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The 2011-2012 Season

Mifflin County vs Susquehanna Twp Game

Photo taken at the Mifflin County at Susquehanna Twp game, left to right: Kirk Smallwood (Harrisburg), Aaron Gingrich (Mifflin County), Dave Burman. Dave Burman and Susquehanna Twp players in the Susquehanna Twp gym

Chester at Lancaster McCaskey Game, 12/13/11

The Trenton Holiday tournament  HERE
featuring Octorara & defending "A" champ Math, Civics, Science

Utube on Aquille Carr the Class of 2013 standout

by Christopher A. Vito   Saturday, December 17, 2011

**Marple Newtown's gym, a newly renovated arena that may have vaulted into the short list of my top-five places to see a game in Delaware County. (More on that below.)
Here are a few reasons why: Marple Newtown does it right, with its chorus singing the national anthem, its marching band (yes, the marching band) playing tunes between quarters and during timeouts, the west end of the gym bouncing with student fans and a packed atmosphere.
Now, that being said, here are a few of my other favorite places to take in a boys basketball game in Delaware County (in no particular order):

Clip Joint, Chester High. It doesn't get any better. Being that Chester routinely fields the area's top team, you're in store for solid play, no question. But don't forget about some of the most animated fans ... and the cheerleaders doing the Chester Train. The place is a history lesson, too, and the 1,000-point scorers list is a veritable who's-who in Delco hoops.
Harrison Gymnasium, Glen Mills. Just because the student body is obligated to go doesn't mean it's obligated to be into the game. But the students cheer, and chant, and sing, and stomp ... all game long. And the P.A. guy often plays "Apache" by The Sugar Hill Gang. Absolute throwback.
Penn Wood. That bandbox of a gym is the epitome of high school hoops. You walk in on a brisk winter night, you walk out a sweaty mess. That's because what goes on in the cozy confines along Essex Avenue is good, fun basketball in the tightest of quarters.
Penncrest. If only for the look of the place, it rates among the best, with an above-the-court track that provides a top-tier sightline. The always-involved student section makes this a special place, too.
Dunk of the Year Last Season

On u tube
TaVaune Griffin Embarrasses Defender on the Sick Dunk and makes Crowd Runs Wild


Saturday, December 10, 2011


Twice, Rahlir Hollis-Jefferson was at the scoring end of a tip-in Saturday. Both buckets ended Villanova spurts. Both buckets bolstered Temple's advantage over the Wildcats in the Owls' 78-67 Big 5 win.

'Big' doesn't do Hollis-Jefferson justice. The Chester All-Delco has played bigger than his 6-6 frame for Temple (6-2 overall, 2-0 Big 5), which is missing 6-10 center Micheal Eric due to injury.

"Since Rahlir has been here, he's played the four man (position)," said Temple's Ramone Moore, who had 32 points. "...On any type of big man, he does a good job."

“He had two great tip-ins and they were critical tip-ins at the right time for us," said Temple coach Fran Dunphy of Hollis-Jefferson. "If there's a finer human being than Rahlir Hollis-Jefferson, I haven't met him anyway. Any time you can see that kind of performance by him, it adds to his way. He's a tremendous guy and he could care less about himself. It's all about the team and it's delightful to watch him succeed.

After scoring 11 points (on 5-for-8 shooting) with 14 rebounds and three assists, Hollis-Jefferson spent some time catching up with me on a variety of topics ... including his alma mater, Chester High:

Q: Ramone talked about your team needing you to play bigger than you are. Is that OK with you?
A: I play with my heart, so my heart makes up for my size. When I play, I'm not 6-6. I'm bigger than that.

Q: Everyone always called you Rah-long back in Chester, right?
A: Oh, wow. I haven't heard that in a while. I still hear it when I go home, but … wow. It don't really mean anything to me anymore because I have a lot of big guys around me now.

Q: Where do you see this team a month from now?
A: If we keep working hard, I see us going far. That's about it, really.

Q: You played for a state champion (in 2007-08), what some people call the best Chester team ever. Some people said that about last year's (state championship) team. Where does this year's team rank with those two?
A: I mean, last year's Chester team was good. Now they have almost all of their players back. They're more mature, so they should be able to handle things much better than they did last year. They should be able to do some damage this year.

