As provided by
Chuck Langerman, noted South Jersey sports historian
Justin Moore (pictured here) is a 6-1, 160-pound sophomore guard for the undefeated (7-0) Cheltenham High School boys' basketball team. It's always very difficult to predict the manifest destiny of one so young, but Moore appears to be a rising star. In a recent 68-39 victory over Plymouth-Whitemarsh, Justin scored 18 points on 6-for-11 shooting in an impressive all-around performance. He also has great family bloodlines. His father is Malik Moore, a 1996 graduate of Martin Luther King High School who was an All-City first-team selection by "The Philadelphia Daily News." Malik played one season at Temple University before transferring to Division II American International College in Springfield, Massachusetts. At American International, Malik was a three-year starter in the backcourt, finishing his career as the program's all-time leader in steals (191) and was sixth in scoring (1,583 points), assists (377) and made three-point field goals (128). Malik led American International to a NCAA Championship Tournament Berth in 2000 and was named to the school's Athletic Hall of Fame in 2013.
"A HALL OF FAMER"
Pictured here is 1972 Cheltenham High School graduate and Montgomery County coaches Hall of Famer Virginia "Ginny Hofmann. Ginny, who played field hockey and lacrosse at Cheltenham High in addition to being a member of the swim team, is the retired head field hockey and lacrosse coach at Germantown Academy in Fort Washington. Ginny coached field hockey at Germantown Academy for 36 years, winning 363 games and five Inter-Ac League championships. As the head lacrosse coach for 39 years, Ginny won 370 games and seven Inter-Ac titles in addition to producing 16 All-American players. Her record as a two-sport coach, a rarity in today's world, remains unmatched. Ginny remains at Germantown Academy as the Associate Athletic Director/Assistant Admissions Director.
Occasionally a player doesn't receive the recognition he deserves, because he doesn't play for a high-profile team. Such is the case with Audubon High School football player Pat Driscoll (pictured here). The 6-4, 195-pound wide receiver led New Jersey this past season with a state-high 78 receptions. The 78 receptions is the sixth highest single-season total in South Jersey history and breaks the Audubon High record of 71 catches set in 2006 by Chad Holtzapfel. Pat, a three-sport athlete, totaled 706 receiving yards and seven touchdown receptions this past season.
"ALL IN THE FAMILY"
December 6, 1986 was "Championship Saturday" for scholastic football in the Philadelphia area. It turned out to be a very special day for the McAneney family. In Toms River, New Jersey, Pennsauken High, coached by the late former LaSalle High School graduate Vince McAneney (pictured here), handled Toms River South, 29-6, to capture the South Jersey Group 4 championship. Future Temple University running back Scott McNair rushed for 123 yards and three touchdowns for Pennsauken which finished as the Number-one ranked team in South Jersey. On that same day over at the Pennsauken High football field, Bishop Eustace defeated St. Joseph Hammonton, 7-0, for the South Jersey Parochial B crown. The Bishop Eustace defense was spearheaded by linebacker Tim McAneney, the son of Pennsauken High coach Vince McAneney. Finally, on that same Saturday, Frankford High spotted Bartram a 6-0 lead before routing the Braves, 42-6, for the Public League Championship at Northeast High. Kevin McCoy rushed for 106 yards and two touchdowns and added a third score on an 85-yard interception return. The Pioneers limited Bartram to 40 yards total offense. Frankford was coached by John McAneney, the brother of Vince and the uncle of Tim. Quite a day for the McAneney family!!!
To say the 2019 Camden Woodrow Wilson High School football team had a potent offense is a huge understatement. The South Jersey Group 3 sectional champs scored a school-record 520 points, featuring a 3,000-yard passer, two 1,000-yard receivers, and a 1,000-yard rusher. Quarterback Devin Kargman was 256-for-372, good for 3,757 yards and 44 touchdowns. The 44 touchdowns is second in state history to Timber Creek's Devin Leary's 48 passing TDs in 2016, and the 3,757 yards is second in state history only to Devin's big brother Nick Kargman who threw for 3,963 yards last season. Nick is now a redshirt freshman at Western Michigan University. The best thing about Devin Kargman is that he's only a sophomore. Fadil Diggs, (pictured here) a 6-5, 245-pound defensive end and wide receiver recorded 1,031 receiving yards in 2019. "Big Frank" was named the 2019-2020 New Jersey Gatorade Player of the Year. The award, which recognizes not only outstanding athletic excellence, but also high standards of academic achievement and exemplary character demonstrated on and off the field, distinguishes Diggs as New Jersey's best high school football player. He has committed to continue his academic and athletic career at Texas A&M University in College Station, Texas. Woodrow Wilson's other wide receiver Malik Harvey, a Northern Illinois University commit, netted 1,083 yards receiving and snared 18 touchdown passes. Temple-bound running back Muheem McCargo carried the ball 162 times for 1,106 yards and 14 touchdowns. He's the best running back at the East Camden school since 1979 when future Heisman Trophy winner Mike Rozier carried the pigskin for the Tigers. As the late West Catholic, Cherry Hill West, and Pennsauken High football coach Vince McAneney used to say, "Rozier is the best back this side of the Delaware River!" Woodrow Wilson, (10-2) this past season, is only the third team in South Jersey history to feature a 3,000-yard passer, two 1,000-yard receivers, and a 1,000-yard rusher. The two other South Jersey teams to accomplish this were the 2015 Palmyra High team and the 1999 Holy Cross football team.
Pictured here is the state-famous "Cherokee Bowl" football stadium where the Cherokee High School football Chiefs from Marlton, New Jersey play their home games. It's a beautiful field set down in a valley with excellent sight lines. Over the years it has been a friendly home to the Cherokee football team. The Chiefs have made 28 playoff appearances, 15 appearances in the state final, and have won 10 state titles. This season the Chiefs went only (6-6), but still won a state championship, the Central Jersey Group 5 state title, with a 35-18 victory over Kingsway in the final. But this year, the "Cherokee Bowl" was not a home-field advantage for the Chiefs. They became the first team in state history to lose all of their regular-season home games and win a state title. They were (0-4) at home during the regular season for the first time in school history.
