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CONSTITUTION GENERALS

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The Constitution Generals are known far and wide, all across the state of Pennsylvania for their basketball exploits.  And rightfully so… with 221 wins since their basketball programs inception, 10 years ago.  Let this sink in… 221 wins, 4 PIAA STATE TITLES with 10 straight State Playoff appearances.   Not to mention hoisting the Silver ball in the air once and three other trips to the State’s Final 4.  The Generals staff insist they are not ready to be referred to as a dynasty just yet, here at PREP SCENE we tend to disagree.  In case you missed it that’s…10 years – 221 wins, 7 Final Four Appearances, 4 State Titles and 1 Runner-up. 

The architect of the powerhouse constructed on 7th and Chestnut Streets in Center City is head coach Rob Moore.  He has orchestrated all this athletic success with many of the city’s best and brightest academically.  “The kids understand the big picture… Our goal is to be a model program for the District.  We want to show that smart kids can play basketball,” said  Moore.  ConHigh, which the school is affectionately known as, prides itself as a unique small, city wide school dedicated to empowering students through active citizenship and for producing the next generation of engaged citizens and leaders in government, public policy and law.  Can you say STUDENT-athletes!

Savon Goodman – NBC Sports

Moore is an educator and his teachings extend beyond the classroom. His lessons on the hardwood about life and hoops have produced a plethora of productive citizens, college graduates and scholarship level athletes. It is no coincidence that any given year you will notice 3-5 future Division I players taking the floor for him. He is known around the city to develop his kids and maximize their potential. Like every group before them, this year’s group enters the 2019-2020 season with high expectations. Is this the year Constitution wins their 2nd Public League Championship?

Keshaun Hammonds –
Mark Pynes, PennLive

The Generals return three starters from last year’s 22-10 outfit that won the District XII AA Championship and was the Philadelphia Public League Runner-up, losing to AAAA State Champion, Imhotep Charter in the final.  The undisputed leader of this group will be Keshaun “Champ” Hammonds.  The 6’1 Sr. guard is a two-time ALL PUBLIC LEAGUE & ALL STATE player and currently holds five Division I offers.  He has amassed 1200 points already and after this season could be mentioned in the same breath with some of the best scorers the city has seen, definitely top 10 numbers are within’ reach, possibly even top 5 in scoring.  

The other two starters, Quadir Miller, a 5’10 Jr. guard, and Maurice Montgomery, a 6-5 Jr. forward, are both capable of putting up big numbers.  With the loss of Jabari Merritt and Jihad Saunders to graduation, an increased workload should lead to increased production from both.  Montgomery is an inside out force that dominates the glass at both ends and plays with a high motor.    

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Possibly, the Prospective Student-Athlete with the highest ceiling on the team is 6’3 So. guard, Jacob Beccles.  He is an elite athlete, physically strong with exceptional body control and a sweet stroke.  Coach Moore is expecting a break-out season for Beccles, his maturation and ability to impose his will could land the Generals back to the sweetest place on earth next March. 

Other key returners include, 6’5 Sr. forward Aamir Sharif, 6’8 Sr. center Korey Bridges, 6’5 So. Jamal Carr.  Lamar Glover a So. guard and 6’5 Jr. uber athletic wing Malcolm Gadson.

COLT SHOOTOUT RECAP

BRACKET BREAKDOWN

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You might have noticed, in an earlier tweet this week, that I mentioned how there is a direct correlation between fall and winter success. Particularly, that the Colt Shootout has been known to be an indicator of winter success for District III’s big school divisions. Central York, the 2019 Champion will look to continue the past successes of both Reading and Manheim Township in league and district play. The Panther’s would love nothing better than to be the next champion on the verge of a 20 win season. Lets take a look at how -the bracket unfolded and the Panthers were crowned King…

The Semifinalists were Cedar Cliff, who got there behind solid team play and a stellar 2 game morning for 6’3 sr. guard Joey Zvorsky to knock off Waynesboro and Dallastown. 6’5 sr wing Elijah Eberly’s 21.5 ppg fueled the Bears of Elizabethtown past Susquehanna Township and Central Dauphin to victory. Central York and Chambersburg both only had to win one game to round out the Final Four. In Central York’s 54-43 victory over Cumberland Valley, 6’3 Gabe Guidinger and teammate Evan Eisenhart combined for 35 points. Chambersburg moved past Cedar Crest, behind the long ball of sr. guard Ethan Shreffler.

