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:

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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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Aliquippa Quips

MAC Section I District 7 AAA

Prospective Student Athletes to watch:

Dewayne Revis

2020

Point Guard

5-7

A creative crafty undersized point guard, difficult to keep out of the lane. A definite shot maker… pure shooter type that can fill it up.

Zuriah Fisher

2020

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6-4

Committed to Penn State University to play football, On the hardwood Fisher is a strong physical specimen with great hands and feet.

Anthony Jackson

2021

G/F

6-2

Athletically gifted, strong, physical and competitive. Great feet and hands

Ty’Jier Crocker

2021

G

5-6

Mugsy Bogues type guard, shifty, strong, smooth. A creator off the bounce, cuts on a dime with ball, waterbug change of direction. nearly impossible to contain.

Deandre Moye

2023

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6-1

Freshman will push for minutes this season. Continues to improve, great frame, competes on every play and shoots it very well!

Full Roster Coming Soon…

On the SCENE…

Wilson Scrimmage Notes:

The Panthers are on the prowl

Central York was impressive as a unit. Without a marquee superstar, the Panthers are a well oiled machine; relying on synergy to create open looks. The “x’s & o’s” were clicking for Coach Schieler today creating open looks for a host of role players to take advantage of… But make no mistake about it, it will take some “jimmys’ & joes’ to garner District III recognition and possibly State recognition in 2020… Maybe I should have said “Gabe’s and Evan’s” not “jimmys’ and joes'” …When things breakdown, and one thing is for certain, they will at times… crucial times this season, Gabe Guidinger and Evan Eisenhart are capable of making plays. Gabe finished the ball at the rim very strong today. His upper body strength really stood out. He is sure to be making his coach a believer long after he leaves Central York. Cant wait to see the player he blossoms into in the next few years. The kid scores it from all three levels and is always in the right place at the right time. Evan had his shot falling today and plays with an energy and competitiveness many kids lack. The wildcard for Central will be Shilo Johnson, a 6’5 junior forward. He is raw offensively and not always fluid in the half court, but he was an absolute rebounding machine at the defensive end. If he can box his game up to just slash, rebound-outlet, rebound-putback & defend… not only does his stock rise but this teams stock goes way up.

Mitchell has the goods

Stevie Mitchell was sensational at both ends of the floor. Court awareness, basketball IQ, and body control are next level. He was clearly the best player on the floor in any one session. His vision is special! very special!! His teammates could find that out the hard way if they aren’t paying close attention when the ball is in his hands. He is an elite finisher at the rim, above and through contact. Change of pace, explosive bursts, the long ball off the bounce, catch and shoot…you name it, it was on display today for the Bulldogs. Wilson looked good as a whole but Stevie was… WELL STEVIE.

Jacob Melady leads the Trojans in more than buckets

Parkland’s 6’4 Ace did a little of everything to put his team in position to win each quarter. The senior handled the ball and set the offense from the point guard position when necessary. He knocked down shots at all three levels from the wing, He rebounded and scored if from the post. He guarded the opponents best player. However most impressive to me was his demeanor with teammates and coaches in the huddle. He is a natural leader… oh yeah did we mention he is a walking bucket with a sweet stroke!

#BeSCENE

Gas up the automobiles and 747’s – grassroots basketball has just finished its cup of morning coffee and is wide awake… the warm-ups and scrimmages are over.  Things are about to get real.  Student-athletes across the state have been practicing since their high school seasons ended in anticipation of the NCAA April Live Period.  From the kid on the mom & pop team with the hopes of he & his friends winning a couple of games and being seen on the main courts; to the kid affiliated with the highly successful organization, that’s known for developing their kids and placing them in schools; to the ultra-talented fully funded sneaker kid, traveling with his team full of Division I talent and potential pros, waiting in the airport hoping his love of basketball translates beyond a college scholarship and oneday onto a private Jet.  One thing is for certain, whether they are headed to Pittsburgh, Ohio, New Jersey, Kentucky, Indiana, Texas, or DC, they all have one thing in common.  Even tho’ there are Levels to this thing called travel ball….  As of tonight —ALL – still have hopes of performing well on the big state in front of college coaches.  By Friday night the best players in the state of Pennsylvania along with many others with a dream will be on the hardwood ripping it up vying for that coveted scholarship.  Best of Luck to all.

