, Franklin (3)

 

Paul "Snoop" Graham

1985

Jerome "Pooh" Richardson

1985

Randy Woods

1988

RICH YANKOWITZ, Dobbins (3)

 

Greg "Bo" Kimble

1985

Doug Overton

1987

Larry Stewart

1987

BILL ELLERBEE, Gratz (3)

 

Aaron McKie

1990

Rasheed Wallace

1993

Maurice "Mardy" Collins

2002

DAN DOUGHERTY, Episcopal (3)

 

Jerome Allen

1991

Wayne Ellington

2006

Gerald Henderson

2006

JULY 2
JOEBIT
 
Earlier today, a tribute page was posted for former Roman coach Dennis Seddon. This email was sent by Joe McCourt, football all-timer at Roman (Class of 2001) and a three-sport athlete. Thanks for doing this, Joe.
 
We had just finished winning the ‘99 PCL football championship during my junior year at Roman. I had been wrestling around the idea to not play basketball and focus solely on football. I called Coach Seddon and thought it would be a smooth conversation considering I was the 12th man on the bench and figured he wouldn’t care whether I played or not. I was 100% wrong. He told me I was making a big mistake and that I should reconsider my decision. I decided to play and it was one of the best decisions I ever made. Fate had it we played a basketball tournament during my senior year on the campus at Lafayette College which turned out being an unofficial visit and in the end I chose Lafayette as my college destination. I always think back to Coach Seddon and our conversation about whether to play or not. He coached some of the greatest high school players to ever play in the city of Philadelphia. But, he cared about you the same whether you were a star or the last guy on the bench. I consider him a dear friend and one of my greatest influences I ever had in my life.
  -- Joe McCourt ‘01

JUNE 29
TEDBIT
  The trend continues, folks. New coaches have been hired at five Catholic League schools and three of the newbies are not CL alums. Not that there's anything wrong with that (smile). That makes eight non-CL hires over the last three years -- three, two and three -- and lifts the current number to seven; half of the league. Starting with the 1969-70 season, it took eight seasons for coaches with non-CL roots to be hired. Of the 28 "outsiders" who've guided teams since 1970, just three -- still-active Carl Arrigale (20 at Nemann-N-G), Joe Dempsey (14 at La Salle), Barry Kirsch (12 at Carroll) -- have reached double digits in seasons coached. The average stint has lasted four seasons and 17 guys have served no more than two. Two of those short-stinters -- Conwell-Egan's Bryan Caver, McDevitt's Will Chavis -- are still in charge.   

New Catholic League Coaches for the 2018-19 Season
School New Coach Alma Mater
Bonner-Prendie Kevin Funston SJ Prep
Carroll Francis Bowe St. Pius X (Pottstown)
La Salle Mike McKee Roman
O'Hara Ryan Nemetz Bishop Hoban (Wilkes-Barre)
West Catholic Miguel Bocachica Imhotep

JUNE 28
TEDBIT
 
In the previous decade,
T.J. McConnell and Ryan Nemetz are tied at the disappointment hip. Both guys had their high school careers -- and dreams of a state championship -- ended by Philly teams. McConnell, of course, is now a guard for the 76ers. In 2010 he was a senior star at Chartiers Valley, coached by his father, Tim, and that squad fell in the Class AAA state championship game to Neumann-Goretti, 65-63. McConnell racked up 32 points, but missed a last-second, right-corner trey that would have given CV the win. Nemetz, meanwhile, has just been hired as the coach at Cardinal O'Hara. In the 2006-07 season, he was a star senior guard for Bishop Hoban, in Wilkes-Barre, and that school was months away from ceasing to exist. On March 18, Hoban met Imhotep in a Class AA quarterfinal at Freedom High, in Bethlehem. Hoban entered the game with a 30-0 record! . . . And headed home with a 70-52 defeat. According to a story in the Wilkes-Barre Times-Leader, Nemetz and two other Argents had experienced flu-like symptoms all week. Ryan finished with 14 points. Imagine if Hoban had won that game and two more. Has any school, anywhere, closed after storming to a perfect basketball season? Just like O'Connell, Nemetz was able to shake off the disappointment. I'm hearing great things about him. Good luck with the Lions, Ryan!

JUNE 24
TEDBIT
 
Once Penn State's Tony Carr steps onto the court for his first regular season game with the New Orleans Pelicans, Roman's number of NBA players will reach double figures. The Cahillites already hold second place among Catholic/Public/Inter-Ac schools and Overbrook is first with 12. Alas, 'Brook has not produced an NBAer since 1992 (Malik Rose) and since Roman continues to pump them out every so often, a tie and then a takeover might be in the offing. West Philly, Southern and Bartram complete the top five. Their respective droughts go back to 1977, 1972 and 1986.

OVERBROOK (12)

Grad

Debut

Wilt Chamberlain

1955

1960

Mike Gale

1967

1972

Walt Hazzard

1960

1965

Wayne Hightower

1958

1963

Wali Jones

1960

1965

Rich Laurel

1972

1978

Hal Lear

1952

1957

Lewis Lloyd

1977

1982

Andre McCarter

1971

1977

Jackie Moore

1950

1955

Angelo Musi

1937

1947

Malik Rose

1992

1997

ROMAN (9)

Grad

Debut

Mike Bantom

1969

1974

Rasual Butler

1998

2003

Dallas Comegys

1983

1988

Matt Guokas Sr.

1934

1947

Eddie Griffin

2000

2002

Marc Jackson

1993

2001

Lari Ketner

1995

2000

Bob Schafer

1951

1956

Maalik Wayns

2009

2013

WEST PHILA. (8)

Grad

Debut

Gene Banks

1977

1982

*John Baum

1963

1970

Nelson Bobb

1942

1950

Frank Card

1962

1969

Norm Grekin

1948

1954

Ray "Chink" Scott

1956

1962

Art Spector

1938

1947

Hubie White

1958

1963

SOUTHERN (7)

Grad

Debut

Nate Blackwell

1983

1988

Stan "Loady" Brown

1947

1948

*-Ollie Johnson

1966

1973

Louis "Red" Klotz

1939

1948

Petey Rosenberg

1936

1947

Lionel Simmons

1986

1991

Isaiah "Bunny" Wilson

1966

1972

*-did not play varsity    

BARTRAM (6)

Grad

Debut

Clarence Brookins

1964

1971

Joe Bryant

1972

1976

Earl "Pearl" Monroe

1962

1968

Jim Mooney

1948

1953

Richie Moore

1960

1968

Jerry Rullo

1941

1947

JUNE 23
TEDBIT
 
Roman's participation in the NBA goes back to the very first season, when Matt Guokas Sr. was part of the title-winning Philadelphia Warriors. (Officially, the league was known as the Basketball Association of America.) He was 31 when that season began and he did play thereafter. He did score 86 points, counting playoffs, and that got former Cahillites rolling toward an NBA total that now stands at 21,804. The breakdown is below and Tony Carr, drafted Thursday night by New Orleans, can't wait to lift above the number above 22,000. And who knows where he'll take it from there? . . . UPDATE: The Warriors made their debut on Nov. 7 by beating the Pittsburgh Ironmen, 81-75, before 4,185 at the ol' Philadelphia Arena. Guokas scored three points. But check this out: The final three minutes were played with EIGHT men on the court. Five Ironmen fouled out and only nine were in uniform. Warriors coach Eddie Gottlieb said he would let the Ironmen return one of the fouled-out players to the floor. Opposing coach Paul Birch declined the offer. Gottlieb responded by removing one of the Warriors. Meanwhile, one of Pittsburgh's players was Press Maravich. Yes, Pete Maravich was his son. And one of the Warriors' starters was Overbrook product Angelo Musi.

