High School Basketball
No area in the state continues to be more dominant than the Philadelphia area.
Neuman-Goretti is 26-0 and they look tough to beat.
The Neumann-Goretti girls basketball team defeated Archbishop Wood 50-45.
Neumann-Goretti defeated Archbishop Carroll 40-28 to advance to the Catholic League Finals.
The Philadelphia area is proving once again that it produces nothing but elite basketball talent. Of the eight PIAA state championship games coming up this weekend at the Giant Center in Hershey.
With the PIAA state championship tournament underway, both girls and boys Neumann-Goretti teams could possibly make even more history.
In the past, it was easy. All anyone needed to do was look at the tiny city in the nook between Philadelphia and the Delaware state border to determine which team would be PIAA Class AAAA state hoops champions.
The whispers were prevalent, winding through Villanova’s Pavilion in record speed of “Chester’s down year.” If there was a time to nip the Clippers, this would be the year. Or so the whispers suggested.
Vicky Tumasz thought she was going to have some problems. The North Penn senior’s depth perception was slightly off, making only a few shots during pre-game warm-ups Friday night at Villanova’s Pavilion.
On occasion, there is a player that slips through the cracks of the talent-rich Philadelphia area. This season there seems to be a few sleepers out there that should merit more college interest than they’re receiving, and that could change in the case of one player.
Felicia Aiyeotan stared down with sunken, sullen eyes. She was 12 then and clearly didn’t want to be there. This was as foreign to her as stepping on Pluto. It’s why she gingerly approached, toeing the basketball court sideline as if she were about to dip her foot in a pool of steaming water.
We’ve seen all sorts of crazy endings to basketball games. Half court shots, full court shots, backwards-falling-out-of-bounds shots. But you’ve likely never seen anything like this before.
Neumann-Goretti girls’ basketball coach Letty Santarelli has to turn the lights out after practice to get her team to go home. An hour after they’re finished, they’re still shooting around on their own, working on new moves, improving their game.
The Irish have won three state titles, seven sectional titles and 10 conference titles during Jim Crawford’s reign as head coach.
Basketball junkies should have a lot of fun the next three days if they head to Philadelphia University’s Gallagher Center.