Elizabethtown moved into the finals taking down Cedar Cliff 56-38 with a balanced attack. Brody Beach had 17 points, with three- 3’s, pacing a Coach Parise’ squad , that had two other players score 15 or more, in Eberly 16 and Luke Pierson 15. In the other matchup Central York prevailed 45-37 over Chambersburg. Central York’s theme in the afternoon was everyone contributes. Mitch Saxton led a balanced attack, in which 7 Panthers scored, with 10pts. Evan Eisenhart tossed in 9 and Shiloh Johnson and Gabe Guidinger added 8 apiece.

Coach Schieler knows momentum is good, but come winter he will need his guys fully engaged to reach their goals.

In the Championship game both teams battled back and forth in the first half. The game was deadlocked at 21-21 but Central York outscored Elizabethtown 22-12 in the final 20 minutes of the day, to take the crown. Although the Panthers won by double figures, only one player in the game scored in double figures… and he wasn’t one of them. The Panthers suffocating defense held Elijah Eberly to only 9 points and teammate Luke Pierson managed the 10. For the Champions the leading scorers were Nolan Hubbs and Mitch Saxton with 9 apiece, followed by Gabe Guidinger 8 and Tejesh Chundura’s 7.

PREP SCENE’S 2019 Colt Shootout Champions

OUTSTANDING PLAYER

Elijah Eberly, Elizabethtown

Elijah Eberly

6’4 Senior Forward

Elijah played like a scholarship worthy player this Saturday. Offensively, he was outstanding in the role of point foward, when the teams PG tweaked his ankle. His high for the day was 28pts in a 40 min running clock game against Central Dauphin. However, the most impressive aspect of his game was his ability to set the offensive table for others. He asserted himself when needed and trusted teammates in crucial moments, showing a poise and maturity that coaches will love. He made everyone around him better on the offensive end. Defensively, he used his length and quickness in passing lanes all day long. Good anticipation on steals and blocks.

NOTEWORTHY PERFORMANCES

Gabe Guidinger, Central York

Solid performances at both ends of the floor all day long. Gabe showcased his multi-talented (Dribble, Pass, Shoot, Defend) skill set relentlessly over his three games. He was an inside out juggernaut for opponents. He not only demonstrated the ability to score the ball from mid-range or at the rim, he defended all 5 positions effectively.

Joey Zvorsky, Cedar Cliff

Zvorsky was phenomenal in the morning session. He was already a very good player but the level he played at in his first two games was different than anything we had seen previously. Confident, poised, consistently on the attack, scoring efficiently, impacting the game at the defensive end. He was flat out the best player we seen in the AM. He fizzled a little late in game three but bounced back for a solid performance in the 3rd place game.

Ileri Ayo-Faleye, Cedar Crest

Ayo-Faleye was electric as always in transition. Today he demonstrated a real knock for getting the ball off the rim at the offensive end. He was quick off of his feet, often engaged in his second and third effort as opponents were landing their first. This obviously lead to multiple seond chance scoring opportunities for his team. Highlight reel dunks, with top of the block athleticism keeps him in our list even though play is inconsistent and not senior mature at times.

PROSPECTIVE STUDENT-ATHLETE OF THE DAY

Nick Peters, Cedar Cliff

Nick Peters

The German transfer student is a Division I project. However, at 6-11 and with a stretch four skill set, he will be a hot commodity this winter. He appears to be adjusting to the physicality of the American game well; this will take some time. His passing and feel for the game are definite strengths we quickly noticed. He made an athletic play when running the floor that did show an upside that was very exciting. With 25+ high school games and an entire season of adjustment and improvement he could be the type of talent that gets a low major coach a pay bump 4 years from now.