Pictured here is former Camden Woodrow Wilson High School star quarterback and current redshirt freshman at Western Michigan University Nick Kargman. In 2018, Nick completed 259-passes-out-of 444 attempts (58.3 %) for a state-record 3,963 yards and 41 touchdowns. In the 2018 South Jersey Group 3 final, Woodrow Wilson defeated Burlington Township, 22-14, to capture their second state championship in football. Fast forward one year. Nick's younger brother, Devin Kargman, a sophomore quarterback at Woodrow Wilson has completed 220 passes-out-of-321 attempts (68.5 %) for 3,304 yards and 38 touchdowns which are both New Jersey sophomore passing records. In the South Jersey Group 3 title game, Devin threw four touchdowns in Woodrow Wilson's 54-30 victory over Somerville High. It is the first time in the Philadelphia area that two brothers have thrown for 3,000 yards in consecutive years and have led their respective teams to state championships. Also, it is believed to be first time that it has happened in the USA. Even the Manning brothers, Peyton and Eli, didn't accomplish it at the Isidore Newman School in New Orleans, Louisiana. . . . Have a Nice Thanksgiving,
This coming basketball season for the Cheltenham High School Panthers (pictured here) is the most anticipated hoops season in 50 years since 1969 when All-Stater Craig Littlepage captained the Panthers. Last season the Panthers were a respectable 17-9 and finished second in the Suburban One National Division to league champion Abington High. This season, for the first time since the inception of the Cheltenham boys' basketball program in 1906, the Panthers have two seniors who have both earned full athletic scholarships to play at NCAA Division I basketball universities. The Chelts are paced by 6-1 point guard Zahree Harrison who has verbally committed to continue his academic and athletic career at St. Francis University in Loretto, Pennsylvania. Zahree, who played for a state champ at Archbishop Wood as a freshman, averaged 17 points, six assists, and four rebounds a game last season. The other Division I recruit is 6-4, 170-pound two-guard Jaelen McGlone. He has committed to play next season at Rider University in Lawrenceville, New Jersey. Jaelen has explosive athleticism, and he's also a good shooter and a quick reactor on the defensive end. The Panthers are coached by Pede Fleury, a 2005 graduate of Cheltenham. They should be among the best teams in District I this season along with Norristown, Coatesville, and Methacton. Cheltenham opens up on Friday, December 6 in their Panthers Tip Off classic against Frankford High.
"The Triple Crown" in Major League Baseball is leading the league in batting average, home runs, and runs batted in. In Philadelphia-area (southeastern Pennsylvania and South Jersey) high school football receiving, "The Triple Crown" is leading the area in receptions, receiving yards, and touchdown receptions. Dapree Bryant (pictured here), a Villanova commit, is a 5-9, 180-pound senior wide receiver at Coatesville High School. For his four-year career at Coatesville, Dapree has 189 receptions for 3,501 yards and 53 touchdown receptions. Earlier in the season, he broke the Philadelphia-area record of 43 career receiving touchdowns, set by former Upper Merion High and University of Nebraska flanker Bobby "Mr. Cling" Thomas from 1970 -1972. Dapree has also broken the Philadelphia-area career record for receiving yards of 3,270 yards, set by Upper Perkiomen's Justin Jaworski from 2014-2016. All that remains to achieve "The Triple Crown" is the area receptions record. He needs just three receptions this Friday night when Coatesville meets Garnet Valley in a District I 6A semifinal game to break the Philadelphia-area receptions record of 191 catches, set by Justin Jaworski from 2014-2016. Justin Jaworksi is now a junior at Lafayette College where he's a starting guard on the school basketball team.
Pictured here is St. Joseph Hammonton High School football star Jada Beyers. The 5-8, 165-pound senior slotback has some staggering career numbers. Jada has rushed for 4,613 yards, scored 92 touchdowns, and tallied 584 points. He also has a great pair of hands, catching 64 passes for 1,086 yards. He still has two or three games remaining in his career. Unfortunately, his amazing numbers have not equated to many college football scholarships. To date, the two-time All-State performer has three offers, from Sacred Heart College in Fairfield, Connecticut, Judson College in Marion, Alabama, and the University of Massachusetts.
NFL quarterback greats Joe Montana (Ringgold), Matt Ryan (Penn Charter), Joe Namath (Beaver Falls), Johnny Unitas (St. Justin's Pittsburgh), Dan Marino (Central Catholic Pittsburgh), Jim Kelly (East Brady), Rich Gannon (St. Joseph's Prep), and George Blanda (Youngwood) all played their high school football careers in the state of Pennsylvania. Senior Coatesville High School quarterback Ricky Ortega (pictured here) has an opportunity Friday night, November 8th, to accomplish something that none of the aforementioned quarterbacks or for that matter no prep quarterback in Pennsylvania has ever done. Simply put, on Friday, when Coatesville travels to War Memorial Field in Doylestown to meet Central Bucks West in a District I 6A quarterfinal playoff game,, Ortega needs 222 yards passing to become the first schoolboy quarterback in Pennsylvania history to throw for 2,000 yards in all four years of high school. The Villanova University-commit threw for 2,237 yards as a freshman, 3,270 yards as a sophomore, 2,261 yards as a junior and 1,778 yards so far this season. Ricky also needs 127 yards Friday to break the Philadelphia-area (southeastern, Pa. and South Jersey) career passing yardage record of 9,672 yards which was set by former Timber Creek (NJ) and current North Carolina State University starter Devin Leary from 2014-2017. In his career, Ortega has thrown for 121 touchdowns which ranks third all-time in the state. He has an outside chance of breaking the state record of 137 touchdowns, set by Port Allegany High's Matt Bodamer from 2009-2012. Obviously for that to happen, Coatesville has to keep on winning.
