Category Archives: Catholic League

Sharkey, Beatty help Carroll hold on at LaSalle

Josh Verlin (@jmverlin) – Two days after Archbishop Carroll blew a halftime lead at home in a loss, the Patriots weren’t ready to let it happen again on the road. On Friday, it was an eight-point advantage against Neumann-Goretti that … Continue reading

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Fleming, Judge dominate from perimeter in win over West Catholic

Tom Reifsnyder (@tom_reifsnyder) – When you see an entire team cheering on one of its players as he’s being interviewed after a game, you know they’ve got something special. Collaborative shouts of “Yeah, Justin!” echoed throughout the dimly lit hallway as Justin … Continue reading

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Green’s buzzer beater lifts N-G past Carroll

Justin Allen (@jallen_town) – Everyone dreams of sinking a game winning shot. For most people, that’s all it is–a dream. Quade Green is now living that dream, as the Neumann-Goretti guard sank the game winning 3-pointer to beat Archbishop Carroll, … Continue reading

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Gayhardt comes up big as St. Joe’s Prep fights off Ryan

Jeff Neiburg (@Jeff_Neiburg) – Speedy Morris said afterwards that playing against Archbishop Ryan is like going to the dentist. If that’s the case, the 72-year-old coach must have felt like he was getting a root canal done for 31 minutes … Continue reading

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Washington, Bonner-Prendie show growing pains in loss to Conwell-Egan

Josh Verlin (@jmverlin) – When Keith Washington, Jr. decided to attend Bonner-Prendie as his new school this offseason following a family move from New Jersey, he had some goals for his new team. Despite the Friars’ 2-20 record last year, … Continue reading

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Prep suffers first PCL loss at hands of Carroll

Josh Verlin (@jmverlin) – Though Saint Joseph’s Prep had started out undefeated in the Catholic League, the Hawks had yet to play one of the top four squads in the PCL. Archbishop Carroll, the first up on the schedule of … Continue reading

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LaSalle hands Roman Catholic first loss of the season

Jeff McDevitt (@JeffMcDev) — The LaSalle HS Explorers seem to have an affinity for high-profile upsets. Two years ago, they ended Neumann-Goretti’s 73-game Catholic League winning streak. Last year, after narrowly qualifying for the state tournament they knocked out powerhouses … Continue reading

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Green’s 24 leads Neumann-Goretti over Archbishop Wood

Aron Minkoff (@AronMinkoff) – The Archbishop Wood Vikings came into the Neumann-Goretti gym on Sunday afternoon with one word on their mind: upset. And after an hour delay of the start of the game due to rain causing hazardous weather … Continue reading

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Henkels and Burns pace Prep past McDevitt

John Watts (@mrwatts007) – For the last two years, Jack Henkels and Brendan Burns were biding their time on St. Joseph’s Prep’s junior varsity squad. Now that the seniors have a chance to get some varsity action, they are proving that … Continue reading

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Holbrook, Newman lead Roman Catholic past West Catholic

Aron Minkoff (@AronMinkoff) – After two thrilling defeats of fellow PCL powerhouses Neumann-Goretti and Archbishop Carroll last week, the Roman Catholic Cahillites defeated the West Catholic Burrs 80-47 on Wednesday afternoon. While the score represented a lopsided defeat for Roman, the … Continue reading

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Conwell-Egan avoids slip-up, downs O’Hara 59-41

Josh Verlin (@jmverlin) – Conwell-Egan’s taken some bruises over the last few weeks. And just like how senior Chase Kumor has embraced the cuts and scrapes he’s accumulated over the years, the Eagles can learn from a tough few opponents … Continue reading

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What we’ve learned: Philadelphia Catholic League

Josh Verlin (@jmverlin) – It’s just about the midpoint of the high school basketball season, with the non-conference portion of the schedule basically wrapped up and the various schools in the area at least a few games into conference play. … Continue reading

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Bostick’s 22 keeps Roman undefeated with win over Carroll