Breakdown for Draft Details/Points Scored by Roman's NBA Players
 

Draft

Round

No.

Last

Reg. Sea.

Playoffs

Total

Maalik Wayns

2014

FA

x

2014

78

x

78

Rasual Butler

2002

2nd

52

2016

6092

152

6244

Eddie Griffin

2001

1st

7

2007

2171

x

2171

Lari Ketner

1999

2nd

49

2001

34

x

34

Marc Jackson

1997

2nd

37

2007

3238

67

3305

Dallas Comegys

1987

1st

21

1989

856

x

856

Mike Bantom

1973

1st

8

1982

8568

178

8746

Bob Schafer

1955

3rd

19

1957

273

11

284

Brooks Ricca

1950

8th

92

DNP

x

x

x

Matt Guokas Sr.

1947

FA

x

1947

82

4

86

         

21392

412

21804

JUNE 22
TEDBIT
 
Posted yesterday was a list including all Catholic League coaches, and their high school alma maters, going back to 1970. Once the list was posted, this question hit me, "Which schools have produced the most coaches?" Bonner takes the coaching cake with 14 guys and, interestingly, nine wound up guiding the Friars. Bonner has always hit me as a tight-knit place with lots of support/camaraderie, so I'm not surprised so many guys wanted to draw X's and O's for their old school. St. Joseph's Prep is next with 10 while Cardinal Dougherty/Father Judge are tied for third with nine. North Catholic/Cardinal O'Hara are next with eight apiece.
***Please note: The names are listed in no special order.*** 

Catholic League Schools With Most Coaches Produced, Going Back to 1970

MONSIGNOR BONNER (14)

   

Name

Coached at . . .

Years

Fran Ingelsby

Archbishop Carroll

1998

John "J.R." Roe

Archbishop Carroll

1999-02

Paul Gallagher

Monsignor Bonner

1968-70

Fran Docherty

Monsignor Bonner

1976-77

Ed "Shot" Stefanski

Monsignor Bonner

1980-83

Art Hunter

Monsignor Bonner

1984

Kevin McCormick

Monsignor Bonner

1990-91

Jack Concannon

Monsignor Bonner

1992-96, 2015-18

Jim "Goose" Welde

Monsignor Bonner

1997-05

Brian Daly

Monsignor Bonner

2006-09

Tom Meakim

Monsignor Bonner

2010-14

Harry "Bud" Gardler

Kenrick / O'Hara

1969-75 / 1977-08

Mike Lynam

Bishop Kenrick

1976-78

Tom Stewart

St. James

1976-93

ST. JOSEPH'S PREP (10)

   

Name

Coached at . . .

Years

Eddie Burke

SJP / ST More / McD. / West

1969-71 / 1972-75 / 1976 / 1977 / 1993-99

Joe Sette

McDevitt / Wood

1981-89 / 1995-08

Bill McFadden

Bishop Egan

1969-71 / 1974-77

Bob DiFlorio

Bishop Egan

1994-01

Frank Sciolla

Conwell-Egan

2014-16

Phil Martelli

Bishop Kenrick

1979-85

Matt Griffin

Roman

2017-18

Bob DiFlorio

St. John Neumann

1986-93

Paul Croley

St. Thomas More

1969-71

Joe Donahue

West Catholic

1986-93

CARDINAL DOUGHERTY (9)

   

Name

Coached at . . .

Years

George Paull

Archbishop Ryan

1968-76

Dave "D.J." Mulholland

Archbishop Ryan

1986-94

Joe "Burger" Heinbach

Archbishop Ryan

1994

Ed Holzer

Bishop McDevitt

1974-75

Jack Rutter

Bishop McDevitt

1996-05, 2006-14

Bob Harrington

Cardinal Dougherty

1967-82

Billy Jackson

Bishop Egan

1972-73

Jim Fenerty

Bishop Egan

1982-89

Marty Jackson

La Salle

1987-91, 1994-01, 2003-04

FATHER JUDGE (9)

   

Name

Coached at . . .

Years

Sam King

Archbishop Wood

1973

Jim "Mo" Connolly

Archbishop Wood

1988-89

Sean Tait

Wood / Judge

2009 / 2010-18

Ron Zawacki

Judge / Ryan

1986 / 1995-00

Rich Miller

Father Judge

2000

Tony Costantino

North Catholic

1971-79

Brother Jim Williams

North Catholic

1994-02

Tom Lynch

St. Joseph's Prep

1975-77

Paul Lynch

St. Joseph's Prep

1978-81, 1986-89

NORTH CATHOLIC (8)

   

Name

Coached at . . .

Years

Joe Rapczynski

Egan / North

1976-81 / 1982-88

Frank Cahill

Father Judge

2006-09

Fran Dougherty

North Catholic

1970

Iggy Brodzinski

North Catholic

1980-81

Pete Bilinsky

North Catholic

1989-93

Mike McCarron

North Catholic

2003-09

Barry Brodzinski

Roman

1982-86

Dennis Seddon

Roman

1987-08

CARDINAL O'HARA (8)

   

Name

Coached at . . .

Years

Mike Brown

Archbishop Carroll

1982-87

Tom Ingelsby

Archbishop Carroll

1992-97

Lou Becht

Archbishop Carroll

2005

Steve Maiocco

Cardinal O'Hara

1976

Tim Kelly

Cardinal O'Hara

2009-13

Steve Cloran

Cardinal O'Hara

2014-16

Mike Doyle

St. John Neumann

1994

John Ostick

St. Joseph's Prep

1982-85

JUNE 21
TEDBIT
   Miguel Bocachica is the new basketball coach at West Catholic, and he likely has two claims to fame. As far as we know, he's the first Hispanic hoops coach in Catholic League history (SJ Prep football coach Gabe Infante has Cuban roots) and he's the only CL boss who can claim he hit 11 three-pointers in one game. Bovachica accomplished that feat -- in a playoff game, no less -- while playing for the University of Great Falls, in Montana, an NAIA school. That was his third college stop after D-I Long Island University and D-II West Chester. He also played pro ball in Puerto Rico and has recently served as an assistant at Public League power Imhotep Charter. 'Tep was the second of Miguel's two high school stops. He played one year there after three at Washington. He earned second team coaches' All-Public honors for Division C as a senior. In that season, Imhotep went 27-4 and advanced to the Pub quarterfinals before falling to Strawberry Mansion. In his high school career, he scored 782 points. Click here for my story on Miguel from 2008. Going back to 1970, just four other Public League grads have coached hoops at CL schools -- Overbrook's Fred Douglas at SJ Prep (1972-74), Lincoln's Ed Givnish at St. James (1970-74) and Wood (1978-84), Lincoln's Bill Day at Dougherty (that school's last season) and Engineering and Science's Will Chavis at McDevitt (coming off his first season). Douglas was the CL's first black coach. Best of luck with the Burrs, Miguel!