Pictured (here) is quarterback Mateo Desosa of Harrison High School in northern New Jersey who had a career-game in a 46-35 victory over Secaucus High on Friday, October 4. Desosa was 18-for-32 passing for 447 yards and four touchdown passes, and he rushed 11 times for 174 yards and three touchdowns. All told, he was responsible for 621 yards of total offense and seven touchdowns. Believe it or not, the 621 yards of total offense is only third-best all-time in the state of New Jersey. The state record is 635 yards of total offense set by quarterback Ashante Worthy of Freehold Boro on November 11, 2017 against Nottingham High School. Ashante had 216 yards passing and 419 yards rushing for his 635 yards against Nottingham. Also, on September 15, 2017, Ashante had 624 yards of total offense against Howell High with 286 yards passing and 338 rushing. Ashante Worthy is the only quarterback in state history to throw for over 2,000 yards and rush for over 2,000 yards in the same season.
Pictured here is Ryan D'Imperio being inducted into the Washington Township High School Athletic Hall of Fame in 2014. Ryan, a 2006 graduate of Washington Township, is one of two former Township football players to play in the NFL. The other is 1993 Washington Township graduate Antony Jordan. Ryan D'Imperio, a linebacker/fullback at Washington Township, was a two-time All-South Jersey pick and was named All-State his senior season. At Rutgers University, Ryan made 28 starts at linebacker. During his junior season (2008), he was second-team All-Big East, and the Scarlet Knights' Defensive MVP, compiling 93 tackles, 12.5 tackles for loss, and 5.5 sacks. D'Imperio was selected in the seventh round of the 2010 NFL Draft by the Minnesota Vikings. He played parts of two seasons as a fullback and special teamer with the Vikings and attended camps with the Kansas City Chiefs, Miami Dolphins, and New York Giants in 2013. Antony Jordan was an All-State selection on the gridiron in both his junior and senior seasons at Washington Township. Antony went on to a four-year football career at Vanderbilt University, starting for three seasons at outside linebacker and earning two All-Southeastern Conference selections. Jordan was a fifth-round draft pick of the Indianapolis Colts in 1998. He played four seasons (34 games) in the NFL, occupying roster spots for the Colts, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and the Atlanta Falcons.
On Friday night, the Cheltenham High School football team registered a 28-24 come-from-behind victory over previously undefeated Plymouth Whitemarsh High School before an animated homecoming crowd in Wyncote. Quarterback Adonis Hunter rushed for two touchdowns and threw a 47-yard touchdown pass to Sam Sykes in the fourth quarter that proved to be the game winner. Wide receiver/defensive back Nate Edwards scored the other touchdown with an 83-yard kickoff return in the second quarter. In the end, it was the Cheltenham defense rising to the occasion, standing up the Colonials at the goal line on a 4th and goal with 6.6 seconds remaining in the game. The Panthers are now (6-1) and in first-place in the Suburban One League American Conference. The Cheltenham--Plymouth Whitemarsh football rivalry began in 1958, and over the years Plymouth Whitemarsh has dominated the gridiron series, winning 42-out-of-56 or exactly 75 % of the games. In fact, the Colonials posted 18 straight victories over the Panthers from 1983 to 1999, including a 16-0 PIAA playoff victory in 1995. Yet, third-year head coach Ryan Nase (pictured here), a 2002 graduate of Father Judge High School has a "perfect record" against the Colonials, scoring victories over PW in 2017, 2018, and 2019. The first and only other time Cheltenham has beaten PW in three consecutive years was in 1980, 1981, and 1982 when Ted Weinstein was the coach and Gregg Caplan, the school's all-time leading passer, was the quarterback.
Pictured here is middle linebacker Andrew Bartlett of Pinelands Regional High School in Tuckerton, New Jersey. Last Saturday, Andrew had a South Jersey-record five interceptions in a 14-13 loss to Keyport High School. He returned one of the interceptions 50 yards for a touchdown. The Philadelphia area (southeastern Pennsylvania and South Jersey) record for interceptions in a game is six, established by Bill Cubit of now defunct Sharon Hill High School in 1970. Cubit is now an assistant football coach at his alma mater, the University of Delaware. The Pennsylvania and national record for interceptions in a game according to the "National Federation of State High Schools Record Book" is seven by Jack Roberts of Bethel Park High School in 1942.
Camden Woodrow Wilson High School sophomore quarterback Devin Kargman (pictured here) has taken over where his record-breaking older brother Nick Kargman left off. Devin was 37-for-54 passing for 443 yards and four touchdowns in a 48-38 wild victory over North Jersey non-public power Delbarton on Saturday. The 37 completions tied the New Jersey state record set in 2002 by former Audubon High and current Denver Broncos quarterback Joe Flacco. The 54 attempts broke big brother Nick's Woodrow Wilson school record of 51 set last season, and earned Devin a share of second-place on the all-time South Jersey list. Joe Flacco holds the South Jersey record of 55 set in a 2002 loss to West Deptford. Devin's 443 yards passing is tied for eighth-highest in Southern New Jersey history with Eastern Regional's Tom Flacco. The South Jersey and state record is 539 yards by Nick Kargman last season. Nick Kargman is now playing quarterback at Western Michigan University.
Pictured here is Cory Booker, a 1987 graduate of Northern Valley Regional High School at Old Tappan in Bergen County, New Jersey. Cory, currently the junior Democratic United States Senator from New Jersey, is not your typical candidate for President of the United States. Cory, a tight end/defensive back was not just an All-League, All-Northern Jersey, and All-State football player. In fact, he was a member of the first-team "USA Today" All-USA 1986 high school football team. Joining him in the defensive secondary on the All-USA team was Louis Riddick from Pennridge High School in Bucks County. Riddick is now an on-air talent for ESPN after a seven-year career in the NFL. On the offense, the 1986 "USA Today" first-team featured running backs Emmitt Smith from Escambia High in Pensacola, Florida and Ricky Watters from Bishop McDevitt High in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. Cory matriculated at Stanford University where he played tight end, made the All-Pacific-10 Academic team, and was elected senior class president. Cory won a Rhodes Scholarship and studied abroad at the University of Oxford before attending Yale Law School.
