March 30, 2013


NOTE: Time to close the books on another great season but I still have a lot more games to watch. Found two more sites that did games. This first one did a lot of Lower Merion games including all their District 1 games and a few others. Also both semifinal games and the title game with Chester, but there is a lot of other stuff on the site also so you have to keep looking. http://www.youtube.com/user/Kevinwilliams75/videos . The next one features a lot of Harrisburg Bishop McDevitt and Harrisburg games and a lot of the District 3 AAAA games, most of which I was there for. http://www.youtube.com/user/BigStar2Raw?feature=watch . Getting back to the state tourneys it was another District 12 and District 1 field day at the finals as only in AA neither had a team in. A had Vaux who won, AAA had two D-12 teams, Imhotep Charter and Archbishop Carroll and of course AAAA had Lower Merion and Chester again. But Harrisburg and New Castle both gave Lower Merion a run for their money.


1. Philadelphia Imhotep Charter (28-5) (PPL/District 12 AAA) Three consecutive state titles and four in five years. First in AA and this year in AAA. Played nine teams in our state ratings. Two losses came out of state and they avenged one of the in-state losses by winning Philadelphia Public Championship, their fourth title in five years.


2. Lower Merion (30-3) (District 1 AAAA) AAAA State Champs. Lost to Chester in District 1 final then beat them for state title. Other losses were to #1 and AAA state champ, Imothep and Philadelphia Catholic and District 12 AAA champ, Neumann-Goretti.


3. Chester (28-4) (District 1 AAAA) Had 78-game in-state winning streak stopped by Lower Merion in AAAA state final. Beat Lower Merion for District 1 title and Imhotep Charter by two in Holiday Classic.


4. Harrisburg (28-3) (District 3 AAAA) District 3 AAAA champ, lost to Lower Merion in AAAA Quarterfinals, by one point, 63-62. Split with York, losing in regular season then winning in overtime in District 3 AAAA final.


5. Philadelphia Neumann-Goretti (23-6) (PCL/District 12 AAA) A bad loss to a hot Donegal team in AAA quarterfinals, can not take away everything the Saints did good during the season. They defeated both AAAA state champ, Lower Merion and AAA state champ, Imhotep Charter in District 12 AAA title game. Also won fifth consecutive Philadelphia Catholic League title.


6. Philadelphia Roberts Vaux (24-8) (PPL/District 12 A) A State champions for their first ever state title and the school closes itÕs doors in June. First five losses all to out of state teams, Went 2-1 against Math, Civics & Sciences. Went 1-1 against AAA state champ, Imhotep, losing in the Public League title game. Other loss was when they were without Rysheed Jordan.


7. New Castle (29-1) (WPIAL/District 7 AAAA) HurricaneÕs 67-63 loss to eventual state champion Lower Merion in AAAA semifinals was only their second loss in their last 59 games all in the last two years. Canes had to beat fellow WPIAL Section 3 foes, Hampton and North Allegheny three times each to get to the state semifinals. Those two were also the #Õs 2 and 3 teams in the WPIAL AAAA.


8. Williamsport (23-3) (District 4 AAAA) District 2/4 AAAA Subregional champs, lost only to Sanford, Delaware, Harrisburg and Chester in the PIAA AAAA Round of 16.


9. Philadelphia St. JosephÕs Prep (24-6) (PCL/District 12 AAAA) Speedy MorrisÕs team lost to both AAAA and AAA State Champs, Lower Merion and Imhotep Charter, Neumann-Goretti twice and in the PIAA AAAA semifinals to Chester. They really stepped it up in the state tournament defeating in succession Abington 48-33, York 72-55 and Coatesville 67-43.


10. Philadelphia Math, Civics & Sciences Charter (26-3) (PPL/District 12 A) Only in state losses were both to A State champion, Roberts Vaux, the one that ended their season was by 17-points in the PIAA A state semifinals. The Mighty Elephants were not as strong after the Public A final loss to Vaux because star guard, 6-4 Jr, Malik Starkes was gone and probably banned from playing in the Pub again because of things he did in the final.


