January 19, 2020 

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

( 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

4.   Archbishop Wood (Warminster)

(Previously 3)

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)

(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.   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.

7.  Perkiomen School (Pennsburg)

(Previously 14)

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),

(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


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)

(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

14. Fox Chapel (Pittsburgh)

(Previously 21)

Top Performers: 6’1 Eli Yofan ’22, 6’3 Arnold Vento, 6’1 Sam Brown, JP Dockey, 6’0 Lorenzo Jenkins, 5’10 Shane Susnak, 6’3 Will Livingston, 6’0 Kent Baldauf.

Upcoming Games: 1/24 W 70-46 Hempfield

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

13. West Chester East,

(Previously 20)

The Skinny: This Carr is running on all cylinders. Just like the kids say, “All gas, no brakes.”

Top Performers: 6’9 Andrew Carr

17. Archbishop Carroll (Radnor)

(Previously 22)

Top Performers: Dayon Polk, Dean Coleman-Newsome, Anquan Hill, John Camden, Amari Stewart

Upcoming Games: 1/24 W 76-70 @ #6 Roman Catholic, 1/26 2:30 PM @ LaSalle

24.   Kennedy Catholic (Hermitage)

(Previously 19)

Top Performers: 6’6 Ike Herster,

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

Top Performers: 6’0 Robert Smith, 5’11 Ahmir Harris, 6’9 Alassane Amadou ’22 6’7 Terrell Pitts

Upcoming Games: 1/22 TBD @ St. Joe’s Prep, 1/24 TBD @ Lansdale Catholic

18.   Imhotep Charter (Philadelphia)

(Previously 20)

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

Previously Ranked-

Freedom (Bethlehem)
Friends Central (Wynnewood)
Upper St. Clair
West Catholic
West Catholic (Philadelphia)
Math Civics Science (Philadelphia)
Penn Hills (Pittsburgh)
Mt. Lebanon

Honorable Mention:

Allderdice (Pittsburg)

Allentown Central Catholic

Archbishop Ryan (Philadelphia)


Bishop Guilfoyle (Altoona)

Brentwood (Pittsburgh)

Cedar Crest (Lebanon)

Central Dauphin (Harrisburg)

Central York


Crestwood (Mountain Top)

Cumberland Valley (Mechanicburg)

Executive Charter (Allentown)

George School (Newtown)


Highlands (Natrona Heights)


Kiski Prep (Saltsburg)

Malvern Prep

Martin Luther King (Philadelphia)

Mercersburg Academy

New Castle

Parkland (Allentown)

Penncrest (Media)

Phelps (Malvern)

Pine-Richland (Gibsonia)

Springside Chestnut Hill Academy (Philadelphia)

Trinity (Harrisburg)

Vincentian (Pittsburgh)



Previous HM: Chambersburg, Constitution, Bishop McDevitt (Harrisburg), New Oxford, Aliquippa, St. Joe’s Prep,

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December 9, 2019 

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 Knights have scored 100+ twice after a strong showing in The National Prep Showcase, 120, 144 respectively last week against Capital Christian, Bristol Prep (TN). 2020 looks like a two headed race at the top.

W-The Knights play at Mt. Zion (MD) against number #6 and climbing Perkiomen School before hosting Rocktop Academy-TH,

2.  First Love Christian Academy (Washington)

FLCA dropped two close games against elite HS teams at Dematha in the National HS Hoops Festival. 95-87 Rock Creek Christian, 63-60 National Christian (MD). Other’s Wins/Loss columns may look better but with this type of national schedule, First Love could reclaim the top spot on any given week.

Next weekend the Dragons travel to NY for two games and a flight to Nevada for the Tarkanian Classic, Dec 17-19. SAT-in Brooklyn vs Blair Academy (NJ) at the Big North Shootout. Then head to the PSA Cardinal event in the Bronx to take on Putnam Science Academy (CT) on SUN.

3.   Neumann-Goretti  (Philadelphia)

The Philadelphia Catholic League favorite absolutely handled #10. Westtown at the Fred Pickett Classic, leading by and eye opening 20 at one point, in their debut before crushing Lincoln 70-41 in the All City Classic. Did someone say two headed race at the top….hmmmm not so fast say’s South Philly!