HONORABLE MENTIONS

Brody Beach, Elizabethtown – shot it lights out

Justice Easter – Central Dauphin – impacted game both ends

Jason Eberhart, Cedar Crest – solid inside and out

Evan Eisenhart, Central York – when engaged excellent

Nolan Gilbert, Cumberland Valley – consistent, effective

Jadon Green, Dallastown – scored the ball effortlessly

Kobe Green, Dallastown – performed at both ends

De’von Haggins, Central Dauphin – defense led to offense

Nate McGill, Northern – not his best but better than the rest

Luke Pierson, Elizabethtown – strong force for Bears

Cole Rhyne, Waynesboro – see McGill

Rance Russo, Central Dauphin – elevates teammates

Mitchell Saxton, Central York – put together 3 good games

Sam Sherry, Cumberland Valley – skilled big with upside

Ethan Shreffler, Chambersburg – dribble, pass, shoot- impactful

Where will Pennsylvania’s top schoolboys be this round

Tuesday, March 12th

5A (Click for complete bracket)

Will Bowen, Lower Dauphin (3-1) vs Johnstown (6-1) 7:30 Bald Eagle HS

Vinny DeAngelo, Sun Valley (1-1) vs Northern (3-4) 7:30 Garden Spot HS

Michael Carmody, Mars (7-1) vs York (3-3) 6:00 Holidaysburg HS

Rasool Diggins, Archbishop Wood (12-1) vs Penncrest (1-3) 7:30 Harriton HS

Clovis Gallon, York (3-3) vs Mars (7-1) 6:00 Holidaysburg HS

Luke Hedrick, Lower Dauphin (3-1) vs Johnstown (6-1) 7:30 Bald Eagle HS

LaKeem Mcaililey, Mastery North (12-2) vs Abington Heights (2-1)

Andrew Recchia, Mars (7-1) vs York (3-3) 6:00 Holidaysburg HS

Jamir Reed, Mastery North 12-2 vs Abington Heights (2-1) 6:00 Liberty HS

Kevin Shenk, Pottville (11-1) vs Crestwood (2-2) 7:30 Hazleton HS

Daeshon Sheperd, Archbishop Wood (12-1) vs Penncrest (1-3) 7:30 Harriton HS

Jalen Stinton, Archbishop Wood (12-1) vs Penncrest (1-3) 7:30 Harriton HS

Jaquil Stone, Archbishop Ryan (12-4) vs Moon (7-2) 7:30 Chambersburg HS

George Tinsley, Abington Heights (2-1) vs Mastery North (12-2) 6:00 Liberty HS

4A

Dahmir Bishop, Imhotep (12-2) vs Danville (4-2) 7:30 Central Dauphin East HS

Chereef Knox, Imhotep (12-2) vs Danville (4-2) 7:30 Central Dauphin East HS

Luke House, Archbishop Carroll (12-3) vs Lancaster Catholic (3-2) 8:00 Geigle Complex

Tariq Ingraham, Bonner-Prendergast (12-1) vs Nanticoke (2-2) 7:30 Freeedom HS

Donovan Johnson, Moon (7-2) vs Archbishop Ryan (12-4) 7:30 Chambersburg HS

Jake Kelly, McDevitt (3-1) vs Quaker Valley (7-2) 7:30 Holidaysburg HS

Leo O’Boyle, Scranton Prep (2-1) vs Wilson Area (11-3) 6:00 Hazleton HS

Justin Paz, Bethelhem Catholic (11-1) vs Lower Moreland (1-1) 7:30 Souderton HS

Nick Rigby, Huntingdon (6-1) vs Hickory (10-1) 7:30 Dubois HS

Donta Scott, Imhotep (12-2) vs Danville (4-1) 7:30 Central Dauphin East HS

Ryan Stowers, Quaker Valley (7-2) vs Bishop McDevitt (3-1) 7:30 Holidaysburg HS

Elijah Taylor, Imhotep Charter (12-2) vs Danville (4-1) 7:30 Central Dauphin East HS