JUNE 11
TEDBIT

  How cool would this be? Not too far down the road, the Sixers win the NBA championship and their general manager, an Overbrook High grad (Class of '92) named Malik Rose, receives praise from media outlets around the country. Here's hoping. Malik intends to apply for the job -- maybe already has -- and I can't picture anyone being a better fit. Malik is a GREAT man and has experienced success at many levels. He starred at 'Brook and Drexel, was a second round NBA draftee, played for 13 seasons and won two championships with the San Antonio Spurs. Sixers coach Brett Brown was a Spurs assistant when Malik played there and, like many folks, thinks the world of him. After stepping away from his playing career, Malik eased into broadcasting (first with the Knicks) and spent four years as the Sixers' TV analyst through 2015. For the past three seasons, he has served as the manager of basketball operations for the Atlanta Hawks. He added duties as the GM of Atlanta's D-League team, the Erie BayHawks, this past season and wound up being named the G-League Executive of the Year. Below is a scoring/W-L breakdown for Malik's days as a player. Boxscores for one 'Brook game in '91 and another in '92 were not reported, so his darn-close point total stands at 8,342, counting NBA playoffs. Also, his teams won 60 percent of their games over 20 total seasons and his winning percentage was a smidgen under .700 through the first 16. Below is a story I wrote about Malik in his senior year at Overbrook. Best of luck to Malik in his pursuit of this job! (The records in two seasons are divided based on when he switched teams.)

Malik Rose's Career Breakdown

Year

Team

Points

W

L

1990

Overbrook Panthers

157

15

8

1991

Overbrook Panthers

262

14

9

1992

Overbrook Panthers

396

19

7

 

  Totals

809

48

24

1993

Drexel Dragons

395

22

7

1994

Drexel Dragons

418

25

5

1995

Drexel Dragons

584

22

8

1996

Drexel Dragons

627

27

4

 

  Totals

2024

96

24

1997

Charlotte Hornets

164

54

31

1998

San Antonio Spurs

168

60

31

1999

San Antonio Spurs

330

52

14

2000

San Antonio Spurs

517

54

32

2001

San Antonio Spurs

501

65

30

2002

San Antonio Spurs

901

62

30

2003

San Antonio Spurs

1044

76

30

2004

San Antonio Spurs

539

63

29

2005

SAS / New York Knicks

534

52

28

2006

New York Knicks

318

23

59

2007

New York Knicks

192

33

49

2008

New York Knicks

171

23

59

2009

NYK / Okla. City Thun.

130

32

49

 

  Totals

5509

649

471

 

 

 

 

 

 

  Overall Totals

8342

793

519

 

 

 

 

.604










 

JUNE 8
TEDBIT
 
When La Salle opens its 2018-19 basketball season, coach Mike McKee will officially join the club listed below -- starter for Catholic League champ, coach at another CL school. And here's the kicker. McKee was the point guard for Roman's championship teams in 1989 and '90 and the victim each time was . . . La Salle. Oh, baby (smile). In each game, Mike dished NINE assists and one of his teammates was Marvin Harrison, who's now in the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Two other members of this club (Tom Ingelsby and Fran O'Hanlon) played in the NBA/ABA and two others (Eddie Burke, Bill McFadden) were starters for the same team at SJ Prep in '62. Also, Eddie coached a championship team at his alma mater in '71 (with Phil Martelli as a starter) before winning again the very next season at St. Thomas More, which closed three years later.

Starter for CL Champ, Coach at Another CL School

Name

Player

Year

Coach

Year

Mike McKee

Roman Catholic

1989/'90

La Salle

2019

Phil Eisenmann

Bishop Kenrick

1976

Archbishop Carroll

1988

Jim "Mo" Connolly

Father Judge

1975

Archbishop Wood

1988-89

Phil Martelli

St. Joseph's Prep

1971

Bishop Kenrick

1979-85

Tom Ingelsby

Cardinal O'Hara

1968

Archbishop Carroll

1992-97

Fran O'Hanlon

St. Thomas More

1966

Monsignor Bonner

1987-89

Eddie Burke

St. Joseph's Prep

1962

St. Thomas More

1972-75

 

 

 

Bishop McDevitt

1976

 

 

 

West Catholic

1977

Bill McFadden

St. Joseph's Prep

1962

Bishop Egan

1969-71

 

 

 

Archbishop Wood

1974-77

MAY 23
CHUCKBIT
 
This comes from Chuck Langerman, a noted South Jersey historian. Thanks, Chuck!
  As the saying goes, "records are made to be broken," but the South Jersey boys' basketball record of 51 consecutive victories may never be broken. The original mark was set by Moorestown High School, which won 51 straight games from 1958 to 1960, while winning state Group 3 championships in 1958 and 1959. The Quakers were coached by Pete Monska and featured future NFL Hall of Famer Dave Robinson, Leroy Peacock, and high-scoring Ed Douglas, who once scored a then state-record 84 points in a 1959 game against Hamilton High.  Camden High, coached by the legendary Tony Alfano, who won 428 games at "The Castle on the Hill," captured state Group IV titles in 1959 and 1960 and tied Moorestown's South Jersey win streak of 51 straight.  Camden, then known as the Purple Avalanche, featured stars Ron "Itchy" Smith, Golden "Pete" Sunkett and Sam Fisher, Jr.  Ironically, coaches Tony Alfano and Pete Monska were both from the "City of Brotherly Love." Alfano played football, basketball, and baseball at Southern High in Philly before helping Temple University win the 1938 NIT title.  Moorestown head coach Pete Monska was a 1944 graduate of the old Northeast High School. The last South Jersey team to complete a season undefeated was 32 years ago in 1986 when Camden High with Lou Banks and Vic Carstarphen finished with a 30-0 record. Camden, coached by the late Clarence Turner, was ranked No. 1 in the country in 1986 by USA Today. Since 1989, the NJSIAA Tournament of Champions (T of C) has been played to determine which school will be crowned the No. 1 overall basketball team in the state. Each year, only one team in the state can finish undefeated. In its 30 years of existence, North Jersey parochial schools have dominated the T of C. South Jersey schools have only won the T of C twice-----Shawnee in 1992 and Camden in 2000. In fact, Camden in 2000 with Dajuan Wagner is the last public school in the state to win the Tournament of Champions.  Speaking of records that may never be broken, the New Jersey state and national record for consecutive wins by a boys' high school basketball team is 159 wins, set  by Passaic High from 1919 to 1925. The Passaic "Wonder Teams" were coached by Professor Ernest A. Blood, who was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 1960.