The Saints are back in action SAT-at the Diane Mosco Shootout vs. HM Malvern Prep.

4.   Archbishop Wood (Warminster)

Diggins & Stinson combine for 50 in 2019-2020 debut, 71-63 loss to Cornerstone Christian (TX) at the National HS Hoops Festival.

The Philadelphia Catholic League heats up right away TH-as Wood hosts #5. McDevitt before SAT-hosting Virginia Powerhouse Paul VI at their very own The Diane Mosco Shootout.

5. Bishop McDevitt (Wyncote) 

 No longer the new kids on the block, Chavis’ senior laden group opens today against South Philly before SAT-traveling to Warmister for a key PCL match-up with #4. Archbishop Wood.

6.  Perkiomen School (Pennsburg)

The Panthers begin their season 5-0, winning their division at the Westtown/Phelps Tournament going 3-0 with wins over Covenant Prep 70-56, Mercersburg Academy 64-47, West Nottingham Academy 67-56, and then their first Great Atlantic Conference contest 70-59 over host Olympus Prep before taking down Sprinfield Chestnut Hill 68-40.

Perk takes on #1. Scotland Campus W-at Mt. Zion, in the GAC’s Session II of their triple-header series; A game with early, conference title implications.

7. Roman Catholic  (Philadelphia)

The defending Philadelphia Catholic League Champions understands the title usually runs through N’ Broad St. The Cahillites open up the season TH-Lansdale Catholic before participating SAT-in the Diane Mosco Shootout against #9. Methacton.

8.   Westtown (West Chester)

Still, has arguably best starting 5 in the state... but a signature win continues to elude this group after losses to then #1 First Love & #3 Neumann-Goretti. Their are rumblings this group is overvalued still being ranked in the top 10, we are not one of them.

The Moose travel to Peddie on W-and participate in the PSA Cardinal event on S-verse Brewster Academy (NH)

9. Methacton (Eagleville),

The Warriors defeated previously ranked Malvern Prep 69-60 in their opener.

They go on the road for three straight games this week vs. M-Boyertown, F-Spring-Ford, SAT– at Wood vs #7 Roman Catholic in the Diane Mosco Shootout.

10. McDowell (Erie)

The Trojans began the season 1-1, losing to 13x Ohio State Champ Benedictine HS before defeating Cleveland ISA 86-32, in the Marsha Marsh Roundball consolation game.

McDowell is back in action F & SAT, vs Erie High and Bethel Park.

11.   Imhotep Charter (Philadelphia)

The Panthers are Taylor-made to win the Philadelphia Public League again opening the season with a 45 point drubbing of Paul Robeson.

Tep takes the court again next F-in Virginia against St. Stephen’s & St. Agnes (VA).

12. Lincoln Park (Midland)

Lincoln Park is 2-0 after the first weekend with wins over Blackhawk 75-53 and Hickory 76-63.

Lincoln Park plays again W-at Riverside before F-taking on The Village Charter (FL) in the Elks Holiday Classic.

13. Cheltenham

Cheltenham leaves out of the opening weekend at 2-0, with wins over Northeast 106-57 and Executive Charter 75-63.

The Panthers are Home both games next week verse W-Penn Wood and F-Upper Moreland.

14. Reading

Champions of the Bearcat Classic defeating Williamsport and Overbrook

The Red Knights take on Lancaster McCaskey on W and will participate F-in the Hoop Group Classic at Albright College verses DC Catholic’s St. John’s College HS.

15. Mt. Lebanon (Pittsburgh)

Lebo sits at 2-0 defeating Obama 81-46, and Altoona 73-36 to win their own Tip-Off Tourney.

The Blue Devil’s first road test is T-at North Allegheny before returning home F.

16. Friends Central (Wynnewood),

The Phoenix opened their 2019-2020 campaign 3-0 with wins over Pennington School 68-57, Haverford 43-41, Episcopal Academy 54-31.

Friends Central is back in action T-against and Wat Church Farm before playing Math Civics & Sciences S in the Play By PLay Classic.