Isaiah Wong, Bonner-Prendergast (12-1) vs Nanticoke (2-2) 7:30 Freedom HS

Kyle Young, Bethlehem Catholic (11-1) vs Lower Moreland (1-1) 7:30 Souderton HS

1A

Tre Harvey, Nazareth Prep (7-1) vs Shade (5-1) 7:30 Hempfield Area HS (Greensburg)

Derrius Ward, Sankofa (12-1) vs St. John Neumann (4-2) 8:00 Cumberland Valley HS

Khalil Turner, Sankofa (12-1) vs St. John Neumann (4-2) 8:00 Cumberland Valley HS

Wednesday, March 13th

6A

Matta Acunzo, Kennedy Catholic (10-1) vs Pine Richland (7-4) 7:30 Slippery Rock

Maceo Austin, Kennedy Catholic (10-1) vs Pine Rechland (7-4) 7:30 Slippery Rock

Jackson Blaufeld, Allderdice (8-1) vs Mt Lebanon (7-1) 7:30 Canon-McMillan HS

Jameer Brickus, Coatesville (1-2) vs Butler (7-2) 7:30 Chambersburg HS

Bobby Clifford Allderdice (8-1) vs Mt Lebanon (7-1) 7:30 Canon-McMillan HS

Eric Dixon, Abington (1-1) vs Pennridge (1-4) 7:30 Bensalem HS

Jalen Duran, Roman Catholic (12-1) vs Lower Merion (1-3) 7:00 Cardinal O’Hara

Jack Forrest, Lower Merion (1-3) vs Roman Catholic (12-1) 7:00 Cardinal O’Hara

Hakim Hart, Roman Catholic (12-1) vs Lower Merion (1-3) 7:00 Cardinal O’Hara

Jack Hoffman, Mt Lebanon (7-1) vs Allderice (8-1)
7:30 Canon-McMillan HS

Konrad Kiszka, LaSalle (12-4) vs William Allen (11-1) 6:00 Geigle Complex

Seth Lundy, Roman Catholic (12-1 vs Lower Merion (1-3) 7:00 Cardinal O’Hara HS

Devon Lee, Harrisburg (3-1) vs Chester (1-6) 7:30 Geigle Complex

Lucas Monroe, Abington (1-1) vs Pennridge (1-4) 7:30 Bensalem HS

Ethan Morton, Butler (7-2) vs Coatesville (1-2) 7:30 Chambersburg HS

Steve Payne, Lower Merion (1-3) vs Roman Catholic (12-1) 7:00 Cardinal O’Hara HS

Dan Petcash, Pine-Richland (7-4) vs Kennedy Catholic (10-1) 7:30 Slippery Rock

Allen Powell, LaSalle (12-4) vs William Allen (11-1) 6:00 Geigle Complex

Greg Shulkosky, Pine Richland (7-4) Kennedy Catholic (10-1) 7:30 Slippery Rock

Oscar Tshwiebe, Kennedy Catholic (10-1) vs Pine Rechland (7-4) 7:30 Slippery Rock

Karell Watkins, Chester (1-6) vs Harrisburg (3-1)
7:30 Geigle Complex

Jeffrey Woodward, Methacton (1-7) vs Boys Latin (12-2) 7:00 Harriton HS

Sean Yoder, Pennridge (1-4) vs Abington (1-1) 7:30 Bensalem

3A

Chris Ings, Neumann-Goretti (12-1) vs Wyoming Seminary (2-1) 8:00 Freedom HS

Jamil Manigo, McDevitt (12-3) vs Loyolsock (4-1) 7:30 Milton Hershey

Chance Westry, Trinity (3-1) vs Holy Redeemer (2-2) 8:00 Pottsville HS

2A

Champ Hammonds, Constitution (12-1) vs North Bradford (4-2) 7:30 Pocono Mountain West HS

Jabri Merritt, Constitution (12-1) vs North Bradford (4-2) 7:30 Pocono Mountain West HS

Jihad Watson, Math Civics & Science (12-2) vs. Executive Education (11-1) 6:00 Spring-Ford HS

COMING SOON: March 20th,

PS-25

Introducing 25 more Student Athletes that should have made our list based on states performances.

