Category Archives: High School

Northeast Basketball League preview

Josh Verlin (@jmverlin) – For area high school teams, the summer is a chance to start to prepare for the upcoming season. Workouts and open gyms are one way players stay fresh, but nothing beats live game experience. The Northeast … Continue reading

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Allentown G Abdur-Rahkman commits to Michigan

Garrett Miley (@GWMiley) – Per his Twitter account, 2014 Central Catholic guard Muhammad Ali Abdur-Rahkman has committed to Michigan while on his official visit to the school. Back on March 28, Abdur-Rahkman told CoBL at the Donofrio Classic that his … Continue reading

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Norristown’s Chris Evans commits to Chestnut Hill

Jeff McDevitt (@JeffMcDev) – Norristown 2014 big man Chris Evans has committed to play basketball at Division-II Chestnut Hill College. The 6-7, 250-pounder will be a big body for the Griffins and head coach Jesse Balcer in the Central Atlantic … Continue reading

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Old School wins Donofrio Classic behind MVP Stevens

Jeff McDevitt (@JeffMcDev) – A little over a year ago, Lamar Stevens did not even know what the Albert C. Donofrio Classic was. On Tuesday night, the 6-foot-6 sophomore from the Haverford School battled through an injury to lead the … Continue reading

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Eric Marbury carrying on family lineage for LVBR

Jeff McDevitt (@JeffMcDev) – Scanning the roster for the Donofrio doubleheader at the Fellowship House in Conshohocken, one player’s last name stood out in a “do-you-think-he’s-related?” type of way. Eric Marbury, a point guard for LVBR, was impressive as he … Continue reading

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CoBL 2014 Spring Coverage Hub

Here at CoBL, we will be providing a ton of coverage this spring ranging from recruiting updates to AAU tournaments. There are multiple area players looking to build their recruiting stocks this summer, and some who are already committed. Here is … Continue reading

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2013-14 PIAA All-State Teams Released

Jeff McDevitt (@JeffMcDev) – Neumann-Goretti senior guard Ja’Quan Newton and the Constitution Generals were the big winners as the All-State teams were released today in each of the four PIAA classifications. Newton, as expected received the Class AAA MVP for … Continue reading

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2013-14 CoBL HS Awards: Southeastern Pa.

The 2013-14 high school basketball season in Southeastern Pennsylvania was certainly one to remember. One of the best players in Philly history finished up his career the only way he knew how, while simultaneously setting a new benchmark for greatness … Continue reading

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2013-14 CoBL HS Awards: South Jersey

South Jersey high school basketball acquitted itself quite well this season. Of the four public section winners, one–Pitman High School, led by a trio of Division I prospects–went on to win a state title. Throughout the rest of South Jersey, … Continue reading

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Jordan Robertson chooses Colgate

Andrew Koob (@AndrewKoob) – When Jordan Robertson picked up his first Division I scholarship offer, it didn’t take long for him to decide where he’d spend his next four years. The 2014 wing from Wildwood Catholic (N.J.) High School will commit … Continue reading

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La Salle’s run ends at hands of first-time champ New Castle

Jeff McDevitt (@JeffMcDev) – If there was a Cinderella in the PIAA playoffs this year, it was the La Salle College High School Explorers. Joe Dempsey’s squad returned a roster that lost nearly 98 percent of its minutes played from … Continue reading

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Constitution wins second state title in three years

Jeff McDevitt (@JeffMcDev) – Ahmad Gilbert can relate. His 3-point attempt down two in the Public League championship game looked pure off his hands but hit front rim, giving Martin Luther King the league crown. On Saturday afternoon, Gilbert looked … Continue reading

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Amid tragedy, Newton leads Neumann-Goretti to state title

Jeff McDevitt (@JeffMcDev) – Yesterday, Neumann-Goretti senior guard Ja’Quan Newton’s mother, Lisa Brown, passed away from cancer at age 38. On Friday night in the Class AAA title game, he gave a performance for the ages. With the heaviest of hearts, Newton … Continue reading

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J.C. Show named Gatorade’s Pa. Player of the Year

Josh Verlin (@jmverlin) – As a senior at Abington Heights, J.C. Show averaged 17.7 points, 4.8 rebounds, 4.6 assists and 2.4 steals per game. The tough, 6-foot-3 combo guard was known for doing whatever it took for his team to … Continue reading

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Lincoln Park rallies to beat MCS for state title

Jeff McDevitt (@JeffMcDev) – Up as many as 15 points in the second quarter, Math, Civics and Sciences saw their lead erased in the second half, as they fell in the PIAA Class A championship game to Lincoln Park, 70-66. … Continue reading

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Class AAA state championship preview

Jeff McDevitt (@JeffMcDev) – In the championship game of Class AAA on Friday night at Hershey’s Giant Center, Neumann-Goretti will look to win their fourth state title in five years. They’ll face a familiar foe in Susquehanna Township, who they … Continue reading

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Class A state championship preview

Jeff McDevitt (@JeffMcDev) – When Math, Civics and Sciences compiled their roster this year, the addition of several high profile transfers made them one of the favorites in the Public League and to win the state in Class A. The … Continue reading

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Neumann-Goretti seniors to go out on the biggest of stages

Jeff Neiburg (@Jeff_Neiburg) – Carl Arrigale’s favorite memory about his current group of seniors hasn’t happened yet. The 15th-year Neumann-Goretti coach has seen his share of talented players come through East Passyunk over the years, but none seem to carry … Continue reading

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Gilbert gets wake-up call in Constitution win

Josh Verlin (@jmverlin) – It took an animated talk with a coach for Ahmad Gilbert to see the difference between trying to lead his team to victory and actually doing it. In the first half, the Constitution junior had nine … Continue reading

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La Salle upsets Chester, advances to AAAA state final

Jeff McDevitt (@JeffMcDev) – Back on February 16, the La Salle Explorers won a nail-biter against St. Joe’s Prep to advance to the Catholic League semis. A loss would have ended their season. Then, on February 28, La Salle was … Continue reading

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Newton unfazed as Saints earn AAA final berth

Andrew Koob (@AndrewKoob) – For 32 minutes, Neumann-Goretti guard Ja’Quan Newton found himself the subject of double-teams and physical defense against the PE&T Chargers. They did anything they possibly and legally (sometimes illegally) could do to rattle the senior. No … Continue reading

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PIAA Class AA Semifinal Preview

Andrew Koob (@AndrewKoob) – The Rebels of Seton-LaSalle Catholic High School made history this season, winning their first WPIAL championship in 25 years before heading into the AA state playoffs. Now, with a trip to the GIANT Center in Hershey … Continue reading

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PIAA Class AAAA Semifinal Preview

Jeff Neiburg (@Jeff_Neiburg) – New Castle High School sits an hour northwest of Pittsburgh up Interstate-79. The 22,851-person city is a mere 20 minutes from the Pennsylvania-Ohio border. Amongst the four remaining schools in the PIAA Class AAAA state playoffs, … Continue reading

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PIAA Class AAA Semifinal preview

Jeff McDevitt (@JeffMcDev) – Over his career as a four-year starter at Neumann-Goretti, Ja’Quan Newton has pumped in 1,918 points, which is five away from the Catholic League record of 1,923 set by Monsignor Bonner’s Jeff Jones. That record is … Continue reading

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PIAA Class A Semifinal Preview

Josh Verlin (@jmverlin) – The last time St. John Neumann made the final four of the state tournament was in 1972. Back then, the school was in the PCIAA, as Catholic schools played in a separate tournament from the rest … Continue reading

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