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PENNSYLVANIA STATEWIDE RANKINGS

PREP SCENE’s weekly rankings include the entire state of Pennsylvania: 5th year prep schools and high schools, regardless of governing body affiliations.

Dec. 18th – Dec. 24th, 2017 

 

1.    Scotland Campus Sports

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With 7-foot-1, 240-pound Bradley-commit Ari Boya, 6-foot-11 UNLV-commit Louis Bangai, and a versatile 6-foot-9 high-major prospect Karim Coulibaly (2019), head coach Chris Chaney has utilized the blend of size, athleticism, and skills to place Scotland Campus Sports in the National conversation, the prep school upper echelon.  SCS has leaned heavily on their front-court to remain unbeaten playing older, stronger opponents than your traditional PIAA foes.  The backcourt is manned by a slew of college prospects in 6-foot-1 point guard Justice Kendall (2018) and wings Sam Chaput, Tyrone Nesby (Reading High), and Chris Whitaker (Harrisburg High) among others.  Scotland holds steady for the third week at number 1, defeating Harcum Junior Colleges’ JV, Olympus Academy and Rocktop Academy Games: Scotland semester has ended and kids return home for the holidays, their next game is 1/11, @Silver Oak Academy (MD).

2.   Kennedy Catholic (Hermitage)

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Kennedy Catholic has been on a terror since play began, opening up the season in mid-season form.  KC has been taking down formidable opponents in convincing fashion.  Once again receiving a share of first place votes in week 4, but not enough to dethrone SCS.  Coach Mancino’s team can score it from all five positions.  2019 Maceo Austin is the engine, his 29 point, 7 rebound, 5 assist performance in an 87-60 win over PREP SCENE HM Sewickley Academy in front of Kentucky skipper John Calipari was impressive.  Not to mention teammate Oscar Tshiebwe (2019) provided 29 and 16 himself with 3 blocked shots.  Upcoming Games: 12/20 @West Middlesex, 12/22 @Woodrow Wilson (WV).

3.   Imhotep Charter (Philadelphia)

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Imhotep Charter applies relentless full court pressure on opponents.  The pressure starts and ends on the ball with 6-0 Bernard Lightsey (2018) and 5-9 Fatayn Wesley.  Tep has the length and defensive fortitude to impose its will on opponents and turn defense into offense.  Coach Noble has a host of players up in passing lanes and rigorously contesting every shot-attempt including 6-4 Dahmir Bishop (2019) , 6-6 Jamil Riggins (2019) and 6-6 Chereef Knox (2019) and 6-8 Elijah Taylor (2020).  Great teams can beat you in a variety of ways, Tep is no exception.  The offense is guided by (2019) 6-7 Point-forward Donta Scott.   This week provided wins over Frankford 65-28, PREP SCENE HM Martin Luther King 57-40, and USA TODAY EAST #9 Roselle Catholic (NJ) 56-53.  Upcoming Games: 12/19 Audenried, 12/20 PREP SCENE #13 Roman Catholic, 12/22 Gill St. Bernard (NJ).

