Joseph Santoliquito Blog
The No. 2 Wildcats were led by Darrun Hilliard’s 16 points, on 6-for-11 shooting, and 15 from JayVaughn Pinkston.
The loss ended a great season for the Hawks, who finished 21-10 and had their dreams dashed of possibly facing Villanova in the second round on Saturday.
You have to go back. Way, way back. Back to when the NCAA Tournament had just 25 teams, no shot clocks, and when not every tournament game was shown on TV.
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.
Archbishop Wood stars Jake Cooper and Ryan Bates figure to have it a little easier than a lot of Division I-caliber stars, since the two made a decision that sets their future.
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.
As a school, Neumann-Goretti entered the exclusive realm of becoming the first dual boy-girl Catholic League basketball champions since Cardinal O’Hara accomplished the feat in 1968—the first in 46 years.
It marked the first Catholic League girls’ championship for Neumann-Goretti, and first since Neumann merged with St. Maria Goretti, which last one the Catholic League title in 1978.
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.
The PIAA District 1 playoffs (seedings and matchups below) will begin Friday night, weather permitting, with Conestoga as the No. 1 seed, followed by traditional state powerhouse Chester, Great Valley, Spring-Ford and defending state champion Lower Merion seeded No. 9.
Want to generate a little fire in the belly along with a few laughs, too? Returning again this Thursday night, Feb. 13 at the Eagles’ NovaCare Complex, Glen Macnow and Ray Didinger will host “Sports Movie Night,” beginning at 7 p.m.
Phils’ general manager Ruben Amaro says the Phillies have to score between 650 and 700 runs this season to be contenders and make the playoffs—all with the second-highest payroll in the National League, an estimated $159-million, behind the $216-million bankroll of the Los Angeles Dodgers.
Jon Squibb has been through this before. He sees the odds. He knows there’s doubts. Even if he is a three-time Wing Bowl champion.