On the SCENE…

Scotland, PA

The Scotland Campus – Olympus Prep National teams will not square off until early December at the Great Atlantic Conference Tournament, in West Berlin, NJ. However, Monday nights tussle between an injury depleted Scotland group and Olympus Prep’s Red team would have you believe it will be a dog fight. Can’t wait!

Monday night, Olympus played the first half as if they had brought their National team into South Central Pennsylvania. The intensity and desire of Olympus had the score deadlocked at 20-20 after Scotland jumped out to a 10-3 early lead. 6’3 Jahmir Tyrell (Patterson, NJ) and 6’0 Armanni Brinson (Clifton, NJ) combined for 14 of Olympus’ 30 first half points. Scotland took a 10 point lead into the intermission behind a 17-25 FT line performance and the sharp shooting of 6’6 Jayson Woodrich (Cleveland, OH). The second half was all Scotland. Sheer dominance over the first 12 minutes of the half, allowed for plenty of rest for this long and athletic group, Coach Chaney’s group popped four players in double figures, 16, (12 in 2nd half) Louis Beechmore (Sydney, Australia), 13 Abu Osmane (Brooklyn, NY) and 12 each for Nornance Berry (Cleveland, TN) and Woodrich.

PLAYER TAKEAWAYS

PLAYER OF THE GAME:

Courtesy of Rivals

Abu Osmane

Abu was most impressive around the rim, as a traditional big. Demonstrated an evolving array of post moves. righty hook looked to be the go-to tonight. His 6’9 251 pound frame had no equal on the floor. speaking of on the floor, the big fella’ not only had 15+ boards, he recovered several loose balls as the first player to the floor. Possessing a 6’11 wingspan, soft hands and a high motor, Abu is a prospect to watch for on Saturdays. Not yet a MAN among boys, but he does play physical in the post, seals and boxes out on every possession, working from the floor up with solid footwork. His arms were always up above his head, ready to offensive rebound on the release. Fundamentally astute.

SCOTLAND STANDOUTS:

Norlance Berry – Teams swiss army knife, kid can do a little bit of everything. He was always around the ball. quick feet, stays on the attack and forcing tempo at both ends of the court. Applies pressure. 8-10 from the FT line

Louis Beechmore – Came alive in the second half. The teams margin of victory was directly related to his play in the first 12 minutes of the second half. He was electric, scoring the ball form all three levels and getting it done in the passing lanes and on the boards at the defensive end.

Jayson Woodrich – Stretches the defense and creates driving lanes for teammates even when the ball was not kicked his way, Shot maker, that demonstrated an ability to get into lane and finish or dish. Solid defensively, took good angles to compensate against quicker guards.

Noble Crawford – 6-5 Wing, impacted the game at the defensive end of the floor. 2 of his points, came on the highlight dunk of the game. Athleticism and bust alone definitely worthy of tracking his progression further.

OLYMPUS STANDOUTS:

Jahmir Tyrell – Kept Olympus in the game early with timely buckets and key assists. He finished with 13 points, 7 in the first half. He was explosive with the ball, able to get into the lane with little resistance.

Armanni Brinson – Attacked the rim fearlessly. Applied solid ball pressure.

Josh Combs – 6’5 (Pasaic, NJ) Battled on the glass, got out in transition, were he was at his best. His defense was the teams best offense. Demonstrated flashes of being one of the best athletes on the floor at times.

HIGH SCHOOL GAME NOTES (1st Quarter ONLY)

Courtesy of Prep Hoops

2020 – Anthony Thomas – 6’7 (Washington, DC)

Olympus Prep Academy HS, clearly the best player on the floor, without an equal. Great elevation and form on jumpshot. Scored it in quarter one efficiently. Ability to make mundane basketball skills exciting with precision and ease.

2021- Johannes Kirspuu 6’0 (Estonia)

Played at an extremely high level for Scotland. He can dribble pass and shoot the ball effortlessly. Demonstrated and ability to get anywhere he desired on the floor and passed the ball exceptionally well. Demonstrated the desire to win the 50/50 balls.