On Saturday in the fourth quarter of Camden High's 42-41 wild victory over Cedar Creek, Malachi Melton (pictured here) of Cedar Creek, a University of Purdue commit, caught four touchdown receptions in the fourth quarter of the game to tie the state record for TD receiving receptions in a quarter. He equaled the mark of Pemberton High's Corey Reeder who caught four touchdown receptions in the second quarter of a 40-0 win over Burlington Township in 2009. Reeder went on to Villanova University where he played defensive back. At the time, Reeder's performance was tied with the national record for TD receptions in a quarter before Daijuan Stewart of West St. Mary High in California caught five touchdown passes in the first quarter of a game in 2011 to establish a new national standard.
Former Cheltenham High School and University of Maryland basketball star Laura Harper (pictured here) has been appointed the next Head Coach of the Monteverde Academy women's basketball program in Monteverde, Florida. Laura is the daughter of Haviland "Biff" Harper, the former Central High boys' basketball coach and chairman of the school's math department. Haviland, a 6-7 forward at both Central High and George Washington University racked up 17 double-doubles in his career at GW from 1972 to 1976, scoring 1,050 points and grabbing 547 rebounds. His daughter Laura is the all-time leading scorer, boys or girls in Cheltenham High history with 2,009 career points. At Cheltenham, Laura was All-Area, All-State, and an All-American selection. She matriculated at the University of Maryland where she led the Terrapins to the 2006 NCAA Women's Division I Basketball championship with a 78-75 victory over Duke. She was named MVP of the Final Four. After graduating Maryland, Laura went on to play professionally in the WNBA and overseas. Following her pro career, Coach Harper embarked on a successful coaching career where she served as an assistant coach at Loyola University of Maryland, High Point University, George Washington University, and most recently the University of Florida. Monteverde Academy is an international independent college prep school for grades Pre-K3 through post-graduate studies. Their high school boys' basketball program is always among the best in the USA. In fact, their two most famous basketball alumni are current Philadelphia 76ers Ben Simmons and Joel Embiid.
Miller Bugliari (pictured here), the 84-year old boys' soccer coach at the Pingry School in Martinsville, New Jersey, has just started his 60th season at the helm. Miller, a 1952 graduate of Pingry, took over the program in 1960. In that time, he has won five state titles, 25 Somerset County Tournament championships, and is a seven-time winner of New Jersey Coach of the Year. His career record entering season No. 60 is 860-12-75. He's the all-time winningest boys' soccer coach in state history. Thousands of players---including high school All-Americans, Division I stars and future professionals---have come through Miller Bugliari's program over the last six decades. In fact, his grandson, Will Bugliari, who committed to Colgate over the summer, is playing for his grandfather one last time this fall.
Forty-seven years ago on Friday, February 18,1972, Plymouth-Whitemarsh High School edged Springfield (Montco), 65-63, in "eight overtimes" (boxscore here) to win the Suburban One boys' basketball championship in a game played at Abington High School. The eight overtimes is still a Pennsylvania schoolboy record. The national record is "13 overtimes" in a 1964 game played between North Carolina high schools, Angier and Marner's Boone.
Eastern Regional football players Mike Suarez and Jordan Diaz (pictured here) have been selected to the West Jersey Football League Royal Division Preseason Golden 11 by the 2019 "South Jersey High School Football Preview Magazine." Suarez, a 5-11, 190-pound running back/defensive back, rushed for 762 yards and 8 TDs last season. He was a second-team all-Royal selection on offense. Diaz, a 5-8, 165-pound junior wide receiver, had 32 receptions for 275 yards. He was a second-team all-Royal choice. The 28th annual "South Jersey High School Football Preview Magazine" will be out on the Wawa newsstands shortly.
As a high school field hockey player, 2010 Eastern Regional High School graduate Kelsey Mitchell (click here) was named the New Jersey Player of the Year in 2009by the "Newark Star-Ledger". A two-time first team all-state selection, Mitchell scored 69 times as a senior to tie the state record for goals in a season. She finished her career with 171 goals, a then state-record, and was part of four state Group IV championship teams. She played collegiately at the University of Iowa, and is now entering her third year as the head coach of the Ocean City High School field hockey team. Kelsey, a Business Teacher at Ocean City, has a two-year record of 33-12-1 with a 5-2 mark in NJSIAA tournament games.
As an Eastern Regional sophomore kicker in 2013, Todd Spirt (click here) established school records with 52 PATs and 70 kicking points. After his junior season, Spirt's family moved to Dresher, Pennsylvania, and Todd enrolled at Upper Dublin High School in Fort Washington. At Upper Dublin, he helped the Cardinals win the PIAA District 1 4A title in 2015 with a 46-21 victory over perennial southeastern football power North Penn. Todd matriculated atMuhlenberg College in Allentown where he enters his senior season having already set school records for points by a freshman kicker in a season (77 points), points by a kicker in a game (18 points-tied), and PATs made in a season (53 points). For the 2019 season, with Todd Spirt handling the kicking chores, and former Penn Charter quarterback Michael Hnatkowsky running the offense, the Mules are ranked preseason No. 14 nationally in Division III by "Street & Smith's" and 8th by "Lindy's."
Pictured here is 1976 Marlboro High School (New Jersey) graduate and CBS broadcaster Jim Nantz. Nantz is one of the most recognizable voices in sports as CBS' top NFL play-by-play announcer who also calls the NCAA basketball tournament and the Masters Golf Tournament. Jim grew up in the Colts Neck section of Monmouth County, spending hours playing basketball and golf which were his two favorite sports. At Marlboro High School, he captained both the basketball and golf teams. Upon graduating Marlboro in 1976, Jim matriculated at the University of Houston where he made the golf team as a walk-on. His roommate at the University of Houston was a golfer from Seattle, Washington named Fred Couples. Nantz, the aspiring broadcaster, and Couples, who dreamed of someday competing on the professional golf tour, used to practice in their dorm room the crowning of the Masters Golf Tournament champion which is known as the "green jacket presentation ceremony." Fast forward 15 years. On April 12, 1992, Fred Couples won the Masters at Augusta, Georgia, his first and only major golf championship title, shooting 13-under par, two strokes ahead of 1976 champion Raymond Floyd. A surreal scene made for Hollywood took place in the historical Butler Cabin after the completion of the Masters. Jim Nantz interviewed his good friend and former college roommate Fred Couples just the way they practiced and perfected it 15 years ago in the University of Houston dormitory. After Couples tried on the Masters green jacket, Nantz commented, "It's a perfect fit, Fred!"
