In the classic sports movie Hoosiers, Norman Dale, the head basketball coach of Hickory High, demands that his players pass the ball four times before taking a shot.
For the Archbishop Ryan girls basketball team, it was a good news/bad news type of scenario.
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.
As tends to be the case this time of year, excitement is abound amongst the area high school girls parochial basketball programs.
After a stellar career as a student-athlete at Archbishop Ryan led Megan Tole to Holy Family University on a soccer scholarship, she knew that she wanted to come back and return the favor.
For Jill Bovitt, Brittany Colombo and Taylor Lichtenhahn, they wanted to sign on the dotted line together. Now that they’ve accomplished that, they can shift their focus into doing something else special as one: win states.
After spending the past five years as head coach of the Archbishop Ryan girls basketball team, Jackie Hartzell has accepted a position at the University of the Sciences.