The PCL places three in Ballislife.com’s FAB 50

(Team profiles are found below in their entirety courtesy of Ballislife.com

We continue our 2019-20 preseason FAB 50 National Team Rankings powered by Ballislife.com countdown with an in-depth look at teams No. 1-50. These are the teams that can challenge for the mythical FAB 50 title with some big wins and the right bounces!

Note: The FAB 50 powered by Ballislife.com is a continuation of the National Sports News Service ratings that began in 1952. These were the first national high school rankings and the late Art Johlfs of Minnesota compiled them. They were compiled for many years by the late Barry Sollenberger of Phoenix, who merged them into the FAB 50 20 years ago.


Ronnie Flores is the national Grassroots editor of Ballislife.com. He can be reached at ronlocc1977@gmail.com. Don’t forget to follow him on Twitter: @RonMFlores

42. Roman Catholic (Philadelphia, Pa.) 26-5

Key Players: PG Lynn Greer III 6-2 2020 (No. 212 247Sports.com), C Jalen Duren 6-9 2022 (No. 2 247Sports.com, Ballislife Underclass All-American), SF Justice Williams 6-3 2022 (No. 18 247Sports.com).


Why This Ranking: The Cahillites return three starters and six lettermen off a Philadelphia Catholic League title-winning team. Coach Matt Griffin’s club begins in the exact same preseason FAB 50 spot it did in 2018-19 despite losing Hakim Hart (St. Joseph’s) and Seth Lundy (Penn St.) to graduation. In 2018-19, Roman Catholic entered the season as the defending PIAA Class 6A champs and with more depth than this club, but had to find its chemistry and change lineups for the state tournament. The Cahillites were able to defend their Catholic League title, but fell short in the state playoffs. This time around, Griffin will have Greer III (14.2 ppg, 4.4 rpg, 5.3 apg) from the pre-season all the way through the PIAA tournament. He’s complimented nicely inside by Duren (12.8 ppg, 9.rpg), a physical specimen who rates only behind Emoni Bates of No. 44 Lincoln as a 2022 prospect.


The Skinny: This team may lack depth, but it is certainly talented and the players will have more certainty about their roles from the onset. Greer also has plenty of motivation for a monster senior season and if Duren can continue to improve on offense, this team will compete with No. 35 Archbishop Wood and FAB 50 entrant Neumann-Goretti for Catholic League supremacy. The schedule is loaded, with games versus FAB 50 title contenders Wasatch Academy of Utah and La Lumiere of Indiana at the Cancer Research Classic in West Virginia (January 3-4) plus a December trip to the City of Palms Classic in Florida, where the Cahillites open up with defending Georgia state champ McEachern. In order to survive that schedule and remained ranked, Williams (7.0 ppg) will need to double his production and Roman’s talented freshman class, particularly Will Norman (6-5, 2023), will need to make timely contributions.

35. Archbishop Wood (Warminster, Pa.) 20-9


Key Players: PG Rashool Diggins 6-1 2021 (No. 62 Rivals.com, Ballislife Underclass All-American), SF Daeshon Shepard 6-6 2021, SF Marcus Randolph 6-5 2021.


Why This Ranking: The Vikings have the necessary ingredients to capture the PIAA Class 5A state crown after losing in last year’s title game to Moon Area. Coach John Moscoe has one of the most balanced teams in the East Region, with five potential D1 players in his lineup that each brings something different to the table. Diggins is a complete floor general who can shoot the deep ball or get in the key and distribute. Sheppard is the best athlete on the team and nicely compliments Randolph. The transfer from Willingboro, N.J. is a terrific wing capable of slashing or scoring on the outside. There is talent at each position and plenty of motivation to erase the memory of last year’s finals disappointment.


