Category Archives: Catholic League

Donofrio Classic Report: Tuesday, March 24

Josh Verlin (@jmverlin) & Ethan Miller (@ByEthanMiller) – Here’s a report from Donofrio Classic action at the Fellowship House (515 Harry St., Conshohocken) on Tuesday, March 24: ~~~ Game One: Pizza Time 95, Del-Val VC 71 After a back-and-forth opening … Continue reading

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2015 Donofrio Classic Homepage

CoBL Staff (@hooplove215) – The Donofrio Classic is ready to return to Conshohocken for its 55th annual edition, bringing many of the area’s top high school ballplayers to the Fellowship House (515 Harry St, Conshohocken) as 26 teams battle it out over … Continue reading

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Roman shuts down King for first state title

Jeff McDevitt (@JeffMcDev) — It’s not the recommended strategy, but for Roman Catholic in the state playoffs, it worked. In the Cahillites first four games, they entered as the favorites, but allowed the other team to hang around and threaten … Continue reading

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Conwell-Egan erases underdog label with state title

Teddy Bailey (@TheTeddyBailey) — Despite 20 wins, a District 12 championship and a state final appearance, Conwell-Egan was still seen as the underdog. Especially on Saturday afternoon, when the Eagles took on unbeaten Aliquippa (29-0), a state power, for the PIAA … Continue reading

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Neumann-Goretti wins fifth AAA state title in six years

Jeff McDevitt (@JeffMcDev) — Sometimes you can play your best, and sometimes, you best can simply not be good enough. That’s the unfortunate situation Archbishop Carroll senior forward Derrick Jones faced Friday night in the PIAA Class AAA state title … Continue reading

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Holbrook and Taylor on the verge of ending career as champions

Aron Minkoff (@AronMinkoff) – With one game left in the 2014-15 high school basketball season, one of the most storied Philadelphia basketball programs finds itself playing for its first state championship. Roman Catholic, located near the heart of Philadelphia at … Continue reading

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Vasturia’s NCAA Tournament debut a success

Andrew Koob (@AndrewKoob) – No one would blame Steve Vasturia if the nerves were settling in. The clock on the CONSOL Energy Center video board made its slow descent towards zero as Vasturia, a former star at St. Joseph’s Prep, and … Continue reading

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Sciolla, Conwell-Egan make first PIAA final with win over Loyalsock

Josh Verlin (@jmverlin) – MECHANICSBURG, Pa.–Stevie Jordan had never dunked in a high school game before. So when Conwell-Egan’s 5-foot-11 point guard rose up towards the bucket in the closing minutes of the Eagles’ PIAA Class AA semifinal, he had … Continue reading

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Neumann heads back to Hershey with 75-67 win over Imhotep

Jeff Neiburg (@Jeff_Neiburg) – When Vaughn Covington isn’t shooting the ball well, he usually knows who to look at in the crowd. “My dad tells me everything wrong I’m doing with my shot,” the junior guard said. “Every time I … Continue reading

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PIAA Tournament Semifinal Preview

CoBL Staff (@hooplove215) – Here’s a quick look at the eight games taking place on Tuesday night that will determine the PIAA finalists: Class A Constitution (12-1) vs. Math, Civics & Sciences (12-2) Philadelphia University, 8 PM It’s a Public … Continue reading

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McCaskey downs La Salle, continues Cinderella run

Justin Allen (@jallen_town) – J.P. McCaskey may be considered a Cinderella story on paper, but its play of late has been anything but that of a lower seed. For the third time in as many PIAA AAAA playoff games, the … Continue reading

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Carr, Roman Catholic head to first PIAA semifinal appearance

Teddy Bailey (@TheTeddyBailey) — NORRISTOWN– Tony Carr was at the free-throw line in two monumental moments of the game. His first trip was before the game even started, and his second was with 3.1 seconds to play. Both trips decided the … Continue reading

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La Salle downs Abington Heights to continue playoff success

Dan Newhart (@danny_newhart) – For the second year in a row, the La Salle College High School Explorers needed to win a play-in game to reach the PIAA AAAA tournament. And, after winning that play-in game for the second consecutive … Continue reading

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Taylor powers Roman Catholic to state quarterfinals

Teddy Bailey (@TheTeddyBailey) — COATESVILLE–It’s not an usual occurrence to see Roman Catholic trailing at the half. It’s only happened a handful of times during the Cahillites’ 26-2 season. Fortunately for head coach Chris McNesby, Manny Taylor quickly erased any … Continue reading

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Carroll steamrolls Steel-High to reach AAA quarters

Jeff Neiburg (@Jeff_Neiburg) – Archbishop Carroll’s bus was late arriving to the Geigle Complex at Reading High School. The Patriots walked into the gym moments after the game before them had wrapped up, and just 40 minutes until their own … Continue reading

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Neumann Goretti uses hot start to reach quarterfinals

Justin Allen (@jallen_town) — Neumann Goretti got the type of start it desperately needed against a tough Manheim Central squad during Tuesday’s PIAA AAA second-round playoff game. Led by a barrage of sharp shooting, the Saints scored the first 15 … Continue reading

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PIAA Class A & AAA Second-Round Preview

Josh Verlin (@jmverlin) – Half of the 128 teams who started off last weekend with Pennsylvania state title hopes are gone, with 16 left in each of the state’s four classifications for the second round that takes place over the next … Continue reading

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“Luck” and leadership carry La Salle HS over Ridley

Jeff Griffith (@Jeff_Griffith21) – In a game with implications as drastic as elimination from the state tournament, it takes a group of experienced players – and a little bit of luck – to pick up the win and stay alive. The … Continue reading

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Roman ignores chant, knocks off D-Town West

Jeff McDevitt (@JeffMcDev) — It might not be wise to say a playoff game was decided by things that happened off the court, but Downingtown West ‘s own fan section might have jinxed its team. It also wasn’t wise to … Continue reading

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2015 PIAA Championships: Class AA Primer

CoBL Staff (@hooplove215) – Welcome to one of the most wide-open fields in all four classifications. The AA bracket looks to be one that has a good number of teams capable of making a run. Most of the talent in … Continue reading

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2015 PIAA Championships: Class AAAA Primer

CoBL Staff (@hooplove215) – There is no defending champion in the biggest classification in Pennsylvania high school basketball. Last year’s AAAA winners, New Castle, dropped down to AAA, meaning someone new who will be lifting the trophy in Hershey on … Continue reading

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Derrick Jones hoping to complete legacy at Carroll

Aron Minkoff (@AronMinkoff) – How important is winning a championship to your legacy? How important is winning a championship when you are amidst establishing yourself as one of the greatest of all time? Ask Archbishop Carroll superstar Derrick Jones, and … Continue reading

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Vilmar sparks Roman to city title over MLK

Ari Rosenfeld (@realA_rosenfeld) – It’s been no secret that Nazeer Bostick, affectionately known as “The Horse” by his Roman Catholic coaches and teammates, has been a constant provider of energy and hustle plays throughout the Cahillites season and subsequent postseason … Continue reading

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Green’s triple lifts N-G past Imhotep in AAA city title game

Dan Newhart (@danny_newhart) – In the waning seconds of a tie game, Neumann-Goretti point guard Vaughn Covington found himself with the ball, dribbling up the middle of the court. Players on both teams were drenched in sweat, and fans were … 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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