17. Hill School (Pottstown)

The Blues have 2 losses at Phelps 62-53 and to Olympus Prep (NJ) 66-57. They have defeated Redemption Academy 67-46, Episcopal Academy 79-37, and most recently William Penn Charter 72-63, popping all 5 starters into double figures. The defending PASIAA Champions, Haverford are at the Hill School on W.

18. Butler

Butler won its own Tip-Off Tourney besting Woodland Hills by 40, 73-33, and then Youngstowns Chaney (OH) 88-73 in the final.

The Tornadoes and PREP SCENE’s Pennsylvania Pre-Season Player of the Year remain home at T-against Plum, before TH-traveling to Youngstown to take on Canton McKinley (OH)

19. Milton Hershey

The Spartan’s pummeled Susquehanna Twp. 80-49 in their much anticipated opener.

They return to action T-verse Mid-Penn conference opponent Camp Hill before going a few miles down the road for the “Chocalate-town” rivalry game against Hershey on SAT.

20. Upper St. Clair

USC defeated Seneca Valley 77-52 before claiming their Tip-Off Championship easily beating a solid HM Allderdice team 74-61.

The Panthers host HM Pine-Richland-T, and then go on the road F-at Peters Township.

21. West Catholic

The Burrs defeats Constitution in convincing fashion 77-51, putting together a 54-18 second half.

Next up is another Philly Pub opponent in T– Sankofa

22. Penn Hills

The Indians took down HM Pine-Richland 66-55.

Penn Hills continues play with three games this week M-Perry Traditional Academy, TH-at Fox Chapel, before heading to New Castle S-for “Clash.” against HM Highlands

23. Coatesville

Scrimmages aside, a Brickus-Dupree backcourt will win you a lot of games. The Red Raiders begin the season with a pair of road games TH-at Bishop Shanahan and S-at Bensalem.

24. West Chester East,

The Vikings went into State College and won the Skip Coleman Classic with an overtime victory over North Catholic 76-68 and a 74-60 victory over the host.

East takes the court this week T-verse Bartrum and TH-at Downingtown East

25.   Kennedy Catholic (Hermitage)

After first look, Kennedy Catholic will have a lot of challengers gunning for their throne. Winning should hold true to form as the Golden Eagles win Marcino his 218th game 81-52 over Nicholas (NY) at the Kiski Showcase.

Kennedy travels to Ohio on W-to take on Spire Academy before returning back to PA for the PREP SCENE Games of the Day @ New Castle’s “Clash” verse HM Vencentian Academy.

Honorable Mentions:

Aliquippa, Allderdice, Allentown Central Catholic, Archbishop Carroll (Radnor), Archbishop Ryan (Philadelphia), Central York, Chambersburg, Executive Charter (Allentown) Freedom (Bethlehem) Highlands (Natrona Heights), Pennridge (Perkaise), Malvern Prep, Math Civic & Science (Philadelphia), Mercersburg Academy, New Castle, Phelps (Malvern), Pine-Richland (Gibsonia), St. Joe’s Prep (Philadelphia), Trinity (Camp Hill), Vincentian (Pittsburgh), ______________, ______________.

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First Love stages dramatic rally in final minutes to take down Westtown.

West Chester, PA

First Love Christian Academy came 300 miles across the Pennsylvania Turnpike and staged a dramatic fourth quarter rally to upend the host school-Westtown, in the Westtown-Phelps Classic. On the road…down a few players, down 13 points with 5 minutes to play, and in desperate need of a stop is where the Knights found themselves.

Westtown was comfortably controlling the game from the onset, ending the first quarter up 7 points, 19-12. The Moose were able to maintain the 7-10 point cushion the entire first half, relying heavily on the three-point shot. The Moose connected on 9 of their 17 first half attempts. The red hot shooting of teammates, Wade Chiddick, all of his 12 points came in the first half on 4-6 shooting and TJ Berger, 12 of his 15 points came in the first half on 4 of 5 shooting, combined for 24 of the 46 at the intermission. With under a minute in the half, First Love did cut the lead to 5, but the two possession game was short lived as Jalen Warley (17 points) connected with Noah Collier (8 points) for an emphatic alley-opp dunk at the buzzer.