Q: Is there anybody in the state that can beat them?
A: Anybody on any given night. That's how it is. We didn't feel like we could lose, so we came to play every night.

Q: How do you like how your brother (Rondae Jefferson, a Chester junior getting solid Division I looks) is progressing?
A: I like the way he's coming along. He's still got a lot more room to grow, and he's going to continue to do so. He's going to keep working hard at his craft.

Q: Have you tried to convince him to come to Temple?
A: No, I can't do that. Wherever he wants to go, I'll support him. That's how it is.

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Dave Burman the roving ambassador of Pennsylvania high school basketball (right) visits with Octorara Coach Gene Lambert (left) at his Spring High School League.

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       Larry Moore          and                           Fred Pickett visit with Dave Burman
Moore was tht Harrisburg Girl's Coach      and Pickett coached the Chester Boys

Photo taken at Villanova Tournament (Credit: Dave Burman)


January 4, 2010
 1. Philadelphia Neumann-Goretti (7-1) (PCL/District 12 AAA)
Made it to the final of the Iolani Prep Classic in Honolulu, Hawaii before losing by a point to highly regarded Houston Yates, Texas. The Saints who were upset by fellow Catholic foe, Archbishop Carroll came into this season with four D-1 signees in Tony Chennault 6-2 Sr (Wake Forest), Danny Stewart 6-6 Sr (Rider), Tyreek Duren 6-2 Sr (La Salle), and Mustafaa Jones 6-0 Sr (Hartford). Others who will play a big part are Lamin Fulton 5-9 Jr; Derrick Stewart 6-5 Soph and Billy Shank 5-8 Soph.
Wins: 81 Norristown Kennedy-Kenrick 42, 82 Lansdale Catholic 43, In the Iolani Prep Classic 82 Kaimuki, Hawaii 37, 75 Kingston, North Carolina 72, 72 Montrose Christian, Maryland 65; In the Jameer/Pete Nelson SPBP Classic 82 Philadelphia Conwell-Egan 63, In the Cancer Research Classic @ Wheeling Jesuit, WV 73 Queens Christ the King 65.
Loses: In the championship game 96 Houston Yates, Texas 97.
2. Plymouth-Whitemarsh (7-0) (District 1 AAAA)
The Colonials were knocked out of the PIAA AAAA state tournament last year, by state runner up York High but they are back stronger then ever and still a young team. 11 players, including four starters, return from that team. The four starters are C.J. Aiken 6-10 Sr center bound for (St. Joseph's) and 6-7 Jr forward Jaylen Bond another Division I prospect. The other returning starters are 6-1 Jr wing Sam Pygatt and 5-10 Jr point guard Brandon Dixon, both of whom started as sophomores. Last years 6th man, Whis Grant a 6-0 Sr is the fifth starter this year. 6-1 Jr Stephon Baker, 6-1 Jr Marcus Badger, 6-4 Sr T.J. Clancy and 6-0 Sr Julian Bond makes this a nine-deep team.

Lewistown Panther Club, Basketball Tip-Off Tourney & Challenge, 2009 Pairings

Lewistown Holiday Classic

Major Loss for Reading HS Basketball Team (Reading Eagle)

Another Neumann-Goretti (Phila) Hoopster Going D-1 (Phila Inquirer)

Incredible ABC TV Video 1967 East Final-76ers at Celtics game 4


Dave and Coach Don Ross (Harrisburg) in a photo op with the  Stellar girls at the Tournament
(photo by pahoops)

Here's a closer look at Penn Wood's 57-40 win over Chester Thursday:

***LAUGH IT OFF. Clippers forward Ronnell Williams experienced the joy and ire of coach Larry Yarbray in one trip to the free throw line. When the sophomore banked in a foul shot, Yarbray laughed and smiled at his young big man. And when Williams clanked the next one, Yarbray screamed at him to get down the floor and defend.

Three members of the nationally-ranked Temple Owls' rotation were at the Clip Joint. Chester All-Delco Rahlir Jefferson sat beside former Clippers coach Fred Pickett, while Scootie Randall and Ramone Moore (Jefferson's teammates with the No. 19 Owls) were seated in the row in front of him.

***1,000 POINT CLUB, PART I. Before the game, Chester honored Maurice Nelson, who scored his career 1,000th point Tuesday in a road game at Interboro. But Tyree Johnson got the best of Nelson. Johnson, who scored his 1,000th point in an earlier meeting with Chester, had the better game this time around, too. ...And he did so less than 24 hours after making his college commitment.

