Roundball Classic Cancelled

The Roundball Classic All-Star Games Committee announced earlier today, that it has decided to cancel the 2020 Roundball Classic games, which had been scheduled for April 25-26, due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic…”In accordance with the direction taken by the PIAA late last week and the uncertainty of the weeks ahead, we cannot move forward in holding the games this year ” states the director Allen Deep…he adds “ We wish to congratulate all the Seniors who have been selected and have earned this honor to represent their School/Community both academically and athletically.

PENNSYLVANIA STATEWIDE RANKINGS

December 22, 2019 

PREP SCENE weekly rankings include the entire state of Pennsylvania: 5th year prep schools and high schools, regardless of governing body affiliations. Our next rankings is in two weeks (January 5th, 2020).

1.    Scotland Campus

( Previously 1)

The Skinny: Since it’s inception Scotland Campus has staked its position at the top of our polls. Sheer dominance, excellent coaching and players for days is a pretty good formula.

Top Performers: 6’3 Norance Berry, 6’5 Darlinstone Dubar, 6’7 Jayson Woodrich, 6’9 Mohammed Wague, 6’3 Jaeden Zachary, 6’6 Louis Bleechmore, 6’9 Abou Ousmane and plenty more.

2.   Neumann-Goretti  (Philadelphia)

(Previously 2)

The Skinny: Coach Arrigale possesses the weapons and championship pedigree to beat anyone in the state, including 5th year prep schools in a one and done situation. Very hard call to not have a co-number 1 in 2020.

Top Performers: 6’1 Hysier Miller, 6’7 Chaz Evans, 5’10 Hakim Byrd, 6’2 Chris Evans, 6’7 Blaise Vespe, 6’6 Cameron Young, 6’8 Jordan Hall

3.   Archbishop Wood (Warminster)

(LAST WEEK 3)

Wood’s 4 game stint in Hawaii at Iolani Classic culminated in a 3-1 record and 5th place finish. The Vikings defeated Moanalua (HI) 73-38, before losing to Wasatch (WA) 89-77. They won both consolation games, over Garfield (WA) 75-70, and Mt Vernon (NY) 86-68.

3.  First Love Christian Academy (Washington)

(Previously 4)

The Skinny: First Love played a national prep schedule, arguably the toughest in the entire state. This group was talented and hard to beat when at full strength.

Top Performers: 5’11 Isaiah Wilson, 6’6 DJ Gordon 6’2 Mason Manning, 6’7 Jahijah Grant, 6’2 Olsen Nicholson, 6’10 Madior Seye, 6’4 Jett Roesing, Kymahni Bent.

5. Bishop McDevitt (Wyncote) 

(LAST WEEK 5)

McDevitt defeated Palmetto (FL) 47-45 at the “King of the Bluegrass, in Kentucky,” before losing to Ballard (KY) 69-63. The Lancers also lost to Madisonville (KY) 64-58.

5.   Westtown (West Chester)

(Previously 6)

The Skinny: One through five, show me more talent. The Pennsylvania Independent School State Champions were a force in 2020. On any given night.

Top Performers: 7’0 Derrick Lively II, 6’11 Franck Kepnang, 6’8 Noah Collier, 6’5 Jalen Warley, 6’4 Wade Chiddick, 6’4 Tyler Berger.

6. Roman Catholic  (Philadelphia)

(Previously 7)

The Skinny: Roman showed their might and determination making it to the PCL finals before falling to NG. Coach Griffin’s squad had a date I’m Hershey, PA in mid March.

Top Performers: 6’1 Lynn Greer III, 5’10 Xavier Brown, 7’0 Jalen Duren, 6’5 Justice Williams, Quadir Brown.

8. McDowell (Erie)

(LAST WEEK 9)

McDowell won three straight games in Orlando at the KSA events behind 108 points for ’21 Will Jeffress . The Trojans took down West Orange (FL) in OT 76-73, Jeffress dropped 41 after forcing the extra session. He then threw in 39 points in a lopsided 74-27 contest, before scoring 28 in a 52-35 win over Melbourne (FL).

