During the winter sports season at Northeast High School, one isn’t likely to find one of the school’s most winningest coaches anywhere on campus.
Phil Monastra drew up the game plan, and his team executed it to near perfection. When the final buzzer sounded and the Northeast girls basketball team ended up on the wrong side of the scoreboard, the Lady Vikings’ head coach wasn’t angry about the result.
Taking some time to reflect on a successful season, MIke Turchi was not about to rest on his laurels.
For a school that’s been around as long as Northeast has, it gets harder and harder to establish a “first.”
On paper, an 18-4 basketball team playing one with an 8-15 record seems like a tremendous mismatch.
Last season, in his first as George Washington’s boys basketball coach, John Creighton got the Eagles to the playoffs before suffering a first-round exit. This year, he got them back there again, only this time, G.W. knocked off Olney on the road in the first round, advancing to play the imposing Lancers of Central in Tuesday’s Class AAAA semifinals.
Playing in the Public League’s top basketball division offers a varying list of pros and cons.
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.
Editor’s note: Northeast was eliminated from postseason play by Southern on Tuesday after this story went to press.