First Love was paced in the first half by DJ Gordon’s relentless attacks at the rim, scoring 11 of his 24 points and Jett Roesing & ’22 Mason Manning’s combined 18 points on 6-8 shooting. Every time Westtown looked like they may stretch the lead beyond 10, one of those three seemed to make a huge play to stop a run.

At the intermission, the Knights committed to encouraging Westtown to go inside to their bigs. Even without 7-0 Madior Seye (DNP) and 6-7 Damani Brown (DNP) in the line-up, they understood they had to extend the defense and force Westtown’s guards to score off the bounce. This was a calculated risk because Westtown can punish you at full strength inside with Franck Kepnang (4 points) and Dereck Lively II (11 points), let alone down bigs. The Knights had to pick their poison and stick to the game plan and that they did!

But even after three, First Love did not win a single quarter. However, their demeanor, presence and most importantly confidence never wavered. This was a high level, back and forth contest and play was intense. The Knights defense was showing a renewed energy and excitement since the break. Coach Wilson’s game plan to extend the defense in the second half limited Westtown to only 2 three point attempts in the third… and look out… The other half of the dynamic duo –Isaiah Wilson was beginning to awaken. The third ended 61-52, the flow of the game changed. Westtown was no longer on pace for 90. In fact they would only score 28 in the second half.

The fourth quarter belonged to Wilson and Gordon. This is when it all started! Down 66-53, and on defense with a little over five minutes to play, the Knights erupted to outscore the Moose 18-4 to close the game. Roesing was the only Knight to score outside of the pair in the period. It was a dagger! Down five points with 1:39 on the clock and ice water in his veins – he nailed an NBA three, catch and shoot from Wilson, forcing a Westtown timeout. The game was a 1 possession game, for the first time since soon after the jump ball.

Phenom Hoop Report

The Iron Clad defense Westtown displayed the night before was now at the mercy of Coach Wilson’s junkyard dog of a point guard. Isaiah Wilson was in complete control. He finished with 10 of his 16 points coming in the final frame. The ‘break you down’ guard did not miss a single shot in the fourth quarter. He was sensational getting into the lane dishing 3 assists and scored it off the bounce. No score was bigger, than the top of the key trifecta that gave the Knights their first lead of the game 69-68. Gordon later made two free-throws giving First Love the 71-68 win in hostile territory.

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Westtown / Phelps Classic Notes:

Payne and Otto too much for Mercersburg Academy

The first game between The Perkiomen School (Pennsburg) and Mercersburg Academy featured a boatload of prospective student-athletes. Perk lead from start to finish in this one, eventually pulling away for the 64-47 victory. Steve Payne (3-6 FG 1-4 3PT 8-9 FT) and Gil Otto (6-8 FG 1-5 3PT 2-2 FT) combined for 34 of the teams 64. Otto poured in 13 of his 17 in the first half, starting the game demonstrating his explosive offensive arsenal. He is lightning quick off of his feet and an absolute monster attacking the rim. Mercersburg Academy trailed at the half 36-27. K Owen scored 8 of his 16 in the first stanza. In the defeat, Quinton Metcalf (15 pts) and AJ Green (8 pts) showcased elite level athleticism, a propensity to defend and a desire to attack. Both demonstrated “WOW” moments with big-time moves from the wing into the lane on the attack. However, this was not enough as Payne’s 8-9 free-throw performance would not allow Mercersburg to claw back into the game in the second half. For the Perk School, Honor Huff was 3-6 from deep for 9 points and William Johnson finished with 7 connecting on 1-4 from downtown. The glue guy was Andrew Patnode (6 pts). Patnodes contribution to the team went well beyond scoring. This kid is a stud, he rebounds it, makes all the hustle plays and defends with a passion. Mercersburg also had solid production from sophomore Chris Watson. Watson did a good job of handling the ball and knocked down the open shot, finishing the game 2-4 from three point territory. Junior Jake Ahlgren scored 9 of his 11 in the 4th period.

West Nottingham defeats Covenant College Prep in Overtime

West Nottingham after being locked at 57’s with Covenant College Prep pulled out the victory 67-64 behind the stellar play of Yan Farell. Farell tossed in 22, non bigger than a late three ball in overtime.

