Neumann Goretti, out of the Philadelphia Catholic League, won its fourth PIAA Class AAA boys’ basketball championship in five years on Friday night.
With the PIAA state championship tournament underway, both girls and boys Neumann-Goretti teams could possibly make even more history.
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.
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.
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 air was electric inside the gymnasium at the Meredith School as the children gathered to watch the Neumann-Goretti and College All-Star basketball players strut their stuff on the court.
As a senior at Neumann-Goretti High School Tony Chennault was named Pennsylvania’s Boys Basketball Player of the Year. Now he is heading to Wake Forest to play his college ball. KYW’s Matt Leon spoke to […]