Ari Rosenfeld (@realA_rosenfeld) – One of the first lessons children learn growing up is how to take turns. Roman Catholic’s players must have aced that lesson. After Tony Carr, Manny Taylor, and D’Andre Vilmar, respectively, led Roman in scoring in … Continue reading

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Explorers use defense to lock up win at Conwell-Egan

Jeff McDevitt (@JeffMcDev) — Conwell-Egan junior guard Stevie Jordan  had everything going in his favor in the first half. Jordan was red-hot and the Eagles were up as much as nine on the reigning PIAA AAAA runners up, La Salle. Situations … Continue reading

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Roman Catholic stomps on Cardinal O’Hara, 77-32

Josh Verlin (@jmverlin) — Dakquan Davis is a rarity for an underclassman in the top tier of the Philadelphia Catholic League. He wasn’t recruited to Roman Catholic to play basketball, nor does he come from a hoops family. His grandfather, … Continue reading

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Carr’s layup lifts Roman past Neumann-Goretti

Ari Rosenfeld (@realA_rosenfeld) – When Roman Catholic and Neumann-Goretti match up on the hardwood, it’s guaranteed to be a clash of heavyweights. Like always, neither side pulled any punches when the two powerhouses went toe-to-toe in front of a standing … Continue reading

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Carroll jumps out to big lead, runs past McDevitt

Justin Allen (@jallen_town) – Home is where the heart is, at least that’s how the expression goes. For Archbishop Carroll, there was no sweeter feeling than to finally return home after a nine game road trip to start the season. … Continue reading

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LaSalle beats Father Judge, move to 2-0 in PCL

Tyler DeGiacomo (@DJock10) – WYNDMOOR, Pa.– “It’s a fist fight every night in the Catholic League.” Those were the words of LaSalle College High School head coach Joe Dempsey. If it was a boxing match, LaSalle answered the bell Monday night … Continue reading

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Kumor, Eagles notch first Catholic League win

Tyler DeGiacomo (@DJock10) – Never underestimate the value of senior leadership. Coming into Friday night’s game versus Father Judge, Conwell-Egan head coach Frank Sciolla wasn’t sure what kind of game he would get out of his team. Both of his … Continue reading

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Connaghan off to hot start for unbeaten Archbishop Wood

Jeff McDevitt (@JeffMcDev) – Entering Friday night’s Catholic League opener against Bishop McDevitt, Archbishop Wood’s Luke Connaghan had quite the streak going. He had scored 20 or more points in his last seven games, putting him in elite company. Though … Continue reading

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Covington sparks Neumann-Goretti rout of Chester

Josh Verlin (@jmverlin) – CHESTER, Pa.–At halftime of the marquee game of the 10th annual Pete and Jameer Nelson Holiday Classic, half the crowd poured out the door. By the end of the third quarter, many of those who’d remained … Continue reading

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Carroll, St. Benedict’s win at Jameer Nelson Classic

Alex Chesen (@amchesen) – CHESTER, Pa.–Coming into the 2014-2015 season, Samir Taylor was unsure of what his future looked like, beginning his final year under Archbishop Carroll head coach Paul Romanczuk. As the season is underway, Taylor has developed a role that … Continue reading

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Jordan, Pace fuel Conwell-Egan in bounce-back win

Teddy Bailey (@TheTeddyBailey) — (Ed. Note: Teddy took in two of the six games at the Jameer Nelson Classic at Widener University, which is taking place Dec. 29 and 30. For a full schedule, click here) ~~~ Game Two: Conwell-Egan Catholic … Continue reading

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McGovern powers Prep to Kobe Bryant title over Parkland

Josh Verlin (@jmverlin) – If there’s any high school hoops coach in Philadelphia that defines “old school,” it’s St. Joseph’s Prep’s William “Speedy” Morris. Aside from the rare special player, Morris’ teams consist of juniors and seniors who have put … Continue reading

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Jameer Nelson Classic Preview (Dec. 29-30)

Josh Verlin (@jmverlin) – The biggest event held under the Scholastic Play-by-Play Classic is the Pete & Jameer Nelson Holiday Classic, which is now in its 10th year of existence. The Nelson Classic features a full 20 games of competition … Continue reading

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