No pollsters needed, Westtown is PA’s Finest this weekend

Kiski Prep (Saltsburg), coming off of an impressive victory over fellow Western PA foe First Love Christian Academy (Washington) the night before, knew they faced a juggernaut in the Westtown (West Chester). The Westtown Moose showed the energy and desire to put this one away early too, after an anti-climatic 10 point victory over RockTop Academy (Philadelphia) the night before. Westtown imposed their will at both ends of the floor. Especially the defensive end! The Moose allowed Kiski only 3 field goal attempts in the paint in the entire first half. The sheer length and athleticism on the defensive end tied Kiski in knots. Kiski Prep’s bright spot was 2020 Noreon Williams (Syracuse, NY), who put on a shooting display, going 6-8 shooting from deep in the first half alone. The rest of the team was 1-8 up to that point and contributed only 5 points collectively. Williams finished with 9 triples and 29 points for the game. Westtown’s imposing 1-2-2 defense rendered it nearly impossible to reverse the ball, penetrate/pass into the lane or garner an open look. The top of the zone featured 6-8 Pitt commit Noah Collier, making reversing the ball and shifting the defense obsolete. The wings 6-5 Jalen Warley (13 pts), 6-4 TJ Berger (19 pts) & 6-4 Wade Chiddick covered and contested everything in sight. But that back line…. WOW, that back line of the defense is where any and all mistakes are erased in a hurry!!! 6-11 Franck Kepnang and 7-0 Dereck Lively II cover the corners, the wings and get back to protect the rim as quick as most kids slide for side to side in the lane!!! Its just different… We recommend you get out and see different while you can. Here is a link to Westtown’s schedule (Click Here)


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

 6.    Abington


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

 8.   Reading

C70DE8C1-FFEC-4AAB-8098-4A4A592385BAReading 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

865D35C2-FE4A-458D-B001-92A7A6954C07Bethlehem 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)

60D228CE-52C3-4EBC-B310-0DA33495F7FAPhil 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

97F5A68D-3B85-4F53-9F3E-16A11C248D12The 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)

7B247649-7DE3-4A92-980E-A4DAA1E23400Goretti 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)

20.   Emmaus


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.

21.   Mars


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)

308E0931-0449-4705-9893-817A86DDFE70The 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.

25.   Coatesville


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,


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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. 4th – Dec. 10th, 2017


1.    Scotland Campus Sports


Scotland jumps to number 1, they continued their winning ways this week advancing to 7-0 on the season.  2018 PG Koreem Ozier picked up an offer from Grambling State along the way. Scotland has a variety of weapons and is clicking on all cylinders early in the season.      Games: 12/6 Easton University JV, 12/7 @Misericardia University JV and ICA Prep (NJ)


2.    First Love Christian Academy  (Washington)


Khayree Wilson’s outfit beat Tees Valley Christian (TN) and Northeast Prep (OH) this week before losing to national power Capital Christian (MD).  The backcourt of Aneury Parra and Shamar Givance have been tough to contain early in the season.  Parra tossed in 20 points vs Northeast Prep and Givance had 11 points and 12 assists.  Games: 12/7 & 8 Buckeye Showcase vs Athlete Institute & Aspire and 12/9 vs Prep Scene #7 Kennedy Catholic.

3.    Westtown  (West Chester)


Drops out of the number 1 spot after suffering a 10 point loss to Our Savior Lutheran (NY).  However, they remain in the top 3 because the defeat came with 6-9 Cameron Reddish in street clothes.  Win’s and Loses matter but are not the tell all.  Reddish’s absence is expected to be short lived.  Jalen Gaffney (6-0) stepped up from the PG position and was sensational.   Games: 12/6 Capital Christian (MD)

4.   Imhotep Charter (Philadelphia)


Imhotep Charter looked impressive in their scrimmage this week, they have another Wednesday vs PREP SCENE #13 Nuemann-Goretti.  Donta Scott (6-7, 2019) is a mismatch problem for opponents.  But, before Tep officially takes the floor for hoops, their football team will be playing Erie Cathedral Prep in the State Championship @ Hershey for the third year in a row.