MAY 8
TEDBIT
 
For the third straight year, the NBA season for Kyle Lowry and the Toronto Raptors has been ended by the Cleveland Cavaliers. Lowry, who starred at Northeast (through 10th grade) and now-closed Cardinal Dougherty before spending two seasons at Villanova, participated in all 10 playoff games this season. He scored 174 points for a 17.4 average. The list below, updated from last year, shows that Kyle now owns 948 playoff points, good for No. 5 among products of Public, Catholic and Inter-Ac schools. He has moved up from No. 7. In terms of average, he remains No. 5. As shockingly noted in previous postings,
Overbrook's Wilt Chamberlain is NOT the king when it comes to average. He was beaten out by a guy, Paul Arizin, who never played a minute of varsity hoops while attending La Salle. Yes, Wilt played in many more games, 160-49, but the numbers don't lie -- 24.2 for Paul, 22.5 for Wilt. Pretty amazing, right? They were teammates for three seasons (1960-62) with the ol' Philadelphia Warriors. Those were the first three seasons of Wilt's pro career and the last three of Paul's. They played together in 24 playoff games. Those numbers: 24-830-34.6 for Wilt and 24-582-24.3 for Paul. His playoff norm in the pre-Wilt days was almost exactly the same -- 25-604-24.1. All guys with at least 250 playoff points are below. The No. 4 spot in terms of average is held by Franklin's Fred Carter, the father of DN/Inky sports writer Aaron "Ace" Carter. When informed of this, Ace could not resist the chance to bust Dad's chops. "He never met a shot he didn't like." Ha, ha. . . Please speak up if I missed someone. These numbers were compiled via research on http://www.basketball-reference.com/. As also mentioned in the previous two years, Michael Arizin, Paul's son, pointed this out: Of ALL the players who have ever played in the NBA (72 yrs---including Wilt, Kobe, Jordan, Baylor, Bird, etc), his dad had the 2nd highest average in his final year of play (21.9 ppg). Only Bob Pettit averaged more in his final year (22.5). Not bad for someone who never played on an organized team until he was almost 20 years old. Michael didn't mention this, but I did. Pettit played in just 50 games in his final season. Paul played in 78. . . Meanwhile, Kyle Lowry now owns 14,312 overall career points -- 1,392 at NE/Dougherty, 543 at 'Nova, 11,429 in NBA regular seasons and 948 in playoffs. . . Another meanwhile, the Morris twins, Markieff and Marcus, have pretty close to the same amount of playoff points. Markieff leads, 216-212, but Marcus and the Celtics are still alive this season and, who knows, he could wind up with 250 not too far into the future. 

"Our Guys" With At Least 250 NBA/ABA Career Playoff Points
Name School G Points Avg. Rank
Wilt Chamberlain Overbrook 160 3,607 22.5 2nd
Rasheed Wallace Gratz 177 2,384 13.5  
Earl Monroe Bartram 82 1,471 17.9 3rd
Paul Arizin La Salle 49 1,186 24.2 1st
Kyle Lowry Dougherty 62 948 15.3 5th 
Larry Foust SE Catholic 73 902 12.4  
Wali Jones Overbrook 70 833 11.9  
Aaron McKie Gratz 75 710 9.5  
Walt Hazzard Overbrook 58 685 11.8  
Ray Scott West Phila. *48 660 13.8  
Tom Washington Edison *66 585 8.9  
Mike Gale Overbrook *66 512 7.8  
Guy Rodgers Northeast 46 508 11  
Malik Rose Overbrook 82 506 6.2  
Fred Carter Franklin 28 446 15.9 4th
Tom Gola La Salle 39 432 11.1  
Jim Washington W. Catholic 42 369 8.8  
Lewis Lloyd Overbrook 25 367 14.7  
Cuttino Mobley Dougherty 26 333 12.8  
Ronald Murray S. Mansion 45 319 7.1  
Gene Banks West Phila. 27 292 10.8  
John Baum West Phila. *35 262 7.5  
Matt Guokas SJ Prep 60 254 4.2  
*-includes ABA          

MAY 7
CHARLIEBIT
  This item comes courtesy of website loyalist Charlie Lamb, a former basketball/baseball player at West Catholic (Class of '53) and La Salle College ('58). He served in the USMC/Air Wing. He's the father of four adult children and grandfather of two girls. He saw the recent picture of Eastern High products English Gardner (Olympic gold medal in track) and Logan Ryan (two Super Bowl rings with Patriots) and offered this nugget. Thank you, Charlie.
--
 
Just to add my 2 cents, although no Super bowl rings, during my La Salle College days , I was honored to rub shoulders with Al Cantello (Javelin) 1953/1954 and Ira Davis (what then was known as the hop, step and jump) now the triple jump (1958). They both medaled in their respective events in NCAA.
  This was a few years after Joe Verdeur won the gold at the Olympics while swimming for La Salle College in the late forties (2:39.3 in 200 breaststroke at London in 1948).
  And one final note,  this was taking place while LSC was winning the NIT and the NCAA (1954) in basketball and making a repeat visit to the final in (1955), losing to the University of San Francisco with Bill Russell and K.C. Jones.
  I lived the glory days of La Salle College.
  Like many others, I could go on forever.
  Note from Ted: I knew about the basketball part of Charlie's offering and talked several times with Joe Verdeur when he was teaching/coaching at Edison High. Great man! I was unfamiliar with Al Cantello. His story, in brief: Graduated from Norristown High and immediately took a job in a factory to help support his mother, a widow. He ran into Verdeur at an event and Joe encouraged him to enroll at La Salle. Once his days at La Salle were completed, Cantello became a Marine Corps Lieutenant. He also continued to compete in the javelin in numerous top-level events and in 1959 broke the world record with a throw of 282-3 1/2! In the 1960 Rome Olympics, he launched the No. 2 throw in the trails, but then was hit with dysentery and wound up finishing 10th overall. His size? He was listed at 5-7, 163 pounds. Imagine being able to throw a javelin that far at that size. . . . Meanwhile, Ira Davis (Overbrook) four times won the NCAA triple jump and competed thrice in the Olympics; first as a La Salle freshman.
 
UPDATE: Heard via email from Brother John Kane, who formerly worked at WC and La Salle and is now the president at Calvert Hall, in Maryland. Brother John noted that Al Cantello has spent 55 years as a coach at the Naval Academy and has been the head coach of men's cross country for 50. Brother John says Al still remains in contact with La Salle. He also wrote that he has known Charlie Lamb for many years. "He's a great guy." Thanks for this, Brother John!

MAY 6
TEDBIT
 
Listen, I get it. If you're even a mild 76ers fan, you're allowed to dislike Marcus Morris and hate the fact he has helped the Boston Celtics claim a 3-0 lead in the NBA Eastern Conference semifinals. But he's an "Our Guy" (Public/Catholic/Inter-Ac product) and, hopefully, you're at least a sliver proud that he's showing the time-honored Philly grit. In 2007, Marcus and his twin, Markieff, powered Prep Charter, in South Philly, to the overall Public League championship and the PIAA Class 2A state title. Marcus' primary stats for the final three Pub games and the state final are below, as are the numbers for the first three Celtics-Sixers games. He has been very consistent in rebounds and points, but check out the assists. In the two most competitive high school games, he led the Huskies in dimes in one (with five) and was the co-leader in the other (four). In this NBA series, he had his top two assist numbers in the closest games and his right-sideline inbound pass in last night's game led to Al Horford's winning field goal. Something to be said for that.

Prep Charter, 2007
Game Opponent Score R A Pts
Pub qtr Imhotep 52-48 10 1 14
Pub semi Franklin LC 49-40 8 0 15
Pub final Gratz 49-48 10 5 10
State final Aliquippa 68-66 11 4 11
Boston Celtics, 2018
Game 1 76ers 117-101 5 1 11
Game 2 76ers 108-103 6 3 11
Game 3 76ers 101-98 7 3 9

MAY 4
TEDBIT
 
Question for oldheads and mediumheads. Did you ever think you'd see this? For the 10th straight year, a product of a Public, Catholic or Inter-Ac school was not named the Big 5 MVP. In this century just three "Our Guys" have won the award and thank goodness for Gratz grad Mark Tyndale, the 2008 MVP, or the drought would be up to 16 years. The Big 5 was formed the 1955-56 season. "Our Guys" won the award -- with some co-winners mixed in -- through the first 10 years. The longest previous drought lasted from 1968 through 1972 and another (1974-1977) followed almost immediately thereafter.

