PREP SCENE weekly rankings include the entire state of Pennsylvania: 5th year prep schools and high schools, regardless of governing body affiliations.
1. Scotland Campus
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)
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
4. Archbishop Wood (Warminster)
The Skinny: Mosco had all the pieces in place to hoist the golden ball in ChocolateTown USA again in 2020. Possibly the only way to stop Diggins and company in the 5A bracket was a PIAA shutdown.
Top Performers: 6’4 Marcus Randolph, 6’3 Rahsool Diggins, 5’11 Jalen Stinson, 6’4 M. Newton, 6’5 Daeshon Shepherd, 6’5 R. Jackson.
3. First Love Christian Academy (Washington)
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. Westtown (West Chester)
The Skinny: One through five, show me more talent. The Pennsylvania Independent School State Champions were a force in 2020. On any given night.
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.
7. Perkiomen School (Pennsburg)
The Skinny: Perk has the firepower and defensive fortitude to play with anyone in the state. Strong showing in the GAC has them near the top.
Top Performers: 6’2 Steve Payne, 5’9 Honor Huff, 6’8 Andrew Patnode, 6’5 Gilbert Otoo, 6’7 Cameron Brown, 6’10 Philip Byriel
8. McDowell (Erie)
The Skinny: Hot winter nights on the lake were provided by this bunch. Star power and grit make it easy to imagine their GPS set for Hershey, PA.
Top Performers: 6’7 Will Jeffries, 6-6 Jaedan Jefferson, 6’2 Max Paris
9. Methacton (Eagleville),
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.
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
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. Wilson (West Lawn)
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
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 OF THE GAME:
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.
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.
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)
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.
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
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)
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. UpcomingGames: 12/20 @West Middlesex, 12/22 @Woodrow Wilson (WV).
3. Imhotep Charter (Philadelphia)
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. UpcomingGames: 12/19 Audenried, 12/20 PREP SCENE #13 Roman Catholic, 12/22 Gill St. Bernard (NJ).
4. Archbishop Wood (Warminster)
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)
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.
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)
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)
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)
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)
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
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
Drew 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)
Roman Catholic was inactive after snow cancelled the ALL-CITY Tip-Off game vs PREP SCENE HM Cheltenham UpcomingGames: vs PREP SCENE #3 Imhotep in Philadelphia Catholic League play.
14. Penn Hills
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)
The 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)
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) UpcomingGames: 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.
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
Bethlehem 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)
The 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.
Behind the spectacular play of PREP SCENE 2020 Ethan Mortan, Butler is 5-0 after the 78-66 win over North Hills in section 1 play. Morton tallied a game high 35. Upcoming Games:12/19 @Shaler, 12/22 PREP SCENE HM Pine Richland.
21. Allentown Central Catholic
The 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
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)
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)
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)
It 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
HONORABLE MENTION: Academy of New Church, Allderdice, Archbishop Carroll, Berks Catholic, Chambersburg, Cheltenham, Chester, Church Farm, Constitution, Emmaus, Erie, Harrisburg, Lincoln Park, Lower Merion, Malvern Prep, Martin Luther King, McDowell, Overbrook, Penn Charter, Perkiomen, Phelps, Pine-Richland, Quaker Valley, Sewickley Academy, Whitehall, Woodland Hills,
PREP SCENE will produce weekly rankings for the entire state of Pennsylvania. These rankings will including 5th year prep schools and high schools regardless of governing body affiliations.
Dec. 11th – Dec. 17th, 2017
1. Scotland Campus Sports
Scotland holds steady at number 1, for the second week in a row defeating a couple of college JV teams and ICA Prep (NJ) to remain undefeated, and stand at 11-0. Ari Boya tossed in 26 points and 5 block shots, Sam Chaput chipped in with 21 of his own vs ICA. Games: 12/11 Harcum JV, 12/14 Olympus Academy, 12/15 Rocktop Academy at Silver Oak Academy
2. Kennedy Catholic (Hermitage)
Kennedy Catholic opened the season with a statement victory. An 85-68 drubbing of First Love Christian Academy has them receiving a share of the first place votes. Coach Mancino’s outfit was led by the purely dominant performance of big man 2019 – Oscar Tshiebwe (6-8). His 29 point, 16 rebounds, 3 block performance was a thing of beauty. 2019 – Mattia Acunzo (6-7) added 20 points, and 2020 – Ike Herster added 19 points Games: 12/15 @Maplewood, 12/16 PREP SCENE Honorable Mention Sewickley Academy
3. Westtown (West Chester)
Westtown’s big 3 continued to carry the lion’s share of the load for Seth Berger’s club at the National Hoops Festival. On Saturday, 6-9 Duke-bound Cameron Reddish poured in 34, Jake Forrester had 22 points and 10 rebounds and Jalen Gaffney pitched in 17 in a 2 point loss to very good Georgetown Prep (MD) team that will challenge to dethrone Bullis (MD) as Interstate Athletic Conference top dog. Reddish came back day two with a 50-piece, 53 to be exact in victory over reigning Georgia state champion Holy Spirit. Games: 12/12 George 12/15 Episcopal at Bullis Tourney, 12/16 TBA at Bullis Tourney.