5.    Hill School  (Pottstown)


The Hill School took care of Canada Topflight Academy in convincing fashion.  Chase Audige (6-5, 2018) lead the way for Phil Canosa’s unit, shooting the ball extremely well and getting into the lane often.  Seth Maxwell (6-11, 2018) provided a formidable post presence.    Games: 12/6 Episcopal Academy, 12/9 @New Hampton (NH) and 12/10 Choate Rosemary Hall (CT).

6.    Archbishop Wood  (Warminster)


Coach Mosco’s Pickron (6-3, 2018) and Funk (6-4 2018), can stretch the floor as well as any backcourt within a days drive.  When wood takes the floor this weekend you can expect them to do numbers.   Games: 12/9 in Scholastic Play by Play vs Brooklyn NY’s South Shore @ Archbishop Carroll and 12/10 @Dematha HS in the National High School Festival.

7.   Kennedy Catholic (Hermitage)


Kennedy Catholic opens the season with a December 9th 8:30 PM game with PREP SCENE #2 ranked First Love Christian Academy (Washington, PA).  Look for Maceo Austin (6-5), Mattia Acunzo (6-7) and Oscar Tshiebwe (6-8) to play huge for Coach Mancino early and often.

8.    Abington


Eric Dixon is a man among boys. His high motor and inside outside game will drive opponent HS coaches, players and fans insane.  He is a problem.  The backcourt is in solid hands as play begins with Heath, Coppedge and Monroe distributing and scoring when necessary.  The Ghosts open up at home in their tip off tournament with Chichester, and Valley Forge Military Academy.

9.   Plymouth-Whitemarsh  (Plymouth Meeting)


Naheem Mcloud (7-1, 2019) is ready to take the next step toward stardom.  His presence in the paint on both sides of the floor should be game changing after a great summer on the AAU circuit.  PW also will put a relentless backcourt on the floor in Cooper and the Williams twins.  Games: 12/8 Sankofa Freedom.

10.   Pine-Richland  (Gibsonia)

60D228CE-52C3-4EBC-B310-0DA33495F7FAPhil Jukovic will be under center on Saturday, playing in another football State Championship.  The Notre Dame Football recruit wont take long to get his basketball legs back under him… and when he does Pine Richland should be one of the teams standing at the end of the season.  Winning is contagious and PR has done a lot of it lately in Football & Basketball.

11.   State College

97F5A68D-3B85-4F53-9F3E-16A11C248D12The Little Lions will open up the 2017-2018 season in the always competitive Skip Coleman Tip-Off Tournament this weekend along with trips to Central Dauphin East and a Friday night home game vs previous #22 Harrisburg High.    Count on Drew Friberg to spear head a successful start to the season.

12.   Reading

C70DE8C1-FFEC-4AAB-8098-4A4A592385BACoach Perez’ troops open the season in the York High Tip-Off (York, PA) vs Franklin Learning Center out of Philadlephia, on Saturday they will play either host William Penn (York) or Williamsport.

 13.    Nueman-Goretti  (Philadelphia)

7B247649-7DE3-4A92-980E-A4DAA1E23400Coach Arrigale group will scrimmage PREP SCENE Top 5 Imhotep Charter on Wednesday before opening the season in the Scholastic Play by Play Showcase on the 9th vs Prep Scene honorable mention Shipley (Bryn Mawr) and Sam Sessoms a Binghamton signee.

14.   Bethlehem Catholic

865D35C2-FE4A-458D-B001-92A7A6954C07BeCaHi’s production comes in bunches from 6-7 inside out threat Ryan Young.  Young is a math-up problem at both ends of the floor.  The District 11 powerhouse will also look for heavy productions from a pair of 2019’s in Justin Paz (6-0) and Kyle Young (6-7).  Games: 12/9 Martin Luther King @ Archbishop Carroll in the Scholastic Play by Play.

15.   Haverford School

1C5912DE-B818-4444-984F-2814D5D90A6FThe Haverford School finished last week with huge margin’s of victory over the Hun School (NJ) by 20+ and by 30+ over Friends Central.  Christian Ray, Gavin Burke and Kharon Randloph have led the way early.  Games: 12/4 vs Friends Central, 12/7 @Perkiomen, 12/8 Don McBride Classic vs PREP SCENE honorable mention – Academy of New Church  and 12/9 @ LaSalle.