Big 5 MVPs From Public/Catholic/Inter-Ac Schools
Year Name College High School
1956 Guy Rodgers Temple Northeast
1957 Guy Rodgers  2 Temple Northeast
1958 Guy Rodgers  3 Temple Northeast
1959 Joe Spratt St. Joseph's West Catholic
1960 Bill "Pickles" Kennedy Temple Lincoln
1961 Bruce Drysdale Temple Lincoln
1962 Hubie White Villanova West Phila.
1963 Wali Jones Villanova Overbrook
1963 Jim Lynam St. Joseph's West Catholic
1964 Steve Courtin St. Joseph's St. James
1964 Wali Jones  2 Villanova Overbrook
1965 Jim Washington Villanova West Catholic
1967 Cliff Anderson St. Joseph's Edison
1973 Tom Ingelsby Villanova O'Hara
1978 Michael Brooks La Salle West Catholic
1980 Michael Brooks  2 La Salle West Catholic
1982 Jeffery Clark St. Joseph's Frankford
1984 Ralph Lewis La Salle Frankford
1987 Nate Blackwell Temple Southern
1988 Lionel Simmons La Salle Southern
1989 Lionel Simmons  2 La Salle Southern
1990 Lionel Simmons  3 La Salle Southern
1992 Randy Woods La Salle Franklin
1993 Aaron McKie Temple Gratz
1997 Rashid Bey St. Joseph's Neumann
1998 Rashid Bey  2 St. Joseph's Neumann
2001 Marvin O'Connor St. Joseph's Gratz
2002 Lynn Greer Temple Eng. & Science
2008 Mark Tyndale Temple Gratz

APRIL 28
TEDBIT
 
As mentioned on this website, oh, maybe a million times (smile), I love it when guys play multiple sports and have strong faith in both the short-term and long-range benefits. Penn Charter product Mike McGlinchey, drafted at No. 9 in the first round Thursday night by the San Francisco 49ers, was also a quality basketball player. He scored in 32 games over four seasons of Inter-Ac play and his point total was 308. He ranks second on the list below -- basketball points scored by NFL players from Inter-Ac schools, 1950 on up. Only 20 points behind "Glinch" is Atlanta Falcons QB Matt Ryan, his first cousin. Only 17 points ahead is Haverford School's Mike Mayock, a well-known NFL draft guru and even an analyst for draft telecasts. Overall, McGlinchey scored 862 points at PC. Ryan totaled 682. Meanwhile, also on the they're-related trail, we give you Malvern's Ryan and Carl Nassib. They're brothers. GS = Games Scored.

I-A Basketball Points Scored by NFL Players, 1950-
Name School Last Years GS Points
Mike Mayock Haver. School 1976 4 38 325
Mike McGlinchey Penn Charter 2013 4 32 308
Matt Ryan Penn Charter 2003 3 28 288
Ryan Nassib Malvern 2008 3 21 165
*Andre Dixon Chestnut Hill 1994 2 14 63
Jim Fraser Gtn. Academy 1955 1 10 56
Carl Nassib Malvern 2011 1 8 29
*-Chestnut Hill not I-A football member at that time    

APRIL 25
TEDBIT
 
As you may have heard, Episcopal grad Wayne Ellington, of the Miami Heat, this year broke the NBA record for most three-pointers for a bench player by draining 227 in 579 attempts. And that figures to 39.2 percent. Quite amazing marksmanship from beyond the arc. Hearing about Wayne's feat got me to thinking. Did he hit threes with anything close to precision during his three seasons with the Churchmen? Not sure about overall, but below is his three-point breakdown in 16 games I covered (two in 2003-04, seven apiece in 2004-05/2005-06). Oddly, he hit at least two in three of the first four, then hit as many as two just once thereafter. His overall percentage in those 16 games was 26.6. In all three, the I-A played its postseason showcase tournament. Of course, Miami just fell to the 76ers in the first round of the NBA playoffs. Wayne shot 12-for-30 from beyond the arc (40 percent). His numbers for nine NBA regular seasons are 828-for-2174 for 38.1. He sniped 229-for-577 (39.7) in three seasons at North Carolina. Just shows what hard work can do.

Wayne Ellington Beyond the Arc at Episcopal
(In Games I Covered)
2003-04 Date Made Att.
SJ Prep 12/23 0 4
Gtn. Academy 1/17 2 6
  20.0 Pct. 2 10
2004-05 Date Made Att.
Chester 12/28 2 4
North Catholic 12/31 3 4
Gtn. Academy 1/14 1 4
Gratz 1/29 0 1
Gtn. Academy 2/1 1 5
Malvern 2/17 1 2
Gtn. Academy 2/19 0 3
  34.8 Pct. 8 23
2005-06 Date Made Att.
Penn Charter 1/7 2 6
Roman 1/11 0 1
Gtn. Academy 1/17 1 4
Neumann-Goretti 1/18 1 7
Gtn. Academy 2/3 1 4
Penn Charter 2/7 1 5
Gtn. Academy 2/18 1 4
  22.6 Pct 7 31
  26.6 Pct. 17 64

APRIL 23
TEDBIT
  Here are the top scoring performances by Pub/Cath/Int guys in Donofrio Classic championship games over the last 19 years. Just one guy has joined the list -- Roman sr. Allen Betrand -- and his entry is highlighted in gray. Roman guys have scored as many as 20 points seven times during this 19-year span. Players from Episcopal, Gratz and Neumann-Goretti have combined for four outbursts apiece.

Top Pub/Cath/Int Scorers in Donofrio Title Games, 2000-18
Name Team School Pts Year
Rysheed Jordan Team Philly Vaux 48 2013
Ja'Quan Newton I-3 Neumann-Goretti 42 2013
Josh Sharkey Old School Carroll 38 2016
Ryan Daly Old School Carroll 36 2016
Tony Carr Team Hardnett Roman 35 2016
Rysheed Jordan Team Philly Vaux 34 2012
Daron Russell Team Philly Imhotep 33 2017
*Wayne Ellington Playaz Episcopal 33 2006
*Gerald Henderson Playaz Episcopal 33 2005
Tony Chennault Team Philly Neumann-Goretti 32 2008
Nazeer Bostick Team Hardnett Roman 29 2016
Brandon Austin Team Philly Imhotep 28 2013
Ameer Ali Sonny Hill Srs. Gratz 28 2005
Micheal Blackshear Waterview Gratz 27 2002
Tony Carr Team Hardnett Roman 27 2015
Shaun McKie Sonny Hill Srs. Gratz 26 2000
Ahmad "JR" Gilbert Team Hardnett Constitution 26 2015
Zane Martin Team Hardnett Neumann-Goretti 26 2016
Brian Wanamaker Positive Image Roman 25 2007
*Wayne Ellington Playaz Episcopal 25 2005
Mark Tyndale Sonny Hill Srs. Gratz 24 2004
Wayne Marshall Positive Image King 24 2003
Izaiah Brockington Team Philly Ryan 22 2017
Novar Gadson Waterview Bartram 21 2008
Velton Jones Team Philly North Catholic 21 2008
Jamal Wilson Team Philly Neumann-Goretti 21 2008
Kashief Edwards Positive Image Imhotep 21 2007
Scott Rodgers Sonny Hill Srs. Central 21 2005
*Steve Smith Waterview Northeast 21 2001
Lamar Stevens Old School Roman 21 2016
Allen Betrand Raw Sports Roman 21 2018
Bradley Wanamaker Positive Image Roman 20 2007
*Gerald Henderson Playaz Episcopal 20 2006
*Rob Kurz Playaz Penn Charter 20 2004
Sharif Bray Waterview Central 20 2002
*advanced to NBA

