Category Archives: Friends Schools

92 in 92: Academy of the New Church (Pa.)

Andrew Koob (@AndrewKoob) – (Ed. Note: This piece is part of CoBL’s “92 Stories in 92 Days” high school season preview, which will feature a different team in the CoBL coverage range each day from September 1 to December 1. … Continue reading

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Temple Team Camp: Team Notebook (Day 1)

Andrew Koob (@AndrewKoob) & Ari Rosenfeld (@realA_rosenfeld) – Temple kicked off its two-day team camp on Friday with plenty of talent showcased in just a few hours of game time. Temple coaches and plenty of smaller colleges got a good … Continue reading

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Report: Westtown’s Papagiannis signs with Greek pro team

Josh Verlin (@jmverlin) – Ever since he got to the Westtown School in West Chester, there had been speculation about just how long Georgios Papagiannis would stay. Would he stay one year, or two? Could he leave for a college … Continue reading

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Injury didn’t slow down DeAndre Hunter’s recruitment

Josh Verlin (@jmverlin) – Like quite a few others, Saint Joseph’s head coach Phil Martelli didn’t need to see much of Friends’ Central rising junior DeAndre Hunter to know how good he could be. The high-upside wing missed his entire … Continue reading

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SJU Team Camp: Team Notebook (Day 2)

Josh Verlin (@jmverlin) & Ari Rosenfeld (@realA_rosenfeld) – The Saint Joseph’s high school team camp has nearly 40 squads from the greater Philadelphia region (and a few from slightly beyond that) on Hawk Hill this weekend, getting a chance to … Continue reading

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Saint Joseph’s Team Camp Preview (June 19-21)

Josh Verlin (@jmverlin) – The area high school team camps continue this weekend with a big affair at St. Joseph’s, as nearly 40 schools from Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware–plus one from a little further away–come to City Avenue for … Continue reading

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Mary Kline Classic 2014 standouts

Josh Verlin (@jmverlin) & Teddy Bailey (@TheTeddyBailey) – WEST ORANGE, N.J.–For the last four years, the Mary Kline Classic has brought together some of the best high school prospects in the country together for a great cause, and 2014’s edition … Continue reading

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2014 AAU Mid-Atlantic Regional Finals Notebook

Josh Verlin (@jmverlin) – The Mid-Atlantic Regional AAU Tournament wrapped up at the Upper Chichester Recreation Center on Sunday, with the fourth grade (10U) through 11th grade (17U) championships determining who gets the opportunity advance to the AAU National tournament … 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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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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