16.   Martin Luther King  (Philadelphia)


Games: 12/9 vs PREP SCENE #14 Bethlehem Catholic @ Archbishop Carroll’s Scholastic Play by Play.

17.   St. Joe’s Prep  (Philadelphia)


Games: 12/11 @ PREP SCENE #21 Malvern Prep

18.   Erie



Games: 12/8 & 12/9 in the Fairview Tip-Off Tournament

19.   Penn Hills


Games: 12/8 Midland Tip-Off Tournament vs Lincoln Park, 12/9 Hickory

20.   Coatesville


Games: 12/9 @ PREP SCENE honorable mention Shipley, 12/10 @ West Chester University vs PREP SCENE honorable mention, Archbiship Carroll.

21.   Malvern Prep


Games: 12/6 Phelps, 12/9 @ PREP SCENE honorable mentiion Archbishop Carroll in the Scholastic Play by Play.  12/10 @ West Chester University Showcase vs PREP SCENE honorable mention Bonner-Prendergast.

22.   Roman Catholic  (Philadelphia)



Games: 12/9 vs Riverside Baptist (MD) @ Gonzaga Classic in DC.

 23.   Emmaus


12/9 @Cardinal O’Hara


24.   Mars


Games: 12/8 @Avonworth

25.   Northeastern  (Manchester)


Games: 12/8 & 12/9 Bobcat Tip Off vs Eastern York, Northern York & Delone Catholic




HONORABLE MENTION: Academy of New Church, Alderdice, Allentown Central Catholic, Archbishop Carroll, Berks Catholic, Bonner-Prendergast, Carlisle, Chambersburg, Cheltenham, Chester, Church Farm, Girard College, Kiski Prep, McDowell, Phelps, Overbrook, Sewickley Academy, Shipley, Whitehall, Woodland Hills,


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P R E P   S C E N E  had an opportunity to sit down with Westtown senior and recent Indiana University commit Jake Forrester.  His journey, for younger student-athletes looking to obtain an athletic scholarship, is a blueprint worth emulating.    Young kids looking for a role model may never reach Jake’s height or possess his athleticism but what makes Jake great is much deeper than physical attributes and basketball skills.

At 6-10, not only can Jake fill up a room with his imposing frame, but his personality and humility are bigger than life.  You will not meet a more humble and grounded high major basketball star across the globe.  As ferocious as he attacks the rim in traffic, posterizing his opponents with total disregard; off the court he is the complete opposite.  His friendly smile radiates warmth, empathy, and confidence.  Within moments of speaking with Jake, you realize his trajectory from the obscure lanky kid at Central Dauphin High School in Harrisburg, PA to one of the most sought after recruits in the Nation was no accident.  His laser focus, attention to detail and ability to make others feel important are qualities every college coach in the nation picked up on instantly.  It was former Indiana head coach Tom Crean who offered Jake last summer.  However, new hire Archie Miller (Pride of Beaver Falls) knew he needed Jake to be a Hoosier after only a few seconds of speaking with him.  Keep reading and you will see why!   

First off congratulations on making it official, joining the Indiana Hoosier family

Thank you

What were some of the keys to you reaching this point in your life, positioning you, inspiring you to excel? 

Jake IndianaWell my mom and dad.  They assisted in so many ways, too much to mention unless you have all day.  As far as inspiring… especially my dad definitely… He is one of my life’s biggest inspirations,  His journey and knowledge, the path that he took in the basketball world, (Jake’s Father, Dwight played under John Chaney at Temple University in the 1980’S) the things he had to do and how he came up.  I take a lot of those lessons as my foundation from him.  I also do a lot of reading, I take a lot from books… lessons, inspirations, I have this book in my room now by Gandhi.  I constantly pick that up.  He teaches me to not lose my head, basically when things are getting tough to keep your cool.  Just that one little book has taught me so much, so many lessons… having a sense of humor, quality of your work, patience!!!  I definitely take that to the fullest.  

If there was one piece of basketball advice you could give a rising freshman looking to follow your journey toward obtaining a scholarship and playing college basketball what would it be? 

