Category Archives: Catholic League

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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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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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 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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Walls recovers from slip to lead La Salle to win over Cedar Crest

Josh Verlin (@jmverlin) – It didn’t take long for Najee Walls to find redemption. In a tie game against Cedar Crest with a minute remaining and a berth in the PIAA Class AAAA quarterfinals on the line, La Salle coach … Continue reading

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Neumann-Goretti overcomes slow first half in PIAA win

Andrew Koob (@AndrewKoob) – For the first 16 minutes of their opening PIAA game, the Neumann-Goretti Saints looked lost. They couldn’t hold onto the ball. They missed easy shots that almost always fall their way. They had trouble defending the … Continue reading

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Deep and deadly 2014 Class AAAA field

Teddy Bailey (@TheTeddyBailey) – Biases aside, the Class AAAA bracket is for all of the marbles. The biggest schools face off against seemingly equal teams from all over the State in a single-elimination tournament. This year’s edition of the State … Continue reading

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PIAA State Tournament: Class AAAA Primer

Jeff McDevitt (@JeffMcDev), Josh Verlin (@jmverlin) & Teddy Bailey (@TheTeddyBailey) – It’s the heavyweight division. The biggest schools in the state. Quad-A. And this year, it’s wide open. There’s Chester, of course, the District 1 champion for the fourth year … Continue reading

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West Catholic hoping to take advantage of States opportunity

Josh Verlin (@jmverlin) – Even after inheriting a program that went just 2-20 the year before, West Catholic Prep head coach Jasmine “Jazz” Williams knew he had a chance to make the PIAA State Tournament. After all, just two teams … Continue reading

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PIAA State Tournament: Class AAA Primer

Josh Verlin (@jmverlin) – The PIAA Class AAA bracket has been dominated by District 12 in recent years. Archbishop Carroll cut down the nets in 2009, Neumann-Goretti won three straight from 2010-12 and when the Saints were finally upended last … Continue reading

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Miller Highlights: March 4

Randy Miller (@R_Miller12) – (Ed. Note: CoBL high school scouting analyst Randy Miller takes in games all around the Philadelphia area each week. For the rest of the season, he’ll be spotlighting the best players he sees each week in the … Continue reading

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2014 PIAA State Tournament brackets released

Teddy Bailey (@TheTeddyBailey) – The Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association (PIAA) released the completed brackets for the 2014 state tournaments on Sunday. Teams will compete in four divisions–A, AA, AAA and AAAA–for the championship, with Philadelphia-area schools the favorites heading into all … Continue reading

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Holbrook’s shooting key to Roman Catholic success in states

Jeff McDevitt (@JeffMcDev) – It might seem unfair to compare a high school junior to the most prolific three-point shooter in basketball history, but when you watch his shooting motion, you can’t help but see Ray Allen. Roman Catholic junior … Continue reading

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Patience pays off for Neumann-Goretti’s Harper

Jeff McDevitt (@JeffMcDev) – As the buzzer sounded on Neumann-Goretti’s sixth straight Catholic League title, senior guard Troy Harper hurled the ball into the air in celebration, before chest bumping teammates and running into the Saints student section. Despite being … Continue reading

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Trio of District 12 titles decided at Saint Joseph’s

Josh Verlin (@jmverlin) – Some of the top teams from the Catholic League and Public League’s various classifications met up Saint Joseph’s University on Friday night to decide the 2013-14 city champions. The District 12 championships determine not only seedings … Continue reading

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La Salle downs Central to earn berth in States

Moshe Kravitz (@MosheKravitz) – After graduating seven seniors from a team whose season ended earlier than La Salle had hoped last year, Joe Dempsey’s squad looked like they were in for a rebuilding year. Instead, solid play by the team’s … Continue reading

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Mostardi, Carroll hoping for another shot at Neumann

Josh Einbinder-Schatz (@IronicJosh) – Playing basketball at Archbishop Carroll seems to be a Mostardi family tradition. Current Carroll senior Joe Mostardi is hoping to up the ante, making state championships a family tradition. “My dad played for Carroll and my … Continue reading

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Newton cements legacy with Catholic League title performance

Josh Verlin (@jmverlin) – In a long line of great Saints guards, Ja’Quan Newton stands at the top. If there were any doubters heading into the Palestra for last night’s Catholic League championship clash between Neumann-Goretti and Roman Catholic, Newton’s … Continue reading

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Miller Highlights: Feb. 25

Randy Miller (@R_Miller12) – (Ed. Note: CoBL high school scouting analyst Randy Miller takes in games all around the Philadelphia area each week. For the rest of the season, he’ll be spotlighting the best players he sees each week in the … Continue reading

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Neumann-Goretti captures sixth straight Catholic League title over Roman

Jeff McDevitt (@JeffMcDev) – In what felt like a title fight between two heavyweights of the Catholic League, the third quarter saw Roman put five-time defending champ Neumann-Goretti on the ropes. When crunch time came though, it was the same … Continue reading

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McGirt’s play key to Roman’s PCL title hopes

Andrew Koob (@AndrewKoob) – With the Philadelphia Catholic League finals looming against powerhouse Neumann-Goretti, Roman Catholic will try and break the Saints’ five-straight PCL title streak without a key starter. Junior forward TreVaughn Wilkerson injured his foot last Sunday during practice … Continue reading

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Notebook: Carroll/Neumann-Goretti II

Jeff McDevitt (@JeffMcDev) – In a highly anticipated rematch between two of the more powerful teams in the area, Neumann-Goretti again prevailed over Archbishop Carroll 67-62. Here’s a notebook of some of the highlights from last night’s PCL semifinal clash. … Continue reading

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Covington, Green next up at Arrigale’s guard factory

Jeff Neiburg (@Jeff_Neiburg) – Carl Arrigale laughed when talking about his knack for producing next-level guards. “I was a slow guard,” the 15th-year Neumann-Goretti coach quipped. That’s not true of his players. One after another–D.J. Rivera, Scoop Jardine, Tony Chennault, … Continue reading

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Newton rises again as Saints oust Carroll

Andrew Koob (@AndrewKoob) – For the second time, the Neumann-Goretti Saints needed a fourth quarter boost to hold off Archbishop Carroll. For the second time, senior guard Ja’Quan Newton was there to lead them to victory. This time meant a … Continue reading

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La Salle’s Greenberg a kid again on Palestra floor

Jeff McDevitt (@JeffMcDev) – In desperate need of a spark late, senior guard Sean Greenberg knocked down two big threes for La Salle to cut the score The lefty was very animated when he hit the treys, breaking out the … Continue reading

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