Nine years ago in 2010, the Neumann-Goretti boys' basketball team edged Chartiers Valley High School, 65-63, in the 3A championship game held at the Bryce Jordan Center in State College. Carl Arrigale's Saints got double-doubles from Tony Chennault (18 points, 12 rebounds) and Danny Stewart (17 points, 12 rebounds). Guard T.J. McConnell had 32 points and 12 rebounds for Chartiers Valley High who was coached by his father, Tim McConnell. FAST FORWARD NINE YEARS. T.J. McConnell is now playing for the Philadelphia 76ers, and his father Tim has Chartiers Valley back in the title game, BUT this time around he is coaching the girls not the boys. After accumulating 552 victories (22 wins a year) as the boys' coach, Tim McConnell (pictured here) started coaching the girls this season, and they are undefeated at (29-0). On Saturday at Hershey, his Chartiers Valley girls will play Archbishop Carroll, at the Giant Center in Hershey for the girls' PIAA Class 5A title.
Pictured here with his prize pupil Kyrie Irving is New Jersey high school basketball coaching legend Sandy Pyonin. Sandy is probably the most accomplished basketball coach in New Jersey that you may never have heard of. If he looks familiar, you probably have seen him coaching his AAU team, The Roadrunners, at the Albert C. Donofrio Tournament in Conshohocken. A longtime teacher and coach, Sandy Pyonin is a renowned basketball guru who has touched the lives of countless New Jersey athletes over the course of his almost 50-year coaching career at Golda Academy, a private Jewish day high school in West Orange, New Jersey. At Golda Academy (formerly known as Solomon Schechter Day School), Sandy has won 837 games, making him the fourth winningest coach in state high school history. His high school team Golda Academy does not receive much publicity, because they are not an NJSIAA school, but his AAU team, The Roadrunners, is known nationwide, especially to college coaches. Sandy has coached the New Jersey Roadrunners for over 40 years. They are a traveling squad made up of top high school players from around the Garden State. His AAU teams have won three national championships and 70 state titles, while sending more than 300 players to Division I college basketball programs. Sandy has personally trained more than 30 players who have gone on to professional careers in the NBA. Some of his former students, who have reached the NBA, include: Kyrie Irving, Alaa Abdelnaby, Edgar Jones, Randy Foye, Al Harrington, Earl Clark, Alex Bradley, Mike Brown, Rafael Addison, Terry Dehere, Derrick Alston, Chris Gatling, Bobby Hurley, Jr., Tim Perry, David Rivers, Luther Wright, and Jay Williams just to name a few.
Occasionally a high school player basketball player will commit to a college after his freshman year, but it is very rare. Even rarer is a player who verbally commits to a college after his ninth-grade year when he didn't even play on his high school hoops team. Such is the case with South Philadelphia playground legend amd Miami Heat shooting guard Dion Waiters. As a freshman, Waiters attended Bartram High School and South Philadelphia High School, but did not play basketball at either school. Waiters committed to Syracuse University during the summer after his freshman year despite not having played a minute of high school ball. For his sophomore season, Waiters played at the South Kent School, a private boarding school for boys in Connecticut which lists Denver Nuggets guard Isaiah Thomas as one of its alumni. Dion then transferred to Life Center Academy in Burlington City, New Jersey where he played his junior and senior seasons. At Life Center, he played in 24 career games, averaging 20.2ppg. For those who didn't get to see Dion play in high school, here is a highlight video during his senior campaign at Life Center Academy.
Pictured here is former Frankford High School and St. Joseph's University basketball star Carlin Warley. Carlin is the only known former City Leagues player to score over 1,000 points at two different high schools. According to TedSilary.com, Carlin scored 1,071 points at Frankford High School and 1,287 points at Phil-Mont Christian High School for a total of 2,358 points. Warley is in excellent company. Only one player in the rich history of New Jersey basketball has scored 1,000 points at two different schools. That would be former NBA Rookie of the Year and six-time NBA All-Star Kyrie Irving. Kyrie totaled 2,080 career points, scoring over 1,000 points at both Montclair Kimberley High and Elizabeth St. Patrick's.
Pictured here on the left is 1955 Cheltenham High School graduate Nate Dickerson after he became the first and only Cheltenham High baseball player to sign a contract with the hometown Philadelphia Phillies. On the right is Phillies ace scout John "Jocko" Collins who tracked down Dickerson and signed him at a Cheltenham High graduation party at 1 o'clock in the morning. Collins is known for finding and signing, among many others, pitcher Dallas Green, who managed the Phillies to the 1980 World Series championship. Believe it or not, Collins, who graduated from St. Joseph's Prep in 1927 where he captained the baseball and basketball teams, coached basketball at North Catholic, Salesianum, St. Thomas More, and the Prep. At Cheltenham, Dickerson was a four-star athlete, competing in football, basketball, baseball, and track and field. He played five years in the Philadelphia Phillies Minor League system from 1955-1959. Despite hitting 75 homers and batting .313, the 6-foot-3, 215-pound first baseman never made it up to the Major Leagues.
UPDATE from Ted Silary . . .
It was long believed that Charles/Chuck/Charley Randall, a product of Glassboro High, in South Jersey, was the first black to play in the Phillies farm system. He made his debut on June 21, 1955, as Bradford (Pa.) beat Olean (N.Y.), 12-10, in the PONY League. He went 3-for-4 (all singles) with one RBI on a bases-loaded walk. He batted 7th and played LF. The story in the Elmira (N.Y.) Advertiser said Randall was the first Negro to play for Bradford, which had been part of the PONY league since 1939. . . . Now for Nate Dickerson. He made his debut one day earlier! On June 20, 1955, Pulaski (Va.) beat Bristol (Tenn.), 9-4, in the first game of an Appalachian League doubleheader. Nate went 1-for-2 with no RBI. he batted 6th and played 1B. A full boxscore was published for that first game in the Kingsport (Tenn.) Times, but for for the second game. There was no mention of Nate in the recap . . . Ted Washington, a product of Camden (N.J.) High, had been the first black player to sign with the Phillies. That happened on Sept. 17, 1952, and the team's intention, according to stories, was to have him play in 1953 for the Phillies' farm team in Granby, Quebec, Canada, in the Provincial League. Also according to reports, he soon thereafter entered the Army. There is no evidence that Washington ever played in the minors. Before signing with the Phillies, he'd played with the Philadelphia Stars of the Negro League.