APRIL 20
TEDBIT
 
After 15 seasons, Paul Romanczuk has decided to step down as Archbishop Carroll's basketball coach. He collected 283 wins along the way and since this year's squad included two quality starters, soph AJ Hoggard (first team All-City) and junior Luke House, you'd have to think No. 300 would have been celebrated at some juncture in the 2018-19 season. And then there's this: Paul missed the 2004-05 season -- that would have been his third -- due to a health issue and fill-in Lou Becht went 12-13 overall. Seven times in that season the Patriots lost by no more than seven points -- 1, 2, 4 twice, 6, and seven twice. Is it possible at least five of those setbacks would have turned out differently if Paul had still been around? No way to even remotely know. But it's difficult to see a guy get so close to a very special career win total and not quite get there. On the flip side . . . In 2009, Paul, the son-in-law of Doug Collins, the former player and coach for the Sixers, guided Carroll to the Catholic League's first state championship (3A level). The Patriots stunned Neumann-Gorettti in a quarterfinal at Ryan, then topped York Suburban and Greensburg Salem in the semis and final. Carroll's girls also triumphed that year and the school held a parade and celebration on campus. Here are pics from that very special/memorable occasion and here is the Celebration Page. Best of luck going forward, Paul!    

APRIL 19
TEDBIT
  After putting his alma mater back on the basketball map, 1983 grad Jack Concannon has decided to step down as Bonner-Prendergast's coach. (It was Monsignor Bonner during his days as a student, of course, and he was a star forward the 1983 championship team.) Knowing that Jack had earned more than 100 wins, the thought hit me: How many Catholic League coaches have notched at least 100 wins while guiding their alma mater? The list goes back to 1950 and WPY in the last column means wins per year. Jack ranks seventh in WPY and sixth in total wins. Check out the freaky factoid involving now-closed North Catholic. Three guys coached seven years apiece and won 105, 102 and 102, respectively.

CL Coaches With at Least 100 Wins at Their Alma Mater, 1950-Present
Name School Years Breakdown Wins WPY
Speedy Morris Roman 14 1968-81 347 24.8
Chris McNesby Roman 8 2009-16 168 21.0
Paul Romanczuk Carroll 15 2003-04, 2006-18 283 18.9
Jim Usilton Jr. West Catholic 7 1952-58 130 18.6
Mike Osborne La Salle 7 1971-77 122 17.4
Pat Cassidy West Catholic 8 1978-85 135 15.8
Jack Concannon Bonner/B-P 9 1992-96, 2015-18 142 15.7
Mike McCarron North Catholic 7 2003-09 105 15.0
Ed Scullin North Catholic 7 1954-60 102 14.6
Joe Rapczynski North Catholic 7 1982-88 102 14.6
Bernie Rogers Ryan 15 2001-15 212 14.1
Bob Harrington Dougherty 16 1967-82 207 12.9
Eddie Burke SJ Prep 10 1969-71, 1993-99 123 12.3
Sean Tait Judge 9 2010-18 109 12.1

APRIL 18
TEDBIT
 
For the first time since 2011, no Catholic/Inter-Ac/Public guys were winners of the major awards in the Donofrio Classic . . . However, "Our Guy" Allen Betrand (Roman) captured the Little Big Man Award and his name can be found below. (The winners for 2003-04 are currently unavailable.)

  Little Big Man Award   Sportsmanship Award
Year Name School Team   Name School Team
2000 Brett Storm Penn Charter Conshy Express   Shaun McKie Gratz Hill Seniors
2001 Sharif Bray Central HBA Waterview        
2002         Dahliek Powell Roxborough Waterview
2003 Unav.       Unav.    
2004 Unav.       Unav.    
2005         *Wayne Ellington Episcopal Playaz
2006 *Gerald Henderson Episcopal Playaz        
2007 Brad Wanamaker Roman Positive Image I   Andrew Rogers Ryan Just Clean It
2008 R.J. Handy North Catholic Waterview II   Rashad Savage Imhotep Team Philly
2009              
2010              
2011              
2012              
2013 Brandon Austin Imhotep Team Philly   John Davis Neum.-Goretti I-3
2014 Jabri McCall King Old School        
2015         Ahmad Gilbert Constitution Team Hardnett
2016 Ryan Daly Carroll Old School   Nazeer Bostick Roman Team Hardnett
2017         Izaiah Brockington Ryan Team Philly
2018 Allen Betrand Roman Raw Sports        
*-advanced to NBA            

APRIL 17
TEDBIT
 
The 31st annual All-Star Labor Classic was played recently at University of the Sciences and two guys -- La Salle's Sean Simon (21) and Bonner-Prendie's Ajiri Johnson (18) -- scored enough points to make the list below, which includes all Public/Catholic/Inter-Ac players who've scored at least 18 points. Mastery North's Daeqwon Plowden (19), who served as a key sub this season at Bowling Green, did so last year to end a two-year drought. The first game, in '88, was played on a Saturday night before 4,675 at the Palestra. The kids were pumped and City bested Suburbs, 143-139. There were 255 field goal attempts in the 48-minute game -- one every 11.3 seconds. Franklin's Randy Woods, who advanced to the NBA out of La Salle, shot 13-for-22 (6-for-7 on treys) and 3-for-4 for 35 points. That's still the record.

Best Outbursts by City Players
In All-Star Labor Classic, 1988-2018
Name School Pts Year
Randy Woods Franklin 35 1988
John Davis Neumann-Goretti 32 2013
Brandon Austin Imhotep 28 2013
Michael Cuffee Gratz 25 2001
Tyrell Long McDevitt 24 2014
Chris Williams Dougherty 22 1989
Vincent Mason Univ. City 22 1988
Scootie Randall Comm Tech 21 2008
Sean Simon La Salle 21 2018
Charron Fisher Roman 20 2004
Sharif Bray Central 20 2002
Percell Coles Gratz 20 2000
Phil Crump Franklin   20 1989
Brian Graves Olney 20 1988
David Burton Neumann-Goretti 19 2005
Monroe Blakes West Catholic 19 1988
Rashann London Roman 19 2014
Daeqwon Plowden Mastery North 19 2017
Quasim Jones Bartram 18 2010
Earl Pettis Neumann-Goretti 18 2006
Tyreek Byard Franklin LC 18 2003
Troy Roundtree Northeast 18 2003
John Ashmore West Catholic 18 1998
Floyd Preito Constitution 18 2014
Ajiri Johnson Bonner-Prendie 18 2018

APRIL 16
TEDBIT
 
Just like last year . . .
Here's an all-star team based on uniform numbers for the 2017-18 season. Some VERY talented guys won't be found because someone wearing that number was ranked higher on Aaron "Ace" Carter's Daily News all-star teams. Or all-league teams. The list stops with No. 25 because very few upper echelon players choose to wear higher numbers these days.

