Category Archives: Features

Lehigh’s Kempton, Ross take home top Patriot League honors

Jeff Neiburg (@Jeff_Neiburg) – Lehigh’s resurgence from a 1-4 start to the Patriot League’s third seed heading into conference tournament play can largely be attributed to the underclassmen duo of sophomore Tim Kempton and freshman Kahron Ross. And when the Patriot League announced … Continue reading

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Lehigh’s turnaround on full display as postseason looms

Jeff Neiburg (@Jeff_Neiburg) – Lehigh started its Patriot League slate by dropping four of its first five games in league play. With a young team starting three underclassmen and one with just three seniors, the season could have gone anywhere … Continue reading

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Hilliard, Pinkston fittingly shine for ‘Nova on Senior Night

Jeff Neiburg (@Jeff_Neiburg) – The story of how JayVaughn Pinkston’s career at Villanova began was well-documented. Even coach Jay Wright alluded to that fact after Tuesday’s 89-61 rout of No. 25 Providence. The 6-foot-7 forward from Brownsville, N.Y., recruited in the … Continue reading

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Roman rides the “Horse” to the PCL crown

Aron Minkoff (@AronMinkoff) – When a horse gets its motor going, it’s best to hop on and go for a ride. That’s exactly what Roman Catholic did en route to its Catholic League championship win over six-time defending champions Neumann-Goretti. … Continue reading

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Despite PCL loss, still plenty ahead for Neumann

Jeff Neiburg (@Jeff_Neiburg) – Carl Arrigale walked out of the Neumann-Goretti locker room inside the Palestra and the door shut behind him. Music was playing throughout the building and there was a team still on the floor finishing up its ceremonial … Continue reading

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Roman Catholic ends Neumann-Goretti’s PCL title streak in 64-59 thriller

Josh Verlin (@jmverlin) – The dominant force in the Catholic League over the last six years had been the guards of Neumann-Goretti: Tony Chennault, Tyreek Duren, Ja’Quan Newton and more. After Monday night, people might have to start talking about Roman … Continue reading

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Lehigh, Lafayette’s Patriot League seedings still hazy

Josh Verlin (@jmverlin) – The Patriot League’s regular season has come down to two days. Each of the 10 teams is in action on both Wednesday and Saturday, in their final pairs of games before the Patriot League tournament gets … Continue reading

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Only Roman standing between Neumann-Goretti and PCL history

Aron Minkoff (@AronMinkoff) – Everyone in the sports world loves to talk about streaks. Whether it is Cal Ripken’s run of 2,632 consecutive games played in baseball, or UCLA’s streak of 88 consecutive games won in college basketball, there are … Continue reading

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Lower Merion alum B.J. Johnson still adjusting at ‘Cuse

Danny Holdsman (@hooplove215) – SYRACUSE, N.Y.–B.J. Johnson ended his high-school career in grand fashion by beating Rondae Hollis-Jefferson and Chester in the PIAA Class AAAA 2013 state title game. Johnson poured in a game-high 22 points in 63-47 upset over … Continue reading

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Tipping Off: Thursday, February 19

CoBL Staff (@hooplove215) – Welcome to Tipping Off, CoBL’s morning hub, where you can get all the information on today’s games while also catching up on the action from the previous day as well as various other things going on … Continue reading

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Taylor’s energy sparks Roman in win over Carroll

Aron Minkoff (@AronMinkoff) – With Roman Catholic’s back against the wall, it was senior Manny Taylor’s turn to step up and play what might have been his best game of the season. The 6-foot-6 Rutgers football commit saved his best … Continue reading

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Public League Semifinal Preview

Josh Verlin (@jmverlin) & Jeff Neiburg (@Jeff_Neiburg) – The Public League playoffs return to South Philadelphia High School for the semifinals on Thursday Night. Unlike past years, which pitted the Class A winner against the Class AAAA winner and AA … Continue reading

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District 1 AAAA Second-Round Preview

CoBL Staff (@hooplove215) – No matter the results of Tuesday night’s District 1 AAA second-round games, each team still alive at this stage of the bracket has at least one more game remaining. The eight winners, in addition to making … Continue reading

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Temple’s focus not changing with big road trip ahead

Josh Verlin (@jmverlin) – Right now, the Temple basketball party line continues to be that each game holds equal importance in the Owls’ eyes. In many respects, that’s true. At 19-7 overall, with a 10-3 mark in American Athletic Conference … Continue reading

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Tipping Off: Saturday, February 14

CoBL Staff (@hooplove215) – Welcome to Tipping Off, CoBL’s morning hub, where you can get all the information on today’s games while also catching up on the action from the previous day as well as various other things going on … Continue reading

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‘Calling it the way it is': SJU’s Wilson finally gets a hero moment

Garrett Miley (@GWMiley) – Chris Wilson has started a lot of games at point guard for Phil Martelli. Eighty of them, if you want to get specific. The senior has shared the backcourt with two all-time great scorers in Saint … Continue reading

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Breaking down the District 12 state scenarios

Josh Verlin (@jmverlin) – With the Public League and Catholic League playoffs in full swing, we figured this would be a great time to break down just who’s still in the running for a spot in the state tournament. Those … Continue reading

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Tipping Off: Wednesday, February 11

CoBL Staff (@hooplove215) – Welcome to Tipping Off, CoBL’s morning hub, where you can get all the information on today’s games while also catching up on the action from the previous day as well as various other things going on … Continue reading

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Tipping Off: Tuesday, February 10

CoBL Staff (@hooplove215) – Welcome to Tipping Off, CoBL’s morning hub, where you can get all the information on today’s games while also catching up on the action from the previous day as well as various other things going on … Continue reading

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Ridley boosted to Central title by strong fan support

Josh Verlin (@jmverlin) – Even on a night when seemingly everything across Southeastern Pennsylvania was coated in ice, the two buses full of students from Ridley School District still hit the roads. And they clearly weren’t the only ones who risked … Continue reading

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Mojica, Drexel gaining confidence as winning continues

Josh Verlin (@jmverlin) – Drexel’s on its best winning streak in three years, and is somehow back in contention for a CAA title. The five straight games that the Dragons have won lifted their record up to 7-5 in league … Continue reading

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Tipping Off: Monday, February 9

CoBL Staff (@hooplove215) – Welcome to Tipping Off, CoBL’s morning hub, where you can get all the information on today’s games while also catching up on the action from the previous day as well as various other things going on … Continue reading

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CoBL’s District 1 AAAA bracket reaction

CoBL Staff (@hooplove215) – Here are the CoBL staff’s reactions to the District 1 AAAA bracket (and a bit on AAA), released on Sunday: ‘Stoga gets top seed (again) For the second season in a row, the Conestoga Pioneers have … Continue reading

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Tipping Off: Saturday, February 7

CoBL Staff (@hooplove215) – Welcome to Tipping Off, CoBL’s morning hub, where you can get all the information on today’s games while also catching up on the action from the previous day as well as various other things going on … Continue reading

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Neumann has plenty of options as playoffs loom

Jeff Neiburg (@Jeff_Neiburg) – There were question marks surrounding Neumann-Goretti heading into the 2014-15 season. How could the Saints possibly not have a down year after graduating four stars? How could a group with just one starting senior, Saint Joseph’s … Continue reading

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