11. Erie Cathedral Prep (23-3) (District 10 AAAA) The Ramblers only in state losses were to AAA State champ, Imhotep Charter by a lot and New Castle in the PIAA AAAA quarterfinals. The night after losing to Imhotep, Prep came back and defeated Arlington Bishop OÕConnell, Virginia. OÕConnell finished the year 30-7 and won the Virginia Independent Division 1 State championship as well as the prestigious Alhambra Catholic Invitational Tournament


12. York (27-4) (District 3 AAAA) Bearcats losses came to Williamsport, Lancaster McCaskey (a loss they revenged in the District 3 AAAA semifinals).Harrisburg in District 3 AAAA title game after beating the Cougars in the regular season and to Philadelphia St. JosephÕs Prep in the PIAA AAAA Round of 16.


13. Radnor Archbishop Carroll (23-7) (PCL/District 12 AAA) Patriots fought their way to AAA State final with wins over WPIALÕs top AAA teams Chartiers Valley and Montour before losing to Imhotep Charter in final.


14. Coatesville (24-8) Red Raiders lost five of first six games, somewhat due to football team making it to state final and some players just getting in basketball shape. Then won 19 of next 20 games before losing to Lower Merion by only ten points in District 1 AAAA quarters, then took fifth place and in PIAA AAAA tournament defeated state ranked Lancaster McCaskey and Norristown before losing to St. JosephÕs Prep in quarterfinal.


15. Lancaster McCaskey (26-4) (District 3 AAAA) Lost first two games of year to Harrisburg in overtime and Chester in a blowout. Then went on a 25-game winning before losing to York, who they beat in Holiday Tournament, in District 3 AAAA semifinal. After then finishing third, lost to Coatesville 52-51 in PIAA AAAA Round of 32 game.


16. Norristown (24-5) (District 1 AAAA) The Eagles were upset by Ridley in District 1 AAAA Round of 16, but came back to finish with the ninth seed for states. In the first round of PIAA AAAA state tournament they defeated Roman Catholic but then lost to Coatesville in the Round of 16.


17. Philadelphia Roman Catholic (19-7) (PCL/District 12 AAAA) The Cahillites had a good chance of getting a much higher state rating after going 12-1 in the Philadelphia Catholic League but their loss to Neumann-Goretti cost them the title. During league season they defeated both St. JosephÕs Prep and Archbishop Carroll. They then lost to St. Joe Prep in the Catholic League semifinals, but despite the loss got the #1 seed for the AAAA city title game from the Catholic League because of some total point rule which many didnÕt understand. In the game they crushed a very good M.L. King team 69-53 but then turned around and got soundly beaten by Norristown 79-66 in the PIAA AAAA Round of 32 which set them back some.


18. Philadelphia Martin Luther King (24-5) (PPL/District 12 AAAA) The Cougars are another team that may have finished higher if not for the big loss to Roman Catholic in the District 12 AAAA city title game and then Roman being beaten in first round of states by Norristown who in turn lost their next game to Coatesville. King playing in a weak Division C of the Pub League won their first 18-games, but then picked up some good competition losing to Math, Civics & Science in overtime, Roberts Vaux in double-overtime and then Vaux again in overtime in the Public League semifinals. Then came the loss to Roman Catholic, then a 10-point win over an average Reading team in the PIAA AAAA Round of 32, followed by a loss to eventual state champion, Lower Merion in the Round of 16.


19. Abington Heights (27-3) (District 2 AAA) The Comets pretty much breezed through District 2 going undefeated inside the District. Won a PIAA AAA first round game over Philadelphia Electrical Charter, then lost in the Round of 16 to eventual state champion, Philadelphia Imhotep Charter.


20. Beaver Falls (27-3) (WPIAL/District 7 AA) The AA State Champion, Tigers lone losses came early in the year to WPIAL AAAA champ, New Castle, AAA champ, Montour and A power Lincoln Park. Then ended the season on a 17-game winning streak and 22 of their last 23 games. They breezed through the WPIAL AA Tournament with the closest game being a 61-33 win over Burrell. Then beat a very good West Middlesex team in the PIAA AA Semifinal and came from behind to defeat Dunmore Holy Cross to win their fourth state championship.