***SUPER 7 DISCUSSION. Speaking of Pickett, the longtime Clippers coach asked me why Chester had slipped to No. 4 in the latest Daily Times' Super 7. After giving my explanation, Pickett walked away. He wanted nothing of it. But he's a good sport. He came back a minute later, smiling. (Like any good coach, he knows not to take sports too seriously. That's the key.)

***1,000 POINT CLUB, PART II. One of Darby Township's finest was a referee Thursday. Derick Loury, who scored 1,137 points in his career with the Eagles, worked the game at the Clip Joint.

Delco boys basketball news/notes  (revised)

PENNCREST FINISHED another December undefeated - as the Lions did last year. They're 8-0, and have rolled over five of their opponents by 15 or more points.
  Coach Mike Doyle had an idea just how good his team could be this year, but to start the season winning the first seven and thumping opponents? Doyle is a little surprised after losing last year's entire frontcourt.
What Penncrest has back is the terrific senior backcourt combination of Andrew Radomicki and Rodney Duncan. What has been a surprise so far is the balanced scoring, the strong inside play of 6-9 senior Chris Sell, and added scoring punch from senior Matt Atkinson and junior Ian Campbell.
  Entering the week, Penncrest was one of three undefeated teams in District 1, with Plymouth-Whitemarsh and Souderton, and this week could tell a lot. Penncrest nipped Marple Newtown last night, 58-57, has Haverford High tomorrow night, and closes the week with Conestoga on Saturday.
Much of that credit has to go to Doyle, a 1984 Cardinal O'Hara graduate who is a former assistant coach at Saint Joseph's University, where he coached Rap Curry and Jameer Nelson. In the first 6 years under Doyle, Penncrest has gotten progressively better, increasing its victory total from four, six, eight, 10 and 13 wins his first 5 years, to 18-4 last year, the best season at Penncrest since 1968-69. The Lions could surpass that this season.  Campbell leads the team in scoring with an 11.7 average, Radomicki is scoring 11.5 a game, Duncan is averaging 11.4 and Atkinson is scoring 10 points per game over the Lions' last four.
Nice start
Glen Mills' first-year coach Tony Bacon has started off well, going 3-1 in his first month. Every year, it's always something new for the Bulls, with a collection of new players to organize as a team. But Bacon has created a team.
Seniors Chris Dickerson and Shakeem Armstead and junior Leonard Singleton have made Bacon's transition smooth. Plus, Bacon said, input from assistant coaches Doug Legette, Mike Hendrick and Damian Hangey has been invaluable.
Strath Haven moves on
Strath Haven came into the season with a new coach, Tom Dougherty, and four of five starters new to the varsity level. After a 1-3 start, the Panthers entered this week with a five-game winning streak and are 6-3 overall, which includes Central League victories over Marple Newtown (without Soutiri Sapnas), Radnor, Springfield and Harriton.

The Panthers have a force in the middle in 6-8 senior center Jack Roberts, who's already committed to Division III powerhouse Middlebury (Vt.), and nice play from senior guards Kevin Valentino and Pat Fischer.

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Southeastern PA D-1 College Basketball Recruits
Here are some basketball players who have committed or signed letters of intent with Division I colleges:


Natasha Cloud, Cardinal O'Hara (Maryland)

Talia East, Friends' Central (Penn State)

Kristen Fuery, Upper Dublin (Holy Cross)

Ro Gentry, Downingtown East (Rider)

Sarah Kiely, Council Rock North (American)

Jess Koci, Archbishop Ryan (La Salle)

Emily Leer, Abington (Villanova)

Maggie Lucas, Germantown Academy (Penn State)

Meghan McCullough, Notre Dame (Penn)

MyNeshia McKenzie, Springfield-Delco (Rider)

Erin Shields, Archbishop Carroll (St. Joseph's)

Sam Simononis, Pennridge (Vermont)

Tory Thierolf, Germantown Academy (Drexel)


C.J. Aiken, Plymouth Whitemarsh (St. Joseph's)

Cameron Ayers, Germantown Academy (Bucknell)

Rakeem Brookins, Roman Catholic (Tulane)

Tony Chennault, Neumann-Goretti (Wake Forest)

