Category Archives: Central League

CoBL/Nexxt Level Shootout: Day 2 Standouts

Tom Reifsnyder (@tom_reifsnyder), Ari Rosenfeld (@realA_rosenfeld) & Josh Verlin (@jmverlin) – Saturday morning kicked off CoBL’s second-ever event in as many weeks. The CoBL/Nexxt Level Shootout features 32 teams ranging from Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware at the Nexxt Level … Continue reading

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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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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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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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Ciotti, Falcons soar to appearance in District Final

Teddy Bailey (@TheTeddyBailey) – The Pennsbury Falcons may be highlighted by their high-flying junior trio of Derrick Woods, Mehki Bryant, and Cameron Jones, but there’s one starter that deserves the credit of gelling, and energizing, that trio together. That starter is Steve Ciotti, a 5-foot-10 … Continue reading

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Big turnout helps Conestoga get past Lower Merion

Jeff McDevitt (@JeffMcDev) — As the overflow crowd filed in approaching tip-off, the importance of this game for Conestoga and their fans was on full display. The “Pioneer Pit” took up over a quarter of Conestoga’s gym, and there was … Continue reading

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District 1 AAAA Quarterfinals Preview

Teddy Bailey (@TheTeddyBailey) & Jeff McDevitt (@JeffMcDev) — (9) Lower Merion at (1) Conestoga Less than two weeks ago, on February 9, Lower Merion downed Conestoga 64-55 to win their third straight league title. Their reward? A trip to Berwyn to … Continue reading

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McFadden leads Lower Merion past Penn Wood, into States

Lee Kunkel (@Kunkel5) – Coming off a state title run just last season, the seventh is school history, the Aces of Lower Merion were determined to get back to the state tournament for the eighth time in ten seasons. Senior Justin McFadden … Continue reading

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Yonda finally ‘achieves goal’ as Conestoga battles past Methacton

Teddy Bailey (@TheTeddyBailey) – Zack Yonda has achieved many accolades and accomplishments in his four years at Conestoga High School. The list is seemingly endless. The first team All-Central senior guard, who committed to academically prestigious Swarthmore College earlier this season, had … Continue reading

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Rustin downs Radnor, earns second-round home game

Teddy Bailey (@TheTeddyBailey) – West Chester Rustin brought the intensity on Sunday afternoon against the Radnor Raiders, and according to 6-foot-2 junior guard Andrew Chobany, that’s good enough to beat anybody in the state. Chobany tallied up a game-high 20 … Continue reading

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Leibig leads Haverford to upset win at Upper Darby

Jeff Neiburg (@Jeff_Neiburg) – Haverford coach Keith Heinerichs fought back tears when talking about the effort of Tom Leibig and the rest of his Fords team. “It’s a senior wanting to be a part of a good moment, and I’m happy … Continue reading

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Aces cap battle-tested season with third straight league title

Teddy Bailey (@TheTeddyBailey) — Calm, cool and collected. Those were the words uttered after Lower Merion’s 2-5 (0-2 Central) start to the season, and also said after head coach Gregg Downer called timeout after an early 13-5 deficit on Tuesday night to Conestoga … Continue reading

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District 1 playoff seedings revealed

Jeff Neiburg (@Jeff_Neiburg) – On Tuesday night the brackets were released for the upcoming PIAA District Playoffs for both Class AAAA and AAA. Getting the top seed in the AAAA bracket is Conestoga. The Pioneers (19-3, 14-2 Central League) had … Continue reading

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Conestoga, Lower Merion to meet in Central League Championship

Teddy Bailey (@TheTeddyBailey) – Recently concussed or not, Zack Yonda can score the basketball. The senior guard and Swarthmore commit, playing just his second game back from a notable concussion suffered last month, scored 28 points and led Conestoga to their … Continue reading

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Lower Merion hits stride, upends Conestoga

Andrew Koob(@AndrewKoob) – At the beginning of the season, Lower Merion was suffering from an identity crisis. Gone were the Division I athletes in Syracuse-bound B.J. Johnson and James Madison commit Yohanny Dalembert. Gone was Raheem Hall, a poised guard … Continue reading

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Dorsey, depth help Conestoga remain in first place

Teddy Bailey (@TheTeddyBailey) – The Conestoga Pioneers are riding a freight train and that train isn’t seeming to slow down – let alone come to a halt – anytime soon. The train moved into some fairly hostile territory on Friday night … Continue reading

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New Castle tops Lower Merion, 62-59, in 2OT

Josh Verlin (@jmverlin) – There was a lot riding on Drew Allen’s shot. A 59-game regular-season winning streak for New Castle. Revenge from the Red Hurricane’s only defeat in that time, a loss to Lower Merion in last year’s PIAA … Continue reading

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McFadden’s career-high night gets Lower Merion past Upper Darby 65-63

Teddy Bailey (@TheTeddyBailey) – No wins come easy in the Central League. Not against the best – or against the worst. On Saturday night in the Kobe Bryant Gymnasium, two of the league’s elite put on quite the show – and … Continue reading

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Downer sends message, team responds as LM defeats Sanford

Teddy Bailey (@TheTeddyBailey) – It hasn’t been the smoothest start to the season for the defending PIAA Class AAAA state champions. That being said, under head coach Gregg Downer, it’s only a matter of time before things start to click. Jule … Continue reading

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Toughness Gets Upper Darby Past Garnet Valley

Teddy Bailey (@TheTeddyBailey) – If there’s a tougher team in the Central League than Upper Darby, head coach Bob Miller will have something to say about it. As will electric 6-foot-5 senior forward Quadir Rice and his fellow Royals. Rice  played like a man amongst … Continue reading

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Foster comes up clutch in Ridley’s 57-53 win over Conestoga

Teddy Bailey (@TheTeddyBailey) – A season ago, Ridley’s Brett Foster was a freshman. He was overshadowed by the Green Raiders’ outstanding group of seniors. On Friday night, you would not have guessed that this is his first season with substantial playing … Continue reading

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CoBL HS Preview: District One

Teddy Bailey (@TheTeddyBailey) & Ian Simon (@CoachSimon200) – CoBL District 1 Preview 2013-14 With over 70 schools, District One is arguably the most deep and exciting district in Pennsylvania. With Lower Merion, Chester, Great Valley and Abington leading the way … Continue reading

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Ridley looking to get back to states

Jeff Neiburg (@Jeff_Neiburg) – After reaching the PIAA state playoffs for the first time since 2008 last season, Ridley High School lost seven seniors to graduation. Getting back to states will surely be a tough challenge. Arguably the most important … Continue reading

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2013 8Eye Classic Notebook

Jeff McDevitt (@JeffMcDev) & Josh Verlin (@jmverlin) – The inaugural 8Eye Classic took place on Friday night at Ben Franklin High School, with a pair of games featuring a lot of talented players from the Philadelphia area as well as … Continue reading

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