Former Cheltenham High School and University of Pennsylvania basketball star Craig Littlepage (pictured here) has recently retired after serving 16 years as the University of Virginia's athletic director. Craig, the most accomplished boys' basketball player in Cheltenham High hoop history, stepped down as athletic director and transitioned into a role in the university president's office. His official title now is Special Adviser to the President of the University of Virginia and Director of Athletics Emeritus. Craig was the first African-American athletic director in Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) history, and under his tenure Virginia won 13 national championships and 76 ACC titles, the latter leading the conference. At Cheltenham, "Page" was the first boy or girl basketball player to score over 1,000 career points. During his junior year, he led the Panthers to a 26-0 record, before losing to Laurel Highlands, 63-56, in overtime in the Class 4A title game before 13,000 fans at the Pittsburgh Civic Center. Craig earned his bachelor of science degree in economics from the Wharton School of business and Finance at the University of Pennsylvania in 1973.
Last night, Moorestown High School upended Wall Township High, 64-44, in a NJSIAA Group 3 state semifinal and advanced to Sunday's state championship game at Rutgers. The last time that Moorestown won a state semifinal and made it to the NJSIAA state final was 58 years ago in 1961. That season, Moorestown coached by the late, legendary Pete Monska (pictured here), defeated Lakewood, 68-55, in a NJSIAA Group II semifinal at the now defunct Camden Convention Hall before an estimated 3,000 fans. Ben Still led the Quakers with 27 points against Lakewood. In the state final in 1961, Moorestown lost to powerful Roselle High School, 86-64. Moorestown head coach Pete Monska was a Philadelphia native and a 1944 graduate of Northeast High School, where he gained fame as the goalie of the first city high school soccer team to go undefeated. From 1958-1961, Monska was the one most responsible for making Moorestown the center of the south Jersey basketball universe during the glory days of hoops in South Jersey. From 1958 to 1961, he coached Moorestown to four straight state finals, winning state Group 3 titles in 1958 and 1959. From 1958 to 1960, the Quakers won 51 straight games under Monska. In those golden years of Moorestown hoops, the Quakers 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 game against Hamilton High School.
On Tuesday, Camden Catholic defeated Paul VI, 40-34, to win the South Jersey Non-Public A championship for the second year in a row. All told, the Crawfords -- Jim, Matt, and Kevin -- (pictured here) have now combined for 11 South Jersey sectional titles. Father Jim Crawford won seven at Camden Catholic, while Matt has two at Camden Catholic and current Eastern head coach Kevin Crawford won two while at Pitman High School. Jim's father, also Jim Crawford, was also a basketball coach, coaching for 40 years at Christ the King grammar school in Haddonfield. Jim played for him before matriculating at Bishop Eustace in 1965.
Pictured here on the far right with Philadelphia Phillies team president Andy MacPhail and general manager Matt Klentak is 1973 Haverford School graduate John S. Middleton, the managing partner and principal owner of the Philadelphia Phillies. John Middleton is in the Haverford School Athletic Hall of Fame for good reason. He earned seven varsity letters at Haverford. Two were in football as an offensive lineman, for which he received All Inter-Ac Honorable Mention in 1972. Four of his varsity letters were in wrestling, in which he was team captain in 1973 of the National Prep School champions, posted an overall record of 89-9, was in the 200 Point Club (253 points), was Episcopal Invitational Wrestling Tournament champion in 1970, placed second at National Preps in 1971, 1972, and 1973 and was PAPSIT Most Valuable Wrestler in 1977. He also received a varsity letter in lacrosse at midfield. John matriculated at Amherst College where he received four varsity letters in wrestling. In 1977, he was team captain and was named the team's Most Valuable Wrestler. He graduated magna cum laude from Amherst College in 1977 with a bachelor's degree in economics and then attended Harvard Business School, graduating in 1979 with an MBA.
Pictured here is 1972 Overbrook High School (Philadelphia) graduate Darrell White, the head girls' coach at Westampton Tech in Burlington County. For the first time in school history, they will be playing in a basketball sectional final when they travel to play host Colts Neck High School in the Central Jersey Group 3 championship tonight at 5:30 PM.
**Colts Neck was the No. 1 seed. Westampton pulled off the upset, by 55-44.**
Pictured here with head coach Rob Sweeney is Camden Tech's Damon Jones who scored 60 points Tuesday night and reached the 1,000-point career plateau in Tech's 100-93 victory over Camden Academy Charter. Damon netted 10 three-pointers and had 28 points in the first quarter. He was two shy of the school record of 62 set by Kenny Layne on January 30, 1992. That same night, Jay White of sister school Pennsauken Tech went for a school-record 53 points in a 106-75 triumph over Clayton High. Amazingly, two players from the same school district combined for 113 points on the same night.
Right below is the bio of Barry Jackson, the current coach of Eastern Regional's champion, record-breaking girls' shuttle hurdles relay team, when he was inducted into the South Jersey Wrestling Hall of Fame in 2005. Barry has been a very successful girls' and boys' track coach at several schools. He also played football at Franklin Township High School where he competed against future NFL stars Joe Theismann and Drew Pearson who both played at South River High School.