4.    Archbishop Wood  (Warminster)

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Coach Mosco’s crew had their Friday night game with PREP SCENE HM Overbrook cancelled due to snow on Friday.  When they finally took the floor this weekend in the nightcap of the 1st Diane Mosco Foundation Shootout, they did not disappoint with a 57-56 win over PREP SCENE #24 Shipley. 2018 Seth Pinkney brought house down with his lead taking 4th dunk late in the fourth quarter.  He also lead with 10 rebounds and 4 block shots.  Wood’s balanced attack was lead by 2018 Andrew Funk’s 13 points and 2018 Karrington Wallace’s 12.  Upcoming Games:  12/23 PREP SCENE #7 Plymouth-Whitemarsh

5.    Westtown  (West Chester)

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Westtown is a much different team when both Duke and Indiana bound Cameron Reddish & Jake Forrester are on the floor.  Seth Berger does not have the bench to sustain the loss of either over the course of a national schedule.  Reddish is the do it all 6-9 point guard that single-handedly dominates any game on the schedule.  Forrester dominates out in transition, filling lanes on the break, slashing and contests shot after shot on the defensive end.  This week included bookend wins over George 63-44  PREP SCENE 2020 Noah Collier had 13 points and 4 rebounds and a 3rd place win over host Bullis (MD), Reddish tossed in 33.  The lone loss of the week came at the hands of Episcopal (VA) at Bullis Tourney, 82-62 – Indiana commit Jake Forrester was inactive, out with a sprained ankle but has since returned. Games: 12/21 Prolific Prep in South Carolina.

 6.    Abington

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Coach Grasty troops defeated PREP SCENE #18 Bethlehem Catholic 63-53 Saturday.  Eric Dixon controlled the paint and Lucas Monroe was sensational.  Dixon led all scorers with 25 points and 11 rebounds.  Monroe demonstrated a killer instinct and superb athleticm will collecting 19 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists.  Robbie Heath was also a steady contributor throughout the night, making plays at both ends of the floor  Games: 12/19 Council Rock South, 12/21 @Pennsbury, 12/23 PREP SCENE #15 Neumann-Goretti

  7.   Plymouth-Whitemarsh  (Plymouth Meeting)

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7-1 Naheem Mcloud (2019) continues to anchor the colonials at both ends of the floor.  Defensively, he allows them to apply significant pressure on the ball and allows them to push up even further in the passing lanes without the fear of giving up easy baskets his mere presence alters everything.  Much of the impact he has on a game doesn’t show up in the box score.  Although he manages to fill that up as well.  In wins over Bishop Shanahan 68-51, he had 19 points, 11 rebounds and 3 blocks followed with a 14 point 17 rebound 4 block night in a 66-53 win over PREP SCENE HM Archbishop Carroll.  Danny Cooper had 16 points, Ahmin Williams (2018) with 10 points and Ish Horn also with 10.   Rounding out the scoring in the Shanahan game was Ahmin Williams -17 points  and Alan Glover – 16 points and 10 rebounds. Games: 12/19 Upper Moreland, 12/22 @Wissahickon, 12/23 @PREP SCENE #4 Archbishop Wood

 8.    Hill School  (Pottstown)

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The Hill School the Mercer Tourney this week going 3-0.  The oppened by defeating former PREP SCENE HM Kiski Prep 71-50. In the Semi’s Canturbury (CT) fell 80-73 in a hard fought battle.  Seth Maxwell’s 23 point effort propelled Hill to a 60-55 victory in the championship game.  Teammate Nick Alikakos tossed in 17 points as well.  Upcoming Games:  Hill School will resume play after the holidays on 1/6 @ Hun School.

9.   St. Joe’s Prep  (Philadelphia)

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The Hawks had a busy week going 4-0.  The first win came at the hands of PREP SCENE HM Malvern Prep 76-67.  Germantown Academy was the next victim falling 55-47 at Philadelphia University before a 3+ hour bus ride in the snow 55 miles to Reading.  There Berks Catholic fell 48-25 in the Hoop Group Reading Tip-Off at Albright College and the week finished with a 88-46 pounding of St Ignatias (Australia).  Upcoming Games: 12/20 Haverford

10.    First Love Christian Academy  (Washington)

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First Love Christian Academy takes on Findlay Prep (NV) Friday 12/22 in the Cancer Research Classic in Wheeling, West Virginia.  6-4 Aneury Parra (2018) continues to play at a high level.  First Love will need solid contributions from Riny Lual, Shamar Givance, Julian McGee, Jamier Fletcher, Steven Rawhire, and Egon Ruhek to take down the nationally ranked Pilots.