9. Methacton (Eagleville),

(Previously 9)

The Skinny: The sleeper in the wide open 6A field has the poise and style to punish opponents. Offensive weapons all over the floor make them a tough out!

Top Performers: 6’9 Jeff Woodward, 6’4 Erik Timko, Owen Kropp, Brett Eberly, Brett Byrne, Ryan Baldwin.

10. Cheltenham

(Previously 10)

The Skinny: Cheltenham has continued to rise to the occasion all season long, and the post season is no different. Tough out 4sure.

Top Performers: 6’4 Jaelen McGlone, 6’4 Sean Emfinger, 6’1 J. Moore

11. Butler

(LAST WEEK 18)

The Skinny: Gatorade player of the year and favorite for the PREP SCENE POY has shown his ability to put the Tornado’s on his back when it counts. Bracket’s are made for stars and their is non bigger in any classification.

Top Performers: 6’6 Ethan Morton 6’2 Mattrix Clement

12. Coatesville

(LAST WEEK 18)

The Red Raiders 6-0 after defeating two SUPER 25 teams and Downingtown West 66-58, #20 West Chester East and #25 Reading High 69-42 at Unionville HS.

19. Mt. Lebanon (Pittsburgh)

(LAST WEEK HM)

14.  Perkiomen School (Pennsburg)

(LAST WEEK 6)

The Panthers begin their season 7-2, with wins over Covenant Prep 70-56, Mercersburg Academy 64-47, West Nottingham Academy 67-56, Olympus Prep 70-59 and Sprinfield Chestnut Hill 68-40, before eventually losing to #1. Scotland Campus at Mt. Zion, in the GAC’s Session II of their triple-header series 96-62 and NJ powerhouse Blair Academy.

12. Wilson (West Lawn)

(Previously 15)

The Skinny: Guards win at any level, and you will have to look far and wide to find a better one in the state of PA. Mitchell leads a disciplined offense that looks to bring Berks County Gold!

Top Performers: 6’2 Stevie Mitchell, 6’4 Evan Timochenko

22. Milton Hershey

(Previously 16)

The Skinny: Forthcoming…

Top Performers: 6’6 Joshua Parra, 6’7 Ahvon Cross, 6’0 Ka’ron George, Nate Boyd

15. Lincoln Park (Midland)

(Previously 17)

Top Performers: 6’4 Andre Wilder, 6’0 Isaiah Smith, 6’0 Johnnie Bryant, 6’5 Montae Reddix, 6’5 Daquan Bradford

Upcoming Games: 1/24 7:00 PM @ New Brighton, 1/26 4:30 PM Kennedy Catholic

18. Math Civics Sciences (Philadelphia)

(LAST WEEK 21)

MCS is 5-1 with its only loss to NJ powerhouse St. Benedict’s Prep at the Fred Pickett Classic. The Mighty Elephants have posted wins over Pottsville, Constitution and #22 Friends’ Central, along with Philadelphia and at NY powerhouse Lincoln (s) 72-64 and 82-77 respectively.

24.   Kennedy Catholic (Hermitage)

(Previously 19)

Top Performers: 6’6 Ike Herster,

Upcoming Games: 1/24 L 65-53 @ #8 McDowell

20. West Chester East,

(Last Week #23)

The Vikings are 6-1 after going into State College and winning the Skip Coleman Classic, besting Bartrum, Downingtown East. and Academy of New Church. Future Delaware Blue Hen, Andrew Carr went for 40 points against ANC. However, they did lose to #12 Coatesville 64-40.

21. Fox Chapel (Pittsburgh)

Fox Chapel begins the season at 5-0 with wins over Hampton, Bethel Park, Woodland Hills, #23 Penn Hills and Seneca Valley.

22. Archbishop Carroll (Radnor)

Carroll has posted wins over Pennbury, Bayard Rustin, Wilkes-Barre, and previously ranked West Catholic in the early part of the season to remain undefeated.