4. Imhotep Charter (Philadelphia)
Imhotep Charter held true to form with a strong showing in their last scrimmage of the pre-season vs PREP SCENE #18 Nuemann-Goretti. Tep was inactive opening weekend Games: 12/11 Frankford, 12/14 Prep Scene HM Martin Luther King
5. Archbishop Wood (Warminster)
Led by Tyree Pickron‘s (6-3, 2018) 21 and Andrew Funk’s (6-4 2018) 19, Wood took care of business in the Scholastic Play by Play beating Brooklyn NY’s South Shore 76-65. Then losing Sunday in DC to powerhouse Dematha (MD) in the National High School Festival at Dematha 80-70, once again Pickron and Funk led the way with 25 each. Games: 12/15 PREP SCENE HM Overbrook, 12/16 PREP SCENE #16 Shipley in Coaches vs Cancer
Coach Grasty prepared for Suburban One action with a win over Valley Forge Military Academy 65-38 at home and will face PREP SCENE #10 Bethlehem Catholic on 12/16 before league play begins. Eric Dixon will look to led the Ghosts on a deep run through the PIAA 6-A Bracket. Games: TBA
7. Plymouth-Whitemarsh (Plymouth Meeting)
Naheem Mcloud (7-1, 2019) has his way with Sankofa Freedom, amassing 25 points 15 rebounds and 6 blocks. The Colonials forced 20+ turnovers, Ahmin Williams added 18 of his own in the 82-56 win. Games: 12/11 Bishop Shanahan, 12/16 PREP SCENE #21 Archbishop Care roll
Reading opened the season blasting Franklin Learning Center 100-41, and then captured the York High Tip-Off Tournament Championship by beating the host York High 75-59. Wesley Butler, Tourney MVP had games of 27 & 26 respectively. Games: 12/12 @ PREP SCENE #25 Coatesville
9. Hill School (Pottstown)
The Hill School handled Episcopal Academy convincingly 71-55. Then the Blues posted a 74-69 win over perennial NEPSAC AAA power New Hampton at the Scholar Roundball Classic. Nick Alikakos led with 23 points and Chase Audige (6-5, 2018) clinched the game with two free throws…Before losing to Choate Rosemary Hall (CT) 45-43 in a nail-biter Games: 12/15-16 Mercer Tourney – vs PREP SCENE Honorable Mention Kiski Prep & TBA’s
10. Bethlehem Catholic
Bethlehem Catholic put it on Philadelphia Public League powerhouse and PREP SCENE #16 Martin Luther King 65-51 at Archbishop Carroll in the Scholastic Play by Play event on Saturday. 2019 Justin Paz (6-0) led BeCaHi’s with 21 points, Ryan Young had a double-double landing 10 rebounds and 10 points. Also of note, 5-10 2018 PG DeAndre Gardner finished with 19. Games: 12/12 @Parkland, 12/16 @Abington Friends
11. First Love Christian Academy (Washington)
First Love beat Athlete Institure 83-75 before dropping two games in a row to fall out of the top 10 for the first time this season. Both loses were by 15+, 76-51 vs Aspire Academy and 85-68 to PREP SCENE #2 Kennedy Catholic Games: TBA
12. Pine-Richland (Gibsonia)
Phil Jukovic has claimed “STATE GOLD”, the Notre Dame Football recruit will now look to duplicate that success and get back to Hershey come March. Without the Football team, the hoopers managed to win their Tip-Off Tourney with wins over Summit Academy 81-26 and Highlands 63-39. There may be some early season mishaps until their basketball legs are back under them, but when the dust clears you can expect Pine-Richland to be a difficult out come bracket play. Games: 12/12 @Upper St. Clair, 12/15 Mt Lebanon.
13. State College
The Little Lions are the 2017-2018 Skip Coleman Tip-Off Tournament Champions defeating Economics & Finance (NY) 78-36, knocking down 12 3-pointers and then taking out St James (MD) 58-41, led by 6-9 Pitt recruit Bryce Golden. Drew Friberg, Ryan McNulty and Brandon Clark made the All-Tourney teams and Keaton Ellis was also impressive both nights. Games: 12/12 @ Central Dauphin East and a Friday night home game vs preseason #22 and current Honorable Mention Harrisburg.
14. St. Joe’s Prep (Philadelphia)
Kyle Thompson’s 28 points, eight rebounds, and five assists lifted St. Joseph’s Prep to a 74-61 triumph over Penn Charter, to win the Enable Sports & Fitness Invitational championship. PREP SCENE 2020 Trevor Wall added 17 points for the Hawks and Darius Kinnel distributed five assists. Ed Croswell had 12 points and 8 rebounds Games: 12/13 Germantown Academy @Philadelphia Univeristy 12/15 Berks Catholic @ Albright College.
15. Roman Catholic (Philadelphia)
Roman went 2-1 in the Gonzaga DC Classic, defeating Riverside Baptist (MD) 76-60 and Cardinal Hayes (NY) 78-60 before losing in the Championship to the host Gonzaga (DC) 71-53. Seth Lundy led the way averaging 17.3 followed by Greer 16.0, Betrand 13, and Hakim Hart with 12.0 over the 3 game weekend. Games: 12/15 Cheltenhem in the ALL-CITY @Bishop McDevitt.