The Skinny: The motivation exists because Wood held a nine-point lead in the fourth quarter of the state title game against Moon Area and fell, 74-64. Three sophomores in the lineup off last year’s club joining Randolph give this team great optimism to end the season as the Keystone State’s best. Wood, however, will have to show it can win the big games without a true center and prove it’s the best club in the competitive Philadelphia Catholic League. It will have that opportunity to on January 24 when it travels to face FAB 50 ranked Nueman-Goretti. The Vikings also face FAB 50 national title contender Paul VI of Virginia on December 14. Helping Wood navigate through the Catholic League is Jaylen Stinson (5-11, 2021), the team’s best defender, Mainer Newton (6-5, 2021), an undersized power forward, and Rob Jackson (6-5, 2021), a Grid-Hooper who will be counted on to help Newton and doesn’t mind banging inside

16. (NR) Neumann-Goretti (Philadelphia, Pa.) 21-8


Key Players: PG Hakim Byrd 5-9 2020, SF Jordan Hall 6-6 2020 (St. Joseph’s commit), SG Cam Young 6-6 2020 (Bowling Green commit), SF Che Evans 6-8 2020 (No. 174 247Sports.com, San Diego St. commit).


Why This Ranking: On the strength of three returning starters and eight returning lettermen, the Saints rate as the Philly Catholic League favorites over No. 35 Archbishop Wood. Neumann-Goretti has versatile players and depth to go along with that trademark Philly toughness. It starts with Byrd, a returning All-Catholic selection who can score and get up under and harass offensive players. Byrd has the heart of the Lion and makes coach Carl Arrigale’s team go. Hall is a versatile component who can play inside or out and Young is another D1-bound talent who is a terrific spot up shooter. Goretti can go to its bench for scoring punch and doesn’t have to worry about its perimeter defenders getting into foul trouble too much because of the depth on the wings. “The strength of our team in the versatility, shooting and depth,” Arrigale said.


The Skinny: With Imhotep Charter graduating a strong senior class, the Philly Public League is down, but the expectations surrounding the Saints are similar to Imhotep Charter’s in recent seasons because of the talent on deck and national schedule. Evans is a well-known player on the national grassroots circuit and if he can blend in with the other talented wings and excel in his new role, Neumann will have the ability to climb in the rankings. As is that’s not enough, Chris Evans (6-1, 2021) is another excellent shooter and big things are expected of Blaise Vespe (6-6, 2021). Neumann-Goretti takes on Wood January 24 in a Catholic League showdown a week after tangling with always-dangerous No. 42 Roman Catholic. The Saints have an early season test with highly-regarded Westtown School (West Chester, Pa.) and take on No. 30 Legacy Early College at the Governor’s Cup in Maryland after returning from the West Coast before Christmas, where it will compete in the Tarkanian Classic with the likes of No. 5 Gorman and No. 18 Mater Dei.

PREP SCENE STANDOUTS: Scotland Invitational 2019

First Team  

Kaal Agular – Covenant Prep (NJ)

Miguel Ayesa – NTSI (FL)

Austin Galuppo – Scotland (PA)

Jordan Jones – Scotland (PA)

Woody Newton – Mt Zion (MD)

Dereon Seabron – Massanutten (VA)

Brandon Suggs – Massanutten (VA)

SECOND TEAM

Rob Carpenter – Mt Zion (MD)

Karim Coulibaly – Scotland (PA)

Mahamadou Diawara – Massanutten (VA)

Stephon Gabriel – NTSI (FL)

Ayinde Hikim – Mt Zion (MD)

Chase Lane – Covenant Prep (NJ)

Jarren McCallister – Massanutten (VA)

HONORABLE MENTION

Akrum Ahemed – Scotland (PA)

Rich Jones – Covenant Prep (NJ)

Daquarius Nichols – Scotland (PA)

Nikola Pavic – Beckley Prep (WV)

Ahmed Price – Beckley Prep (WV)

JJ Reid – Beckley Prep (WV)

Coryon Rice – Beckley Prep (WV)

Colt Shootout Notebook

BRENDAN MELLOTT SPOILS EAGLES UPSET BID WITH LAST SECOND HEROICS.

