George Washington’s junior basketball class had never played in a Public League playoff game prior to Thursday. The postseason newcomers sure had a funny way of showing it.
On a recent Sunday afternoon inside the gymnasium at St. Hubert, athletic director Mike Prendergast looked toward the nearly 100 cheerleaders assembled and quipped, “Look at this … it’s like West Side Story in Mayfair.”
Editor’s note: Northeast was eliminated from postseason play by Southern on Tuesday after this story went to press.
On Tuesday, the boys Public League basketball postseason began with a preliminary round of playoff contests. There were 10 total games, with the winners advancing to Thursday’s first round and the losers being eliminated. A couple of area teams played yesterday. Here’s how they fared:
In any family, minor arguments and disagreements have the tendency to erupt into dramatic histrionics. However, at the end of the day, unconditional love and support usually triumphs, making the previous frustrations seem both silly and unnecessary.
At a Monday evening practice, the Franklin Towne Charter boys basketball team split themselves down the middle and scattered to opposite ends of the court for a shooting competition. Each player had 90 seconds to make as many jumpers as possible from the high posts, and the side with the highest composite score at the end won.
After losing his top two scorers from a season ago, John Creighton knows sometimes it’s just as opportune to be lucky as it is good.
Having both opened their doors in the 19th century, Central and Northeast high schools are about as ancient as it gets when it comes to fierce athletic rivals.
When the Los Angeles Lakers were asserting their dominance en route to multiple NBA championships in the early 2000s, everything revolved around Shaquille O’Neal. Whether it was outworking defenders in the post for an easy layup, or snatching up rebounds to put back up or dish to Kobe Bryant or another teammate for an open look on the perimeter, Shaq’s impact on how gameplans unfolded cannot be overstated enough.
Brendan Horan will be the first to admit that the offensive system in place at Archbishop Ryan is somewhat of an acquired taste. When a visiting reporter generously described the X’s and O’s of Bernie Rogers’ basketball playbook as “not the sexiest in the Catholic League,” Rogers’ most talented player smiled and began chuckling.