23. Penn Hills

(LAST WEEK 24)

The Indians are 5-1 taking down Pine-Richland 66-55, Highlands 84-69 and Perry Traditional Academy 72-32, Gateway 77-61, and Laurel Highlands 74-71 in 2 OT’s. Their only blemish to date is stumbling at #21 Fox Chapel.

24. Easton

After losing their first game of the season at #15 Wilson, the Red Rovers have ran off five straight wins over Louis E. Dieruff, William Allen, Liberty and Freedom, Quakertown.

18.   Imhotep Charter (Philadelphia)

(Previously 20)

Top Performers: 6’8 Elijah Taylor, Sam Wylie,

20. Reading

(LAST WEEK HM)

Previously Ranked-

Last Week #22
(Last Week #25
(12/9 #17)
(12/9 #20)
(12/9 #21)

Freedom (Bethlehem)

Friends Central (Wynnewood)

Hill School (Pottstown)

Upper St. Clair

West Catholic (Philadelphia)

Honorable Mention:

Aliquippa

Allderdice

Allentown Central Catholic

Archbishop Ryan (Philadelphia)

Bishop Guilfoyle (Altoona)

Bishop McDevitt (Harrisburg)

Brentwood (Pittsburgh)

Cedar Cliff (Camp Hill)

Central York

Chester

Crestwood (Mountain Top)

Cumberland Valley (Mechanicburg)

Executive Charter (Allentown)

Gettysburg

Highlands (Natrona Heights)

Johnstown

Kiski Prep

Malvern Prep

Mercersburg Academy

New Castle

Parkland (Allentown)

Phelps (Malvern)

Pine-Richland (Gibsonia)

Simon Gratz (Philadelphia)

Springside Chestnut Hill Academy (Philadelphia)

St. Joe’s Prep (Philadelphia)

Trinity (Camp Hill)

Vincentian (Pittsburgh)

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Previous HM: Chambersburg, Constitution

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KEYSTONE ROUND-UP: In Case you missed it…

Freedom boys basketball romps Becahi in final 11 minutes to win Dailey title

That’s when Freedom (2-0) woke up and responded with a 15-2 streak of its own to regain momentum. Senior guard Malek Mims tallied 11 of those points, including the final 2 on a tip-in, making the score 41-34 with 30 seconds left in the third…

Malek Mims finished with 15 points. His twin brother, Caleb, had 19 and senior forward David Barnes registered 13.

-Kyle Craig | lehighvalleylive.com

-Bucks County Courier Times

Gettysburg, New Oxford start seasons with wins

-Tom Sixeas | Times Sports Writer

“Gettysburg and New Oxford could end up being two of the best teams in the Times Area this season in boys basketball.”

*We’ll expand that to “two of the better teams in the entire District III” #BESCENE 👁 G-Quadir Copeland, NO-Abdul Jennah


Watkins’s 17 points help Chester rally past McCaskey

A half time deficit didn’t sit well with Karell Watkins

Watkins scored 17 points, including 13 in the fourth quarter, to go with 12 rebounds as Chester rallied past McCaskey, 54-46, at the Fred Pickett Classic.

Matthew De George | papreplive.com

Harris Vorwald leads Cumberland Valley to tourney title; Trinity dominates in opener

PIAA runner-up Trinity blasted York Catholic in the season opener 92-52 behind 10 3-pointers, five of them from Aley Zangari. Division I recruit Chance Westry led with 20 points, aided by Westry’s 18. Marcus Beckett added 11.

Cumberland Valley impressed with a second straight win beating North Penn 59-49 to win the Hershey Tip-Off Tournament behind Harris Vorwald’s 23 points. The Eagles dropped seven 3s, and Max Krevsky pitched in 13 points. Vorwald was named MVP, and Sam Sherry (eight points Saturday) was named to the all-tournament team.

