Category Archives: Friends Schools

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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Hill School holds off Westtown for 2013-14 PAISAA title

Josh Verlin (@jmverlin) – After the Hill School’s Pennsylvania Independent Schools (PAISAA) semifinal win over the Phelps School on Friday night, Hill coach Seth Eilberg said that to beat Westtown in the final, his team would need to make shots. … Continue reading

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High-Fives: Hill School junior’s comes up big in win over Phelps in PAISAA semifinal

Josh Verlin (@jmverlin) – When James Fives transferred from Scranton Prep to the Hill School and reclassified from the 2014 graduating class to 2015, he figured it was a win-win scenario. An extra year to prepare for college. The chance … Continue reading

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Lithuanian native Rupkus comes up clutch in Westtown win

John Henry (@JAH1591) – In front of a rocking atmosphere at Malvern Prep High School, Westtown’s Edvinas Rupkus stole the spotlight to help his team knock off the Kiski School and advance to the Pennsylvania Independent Schools (PAISAA) Championship game. … Continue reading

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PAISAA Semifinals Preview: Kiski hoping for successful trip

Josh Verlin (@jmverlin) – For all but one of the 16 teams in the PAISAA Tournament this year, the last two games at Malvern Prep are a short drive away. And then there’s the Kiski School, from Saltsburg, Pa.–a good … Continue reading

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ANC holds on for wild win over Penn Charter

Andrew Koob (@AndrewKoob) – As it turns out, schools and classes weren’t the only thing affected by the recent snowstorms in the area. Academy of the New Church, in their first round PAISAA matchup against Penn Charter, came out sluggish … Continue reading

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Haverford rolls in PAISAA first round

Andrew Koob (@AndrewKoob) – There are games when everything seems to fall and nothing goes wrong. That was the kind of game the Haverford School had in the opening round of the PAISAA playoffs as the Fords steamrolled Friends’ Central, … Continue reading

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Nickens, Papagiannis lead Westtown to FSL title

Josh Verlin (@jmverlin) – There was something missing from Jared Nickens’ resume. Before he headed off to Maryland, beginning his career in the Big Ten, the senior at the Westtown School needed to accomplish something else first. “I wanted to … Continue reading

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Nickens’ shot helps Westtown top Life Center

Andrew Koob(@AndrewKoob) – With Life Center Academy making a final push for a victory, Westtown had a number of options to carry them to the finish line. This time, it was Jared Nickens that took over. Nickens, the senior wing, … Continue reading

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Simon Sees: HS Week in Review (Jan. 15)

Ian Simon (@CoachSimon200) – (Ed. Note: Every week, CoBL scouting director Ian Simon travels all over southeastern Pennsylvania, southern New Jersey and even Delaware, taking in high school games on an almost-daily basis. Each week, he’ll write about the best … Continue reading

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ANC squeezes by the Hun School, 39-36

John Iatesta (@JohnIatesta) – Academy New Church found themselves on the winning side of a tough, defensive struggle that saw them lead by one at the half and play a tight contest until the final buzzer. With 5.6 seconds left … Continue reading

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Harley’s big third quarter propels ANC over SCH

Jeff McDevitt (@JeffMcDev) – After  a hard-nosed, defensive first half that ended 18-15, Academy New Church came out of the locker room and turned their three-point lead into a 15 point lead in a matter of five minutes. The Lions … Continue reading

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Abington takes care of Friends’ Central, 64-41

Josh Verlin (@jmverlin) – Abington’s Charles Grasty boils his team’s unselfishness down to a simple reason. “They like each other,” the Galloping Ghost coach told CoBL. “In practice they share the ball, it’s just something that we’re going to look … Continue reading

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Trio drives Abington Friends past Friends Central

Andrew Koob (@AndrewKoob) – All it takes is for two or three players to start clicking on the court for a team to take home a victory. That was the case for the Abington Friends School Kangaroos, who only had three … Continue reading

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Rupkus, Westtown dominates final three quarters in win over St. Andrew’s

Jeff McDevitt (@JeffMcDev) – In the first quarter in Tuesday evening’s contest between St. Andrew’s and the Westtown School, St. Andrew’s senior forward and Providence-commit Ben Bentil looked unstoppable. He had 11 points, four rebounds and two assists by himself in the … Continue reading

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Haverford, Hill roll in Don McBride Tournament openers

Jeff Neiburg (@Jeff_Neiburg) – Friday night was the kickoff to the annual Don McBride Classic Basketball Tournament at The Haverford School in Haverford, Pa. With a loaded lineup of talent, and colleges in the midst of final examination, college coaches … Continue reading

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Life Center, St. Benedict’s pick up wins at Coatesville SPBP Classic

Josh Verlin (@jmverlin) – Playing their third game in as many days, the Academy of the New Church Lions were able to keep up with the incredibly talented lineup of Life Center (N.J.) for the first half. The Warriors broke … Continue reading

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2013-14 Scholastic Play-By-Play Schedule

Josh Verlin (@jmverlin) – For nearly 20 years, the Scholastic Play-By-Play Classics have been putting on events in the Philadelphia region and around the country, showcasing some of the top high school players and teams around. This year is no … Continue reading

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Haverford downs Shipley, 68-44, in season opener

Josh Verlin (@jmverlin) – It was only 10 days ago that Derek Mountain hung up his football cleats to switch over to the hardwood. Switching sports is nothing new for the junior wing, who makes the transition each fall. Mountain … Continue reading

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Penn Charter begins season with 71-45 win over GFS

Jeff McDevitt (@JeffMcDev) – Colgate commit Sean O’Brien‘s 19 points helped Penn Charter start the season off exactly how it wanted–with a 71-45 win over visiting Germantown Friends. The Quakers (1-0) fell behind 17-8 late in the first quarter, but ripped … Continue reading

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CoBL HS Preview: Friends Schools League

John Iatesta (@JohnIatesta) & Ian Simon (@CoachSimon200) Though the schools in this league are all Friends Schools–meaning they were founded by the Quakers–there’s certainly no friendliness lost when many of these teams take the court. One of a few leagues … Continue reading

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Size, depth has ANC with eyes on FSL title

Jeff Neiburg (@Jeff_Neiburg) – After a disappointing 2012-2013, with a 4-4 record in the Friends Schools League (7-14 overall), some new additions to 19th-year coach Kevin Givens’ roster have the Academy of the New Church primed to make a run … Continue reading

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Shipley prepared for life without Tillman

Jeff Neiburg (@Jeff_Neiburg) – Turning the page on an 8-15 season isn’t easy. For Shipley, losing starting center Zac Tillman (Monmouth) makes that process even harder. These Gators are up for the challenge, however. “We’re definitely going to be playing a … Continue reading

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Friends Central has eyes on league title

Jeff Neiburg (@Jeff_Neiburg) – After a disappointing 55-52 defeat at the hands of Abington Friends in last years’ Friends Schools League final, Friends Central is hungry and ready to take the next step. Head coach Ryan Tozer is in his … Continue reading

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Werdt looking to build program at Germantown Friends

Josh Verlin (@jmverlin) – Shawn Werdt is hoping to build something long-lasting at Germantown Friends. For inspiration, he need to look no further than his previous boss. The new head coach of the Tigers’ boys basketball team takes the job … Continue reading

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