CL/I-A All-Stars Based on Uniform Numbers
No. Name School Pos. Yr.
0 Chris Ings N-G G Jr.
1 Keyon Butler Carr F Sr.
2 Allen Betrand Roman F Sr.
3 Lynn Greer Roman G So.
4 Antwuan Butler O'Hara G Sr.
5 Darius Kinnel Prep G Sr.
10 Tyree Pickron Wood G Sr.
11 AJ Hoggard Carr G So.
12 Hakim Byrd N-G G So.
13 Ajiri Johnson B-P F Sr.
14 Patrick Robinson C-E G Sr.
15 Seth Pinkney Wood C Sr.
20 Jordan Longino GA G Fr.
21 Isaiah Wong B-P G Jr.
22 Ryan Holmes PC G-F So.
23 Seth Lundy Roman F-C Jr.
24 Christian Ray HS G-F Jr.
25 Mason Williams PC G Sr.

APRIL 15
TEDBIT
 
Delco > Philly. Bet you find that one hard to believe. However, using the standard system we've used before, the top five Catholic/Inter-Ac honorees on Aaron "Ace" Carter's Daily News All-City Team racked up almost 10 more points than the top five C/I-A honorees from schools inside the city limits. The process goes like this (and we ask you to trust it -- smile): Sixteen points for the Player of the Year. Fourteen for the second guy, 13 for third, 12 for fourth . . . and so on. Public League guys and their points are not included. The All-City Team is here.

CL/I-A All-City Players From Delco CL/I-A All-City Players From Philly
Name School Year Pts Name School Year Pts
Isaiah Wong Bonn.-Pren. Jr. 14 Seth Lundy Roman Jr. 16
AJ Hoggard Carroll So. 11 Darius Kinnel SJ Prep Sr. 10
Ajiri Johnson Bonn.-Pren. Sr. 9 Lynn Greer Roman So. 5
Christian Ray Haver. School Jr. 7 Allen Betrand Roman Sr. 4
Antwuan Butler O'Hara Sr. 6 Dymir Montague Neum.-Gor. Sr. 3
      47       38

APRIL 14
TEDBIT
 
All-City teams have been picked straight through since 1972 and just five times have at least three non-seniors earned first-team honors. I picked the Daily News teams from 1978 through 2013 and Aaron "Ace" Carter has handled those from 2014 forward. There are two reasons underclassmen make first team: The senior class is not that strong. And/or the young bucks are just too good to ignore. Twice in five years, Ace's first team has included four non-seniors. There were six first-teamers in '14, but there were the usual five this year so 80 percent of the honorees were non-seniors. Amazing and unprecedented.

All-City Squads With at Least Three
Non-Senior First-Teamers, 1972-2018
Name School Year
1991    
Faron " Meatball" Hand Franklin LC Jr.
*Rasheed Wallace Gratz So.
Tyrone Weeks Franklin LC So.
1992    
*Rasheed Wallace Gratz Jr.
Tyrone Weeks Franklin LC Jr.
*Jason Lawson Olney Jr.
2005    
*Wayne Ellington Episcopal Jr.
*Gerald Henderson Episcopal Jr.
Reggie Redding SJ Prep Jr.
2014    
Chris Clover SJ Prep Jr.
Ahmad Gilbert Constitution Jr.
Samir Doughty MC&S Jr.
*Derrick Jones Carroll Jr.
2018    
Seth Lundy Roman Jr.
Isaiah Wong Bonner-Prendie Jr.
Donta Scott Imhotep Jr.
AJ Hoggard Carroll So.
*-advanced to NBA    

APRIL 13
TEDBIT
 
The 2017-18 NBA regular season ended Wednesday, so it's time to update the special list. The Toronto Raptors' Kyle Lowry, who split his high school days at Northeast (through 10th grade) and now-closed Cardinal Dougherty, has moved up two spots from ninth to seventh on the list of Top 10 "Ours Guys" Scorers in NBA/ABA regular season play. OG, of course, means products of Public/Catholic/Inter-Ac schools. If Lowry again stars next season, even to a medium degree, he'll easily pass two more guys. In addition to points per game, the list below shows points per year. As mentioned along the way, Paul Arizin never played one minute of high school basketball while attending La Salle, which in that era was located at 20th and Olney (as part of the college). He grew up in South Philly. Imagine if he'd attended what was then Southeast Catholic (now Neumann-Goretti). He and Larry Foust, No. 7 on the list, would have been classmates. And maybe teammates as well. Meanwhile, how proud is Mark Heimerdinger? He coached TWO guys on the list at Dougherty, Kyle and Cuttino "Cat" Mobley. Cat and Guy Rodgers are the lone lefties on the list. As pointed out last year by Michael Arizin, his dad and Foust were friends. As were the overall families. In fact, Mrs. Foust was a bridesmaid in Mrs. Arizin's bridal party. . . In 78 regular season games this year, Kyle scored 1,267 points. In terms of PPG, he now owns an ever-so-slight lead over Rasheed Wallace, 14.45 to 14.43, for sixth place.

Top 10 "Our Guys" Scorers in NBA/ABA Regular Season Play
Name School Yrs Games Points PPG PPY
Wilt Chamberlain Overbrook '55 14 1,045 31,419 30.1 2,244
Earl Monroe Bartram '62 13 926 17,454 18.8 1,343
Paul Arizin La Salle '46 10 713 16,266 22.8 1,627
Rasheed Wallace Gratz '93 16 1,109 16,006 14.4 1,000
Cuttino "Cat" Mobley Dougherty '92 11 747 11,964 16.0 1,088
Ray Scott West Phila. '56 11 811 11,629 14.3 1,057
Kyle Lowry Dougherty '04 12 791 11,429 14.4 952
Larry Foust Southeast Cath. '46 12 817 11,198 13.7 933
Guy Rodgers Northeast '53 12 892 10,415 11.7 868
Fred Carter Franklin '62 8 611 9,271 15.2 1,159

APRIL 12
TEDBIT

 
For the third time in four years and 11th time going back to the mid-1970s, an "Out of Nowhere Guy" has been named the Daily News City Player of the Year. The definition of that tag? Someone who did not make first, second or third team on the All-City squad in the previous season. All but two did earn some level of all-league honors beforehand. This year's honoree, Roman jr. Seth Lundy, was the fourth guy on the coaches second All-Catholic team in 2017. Oddly, Wood's Collin Gillespie (in '17) and Roman's Tony Carr (in '15) had been the 21st guy (top of the third team) on the All-Catholic squad in '16 and '14, respectively. There have been two "Compleeeetely Out of Nowhere Guys" . . . Gratz' Lynard Stewart in '94 and Frankford's Anthony Chennault in '81. Yes, Anthony is the father of recent Neumann-Goretti standout Tony Chennault.

"Out of Nowhere" Daily News All-City Players of the Year
Name School Year Highest Honor in Previous Season
*Seth Lundy Roman 2018 2nd team coaches' All-Catholic (overall)
Collin Gillespie Wood 2017 3rd team coaches' All-Catholic (overall)
*Tony Carr Roman 2015 3rd team coaches' All-Catholic (overall)
Scootie Randall Comm Tech 2008 1st team coaches' All-Public (Division B)
Bradley Wanamaker Roman 2007 2nd team coaches' All-Catholic (Southern Division)
Scott Rodgers Central 2005 2nd team coaches' All-Public (overall)
*Eddie Griffin Roman 1999 3rd team coaches' All-Catholic (Southern Division)
Lynard Stewart Gratz 1994 None
Brian Daly Bonner 1988 1st team coaches' All-Catholic (Southern Division)
Doug Overton Dobbins 1987 2nd team coaches' All-Public (overall)
Anthony Chennault Frankford 1981 None
*junior  

APRIL 9
TEDBIT
  Fresh off being part of a National Champion for the second time in three years, chief Villanova assistant Ashley Howard has been hired as La Salle University's basketball coach for the 2018-19 season. Ashley started his high school days at SJ Prep, alma mater of dad Maurice "Mo" ('72, Maryland, NBA), and switched to  Monsignor Bonner for his final year in '99. He averaged 23.8 points and earned second team All-City honors, then played at Drexel. Since the Big 5 was formed for the 1955-56 season, 17 "Our Guys" -- as in products of Catholic League, Inter-Ac League and Public League schools -- have guided the teams. Fran Dunphy, of course, has coached at 40 percent of the schools (Penn/Temple). Saint Joseph's has been steered by CL products for 52 consecutive seasons, but Temple leads the way in total seasons with 54, thanks to just three guys. Best of luck to Ashley. Also, ex-NBAer Aaron McKie (Gratz) is slated to take over at Temple for the 2019-20 season.