Barry W. Jackson (Class
New Jersey Wrestling Officials Association
A 1968 graduate of Franklin Township High School in Somerset County where he was a three-year participant in football, wrestling and track, Jackson was a district champion and regional place winner as a senior before going on to Montclair State University. While in college Jackson assisted a year at Barringer High School in Newark and then the 1973 Montclair State graduate was an assistant at Franklin from 1972-78. Jackson was an assistant at Willingboro 1978-83, an assistant at Scotch Plains-Fanwood a year and then was head coach at Edgewood 1986-91 where he compiled a 62-38-1 record. Jackson had several district champions and regional place winners and coached Damien Baylock to fourth in the state at 189 pounds (a year later, as Damien Covington, he won the state title while competing for Overbrook). Jackson, a former Coach of the Year recipient, also officiated at the varsity level over 20 years at the district, regional and state level. He was a recipient of the SJWCOA Outstanding Official Award in 1992 and received a state officialís award for contributions to wrestling in 1996. He also has officiated on the international level (Freestyle and Greco-Roman) for 18 years and became a pro Freestyle wrestling official. At the time of his induction he was still teaching at Winslow Township High School in Camden County where he also was a very successful girlsí track coach.
Pictured here is Mainland Regional High School swimmer Destin Lasco. Destin is one of the most accomplished high school athletes in New Jersey that you probably have never heard of unless you follow scholastic swimming. Lasco, only a junior, is a two-time "Newark Star-Ledger" Swimmer of the Year. Even though his high school career is only a little more than half over, Destin, in my opinion, is the greatest male high school swimmer in state history. Lasco is one of the top athletes in New Jersey history regardless of sport. He's now arguably the top high school swimmer in the USA. Yes, a swimming phenom in cold, windy, and snowy New Jersey. He led Mainland High to state titles as a freshman and sophomore. Earlier this month, Lasco won the 100-meter backstroke at the Junior Pan Pacific Swimming Championships in Fiji. Lasco, 17, broke the National Interscholastic Swimming Coaches Association (NISCA) public school 200-meter freestyle record in 1 minute, 51.15 seconds. The resident of Linwood, New Jersey now owns five of the eight (NISCA) individual public-school meters records, plus all three relays. He's even shattered some of the youth age records of Michael Phelps, the most decorated Olympian of all-time. Destin committed last week to the University of California and plans to major in business or biology.
Pictured here is 6-5, 321-pound Los Angeles Rams reserve offensive lineman Jamil Demby. Jamil stands alone as the only Philadelphia area (southeastern Pennsylvania and South Jersey) product in this season's Super Bowl match-up of the Rams vs. the New England Patriots. Demby, a 2014 graduate of Vineland High School in Cumberland County, New Jersey, started playing football at the age of seven in the Vineland Midget football League. Jamil starred at the University of Maine and was selected in Round 6, Pick 18 (no. 192 overall) in the 2018 NFL Draft.
Today there are a lot of high school boys' basketball games scheduled in the Philadelphia area and on the cable channel ESPNU, but more importantly January 21, 2019 is the 33rd anniversary of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day which was observed for the first time on Monday, January 20, 1986. Fifty-five years ago on April 15, 1964, civil rights leader Dr. King (pictured here), who had just appeared that January on the cover of "Time" magazine visited Cheltenham High School. As part of the Cheltenham Township Adult School's "Five Star Forum," Dr. King spoke about race relations to a sold out standing-room-only crowd in the Cheltenham High auditorium. The speech was very moving, inspirational, and similar to his "I Have A Dream" epic speech. Dr. King was paid $1,000 plus transportation costs for the speech according to the contract (pictured here) between him and the Cheltenham Township Adult School.
Former Rancocas Valley football coach Bill Gordon started coaching at R.V. in Mount Holly in 1953 and became one of the most successful football coaches in South Jersey history, guiding the Red Devils to seven championships and two unbeaten seasons. Gordon compiled a 151-105-16 record over a 30-year career as coach of the Red Devils when he retired in 1982. Coach Gordon had many star players including Irving Fryar, Ron Gassert, Al Harris, and Franco Harris, all of whom played in the NFL. Franco Harris, in my opinion, is the most accomplished former New Jersey high school football player in state history with four Super Bowl rings. Before coaching at Rancocas Valley, Bill Gordon was the head coach at Manasquan High School, located in Monmouth County at the Central Jersey shore. At Manasquan, Gordon recruited a former freshmen football player named Jack Nicholson (Manasquan High "Class of 1954") to be his student manager. Nicholson, a self-described "class clown," was also the student manager for the basketball team until he got himself in trouble. Nicholson avenged the beating of a basketball teammate by sneaking into the opponent's locker room and attacking it with a Louisville slugger. He was banned from Manasquan sports after that incident, and began to get involved with the school's plays and musicals. Had Nicholson (pictured here at a Lakers' game) been less adroit at breaking and entering that day, we may never had known one of the most remarkable acting talents this country has ever produced.
Pictured here is former high school basketball star Keith Kirkwood, a 2013 graduate of Neptune High School in the central shore area of New Jersey. During his junior season, Kirkwood , a future nominee for the 2013 McDonald's All-America Boys High School Basketball Team, led Neptune's basketball team to the Group III state finals, averaging 17 points and 15 rebounds during the team's state title run. Keith Kirkwood dreamed of being the next Stephen Curry. He had multiple scholarship offers and intended to go to Davidson where he planned to become the next 6-foot-3 guard to lead the school to the big stage. College hoops stardom and the NBA were a reasonable dream for Keith. He starred on an AAU team alongside Karl Anthony-Towns, DeAndre' Bembry, and Malachi Richardson, all of whom now play in the NBA. After his junior year, scholarships started pouring in. Ivy League schools were interested in the National Honor Society member. So, instead of letting his dreams into focus, Kirkwood decided to try something new and become a multi-sport athlete. For fun and something new, he went out for the football team his senior season. It was the first time Keith ever played organized football. Kirkwood responded by catching 33 passes for 737 yards and was named to the All-Shore Conference Football team. The rest is history! He earned a football scholarship to the University of Hawaii before transferring to Temple University where he had a stellar career playing wide receiver. Tomorrow, Keith Kirkwood, the young man from the Jersey Shore who went out for football for fun his senior year in high school for the first time, will line up as wide receiver for the New Orleans Saints when they play the Philadelphia Eagles in Sunday's Divisional Playoff game.
Where Is He Now . . . ?