“Hmmm…that runs pretty deep.  Usually kids will want to base their games… offensive moves off of the best players you can find in the NBA and college basketball.  That can be a good thing, but usually not.  They aren’t ready to emulate them yet.  They haven’t developed the fundamentals to master those moves…What you can do is look at players that you see and look at the role they play on their team and understand that being a star in your role will get you to the next level.  You can emulate the killer instincts they posses, the drive, determination and work-ethic of a superstar before you can perform their moves.  The moves and finishes will come with hard work its a process.”

That is great advice, definitely…

“Yes, Be yourself, work hard and “Be a STAR in your ROLE!””Jake Forrester at Trinity

How about a piece of non-basketball advice you followed that might assist them in reaching their goal of playing college ball?

“You have to pick a good school, and I felt from the day I arrived at Westtown, I picked a great Prep School.  You have to take the time to research, the decision is too important to waste a year of high school trying to figure it out.  You don’t want to go to a school and its not a good fit.  You want to go to a school that has a quality academic and athletic program.  Westtown has been around since 1799, so the academic standards are strong, they are big on academics, you want to choose a school that’s big on academics so colleges know your serious about becoming part of their educational community and want to learn new things. 

The Basketball program is pretty good at Westtown too, did that weigh on your decision to attend at all?

Absolutely, coming to Westtown, was a great decision… playing with guys like Mo Bamba, (Texas), Cam (Reddish, Duke Commit), and Brandon (Randolph, Arizona),and Tone (Anthony Ochefu, Stony Brook) last year – they all taught me so much.  Mo Bamba taught me the most, practicing with him and how hard he worked to become a lottery draft pick, I see him going in the top 3 next year.  Playing against him everyday made me better, I learned everyday…He pushed me.  Its my time now to translate those lessons and instill that work-ethic into the young guys that are here.

Westtown has provided you with a well-rounded experience, what are somethings away from campus you enjoy?

 jAKE-COMMUNITYBeing well rounded is important, I’m also very competitive in my studies   Doing well in the classroom is a mindset.  Being around like minded individuals with similar goals.  That has been the biggest blessing.  Surround yourself with people headed in your direction.  I enjoy being in the community, I get emails, instagram DM’s, texts and Twitter notifications from parents “I want you to come”… “It would be great if you could come to my son’s party”… or a coach asking, “can you come to talk to my team,” …take pictures…ect.  Its important to me to always be involved with the community around me.  Be nice to everyone, bring smiles to peoples faces.

 What was it like signing on the dotted line, to know your going to don the Crimson and Cream for the Indiana Hoosiers?

“I can’t believe it, its hard to imagine all the hard work and sweat throughout my journey got me to this point.  I worked very hard and with my parents support actually reached one of my dreams.  This is just the beginning, I have a lot to prove.” 

You just signed with one of the most respected college basketball programs in the country , things to prove?

 “Yea, without a doubt, I have to prove I can be a leader on the court, I have to prove that I can actually put in the work to win Big 10 Freshman of the Year in 18 months.  A whole bunch left to prove.  That I can knock down open jump shots, I have to prove that I can put the ball on the floor consistently. There is still a lot of things I have to work on and polish in my game.  That’s all part of the process and that’s definitely something I am going to work on. 

What specifically have you been working on this week to prepare for the upcoming season and to play college basketball next season? 

“I am definitely just trying to work on my mid-post game my high post game and my facing the basket post game.  That’s just me trying to be a “star” in my role.  Setting good screens and rolling to the basket, pick and pop all that stuff.  I am improving daily.”

What are some goals you have for yourself this upcoming season?

Win the Friends League Championship, State Championship – head to head vs Zion Williamson, Oak Hill, possibly if we win opening round, IMG, it will be really good to win some of those national games also.

 How about for just you personally?

“Become a well-rounded player and get ready for Indiana is the biggest goal for myself.”

In 5 years. you see yourself where in a perfect world? 

“NBA without a doubt.” 

Kids looking up to you, should know what… If we made a movie today about your childhood what would the theme be?


Jake Forrester and Micah Parsons

“My life definitely proves that hard work and determination can make your dreams a reality.  Changing everything around you for the better works.  The impact change can have on your life.   I have a dream and with the support of my family I am able to position myself with a real chance to obtain it one day…  All because I embraced change.”