"Our Guys" Coaches for Big 5 Schools, 1956-2018 Seasons
LA SALLE Alma Mater Seasons Total
Bob Walters St. Joseph's Prep 1964-65 2
Joe Heyer La Salle 1966-67 2
Tom Gola La Salle 1969-70 2
Paul Westhead West Cath./Malvern 1971-79 9
Wm. "Speedy" Morris Roman 1987-01 15
  Total     30
PENN Alma Mater Seasons Total
Fran Dunphy Malvern 1990-06 17
Jerome Allen Episcopal 2010-15 6
Steve Donahue O'Hara 2016-18 3
  Total     26
SAINT JOSEPH'S Alma Mater Seasons Total
Jack McKinney St. James 1967-74 8
Harry Booth Neumann 1975-78 4
Jim Lynam West Catholic 1979-81 3
Jim Boyle West Catholic 1982-90 9
John Griffin Roman 1991-95 5
Phil Martelli St. Joseph's Prep 1996-18 23
  Total     52
TEMPLE Alma Mater Seasons Total
Harry Litwack Southern *1956-73 18
John Chaney Ben Franklin 1983-06 24
Fran Dunphy Malvern 2007-18 12
  Total     54
VILLANOVA Alma Mater Seasons Total
Jack Kraft St. Joseph's Prep 1962-73 12
  Total     12
*-first season: 1953      

APRIL 8
TEDBIT
 
"C'mon (insert name here), it's time to step up your game!" Every coach yells that phrase, or something similar, to his players once the postseason arrives. Of course, he's talking about all aspects of the game, but in this item we're focusing on scoring. Averages went up for three guys and down for seven. Roman's Hakim Hart led the way with a jump from 14.5 to 17.9. Doesn't mean he pumped away. Maybe his focus was sharper and he hit a higher percentage. Roman (Catholic, state) and Neumann-Goretti (City Title, state) captured two state championships apiece, so many things came together nicely.

Scoring Averges for Roman/N-G Starters in CL Regular Season/Overall Playoffs
Name School G Pts Avg. G Pts Avg. + / -
Hakim Hart Roman 13 189 14.5 9 161 17.9 +3.4
Ja'cor Smith N-G 13 96 7.4 7 71 10.1 +2.7
Allen Betrand Roman 13 183 14.1 9 138 15.3 +2.2
John Kelly Roman 13 42 3.2 9 22 2.4 -0.8
Noah Warren N-G 13 173 13.3 7 87 12.4 -0.9
Seth Lundy Roman 13 219 16.8 9 140 15.6 -1.2
Dymir Montague N-G 13 190 14.6 7 94 13.4 -1.2
Marcus Littles N-G 13 123 9.5 6 46 7.7 -1.8
Lynn Greer Roman 13 216 16.6 9 132 14.7 -1.9
Chris Ings N-G 11 147 13.4 7 63 9.0 -4.4

APRIL 7
FROGBIT
  Here are the rosters for the All-Star Labor Classic, which will be played at the University of the Sciences, 730 S. 43rd Street, Phila., 19104. Girls game at 1:15. Boys game at 2:45. Doors open at 10. Free admission. Media-Union Alumni game at noon.
  Note: Mark "Frog' Carfagno will handle PA duties for all three games. Have fun, Frog!
  UPDATE: Final scores and individual scoring numbers are below. Thanks to Frog! 

CITY BOYS  93 points

No. First Last High School                      Pts
1 Karee Davis-Combs Jules E. Mastbaum                6
2 Christian Brown Samuel Fels                        11
3 Peter Gard Germantown Friends             3
4 Tom Quarry Father Judge
5 Charles Carlies III Friends Select                     10
10 Noah Lindsey New Foundations
11 Mason Williams Penn Charter                        3
12 Drew Riley Father Judge                         3
13 Allen Betrand Roman Catholic                  11
14 Pietro Berghella Germantown Friends
20 Kyle Thompson St. Joe's Prep                       9
21 Chazz Person Masterman                           5
22 Ed Croswell St. Joe's Prep                     14
23 Korey Stewart Masterman                           3
24 Darius Kinnel St. Joe's Prep                       9
30 John Kelly Roman Catholic                    6
       
Coaches - Sean Tait & Jamie Ross

SUBURBAN BOYS  105 points

 No. First Last High School                     Pts
1 Keyon Butler Archbishop Carroll
2 Kharon Randolph Haverford School                  8
3 Sean Simon La Salle                              21
4 Jack Kusters Lansdale Catholic                  2
5 Justin Anderson Archbishop Carroll                7
10 Ahmir Williams Plymouth-Whitemarsh         14
11 Ahmad Williams Plymouth-Whitemarsh           9
12 Sam Sessoms Shipley School                    16
13 Antwuan Butler Cardinal O'Hara               
14 Andrew Funk Archbishop Wood
20 Yohance Garner Bonner-Prendergast               8
21 Seth Pinkney Archbishop Wood
22 Bob Stratts Haverford High School           2
23 Jake Wilson Bonner-Prendergast
30 Ajiri Johnson Bonner-Prendergast              18
       
Coaches - Jack Concannon & Ron Wilson

CITY GIRLS  47 points

No. First Last High School                   Pts
1 Denijsha Wilson Audenried Charter              4
2 Becca Margolis Council Rock North            2
3 Caela Russell Archbishop Ryan                5
4 Celine Tobin St. Hubert                          2
5 Brit James Abington
10 Samantha Brusha Abington                           11
11 Erin Morgan Archbishop Wood               3
12 Bridget Arcidiacono Archbishop Wood               8
13 Katie May Archbishop Wood               5
14 Nyjah  Moody New Foundations                2
21 Cheryl Remolde St Basil Academy                
22 Juliana Gura St Basil Academy                2
23 Samirra Howard-Williams Audenried Charter
24 Mackenzie Tinner Council Rock North             1
24 Danielle McCurdy Archbishop Ryan                 2
44 Carley Huggard Little Flower
       
Coaches- Jim Dillon & Dennis W. Hill

SUBURBAN GIRLS  72 points

No. First Last High School                         Pts
1 Taylor O'Brien Plymouth-Whitemarsh            11
2 Maura Conroy Gwynedd Mercy Academy       4
3 Catherine Polisano Germantown Academy             4
4 Jennifer Kremp Jenkintown                              6 
5 Mackenzie Gardler Cardinal O'Hara                       6
10 Carly Heineman Gwynedd Mercy Academy 
11 Dana D'Ambrosio Ridley                                     4
12 Emily Monaghan Bonner-Prendergast 
13 Maura Hendrixson Cardinal O'Hara                       7
20 Molly