Tito Nanni (pictured here) was one of the top athletes in the Inter-Ac League during the decade of the seventies. The 1978 Chestnut Hill Academy graduate played football, basketball, and baseball and was the captain and MVP in each sport. Tito was an All-City selection in football, All-Inter-Ac in basketball, and All-American in baseball. He once hit four home runs in a game against Penn Charter. In 1978, Tito was the first round sixth pick of the Seattle Mariners. After his professional baseball career was over, he earned a B.S. in Business/Managerial Economics from the University of Utah. He is now an Operations Manager for UPS Freight in Salt Lake City, Utah.
One from Philadelphia. One from the Philly suburbs, and one from South Jersey. Three former high school basketball guards will be linked forever as the only prep players in Philadelphia-area history to score 100 or more points in a 32-minute high school basketball game. They are Bristol High School's Pete Cimino, (pictured here) Dobbins Tech's Linda "Hawkeye" Page, and Dajuan "The Messiah" Wagner from Camden High School.
Feb 14, 1981
BY TED SILARY
Dr. Tony Coma, the coach, decided to change his mind, then a star named
Linda proceeded to rewrite the most noteworthy page in this city's book of
schoolperson basketball records.
Remember the days when Wilt Chamberlain, who scored 90 points against
Roxborough in February of 1955, held the record for most points scored in a
Well, they ended yesterday with 4:04 remaining in the fourth quarter of a
Public League game between Jules Mastbaum Tech and host Murrell Dobbins Tech.
They ended in a flash, too, as Linda Page , a 5-11 guard, leaped from the
right side to follow a missed foul shot by Lisa Gilliam for her 91st and 92nd
Better still, with 48 seconds remaining, Page was hacked on a baseline drive
and walked to the foul line. Swish. Swish. One hundred points.
Team-wise, the stats of note were Dobbins 131, Mastbaum 37. Page-wise, the
stats of note included 41-for-58 shooting from the field, 18-for-21 from the
line, 19 rebounds, 5 assists, 7 steals and 6 three-point plays.
" I wanted to break Wilt's record and I'm glad I broke Wilt's record,
" said Page, who is expected to announce her college decision in early March,
choosing from among North Carolina State, St. Joseph's, Louisiana Tech,
Tennessee and Old Dominion. " I'm also glad it's over with. Like always, I
couldn't have done it without help from my teammates and coach. "
ESPECIALLY THE COACH. It was totally Coma's idea to take another crack at
One month back, after Page had scored 87 points against hapless Roxborough,
Doctor Tone promised that " this is the last assault" and " nothing will be
done on purpose from now on in. "
Even before yesterday's game, he indicated that a film crew from Channel 10
had been invited merely to " capture the hoopla surrounding Linda's 2,000th
career point. "
However, Coma let his emotions take control because several people had
opened their enraged mouths a little too wide.
" I received all kinds of adverse criticism when Linda scored 87 points,
" Coma said, with disgust. " It came from unnamed people, mostly those in
skirts. When that happened, I couldn't wait to turn her loose again.
" The people who criticized me didn't realize that Linda made our league
known throughout the country , not to mention her and our school. They
failed to see the forest for the trees.
" Linda Page is a one-in-a-million player. She's a Wilt Chamberlain to the
girls game. I don't care what people think about me. I was fried by the likes
of Sports Illustrated and Frank Dolson (while coaching the men's team at
Cornell). But I do care about Linda Page . I want people to know: she's a
great, great player. "
PAGE REACHED 37 points and the 2,000 mark on a breakaway layup (pass from
Freda Harris) with 4:51 remaining in the second quarter. Her quarter-by-
quarter scoring breakdown was 27-26-27-20.
Before anyone gets bent out of shape again, this was one of the cleanest
massacres in basketball history. Dobbins never pressed full- court and the
starters, except for Page, played no more than half the game. There was no
taunting, basket hanging or matador imitations on defense, either.
Coma partially informed Mastbaum Coach Jay Kuvik what was planned beforehand
- the assault on 2,000, not 100 - and Kuvik (" I had an idea she'd go crazy
against us" ) graciously made no waves when the game was stopped so Linda
could pose for pictures with her coach, principal Ed Magliocco and a
specially-painted ball to commemorate the occasion.
Oddly enough, the officials (Ralph Mappone, Barbara Ransom) also helped by
giving Page an even shake. In her 87-point game, bumps and little chops were
often ignored as the refs seemed to figure, " Ah, she'll get her points
anyway. She doesn't need our elp. "
Page tied Chamberlain's record with 5:01 remaining as she dribbled behind
her back and nailed a 10-foot jumper. After breaking the record on the follow
and sticking three more jumpers, raising her total to 98, Page passed to
Danita Gilliam for a would- be three-point play.
HOWEVER, THE foul shot kicked off to the right side and Linda missed a
follow and a subsequent jumper - only the second time all game she'd flubbed
The successful free throws helped her ease into the three-digit club five
" I enjoyed this game more than the other one (Roxborough)," Linda said.
" Why? I was making more of my shots.
" Really, this wasn't planned. It just started as the day to hit 2,000. But
I got 37 pretty quick and I knew by the half that I had to be close to 50. We
could see that the record was within reach. "
" When Linda had scored 53 at the half, all systems were go," Coma said. " I
told the girls that Linda needed only 38 more to break Wilt's record and that
I was sure they'd all like to someday say there were proud to play in a
really special game. "
With that, as the players broke their huddle, they bellowed the following
cheer: " Break Wilt's Record!! "
Through 12 league games, Page owns a scoring average of 53.4 and her overall
average (17 games) is 49.2. Wilt's senior-season average in Public League play
DON'T LOOK NOW, but Linda (2,063) also has a chance to top Chamberlain's
career scoring mark of 2,252. The Mustangs could play as many as seven more
games if they win the league championship.
On Wednesday, however, they were topped by perennial powerhouse University
City as Page suffered a rare bad game.
" As soon as that game was over, I was so upset, I wanted to play another
one right away," Linda said. " Today, I took it out on Mastbaum. No, I don't
have anything against Mastbaum. I don't have anything against any of the
teams we play. "
Some teams, however, are treated worse than others by the scoring machine
with numbers on her belt like 46 (twice), 51, 53, 55, 61 (twice), 87 and 100.
Yes. One hundred.
Wilt would never believe it.