21. Hampton (22-6) (WPIAL/District 7 AAAA) The Talbots were an all underclassmen team that should be heard from next year. They were 0-3 with New Castle but their 54-50 loss at home to the CanesÕ was New CastleÕs only non-double-digit win of the season. They went 2-1 against North Allegheny and lost to Erie Cathedral Prep, 58-50, in the PIAA AAAA Round of 16. Their other loss was to Section 3 rival, Seneca Valley, a loss they revenged later.


22. North Allegheny (22-5) (WPIAL/District 7 AAAA) A run and gun team that liked to shoot the three also, the Tigers wiped out Mid-Penn CommonwealthÕs No. 2 team, State College twice. There only losses were to New Castle three times, the third in the PIAA AAAA Round of 16 . The other two came to Hampton and they held one win over Hampton.


23. Montour (25-5) (WPIAL/District 7 AAA) Lost four of first 12 games, then went on a 17-game winning streak, including avenging losses to both Mars and Chartiers Valley in the WPIAL AAA semifinals and championship. Winning streak finally stopped by Radnor Archbishop Carroll in the PIAA AAA semifinals.


24. Dunmore Holy Cross (27-6) (District 2 AA) The Crusaders took second fiddle to Wilkes-Barre Meyers in District 2 AA all year long. They lost three of first six games, but all to highly regarded D-2 teams in Abington Heights, Wilkes-Barre Meyers and Scranton High. From there to the state final they had a 24-2 record, including revenging their loss to W-B Meyers 59-45 in the District 2 AA title game. In the PIAA AA State Tournament they defeated Lewisburg, Philadelphia Del-Val Charter, Philadelphia Communications Tech and Trinity. In the final they led Beaver Falls most of the game and had a double-digit lead late but finally broke down to the Tigers relentless press and took home second place.


25. Berks Catholic (26-4) (District 3 AAA) The Saints lost two of their first three games then won 25 of their next 26 games, the lone loss coming at the hands of Harrisburg. Included in those wins were Roman Catholic, then three good Philadelphia teams in Freier Charter, Communications Tech and Constitution Tech. They won the District 3 AAA championship but their reward was a date with Radnor Archbishop Carroll in the PIAA AAA Round of 32. They gave a good fight, but fell short to the Patriots 47-42.


26. Donegal (29-3) (District 3 AAA) Someone asked me if I ever knew of a team that went 29-3 and failed to play in a championship game of their league, their district or a state final. The answer is no. Never the less, the Indians finished one of the if not the finest season in school history. They won their first 23 games, before losing to Lancaster McCaskey in the semifinals of the Lancaster-Lebanon League Tournament. The next loss came to Berks Catholic in the semifinals of the District 3 AAA tournament. They came back to take third place with a win over Susquehanna Township. They then pulled the biggest upset of the year with a 55-50 win over Philadelphia Neumann-Goretti in the PIAA AAA quarterfinals. Their season came to an end in the semifinals with a loss to Imhotep Charter.


27. West Middlesex (25-4) (District 10 AA) The Big Reds lost their first game of the season to Beaver Falls and their last game of the season in the PIAA AA semifinal, again to Beaver Falls, the AA State champions. In between the other two losses came to Ohio teams.


28. Chartiers Valley (24-5) Another run and gun team that likes to also shoot the three, the Colts were in the state ratings for much of the regular season. They then lost twice to Montour, the second in the WPIAL AAA championship. Also saw their season end in a close loss to Radnor Archbishop Carroll in the PIAA AAA quarterfinals.


29. Allentown Central Catholic (24-4) (District 11 AAA) The Vikings were state ranked the last couple of weeks of the regular season. They won the District 11 AAA championship, but saw their season end in the PIAA AAA Round of 16 by Donegal 66-57.


30. Johnsonburg (30-3) (District 9 A) Small but fearless, the Rams lost only to Smethport and Ridgway two more very good District 9 A teams. Biggest win came in the PIAA A semifinal, 59-53 over highly touted Lincoln Park Charter. They fought Roberts Vaux tooth and nail for the whole first half and led by a point in the state final before faltering in second half.