-Sentinel Staff

Fritz leads Marian to overtime win

Fritz scored nine of his team’s 14 points in overtime to lead Marian to a 64-60 win over Jim Thorpe in the season opener for both teams.

The home crowd really motivated me,” said Fritz, who scored a game high 33 points on the night.

-Rich Strack | tnsports.com

WBA boys prevail in debut

The Wilkes-Barre Area era of boys basketball officially began Friday night as the Wolfpack won the first game of the new program’s history with a 68-44 drubbing of Delaware Valley.

Paul Sokoloski – psokoloski@timesleader.com

Loyalsock’s Aiden Gair scores 41 in win against Whitehall

In boys basketball Saturday, Loyalsock defeated Whitehall, 83-71. Tournament MVP Aiden Gair scored a team-high 41 points including eight treys.

-Staff Reporter | Williamsport Sun Gazette

“Cathedral Prep’s Alfonso Pickens scored 18 points for Prep in win over Lake Catholic (OH)” –Erie Times

Indians triumphant in tip-off tourney

Shamokin boys basketball beat Mahanoy Area in the championship game of its annual tip-off tournament on Saturday night, 62-56.

The Indians were led by Joey Masser and Mason Filarski offensively. Masser was able to knock down 10 field goals and added four at the free throw line to score a total of 24 points. Filarski tallied 19 and hit three 3-pointers in the contest.

-Staff Reporter | newsitem.com

On the SCENE… Bearcat Classic

Reading Makes Opening Statement

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Denin Adams ’21 was a huge catalyst for the Red Knights who took down Williamsport 70-50. Adams led his team in PTS, REB, 6 FGM, 5 FTM and deflections in three quarters of action. The Millionaires were unable to provide much resistance outside of the first few minutes, when G James Evans McQuay opened with a fury. PREP SCENE had McQuay unofficially going for 13 of his 16 in the first period, before the wheels came off for his club. Reading controlled the second quarter, going on a 12-2 run to start the period and closing out the half up 15, 34-19. Play was sloppy as one could expect with both teams working off the rust. However, the lane was the Red Knights bread and butter. Reading dominated with an abundance of versatile young athletic Forwards. They extended their lead to 56-30 after three, ONLY attempted 2 threes and scored on 22-28 attempts in the lane, for 44 points. Ermil Fleurnvil ’22 scored 13 points and Danial Alcantara ’22 scored 9 for the Red Knights. Alcantara scored Reading’s only field goal (attempted three) outside the paint in the first three quarters. All three young Forwards mentioned show a skyrocketing upside because of their own personal attributes and the adult leaders they have around them.

Overbrook Plays Spoiler in York

Walker & Burnett shine brightest for Panthers

Coming up later…

Fred Pickett Classic Coverage today…

On the SCENE…

Milton Hershey Scrimmage Notes:

Parra shows he is a money kid.

Josh Parra 6-5 Milton Hershey 2020

Josh Parra continues to box his game up and excel at his strengths. In an age of take you off the bounce… everyone is a guard… it is refreshing to see a kid do sooooo much by doing absolutely nothing extra. Parra already holds Division I gridiron scholarships and with the 6-5 Forward’s play on the hardwood, basketball will be an option for him as well.

He is capable of impacting a game at the next level from either end of the floor with a workman-like mentality. He is explosive off the floor with a nose for the ball. High IQ kid understands positioning and angles. The “Play of the Day” was him simply sliding down the lane on a baseline drive by a teammate and elevating until his elbows were at the rim… off of one step… for an impressive banger. It was fun watching he and his teammates dominate the glass.

His size may keep him from landing the always coveted Division I scholarship in hoops but make no mistakes about it the kid could produce in one of the best Division II conferences in the country right here in our own backyard if given the opportunity. The PSAC is a grown mans’ league and Parra could go get me a rebound and put-back right now if I needed it mark my words… and just so we are clear, I could not say that for anyone else in the mid-state.

Parra scores on a layup in closing seconds to defeat Archbishop Carroll and nationally ranked AJ Hoggard in 2018.