CAMP HILL, PA

Talk to anyone in District III about the best 6-A teams in the area and Manheim Townships’ name is a constant in the conversation .  Word coming from the city and suburbs of Harrisburg, Lancaster, Reading and York have the Blue Steaks making noise in March.  Led by the wizardry of senior Tyler Crespo, one of the most dynamic guards in the state, this group has the experience to produce some historic local hardware for the school this season.  Their opponent in the Colt Shootout championship, the Cumberland Valley Eagles may not be as well known entering the 2018-2019 season after missing the district playoffs last season.  However, with a new coach and a plethora of energized seniors this group shown that opposing coaches will be checking the power ratings in late February to see where CV’s at in the bracket.  Mark my words just like Saturday, these Eagles wont be an easy out!

Manheim Township defeated Carlisle and came from behind to beat Chambersburg to get to the final; While Cumberland Valley defeated Northern York, Susquehanna, and held off a strong comeback bid from Reading High en route to the final.  The Championship game was a back and forth affair the entire game, even locked at half time 24-24.  Cumberland Valley took the largest lead of the second half with 46.4 seconds remaining in the game, going up by 5, 54-49.  But, Township scored closing the gap to 3 with 28.3 seconds remaining.  After a timeout and quick foul CV was heading to the line.  The Eagles were unable to connect on the front end of a one and one and Township scored quickly 54-53 20.5 remaining.   CV again missed the front end of a one and one, leaving the door open for 2 year starter and team captain Brendan Mellott to knock down the go ahead jumper with under 5 seconds to play for Township.  The Eagles did have one last chance but the layup was no good.

STANDOUT PERFORMANCES

MOST VALUABLE PLAYER

TYLER CRESPO     2019

MANHEIM TOWNSHIP

FIRST TEAM

DYLAN BUZALKA     2019

CUMBERLAND VALLEY

WESLEY BUTLER     2019

READING

ZACK OLDAC     2020

MANHEIM TOWNSHIP

ETHAN SHREFFLER     2020

CHAMBERSBURG

OMAR TANDIR     2019

CUMBERLAND VALLEY

SECOND TEAM

DANIEL COLTER JR.,    2019

READING

TYLER COLLIER     2019

CHAMBERSBURG

KOBE GREEN     2019

DALLASTOWN

MAURICE CLARK     2019

CEDAR CLIFF

EVAN EISENHART     2020

CENTRAL YORK

TREY SHUTTER     2020

CEDAR CREST

HONORABLE MENTION

RYAN MCGILL – NORTHERN YORK

TYREESE SMITH – SUSQUEHANNA

HOWIE RANKINE – CARLISLE

TY BANACH – CUMBERLAND VALLEY

SETH BROUSE – CHAMBERSBURG

TOP UNDERCLASSMAN

DYLAN YOUNG     2022

CARLISLE

BASKETBALL TREAT THIS WEEKEND

While most of the mid-state will be focused on Trick or Treat, parades and costume parties, the Central PA basketball community will be in for a pre-season TREAT.  Many of District III’s top playoff contenders in 2019 will be under 1 roof in a March-style elimination playoff bracket.  2020 PromoTwo plus weeks before the official PIAA practices get underway come out and see many of our areas top programs preparing for the rigors of the 2018-19 season, battling for the 2nd Annual Colts Shootout Championship.

THE FIELD

2017-2018 District III Qualifiers

6-A

Reading – Champion
Chambersburg – Runner-Up
Manheim Twp – 4th
Dallastown – 5th
Cedar Crest – Elite 8,
Carlisle
Cedar Cliff,
Central York.

5-A

Norther York

4-A

Susquehanna Twp

2018-2019 Hopefuls

6-A Cumberland Valley, Central Dauphin

  #BeSCENE 2019

Tyler Crespo – Manheim Township

Wesley Butler – Reading

Ryan McGill – Northern York

Billy Folk – Susquehanna

Tyler Collier – Chambersburg

Potential Shootout First-Teamers

Dylan Buzalka – Cumberland Valley

Joey Zvorsky – Cedar Cliff

Howie Rankine – Carlisle

Braden Richard – Central York

Underclassman #BeSCENE

Ryan Smith – Central Dauphin

Dylan Young – Carlisle

Kevin Coleman – Susquehanna