16. Shipley (Bryn Mawr)
Coach Phil D’Ambrosio has a thoroughbred he can ride to a hoops triple crown in Sam Sessoms. With wins over Springside Chestnut Hill Academy 62-53, PREP SCENE Honorable Mention Academy New Church 65-50, and PREP SCENE #18 Neumann-Goretti 69-64 in the Scholastic Play by Play this week, Shipley jumped into the top 20. Sessoms 37 vs Goretti was spectacular to watch and the type of performance legends are made of. Games: 12/12 William Penn Charter, 12/15 PREP SCENE #21 Archbiship Carroll in the ALL-CITY @Bishop McDevitt, 12/16 PREP SCENE #5 @Archbishop Wood in Coaches vs Cancer.
17. Penn Hills
Games: Won the Midland Tip-Off Tournament with 64-56 win over Lincoln Park and 62-53 win over Hickory in the Championship. Davion Stephens was named to the All-Tournament team scoring 29 points during the weekend. Games: 12/11 vs Propel, 12/13 Burrell, 12/15 @Plum.
18. Neuman-Goretti (Philadelphia)
Goretti dropped a tough one at the Play by Play Showcase to PREP SCENE #16 Shipley. The Saints were led by Dymir Montague’s 21, as Marcus Little 14 and Chris Ings 10 also hit double figures. Games: 12/16 PREP SCENE Honorable Mention Cheltenham in Coaches vs Cancer @Archbishop Wood, 12/17 Our Savior (NY) @South Philly HS in ALL CITY.
19. Bonner Prendergast (Drexel Hill)
Bonner-Prendergast has their own version of the Big 3 in Tariq Ingraham, Ajiri Johnson, and Isaiah Wong. The trio combined for 61 points in their win at West Chester University vs PREP SCENE #23 Malvern Prep 83-65. Wong led the Friars in scoring with 27, and Ajiri Johnson (6-8) is pure excitement with constant rim rattling dunks. Games: 12/13 Math, Civics, & Science, @ the Kreul Classic in Fort Lauderdale, FL 12/16 & 17 vs Westminster Academy (FL) & The Patrick School (NJ)
Saturday’s game with Cardinal O’Hara was cancelled, Emmaus was inactive. Games: 12/12 @Pocono Mountain West, 12/15 @Northampton, 12/16 Scranton Prep @Northampton Community College.
Games: Mars beats Avonworth by a whopping 51 points, 91-40. Robbie Carmody, Notre Dame recruit scores, 29 in limited action on opening night. The next night he comes back and drops 43 going 15-15 from the free-throw line on South Park in a 90-46 victory to move the Fightin’ Planets to 2-0. Games: 12/12 @McKeesport, 12/15 @Knock.
22. Northeastern (Manchester)
The Bobcat Tip Off Champions defeated Delone Catholic 80-40, with much of the production coming from the backcourt duo of Albany-bound Antonio Rizzuto (22 pts) and the human highlight reel, Fred Mulbah. The returned the next night to for a 60-52 win over Northern York. PREP SCENE 2020 Nate Wilson tossed in 17. Games: 12/13 Red Lion, 12/15 @Dallastown, 12/17 York Suburban.
23. Archbishop Carroll (Radnor)
Carroll sufferned an opening night home lose to PREP SCENE Honorable Mention Malvern Prep 68-59. AJ Hoggard’s 23 points and 11 assists were not enough to stop the late game comeback by Prep. Sunday the Friars beat PREP SCENE #25 Coatesville @ West Chester led by AJ Hoggards 19, and Keyon Butler’s 16. Games: 12/13 PREP SCENE Honorable Mention Cheltenham, 12/15 @ PREP SCENE #16 Shipley, 12/16 @Plymouth Whitemarsh
24. Martin Luther King (Philadelphia)
The Panthers dropped their opener at the Scholastic Play by Play to #12 Bethlehem Catholic @ Archbishop Carroll High School 65-51. Games: 12/11 Sankofa Freedom, 12/14 @PREP SCENE #4 Imhotep Charter, 12/17 The Haverford School.
Coatesville lost at West Chester University to PREP SCENE #23, Archbishop Carroll. PREP SCENE 2020 Jhamir Brickus led with 22 points but only scored two in the final quarter when Carroll put the game away. Eastern Kentucky recruit, Tyrel Bladen finished with 12. Games: 12/12 PREP SCENE #8 Reading, 12/14 @Avon Grove
HONORABLE MENTION: Abington Heights, Academy of New Church, Alderdice, Allentown Central Catholic, Archbishop Carroll, Berks Catholic, Chambersburg, Cheltenham, Chester, Church Farm, Constitution, Erie, Girard College, Harrisburg, Hazleton, Kiski Prep, Lincoln Park, Lower Merion, Malvern Prep, McDowell, Overbrook, Phelps, Pocono Mt. West, Quaker Valley, Sewickley Academy, Whitehall, Woodland Hills,