Erik Copes, Imhotep Charter (George Washington)

Tyreek Duren, Neumann-Goretti (La Salle)

Shaquille Duncan, Frankford (Niagara)

Tyrone Garland, Bartram (Virginia Tech)

H.J. Gaskins, Friends' Central (Boston University)

Cameron Gunter, Ridley (Penn)

D.J. Irving, Archbishop Carroll (Boston University)

John Johnson, Girard College (Pittsburgh)

Mustafaa Jones, Neumann-Goretti (Hartford)

Matthew Lee, Westtown Friends (Bryant)

Anthony Mayo, Roman Catholic (Boston University)

Dominic Morris, Friends' Central (Boston University)

Tom Noonan, Penn Charter (Princeton)

Travis Robinson, Friends' Central (Boston University)

Danny Stewart, Neumann-Goretti (Rider)

Mike Terry, North Catholic (Boston University)

Dockery Walker, Westtown Friends (Brown)

- Rick O'Brien


Burman Report
from the Stellar Tournament

with Chester Coach Larry Yarbray
Chester finished (3-2)
Beat St. Piux (Pottstown), 80-56
Beat Glen Falls (NY), 82-33
Lost to league-rival Glen Mills 39-36
Beat Trinity (Camp Hill), 51-47
Lost to Liberty-Bethlehem (2-ot), 42-40

Stellar's "Stellar" Performances HERE


The championship game of the Smallwood Summer League was an all Mid-Penn Keystone boys' basketball affair as Rookies downed L'Koste Villa 56-49 for the title.

Tajh Turner led with 14 points and JaiShawn Richardson added 12 for Rookies, made up of the Susquehanna Twp. varsity.
Eric Kindler scored a game-high 24 points for L'Koste Villa, the sponsor for Trinity.  (Harrisburg Patriot)

Tyreke Evans from Chester, PA  (Article sent by Dave Burman)
(Article on Tyreke in Sacramento Newspaper)Tyreke Evans, the Kings' top choice in the draft Thursday, gets acquaint ed with NBA Commissioner David Stern after being picked fourth. The Kings had the opportunity to grab Ricky Rubio, the much-hyped Spanish point guard, but let him drop to Minnesota at No. 5. 
Last season at the University of Memphis, he led his team to 27 consecutive wins after coach John Calipari moved him from shooting guard to point guard. Even in defeat,  Evans' play had some scouts predicting he would eventually be the best player from this draft as he scored a season-high 33 points against Missouri in their NCAA Tournament Sweet 16 game. (Photo by JIM MCISAAC Getty Images)

St. Joe's dedicate new center By Ray Parrillo

The festive event was all St. Joe's. After Jack Ramsay and St. Joseph's president, the Rev. Timothy R. Lannon, cut the ribbon, a five-man Dixieland band of Jesuits played "When the Hawks Go Flying In." Just as it does at basketball games, the Hawk mascot flapped its wings through the entire ceremony, and those in attendance toured the new building. The St. Joseph's University's expanded and renovated basketball complex  bears his name and officially was dedicated yesterday,

Ramsay coached the Hawks for 11 seasons, from 1955 to 1966, and reached 10 postseason tourneys, including the Final Four in 1961. His teams went 234-72 and his winning percentage of .765 remains the best in school history. He then coached 20 seasons in the NBA and guided the Portland Trail Blazers to the championship in 1977.

Ramsay led a list of St. Joe's basketball royalty that included Jameer Nelson, who was among the benefactors for the $35 million project. The new locker room is named in honor of the guard from Chester, who was the consensus national player of the year in 2004 and is an all-star for the Orlando Magic. The men's basketball lounge is named after Delonte West, who teamed with Nelson in the backcourt to lead the Hawks to a 27-0 regular-season record and No. 1 ranking, a remarkable feat for a small Jesuit school in an era dominated by Division I football universities.


06/16/2009  Penn Wood HS Spring League Playoffs and Championship tonight!!!!!!!!!
06/13/2009  Rare Footage 1996 Kobe Bryant and Lower Merion Run to PIAA State
05/28/2009  Great News for Delco HS Hoops (Delco Times)
05/14/2009  Week Two Results Penn Wood Boys HS Hoop Spring League
05/04/2009  Greater Philadelphia Boys BB Spring/Summer League Website/Scores/Schedule
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