11.   Mt. Lebanon

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The Blue Devils behind Caden Hinckley’s 23 points and Hayden Mitchell’s 17 points too down PREP SCENE HM Pine-Richland 77-55.  Mt. Lebanon completely dominated the game after a 26-12 second quarter, doing on to sink 23 of their 24 free-throw attempts.   Upcoming Games: 12/19 Canon-McMillan, 12/22 Bethel Park.

12.   State College

97F5A68D-3B85-4F53-9F3E-16A11C248D12Drew Friberg dropped 47 on Harrisburg High in a barn-burner, for the 89-83 victory to close out the week 2-0.  Earlier in the week the Little Lions defeated Central Dauphin East in Mid Penn Commonwealth league play 66-60.  Upcoming Games: 12/18 @Mifflin County, 12/20 PREP SCENE HM Chambersburg.

13.   Roman Catholic  (Philadelphia)

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Roman Catholic was inactive after snow cancelled the ALL-CITY Tip-Off game vs PREP SCENE HM Cheltenham Upcoming Games: vs PREP SCENE #3 Imhotep in Philadelphia Catholic League play.

14.   Penn Hills

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Penn Hills improves to 5-0 behind a balanced attack.  Victories this week included a pounding of Propel 71-49.  Daivon Stephens led the way with 17, followed by Cam Wiley & Cory Fulton’s 13 a piece.  Burrell provided little resistance as Penn Hills won 73-59, again Daivon Stephens 18 led all scoring with Cam Wiley 15, Dorian Boyce 12 pacing the Indians.  The final game of the week saw Penn Hills hit triple digits, that’s right 100-61 over Plum Cam Wiley led all scorers with 27, Keyshawn Adams had 21, Cory Fulton 19, Daivon Stephens 13.  Upcoming Games: 12/19 Norwin 12/20 PREP SCENE HM Allderdice, 12/22 @Fox Chapel, 12/23 McKeesport.

15.    Neuman-Goretti  (Philadelphia)

7B247649-7DE3-4A92-980E-A4DAA1E23400The Saints defeated PREP SCENE HM Cheltenham 61-51, in the Diane Mosco Foundation Shootoout @Archbishop Wood  behind 6-9 Marcus Littles (2019) 16 points 13 rebounds, 6-3 Dymir Montague (2018) 15points and 6-0 Chris Ings (2019) 11points Then on Sunday defeated Our Savior (NY) @South Philly HS in ALL CITY Classic 58-56 Monteque & Ings both came up big at both ends of the floor down the stretch for the win. Upcoming Games: 12/23 PREP SCENE #6 Abington.

16.   Bonner Prendergast  (Drexel Hill)

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Bonner-Prendergast went 2-1 on the week with wins over Math Civis & Science 90-57 and Westminster Academy (FL) 58-53 in the Kreul Classic in Fort Lauderdale, FL.  Isaiah Wong scored a game high 27 on MCS while teammates Tyriq Ingraham and Donovan Rodriquez each reached double figures.  Wong led the Friars in their only loss of the season with 20 points vs USA TODAY EAST #3 The Patrick School (NJ) Upcoming Games: 12/18 Miami Christian, @ the Kreul Classic in Fort Lauderdale, FL 12/21 PREP SCENE HM Penn Charter, 12/23 Pope John XXIII @Drexel University.

 17.   Mars

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Games: Notre Dame recruit Robby Carmody averages 42 points for the week and keeps the “Fighting Planets” undefeated.   With two road victories against McKeesport 72-66 (Carmody 44),  and @Knock 79-52 (Carmody 40) Mars is playing out of the world.  Upcoming Games: 12/18 Armstrong 12/20-23 @City of Palms, Fort Myers Florida vs Corbin (KY),

18.   Bethlehem Catholic

865D35C2-FE4A-458D-B001-92A7A6954C07Bethlehem Catholic lost a tough game toPREP SCENE #6 Abington at the Diane Mosco Foundation Shootout.  Justin Paz (2019) led all with 17, Ryan Young (2018) had 13 & 10.  Those two along with DeAndre Gardner continue to lead the team at both ends of the floor.  Gardner had 6 3’s in their win over Parkland 74-54 for a game high 18, Paz & Young chipped in 14 apiece.  Upcoming Games: 12/29 @Liberty, 12/22 Easton.

19.   Northeastern  (Manchester)

308E0931-0449-4705-9893-817A86DDFE70The reigning York/Adams Division I, league tournament and District 3 5-A champs continue their winning ways to remain unbeaten with wins over Red Lion 56-42 and York Suburban 69-49.  The 12/15 game with Dallastown was rescheduled.  Upcoming Games:  12/19 Central York, 12/20 @Dallastown, 12/22 South Western.

20.   Butler

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21.   Allentown Central Catholic

634223737200000000_allentown_central_catholic_vikingsThe Vikings sit at 5-0 after defeating East Pennsboro 71-56, Whitehall 55-39, and Liberty 51-36 this week.  Leading the charge has been 2018’s Jay Vaughan and teammate Dat Lambert.  Upcoming Games: 12/20 Northampton, 12/23 PREP SCENE HM, Emmaus

 22.   Hazleton

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Coach Michael’s group is clicking on all 6 cylinders to start the regular season.  With wins over Scranton Prep (59-50) and Parkland (70-46) at the Lehigh Valley Jamboree this week, the Scarlet & White crack the SUPER 25 for the first time.  Da’mir Faison has scored 19 & 13 in the two games.  Inside/Outside threat 6-8 Josh Samac (2018) also delivered a 25 point, 12 rebound, 7 block performance in the shellacking of Parkland.  6-5 Jeff Planutis (2018) is also a player to note moving forward.  Upcoming Games: 12/20 Whitehall

23.   La Salle (Wyndmoor)

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Convincing wins this week over Philadelphia Public League power Constitution 68-50 and a 68-45 pounding over defending 6-A State Champs and PREP SCENE HM Reading, in Reading, PA solidify a SUPER25 spot for the Explorers.  Leading the way for Coach Dempsey unselfish and balanced club are 6-6 Konrad Kiska (2019), 6-8 Zach Crisler (2018), Sean Simon and Allen Powell.    Upcoming Games: 12/19 @Malvern Prep, 12/23 Central

24.   Shipley  (Bryn Mawr)

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How do you drop two games in a week and stay in the SUPER25? The Gators may have played the toughest schedule up to this point of anyone.    Quality wins over PREP SCENE HM Academy New Church 65-50, and #15 Neumann-Goretti are a start.  The loses are both in highly contested games.  The 69-64 overtime lose to HM Penn Charter and heartbreaker to #5 @Archbishop Wood in an emotionally charged gymnasium for the 1st ever Diane Mosco Foundation Challenge are a building block for Coach D’Ambrosio.  Upcoming Games: Possibly 12/20  PREP SCENE HM Archbishop Carroll in ALL-CITY CLASSIC (Make-up-weather, will keep this updated as information becomes available.)

25.   Abington Heights (Clarks Summit)

635356740600000000_abington_heights_cometsIt would not take long for Abington Heights to surface in the SUPER25, they have only made 11 straight PIAA state tournament appearances.  Coach Bianchi’s group is lead by two all staters’ in Jackson Danzing and George Tinsley, along with Trey Koehler.  The Comets strung together a trio of 15+ point wins to start the season and looked impressive: Holy Cross 72-32, Wyoming Valley 77-55 & Williamsport 71-55 before dropping a close one to Downingtown East in the Steel-Valley Challenge.  Upcoming Games: 12/19 Holy Redeemer, 12/20 Dunmore, 12/22 @Riverside 

 

 

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